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”.
There is only so much time in a day as you well know. And so you have to allocate your time in such a way as to maximize your efforts. So for me personally I needed to decide if I was going to write stuff post it on the TRUTH, or raise money, help others put up signs or talk to every person I knew to make sure they voted…and for the right folks. I chose all of the latter. Our readers are very important but if I can help put up a sign that is seen by hundreds of people every day I have to choose that route.
So please cut us some slack for our absence. We were doing “other duties as assigned”. After all it would appear that the effort put forth by the candidates and all of those who helped out worked swimmingly well.
Now to the new stuff, I sincerely hope that once you see what I am about to present to will do something. I would ask that you write an e-mail to Councilman Zinkin and ask him to cancel his plans.
SOUNDLY defeated Councilman Zinkin has spent (fiscal year to date) in excess of $7363 of tax payer’s money going on trips. Most of them are in conjunction with his committee involvement with the National League of Cities (NLC). Keep in mind that this is a VOLUNTEER position. He was not chosen for anything scholarly or any great accomplishment.
Since being elected to the Town Council Zinkin has spent far more in travel (9406+ more than the next closest) than any other council member. And what do we have to show for it. NOTHING!!!!!
So having said that let me rub some salt into the wound. Lame duck Councilman Zinkin is planning on attending another NLC meeting before he leaves office in Madison, Wisconsin.
I don’t know about you but if I was the Town Manager, I would advise Mr. Zinkin that as a result of the recent elections his pending travel, at citizen expense, will not benefit the citizens of Oro Valley, therefore he must bear the cost of any expense not already prepaid. I suspect his airfare has already been booked and is non-refundable, but hotel, conference registration, food and beverage (with emphasis on BEVERAGE) expenses should be on him.
If this irritates you as much as it does me, PLEASE let someone know.