A new Oro Valley Town Council was sworn in June 4. The event marked the end of a long campaign for Salette Latas, who first announced her intention to run in early 2007.
Latas, along with fellow newcomer Bill Garner, won their council seats in the March primary, leaving incumbents Terry Parish and Barry Gillaspie to battle for the remaining seat.
Gillaspie prevailed in that contest in May.
Recently, Latas took the time to answer a few questions from The Explorer.
How was your first meeting as an official council member?
It went very well. Town Manager David Andrews and the town staff did a great job orienting the new council members, and we also participated in all the budget study sessions. I felt very welcome and comfortable.
In your view, what are a few of the most pressing issues before the council?
We have several pressing issues that relate to the potential Arroyo Grande annexation. We need to negotiate a pre-annexation development agreement with the state. We need to amend the general plan for this and several other important projects. We need to develop our environmentally sensitive lands ordinance and update our zoning code in general. And we need to review our impact fees to ensure that the potential growth won’t be a financial burden on current residents.
What do you think the main differences will be between this and the previous town council?
The two new council members made history by getting elected in the primary, so we’ve had a few months to learn the ropes. And all three of us were elected without the help of developers, so we are obligated only to the citizens of Oro Valley.