Friday, October 9, 2015

Mail In Ballots Coming: Are Your Ready To Decide?

Yesterday, Pima County mailed ballots to registered Oro Valley voters who are on their "vote-by-mail" list. The ballots are for the November 3 election.

There are two separate sets of decisions for voters. One involves whether to approve an additional property tax. If approved, the additional property tax will fund almost $800 million in bonds for Pima County. The bond money will be used for all sorts of things. Most, in our opinion, are simply "pork barrel" projects.

The other decision voters will make is whether Oro Valley voters want to retain the services of recalled officials Mayor Hiremath and Council Member Hornat, Snider and Waters; or replace them with Pat Straney as Mayor and Shirl Lamonna, Steve Didio, and Ryan Hartung for council. We did not list Doug Burke because he is simply not a viable candidate.

The Oro Valley Election is a head to head competition
On the ballot you will see that the Oro Valley election is head-to-head competition:
  • Straney v Hiremath
  • Didio v Waters
  • Hartung v Hornat
  • Lamonna (and Douglas Burke) v Snider
The election is a recall election
This is a recall election. It is not a regular election. It is happening because  thousands of registered voters signed petitions to give you the opportunity to vote on whether you want to retain the council majority in office.

At issue, is the judgment of the four recalled officials regarding the purchase of the El Conquistador Country Club.

"It's a matter of trust" to those seeking recall of the council majority
Those seeking recall assert that Mayor Hiremath and Council Members Hornat, Snider and Waters negotiated and drove home a deal with a major campaign contributor that lined his pockets and committed Oro Valley to millions in debt. They are also angered because these four raised the Oro Valley sales tax 25% to pay to pay for money-losing golf course operations. Many consider golf a "rich person's" sport. They object to the town's subsidizing such a luxury.

They also argue that the four rushed Oro Valley into the purchase without doing considered diligence and without truly engaging the community in this enormous decision. They assert that the four made the purchase despite hearing from a cross section of our community and from their own Parks and Recreation commission that the Majority-4 should not to rush into the deal.

They point out that the purchase had other major consequences. The purchased plunged Oro Valley into direct competition with private golf courses in our community. The purchase puts the town in competition with local restaurants. The purchase increases the town’s financial risk because the golf business is a money-losing business.

The incumbents stand by the purchase of the El Conquistador Country Club
Mayor Hiremath and Council Member Hornat, Snider and Waters assert that the purchase of the El Conquistador Country Club was a deal they could not refuse. It had to be rushed because the seller, a campaign contributor of theirs, HSL properties, could not buy the El Conquistador Country Club until the town approved the purchase of the golf courses. The purchase did not have to receive significant public vetting because the law does not require the voters to approve a land purchase.

The Majority-4 point to the control of land in the center of town as an important opportunity. They point to a clubhouse that they are turning into a community center as a great benefit to the community.

In fact, Mayor Hiremath is so bullish on the purchase of the El Conquistador Country Club that he considers the purchase one of the four great moments in Oro Valley history.

What serves the greater good?
The purchase of the El Conquistador Country Club was a seminal moment for Oro Valley. not because of the transaction itself, but because the purchase split the community. Never before has there been a recall election of four Oro Valley officials.

Mayor Hiremath stated at his "State of the Town Speech" on October 1 that a great town requires the united effort of all its people. He argued that people should go along with what is decided "for the greater good."

You now have your chance to opine through your vote: 
Did the purchase of the El Conquistador County Club serve the greater good?

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Guest View-Diane Peters: Vice-Mayor Lou Waters vs. Freedom of Speech

During our sign staking event in last week in the right of way ("ROW") outside Mayor Hiremath’s office, Vice-Mayor Lou Waters suddenly appeared and began taking pictures of us. I approached Waters and said, “You do realize that we’re just exercising our First Amendment Rights - Freedom of Speech.”

He replied that we were on private property and that Hiremath had to close his dental practice because he got word that we would be staging a protest that day. I told Waters that Hiremath was misinformed since he could clearly see that all we were doing was staking signs in the ROW. I told him that we had an official present from ADOT (Arizona Department of Transportation) to ensure that our signs were legally placed.

