Wednesday, February 4, 2009

BROWNSVILLE’S MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS - HELLO ANYONE OUT THERE

In May Leo (the Cowardly) Garza, Carlos Cisneros, and Edward Camarillo are all up for reelection. If my memory serves me right this morning, De los Santos is running against Garza, and Miller is running against Camarillo. Am I correct in saying that Cisneros does not have an opponent?

In an election the burden is on the opponent. Are De Los Santos and Miller even running campaigns, or is the Herald just not covering the campaigns? Other than some global claims out of the play book of old, do we know how their opponents are distinguishing themselves from the incumbents?

Brownsville is entering some very difficult economic times and not a word about these campaigns. If the news about the shortfalls in revenues Pete Gonzalez gave the Commission on Monday last is true, the next fiscal year is going to see massive cuts in services by the city (roads) or massive property tax increases. Hello - anyone out there to address these campaign issues? Let’s not forget, De Los Santos, the Magical Saint, is promising to deliver greater services while Brownsville’s budget is stretched to its limits, and revenues are falling?

Also on the ballot, assuming the Commission ever acts on them, will be the proposed changes to the City Charter. The good news is, if the Herald got the story correct, we may get to vote an making recall easier, and there will be no vote for a pay raise for the commissioners.

So, is this the future of Brownsville politics? The same old faces, same old complaints, same old nothing ever changes?

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

The idealist in me wants to think that qualified and competent people have the nobility and ganas to run for political office, and these incentives are enough to run.

The realist in me wants to think that qualified and competent people (assuming that they exist) have the nobility and ganas to run for political office, but need a financial incentive to do so, especially in these "very difficult economic times."

Sitting on the City Commission is at least a part-time job, on top of a full-time job. Our latest Charter Review Committee will not include the traditional recommendation of pay for commissioners, but did recommend an easier approach for a recall. While I respect their recommendations, I must disagree with both.

We need to start thinking like realists if we want our office holders to be qualified and competent and throw their hat in the ring. Otherwise, we may be stuck with the "same old faces, same old complaints, and same old nothing ever changes.

BobbyWC said...

power Play,

Logic says you are correct, but experience informs me otherwise.

I was in Dalals when this same thing was debated. the pepole eventually voted for pay - nothing changed - the same political machines ran the store- and unless you had an invitation you were not allowed in the store.

I would give them health insurance coverage as a compromise

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

It seems Moses Sorola has aleready
picked up the packett,
submitted his treasurer report and is working on the signatures required.

Moses Sorola is one of the group that put the injunction to stop the Commissioners from milking the cow.

Anonymous said...

What a joke. There must be a reason why we are not getting quality people to be commissioners. Why can't real people, who are community leaders, sacrifice some time for their city. Step up to the plate and be elected by your name and accomplishments. Wow!

BobbyWC said...

It is not complex - people do not want their name dragged through the mud and have their families humiliated.

The corrupt political machines know this - they use it as a threat against the best of the best - to overcome the mud slinging which will be half truths it will take a lot of money.

People just do not see the need to put their family through hell and back and those willing to humiliate their families are less than honorable people

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

bwc can you run for any position?

BobbyWC said...

I am in Atkinson's district which means no election until 2011.

As for teh at large position - the cost of running against an at large campaign is way to expensive without access to some established political machine.

This is why I have been pushing for some type citizen committee to recruit candidates with an eye to having the responsibility of raising the money and promoting a grassroots campaign.

I do beleive until this happens no one will run except the same old faces.

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

Moses Sorola? what a joke!

Anonymous said...

I think that the charter review committee should change the requirement for a recall to be 100% of the number of voters who voted the rascals in.

Anonymous said...

a joke!
HA, HA, HA, HA, FUNNY,
THEY USED TO SAY THE SAME ABOUT MINERVA Peña.