Under the city manager form of government that we have here in El Paso elected district representatives are not allowed to tell city employees what to do or not to do.
That right has been given to the city manager.
One of the ways that district representatives can voice their concerns about activities in city departments is to create an agenda item that allows a discussion with the city manager in public view.
The council resolution being considered that would require that at least three representatives sponsor each agenda item could take that remedy away from our district representatives.
The resolution is a bad idea. Some say that the real reason for it is to stop one or two of the existing representatives from ambushing the others with agenda items that are not clear.
Much of the problem could be avoided if there was complete backup material provided with each agenda item. The rest of the problem could be handled by not engaging in the discussion and letting the item fail without comment.
We deserve better