Waters Gives Shifting Reasons for being there
I then asked him why he was there. He replied that Hiremath was his dentist and he was there for a dental appointment. I reminded him that he just told me that Hiremath had to close his practice today due to the “protest.” He then became very flustered and denied ever having said that.

Waters then switched gears and claimed he was there as a journalist. Then his famous ego kicked in. He said, “Do you know who I am? I’m a world-renowned journalist! I worked for CNN!” I told him that was in the past. I continued trying to ascertain the real reason for his presence.

Uncivil, turbulent Waters
Waters danced around the questions and then accused me of “twisting everything.“ Next, in a highly agitated voice, he said, “YOU ARE SO POLITICALLY DENSE!” Ahhh, name-calling. The last resort of the person who’s run out of anything intelligent to say.

I especially enjoyed that exchange since Waters, Hornat, and Snider have a website called, “Stand for Civility” where they purport to have the market cornered in the civility arena.

Insults, Lies, and Videotape
I continued asking him why he was there, since we had established that it wasn’t for a dental appointment since the office was closed. Below is the part of the exchange where Waters contradicts himself. His contradictions are highlighted in green.

Peters: You said you were here as a photojournalist.
Waters: No, I didn’t. I said I was here to have an appointment WITH MY DENTIST!!!
Peters: No, that’s what you’re saying NOW. You completely changed what your saying.
Waters: You twist everything. You don’t have a truthful bone in your body.
Peters: How can you have an appointment with your dentist if you just told me that he closed
his office for today? How are you here for an appointment that doesn’t exist?
Waters: What??!!!
Peters: You just told me that he had to cancel all of his appointments today.
Waters: Yes, he canceled all of his appointments, mine included.
Peters: And yet when I asked you why you were here, you said you were here for an appointment.
Waters: I’m here because I’m passing by here to say hello to my friend, Satish Hiremath. 
Peters: He’s here?
Waters: You’re a real piece of work, you know it? Keep it up.

World-renowned journalist? Not!
I couldn’t help but notice the dazzling commentary from the self-proclaimed “world renowned journalist.” He sounded sophomoric to me.

 “You don’t have a truthful bone in your body…You’re a real piece of work…You are politically dense.” Can you imagine Tom Brokaw or Bob Schieffer behaving this way? All I wanted to know was why he was there and all I got in response was tap-dancing and insults.

Recap: So what was Water’s doing there?
  • I have an appointment with my dentist.
  • He canceled all of his appointments, mine included.
  • I’m here as a photojournalist.
  • I’m here because I’m passing by here to say hello to my friend, Satish Hiremath.
When he finally realized that he couldn’t keep up with my questions and his constantly changing reasons for why he was there, he walked away and threatened to call the police. Of course, he never did, because what would he have told them? “Officer, there’s some people staking signs in the ROW, they have a State official with them, and one of them is asking me questions that I’m completely unprepared to answer.”

This might explain why one of the demands the incumbents had at the Sun City Candidate Forum was to be given the questions in advance. It’s clear that, Waters at least, isn’t very adept at answering questions when he’s put on the spot.
Diane Peters has lived in Oro Valley since 2003, moving here to escape the humidity of the East Coast. Combining her love of animals and writing, she wrote her first protest letter at the age of 12 to the Canadian Prime Minister in support of ending the annual baby harp seal hunt. Years later, she flew by helicopter to the ice floes off the coast of Newfoundland where she was able to pet baby harp seals recently born on the frozen tundra. Her other interests include reading, nature photography, traveling to National Parks, Native American history, art galleries, museums, and following politics. In her past life, she worked in medical research at various University Hospitals in New England, including coordinating Oncology Clinical Trials and preparing manuscripts for publication in medical journals.  Her husband is an Army veteran who served in Germany and South Korea. A former hippie, he attended the 1969 Woodstock Festival in Upstate New York.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Round 3-Mayor Hiremath's Vendetta Against Council Member Burns: Hiremath Loses Again

We have previously reported that Mayor Hiremath, the leader of our community, has tried to remove councilmembers Zinkin and Burns from council. His attempt to lead recall Zinkin 2014 failed.

