Tidbits

Good Morning!!

There are a couple of interesting topics to bring your way.

Just in case you haven’t noticed that ‘other blog’ has not posted anything since early January and the rumor is that it’s finished for all practical purposes as a tool for those in Oro Valley who want to spread incomplete and inaccurate information.

If you didn’t notice the letter in the Explorer submitted by our friend and periodic poster on OV Truth, Don Cox, we asked him to send us a copy. We agree with Don in his assessment of Council member Brendan Burns’ future. Mr. Burns should concentrate on his personal life and his career, which at this time both appear to be fragmented. Running for public office is not a wise move. There is a real chance that he will be defeated and opening up his ‘suitcase’ to expose his baggage isn’t worth it.

The recent articles in the Explorer about his appeal to the court on his sentence and his filing of a complaint with the AZ State Bar Association make it clear that Burns feels as though he is a victim. He is not the victim, he was the perpetrator. The victims were his wife and innocent children. And his actions certainly did not reflect well on Oro Valley.

By the way, if you have not had an opportunity to sign the nomination petitions for candidates Rhonda Pina, Bill Rodman and Steve Solomon and wish to do so send us and email at KeepOVStrong@aol.com and provide your  contact information and someone will get in touch with you to arrange a time for you to sign petitions. We have been informed that this service will be available through the month of May.

Adios for now. We wish all Moms a great Mother’s Day!!!
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Letter

I read with interest the piece in the most recent edition of the Explorer about the ongoing antics of Oro Valley Town Councilman Brendan Burns. Without knowing his history, many folks would not know how sad this recent chapter truly is. Rather than taking full responsibility for his own actions and getting on with life, Burns attempted to lash out at a member of his own profession who was simply doing her job as a prosecutor.

Some of the original charges against Councilman Burns were classified as felonies. Negotiations with the County Attorney’s office, the same folks that he has now accused of “alleged ethical violations and misconduct”, the charges against him were greatly reduced. I would consider that a tremendous break. Burns evidently doesn’t think so.

Burns has a documented record of questionable conduct that dates back to at least February 4, 2013, when five units of the Oro Valley Police Department were dispatched to the Burns residence. I won’t go into the details of that incident but suffice it to say that according to the police report it involved alcohol and prescription medications.

Brendan Burns is now considering a bid for re-election here in Oro Valley. I doubt seriously that he is disclosing his past transgressions to those signing his nominating petitions.

I don’t know Mr. Burns personally. I have never spoken directly to him. I have seen him at public events with his three beautiful children. I have had an e-mail exchange with him discussing a matter of official Town business. In that e-mail exchange he referred to me as a “bully and a coward”.

I would think that if Mr. Burns is truly attempting to rehab his personal and professional life running for public office where his complete record, both as an elected official and as a private citizen will be presented to the voters, is an example of extreme selfishness not to mention bad judgment.

Don Cox
Oro Valley

2016 Election update & TV interview CM Burns as the “Victim”.

OK, so I am tardy bringing you an update…. lot’s going on.

I suppose the primary (no pun intended) thing that is on the minds of most of our followers is who is running for Town Council this cycle. So let’s not wait any longer to start the discussion.

The seats currently held by Zinkin, Burns and Garner are up for grabs. Can there be any greater news?

All three of the incumbents have filed a statement of organization which indicates they are probably going to seek reelection. In addition Steve Solomon, Bill Rodman and Rhonda Pina have also filed statements of organization. A statement of organization is required to gather signatures and solicit donations for a campaign.

Don Bristow, Don Cox and Gregory Golden have picked up candidate handbooks but have yet to file a statement. Golden is unknown to this writer but I’ll start doing a little homework.

As for the incumbents, based on their history one would think they all belong in a recovery home of some sort. There is no intent here to disparage recovery homes and all the good they do. But consider the following:

Zinkin – His record of abuse of others is long and well established. It started with the several documented cases of “inappropriate comments of a sexual nature or regarding persons of Mexican national origin” in his early days of elected office, followed by a letter from his son to the Town Council outlining his father’s verbal abuse of the then Mrs. Zinkin and their son and daughter to the most recent complaints filed against him by Town employees (2015) which resulted in punitive action taken by the Oro Valley Town Council against Zinkin (to the extent allowed).

