- Your Voice
It was a busier than normal night at the Marana Town Council last Wednesday, and it could have been an even busier session had a council action agenda item not been taken off the board. As it was, the council held the first of two public hearings over the possibility of building a new police station.
Before I lived in one, I always thought that neighborhoods with Homeowner’s Associations were better than those without. I imagined manicured lawns and pride of ownership and major curb appeal—all great things when it comes to resale value. I’m here to tell you that I was wrong. Now that I own a home and am subject to CC&R’s, I get to see the good, the bad and the oh so very ugly.
Residents of four homeowner’s associations are butting heads with Davis Development and Properties, LLC over a proposed neighborhood development in proximity to Canada Del Oro’s Highlands Wash.
Why are you running for Town Council?
Approximately 100 people attended the annual Catalina Mountain Elks Lodge #2815 Flag Day ceremony in SaddleBrooke on June 12.
So, Secret Ballot Pat Straney is running for mayor. Folks have a choice between a mayor that balanced the town’s budget, or a mayor who has demonstrated his preference for secret ballots on important votes.
The Continental Ranch Homeowners Association (HOA) has been able to turn a negative into a positive. When many of their agave plants were infested with agave snout weevils, the HOA found a way to repurpose one type of plant.
We are really happy to have a new candidate for mayor to talk about with high praise. Many of you already know Pat Straney. We have known him through our Rancho Vistoso HOA. Larry worked with him as a Director on the HOA Board, and we have attended many meetings since he became the President of the Board and was continually re-elected.
Locally owned homeowner association management company Cadden Community Management is holding a summer food drive. Cadden is seeking food donations from residents in the communities they manage as well as vendors and business groups with which they work. “We met with Michael McDonald, the Chief Executive Officer at the Community Food Bank, earlier this year to see how Cadden Community Management could help. One of the things we discovered was there is a drop off in food donations during the summer months,” said Michael Cadden, owner of Cadden Community Management. “We started the food drive June 1 and will collect food through the first week of July.”
As the only person challenging a seat on the Oro Valley Town Council, Don Bristow feels he can restore the council to a decision-making team, and by doing so while practicing civility and cooperation.
The public is invited to attend the annual Flag Day celebration sponsored by Catalina Mountain Elks Lodge #2815 and SaddleBrooke HOA #1 on Thursday, June 12, at 9 a.m. in front of the SaddleBrooke Clubhouse at 64500 SaddleBrooke Blvd.
Real estate deals that implode- chances are, either you have experienced one or know someone who did. Here is a “best of” or more appropriately, “worst of” list of deal killers in the Northwest Tucson and how to avoid them.
On Saturday, Feb. 22, the first SaddleBrooke Patrons of the Arts performance will be offered at the Desert View Performing Arts Center (DVPAC.) The event will feature multi-talented Toni Morrell, staging her “Remembering the Ladies” production.
After having councilwoman Roxanne Ziegler ask for his resignation about four months ago, John Lambert, president of Continental Ranch Homeowners Association, turned the tables at the Town of Marana meeting on Nov. 6 by asking for Ziegler’s resignation from council. Ziegler was excused and not present at the meeting.
The Continental Ranch HOA monthly newsletter provides the Board of Directors and its committees the opportunity to state what’s happening in the community. The dues-paying homeowners have not been permitted to state their ideas, issues, etc. in any of its publications. With this being denied to us, we are thankful for the opportunity The Explorer Newspaper extends to us to state our issues. A big thank you to the reporter who attended the June board meeting to witness for himself the contentiousness that filled the packed community center, and writing about it. In the August Windmill newsletter, page four, it was alleged that homeowners were responsible for causing the CRCA to be “forced to suffer $11,000 in losses” to address their actions, taking our dues to have the HOA attorney diffuse the recall election that we were entitled to have. 597 valid signatures were submitted to validate the recall election. Only 530 were required to obtain success in this endeavor. The HOA attorney sent a manilla envelope filled with copious pages of paperwork to all 667 homeowners who signed the petition. He was essentially stating that the recall election was “invalid,” thus protecting the current board. At the July meeting, a homeowner asked when we were having the recall election, and the response was a flat, “There will be no recall election.” Now the future of the CRCA depends solely on the voters. I strongly encourage each homeowner to vote for change.
Eight homeowners from the Continental Ranch community are squaring off this month in what is shaping up to be a heated homeowner’s association election.
RanchoVistoso.com is a community website created just for Rancho Vistoso and Greater Oro Valley.
You scoured the area until you found your dream neighborhood to put down roots. After time (and money) spent you finally have a peaceful place to seek refuge after work, create happy memories and just enjoy the Great American Dream. Until you realize your new neighbor likes to party until 3 a.m. several nights a week, turns their garage into a working mechanics shop 18 hours a day, or decides that your sidewalk is the perfect place for their Great Dane to poop every morning, turning your dream into a full–fledged nightmare.
A recent Continental Ranch Homeowner’s Association (HOA) meeting became so out of hand that it prompted a police presence and a premature adjournment – the result of what residents are saying was an unjust dismissal of an attempt to recall the entire board.
On June 14, the Catalina Mountain Elks Lodge #2815 and SaddleBrooke HOA #1 hosted an annual Flag Day ceremony.
Past Exalted Ruler Kathy Anderson carries the flag out at the beginning of the Flag Day ceremony in SaddleBrooke hosted by the Catalina Mountain Elks Lodge #2815 and SaddleBrooke HOA 1.
Are you one of the residents living in Continental Ranch who was shocked to see your Waste Management bill this past March double? Yes?...maybe…but only if you are a person who is disabled, alone and unable to put out your own trash without the help of WM. Why did this happen to those of us who are disabled? John Lambert created this problem for the disable community. You had your bill soar…mine was upped from $47.88 to $87.16. All other resident’s bills in CRCA remained as they were.
Where and when is a Community Center not a Community Center? In Continental Ranch and when HOA members meet there. The Board of Directors decided on a new policy of rentals for the Center which is one of the several common areas the homeowners pay assessments to maintain, but the only one which must be rented. Our swimming pools, spa, picnic areas and soccer fields can be used without a fee.