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Guest View: Mike Zinkin ~ The mayor’s Halloween “trick”

The Council meeting on September 19, 2018 included another amendment to the General Plan. “Discussion and possible action regarding an amendment to the General Plan future Land Use Map from Commerce/Office Park (COP) to Medium Density Residential (MDR) for a 15-acre property located at the northwest corner of Rancho Vistoso Blvd. and Vistoso Commerce Loop." [...]

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Oro Valley Town Manager Received Significant Compensation Bump After Election

The defeated majority on town council and current carry-over members, Solomon, Rodman, and Pina, significantly enriched the compensation package of town manager, Mary Jacobs. On September 5, a week after the council majority lost the election, they awarded Jacobs: An annual compensation increase of 12.5%, to an annual salary of $180,000 A 100%, $5,000 increase [...]

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Is Council Member Solomon Unhinged?

We ask the question "Is Council Member Steve Solomon Unhinged?" We ask because we have learned from four independent sources that he has threatened them in some fashion. Apparently, Council Member Solomon does not like something that he believes they may have said or written about him. We do not know the alleged statements. We [...]

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Empty Storefronts, More To Come Means Bad News For Oro Valley

Stores closed=lost sales tax revenue The Hallmark Store in Rooney Ranch closed. The for profit Oro Valley Senior Center in the same mall closed. Best Buy in the Oro Valley Marketplace closed.  And lets’ not forget the long shuttered Radio Shack store in Rooney Ranch. These are destination stores. The draw customers specifically to go [...]

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Bring Back That Small Town Feeling

We need a kinder, more gentle town, a town in which town staff acts as though they are our neighbor and not our enemy — A traffic light with no studied justification Former council member and LOVE "Bulldog" Mike Zinkin has angst about the traffic light at the intersection of the "Community Center" and La [...]

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Only One Oro Valley Park Open For Residents This Weekend

Kreigh Park is closed until next spring (maybe). Don’t bother going there. It’s really dirty.  Now, the town is closing Narjanja Park this weekend to host the Oro Valley Music Festival. "We understand this is a temporary inconvenience for our park users, and we greatly appreciate your patience and flexibility. Per the Naranja Park Master Plan, [...]

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The Watchdog Report: Community Center Fund ends July 2018 over $200,000 in the red.

The July 2018 Community Center/Golf numbers are posted and Hiremath and his three departing minions are not leaving a favorable legacy. The Community Center Fund (CCF), the fund set up to pay for everything including capital improvements, lost $165,632 in July 2018. Add this loss to the fact that the fund started the fiscal year [...]

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The Watchdog Report: Community Center Fund Ends July 2018 Over $200,000 In The Red

The July 2018 Community Center/Golf numbers are posted and Hiremath and his three departing minions are not leaving a favorable legacy. The Community Center Fund (CCF), the fund set up to pay for everything including capital improvements, lost $165,632 in July 2018. Add this loss to the fact that the fund started the fiscal year [...]

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2018 Election Five Key Factors: #1 Worthy Challengers

This is the last of our postings on the five factors that played out in the 2018 Oro Valley election. — We asked Mayor-elect Joe Winfield what surprised him regarding Oro Valley elections. He is surprised that there are not more candidates; that there aren’t more people ready to step up and help their community. Joe [...]

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2018 Election Five Key Factors: #2 "No Property Tax"

Prop 454 electrocuted the election campaign of the Majority-4 There are two "three rails" in Oro Valley politics.  These are concepts that, if touched, will electrocute you. One is a property tax. No sitting council has ever survived the next election when proposing  a property tax. Mayor Paul Loomis was Mayor from 2002 to 2010. He [...]

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