Mark L. Johnson
TA Tidbits #5
Updated: Jul 11, 2021
Double Rainbow Over Tortolita Preserve (5/30/20)
Good Things are Coming!
This is a quick update on a few items:
Tortolita Preserve Partnership-OHV Issue
Tortolita Alliance (TA) has recently forged a partnership with Marana Parks & Recreation, Marana Police Department, Trail Riders of Southern Arizona and the Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists to work collaboratively regarding illegal Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) access to TP and vandalism at the Moore Road-South and Mattamy-North trailheads. Stay tuned for more information on this great effort!
Marana Draft FY21 Budget
TA attended (virtual) Town of Marana (Marana) Study Session on 5/26/20. The FY21 Budget was presented and discussed. Not much has changed from TA's earlier Marana COVID-19 Financial Impacts blog. Revenue shortfall of approximately $3 million will be neutralized with budget cuts—primarily General Fund CIP projects will be delayed, no raises or new staffing. No apparent impact on Tortolita Preserve and other outdoor recreational programs.
TA will be attending the following meetings in June:
Marana Town Council-6/2/20
U of A Water Resources Research Center-Water at the Crossroads: The Next Forty Years-6/18 &19.
Marana Town Council-6/16/20 (if agendized)
Vote In August 4, 2020 Election
Reminder to vote for Jackie Craig for Marana Town Council and vote Yes to accept the Make Marana 2040 General Plan.
Remember, the Town Council election is actually part of the August 4, 2020 primary election. Please make sure you are registered to vote if so qualified. If you are registered to vote and on the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL), you should have received a Ballot By Mail Notice in the mail. If you are an Independent voter, you must request to receive the City/Town ballot to vote for Town Council candidates. It's best to call the Pima County Recorder (520-724-4330) to confirm your ballot selection.
Wildflowers Are Waning
On February 15, TA reported first wildflower bloom. Today I hiked the Wild Burro-Alamo Springs Trail (very early) and there are just a few wildflowers in bloom but still plenty of saguaro flowers. Thats 3.5 months of vibrant color in our wonderful Sonoran Desert! Can't wait until next season!