Friday, April 10, 2015

Bits and Pieces

Settler's Day Tomorrow At Steam Pump Ranch

Last week we posted about Oro Valley's Settler's Days. It's tomorrow from 9am-3pm at Steam Pump Ranch. It is going to be a good time for the entire family.There is a kid's zone with a Petting zoo, Pony ring, Bugs and Snakes with the Olson Brothers, and Baby goats. And food trucks.
Bill (HB 2450) Requiring Town Clerks To Enter Serial Numbers Awaits Governor's Signature

A bill that requires town clerks to put the serial numbers on referndum forms has passed both the Arizona House and Senate. The bill was sponsored by Oro Valley resident and state representative Mark Finchem.

According to Finchem:
"My statement on this is intended to be neutral on the golf course matter per se, but focused specifically on government controls imposed on citizens attempting to use the political system (the ballot box) to put a matter to a -vote of the people.  
When voters feel they have been disenfranchised it is a responsibility of the appropriate body to provide relief, if needed. In this case, it was clear the issue would have been a non-issue had the number been placed on the first petition in the series. 
In my short time at the Arizona Legislature I have confirmed my suspicion that statues and ordinances are most often the result of a perceived “bad act” by someone, and they seek only to prevent another happenstance, a repeat of the bad act by another." 
The bill is awaiting the Governor's signature.
Oro Valley Youth Advisory Council Sponsors BBQ Field Day Event for Oro Valley High School Students Tomorrow

Oro Valley, Arizona (April 1, 2015) - All Oro Valley high school students (grades 9-12) are invited to the annual BBQ Field Day on Saturday, April 11, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Riverfront Park lower field, 551 W. Lambert Lane.

This FREE event, which is hosted by the Oro Valley Youth Advisory Council, will feature music, volleyball, capture the flag and free food. No RSVP necessary; just show up and join the fun! To view photos from last year's event or learn more about the Youth Advisory Council, visit" (Source: Oro Valley Press Release)
Watch The Naranja Park Grand Opening

The Town Of Oro Valley has posted a video of the Naranja Park grand opening. This took place in March. You can watch it here.
From Our Web Mail

From Ben.:
"Speaking of Snakes The first rattler of the year just came out of the snake freeway put in by the town and called gabion baskets. It would take a flame thrower to get the snakes out of these things."
Those are some sturdy baskets!

AK sent us a link on why golf has lost popularity in the US.

Anonyous wrote: "I saw another blogger mention that maybe OV should annex property further south. My question is- what is the northern boundary of Tucson? How far can OV go? I think Ina West of Oracle is county. Is that a place to start?."
The northern boundary of Tucson is just north of River Road. (Tucson Boundary Map)

CF Asked: "Did the Supreme Court take up the case regarding the purchase of El Con golf courses?'
The Court has not yet ruled on whether or not they will hear the case.
Pima County Assessor Data: Oro Valley/Catalina House Sale Median Values Rank Third In County

"Economic Districts are a grouping of neighborhoods that have similar economic forces or geographic location. Pima County has 22 such areas." Oro-Valley and Catalina are combined into one of these districts.

The median value of a home used in the 2016 valuation in assessing home in this region was almost $270,000. This ranks third behind homes in the Catalina Foothills ($416,500) and the Northeast ($275,000).

This is a drop from a second raking last year, when Oro Valley values ranked ahead of the Northeast district.


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