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Oro Valley Councilman Brendan Burns has been sentenced to two years probation and charged with misdemeanor criminal trespassing for a May 20 incident in Oro Valley involving his estranged wife.
Oro Valley residents who oppose the Town Council’s recent decision to purchase the El Conquistador country club and golf facilities for a town community center have filed an application for a referendum petition, potentially allowing local voters to ultimately decide.
It’s going to only take one of the current majority to do the right thing and vote to table, or against, the proposed golf course purchase and sales tax increase tonight (Dec. 17). It’s going to take one of the majority, consisting of Mayor Satish Hiremath, Councilman Joe Hornat, Councilwoman Mary Snider or Vice Mayor Lou Waters, to say no to this ill-advised, badly-planned prospect.
After reading the Explorer this past week, I was absolutely shocked to learn about the upcoming vote by our city council to purchase the El Conquistador Golf Club. I don’t know what our city council is thinking but obviously they are totally oblivious to all the golf clubs across the country having financial difficulties and that includes Arizona and Oro Valley. Might I point out the financial distress for The Gallery, Stone Canyon, Vistoso, Oro Valley CC - and the list goes on and on? And why the secrecy and rush to purchase? It was stated that a survey of 500 people (really? only 500 people in the entire city of Oro Valley?) indicated a desire for a “community center”. Who are these 500 people? Where do they live? For something this important, a survey of the entire city should have been taken.
With the election results a distant memory, the Mayor and re-elected members of the City Council have secretly made the decision to purchase for $1,000,000, the money losing entities of El Conquistador. Under the secret negotiations, the Town would purchase 45 holes of golf, two swimming pools, 31 tennis courts, a restaurant, and a building it will convert to a community center. The community center will house, among other things, exercise equipment that will help to decrease the revenue and taxes of such businesses as L.A. Fitness, 24 Hour Fitness and other fitness companies in favor of a non-taxpaying entity. Will Oro Valley also get into the restaurant management business? The Mayor indicates the golf course will lose money at first—$1,000,000 to $1,300,000 in the first year but he expects it will become a money maker in a few years. Of course that is pure speculation. The Mayor’s finance people indicate all of the repairs and upgrades will cost no more than $1,500,000 even though members of the existing club’s Grounds Committee provide information that the upgrades will cost between $6,000,000 and $10,000,000 with an additional $400,000 needed to restore the cart paths. We should also remember that the way to finance this boondoggle is an increase in the sales tax for Oro Valley businesses. Wasn’t it Mayor Hiremath who indicated in his re-election campaign rhetoric he was going to put effort into increasing the number of retail businesses in Oro Valley? These are the same businesses that could lose market share because it would cost less to make a major purchase in Tucson, Oracle, etc. to the detriment of Oro Valley businesses. Why shop in Oro Valley if a short distance away, we can save our hard earned money by paying less sales tax?
The heading in the Explorer reads, Oro Valley to buy Hilton golf course raise taxes: In her column, the editor questions the reasoning for getting stuck with 45 holes of golf, while Mr. Zinkin and Garner also disagree with the decision. But I have a different objections. If Oro Valley wants more golf, and other facilities, why should I be expected to pay for these Oro Valley facilities, because I make a mistake of shopping in Oro Valley?
Those at the UA who are advancing the medical humanities want to see the arts become more closely integrated with the STEM fields. It's picking up steam.
PIMA COUNTY – Public officials and trade representatives from Jinju City, South Korea, met with Pima County officials Friday as part of a four-day economic tour of Phoenix and Tucson.
(BPT) - Henry Ford had three companies fail before he launched the game-changing Model T. Abraham Lincoln failed in business, lost multiple elections and had a mental breakdown before being elected the country’s 16th president. America is a land of second chances made good – which could explain the ongoing trend of more adults returning to college.
(BPT) - One in five fatal accidents in America involves a drowsy driver, according to a recent report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Unfortunately, driving while fatigued is common in today’s business world. Yet the consequences of driving when you’re tired can be tragic.
Mayor Hiremath, Council Members Waters, Snider, and Hornat have all just been re-elected to the town council by wide margins. This is the same group that, during their first term, doubled the Utility tax. Now they are proposing to buy the El Conquistador Country Club and raise the Town’s sales tax to pay for it. We all agree that Oro Valley needs a community center, but we do not agree on whether or not we need to rush into making a commitment that not all desire.
Oro Valley’s top officials know the town’s recently unveiled plans to raise sales taxes and to purchase the El Conquistador golf and recreation facilities seem rushed and unorthodox – but it’s a rare opportunity that may never come around again, they say.
PIMA COUNTY – The Pima County Elections Department is preparing for a recount in the Congressional District 2 race between incumbent Democrat Ron Barber and Republican challenger Martha McSally.
When singers finish their performances on “American Idol,” viewers can vote for their favorite contestant over the next 24 hours via text message, Facebook, mobile apps, the Internet and by telephone. Votes are tallied and the winner is announced the next day. Pretty easy.
A federal judge last week rejected an effort by Congressman Ron Barber’s campaign to include an additional 133 votes that were disqualified for administrative reasons in the 2014 election.
Due to a less than one-tenth of one percent difference between Republican Martha McSally and Democratic Rep. Ron Barber, an official recount of the votes will take place.
(NAPSI)—As the 2014 election made clear to many pundits, Americans are as discontented with the president’s leadership as they are with the dysfunction provided by a divided Congress.
(BPT) - The end of 2014 is shaping up to be relatively quiet compared to the challenges of recent years - such as the fiscal cliff. After this year’s mid-term elections a lame duck Congress needs to fund the operations of the federal government, so it is possible new tax law changes could affect current income tax and financial planning. For the time being, though, the current laws provide the guidelines of how taxpayers need to plan.
Right after the results of the midterm elections poured in and many Democrats across the country were making concession speeches, President Obama told the American people he hears their message. After last week’s actions, I’m not sure if he did.
(BPT) - Every year, employees with company-sponsored health plans are asked by their employers to select benefits for the following year. This process is called “open enrollment,” and it is an important event that is happening across the nation. While many view this as a chance to merely review and update health care coverage, such as medical, dental and vision, it is actually about much more than that.
Pima County Recorder, F. Ann Rodriguez, announced today that a breakdown of the results of the provisional and conditional provisional ballots from the November 4, 2014 General Election is now available for Congressional District 2. We can now give a breakdown of how many of the provisional and conditional provisional forms were issued to voters in CD2.
If you step into Krisha Leyva’s class be prepared for a lot of energy, a lot of hands-on activities and not a lot of handholding. Leyva believes in being upbeat and animated, but she also believes in letting kids make their own discoveries. This philosophy has led her to being a finalist for STEM Superhero Awards for Most Dedicated STEM teacher, which is sponsored by the Arizona Super Bowl committee.
Despite the objections of many in attendance, the Marana Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend two proposals to the Town Council in regards to the Lazy K Bar Ranch development.
Martha McSally, in blue, joined incoming members of Congress for the freshman class photo, even though she still faces a recount of her slim lead over Rep. Ron Barber, D-Tucson. Arizona Rep.-elect Ruben Gallego, far left in second row, was also on hand for the photo.