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For 10 years, the Arizona Distance Classic (ADC) has called Oro Valley home. For 10 years, this world-class event has attracted thousands of athletes and volunteers from four countries and all 50 states.
Council member Mike Zinkin has demonstrated conduct unbecoming of an elected official that has led to fact-based allegations of harassment that are sexual in nature, and in uttering racially insensitive comments. In his awkward and embarrassing attempts to brush the resulting criticism and complaints under the rug, Mike Zinkin is being disingenuous and deceitful with the public.
Does the term “General Plan” induce drowsiness or confusion? If so, you’re not alone. That is why the Town of Oro Valley is taking a fresh approach to a state-mandated process.
“Regional collaboration is what happens when you think outside the box…By creating and taking advantage of opportunities for partnership, we have learned to extend our resources while redefining success and financial stability.”
On behalf of the Town Council, it is our pleasure to welcome you to Oro Valley. Oro Valley is rich in history and natural beauty and we cannot think of a better location to hold your national event. Our community has a reputation as a haven for hikers, cyclists and wildlife enthusiasts.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a pothole in Oro Valley, thanks to the Town’s strategic investments in its roadway infrastructure. For Fiscal Year 2012-13, Council approved just over a million dollars in funding for the pavement preservation program, which will extend the life of our roads and prevent costly repairs. How costly? Estimates place that amount at around $64 million in the long-run if roadways are not maintained.
On February 13, 2012, the Town of Oro Valley, in partnership with the Regional Transportation Authority of Pima County (RTA), launched the Sun Shuttle Dial-A-Ride transit service. This new service integrated the Town’s Coyote Run senior transit service, Handicar paratransit service and the RTA Sun Shuttle circulator service into a single, expanded service that provides mobility to more individuals in the Oro Valley area.
Now that the mid-term election process has begun, I am frequently asked, “Who should I support?” As your Mayor, I will not publically support any particular candidate, but there are some important questions to consider when making your selection.
Thank you for your recent coverage of the Oro Valley Holiday Parade. I feel that it is important that your readers know some of the back story that defines this event. First and foremost, the Oro Valley Parade Committee, Inc., is comprised of two members—Jackie Devery and Pat Jimenez—who volunteer countless hours to ensure that this piece of Americana successfully arrives in our town the second Saturday in December.
The Town of Oro Valley has made great strides to interact with neighbors in the region and collaborate across jurisdictional boundaries; however, we also understand that the strength of our local economy begins in our own backyards.
The budget process for Oro Valley that began in January resulted in cuts to costs and personnel along with a modest tax increase. The town council was guided in part by the unanimously agreed upon vision that we adopted last September. Through it all we did the due diligence and examined a variety of options. We also considered the views of Oro Valley residents, and the town staff was responsive to the questions and concerns of the council members.
The last several years have been very trying for our country, state and community. We are experiencing the most significant economic downturn since the Great Depression. Our town will not continue to be a community of excellence unless we band together and change our mindset.
It has been six months since the new council took office. As we approach the end of the calendar year, I wanted to share my New Year’s resolutions for Oro Valley as we look towards an exciting and bright 2011.