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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)
Heading full speed into a New Year of highly-anticipated performances, the “Rockstars of Bluegrass” Dailey & Vincent bring their critically acclaimed signature sound to the Rialto Theater in Tucson, Ariz. on Thursday, January 29. The award-winning duo is set to take the stage at 8 p.m..
Instead of talking politics, and drama – this week we’ll change things up and focus on another circus world. That world would be the lives busy moms lead.
On Dec.17, the mayor, with the votes from three other Oro Valley Council Members passed an Ordinance and a Resolution to raise our sales tax and to buy the El Conquistador Country Club facility, including three golf courses for $1,000,000. This was done without Voter Approval.
One extremely profound and historic moment (of many) during the film “Selma” occurs when viewers witness President Lyndon B. Johnson finally acquiesce to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. over his desire to conduct a protest march in Alabama. The dramatic White House scene, in which President Johnson places a call to Alabama Governor George Wallace at this insistence of Dr. King, is magnified tenfold when viewers can’t help but notice a portrait of George Washington staring down at LBJ from an Oval Office wall. The symbolic message to the audience is clear. After nearly 200 years as a country—built in large part upon the backs and suffering of African-Americans--the United States was finally turning a new page on that grim chapter of our nation’s history.
After a verbal kerfuffle between Mayor Satish Hiremath and Councilman Brendan Burns during the Jan. 7 council meeting, Hiremath called for a three-minute recess “until councilman Burns can actually control himself.”
In what was seen as a surprise, the Marana Town Council failed to pass a proposal to change the zoning for the Lazy K Bar development.
Sitting in his home a few hours after a Maricopa County judge declared the results of a recount that determined he wouldn’t be returning to Congress next year, Ron Barber reflected on his two-plus years representing Southern Arizona.
In the wake of the Marana Town Council’s 6-1 vote favoring a half-cent sales tax increase for the construction of a new police facility – a measure widely supported by community members – town officials will next seek bids to complete architectural and schematics plans for the project, which is anticipated for completion in the latter part of 2016.
In a recent meeting, the Marana Planning Commission approved a development plan and voted to recommend two rezoning requests, which will now go before the town council for final approval.
In December, Arizona’s State Transportation Board (STB) approved $15 million to initiate the environmental impact studies (EIS) needed to build the proposed Interstate 11 highway from Wickenberg to Nogales. The unanimous action followed a two-year study by the Arizona and Nevada Departments of Transportation urging construction of the new highway. Funding came from putting a number of just-approved construction and repair projects on indefinite hold.
I have read with interest the ongoing “conversation” regarding the town purchase of the El Conquistador property, including the latest letter from Mr. Skip Stevens, in your most recent publication.
On Dec.17, the mayor, with the votes from three other Oro Valley Council members passed an ordinance and a resolution to raise our sales tax and to buy the El Conquistador Country Club facility, including three golf courses for $1,000,000. This was done without voter approval.
This week’s Marana Town Council meeting will have two main items, one controversial and one that, while very important, should be pass with little drama.
In the wake of the Marana Town Council’s 6-1 vote favoring a half-cent sales tax increase for the construction of a new police facility – a measure widely supported by community members – town officials will next seek bids to complete architectural and schematic plans for the project, which is anticipated for completion in the latter part of 2016.
Upset with the rushed deadlines and lack of transparency in the proposed country club purchase, I had an email exchange with Councilman Joe Hornat just prior to the Dec. 17 meeting. When asked why on earth the town would want to get into a declining industry like the golf course business, Mr. Hornat replied “we don’t want to be in the golf business and that is why we will be hiring Troon to do that.” Really? If the town owns a golf club, it is in the golf course business. Period. And by extension, so are all Oro Valley residents, like it or not.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona is launching its 2015 kids cooking contest aimed at motivating Arizona kids to incorporate healthy options into their daily food choices. For the fifth consecutive year, the company is looking for great-tasting, kid-inspired side dishes for the Walk On! Kids Cooking Challenge. Children ages 9–12, living anywhere in the state of Arizona, are encouraged to submit their healthy, and tasty, side dish creations for a chance to win great prizes and an opportunity to prepare and share their masterpiece at a Phoenix Suns home game.
From January 5th to March 15th, Infiniti is helping 48 of the nation’s top college basketball coaches compete to raise money for charities in the Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge. The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Arizona has been selected by UA Men’s Basketball Head Coach Sean Miller as the beneficiary of the challenge.
Hillary Clinton isn't the only one that continues to take steps toward a serious run for the nation's top seat. Recently, Jeb Bush resigned from all of his corporate and nonprofit board positions, showing he is seriously looking at becoming the third Bush to take office.
We are saying goodbye to 2014, a year that went by too quickly. We are saying hello to a new year, 2015, and for the most part, I can’t say I’m too optimistic about it.