Then, last summer Hiremath penned a letter to PIMA County Attorney Barbara LeWall complaining that he thought Burns was a public safety risk. You can read all about that here.

The county did not agree with Hiremath. No action was taken.

Burns prevailed!

This happened after we reported that Hiremath attempted to get Burns removed from council because Burns was living temporarily outside of Oro Valley Town limits.  You can read about that here.

The town attorney did not agree with Hiremath. No action was taken.

Burns prevailed again!

Then, last spring, as we reported in August, Hiremath and Vice Mayor Waters filed a complaint to the Arizona Bar Association on Burns. Burns is an attorney. The complaint alleged that Burns violated ethics because Burns looked at the petition to seek a vote on the purchase of the El Conquistador Country Club. You can read about that allegation here.

The verdict on this latest attack is in.

Burns prevailed yet again!

The Arizona Bar Association does not agree with Hiremath and Waters. There is no action to be taken. This matter is closed.

Guest View-Diane Peters: Mayor Hiremath vs. Freedom of Speech

On Tuesday, September 22nd, Oro Valley resident Rick Hines (with the help of another Oro Valley resident) staked two anti-Hiremath signs in the right-of-way (ROW) on Pusch View Lane near the intersection with Oracle Road. Mayor Hiremath and a PAC that supports the incumbents have had their signs posted there (on the private property portion) for many weeks.

While posting the signs, Hiremath’s son and his receptionist came out of the office and stated that they were on private property. The residents explained that they were in the public ROW. The son and receptionist returned a few minutes later, telling them that Mayor Hiremath wanted to talk to them inside. The residents told them that they would be happy to speak with the mayor outside and in the meantime they would continue staking their signs.

They waited but Mayor Hiremath never emerged. Why was Hiremath only willing to talk inside? The residents took pictures of the signs as proof that they were in the ROW. Then they left.

Signs Removed, Conflicting Statements Given
The following day, Mr. Hines noticed that the black and white sign had been removed. A day later, the red and white sign was now missing as well. He filed a police report on September 25th. The police contacted Hiremath’s office and was told that the management company, Chapman Management, had removed the signs. The police then contacted Chapman and was told they only removed the black and white sign believing that it was on their property. Chapman said they believed ADOT removed the other sign.

Mr. Hines offered to show the officer the pictures he had taken immediately after installing the signs and the officer replied that he didn’t need to see them because he was not qualified to determine legal placement of political signs.

Hines then called ADOT and was informed that they did not take the sign. Chapman then admitted to having the second sign in their office. Hines asked why the second sign was also removed and was told that they were “probably pressured to remove it.” We can only assume that they were pressured by Hiremath.

The Town, the County, and the State…Oh My! 
Mr. Hines decided to return with more signs and more people to help install them. He contacted ADOT and Chapman and arranged for both to meet us at that location on Friday, October 2nd at 11:00 am. Chapman would be there to return the second sign and ADOT would be present to ensure that the signs were placed legally. We also had a map from Pima County outlining the ROW. The Town of OV also informed us that the ROW area was 7 feet from the curb.

Armed with information from the town and the county and with a State official being present, we would no longer be subjected to the possibility of any lies that our signs were on private property.

I Spy: Scene 1, Take 2
On October 2nd, seven residents arrived at the scheduled time. Our group included two retired law enforcement officers and a former town council member. We noticed a man sitting in his car in the parking lot and suspected that he was “a spy.” Mr. Hines approached him and the man said he was a police officer. Shortly afterwards, we saw him taking a picture of my license plate. At this point, myself and one of our law enforcement team members approached the man in the vehicle. When she introduced herself as retired law enforcement, the man changed his story and now claimed that he was just “an interested citizen.” We returned to the task at hand.

The ADOT rep ensured that our signs were placed legally. He was both courteous and helpful. He answered all questions and described the ROW from ADOT’s perspective. He confirmed that ADOT never had an issue with our original sign placement. As for Chapman Management, they sent an elderly man to return our sign. The absence of an official Chapman representative was very conspicuous.

