We focus on the Mayoral Debate that was held at the El Conquistador on May 14th in this "Election Eve" Edition of "Love is On The Air". Though there are no clear winners in a debate of this sort, there are some very striking differences that can be seen between Mayoral Candidates Mike Zinkin and Satish Hiremath. In this edition, you will see and hear the candidates state their positions, side by side. You can hear there responses in their own words in three key areas:
-Is Oro Valley spending "cut to the bone?"
-What can Oro Valley do to stimulate more business?
-Does Oro Valley need a property tax?
Listen closely to the answers and you will see two distinctly different candidates: Mike clearly presents fact-based conclusions with no "sugar coating". Satish speaks in platitudes.
Satish provides very little in terms of solutions. When Satish does provide solutions, they are not realistic. Satish states, for example, that the reason we don't have more business in Oro Valley is because it's hard to do business in Oro Valley. He doesn't tell us specifically what makes it hard. His solution is for "us" to all get together and talk about it. This, I call the "can't we all get along" Rodney King approach. Satish, this will get us nowhere.
To solve a problem, Satish, you have to know the specific cause. Generalities won't do!
Mike knows that the cause of the problem is that the country is mired in a persistent recession and that banks are not lending money to businesses. In his response, Mike names specific banks. He names specific business that want to come to Oro Valley but can't because of the lending situation.
In other words, Mike has done his homework. He's ready to roll. Satish is not.
Finally, in the Library debate, Satish said he hated to go to Council Meetings because they were boring. We've had Bloggers report that Satish has fallen asleep at meeting. We saw this sleepiness while he was on the podium. Watch the video. You will too. Satish is already too tired to serve as Mayor. See for yourself.
In the posting following this, we have transcribed the candidate remarks you will hear on the video for your convenience.
We hope that when you are done viewing this edition of "Love Is On The Air" and reading all our posts and blogger comments, that you will do what's right for Oro Valley on Tuesday.
Vote for Mike Zinkin for Mayor and only for Matthew Rabb for Council.
Your vote really will count.