A former Oro Valley Council member used to announce “Showtime” before taking the dais for a council meeting.
As a brother in blue and one with great respect for NYPD, I offer these thoughts in response to your letter. First and foremost east coast and southwest politics and police unions are completely different. While NYPD has a strong police union to protect their members, the same unions here don’t enjoy those powers and the dynamics of small town politics allow for more destruction if public apathy prevails. There have been threats to do away with the SRO program in Oro Valley as well several other public safety programs. So, I guess it boils down to how safe does Oro Valley citizens want their community to remain? In these times I am voting for any candidates who want build on safety not tear it down.
This past year a private school in Oro Valley requested that the Town provide them a School Resource Officer (SRO) with the school paying 100 percent of all the costs. This routine consent agenda item was passed along with the other consent items 7-0 by the council and is cited by Zinkin, Burns and Garner as their support of our SROs. What they don’t mention is that year after year they have demanded cuts to our police budget including cuts to the number of police officers, their equipment, and our SROs. When these cuts were wisely rejected by a 4-3 council vote they used this as an excuse for voting “NO” to the entire town budget, effectively voting to shut down our entire town. Both Garner and Burns are on record of publicly insulting and belittling our police (Arizona Daily Star, 4/17/14 & Northwest Explorer Online, 8/4/16). We need to save our police and SROs from Zinkin. Burns & Garner. This is one of the many reasons that the Oro Valley Police have not endorsed them but have chosen to endorse Rhonda Pina, Bill Rodman and Steve Solomon for Oro Valley Town Council. (A few examples of Mike Zikin & Bill Garner publicly calling for cuts to our police officers, their equipment and our SROs; 3/23/11 Northwest Explorer, 5/18/11 Council Meeting, 5/1/13 Council Meeting, 4/17/14 Arizona Daily Star, 12/3/14 Council Meeting, 5/20/15 Council Meeting).
What a trashy-looking town Oro Valley has become with the “I Have the Biggest” Trump mentality of political signs blowing around during this Monsoon Season. Recent visitors from New Jersey were not impressed and I was angry. Candidates like Brendan Burns, Bill Garner, and Mike Zinken don’t have to flaunt their “Manhood!” through H-U-G-E signs supported by fringe tea partiers, bottomless dollar interests of developers hungrily waiting to blade more desert, and anonymous out-of-state monies supporting their own agenda...GREED AT ANY COST! Instead these three intelligent men speak to people at house parties, walk around neighborhoods, and tirelessly look for ways to better our town while questioning some of the proposals that our present majority town council has blithely accepted.
When Deputy Sheriff Terry Staten (a Republican) indicated his desire to run for Sheriff of Pima County, Chuck Huckelberry, the Pima County Administrator and a Democrat, advised the current Pima County Sheriff, Chris Nanos (also a Democrat) to put Mr. Staten on leave of absence (LOA) without pay. The reason being his running for office would adversely affect the operation of the department. The LOA was put into effect even before Mr. Staten formally “put his hat in the ring” and became a candidate.
Boys, put on your thinking caps. Both Brendan Burns and Mike Zinkin are experienced and dedicated Oro Valley Town Council members who have proven their value to public policy matters of Oro Valley. Neither are in anyone’s hip-pocket and deserve re-election.