Unfortunately, the story doesn't end there. Stay tuned for Part 2.
Note: Mayor Hiremath wrote us to clarify the facts as he understands them. We have entered it as a comment to this posting.
Diane Peters has lived in Oro Valley since 2003, moving here to escape the humidity of the East Coast. Combining her love of animals and writing, she wrote her first protest letter at the age of 12 to the Canadian Prime Minister in support of ending the annual baby harp seal hunt. Years later, she flew by helicopter to the ice floes off the coast of Newfoundland where she was able to pet baby harp seals recently born on the frozen tundra. Her other interests include reading, nature photography, traveling to National Parks, Native American history, art galleries, museums, and following politics. In her past life, she worked in medical research at various University Hospitals in New England, including coordinating Oncology Clinical Trials and preparing manuscripts for publication in medical journals.  Her husband is an Army veteran who served in Germany and South Korea. A former hippie, he attended the 1969 Woodstock Festival in Upstate New York.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

UPDATED: Candidates Decline Participation In Tonight's Chamber Forum

Mayor candidate Pat Straney and council candidates Steve Didio, Ryan Hartung and Shirl Lamonna have declined participation in tonight's scheduled Oro Valley Chamber Of Commerce candidate forum.

Their decision to not participate in the forum is a matter of fairness, according to a press release this morning.

"A vague format for the forum was provided late Sunday afternoon and concerns had not been addressed as of 5 pm Monday," according to a press release for the four.

"At issue was a list of conditions that the recalled incumbents had imposed upon the Sun City Government Affairs Committee (GAC) in order to participate in the October 3rd Sun City Candidate Forum. The challengers requested utilization of those same conditions for the Chamber Forum to ensure a fair and impartial exchange of ideas but were denied their request."

Challengers requested same treatment from Chamber as granted incumbents at SCOV forum
The incumbents had requested a number of conditions(panel right) before they agreed to appearing at the SunCity forum.

Sun City agreed to all of these demands. You can watch the Sun City forum here.

According to the press release, the incumbents did not foresee any need to request any preset conditions of the Chamber.

An email from candidate Steve Didio clarifies matters further.

"Because of the well-documented close relationship between the recalled incumbents and the Chamber of Commerce, and because the four of us felt that last year's Chamber debate was unfair to candidates Pat Straney and Don Bristow, we requested (panel below) many the same conditions that the incumbents received and that the SCOV leadership granted:

However, after multiple rounds of requests and denials, we felt the best course of action was to withdraw and attend a very important Planning and Zoning Commission meeting tonight instead."

That meeting is a hearing on the town's 90% complete version of the 2015 General Plan.

Candidtes Didio, Hartung, Lamonna and Straney are interested in hearing from the public.

"They will respond to emails and/or reserve space at the Oro Valley Public Library to meet with residents who would like to discuss issues with them individually.

Please direct your emails to:

Steve Didio –
Ryan Hartung –
Shirl Lamonna –
Pat Straney -"

(Source: Candidate Press Release and email from Candidate Didio)

Chamber President Perry Responds
In an email from the Chamber, President Dave Perry stated the following: "Some people would suggest those facts compromise our Chamber's ability to be fair and impartial in this forum, and in this election...As the individual who sets the tone for our organization, I hold dearly the values of honesty, fairness, respect and civility. We work extremely hard to do the right thing every day, and we will do so again this evening." (Source: Perry Chamber of Commerce email)

Heather's Corner: Political Potty Mouth and LOVE

I am a mother of two small children. I try very hard to instill in them that though they get angry with one another it is not OK to say, "You broke my favorite toy, you dummy." It works most times, but lack of a matured impulse control takes over, as one would expect of a three and five year old, respectively, and names are called, feelings hurt, followed by tears, pouting, the works. All in a days work for a mom

Of course I won't mention any names pertaining to LOVE but similarly, sometimes there are just downright cruelties flung in the comments of this blog. I confess I have found myself silently chuckling when particularly clever zingers were hurled (and don't we have some of the most clever zinger-hurlers from both sides of the fence.) But at some point, they stop being humorous, at least to myself, and they become painful to read, and sad.

