Though the big turkey dinner is receding in the rearview, I hope all of our Tucson Local Media readers enjoyed time with their families and friends over the long Thanksgiving weekend, shopped for some goodies on Black Friday/Cyber Monday and have found a bit of the holiday cheer in their lives.
Here at the Tucson Local Media office we are hosting a holiday gift drive to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Tucson, and would ask that the community help us surprise a bunch of kids this year with new toys, clothes, movies and more. We are keeping our collection box out for another week or so, so please help us out. Drop off your donations at 7225 N. Mona Lisa Road, suite 125.
Last time I touched base in this column, I took a moment to thank our readers for their engagement in the Nov. 7 election, writing letters and reaching out with new and interesting story ideas. I’m happy to say the involvement hasn’t slowed down a bit! It’s always a pleasure to see just how many people we connect with through our print and digital editions. The letters to the editor I receive every week is a testament to that involvement.
Some of those same people have found a new cause to champion: The opposition of development near Big and Honeybee washes. They’ve made their displeasure known in our pages for the last two weeks. Town Council will discuss several rezoning requests and General Plan amendments this Wednesday night (the details of which I spell out in this week’s cover story; stay tuned for more next week).
Is development inevitable? What can be done to “save” the natural environment in Oro Valley? What’s been done already? Pick up next week’s paper to learn the details.
Elsewhere in the paper, we’re accepting nominations for next year’s Women of Influence Award (in case you didn’t notice on the cover); Jeff Gardner previews an awesome Great Cover Up concert series, benefiting a charitable cause; we sit down with former Reagan administration official Bruce Bartlett to discuss the GOP tax plan that passed the Senate last week and is headed for reconciliation with the already-passed House version; Ironwood Ridge and Canyon del Oro high schools battle it out on the basketball court and more.
As always, if you believe there is something we are missing in the community, or there is a story out there you’d like to see written, feel free to call (797-4384 ext. 36) or email me (email@example.com) anytime. Keep an eye out for me at the Oro Valley Town Council on Wednesday!