A month ago, a PAC was created called TOOTHINOV.ORG. This PAC was formed by Oro Valley Resident Shirl Lamonna. Lamonna formed the PAC because she was concerned that the purchase of the El Conquistador Country Club by the Town Of Oro Valley was a substantial overreach for the community.
The goal of TOOTHINOV.ORG was to get a sufficient number of signatures to require a voter referendum on Oro Valley's planned purchase, a purchase LOVE and its readers have discussed at great length.
TOOTHINOV.ORG had 30 days to gather 1,148 registered Oro Valley voter signatures. It had to do so during the Christmas and New Year's holidays, This is a time when people are not available or not around.
It was a daunting task.
Lamonna never doubted that it could be done.
Today, at 4pm, TOOTHINOV.ORG filed more 3,160 signatures of registered Oro Valley voters. That is 3 times the required number. It is an astounding number of signatures gathered by a group of more than 50 volunteers. In fact, we can not recall an Oro Valley situation in which an issue gathered as many signatures. Recall, that just one year ago, Mayor Hiremath and a group of his supporters could not get the approximately 2,000 signatures to force a recall election on Council Member Zinkin.
The number of TOOTHINOV.ORG registered voter signatures collected are more than 30% of the total number of votes cast for the mayor position last August! And these signatures were collected in one month, during the holiday season.
What is next?
The Oro Valley town clerk's office has 20 days, excluding weekends and holidays, to certify the petition, Then, the county's election office has 15 days, excluding weekends and holidays to do their review. "This is all by statute," according to Council Member Brendan Burns this past Sunday at at "Meet Your Council Man" Session. Burns has been trying to get a discussion of a possible referendum in executive session but "...the Mayor did not want it."
By our calculation, latest date for certification is February 26.
Read the TOOTHINOV.ORG press release.