Tuesday, January 27, 2015

 
GUESS WHO IS COMING TO EXECUTIVE SESSION? 

Abraham Galonsky was in Executive Session negotiating the sale of the El Cid building directly with the city commission in violation of the law.

Didn't want to make you wait.

It was suggested to me yesterday certain city commissioners decided to hold on going public because they wanted to be in a position of only confirming the story versus having run to the press in the first instance.  We shall see how today plays out.  They cannot say it is protected information as part of Executive Session - it is not.


THE FEDERAL COURTS AND AG HAVE MADE CLEAR DURING REAL ESTATE DEALS THIRD PARTIES OTHER THEN CITY EMPLOYEES CANNOT PARTICIPATE IN EXECUTIVE SESSION
Click for Federal Opinion see page 787

"The City asserts that its closed meetings with Mavericks representatives and real estate owner Woodbine Development Corporation representatives are encompassed within this real estate exception. The City's interpretation misreads the provision. The members of the Committee "may consult with their employees in private, but may not consult with other third parties in private." Op.Tex.Att'y Gen. No. DM-191 (1992)."
Because this is a violation of the Open Meetings Act, a court can void any agreement which came about as a result of the violation.  If we had a DA interested in enforcing the law he could prosecute the City Commissioners and Mayor for participating in this illegal meeting.

WHY IS ALL OF THIS IMPORTANT

Right now our choices for mayor are dismal.  The truth about what has been happening under Tony Martinez, and Mark Sossi may be enough for a highly qualified candidate to enter the race.  This matters for Brownsville.

Other sources have told me Tony Martinez has expressly threatened staff and city commissioners with prosecution if they go public with anything said or seen in Executive Session.  The problem we face is, the local FBI knows Tony will squeal like a pig if they indict him.  This will mean an end to Diane Dillard's career along with that of her husband Federal Judge Andrew Hanen.  Yes, Tony played his cards well.  You entrap a federal judges wife in your criminal conduct, thereby buying protection.

THIS IS BEYOND THE CITY OF BROWNSVILLE

We are at a crossroads wherein we need a competent mayor who can lead with a highly competent county judge who can navigate the difficult waters of getting cities at odds with one another to work together to turn Cameron county into a metroplex.  We are all in this together.

Brownsville giving up land and losing tax dollars in the short run is bad - and would probably cost any city commissioner who voted for it reelection. But this is why leadership is important.

We must stop thinking short term and start thinking long term.   A competent Brownsville mayor and county judge can work out the differences between the cities in a way which benefits both in the long run.  No matter how you look at it economic development for one will have benefit for the other.

If we miss this crossroads on a new mayor and a highly competent county judge, Brownsville could be sunk for a long time to come.  In time, simple reality of population growth will eventually mean a metroplex - but we should not have to wait for the default position - we should have leaders pushing us into a metroplex.

ONLY THE BV COVERING THE ISSUES

Right now, who other than the BV is raising the issues and inviting debate?  No one - why?  The candidates want to avoid debate of the issues.  What we have is endless distractions and nonsense. 

If Ben Neece would stop his game playing for two seconds and simply allow his recruits to spell out their position on the issues, they might actually win on the merits - there is an idea.  I will be voting for the At Large Seat based on the candidate's views on the issues, and nothing more - it is really that simple.

BARTON'S STUPID DISTRACTION ON WILLIAM GARZA

I was the first to come out against William Garza and hold to my position - beware of candidates who promise to lower your taxes while increasing spending.

When I saw the kidnapping story I thought - What?  then I got a bunch of posts I rejected and understood the objective.  It was a pathetic attempt at distraction.  Again, other than the BV who is inviting the candidates to discuss the issues and make their positions known?  No one - it is that simple

TO THE INCUMBENTS

Resign for your complicity through silence as to the illegal Executive Sessions, or get to the press today.  Your silence is no longer an option.  If you remain silent, you are making it clear to all of the voters your desire to hold on to fake power is more important to you than the future of the city.

We have a small window to get a highly qualified candidate to run for mayor - this is on the backs of the incumbents seeking reelection.  If they continue to fail to speak the truth, then the voters should vote them out of office.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

The commissioners will do nothing Bobby. It is a waste of time.

BobbyWC said...

It's not a waste of time because it allows challengers to ask the incumbents about their silence - and any challenger who does not make an issue of this we an assume is part of the Martinez machine.

It's about knowledge

Bobby WC