Oro Valley residents opposed to the Town Council’s split vote to purchase the El Conquistador Country Club and golf courses have pulled paperwork to recall Mayor Satish Hiremath and Councilmembers Lou Waters, Joe Hornat and Mary Snider
The Town of Oro Valley will begin collecting its increased sales tax starting Sunday, regardless of the outcome of a court case seeking to send the purchase of the El Conquistador country club and golf courses to local voters.
The Arizona Court of Appeals has denied a bid to delay the Town of Oro Valley's negotiations and purchase of the El Conquistador Country Club and golf courses, reasoning that the court will have rendered its decision before the town's expected deadline to close on the deal.
Having state lawmakers serve terms of four years rather than two would promote responsibility and create better relationships across the aisle, according to a legislator who wants Arizonans to vote on the proposal.
The Town of Marana came one step closer to a new police station. At the end of a special study session on Tuesday, the Marana Town Council unanimously approved to initiate the process to adopt a dedicated 0.5 cent sales tax.
Oro Valley is streamlining its already-expedited Economic Expansion Zone process.
Legal battles continue over the rejection of a petition filed by Oro Valley residents opposed to the town’s planned purchase of the El Conquistador country club.
One thing is crystal clear. In my 22 years as a resident of Oro Valley, there may have been one short period of time when we had a Town Council where the majority were concerned with not the special interests, but the people of this community.
A 60,000 square-foot Ventana Medical Systems logistics facility is one step closer to a reality in the town of Marana.
How about a compromise? Give the O.V. Town Council their golf course if they agree to leave Big Wash completely alone, no roads, homes or schools. This area bordered by Tangerine, Rancho Vistoso and Innovation Parkway is a much needed and viable open space for the diverse amount of wildlife that not only live there but depend on it to move from one area to another. It would also provide a constant respite from the overwhelming amount of high density homes that continue to flourish.
I respect the right of citizens to challenge the decisions of legislative bodies by the referendum process. However, it is the responsibility of those who exercise this process to strictly follow the state laws established to safeguard the integrity of the process. In the case of the recent petition of the decision by the OV Town Council the organizers did not comply with the law. The law explicitly requires the placement of the serial number on all petitions in the lower right corner of both sides of the petition. On the surface this might appear as a minor technicality. But it is not. The Secretary of State is required to invalidate petitions not having the requisite serial numbers. If one reads the requirements for circulating and submitting petitions it is precise. These requirements are necessary for the integrity of the process and to prevent fraudulent signatures. The state courts have stated that strict compliance with state law on referendums is mandatory. If one just used intention as the determining factor of the submission of petitions you can easily corrupt the process. Dotting the i and crossing the t is critical in this case and the organizers failed to so. They now look to the court to bail them out at a cost to you and me.
The timeless battle between Achilles and Hector, with mischievous gods looking on from above, is brought to life through fearless acting and musical improvisation. Based on Robert Fagles’s translation of Homer’s epic, this modern play retells the ancient tale of gods, goddesses, warriors and their families, and the endless battles of human history with a gripping, modern voice. Algernon D’Ammassa recounts the epic story of the Trojan War and all its major characters, including the gods, with a few simple props; and Randy Granger creates a musical landscape unique to each performance and each audience, improvising freely with a wide variety of instruments and found objects.
The most recent editorial in Explorer was one of those pieces that you read and think that maybe, just maybe, they finally got it right. Only to read further to find that accuracy and objectivity is not a priority.
The editors recent “We Say” in the Explorer was well written, but what really got my attention was the editor stating more than 4,000 signatures were gathered in a matter of a few weeks. Unfortunately the devil is in the details. The resolution number was used instead of the serial number disallowing the petitions. But the editor goes on to point out that any council menber that thinks this is some vocal minority is delusional. Not to be outdone, Mr. Hiremath “ doesn’t want the hype and rhetoric of a few people tarnish this opportunity.” I wonder if the good Mayor was elected with 4,000 votes? Not content with this statement, he goes on proudly to say “since the revenue will be generated by a dedicated half-cent sale tax, an estimated 30 percent will be paid by non-residents”. Then a resident of Oro Valley stated in a letter, “He doesn’t want to pay higher fees and taxes that will be cycled back to Marana”. Well as a resident of SaddleBrooke I (we) shouldn’t have to pay 30 percent to help fund a golf course that 4,000 residents of Oro Valley are against.
Angie Ving of Tucson was having more than her share of troubles a few years ago. In terms of medical issues, she had her spine fused and spent much of her time in bed, unable to move much. She couldn’t go to work, so there was no money coming in to handle the bills and provide for her three children.
A Pima County Superior Court Judge has ruled that the Oro Valley Town Clerk acted appropriately when she threw out the referendum petition filed by residents opposed to the town council’s decision to purchase the El Conquistador country club.
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.
The calendar reads January 2015, and that can mean only one thing: it’s prime-time predictions season. Everyone, it seems, is clamoring to know what the future holds for the national housing market. It’s easy to understand why.
Marana Mayor Ed Honea doesn’t care if the state balances its budget (Explorer Feb. 21). I (and a lot of others) do care that the state has a balanced budget, and not by me (or us) paying higher fees and taxes to the state that then get cycled back to Marana. Nor am I (or we) interested in paying higher costs for goods that result from higher business fees and taxes paid to the state cycling that money back to Marana.
As students in middle and high school, we learned about our federal government in civics classes. We became well-versed in the Constitution, the three branches of government, the importance of checks and balances and the Bill of Rights.
Looking at recent events that have occurred in the past few weeks I am reminded of a famous quote of Ronald Reagan’s: “When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.” Involvement in your local government is truly paramount to reminding elected officials of what you would like to see happen in our community, especially when it comes to the use of your tax dollars.
In an effort to keep the residents of Marana informed, the town has started a podcast. The podcast, started earlier this month, has already found an audience.
With two zoning code changes to two separate locations, the undeveloped properties on the east side of First Avenue in Oro Valley are soon going to be built upon.
The Town of Oro Valley is at a crossroads. We have the opportunity to purchase 324 acres of land in the heart of our community, a 31,475-square-foot building which could be converted into a community and recreation center, 31 tennis courts, 45 holes of golf and two swimming pools, all for $1 million in cash over a three-year period.