Another way to hide the pea

Two other proposed changes to our city charter will be on the November 3, 2015 ballot.

The first would give city council and the mayor pay raises to $39,000 and $55,000 respectively.

The second would allow council to meet every other week instead of every week.

Some council meetings are ridiculously long now.  If they decide to meet every other week look for them to take contentious issues into special city council meetings where it will be more inconvenient for the public to attend.

At this point I find it hard to trust the people who come up with these proposed charter amendments.

We deserve better


8 Responses to Another way to hide the pea

  1. Judy Maddox says:

    My answer to the City Charter was not only no but H NO. I do not trust this crowd at all doesn’t matter what we vote for or what they tell us it always turns out to it isn’t what they ment. Swimming Pool. Plaza Park. CULTURAL CENTER, we think things are dedicated and we end up with saw dust. Was not hard for me to vote.

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  2. Fed Up says:

    I think councilman Larry Romero and city manager Gonzalez should pay for the speed bumps in front of Cathedral out of their own pockets as others have to do when they are not approved through process or the city does not have the funding!


  3. ManintheMoon says:

    Whether it is the CC or CCC they should be forced to hold at least one meeting a month in the evening or on Saturday so the working people that pay the bills could show up and give them an ear full. What a concept!


  4. Fact Checker says:

    I just voted in early voting and neither of those amendments is on the ballot. They removed the pay raise after they raised Tommy Gonzalez’s salary because they thought community backlash would kill it. The item on meetings actually changes the charter wording from once per week to at least once per week–in essence opening the door to more not less meetings. Your facts on this one are off.The one issue you should have raised is the amendment that allows public sector employees to run for Council while continuing to hold their taxpayer paid job. Besides the conflict of interest (folks living off the taxpayer dole getting to vote on how big that dole becomes), it means that less will get done in the full time position.


    • Reality Checker says:

      The potential conflict of a city council member also holding a city job is a big issue which has received little attention. Does that mean a city rep could even been city manager or CFO or head of the capital improvements department? Unfortunately, El Paso is very comfortable with conflicts of interest.


    • taxpayer 13 says:

      Actually, they removed the pay raise BEFORE Tommy’s pay raise. This amendment, suggested by the Charter Review committee, was removed on the first review by council.

      There are enough problems going on at the City. You don’t need to make any more up.


    • elrichiboy says:

      You are mistaken about the meeting frequency. It says at least once every two weeks.

      Source: Just came back from the polls.


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