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It’s amazing how the messenger, Bayer Vella, is under attack. First of all Mr. Vella battled cancer a few years ago so to accuse him of not being able to grow a male identifiable feature is despicable. WingsThree, by defending Zinkin in this case shows you are even less of a man. And WingsThree, by not attacking the female employee’s complaint you are either not manly enough to take on that issue or you believe that it was wrong of Zinkin to comment in public about her condition. Either way you look at it, 11 employee complaints are more than enough to say something needs to be done about Zinkin.
Here’s a statement from the independent investigation that was released in February of 2014. An investigation conducted because of Mike Zinkin: “Though the Councilmember (MZ) states that he has apologized to the Town Manager for offending any employees and insisted repeatedly that he never intended to offend or insult anyone, the investigator reports that (quote) “intent is not required in order to create a hostile work environment. The issue instead is what a reasonable person in the position of the alleged victim(s) perceived, that is, were the purported victims subjectively offended by the comment and would a reasonable woman in the position of the victim(s) find the behavior to be objectively hostile and unwelcoming.”
Once again in 2015, Zinkin is confused that he “did not violate any laws, and did not infringe on any of the tenants of sexual harassment or a hostile work environment.” This isn’t a “witch hunt” Mike, it is about employees of the Town being able to go work and not fear being subjected to inappropriate comments and not fear for their jobs if they speak up. It is about respect Mike. Town employees should not be belittled and disrespected. Mike it is not about the golf course and Mike you are not the victim!
8 months ago
Rudy should know better than to continue to profess that a yes or no vote should have occurred. Rudy was an elected official in Oro Valley years ago. He was part of a Representative Government and knows what that means. Shame on Rudy for continuing to misguide and misinform the people of Oro Valley! 9 months ago
OVrepub nor did the incumbents need to send notification of a mailer. You are confusing the incumbents and challengers with supporters. The incumbents have run a clean upstanding campaign. You are mischaracterizing the incumbents and confusing them with the sign polluters.9 months ago
OVrepub has turned this into a defend Didio on Coyote Run. Let’s shed some light on who said what and when they said it. Try to keep up!
Council meeting June 16, 2010 – Didio does not want Coyote Run diminished and urges council to find the money to augment the service. Council directs staff by a vote of 7-0 to negotiate with RTA to coordinate Coyote Run and Sun Shuttle Transit services while adopting a resolution to enhance services and fund at 2009-2010 levels.
A year passes, it is now June 2011 and the town continues to work with RTA to coordinate Coyote Run and Sun Shuttle Transit. Funding had been swept by the State that is why the Town needed to find money. The transit service needs another funding source until RTA and the Town can work out an arrangement. A motion was made by Councilmember Garner and seconded by Councilmember Gillaspie to maintain Coyote Run service as is and to direct the funding to come from the Bed Tax fund. The motion passes 6-1; Hiremath was opposed to funding Coyote Run from the bed tax fund. He did not vote to eliminate Coyote Run as has been erroneously reported by the challengers. Didio spoke again at this meeting (a year since he previously addressed council) this time he remarks that changes came all of a sudden and he did not want Coyote Run terminated.
A special meeting convened on June 29, 2011 to discuss the formation of a council work group for the examination of the Coyote Run transit system. Solomon and Waters were appointed to the sub-committee to work on the examination of Coyote Run. Motion passed 4-1 (Garner opposed, Gillaspie was not present for the vote).
Over the course of the summer of 2011, the council sub-committee worked with stakeholders. At a September 2011 council meeting Councilmember Solomon announced that the Transit subcommittee had met with the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) and users regarding Coyote Run. He stated that the most promising option was to subcontract with the RTA and to have the town provide the transportation, drivers, etc.
In February 2012 a Resolution approving the Intergovernmental Agreement between the RTA and the Town of Oro Valley for circulator bus service was unanimously approved by Council. There were no dissenting votes.
Please note that nowhere in any of this timeline does it state that Steve Didio saved Coyote Run.
