- Your Voice
From the back of a packed Oro Valley Town Council chambers, near the doors ordered open by the town fire marshal, one of the many skeptics of the town’s proposal to purchase the Hilton El Conquistador’s country club couldn’t contain his irritation.
The change of the year is always a good time to take stock of the year past, and 2014 was a good year for Pima County.
Lord Mayor Satish Hiremath opened his chambers on Dec. 17 as required by law to allow citizens to observe Council’s passage of the tax increase and planned purchase of El Conquistador Country Club. The Chambers were filled to capacity and beyond (SRO) and citizens (subjects) were permitted to approach the bench and make their points to his honor. Thirty-nine of us were allowed to speak, however, a much lower number was actually heard, for, you see, the deal was already done. His ruling majority had apparently decided the outcome as soon as the public was made aware that the transaction was proposed and no further input was really required. Such is the nature of Oro Valley governance under the current Town Council. It is sad when a deal of this magnitude is decided with little to no taxpayer input.
I attended the Oro Valley Town Council meeting last night and was dismayed that Mayor Hiremath seems to think he is King. He and he alone negotiated an agreement to adhere to “confidentiality” commitments so that the public could not know the “real” amounts from “secret deals”. I have not heard so much hubris from a politician since Gruber admitted that Obamacare had to be kept “secret” in order to pass it. Otherwise, the stupid (yes Gruber called the voters stupid) voters would never allow it to pass.
The State Transportation Board has unanimously approved $15 million in funding to conduct a tier one environmental impact study for the proposed Interstate 11, a multibillion-dollar project designed to connect Nogales to Las Vegas – and, likely in the longer run, Mexico to Canada.
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With so many new building projects occurring in Marana, the Metropolitan Pima Alliance invited Town Manager Gilbert Davidson to speak at their December Membership breakfast, last week.
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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.
A split Oro Valley Town Council voted to move ahead with negotiations to purchase the El Conquistador country club and golf courses for a municipal community center Wednesday.
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I would love to have a municipal golf course in Oro Valley, but not the one proposed.
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