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As some may have seen last week, thanks to a local online “news” source wanting to get a jump on everyone else, I have resigned my position at Tucson Local Media. Despite the tone that some want to take with this resignation, it is not with any anger, regret or problems with my position.
The Town of Marana is going through the process of making five minor amendments to the transportation element of the Marana General Plan. On the surface the changes seem to be almost trivial, but they could have a major impact on the future of transportation and development in the town.
I have followed with interest the ongoing correspondence regarding the purchase of the El Con Country Club and the subsequent petitions for a referendum and a recall. I don’t know the proportion, pro or con, of the letters you receive but based on what I have read, I think The Explorer is to be congratulated on the even-handedness of its editorial policy.
In the March 25 edition of The Explorer, “You Say”, George Kavvouras poses that the Oro Valley town council is slighting the youth of the town by its decision to purchase the El Conquistador Country Club Complex “for the geriatric set”. I strongly disagree with his position,
Oro Valley is putting $300,000 toward its police pension fund in addition to increasing its future contribution rate.
New-home communities generally fall into two camps: subdivisions and master-planned communities. Do you know the difference – and most importantly, do you know which one is right for you?
I read with interest Donna Winetrobe’s (March 18) letter about Signing the Petition. In her letter Ms. Winetrobe states “I wonder if any of the recall petition pushers have sat down with the mayor or the three council members in favor of the El Conquistador purchase to talk to them, have a conversation, get the facts and express opinions and concerns?”
Residents of Sun City Oro Valley will probably never use the Conquistidor club house, pool or golf course nor pay the $70 monthly fee. We have multiple club houses, golf course, pools, gym, tennis courts, etc.
When reading about the desire of certain political activists to conduct a recall election against the Oro Valley mayor and several town council members, one wonders at the poor judgment and reckless behavior of such people. The right to recall an elected official is not one that is meant to be used any time someone disagrees with a policy decision, certainly not in reaction to a single vote. Frivolous calls for recall in instances such as this do serious harm to the democratic principles that serve as the basis for our society. The message such actions send to our young people are that honest disagreements can’t occur without extreme measures being advocated by people who could care less for the effects their behavior has on public discourse.
The Town of Oro Valley is where scientific collaboration, technological innovation and business opportunities are surrounded by the stunning Arizona landscape. We enjoy a business environment based on a diverse economic base and a well-qualified workforce. For many years, the town has actively recruited primary employers (non-retail), and our successful record is reflected in the ever-growing presence of bioscience and high-tech businesses.
The Town of Oro Valley was correct in rejecting a petition by opponents of the town’s decision to purchase the El Conquistador golf courses and country club, the Arizona Court of Appeals decided last week.
The Marana Town Council held a special study session last week to hear a variety of subjects, including items on the proposed Marana Main Street and adjustments to fees.
1. The Town of Oro Valley held three separate Open House events (two evening and one morning) to educate the citizens about the community center and answer questions. Why is it that none of the three council members (Burns, Garner, and Zinkin) who voted against the community center attended any of these sessions? Our mayor, Dr. Hiremath, and the three council members Hornat, Snider and Waters attended most, if not all, of the sessions. I expect my elected officials to be educated on town issues and be willing to listen to both sides of an argument. I know the anti-El Conquistador council members have heard from those citizens against this purchase. I’m sure they have also heard from plenty in favor of it. I wrote all of the council members expressing my support of the purchase, but only heard back from the four in support. Too bad this anti-group wasn’t “able” to participate in the town open house meetings and listen to both sides.
When I think of Oro Valley, I think of a place where older generations can retire and where young families can raise their kids – free for the most part of government intrusion, both federally and locally. Mainly, American citizens want to be left alone, to live their lives the way they see fit. They expect their local governments to make wise choices, ones they might not agree with, but are able to live with. However, that is the heart of the issue isn’t it, what can we live with?
A recall attempt of elected Oro Valley Town council members is serious business and not to be taken lightly. As such, Oro Valley Citizens for Open Government (OVCOG) was formed by a diverse group of residents to initiate this important process. We come from many walks of life, young and old, and bring the collective influence of organization, experience in the private sector, thoughtfulness, and measured action.
The Town of Oro Valley was correct in rejecting a petition by opponents of the town’s decision to purchase the El Conquistador golf courses and country club, the Arizona Court of Appeals announced today.
Could this be the year Millenials jump off the fence and into the housing market? Some experts believe so.
When we all gather for the annual State of the Town luncheon, I think of it as a celebration. Even when times were tough several years ago, we still had reason to be optimistic. What can I say? I’m an eternal optimist.
Recently, Mayor Hiremath was a guest on Garret Lewis’ program on KNST. If you missed it, the podcast is available on the KNST website. I heard misinformation, contradictions, scary revelations and inappropriate comments. Below are some I noted:
The Town of Oro Valley will transfer $1.2 million from its contingency fund to front the first few months of operation and begin facility improvements at the El Conquistador golf course and country club, if the purchase goes through as planned.
When the Marana Town Council approved the temporary half-cent sales tax increase to fund the new police station it was the first of seven steps in funding and building of the new police station.
A day at Oro Valley’s new community and recreation center will cost locals $5 to $14, while a full round of prime-season golf will cost no more than $125.
Ryan Hartung might want to rethink his assertion that he wants “free thinkers that are willing to vote on their best conscience” (Explorer March 4). That is precisely what the Gang of Four did in voting to buy the golf courses. When not constrained by facts and data, rules, and legal procedures or laws, voting by conscience is all that is left, and politicians simply do whatever they want. The gang voted what they wanted, irrespective of desires of the town citizens.
Was the purchase of the land and clubhouse at El Conquistador for $1 million by the Town of Oro Valley a wise decision? We believe it was. The acquisition of over 300 acres of prime land and a clubhouse, to be used for a town recreation center, is well worth the money invested in this purchase. As taxpayers and homeowners in OV, we agree that the minimal tax on my future purchases is a sound investment.
Every spring IMPACT of Southern Arizona coordinates Family/Youth Day, a free, family-friendly event. “We want to put on a fun-filled day of activities and provide information about the many wonderful local organizations and services available to families,” says Program Manager Michele Santorelli.