9 months ago
Isn’t it interesting that this particular letter hasn’t received a single comment? Allowing apartments on Oracle was one of the bones on contention with the recall challengers and many of their supporters. This issue was even used when the challengers were getting signatures for the recall petitions. However, when a resident takes the time to get the truth as to when and who voted for the “dwellings,” the populous goes silent. Obviously the truth doesn’t fit the challenger’s narrative.9 months ago
Yes, Lois, we must vote for Satish Hiremath, Joe Hornat, Mary Snider and Lou Waters.11 months ago
I agree the County needs jobs but in order have jobs there needs to be employers. Pima County doesn’t have employers because the people don’t want to invest in what it takes to bring jobs to the county. More employers mean more jobs and with more jobs there is revenue to maintain roads and provide municipal services.
Put up the money so something can be done about it.
Pima County is too large and acts as a city/town. If more of the county areas were to be annexed into Tucson, Oro Valley, Marana, Sahuarita the bureaucracy known as the county would require far less money to operate. As long as people do not want to give up their county status ALL of us will continue to pay. Since reducing the size of the county is unlikely to occur, to shut off all revenue by way of the bond issue, the region is stymied. It is incumbent on all of us to put up or shut up.
Could Pima County be an Oklahoma City? Doubt it; the largest city and capital of Oklahoma is Oklahoma City, a city not a county, Oklahoma City operates under a council-manager form of city government. The city called on residents to vote for sales tax-based projects to revitalize parts of the city and the residents answered the call. Oklahoma City is an integral point on the United States Interstate Network, with three major interstate highways. The Turnpike System of Oklahoma provides some 93 million dollars annually to build and maintain roadways (yes, people driving on some roads pay a toll!). The city is home to several colleges and universities. Two major airports service Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City features one of the largest livestock markets in the world. Oil, natural gas, petroleum products and related industries are the largest sector of the local economy. The largest employer in the city is the State of Oklahoma, employing more than 42,000. There is more but as you can see, Oklahoma City is no comparison to Pima County.
What Pima County is cursed with are a bunch of NIMBY’s, a bunch of free-loaders who came to this beautiful part of the country but don’t want to contribute to its sustainability. In all probability they came here from areas that paid way more in taxes than they do today. realizing what a bargain it is to live here but not willing to put up the money needed to sustain it. Imagine what this place could be like if the people stopped being so short-sighted and contributed to move Pima County forward. Wouldn’t it be nice to live in an area that other parts of the country would want to aspire to? It’s a dream, it will never happen with the mentality that is so pervasive here.
May 13, 2015
This is a sad occurrence, however the headline doesn't match the article. It is misleading.Mar 11, 2015
This comment took over three days to show up on another Explorer article. Since we are sharing our thoughts about Mr. Straney, thought it could be shared again:
Mr. Straney talks of having the ability to bring people together and being able to sit down at the table and have meaningful conversation. As president of the Rancho Vistoso HOA, he won’t communicate with subjects of his kingdom directly. He is not accessible; he only communicates through the association manager or sends another board member to do his bidding. Ask some of the prior board members (especially the one who lost the last BOD election and another who abruptly resigned after that election) about the real Pat Straney. Some of the very people who support him now were very much in favor of term limits, they felt Pat had been in control way too long. A recent letter to the editor extoling Mr. Straney was authored by a former director who didn’t have kind words for Mr. Straney and accused Mr. Straney of being partially responsible for his health problems and felt Mr. Straney was unreasonable and difficult to work with. So much for Pat’s civility mantra!
Aug 20, 2014
Mr. Straney talks of having the ability to bring people together and being able to sit down at the table and have meaningful conversation. As president of the Rancho Vistoso HOA, he won’t communicate with subjects of his kingdom directly. He is not accessible; he only communicates through the association manager or sends another board member to do his bidding. Ask some of the prior board members (especially the one who lost the last BOD election and another who abruptly resigned after that election) about the real Pat Straney. Some of the very people who support him now were very much in favor of term limits, they felt Pat had been in control way too long. A recent letter to the editor extoling Mr. Straney was authored by a former director who didn’t have kind words for Mr. Straney and accused Mr. Straney of being partially responsible for his health problems and felt Mr. Straney was unreasonable and difficult to work with. So much for Pat’s civility mantra!Aug 18, 2014