Friday, August 15, 2014

Bits and Pieces

A "Criminal Mastermind", A Mom and A Student

By now, you have read about Oro Valley's successful prosecution of Brittany Leigh Underwood, the "criminal mastermind" behind a credit card scam.

"The investigation revealed there were more than 40 people victimized by Underwood and more than $85,000 dollars fraudulently charged by her. " (Source: Oro Valley Police Department)

In 2011, the year that the criminal enterprise probably began, Underwood posted her resume on line.

"Experienced Administrative/Public Relations Assistant," she wrote, "looking for a challenging position working in an administrative, public relations and/or entry level accounting role at a growth-oriented company, which will allow me to both further utilize my skills and acquire new abilities."

Underwoods resume lists a number of skill and efforts to continue her growth and education. It also says she has children.

Caught in a "bad economy" and plagued by the inability to obtain full-time work, she chose to commit identity theft, fraud schemes and forgery.  She exchanged  her freedom and her love of family for an orange suit and 14 years in prison.
"OV adds 500 acre feet of CAP water to potable water system

Oro Valley, Arizona, (August 11, 2014) - On Wednesday, August 13 at 9 a.m., the Town of Oro Valley will celebrate the completion of a blending facility on Calle Buena Vista, just north of Hardy Road, which will allow the addition of 500 acre feet of Central Arizona Project (CAP) water to be delivered to Oro Valley Water service areas, bringing the Town's total CAP delivery to 2,000 acre feet per year.

The delivery of CAP water first became a reality in January 2012, through a partnership with Tucson Water, when the Town began delivering approximately 1,500 acre feet per year.

One acre foot of water equals 325,851 gallons. For every gallon of CAP water delivered, Oro Valley Water Utility replaces a corresponding gallon of water pumped from the Town's ground water, preserving the aquifer.

"This project will further protect and preserve the Town's groundwater resources in Southern Arizona by delivering our Central Arizona Project water," commented Oro Valley Water Utility Director Philip Saletta. "It is an example of regional cooperation and the commitment between Oro Valley and the City of Tucson that follows through on our existing water agreement."

With this latest addition, 42% of Oro Valley's total water deliveries now come from renewable water resources." (Source: Oro Valley Press Release)
Buyers Wanted: Lots Of Inventory Of Oro Valley Homes

Oro Valley's housing market continues to be very soft.  This from Long Realty:

"In the Oro Valley area, July 2014 active inventory was 330, a 47% increase from July 2013. There were 60 closings in July 2014, a 22% increase from July 2013. Months of Inventory was 5.5, up from 4.6 in July 2013. Median price of sold homes was $251,000 for the month of July 2014, up 12% from July 2013. The Oro Valley area had 62 new properties under contract in July 2014, down 10% from July 2013." (Source: Long Realty)
Would You Trust The Leadership Judgment Of These Guys?

They Like The Majority-4
As reported previously, the "North Tucson Firefighters" and the " Oro Valley Police Officer's Association" endorse the Majority-4.   Both organizations did so without even bothering to interview candidates Straney and Bristow.  The Majority-4 mailed an expensive 4-color postcard last week with the astounding announcements.

Here it is.

We wish the public servants would stay our of politics or at least do diligence in endorsing candidates.

For, in taking sides, these organizations are taking arms agains those of us who do not support these candidates.
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Richard Furash, MBA said...

Oro Valley's housing market continues to be very soft. This from Long Realty:

Thanks to the dentist and his running dogs, we have plenty of apartments!!
Why buy when you can rent?

Richard Furash, MBA said...

(QUOTE) Would You Trust The Leadership Judgment Of These Guys?

If you had a free car to drive home why would you vote for anyone except the dentist?

Richard Furash, MBA said...

Here is my research for what it is worth.
In the local election we have four people running who have been in office for four years. The have experience in management of the town business (whether you think it is good or bad is up to you) and we are not hurting fiscally.Our roads are in good shape. We have a commercial component that is providing us good revenue. We have a police department that wins awards and our crime rate is low.
I can vote for a challenger for Mayor who has yet to state a single goal for the town. He does spend a great deal of time explaining HOW he would reach a decision but has never presented a vision.
I can vote for a council challenger who, from what I can tell, will align himself with the current minority. Now in some cases that isn't bad. But when I look at the quality of the minority I am troubled.
One is having a great deal of legal troubles. Another has a historyof inappropriate behavior. The third spoke poorly of the highly thought of police department.

Richard Furash, MBA said...

Wow interesting perspective on defending the fraudster. This blog seems interested in defending the criminal....What about the victims?

Richard Furash, MBA said...

What fraudster? What criminal? What victims?

Richard Furash, MBA said...

Methinks Robert has posted on the wrong thread (?)

Richard Furash, MBA said...

If you've been reading this blog even for just the past few months (and especially for the past few years) then you wouldn't need to ask the question, "What am I missing?" If you HAVE been reading it and you're still asking that question, then maybe you've been cherry-picking your facts.

For example, Garner's take on the OVPD was true. And he wasn't criticizing their performance. He was criticizing their attitude. Do some research on this blog. Read the article, "Prima Donnas and Thugs, Oh My!" You will get a better understanding of why he made those comments.

Richard Furash, MBA said...

The fraudster is Brittney "bad economy" Underwood.

Richard Furash, MBA said...


Richard Furash, MBA said...

You said you don't see anything in that article "that is relevant to this election." Well, actually YOU'RE the one who made the connection in your initial post. You implied that you were skeptical about voting for one of the challengers because you believe he "will align himself with the current minority" and you said you were "troubled" by the current minority, and then brought up Garner's OVPD comments as being one of your "troubles." So I gave you more information on that topic. When you had limited information on Garner's comment, you thought it was relevant to this election. Now that you have the whole story, suddenly it's not relevant to this election because Garner is not up for re-election at this time.

The AZCOP's info is still relevant "to today's reality." The OVPD are still members of that police union. You said it tells you "nothing about the thuggery comment." Well, actually it did. "We will take you out"..."the next victims"... THIS is thug-speak.

Garner never accused the OVPD of being "criminals" and claiming that he did implies that you can't argue with what he actually DID say.

Additionally, you don't have to commit a crime to be considered a thug. You can be seen as a thug by using strong-arm tactics and intimidation to get your way.

Richard Furash, MBA said...

Ms Cowgirl......Just a couple of points before I move on...."Criminal" is one of the definitions used to define thug. The terms then, by definition, become interchangeable. And pardon my decision to take what you say in your post to be suspect. I have read many of your posts and a large portion are simply your conclusions, often based only on what someone else posted.
My ballot was mailed today.