Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Guest View: Mike Zinkin - Where Are Our Elected Town Representatives?

In the 2022 Mayor/Council election, the main focus was development. Developers and investors piled money into the campaigns of the challengers, thereby allowing for the incumbents to make development a major issue. The candidate forum put on by the Chamber of Commerce also focused on the development issue. To illustrate, there were at least five questions asked about the Marketplace and not one question about water or the ADA issue at the Community Center.

Now the question is, what are the re-elected incumbents going to do that might be different from what their challengers would have done? We have already seen apartments and hotels approved in the Marketplace. What are they going to do with the two rental developments proposed around Safeway? What are they going to do about the proposed recreational use requested by the Nazarene Church?

We have already witnessed how there is no concern for the desires of the citizens, when money is spent on a pump track and splash pad, which the vast majority of residents did not want. We have already seen them ignore the need for ADA compliance at the Community Center and at Pusch Ridge tennis courts. We have seen wanton/reckless spending justified by the fact that the loan on the Parks and Recreation bond was a small percentage. Do we even know how much the upgrades and maintenance at Preserve at Vistoso is going to cost us?

Have they ever said “no” to staff? Have they ever questioned or verified what staff tells them? These four were elected to represent the entire Town, but I wonder…just who/what are they representing?


Mike Zinkin and his wife have lived in Oro Valley since 1998. He served on the Oro Valley Development Review Board from 2005-2009, the Board of Adjustment from 2011-2012, and the Town Council from 2012-2016. He was named a Fellow for the National League of Cities. He was a member of the NLC Steering Committee for Community and Economic Development and a member of the Arizona League of Cities Budget and Economic Development Committee. He was an Air Traffic Controller for 30 years. Mike has a Bachelor’s degree in history and government from the University of Arizona and a Master’s degree in Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education from California State University, Northridge.