Tim Steller, columnist | Arizona Daily Star.
Eight months ago, Linus Kafka sounded content with the political dimension of his job.
Kafka, the city’s zoning examiner, was leading a hearing Feb. 5 about the proposed historical-landmark rezoning of the Valley of the Moon property, and debate had turned hot. As it simmered, Kafka philosophized on his role.
“Ultimately, all zoning is politics. I am an adamant believer there,” he said. “As far as I’m in control of things, it’s not politics, it’s all about good planning and coming to agreement. But ultimately, outside the room, the truth is that there’s a political component to this, and I acknowledge that.