Thursday, March 12, 2009

SOMETHING ELSE ON THE CITY COMMISSION ELECTION, A THANK YOU FIRST, THE ISSUES, AND THEN SOME FREE ADVICE

A THANK YOU

The people of Brownsville owe a big thank you to Estela Von Hatten and her staff for a job well done in screening and approving all of the candidates for City Commission. It is a thankless job. The primary goal is to insure the democratic process works. You want to make sure every candidate has every opportunity to prove up their signatures, while making sure every signature is valid.

THE ISSUES

I would love for my readers to help develop a list of issues which they believe are important to the community. With the budget crunch coming in September, I want to know which candidates would support an independent audit of City of Brownsville personnel as a means to clean house of all of the dead wood? My second issue is, are you prepared to make a university education a prerequisite for all top level management positions? These are just two issues. Everyone is free to add to the issues.

A LITTLE HELP FOR THE CANDIDATES

To help the candidates along I am providing some information. The bookkeeping process can be a nightmare. I recommend every candidate study the following form.

http://www.ethics.state.tx.us/forms/coh.pdf

You should make a form of your own with all of the information for each category. You should keep track of this information on a daily basis. It should be the last thing you do at the end of the day. As to the part wherein you record donations, make your own form. Make sure every donor whose donation must be reported provides you all of the information you need to complete the form you submit to the state.

A common mistake in this day and age of the Internet is, people donate money but do not provide the required disclosure information. Make sure your online questionnaire for donations requires the donor provide all of the requisite information. Do not be afraid to be honest with them by disclosing the information is required by the State of Texas.

Also consider reviewing the following.

http://www.ethics.state.tx.us/whatsnew/elf_filing_info.htm

It is never wise to be your own treasurer, but you should always double check the work of your treasurer.

"CHANGING A CAMPAIGN TREASURER. If you wish to change your campaign treasurer,
simply file an amended campaign treasurer appointment (form ACTA)." Page 3 of

http://www.wacoisd.org/publications/CTAinstruct.pdf

The Texas Ethics Commission has a video you can watch to help you along.

http://www.ethics.state.tx.us/whatsnew/video_training.html

For my regular readers - sorry today’s post was not hard hitting. This campaign is important and I just want to provide the candidates as much helpful information as possible.

Now if any candidate has a question, I will answer it online such as I did here. There is no fee, I am just willing to look up the answer. I will only provide cut and paste information with a link. In the end it will up to each candidate to decide for themselves what they must do.

On the left side of the web page, if at least ½ of the candidates have a web page I will post the links for everyone to see. I will list them by district, then at large, and in the same order as they will appear on the ballot. If you want your web page listed, just let me know.

WHATS FOR DINNER TONIGHT?

Baho - last cold night of the year -

http://www.cocinadelmundo.com/paises/nicaragua/car/5774.html

Tomorrow (Saturday) I will publish my Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce - it is an old fashion recipe from the 1950's Betty Crocker Cookbook

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

SHOULDN'T AT LARGE BE FIRST SINCE IT'S FIRST ON THE BALLOT?

FERNANDO