LOVE, I believe, has highly intelligent readers who aren't just "OK" with "sheep think" and therefore seek out information wherever possible be it this blog or others, newspapers, public meetings, etc. I think a good many of our readers are the "doers" of the community. These are the go-getters, the researchers, and the ones who can get things done; the true backbone of our community. So it is often I wonder why the disagreements between our readers aren't more like, "Interesting point, So and So, thank you for sharing but you and I don't agree on this matter," instead of, "You broke my favorite toy, you dummy."

Obviously we at LOVE, and our readers, thrive on healthy debate. But when the topic is overshadowed by tit-for-tat mud-slinging the importance seems lost. So here is a little test if you will.

Let's see who can refrain from using name calling or derogatory statements and still have the strongest points of view. Be witty, be direct, be factual, be opinionated, but be tactful. I appreciate these points of view. I learn something new from you all everyday. Who's with me?
Heather Nenadovich has lived in Oro Valley for 6 years. She has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Arizona. She loves gardening, nature, art, and travel. Currently her two young children fill up most of her days (and nights) with chaotic bliss. Oro Valley favorites: memorial bench at the entrance of Romero Canyon Trail in Catalina State Park, Toscana Studio and Gallery, OV Fall Festival, the gumption and determination of OV residents! Sent from my iPhone

Monday, October 5, 2015

Guest View-Joe Winfield: Why I Ran For Mayor

Saturday, Oro Valley resident Joe Winfield announced that he was removing himself from candidacy for Mayor. He made the announcement at the Sun City candidate forum. Winfield said that he made his decision in deference to the mayoral candidacy of Pat Straney

Prior to that time, Joe had provided us with a Guest View for publication today.  We believe that his remarks and his perspective, which we know are shared by many, deserve this hearing.

The following is Joe Winfield's Guest View
Many decisions by Mayor Hiremath and some members of the town council are simply not in the best interest of our community nor do these decisions represent who I believe we are as a community.

What we do reveals what we value
Quoting the Mayor: "I encourage all residents of Oro Valley to become familiar with the facts and to weigh the rhetoric."

I could not agree more because what we do reveals what we value.

Community collaboration matters
Mayor Hiremath's actions indicate that he does not value collaboration with the community. After the purchase of the El Conquistador - despite strong opposition in the community- the Mayor and members of council had an opportunity to acknowledge the concerns of Oro Valley citizens and engage the community in an open discussion on how to move forward with the project. Instead, the Mayor and some members of council defended their decision and almost immediately started expensive improvements without citizen involvement. Instead, the Mayor and some members of council defended their decision and almost immediately plunged into expensive improvements. 

Collaborating with the community does not seem important to Mayor Hiremath . It is important to me.

Promoting all Oro Valley businesses matters
Mayor Hiremath's actions indicate that he does not value promoting small businesses in Oro Valley.

I am a small business owner and I was stunned by the video on the Town's web page featuring our mayor on KOLD-TV's Business File being interviewed by Joan Lee.

In this video, Mayor Hiremath enthusiastically promotes the town owned restaurant and does not say a word about all the restaurants in our community.

I think it is crazy the town owns and operates a restaurant and bar subsidized by our tax dollars. I cannot fathom what Mayor Hiremath is thinking as a business owner himself for the town to be competing against the private sector.

Promoting our local businesses does not seem important to Mayor Hiremath. It is important to me.

Seeking and considering the advice of Oro Valley's boards and commissions matters
Mayor Hiremath's actions tell me that he does not value the town's boards and commissions.

I can speak from my experience serving on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB). I was not on the board two weeks when Jack Stinnett (PRAB Chair) resigned in protest over the purchase of El Conquistador.  Jack's resignation was a great disappointment to me because I valued the service Jack brought to the community through his involvement on the PRAB.

Considering the significant impact purchasing the El Conquistador property would have on the parks and recreation program you would have expected Mayor Hiremath to seek advice from PRAB. Nope. Jack was not surprised by Mayor Hiremath's behavior because the mayor had not sought the PRAB's input about improvements to the town's pool either.

Seeking advice from the town's boards and commissions does not seem important to the mayor. It is important to me.

Following Oro Valley town code matters
The Town Of Oro Valley likes to pride itself in having unique design standards. These standards are articulated in the town's codes and ordinances. Everyone of us, including the town, is subject to these standards.