Garner – Believes and stated that the Oro Valley Police department, one of the most effective police departments in the United States (FBI crime stats), is a department engaged in “thuggary” and one which he believed is a “prima donna” department”. Does that sound like rational thinking?

Burns – Just within the past couple of days the following headline was posted on line:

Council member indicted on felony charges files complaint against prosecutor

It goes on to talk about the most recent antics of Councilman Brendan Burns. It seems as though Councilman Burns, previously charged with felony burglary and felony disorderly conduct as a result of entering his former wife’s domicile while under a court order to not have contact. The story goes on to say:

“He was charged with felony burglary and felony disorderly conduct.

“Our defense, we are admitting everything the prosecution says. We’re not denying anything,” Burns said. “But I am not guilty of these charges. I get to go home. That’s how overcharged this was.”

He took a plea deal that resulted in a misdemeanor trespass.

Burns admitted he committed acts of domestic violence.”

The clip of this is attached below so you can see Burns talk about the ordeal.

Now I am not to sharpest knife in the political drawer. But it seem to me that the very last thing a candidate for office would want to experience is headlines reminding the voters of previous misconduct. It also brings into question his desire to protect his family from any public embarrassment.  In any case this is just another example of unsound judgment on his part.  He is entitled to attempt to correct any wrong done to him but the timing of this action seem a bit strange.

Burns TV interview

Shortly we will ask the challengers (Pina/Rodman/Solomon) to provide us with copy that they would like to post on the TRUTH blog.

Sorry for the delay in posting but there is a lot of stuff going on right now!!!

 

 

SPRING HAS SPRUNG

Happy Spring!!!

The holiday season is over, the chill is gone (except for a couple of hours in the early morning) tomatoes are planted and it’s time for THE TRUTH to get back into the swing of things.  While it has been relatively quiet on the surface, much has been going on quietly in the background.

Surprise!!  It’s election time once again. And based on what we know it’s going to be a barn-burner……no play on names!!!  Current council members Garner and Zinkin have pulled election papers from the Town Clerk.  For those of you that may be relatively new to Oro Valley, our primary election will be conducted on August 30th and our general election (if necessary) will be on November 8th. If any candidates gets 50% + 1 votes in the primary they will be elected.  You must be registered  for those elections by August 1st and October 19th respectively. You can pick up registration papers at the Oro Valley Town Hall.

Both Tangerine and Ina are going to be experiencing major construction projects in the near future and we will try to keep you updated on that. But suffice it to say that there are going to be headaches. Cortaro and Orange Grove are going to be your east/west alternatives and both are poor choices. I-10 in both directions will be closed at Ina with traffic being routed on to the frontage roads.

We would like to hear from you on what it is you want from us and maybe how often . PLEASE drop us a response and let us know how we can best serve you. We plan on providing extensive election coverage especially the record(s)of the incumbents. But keep in mind that we will not be posting every time someone takes a breath.

Our next post will be in a day or two with info on who else is running for Town Council and what some of the current council members have been up to….or not up to as the case may be.

Zinkin reprimanded….again

Sometimes other people just say it best. The following is the Explorer Article about Mr. Zinkin’s latest reprimand.  “Wings 3” comment on the article and a great rebuttal to “Wings 3”  from “David”.
As a reminder to “Wings 3”, this is Mr. Zinkins 11th episode of this nature, i.e. offensive comments.
 
 
Posted: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 1:52 pm
Zinkin reprimanded Logan Burtch-Buus, The Explorer TucsonLocalMedia.com
The Oro Valley Town Council reprimanded one of their own last week.
In accordance with a 5-1 decision by the council, Councilman Mike Zinkin will be limited in where he can be while on site at the town hall and he must issue an apology to two town employees he offended with remarks made during the Oct. 21 council meeting.
Gary M. Bridget, human resources director for the town, was required to investigate the remarks in question after a complaint was filed by Planning Manager /Planning and Zoning Administrator Bayer Vella on Oct. 22.
The complaint was filed regarding three statements made by Zinkin during a recent meeting.
“Bayer is still trying to grow a beard,” “Elisa has new people in her family,” and “…I think that put you in labor at one point, but uh, it worked,” the final statement was wade to Elisa Hamblin, senior planner for the town.
The complainant felt that it was his responsibility as supervisor to protect staff by reporting how the staff was affected,” Bridget said. “The complainant stated that he too was offended by a comment made by Zinkin that was directed toward a personal physical characteristic.” 
According to Bridget, Vella filed the complaint after speaking with Hamblin, and seeing that she was “still affected” by the comments. 
Before the discussion regarding possible action against Zinkin, Bridget gave his opinion on the matter.
“Both the legal services director and I agree,” he said, “that the comments made… by Councilmember Zinkin were not severe, as defined by the law. They do represent a pattern of repeated behavior by Zinkin. The unprofessional comments are creating a hostile work environment for our employees.” 
On Thursday, Zinkin responded to The Explorer.
“It was determined that I did not violate any laws, and did not infringe on any of the tenants of sexual harassment or a hostile work environment.  If that is the case, who are they trying to protect, and what are they protecting them from.  This was a witch hunt designed by the mayor and town manager to attempt to discredit me and assassinate my character.  If they believe that this will stop me from exposing the damage they are doing to this town as a result of the purchase of the El Con, they are wrong.” 

