by Jim Nintzel
Last Friday, Feb. 21, the Weekly reported that Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller had changed transportation staff recommendations on transportation projects to include paving of Oasis Road in her own neighborhood—and that one of her closest political allies and other campaign contributors lived along Oasis Road as well.
Miller did not return a phone call from the Weekly to answer questions about her transportation priorities before our stories ran, but she and her defenders later complained that the stories were inaccurate because a portion of Oasis Road in front of the contributors' homes were not paved.
Sherese Steffens, for example, argued on this blog that Pima County’s road repair “was conveniently stopped just before the driveway to Steffens and Jimenez's house. So maybe you should get your facts straight before you print a hit piece. And in case you also didn't check out the facts, we pay pima county property taxes and a lot of them. Was stopping the paving before our houses political retribution for our support of Ally? Looks that way doesn't it.”
The big problem with Steffens’ argument: That section Oasis Road that remained unpaved actually belongs to the town of Marana, which annexed roughly 37 acres in the area last October.
Marana Planning Director Ryan Mahoney confirmed today that Pima County paved the road up to the Marana town limits and that a stretch of approximately 1/8 of a mile inside of Marana remained unpaved.