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Smell The Roses, Oro Valley

Smelling the roses… There is beauty all around us in Oro Valley, especially this spring. We just need to take the time to look. These are "bottlebrush tree" buds. The long brushes we see in the end, start here, with these amazingly beautiful spiral buds. Each bottlebrush starts with a cluster of 6-8 buds. Each [...]

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The "Golf Course War" Begins

The "golf course wars" are upon us The Canada Hills Community Association Board of Directors is opposed to any change in the structure of the operations of the town owned country club. They sent a letter to their members dated April 8 stating their position. They stress a possible reduction in property values for their [...]

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The Watchdog Report: The January Financials – Suspicions Confirmed

January 2019 was a good month. However, I discovered something questionable and my suspicions were confirmed by the Town. (This is discussed under “Clever Bookkeeping” below). The good news is that the Community Center Fund (CCF) ended January 2019 with a positive balance of $32,682. But before you start celebrating…remember that: • January is a [...]

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The case of the Plant and the Parrot

Think of any Oro Valley homeowner living in a neighborhood that’s located in an area surrounded by a natural, untouched desert environment. Perhaps you are one of those homeowners. And consider further that someone shows up and announces that they are going to bulldoze that pristine desert surrounding your home. Given this scenario, you have [...]

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Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). Oro Valley’s Trojan Horse. Part 2.

On Monday, LOVE published a synopsis of the 19-page CEDS Report. Today we are providing a list of the 90 people whom the Town interviewed for that report. The Usual Suspects and “Stakeholders” The report includes “the input of over ninety (90) interviews with key leaders, executives and other officials representing business and industry, education [...]

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Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). Oro Valley’s Trojan Horse. Part 1.

Say Hello to CEDS and Good-bye to Oro Valley’s Uniqueness The Town of Oro Valley, under the leadership of its Town Manager, Mary Jacobs, and her Community and Economic Development Manager, J.J. Johnston, have published a 19-page document that proposes to eradicate all the uniqueness that is left in Oro Valley. The cover of the [...]

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Oro Valley residents speak out against the Town Centre PAD zoning amendment. Part 3.

This week, LOVE is presenting some of the speeches given by Oro Valley residents during the Public Hearing on the above proposal. Today’s speech is by Oro Valley resident, Bill Gardner. Bill Gardner – Doubling the pressure in a 35-year old water pipe “I’m a 32 year resident and my house is Ground Zero. Regarding [...]

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Guest View ~ Diane Peters: Standing up to Council Member Steve Solomon

Today’s Guest View is part of the series that LOVE is running this week regarding the speeches that were given by Oro Valley residents during the Public Hearing on the Town Center PAD zoning amendment. Today, we are running a Guest View to make our readers aware of how these residents were treated disrespectfully by [...]

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Oro Valley residents speak out against the Town Centre PAD zoning amendment. Part 1.

During the March 6th council meeting, there was a Public Hearing regarding the zoning amendment to the Town Centre PAD (Planned Area Development). If approved, this zoning amendment would allow 82 mass graded cluster homes on the Oracle Road Scenic Corridor (just south of the CVS Plaza), grading into the hillsides, and obstructing our views [...]

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Oro Valley residents speak out against the Town Centre PAD zoning amendment. Part 2.

This week, LOVE is presenting some of the speeches given by Oro Valley residents during the Public Hearing on the above zoning amendment. Today’s speech is by Oro Valley resident, Don English. Don English – Let the rubber meet the road "I attended all the meetings and I don’t think the Planning Staff recommendations reflect [...]

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