 WingsThree posted at 7:13 pm on Wed, Nov 25, 2015.

 Compared to remarks from the Mayor himself on occasion, it’s obvious that the witch hunt continues. Oro Valley remains divided after the recent election – this kind of nonsense does nothing toward healing our fractured community. Lastly, Mr. Vella needs to toughen up…what kind of person lodges a complaint over a harmless, offhand remark like that? The man needs to grow a set.
 
David posted at 3:43 pm on Fri, Nov 27, 2015.
 
WingsThree is wrong. This is not about a witch hunt. This is about Zinkin’s continued and ongoing comments that create a hostile work environment. This was previously corroborated by an outside legal counsel. These are the 11th formal complaints that have been filed against Zinkin by town employees. I bet WingsThree would be fired from his job if he had even half as many formal complaints against him at his job.
It’s not up to any of us to judge whether comments are harmless or just offhand. What counts is whether the person who the comments were meant for is offended. comments like those made by WingsThree (“grow a set”) have no place in any work environment.
Zinkin needs to change his behavior and stop making jokes that offend people. He has been given numerous opportunities to do so and nothing seems to change.
 
 
 
http://www.tucsonlocalmedia.com/news/article_37ee39ac-92ed-11e5-ab00-9b5a5671a408.html
 

Congratulations are in order

Belated congratulations to Mayor Hiremath and Councilmembers Hornat, Snider and Waters. We are glad this year of distraction has come to an end. Unfortunately, the divisiveness and spin on this outcome continues to produce endless rhetoric.

Are the citizens of Oro Valley that voted to keep our good Council in office going to let the group of individuals that tried so desperately to destroy OUR Town continue to tear us apart?

We can only take a short breath, and then we must prepare to do battle again.

In the meantime to all our readers have a very Happy Thanksgiving, we have much to be thankful for.

POST ELECTION POST

 

It’s  1 PM on Saturday. There was an election last Tuesday. Turnout for the County was low, but in OV of the 28,000 registered voters 14,000 voted…not bad at 50 per cent.  Don’t you think that in 2015 with all of the electronic advances we have,  Pima County could have the votes counted. This is just one more example of the ineptitude of Pima County government  under the leadership of Chuck Huckleberry.

Anyway, all of our candidates are ‘comfortably ahead’ in their races so I doubt there could be any changes to the outcome. BUT again with Pima County one never knows.

I want to take this opportunity to thank each of you for voting and supporting our candidates. There was a lot of nasty rhetoric from the opposition. The fabrications, ½ truths and silly signs were unable to sway the folks.

To quote from our purpose,  “Our goal is a fair, accurate and truthful account of the facts that affect our lives in this community of excellence.”  We hope that in small way we did have a positive impact on the outcome!!

I also want to thank all of you who made phone calls, donated money, talked to your neighbors, friends and relatives about this election. You did make a difference.

We are probably going to take a little break from the action. But keep in mind we are only a few months from the beginning of the 2016 Oro Valley election cycle in which the Council seats of Mike Zinkin, Brendan Burns and Bill Garner will be contested.

That should be a ‘barn-burner’!!!

THE COYOTE RUN TRUTH

I read the following comment submitted by one of our loyal readers and felt it was important enough to be a post.

Comment:

“I want to share a comment that appears in last week’s Explorer. It is in response to a poster that goes by the name of OVrepub. Look for a letter titled, “False Accusations.” OVrepub veers from the topic of the letter to defend Didio’s account of Coyote Run. (Wondering if OVrepub is Didio’s pseudonym?) There was a great deal of research that went into preparing the Coyote Run timeline. It is worth reading.