If you plan to build off street parking for your business or church be prepared to plant some trees. Don't get me wrong, I'm a landscape architect and trees are a good thing. They provide shade and soften the harshness of large expanses of asphalt. Go check out the new parking areas the town built at James D. Kriegh Park and Naranja Town Park. You will find a lot of parking spaces but one thing you will not see is a tree.

Ensuring that our government follows the codes and ordinances that they themselves put in place does not seem important to the mayor. It is important to me.

Community priorities, not "showmanship" is what matters
Mayor Hiremath's actions indicate that image takes precedent over what is more important to the community. You have probably noticed the numerous new park monument signs (For what it is worth, PRAB was not asked if they were a good idea or not). Now, no one can argue they look good, but keep in mind that all the parks already had signs. In fact, James D. Kriegh Park now has two monument signs. Have you ever had trouble finding James D. Kriegh Park? The point is the community voiced that playgrounds and play structures are the number one needed park amenity. And what do we get? We get signs we don't need.

Responding to community priorities does not seem important to the mayor, It is important to me.

What concerns me most about Mayor Hiremath and council members Hornat, Waters, and Snider is that they seem to believe that everything they are doing is good for Oro Valley.

Everything they are doing is not good for Oro Valley.

The mayor is right when he says "become familiar with the facts and weigh the rhetoric."

I did, and that is why I chose to run for mayor!”

What is important to you is important to me.
Joe Winfield is a landscape architect for the National Park Service (NPS) and graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture. For most of his nearly 32 year NPS career, Joe has worked with communities across the nation to achieve community-based goals through collaborative processes.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

URGENT: Candidate Removes Himself From Oro Valley Mayoral Race

Candidate Joe Winfield announced today that he has removed himself as candidate for Mayor. Read more Monday in LOVE.

Watch is remarks here:

Friday, October 2, 2015

Mayor Hiremath: "The Town You See Today Has Been Intentionally Crafted Toward A Common Vision"

Mayor Satish Hiremath delivered his sixth annual "State Of The Town" address at the El Conquistador Country Resort and County club yesterday.

The address is a fundraising event for the chamber. Speaking to an audience of about 650 people, about a quarter of which were either visiting dignitaries or Oro Valley town employees, the mayor touted what he considers to be his key accomplishment during his term: Changing Oro Valley from a retirement community to a community for everyone.

Hiremath reveals the Oro Valley formula for success
According to Hiremath, Oro Valley faced a financial dilemma when he took office in 2010.  He adopted a bold strategy: Grow the town.

"State of the Town" Luncheon
In 2011, he sought passage of the environmentally sensitive land ordinance, an ordinance that encourages cluster homes and the set aside of contiguous undisturbed desert. This, he says, increased rooftops which drew retailers to the community. Increasing the number of retailers then resulted in increased sales tax revenues. The town also encourages sports tourism in Oro Valley. This adds more sales revenues. Growing sales tax revenues is important, according to Hiremath, because half of Oro Valley's general fund revenues are from the sales tax. Without sales tax growth, Mayor Hiremath believes the town would need a property tax.

Fact: In five years, sales tax revenues grew from $13.1 to $15.7 million, an increase of $2.6 million or 20%. This is a compound annual growth rate of 3.7%.

Hiremath wants to "accelerate" growth through a Pima County property tax increase
Mayor Hiremath points to an "understanding" between the town and Arizona State University as evidence that his growth strategies work. ASU will take space in a business accelerator. They will do so if and when one is built.

A business accelerator is a place for start-up companies. Its location in Oro Valley will bring jobs to Oro Valley, according to the mayor.

The mayor did not mention that getting this business accelerator requires voter approval of a property tax. The business accelerator building is included in the 2015 Pima County bond package.  Pima County voters will have to vote for this increased property tax in November's bond election in order to get the funds to build the facility.

Mayor Hiremath also points to a commitment by the University of Arizona to house a doctoral in veterinary medicine program in Oro Valley. This program is not yet operational. It requires that the State of Arizona fund it.

