Friday, August 1, 2014

Bits and Pieces

Solomon For The Incumbents

Former Oro Valley Appointed Council Member Steve Solomon was soundly defeated in the 2012 election by the minority-3.  Solomon had been appointed to council by Majority-4.  Tuesday, Solomon sent an email to his mailing list endorsing the Majority-4.

You Did "Request" An Early Ballot, Right?

Ballots went out yesterday. You should be getting your's very shortly assuming that you did ask for one. (see right panel)

Nearly 16,000 Independents in Pima County have requested early ballots. This is a record, acceding to the recorder's office. (Source)  This is not surprising to us given that the State of Arizona (foolishly) required no chartered cities, like Oro Valley, to mix partisan primaries with non partisan elections, like the Oro Valley Mayoral and Council elections.
Roseanne Roseannadana
"Its So Funny I Forgot To Laugh"

The Arizona Daily Star's uber-liberal cartoonist David Fitzpatrick likes to poke fun at Oro Valley:

"Oro Valley. 10,000 Seniors, 3 Safeways, and a speed trap. Oro Valley needs the speed trap. The ticket revenues fund the Viagra Overdose Hotline."

"Oro Valley. It’s so new. The only thing built in the last century are the residents. And they’re constantly having to repair their plumbing."

"Oro Valley. Oro is spanish for gold. Where’s the gold? All 327 Urology clinics."

And how about this knee-slapper:

"Oro Valley is a gold mine for traffic cops. The number one excuse? “I’m late for my colonoscopy.” The number two excuse? “Number two.” I’ll give the motorcycle cops credit. They’ve learned to write tickets fast. (Source)

Obviously, "Fitz" has a fixation with human plumbing!

As Roseanne Roseannadana (Gildner Rander of SNL) use to say: "It's so funny I forgot to laugh."
High Visibility Enforcement (HiVE) August Deployments - Oracle Road at Magee and Suffolk

ORO VALLEY, Ariz. (July 28, 2014) - The Oro Valley Police Department (OVPD) will continue with its High Visibility Enforcement (HiVE) efforts during the month of August on Oracle Road at the Magee and Suffolk intersections. OVPD hopes to increase awareness and reduce collisions related to inattention, following too closely and failing to yield to other drivers. The Pima County Sheriff's Department (PCSD) will continue to participate and support the education/enforcement efforts.

OVPD and PCSD will deploy motorcycle officers on the following dates:
  • Aug. 7, 2014:   7 - 10 a.m. 
  • Aug. 12, 2014: 4 - 7 p.m. 
  • Aug. 19, 2014: 7 - 10 a.m. 
  • Aug. 21, 2014: 4 - 7 p.m. 
  • Aug. 27, 2014: 4 - 7 p.m.
Motorists are asked to be aware of the additional enforcement activity and drive safely.
(Source: Oro Valley Police Department)
8.62 Acres For A Cool $2.4 Million

Do you have your checkbook ready?

The Southwest Corner of Linda Vista and Oracle is for sale for $2.4 million, $356,000 per acre.  The land is across from the GFRD station. "Also can be sold with adjacent parcel of 5.51 acres located at the SW Corner of Linda Vista and Oracle Rd". (source with pictures)
"UPDATE: Melissa Ann Gordy sentenced for sexual exploitation of a minor

A Real Sweetheart, This One
ORO VALLEY, Ariz. (July 29, 2014) - On July 28, 2014, Melissa Ann Gordy, 44 years old, was sentenced for crimes that occurred in Oro Valley beginning in March 2012. Gordy accepted a plea agreement and was sentenced to 40 years in prison and a lifetime of probation for the following crimes: Two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor under the age of 15 (Class 2 felony); One count of sexual exploitation of a minor under fifteen in 2nd degree. (Class 3 felony)."

In 2012, "the grand jury indicted Melissa Gordy on the following charges: 11 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor under the age of 15 (class 2 felony); child abuse (class 4 felony) and one count of evidence tampering (class 6 felony). " (Source: Oro Valley Police Department; KGUN 9)


Richard Furash, MBA said...

As for the increased traffic enforcements around Oracle-Suffolk-Magee because of numerous traffic incidents in that area, why don't they lower the speed limit in that area? If memory serves, most of Oracle is 45 mph, but in the area around Suffolk it increases to 50 mph. If it's a problem area, why not lower the speed limit to 45 or even 40 in that area?

Richard Furash, MBA said...

Question- if Burns has to resign, how is his seat filled? It'd be nice if he just moved back to OV, unless he doesn't really want to be a Council member.

Richard Furash, MBA said...

The council will interview candidates and then take a vote which means that the majority-4 will make the decision. The last time they did this, they replaced Salette Latas (pro-environment) with Steve Solomon (pro-developer). In other words, they thumbed their noses at what the voters wanted and they chose who THEY wanted instead.

At the next election, Solomon was booted out by the voters, which is just another example of the majority-4's poor decision making capabilities! They do not represent the voters!

Richard Furash, MBA said...

I figure whoever loses this time will just get appointed.