This came in from Xavier Miranda:
To be honest with you, many of us are fed up with our elected officials and their impunity, without fear of being held accountable. The time to usurp their power is now. Reading about the approval of the events center in the downtown area is just another boondoggle, with Leeser catering to the money people.
Consideration is being given to organizing a citizens’ forum, wherein these elected officials answer to the public. I had organized a forum at Mujer Obrera a couple of years ago when the Texas State delegation was grilled about education and the budget. Of course, Margo dismissed the invitation, but Marquez, Moody, and Rodriguez showed—but their charm disarmed many of the folks in attendance.
Having spoken to former federal agents, the prospect of even investigating corruption in our city is quite slim. There is ineptitude at the local office, as well as ties to the very officials they are supposed to keep in line.
Just brainstorming here, but with the local bloggers’ help, we can host a forum, with city and county officials at a central venue, have courageous moderators, and an interactive format that would address our concerns. Given the political season, we can have a significant citizen turnout, and reclaim representation. The EPISO accountability sessions are typically well attended, but do not engage the average citizen; the same can be Border Interfaith events.
Just a rant on systemic corruption in our city.
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