“OVrepub has turned this into a defend Didio on Coyote Run. Let’s shed some light on who said what and when they said it.
Council meeting June 16, 2010 – Didio does not want Coyote Run diminished and urges council to find the money to augment the service. Council directs staff by a vote of 7-0 to negotiate with RTA to coordinate Coyote Run and Sun Shuttle Transit services while adopting a resolution to enhance services and fund at 2009-2010 levels.

A year passes, it is now June 2011 and the town continues to work with RTA to coordinate Coyote Run and Sun Shuttle Transit. Funding had been swept by the State that is why the Town needed to find money. The transit service needs another funding source until RTA and the Town can work out an arrangement. A motion was made by Councilmember Garner and seconded by Councilmember Gillaspie to maintain Coyote Run service as is and to direct the funding to come from the Bed Tax fund. The motion passes 6-1; Hiremath was opposed to funding Coyote Run from the bed tax fund. He did not vote to eliminate Coyote Run as has been erroneously reported by the challengers. Didio spoke again at this meeting (a year since he previously addressed council) this time he remarks that changes came all of a sudden and he did not want Coyote Run terminated.

A special meeting convened on June 29, 2011 to discuss the formation of a council work group for the examination of the Coyote Run transit system. Solomon and Waters were appointed to the sub-committee to work on the examination of Coyote Run. Motion passed 4-1 (Garner opposed, Gillaspie was not present for the vote).

Over the course of the summer of 2011, the council sub-committee worked with stakeholders. At a September 2011 council meeting Councilmember Solomon announced that the Transit subcommittee had met with the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) and users regarding Coyote Run. He stated that the most promising option was to subcontract with the RTA and to have the town provide the transportation, drivers, etc.
In February 2012 a Resolution approving the Intergovernmental Agreement between the RTA and the Town of Oro Valley for circulator bus service was unanimously approved by Council. There were no dissenting votes.

Please note that nowhere in any of this timeline does it state that Steve Didio saved Coyote Run.”

And so once again, the TRUTH comes forward.

OV Community Center Spooktacular 10-30-15

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Just some picture of kids and adults (Total of almost 700 they tell me) gathering at the Community Center.  Pictures copied from Lou Waters Facebook and he has a bunch more if you would care to look.  You might even be in them or your grandchildren….

 

 

Oro Valley at a crossroads with Recall Election

Quest Opinion By Kim Folsom Oro Valley Resident,

Former Managing Editor for McGraw Hill, and reporter for three Salt Lake City newspapers

What kind of community do we want for the future of our children and grandchildren in Oro Valley? I moved to Oro Valley in 2001 from Salt Lake City where I had been a reporter and editor for 25 years with McGraw Hill magazines and three local newspapers. When I moved to Oro Valley the only business near me was Fry’s Food Store and Walgreens. Since that time, a full complement of businesses and restaurants has been developed. In 2001 Oracle Road had very little development in this area but now we have a business corridor from Rancho Vistoso to Magee Road that more than handles the needs of the community.

The growth in Oro Valley of new homes and subdivisions has also been dramatic. The Town of Oro Valley has been forward thinking to keep up with this growth and development by creating proper infrastructure to handle the needs of the residents. I believe we need facilities like the Aquatic Center and the many options Naranja Park gives our youth and those that came with the El Conquistador purchase. I may be a senior citizen and may not use these facilities myself but I do have grandchildren that do use them on a regular bases.

Recently I have been disturbed with the controversy over the purchase of the Clubhouse and recreational facilities previously run privately as El Conquistador Country Club. It was only natural for me with my previous experience as a journalist, to look into the situation and make some sense of the multitude of facts and figures being sent out to the public in campaign literature.

Issue 1: Was the purchase of El Conquistador Club House facilities and golf courses a good deal? I would have to say yes, looking at figures that were published previously in local newspapers; HSL Properties sold the Town of Oro Valley the property for the figure of $1 million dollars to be paid within a three-year period. The Country Club facilities and golf courses appraise at $3.25 million with a replacement value of $42 million if the Town of Oro Valley was trying to do this from scratch.

