Please read Kathy's letter to The Explorer.We certainly agree with her analysis.
Hiremath is a disciple of special interests
Since 2008, the Town of Oro Valley has not contributed to the Northern Pima County Chamber of Commerce. Partially due to budget constraints, town council voted not to fund the former Greater Oro Valley Arts Council), TREO, the Tucson visitors bureau and others having little to do with business in Oro Valley.
Lo and behold, these organizations now endorse Satish Hiremath for mayor of Oro Valley. Hiremath's statement on the matter is that the organizations will provide levels of service that "we as elected officers" are responsible for in providing for "our" citizens.
Wait a minute. Who are "we elected officers?" Does Satish Hiremath think that he is already elected? Perhaps so. Said organizations have contributed heavily to his campaign, so the assumption may be that this upcoming election is a "done deal."
Not so fast, Dr. Hiremath.
Mike Zinkin is in this race to win. Many know that he has regularly participated in a wide range of town activities over the years.
While Hiremath was cleaning teeth, Zinkin's genuine, sustained interest in town government led him study and graduate twice from Oro Valley's highly regarded Citizens' Planning Institute.
What did Hiremath, as head of GOVAC, do for local artists? Nada mucho. He used taxpayers' money to bring in jazz musicians from all over the country, then charged $75 per person for tickets. Was this truly serving the needs of OV citizens?
Meanwhile, Zinkin safeguarded our town code and quality of life. Serving on and chairing the Development Review Board, he ensured that developers' and architects' projects were both practical and harmonious with Oro Valley's exceptional surroundings. Zinkin knows and respects Oro Valley's general plan and our strategic plan. We can count on him to adhere to both.
While Hiremath attended a single town council meeting to beg for GOVAC money (storming out when council refused), Zinkin put in long hours with our young people, officiating at youth sports.
Zinkin has wisdom derived from genuine experience with our townspeople and our businesses. Hiremath is a dilettante and a disciple of special interests.
Kathleen Pastryk, Oro Valley