Wednesday, June 10, 2015

 
BROWNSVILLE MOVING FORWARD

If we fret over yesterday, we will never move forward.  But this does not mean we cannot learn from our mistakes which lead us down the wrong road.  In large measure the mess with have with Tony Martinez is the result of a weak and ill informed city commission.

They have been unwilling to learn the rules of governance including the Open Meetings Act, and the process of Executive Session.  Tony Martinez has used their ignorance as a weapon to govern as he pleases.

If they are now willing to do their job, for me the past will be the past.  But let there be no mistake if Tony Martinez continues to govern as he pleases it will be because of an ill informed and ignorant city commission. 

After the run-offs, I want to see on the agenda a review of the City Manager.  I am not suggesting they fire him, I am suggesting in Executive Session they make clear he works for the city and is accountable to all of them and not just Tony Martinez.

I want to see a Rule change on the $35,000 spending rule.  Cabler can still spend the money without commission consent, but the rule should provide he must inform the city commission of any such expenditures of over $1,000.  This will create more transparency, and help to keep Tony Martinez in check.

The AG has published an Open Meetings Act Manual - learn it - it is not in legalese - it is written for the people and average elected officials

The Texas Municipal League also has a great link which educates our elected officials.

IF THE NEW COMMISSION WANTS TO CONTROL TONY MARTINEZ THEY BETTER LEARN EVERYTHING IN BOTH OF THE ABOVE LINKS AND THE FOLLOWING:

 The first order of business must be the discharge or Mark Sossi - it will send a strong message to Tony Martinez and his minions.

After the run-offs, I want to see on the agenda a review of the City Manager.  I am not suggesting they fire him, I am suggesting in Executive Session they make clear he works for the city and is accountable to all of them and not just Tony Martinez.

I want to see a Rule change on the $35,000 spending rule.  Cabler can still spend the money without commission consent, but the rule should provide he must inform the city commission of any such expenditures of over $1,000.  This will create more transparency, and help to keep Tony Martinez in check.

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