Hiremath stated that it was necessary to approve the building of almost 1,000 apartments during his terms in order to accommodate the living needs of mobile professionals. He asserts, as we have previously reported, that younger people no longer want to own homes.

"Who would ever have thought that one day both Arizona State University and the University of Arizona would have a strong presence in our community?"

Oro Valley is a community by design
"Deliberate decisions were made to insure that we would have the infrastructure and momentum for a collaborative community of innovators. These things don't happen by accident. They are by design...Everything that we have done since 2010 has been done with intention."

The purchase of the El Conquistador Country Club is a "game changing milestone in Oro Valley history"
"Our boldest move yet was purchasing the El Conquistador country club this year and converting it into the Oro Valley community and recreation center. This acquisition includes... a 50,000 square foot building". (ed. note: This calculation is the total of the basement space [golf cart storage], the first floor space, and the second floor space [restaurant and meeting room])

Hiremath refers to the El Conquistador Country Club purchase as a designed action even though, according to him last year, it came about suddenly and had to be approved immediately.

We wonder: Is plunging Oro Valley into competition with local restaurants and private golf clubs by design? If so, then this may have been a "bad design".

The Hiremath goal: Transform Oro Valley
Hiremath's community by design is the implementation of a vision of the town; a vision that he asserts is "shared" by the people. It is a transformation of Oro Valley from a retirement community to a community for everyone.

Hiremath: "Some believe that their individual rights supercede the rights of the greater good"
Mayor Hiremath vision of how things should work is defined as "collectivism." "Collectivism" is a "system" in which individual rights are subordinated to the "rights" of some group.

Hiremath asserted that those who disagrees with the vision or its implementation simply do not understand the "big picture." If they did, one could surmise, he thinks they would most certainly agree.

Those who disagree should, he asserts, go along with his decisions in order to serve the "common good;" even if they think it would be wrong for them as individuals.

Hiremath: "Great communities are created when 41,000 people act as one."

Hiremath: "Your entire council should be pulling in the same direction."
"It has been said that disagreement on council is good. I don't accept that. Discussion is good but constant disagreement is not. It is not consensus. It is not compromise. And it is not cooperation.... Once a decision is made, your entire council should be pulling in the same direction."

We wonder if the Mayor would say the same thing if he were always on the short-end of a 4-3 vote. Because, when you are the council majority, there is never the need for you to seek cooperation and accommodation with the minority. In other words, you never have to go along with something you think is wrong.

You can watch Mayor Hiremath's speech on line.

Bits and Pieces

OVPD recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Oro Valley, Ariz. (September 29, 2015) – October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and in support of this campaign, the Oro Valley Police Department (OVPD) is issuing Breast Cancer Awareness pins to all of its officers to wear on their uniforms. It is OVPD’s goal to help bring awareness of the disease, educate people on the importance of early detection and support in finding a cure. If breast cancer is discovered early, there are more treatment options and a better chances of survival. (Source: Oro Valley Police Department press release)

Call for nominations: 2015 Volunteers of the Year
Oro Valley, Arizona (September 29, 2015) - The Town of Oro Valley is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Volunteers of the Year. Nominees should embody the spirit of volunteerism by going above and beyond the call of duty in an effort to better our community. One man and one woman will be selected based on the outstanding nature of their volunteer efforts and will be recognized at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Reception on December 10, 2015, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Hilton El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort.

Hand delivery Oro Valley Town Hall, 11000 N. La Cañada Dr., Attn. Misti Nowak
Postal mail Town of Oro Valley Attn. Misti Nowak 11000 N. La Cañada Dr. Oro Valley, AZ 85737
Nominations may be hand-delivered to Town Hall, or submitted by email or postal mail. Submissions received after October 30 will not be considered. Both letters of support must be submitted together. (Source: Oro Valley Press Release)

Oro Valley Blue Ribbon Day was September 30

Oro Valley, Arizona (September 28, 2015) – On September 16, 2015, Town of Oro Valley Mayor Satish I. Hiremath proclaimed September 30, 2015, as Blue Ribbon Day, a day Oro Valley joined other communities across the nation in a show of support for the men and women who serve in law enforcement and public safety. (Source: Oro Valley Press Release)