Sneaky actions

City council will have another “special” meeting Monday, January 25, 2016.  They like to handle really important issues at “special” meetings since so few members of the public even know about them.

This meeting is being called to discuss and take action on four issues that are important to us as citizens.

  1. Approving a list of projects constituting the “City of El Paso Street Infrastructure Capital Plan”
  2. Approving a list of projects constituting  the “El Paso Quality of Life Bond Issue FY2020 Plan”
  3. Presentation and discussion on debt modeling for capital projects.
  4. Discussion and action regarding a resolution authorizing the City Attorney to sign an amendment to the Engagement Agreement by and between the City of El Paso and Ross Fischer for the purpose of increasing the project budget and new law firm name.

Pretty important

Each of these issues will impact the citizens significantly.  We should be able to give council our thoughts about what they are going to do.

There is a problem though.  We don’t know what they are thinking about doing.

No backup material

Even though city ordinance 018031 requires the backup material to be provided by noon on the Thursday before the meeting, nothing has been posted on the city’s web site as of Friday when this article was being written.

Ordinance 018031 makes this statement:

“WHEREAS, the public is entitled to know in advance which subjects will be discussed and acted upon at City Council meetings so that the public can provide or request additional information, communicate with Council members, arrange for themselves or others to attend Council meetings, and otherwise prepare themselves to express their opinions regarding action of the City Council;”

I’d call the City Clerk and ask that she get the information posted but, as we know, the city is closed on Friday.

So much for transparency.

We deserve better



11 Responses to Sneaky actions

  1. ManintheMoon says:

    John G Dungan Sr
    Start with an ethics complaints at the city and state leave. If you think they are in violation of meeting act ask the Texas AG’s office for an opinion. All of these are real easy to do and cheap.


  2. anonymous says:

    Two of these special session items include the word “approving.” An approval requires a vote. I thought votes and final decisions had to be made in meetings open to the public. Am I wrong about that?


    • Brutus says:

      The meeting is open to the public, just not at the regular time.

      Not posting the backup material denies us the right to see what they will “approve”.



      • Reality Checker says:

        It sounds like they are scheduling special meetings and moving controversial topics to those special meetings in hopes of reducing attendance and public comment.


        • Brutus says:


          It’s now 10:40. Council has finished their agenda review meeting and now is moving downstairs to have the special city council meeting that was scheduled for 9:05.

          Members of the public have needlessly been waiting.



    • Brutus says:

      To make matters worse though if you go to the city website and try to watch the live video of the special meeting you will see a page that lists the current meeting video as “<>” when in fact they are holding a full city council meeting in the council room.



    • Brutus says:

      Now, incredibly, council is holding a legislative review meeting at the same time that they have posted a city council meeting.

      The legislative review meeting is in the second floor conference room and the special city council meeting is posted to be in the council meeting room.



  3. I wonder what it would take to get some investigative arm of the government to look into this Council’s actions.


    • Rodney H. Fender says:

      John Dungan Sr has it right and let’s include county commissioners court in that investigation while we are at it! Where are all the Republicans and Independents that should be pushing this?


    • Jerry K says:

      Isn’t the City Attorney supposed to catch this?


      • Homeowner777 says:

        Yeah. . . well . . . they are all paid by the same dollar, the same account, by the same people that hire them.
        So, no. That’s like wanting the wife of the owner of a business to turn her husband in.
        Not gonna happen.
        Many are also cousins. So no.
        Most in town are related. . . by cousins. . . .
        Or married to cousins. Since they have different last names, . . . not gonna find out unless you attend one of their kid’s birthday parties.
        So, no.

        The State Attorney General teaming up with Ancestry dot Com should make a HUGE El Paso Family Tree and show who in El Paso politics is related.
        I already suspect the federal government is using Ancestry dot Com to locate “Wanted” persons and . . . . others. . . . .

        . . . . .to make a HUGE interconnecting file of those that are related and by that. . . any Search Warrants to tap one person’s phone would apply to the entire family tree.

        Maybe, Ancestry dot Com is actually owned by a Front-Man to operate as a government data collection agency?

        This would explain a LOT.


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