Issue 2: What is the true story on the taxes for upkeep and improvements of these new facilities? The only tax that was added to pay for the upkeep and development of these new facilities was a 1/2 percent sales tax increase. This tax does not apply to food, prescription purchases or gasoline. According to Mayor Hiremath, it is estimated that non-residents will pay 30 percent of these taxes. It has also been stated that the 4 percent Utility Tax was related in some way to the purchase according to campaign literature but this tax was instituted prior to the currently elected council at 2 percent and then in 2010 raised to 4 percent because of the needs of the town at that time. The net loss on golf operation for May and June was $247,275 more than what was budgeted in the 2014/2015 budget. This figure was not surprising since those months are the slowest for golf in the Tucson area and revenues should increase as the peak golf season approaches. All costs to maintain and develop these facilities will decrease over the next four years according to Mayor Hiremath as the town works to maximize the full potential of these facilities for the community. Mayor Hiremath added that the town is on a fiscal June 30 year and the opposition is bringing over expenses incurred in May and June carrying it over to this fiscal year in July. He also stated that the town actually ended up FY 14/15 with a surplus of $30,000 over projections. He also noted that the revenue sources were not applied to offset the expenses. We have a shortfall of roughly $60,000/month.

Issue 3: Are the facilities affordable for the community? Daily use fees are a real bargain considering what it cost to go to a movie now days. Oro Valley residents’ daily admission is only $14 for a family of six or less, $6 for adults, $5 seniors, $4 for youth 4-17 and children under 4 are free. This is less than a bag of popcorn at the movie and Oro Valley residents can save more by having a monthly membership. I inquired about golf rates at the pro shop and those prices are also competitive. Rates at this time of year run between $39-$49 during the day, and after 2:00 pm they go down to $29 for 9 holes. Oro Valley residents have all the advantages of country club without the high cost of a country club membership.

Issue 4: There has been much talk about transparency and the speed of the El Conquistador purchase but the facts are the Oro Valley Town Council discussed it, public comments were heard. In real estate deals of this type, time is a factor in getting the best deal.

I think it is important for voters to look the track records of all the candidates prior to voting. The current incumbents Satish Hiremath, Lou Waters, Mary Snider and Joe Hornat have maintained a balanced budget for the last four years with a surplus. This was done while insuring the success of our excellent police department, maintaining roads and developing and improving our parks and recreational facilities. The incumbents could have done a better job in showing the public the value and advantages of the purchase but do seem to have been acting in the interest of Oro Valley otherwise.

The recall opponents’ resumes do leave some questions for voters to think about. Pat Straney as part of his credentials notes his primary community involvement includes serving seven years (ongoing) as board President of Rancho Vistoso Community. Rancho Vistoso also includes the Vistoso and Stone Canyon Golf Courses, which could be a conflict of interest for him and fellow candidate Shirl Lamonna who also was involved with Rancho Vistoso’s board. Pat Straney also was concerned with the loss of taxes to Pima County because of the El Conquistador purchase but the county does not tax the other parks and facilities owned by the town so I don’t see this as an issue.

Shirl Lamonna who is working for the county supervisor should have known how to properly file a petition for the special vote on the purchase of El Conquistador but because she did not do it correctly the town clerk rejected the petition. Lamonna with others filed a lawsuit on the rejection that denied in lower court but was pushed on appeal to higher court, which rejected the petition. In the end the Town of Oro Valley had to pay out more than $50,000 in legal fees do to the lawsuit.

Steve Didio in his literature also states he wants to return the town to fiscal responsibility but he opposed the Mayor and council when they proposed to save the town $200,000 a year by discontinuing Coyote Run and partnering with the Regional Transportation Authority and its Sun Shuttle which serves five times the ridership and a much larger area.

Ryan Hartung in his video on Facebook faults the current four current town council members for voting as a block on the El Conquistador purchase but in heading the recall he has created a cohesive block of candidates that would most likely vote as a block as well because of their similar views. Mr. Hartung has led the effort to have a recall election which will cost the Town of Oro Valley more than $30,000 according to the town community relations office.

The choice for voters is not whether or not to buy El Conquistador but rather who has the best credentials for progressive and thoughtful development of our community’s infrastructure.

 

By Kim Folsom

Oro Valley Resident,

Former Managing Editor for McGraw Hill, and reporter for three Salt Lake City newspapers

 

“Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” Explorer Letter

The following are three emails that represent the “back and forth” of the title of this post.

