Friday, July 11, 2014

Bits and Pieces

"Majority-4 Proven Leadership=Amateur Hour"

This from one of our readers regarding the recent council study session on Oro Valley sensitive land ordinance.  Basically, the Majority-4 did not understand the ordinance after 4 years in office, though they have made decisions about it in council votes during the past 4 years.  This is what happens when Council Members do not put in the effort to do their job.

The comment, by the way, is from one who is independent of LOVE and has supported the Majority-4.

"The discussion on the ESL (Environmental Sensitive Land) ordinance convinced me that approval of ordinances and the consistent application of them is unreliable. The "pressure" of actually knowing what you're doing and its importance became apparent only when it was realized that your approval of a re zoning and further administrative approval was final. Why can't that realization be apparent under regular procedure? This is not a new ordinance.

Too much networking, ribbon cutting and conference attendance, probably."
Oro Valley Needs A General Plan That Can Be Implemented

One problem with the 2005 General Plan is that there is far too much "wiggle room" in interpreting what something means as written.  As one of our reader's notes, in relation to the 2015 General Plan:
"The General Plan can only be implemented - "followed and consistently applied "- by government. So, we the people create the ideas, and government implements them. But does it?"
The reader then asks
"How could government do a better - or at least more acceptable - job of implementation? Can government implement ( enforce ) policies of the people if they feel, a) the policies are unenforceable, b) policies are subject to interpretation, and c) policies are at the discretion of politics?"
What are your thoughts?
"Shop OV Summer Campaign concludes with a $500 grand prize for local shopper

ORO VALLEY, Ariz. (July 9, 2014) – During its “Shop Oro Valley” Summer Campaign from May 1 to July 1, 2014, Oro Valley shoppers spending $25 or more at an Oro Valley business were eligible to submit their receipts for a weekly raffle, sponsored by 18 Oro Valley businesses. Thanks to the generosity of our participating businesses, the Town was able to award 48 prizes such as gift cards and certificates for free services.

Sandra Johnson, a 20 year resident and first time Shop Oro Valley Campaign participant, is the lucky winner of the $500 gift card basket. Vestar donated the grand prize, which features various gift cards for great shopping, dining and entertainment at Oro Valley Marketplace." (Source: Town Of Oro Valley Press Release)

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