Friday, May 9, 2014
Bits and Pieces
Garner For Youth
The Oro Valley Aquatic Center hosted a huge 3-day swim meet event last weekend. Seen in the crowd was Oro Valley Council Member Bill Garner. Bill was one of the champions of building this facility. He fought for things like the "water slide" and the family changing room. Garner wanted the facility to be "first class." It is.
Unfortunately, the current Oro Valley Council Majority-4 have an: "If we didn't think of it its not a good idea" mentality. They marginalize his ideas. They prefer to try to paint him as an outlier rather than the twice elected, six year council senior leader that he is.
Hopefully, fresh membership on council after this year's election will enable all the best ideas, regardless of source, come to light.
Help Is On The Way
We previously reported that Patrick Straney, President of the Rancho Vistoso HOA, was considering running for either Mayor or Council. When we spoke with Patrick several weeks ago, he told us that he would base his decision on discussions he would have, seeking advice and council from a variety of sources. Wednesday, Patrick completed his deliberations. He filed an amendment to his PAC Statement of Organization. It is now: Straney For Mayor.
Mayor Hiremath has announced that he will seek reelection. Straney is the only other announced Mayoral candidate. Based on that, it will be a 2 person race, over in the August primary.
We will report more about Patrick during the next months, so that you can learn about him to determine whether he is an viable alternative to "The Great Divider."
OVPD announces upcoming Coffee with a Cop event
Oro Valley, Ariz. (May 2, 2014) - The Oro Valley Police Department (OVPD) is excited to announce its May Coffee with a Cop event. It will be on Monday, May 5, 2014, from 8 to 10 a.m. at All the Buzz Café, 12985 N Oracle, Suite 165, in Oro Valley.
Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by the United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. The goal of this program is to break down barriers between the public and police officers. Typically the majority of contact the public has with law enforcement is during emergencies, traffic stops or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective time for relationship building with the community. Coffee with a Cop allows for a relaxed one-on-one interaction between the community and their local police officers.
Businesses who are interested in participating in future Coffee with a Cop events may contact Lt. Kara Riley at 229-4956.
(Source: Oro Valley Police Department Press Release)
UPDATE: Shoplifter identified and charged
Oro Valley, Ariz. (May 8, 2014) - The Oro Valley Police Department would like to thank the public for its assistance in the April 12, 2014 GNC shoplifting incident. The suspect has been identified and charged. (Source: The Oro Valley Police Department Press Release)
OV Town Council adopts vision and guiding principles for general plan update
Oro Valley, Ariz. (May 8, 2014) - At its May 7 Regular Session, the Oro Valley Town Council unanimously voted to adopt the proposed vision and guiding principles for the Your Voice, Our Future project, also known as the general plan. The vision and guiding principles are the culmination of months of community input and more than 3,000 comments on what matters most. They will be used as a framework to guide future decisions.
With this adoption, the community's vision will now move forward to the next phase of the project-the creation of the general plan. Beginning this fall, the Your Voice Committees will work on building the plan, advising project staff and making recommendations on policy and goal proposals. The resulting general plan will shape decisions about the Town's future and quality of life.
(Source: Oro Valley Press Release)