All star subsidy

June 21, 2019

This is on the Tuesday, June 24, 2019 city council agenda:

A Resolution authorizing the City Manager or designee to make necessary budget transfers and to sign the Event Support Contract in an amount not to exceed $55,000.00 with MountainStar Sports Group LLC, dba/El Paso Stadium Operations Company for the City of El Paso to host the 2019 Triple-A Baseball All Star Game and Home Run Derby July 7 – 11, 2019.

What do you think of it?

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This is not on time performance

June 20, 2019

Can anyone inform us as to the status of the new Sun Metro Brio routes?

According to the Sun Metro website the Alameda route is scheduled to be up and running “Mid 2018”.

The Dyer route is scheduled to be up and running “Late 2018”.

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Closed meetings violations

June 17, 2019

The other day we wrote about apparent open meetings violations that the city committed recently.

The next day in a regular city council meeting their agenda contained the following after showing a portion of the meeting would be in executive session:

“Discussion and action on the following:”

The agenda then listed 12 items that they planned to handle in executive session.

The problem here is that they cannot take action in executive session.  They must do it in open session, which is open to the public.

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Open meetings violations

June 12, 2019

If the following two documents are correctly done our city council and our city attorney are in flagrant violation of the Texas Open Meetings Act.

They held a special city council meeting on Monday, May 13, 2019.  They posted an agenda that told us that they would be considering seven items.

The agenda for the special city council meeting on Monday, May 13, 2019 can be read here.

The minutes of the meeting reflect an entirely different story.  From the minutes:

“The agenda items for the Regular City Council [meeting] of May 13, 2019 were reviewed.”

According to their minutes they reviewed items from a future city council meeting.  They have the right to do that but it has to be on the agenda of the meeting where they do it.  In this case it was not.

According to their records they did not have a regular city council meeting on May 13, 2019 but they did have one on May 14, 2019.

The May 13, 2019 meeting was a special city council meeting that had a publicly posted agenda.  That agenda did not include the items that were to be considered in the meeting the day after.

However the minutes of the May 13 meeting indicate that they did consider items that were going to be part of the May 14, 2019 meeting.

According to the Texas supreme court “The notice [agenda] must be sufficient to apprise the general public of the subjects to be considered during the meeting. ”

The minutes of that meeting can be read here.

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City code of conduct

June 11, 2019

The Monday, June 10, 2019 agenda for the special city council meeting has this item on it:

Discussion and action on a Resolution to approve a Code of Conduct for Elected Officials.

You can read it here:

One can only hope.

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City budget growing faster than our population

June 10, 2019

elrichboy over at El Chuqueno posted this the other day:

Read ’em and Weep

He points out that our population has only grown by 1.1% over the last six years.

Yet our city budget grows every year.

Max Grossman pointed out that the city general fund budget has grown 24% over the last five years.


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Behind closed doors

June 7, 2019

The situation we discussed in Rewriting history  continues to bother me.

Recapping, city council recently had an agenda item to approve the “corrected minutes” of a city council meeting held more than 12 years ago.

None of the city representatives, nor the mayor, nor the city manager, nor the city attorney were on board at that time.

How can any of them approve minutes as being accurate when they were not involved 12 years ago?

The minutes are being “corrected” for a reason.  Either someone wants something and the old minutes will not allow it, or they don’t want something that the old minutes require, is my guess.

The current group has not offered an explanation.

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