  • The first is from Dan Klement and appeared in the Explorer on 10-21-15 about the challenger Hartung.
  • The second is a response from Ryan Hartung to the letter.
  • The third is Dan Klement’s response to Hartung.

Take a minute and read through them.  Mr. Klement calls out Hartung in no uncertain terms.

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Dan Klement from the Explorer

Ryan Hartung…..A wolf in sheeps clothing

Don’t be fooled by the comments that come out of Ryan Hartung’s mouth. He wants you to believe that he is this young professional with young kids and that he is representative of what is now over 50% of the make up of Oro Valley’s population. I have heard him speak on numerous occasions and have observed his comments about why he is running. I was floored by his willingness to lie to us the voters. He is the ringleader for the group opposing Satish Hiremath, Joe Hornat, Mary Snider, and Lou Waters. I have heard him say that he wants to be your voice and he says he wants civility and transparency. Really? Then why is he calling everyone “Special Interests” when they don’t support him? That’s civility? Why also is he going around in the cover of darkness and putting up these black and white signs that have an arrow pointing to the signs of Hiremath, Hornat, Snider and Waters which states “Paid for by $pecial interests”? What is he trying to hide? Why not do it in the daylight? Why did he distance himself from Tom Kamoske who was one of his strongest supporters when Mr. Kamoske shoved Vice Mayor Lou Waters cutting him over the right eye, and then state that he had no knowledge of who Mr. Kamoske was? This is the kind of accountablility that we want as a leader?

We need people who will continue to move this community forward for OUR benefit. Ryan Hartung has no vision. Like his science fiction writings, he thinks he can fabricate stories and manipulate us by passing himself off as “one of us” just to get our vote. The election will be a head to head race and he will be running against Joe Hornat. Joe Hornat has done remarkable things for our community. The Oro Valley that we have today is because of the vision that he shares along with Hiremath, Snider and Waters. Cast your vote for Joe Hornat. Don’t be fooled by what comes out of Ryan Hartung’s mouth. He is manipulative, cunning and he is willing to lie to us the voters. He doesn’t have your best interest at heart. He is not good for Oro Valley. In short…..Ryan Hartung is a wolf in sheeps clothing.

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Ryan Hartung Response to the Dan Klement

Mr. Klement,

I read your editorial about me the other day and am left wondering, why? Why would you write such a horrible article with so many lies about someone you have never met and apparently have no intention of meeting? It is fine if you disagree with my positions, I obviously disagree with yours, but under no circumstance would I go into print media and fabricate a story about someone I’d never met. I have the utmost regard for Oro Valley’s police and the Golder Ranch firefighters and hold you guys above many other professions because of the risks you take. If I’m elected I don’t want to do anything but strengthen both of your services and you would have known that if you had reached out to me before writing what you did. I have never lied during this campaign or the recall and the signs you mention are not mine, you’d know that if you had bothered to read the bottom of them. I don’t understand why you would want to politicize the fire department when there is a very good chance that one or two of the incumbents are going to be voted out. Why possibly poison future Council members against you? But you said what you said and I’m sure you are proud of it. I would never stoop to your low. You are the reason many qualified people never want to enter politics.

Sincerely,

Ryan Hartung

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Dan Klement Response to Hartung

Really Ryan??????

It always makes me laugh when wanna be politicians go off half crocked calling voters liars because they’re too naive to look at their own lies!!

First off, I am not affiliated with Golder Ranch Fire anymore. I am retired and I served as a union leader and Captain under Chief John Fink. I also served as rep for the Professional Fire Fighters of Arizona. In addition I am still involved with the International Fire Fighters out of D.C. with the Foundation under General President Harold Schaitberger. I have nothing to do with local Fire Fighters or Police and their political decisions although, I was pleased to see who they are supporting in this unnecessary recall.

Where in my letter does it say that the signs were yours??? It doesn’t because I didn’t. If you had bothered to read my letter correctly you would of understood that. I did say that you were going around putting up signs at night that had an arrow pointing towards the sign of those who I support!! Are you gonna try and tell me you didn’t tap in one of those signs in the cover of darkness??? Be careful, because I know the TRUTH!!

You also continue to state how much the incumbents raised our taxes. Doubled your taxes? Really?? Why don’t you state the truth and let people know how much it is really gonna cost the taxpayers? My math says that it will be about sixty bucks a year. Pretty good price for more services to the elderly, middle aged, and children of Oro Valley. Tell me I’m wrong.

