$250,000: Annual Cost Oro Valley Police Department Take Home Cars
One our readers, working with information provided by the Oro Valley Police Department, estimates that it costs Town Of Oro Valley $250,000 annually to provide the approximately 60 take home cars to it officers. He estimates that the total annual additional travel for this programs 270,000 miles.
The reader believes this to be a worthwhile program.
"While I have not developed a cost-benefit ratio for the program, my experience with commercial applications of company provided cars fully ascertains the benefits in readiness, response time, and recruitment/retention..."This reader has business experience with take home car programs. He supports the program. Based on his business experience he wrote:
The “ownership” of take home vehicles has a significant improvement in care of the vehicles and thereby produces reduced costs. The intangible we cannot see in these figures is the improved response times. The 10 call out events per week, is well below my benchmarks at other municipal operations, and an easy “sell” to residents."This is the first time we have seen a cost put on the car take home program. This kind of information should be readily available for every program offered by every Oro Valley department, not just the police department. But it is not.
Huppenthal Back In The News
Back in March, Heather's Corner focused on Arizona School Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal speaking at the Oro Valley Library, amongst other things, about his support for the Common Core Standards. As stated then, it was a very controversial discussion and lead to heated debates between Huppenthal and members of the audience consisting of parents, teachers, and students mostly opposing and in disagreement with his views.
It seems Huppenthal finds himself again in a controversy (story), this time breaking down in tears at the end of a news conference in tears Wednesday, apologizing for posting anonymously on a blog what some have deemed racist for disparaging those who are welfare recipients.
Though Huppenthal was sorry, he made no intentions of resigning his position nor dropping out of the Republican primary where he is up against Republican Diane Douglas, who has publicly denounced her support of the Common Core Standards in schools, and Democrats, David Garcia and Sharon Thomas.
It's time to Save-A-Plant in OV!
Oro Valley, Arizona (June 24, 2014) - Oro Valley's next Save-A-Plant event will be held July 12 and 13, from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Maracay at Vistoso subdivision site, located at the northern terminus of La Cañada Drive in Rancho Vistoso, Oro Valley. Save-A-Plant is an award-winning program with the goal of salvaging and preserving as many of our native plants from work and construction sites.
A list of available plants can be obtained by contacting the Town of Oro Valley Development and Infrastructure Services Department at 520-229-4800 or visiting their office located at 11000 N. La Cañada Drive. Participants should bring their own equipment such as shovels, gloves and pitchforks, and dress appropriately for high temperatures and rugged desert terrain.
For more information contact Rosevelt Arellano at 520-229-4817 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Source: Oro Valley Press Release)
July 4: Stay Cool In Oro Valley
"If you're looking for a place to beat the heat and enjoy family activities and fireworks on the 4th of July, then don't miss Oro Valley's 4th of July Celebration at James D. Kriegh Park and the Oro Valley Aquatic Center, 23 W. Calle Concordia.
The FREE fun begins at 5 p.m. with live entertainment, activities for kids, food trucks and much more. Enjoy reduced rates at the Oro Valley Aquatic Center: just $1 for children and $3 for adults. Participate in relay races, contests and games or just lounge by the pool and enjoy the gorgeous view of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Then at 9 p.m., festivities culminate with a fireworks display, sponsored by the Hilton El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort. Click here to view our promo video!
- ENTERTAINMENT: Bryan Dean Trio (5-6:30 p.m.), Little House of Funk (6:45-8:30 p.m.), National Anthem, Tucson Desert Harmony Chorus (8:45 p.m.), Fireworks (9 p.m.).
- FOR THE KIDS: Bounce house, rock climbing wall, tie-dye t-shirts, face painting, arts & crafts projects.
- AT THE AQUAIC CENTER: ($1 for children and $3 for adults) Interactive splash pad, giant waterslide, relay races, watermelon relay, soda toss, penny toss, diving board contest.
- FOOD OPTIONS: Burgers Amore, Fruit Shack Smoothies, Jozarelli's Italian Street Food, Tucson Kona Ice, OV Aquatic Center Snack Bar and the CDO Little League Snack Bar.
- EVENT SPONSORS: Comcast, Explorer Newspaper, Fry's Food Stores, Hilton El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort and Southern Arizona Urgent Care."