Helen Marshall sent this in:
Ms. Wilson asserts loudly that she never ever refused to cooperate with the city’s investigator, and any statements to that effect are malicious and the investigation moreover was deliberately orchestrated to discredit certain people, “specifically me.” Boo Hoo!!!!
Meantime, while I am perfectly willing to consider the possibility that Ms Wilson is lying, I do have to wonder: when she stated in a 2013 email to the city attorney that “several members raised concerns,” did anyone investigate that at the time, or did it take an ethics investigator from outside El Paso to raise questions about it?
All the 2013 council members deny having raised any concerns. And of course the Downtown Development Corporation, AKA City Council, did not keep any records, being, ya know, a corporation and all that. The editorial comment by the Times today says that as the bond issue was delayed at the time of the May election, but then approved just before the run-off mayoral election, the delay must not have been for electoral reasons. But then, for what?
While Wilson and her former colleagues kick and punch each other, there goes our HOT money on much higher rates than might have been the case. The Times downplays the importance of this, as it is Hotel-Motel tax money, not property tax money, ignoring that the funds going to pay higher interest rates could have been used for other projects to benefit the community.
At the end of the editorial is a statement that Wilson “has a long, distinguished record of service to this community.”
I’m having a senior moment. What are they talking about? Help me out here!