- Your Voice
It is tough for the group who worked diligently for weeks to find out in heartbreaking fashion that thousands of signatures were thrown out on a technicality. Needing just over 1,100 signatures, the group trying to get the council’s approved purchase of a $1 million golf course, and let’s not forget the coveted community center, overturned by voters in a special election turned in more than 3,100 signatures.
“It was so easy to get these signatures,” “disrespect of the voices of the residents” and “lost confidence and trust” were just a few of the things said in Oro Valley last Wednesday.
Opponents of the Town of Oro Valley’s decision to buy the El Conquistador country club and golf facilities are suing the town clerk for rejecting the petition they filed to send the purchase to the ballot.
Shirl Lamonna (right) hands more than 3,000 signatures to Oro Valley Town Clerk Julie Bower on Thursday, Jan. 15. Lamonna’s citizens’ group gathered the signatures with the hope of forcing a public vote on the town council’s recent decision to purchase the El Conquistador country club and golf courses for a community center. (Hillary Davis/The Explorer)
The Oro Valley Town Clerk has rejected the petition filed by opponents of the town council’s decision to purchase the El Conquistador country club and golf courses because the signature sheets did not bear a serial number.
Organizers of the referendum petition drive that could reverse the Town of Oro Valley’s planned purchase of the El Conquistador country club and golf courses handed the town clerk more than 3,000 signatures Thursday.
Shirl Lamonna (right) hands more than 3,000 signatures to Oro Valley Town Clerk Julie Bower on Thursday, Jan. 15. Lamonna’s citizens’ group gathered the signatures with the hope of forcing a public vote on the town council’s recent decision to purchase the El Conquistador country club and golf courses for a community center. (Hillary Davis/Tucson Local Media)
The application and appointment process for Boards and Commissions in the Town of Oro Valley is now online, improving convenience and efficiency for residents interested in serving on a board. Within a few clicks, citizens can easily visit the town’s website, review vacant positions, submit their application and receive correspondence on the status of their application.
On Aug. 26, the Town of Oro Valley conducted its primary election. Previously, the town’s nonpartisan primary and general elections were held in March and May respectively and conducted as mail ballot elections. Due to a recent change in state law (HB 2826), the town is now required to consolidate its primary and general elections with Pima County’s partisan primary polling place election in August, and the general polling place election in November.
First of all, I want to express my deep gratitude to all of the many wonderful volunteers that came forward to support me in my campaign for mayor. I feel that my campaign was a fact-based, professional attempt to offer a viable alternative to the citizens of Oro Valley for mayoral leadership.
According to Town of Oro Valley clerk Julie Bower, the four incumbents - Mayor Satish Hiremath and councilmembers Joe Hornat, Lou Waters, and Mary Snider - have won the election outright with all precincts reporting.
Covering all aspects of how the town operates and on topics where debate has sparked in the past, the candidates for the Oro Valley mayor’s seat and the three available council seats participated in the first public forum on July 9.
On Thursday, April 17, 2014 an article appeared in the Northwest Section of the Arizona Daily Star. It discussed the continuing conflict between two Oro Valley Town Council members and the Oro Valley Police Department (OVPD). The same argument has been going on for several years. An overwhelming majority of the Oro Valley general population loves the Police Department and the services it provides. An even greater majority of the business owners in Oro Valley love the safety and protection provided by the OVPD. A small group of residents, led by these two councilpersons, mimic the actions of a couple of yapping little K-9‘s when both interact at the dog park or someone rings the door bell.
The four incumbents on the Oro Valley Town Council are taking the steps to run for reelection. Mayor Satish Hiremath, Vice Mayor Lou Waters and councilmembers Joe Hornat and Mary Snider have taken out papers to run for second terms.
A bill currently being reviewed by the Senate could reform public records laws in Arizona to allow cities and towns like Marana and Oro Valley to start charging to process requests that take more than eight hours to compile.
There may be somebody new handling the gavel in Oro Valley this November.
The group, Oro Valley Citizens for Ethical Government (OVCEG), said they came 38 signatures short of forcing a recall election of Councilman Mike Zinkin.
Petitions to recall Oro Valley Councilman Mike Zinkin were not submitted by the 5 p.m. deadline on Feb. 11.
Any qualified Oro Valley resident interested in running for town council in the fall of 2014 may now pick up a candidate handbook in the town clerk's office at town hall, 11000 N. La Cañada Drive.
The Town of Oro Valley is accepting applications from local citizens who are interested in serving on the Conceptual Design Review Board (CDRB). There are currently two (2) vacancies. To serve on a board or commission, members must be residents of the Town, be available to attend the designated meetings and be committed to the completion of the Town's Community Academy within their term.
The Town of Oro Valley is now accepting applications for two vacancies on the Water Utility Commission. Interested parties should have knowledge and/or interest in water-relatedA issues. Applicants must be residents of the Town of Oro Valley and customers of the Oro Valley Water Utility. The term of this appointment is January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2016.