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Residents of four homeowner’s associations are butting heads with Davis Development and Properties, LLC over a proposed neighborhood development in proximity to Canada Del Oro’s Highlands Wash.
Looking to continue being more fiscally responsible, Oro Valley Councilman Mike Zinkin recently got his trip to the 2014 Leadership Summit paid for.
Mayoral Race: A day before early ballots were mailed out to residents on July 31, the Oro Valley Town Council and Mayoral candidates participated in a debate with topics ranging from budget, policy, collaboration, businesses and the future of the town in front of a little more than 100 people.
Mike Zinkin responds to a topic during an Oro Valley Town Council candidate forum last week.
As has been previously reported in the Explorer, Mike Zinkin has been pursuing legal action against a number of Oro Valley citizens who were involved with the recent recall effort, including myself.
Covering all aspects of how the town operates and on topics where debate has sparked in the past, the candidates for the Oro Valley mayor’s seat and the three available council seats participated in the first public forum on July 9.
At the request of the WLB Group, the Oro Valley Town Council voted unanimously to modify the review process for the Kai Naranja Development.
If Alex De La Garza wants to defend Mike Zinkin, that’s his business, but don’t do it on the basis of trivializing sexual harassment, which is certainly not “complimenting ladies on their dress, looks or fragrance” as Garza somehow seems to believe.
We moved to Oro Valley in 2005 and since that time I was aware of Mike Zinkin’s public service. We’re not a big community and someone like Mike Zinkin is well known to a lot of us. He has served on voluntary committees and study groups. He probably knows more about the Oro Valley General Plan than anyone else and he has fought to have its provisions honored for the benefit of our community. As a member of the Town Council he has taken hard looks at our budget and the organization of Town government operations. Why wasn’t he recalled? Because so many of us who were asked to sign a recall petition refused to do so. We know who Mike Zinkin really is. Many of us felt he was politically targeted and that some of the charges against him were “politically correct” stretches. Those of us of a certain age considered compliments to ladies on their dress, looks or fragrance as good manners. Now, we’d be brought up on charges of sexual harassment. Mr. Zinkin was put through hell over this recall effort. What is his right to seek redress from what he considers untruthful, libelous or slanderous accusations on his integrity.
I have to admit that when I first heard about Councilman Mike Zinkin filing a lawsuit against Don Cox and those Oro Valley residents trying to recall him, I thought it was a rumor. After all, it seemed a little ridiculous.
After a lengthy discussion about the Steam Pump Ranch property, the Oro Valley Town Council voted to hold a study session within the coming year that involves the council and an ad hoc committee.
While Oro Valley Councilman Mike Zinkin has dropped a claim against one resident in a lawsuit he filed after last year’s attempted recall, he has kept the lawsuit against resident Don Cox.
With a minor proposed amendment, the final budget for the fiscal year 2014/2015 for the town of Oro Valley was approved, along with the 15-year capital improvement plan, in a 4-3 vote on May 21.
(Re: Suggestion for Zinkin, April 30). Oro Valley Councilman Zinkin is once again fodder for some “upright” resident who can’t accept the fact that even with additional time and the effort of a few people working for the councilman’s recall, not enough people signed the petition. Most ignored it because it had no substance behind it. Zinkin was elected to do what he is doing—asking questions regarding expenditures not only of the police department but for all programs that too many of the other council members automatically rubber-stamp. Asking questions and expecting a clear explanation from our elected/appointed administrators is a part of the democracy our country is built on.
The Oro Valley Town Council meeting’s agenda for May 7 was set for a simple meeting where the council considered making a private street public, it listened to a couple of presentations, adopted the tentative budget for the next fiscal year, and to look at the manner in which people are appointed for boards and commissions within the town. But with a divided council and recent public remarks made by council members about the police department, the meeting was filled with dissention and the destabilization of a collaborative council.
Since being elected to Oro Valley Town Council, Mike Zinkin has been critical of the Oro Valley Police Department. He is against overtime pay for any officers called out for emergencies. Allowing officers to take their patrol cars home, which Chief Sharp has explained is more practical in situations of emergencies.
The four incumbents on the Oro Valley Town Council are taking the steps to run for reelection. Mayor Satish Hiremath, Vice Mayor Lou Waters and councilmembers Joe Hornat and Mary Snider have taken out papers to run for second terms.
We’ve had enough of the “lynch mob”. For months we have nothing but lies, distortions and innuendoes about Mike Zinkin. Now that not enough people signed the petition for a recall, our Mayor has to spend thousands of town money in an attempt to prove his distortions are true. I personally heard one of our councilmen loudly proclaim, “He (Zinkin) called a woman a “slut”. I don’t use that language in my home.” We know that is a lie. But it’s typical behavior of the “lynch mob”.
While the recall efforts of Councilman Mike Zinkin did not succeed, some are calling the independent investigation into his actions vindication.
The March 5 Oro Valley Town Council meeting focused primarily on budgeting and financial issues, including passing a $500,000 program implementation and council members expressing frustrations over a difference of opinion on how the town operates its budget.
Now that the recall effort against Oro Valley Council Member Mike Zinkin has failed, I would like to point out some compelling statistics, which bolster the argument that Mike Zinkin was never deserving of this relentless persecution.
There may be somebody new handling the gavel in Oro Valley this November.
The group, Oro Valley Citizens for Ethical Government (OVCEG), said they came 38 signatures short of forcing a recall election of Councilman Mike Zinkin.
For the past five months, the Town of Oro Valley staff, as part of the Your Voice, Our Future project, has led a series of public outreach efforts and events to garner input as we plan for our community’s future. Those efforts included 60 community events and workshops, a phone survey, and online surveys at YourVoiceOV.com.