"What are your top 3 priorities for the next 4 years?" This question was asked to the 2 Mayoral candidates at the Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum. The first words from Mayor Hiremath: "A Community Center."
A Community Center
We were astounded when we heard this.
Mayor Hiremath never has previously acknowledged that a community center is even on his "radar." Then, suddenly, Mayor Hiremath listed it as his top priority.
According to Hiremath: "I'm in dialogue with other community partners about maybe doing something at a community center." (Source: Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum)
Council Member Bill Garner has been advocating for a community center for years. His calls have been ignored by the Majority-4. "I've been investigating a public/private partnership that could put a community center at Steam Pump Ranch," Council Member Garner observed to us some time ago
LOVE, as published in October 2013, has been urging the creation of a community center. The Majority-4 ignored us.
Is It Baseball, Soccer or Both?
The Mayor also wants to build baseball fields: "I'm already in contact with major league baseball." At the same time, Council Member Snider wants Oro Valley to build two more soccer fields to accommodate a Major League Soccer team's spring practice. (Source: Video Above) So, they want 4 more fields? Does this make any sense?
And a Teen Center
And, yes, Mayor Hiremath wants to build a teen center. "I'm talking to private developers about trying to partner with us."
Why isn't a Teen Center part of a Community Center? Research what other communities have done. You will find that the community center usually has a teen center, a senior center, and a recreation center.
Has Mayor Hiremath and his fellow incumbent candidates actually thought any of this through?
When ideas are spoken by Mayor Hiremath, ideas that the he has never before revealed, one has to wonder: Did the Mayor have a epiphany? Or is he simply trolling for votes?