Are you also going to deny that you don’t repeatedly call any group that doesn’t support you a “special interest group”? How do you expect to overcome that if you become elected?? And you run on the platform of civility?? How civil is that calling people names??? That is misleading as is your whole campaign in my opinion!

Apparently you think I had no intention of meeting you. Wrong again Ryan. My wife and I showed up at the El Conquistador resort to hear and meet the opposition because we really wanted to hear your vision as well as that of the others. But apparently you and your cronies cowardly backed out at the last minute. Why??? Because your side demanded the questions beforehand and didn’t get them? The candidates I support had the courage to show up in Sun City where they don’t have much support, because in my opinion, they are leaders and believe in what they are doing. They have a vision for this town and I believe in their vision also.

How about you affiliation with Mr. Kamoske? I was standing 5 feet away from my friend Lou Waters when Mr. Kamoske, without a doubt, deliberately shoved him. Then Kamoske had the nerve to fall backwards to the ground. What did I do? I tried to help your friend Mr. Kamoske as he laid there unable to get up foolishly claiming that Lou shoved HIM??? What was your first reaction? It was to denounce that you ever knew him. It’s all on the video. Why not just admit that you friend made a mistake rather than you denying publicly that you didn’t even know him? After all, he was helping you turn in recall signatures for your behalf. Is this another shining example of the other virtue that you are running on which is transparency? You are lying to the people and telling them that you don’t even know Mr. Kamoske!!

Then you have the nerve to tell me that I must be “proud” of the letter that I wrote? Far from proud Ryan. Disgusted is the first word that comes to my mind. Disgusted of you and the opposition misleading this great town where I choose to raise my family. Because of Satish Hiremath, Joe Hornat, Mary Snider, and Lou Waters, this town is running on a surplus, while adding many great amenities, including the community and recreation center. It’s pretty easy to mislead a town on the golf business. But there is so much more to it than just the golf. I sincerely hope that you are intelligent enough to know that. If not, GOD help us if you get elected.

I have a grandmother, retired parents, an aunt and uncle, cousins and hundreds of friends in Oro Valley who all can benefit from the town center. I also have two young daughters, one in grammar school and one in high school, who will benefit from it as well. There is not much for teenagers to do in this town and a teen center along with a senior center is very much needed in my opinion.

It also is a farce that you continue to mislead the voters about your issues with the purchase before the council members have had a chance to succeed or fail. Perfect platform for you though so you can get in there let it crash and continue to blame the council members who voted for it. Don’t tell me that you have not publicly stated that the first thing that you would do is to immediately stop funding including funding to the golf course. That came out of your own mouth. That is your plan? To let it turn brown and take it to the voters because you don’t have the courage to make a decision for yourself? You are talking about 300+ acres in the middle of our town. Property values will be destroyed and I don’t want to see that. I believe the current council will make it work and add more greatness to this town on top of what they have already added.

Once again the only thing in your reply that has any grain of truth to it is that we disagree. The bottom line Mr. Hartung is that you are running for Council… I am not. Therefore Ryan, like it or not, I have every right to state my opinion as a resident of Oro Valley in an editorial page. But once again you try and spin it as yet another person on a “Special Interest” label. In my career, I have seen your type time and time again. Bullies who like to intimidate good people. You don’t like it that I have an opinion that counters yours? Let me clue you in on something my friend, which I think you better get used to…..this is a country that is built on a democratic process and it is a free country that has First Amendment Rights. It is not only my obligation to question you, it is my duty by constitutional right.

Instead of trying to bully and intimidate me, why don’t you quit hiding behind your computer on the last leg of your campaign and start telling the people what your vision for the town is instead of just throwing rocks at good people? Is it because the truth is that you really don’t have a vision?

What did you have to gain from sending me a reply? Were you hoping that I would just go away because of your bully tactics and that I would just keep silent? You are sadly mistaken. It’s my gain now and rest assured that I will be sending your letter along with my reply to hundreds of Oro Valley voters so they can get a better look at Ryan Hartung who cowardly backed out of the El Conquistador candidate forum and then ridicules a voter for not trying to meet him. I was right then and I am right now…you are a wolf in sheep’s clothing!!!!!

Dan Klement

 

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