Friday, June 12, 2015

Bits and Pieces

Waters Recall Makes National News
The national publication "Daily Caller" has reported that Oro Valley Council Member Lou Waters' is involved in a recall election. The article is entitled: "Former CNN Anchor Involved In A Sticky Recall Election In Filthy Rich Tucson Suburb."

Imagine. Oro Valley-a filthy rich suburb!

The highlights the following about Waters:
  • "The Oro Valley government website has an impressive sounding but really poorly written bio on him."
  • "But it seems poor Lou isn’t so enthralled with the state of the journalism industry"
  • "As much as Waters claims to be a big proponent of getting the facts, revealing basics on himself is another story. In a bio for the Arizona Daily Star, he refused to reveal his age. “Would not disclose,” reads the age line. A 2014 profile, however, in Tucson Local Media lists his age as 75.
Courtesy: The Daily Caller
The article posts a picture (at right) of Waters when he was on CNN.

Not very flattering.

Hiremath gets more Oro Valley money for Explorer Program.. fails to reveal that his son is a member.

Mayor Hiremath asked for a $5,000 increase in the towns funding of the Oro Valley Police Department Explorer program. The program, paid via donations in most other communities, is funded by the Town Of Oro Valley.

What Mayor Hiremath failed to disclose, so Council Member Bill Garner did it for him, is that the Mayor's son is a member of the Explorers.

Town Council To Call For Recall Election

"Oro Valley, Arizona (June 4, 2015) - Recall petitions were officially filed today against Town of Oro Valley Vice Mayor Waters, Councilmember Hornat and Councilmember Snider. State statute requires that the recall petitions are not officially filed until the Town Clerk determines that the total number of valid signatures are sufficient to meet the minimum requirements for a recall election.

Pursuant to A.R.S. 19-208 and 19-209, Waters, Hornat and Snider have five business days during which they may choose to resign. If a resignation is not tendered, the order calling a special recall election shall be issued within 15 days.

An item has been added to the June 17, 2015, Council Meeting Agenda to call the election for November 3, 2015."

(Source: Town of Oro Valley Press Release)

2015 General Plan Is Ready For Your Review

The 2015 General Plan is 60% complete. The plan paints a vision of what Oro Valley is and wants to be. It is ready for public review. Visit this link to learn more. There you can read the plan and provide comment. If you prefer, you can comment by sending an email to  Public comment will close on July 31.

According to the town's press release:
  • The plan is entering a summer review period during which the public, stakeholders, boards and commissions, and local agencies will provide comment. 
  • Planning and Zoning Commission will be holding study sessions on July 7th and July 9th.
  • We’ll also be reconvening the committees in August to decide on edits for the Recommended Draft (90% plan version).
  • That draft will then be presented to Planning and Zoning Commission as well as Town Council this fall.
Please do invest the time to review and comment.

Golf Course Signs Apply
One of our readers wrote to us. The reader questioned the restrictive nature of the signs telling people to stay off the golf course. The reader stated this it is a public course owned by the community and that it should be available to all.

This is not the case. Public safety comes first.

According to Town Manager Caton: ""It is now publically owned; however, access is restricted for the intended use. For example, if I visit the Aquatic Center, I have to pay and I can’t ride my skate board around the pool deck. Also, the signage is intended to prevent accidents. A golf course, unless a special event is occurring, is for golf. If someone randomly walks onto the course, then they could get hit by a golf ball."

Meet Council Candidate Steve Didio
Oro Valley resident Steve Didio has announced his candidacy for council in the November election. LOVE will be posting a "Meet The Candidate" article about him on June 22. In the meantime, if you want to know about about Steve an article about him in Sun City OV.

OVPD is named Model Agency of the Year for School Resource Officers program

Oro Valley, Arizona (June 9, 2015) - On June 16, 2015, the Arizona School Resource Officers Association (ASROA) will present the Oro Valley Police Department (OVPD) with the award for Model Agency of the Year. This is the second time OVPD has received this distinction; the first was in 2013.

The Town's School Resource Officer (SRO) program, which dates back to 1977, was restructured in 2002 and is based on the "Basic Triad Concept" of being a law enforcement officer, teacher and counselor to the school community in which they serve. ((Source: Town of Oro Valley Press Release)

Oro Valley to offer FREE community enrichment classes for adults/seniors

Oro Valley, Arizona (June 10, 2015) - The Town of Oro Valley is proud to announce a series of free summer enrichment classes for adults and seniors. All classes will be held in the Sunset Room at the Oro Valley Community & Recreation Center, 10555 N. La CaƱada Drive. To register, call 520-544-1900. (Source: Town of Oro Valley Press Release)

The classes include:
  • Understanding Joint Conditions of the Spine and Treatment with instructor Dr. Steven Hanks 
  • Are you tired of taking the purple pill? Thursday, June 18 at 10 a.m. with instructor Dr. Martin 
  • AARP Foundation Finances 50+ Part 1, Monday, July 13 at 9 a.m. Part 2, Tuesday, July 14 at 9 a.m. Part 3, Wednesday, July 15 at 9 a.m 
  • Diabetes 101 Friday, July 17 at 11 a.m. with instructor Dr. Leila Wing 
  • Computers 101: I've turned it on. Now What? Wednesday, July 29 at 9 a.m. with instructor Audrey Sharp
  • Heart to Harddrive Online Security: Protecting Yourself in the Digital Age Tuesday, August 18 at 9 a.m. with instructor Audrey Sharp
  • Diverticular Disease Thursday, August 20 at 10 a.m. with instructor Dr. Martin 
  • The Weekend Warrior and that Problem Shoulder Wednesday, August 26 at 10 a.m. with instructor Dr. Prickett

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