Below in this Post is a “draft” of the allowed three minute Call to the Audience comment by Stan Winetrobe from the February 18th Council meeting.
Before you read it (and while it appears lengthy, it is “priceless), we would like to make a couple of points:
- You can hear the actual comment on the Town website if you like.
- Mr. Winetrobe takes them to task for their continued questions that he points out were answered in multiple Council reports which hopefully they read.
- There is a highlighted area in this post where Mr. Winetrobe asks if they were so interested, why the three did not attend the Police Budget Study Session of Last April. The reasons given were…Garner “out of town”, Burns… “military duty with advance notice given to town” finally, Zinkin…”20th wedding anniversary”. These answers were given in a “rebuttal” as allowed by law in response to personal criticism and Mr. Winetrobe apologizes for not knowing the reasons.
Why is number “3” above so significant? Well it certainly speaks for what they are concerned with, i.e. not the facts presented to them or that they continue to misrepresent their receipt of them, but only their concern for their attendance record!!! Wow….you have to hear it to believe it. !!!
Hello, my name is Stan Winetrobe, and I have been a resident of Oro Valley for over 20 years.
First, I just want to say “thanks” to the town staff. A lot of misguided criticism has been directed their way over the past few months, and I just want to say thanks for their hard work and professionalism.
On December 3, 2014 Councilmember Zinkin attempted to show a Powerpoint presentation about the police budget, and his request was denied. So, he read from a letter dated September 30, 2014, that he and CM Garner wrote to the Town Manager and Chief of Police, and also read from the presentation slides that he was not permitted to show. CM Zinkin invited the public to read his letter and slide presentation.
I have read those documents, and I have many concerns about the misleading content, insinuations, opinions and incorrect facts contained there in. I wish I had an hour to comment, but I am limited to only three minutes. Here are my top concerns.
First, you asserted, incorrectly, that officers driving take home vehicles get paid while “driving the cars”, and you appear to reference Oro Valley Police Procedures Rule 6.0 page 3 of 4 sections C and D. You have since stated that this is not the case, and that officers do not get paid while commuting in take home vehicles. So you admitted you were wrong, but it does cast doubt on all other claims you make. How many other claims, comments and calculations in your September 30th letter and December 3rd slide presentation are not credible? I expect my elected councilmembers to do their homework, research the issues, and present factual information to the public.
Second, in your letter and at the council meeting of December 3 you lament that you keep asking questions that are not answered about the police budget and use of overtime. I read council reports dated March 13, April 17, May 9, July 24, July 30, August 7, and August 14. It appears to me that your questions have been answered.
Your question about crime and events that occurred that caused the overrun in the OT budget? In addition to the aforementioned council reports, the OVPD sent out 79 media releases in FY13/14 that support answering your question. Overtime expenses are not easily predicted. Although overtime expenses exceeded their budget, they are a subset of the personnel services budget, and that line item was NOT exceeded. Also, under Chief Sharp’s leadership, the OVPD has never gone over their total budget allotment. If you are so interested in the police budget, why did CMs Burns, Garner and Zinkin not attend the Police Budget Study Session of last April?
Finally, in your letter of September 30th, you state, in part “when they hear of this communication, they will accuse us of being anti-safety, anti-cop, anti-kid, anti-school.” The September 30th letter was signed by councilmembers Zinkin and Garner. When is the last time either one of you attended an event supporting or honoring law enforcement?
And let’s not forget this quote from CM Garner that appeared in the April 17th, 2014 edition of the Az Daily Star:
“(quote)Unfortunately this department is a prima donna department. It tries to put candidates forward sympathetic to it so its interest can go unchecked. It’s union politics and thuggery that goes on.” (unquote)
Actions speak louder than words, and these words are awful.