- Your Voice
It’s taking a lot longer to pay off that new or used car nowadays.
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.
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.
Two rezonings passed at the Jan. 20 Marana Town Council meeting, one with no opposition and another that was more controversial.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
Needles. You either love them or hate them.
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)
(StatePoint) American public transit ridership is the highest it’s been in 57 years, according to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), and millennials are riding the most -- in fact, nearly half of this generation say they have ridden public transit in the past six months.
Senior citizens 55 and older will get an insider’s view of the Drexel Heights Fire District through their Senior Citizen’s Fire Academy. This free educational program provides citizens with safety classes plus an exclusive look at Drexel’s emergency operations. Participants will learn more about the organization while refreshing their fire and life safety skills.
Talented students who love to play music are encouraged to apply for the 2015 Dorothy Vanek Youth Concerto Competition by Valentine’s Day – Feb. 14.
The Town of Oro Valley is asking residents to give their input on budget priorities using a new online questionnaire. Oro Valley has usually held open forums to get the residents opinions, but the town says those usually had low attendance. The survey, titles 5 Questions in 5 minutes, asks participants to rank which areas of public service should be the highest priority when working out the budget. The town has also put together a budget information page for residents to look over.
(Family Features) It’s no secret that airing a commercial during the biggest football game of the year is a major undertaking. Brands compete in the ultimate commercial showdown, telling their best standout stories in a lineup of ads clamoring to be remembered.
(Family Features) Each year, more than four million women in America give birth and 2,600 infants are born with neural tube defects. While there are simple preventative steps women can take, Americans are generally unaware of the impact that diet, specifically enriched grains, has on pregnancy and infant health.
History buffs and music enthusiasts alike will find something to love at Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress Street, this weekend.
Tax season is here, and that means like any year, Tax– particularly those filing without the help of a professional – will be exposed to a number of complexities when filing before the April 15 deadline.
On Jan. 18, at approximately 2:40 a.m. Oro Valley Police Department (OVPD) responded to the Walgreens at Lambert and La Canada in reference to a burglary alarm. Officers arrived on scene within a few minutes and observed a male leaving the business and running towards the rear of the business. After a short foot pursuit he was taken into custody. Officers found the front door glass smashed in and several packs of cigarettes and alcohol on the ground of the Walgreens.
Local police departments say despite rising tensions following the nationally spotlighted cases of Eric Garner and Michael Brown – two black males killed during altercations with police – they have not employed any new training programs to deal with a potential increase of violence and racial tensions.
The Town of Marana believes that to have a town that runs well, citizens have to understand how the town operates. The Town of Marana has tried to streamline many of the things that they do and improve communication, with the newest project now aiming at educating local high school students.
Here’s your first lesson in government for the year. No, we’re not going over the hundred questions on the new high school civics test. We’re taking a look at what we’ve learned about government and politics from our new Governor Doug Ducey. Spoiler alert: the lesson will not be uplifting. Our new Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas might even say it’s too cynical to be taught to elementary school children. But we can take it. We’re all adults here.
The Marana Police Department has received three grants they believe will help them make the streets safer. All three grants are from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (AZGOHS) with the intent of lessening traffic accidents.
Although the 2015-16 fiscal year doesn’t begin until July 1, 2015, Town of Oro Valley staff has already begun the budget process. Many months of preparation go into this document, which serves not only as a guideline for spending, but also as: a policy document, the budget indicates what services the Town will provide during the next year and spells out the level of services and reasons for their provision.
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.