We certainly acknowledge that the business community were all smiles with the appointment of Mr. Solomon to the town council.
We'll wait and see if the average citizens will be as jovial with this appointment.
Smiles of amazement
By Dave Perry, The Explorer
People in the Oro Valley business community wore smiles of amazement last week, after the Oro Valley Town Council appointed a businessman – a developer, no less – to complete an open term on the town council.
Steve Solomon, the longtime resident known for high-quality home building and ambitious thinking, is a card-carrying member of the Southern Arizona Home Builders Association.
He's been critical at times of Oro Valley's development review processes and fees. Now, moving forward, he can actually do something about perceived delays and unfair treatment.
It's a bold move by the governing board, which was not unanimous — nor need it be — in making the choice. Mayor Satish Hiremath and the new council picked Solomon over 18 other hopefuls, among them a past mayor, several past council members and plenty of others with the skills and passion to do the work.
Oro Valley has had a reputation for being less than "business-friendly." Evidence in support of that opinion is, at best, anecdotal. Still, the perception exists, and Solomon's appointment, along with the seating of three other new people on the governing board, can send a different signal to the business community.
As in "Oro Valley, open for business."