WHOA NELLIE!!! (A longer post but a good read)

We realize that we are moving closer to primary election day (August 28, 2018) but the garbage that is being put out on some of the web sites and face book posts is already giving off an odor. I saw one today that said the Town of Oro Valley is “borrowing money” to balance the budget. One of the challengers states in her campaign literature that “She will advocate for a moratorium on development and call for impact studies on current and future growth”. When elected officials, OR candidates start talking about shutting down growth the local business community and potential investors react negatively. I am not saying that Ms. Jones-Ivey’s comments had anything to do with the Nakoma Sky decision, but it is careless verbiage. (more…)

More about the Community Center

The following is a rather long but very encompassing letter from John Gorman who is the President of the Men’s Golf Club at the Community Center.

You might expect a bias but he does make some great points and refute a lot of misconceptions about what is being said out there.

If you are really interested…..take a look and make up your own mind.

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Failure of Naranja Park 454 Bond

One of our friends has asked us to post his opinion….so here it is!

I’ve heard a lot of opinions about why the 454 Bond failed and I guess I am entitled to mine. It is an opinion just as the others are and no one, me included, can give a definite reason.

I’ve heard that the Bond failed as a result of the fiscal mismanagement in Oro Valley of the Community Center. Personally I reject that idea for two reasons and this is not the opinion part: (more…)

Yes or No on 454???

YES ON 454.

Why should I vote for something that raises my taxes? It’s a very good question, and one that is seldom answered with any validity. Hopefully we can do that for you. (more…)



Many people commented to me and the others involved with this blog about the absence of postings during the primary and I just wanted to take a moment to address that issue before the “NEW STUFF”. (more…)

A Blue Endorsement

What you can do to support Police Officers

As a recently retired police officer I have been asked by many people about what they can do to support police officers during this tragic and volatile time. I have told those who live In Oro Valley that there is an election where two of the incumbents running for re-election have consistently criticized the finest officers and department there may be in this country. In early April 2014 several Oro Valley Police officers dodged bullets from a crazed gunman who ended up taking hostages resulting in a long standoff. Within two weeks Bill Garner was quoted in the newspaper where he used terms such as “prima donna” when referring to the police department and “thuggary” when referring to police officers. Many of those officers involved in that April 2014 incident have since been recognized for their heroism.  (more…)

From Don Cox a view of the incumbents…letter to the Explorer

We are getting very close to the date on which ballots for the Oro Valley Town Council election will be in your mail box. Things have been unusually quiet. You may think that is because everything is going well and the local election is therefore not really important.  Unfortunately that isn’t the case.

The reason things are quiet is that the three incumbents (Zinkin –Burns –Garner) don’t really want publicity. They don’t want to call any attention to themselves. Don’t you find it interesting that other than a few signs on the streets and the obligatory response to the Explorer questions there are no big publicity pushes to highlight their successes over the past four years? Shouldn’t there be some kind of a campaign effort to let you, the voter, know that they are a far better choice than the vibrant new candidates. Isn’t that what incumbents do? (more…)


The date for filing nominating petitions has passed and the three incumbents have all filed for re-election.

Three challengers have also filed the necessary paperwork. They are Rhonda Pina, a Wells Fargo employee who was once the branch manager of the two Wells Fargo banks here in Oro Valley. Bill Rodman, who has served for four years on the Planning and Zoning Commission and it’s Chair the last year of his term. Steve Solomon will try again, having been appointed to fill a vacancy on the Town Council and then being defeated on his first bid for election. In this writers opinion all three appear to be a far better choice than the incumbents. None of the challengers seem to have made any public comment regarding the recent purchase of the Community Center during that dust up so it will be interesting to get their take on the future of that project.

It is rather sad that Councilman Burns made a decision to seek re-election. There were strong feelings in the community that he may withdraw from the public eye in an attempt to get his personal and professional life back on track. As you may remember, he is currently on probation (see the note at the bottom of this post 6-22-16) after being charged with violating a court order to avoid contact with his wife and two associated felonies that were committed during the same incident. Through plea agreements the felonies were reduced to misdemeanors. He recently filed a complaint with the state bar association against the Pima County prosecutor claiming that she overcharged him. That claim was dismissed however Burns has stated that he may appeal that decision.

There was also some thought that Mike Zinkin may not run as a result of his many transgressions in dealing with Town employees. The Town hired an attorney out of Phoenix to investigate the charges which cost the Town a little over $8000. The report concluded that the councilman “made at least several inappropriate comments of a sexual nature or regarding persons of Mexican origin.” This report t is dated February 2014 and is available for review by the public. More recently, more complaints were filed by two employees and the Town Council was force to take action against Councilman Zinkin. His social problems appear to be chronic.

Councilman Garner is not without his share of baggage too. He is the owner of the commentary where he referred to the OVPD as a “prima donna department” and that its members practiced “thuggary”.

And all three of the incumbents were front and center supporting the recent failed recall effort.

So the Oro Valley election season is off and running, no pun intended. We will see how things shake out.

One thing for sure, there are certainly some juicy topics out there to discuss.

Stay tuned!!!!!

Note: 6-22-16  We have received a communique via email from Mr. Burns advising he is no longer on probation. Whether that is true or not….we aren’t going to bother to confirm. The fact remains he was put on probation for his deeds and that is sufficient in our eyes to question his value as a candidate.


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!!!


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!!!



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