Hey, it looks bad that the city manager would hire he sibling of any city council member to do anything for him - whether that be mow his lawn or build him a space shuttle. Nobody can defend that.
What does this mean?
I'm not sure.
What we do know is that there are no emails that show the city manager and Rep. Larry Romero brokering some deal for paving streets in his district. We do know that city engineering staff was formally behind the change and that if anything, Gonzalez wasn't too concerned enough to give a thumbs up or thumbs down to the changes.
It should be noted that two other members of council had changes made to priority street paving projects in their district as well. It seems their actions are not equal to Romero's for some reason.
I guess you can probably discern that there was no quid pro quo on the paving and the hiring of the brother unless Romero's brother is very tight with the former city engineering shot callers.
So what about the raise????
It was Romero's item, but in council meetings several other council members related that they had planned to bump Gonzalez up to the $300,000 range since day one. That's a long time coming for Gonzalez. I mean, he would have had to cut a deal with Romero and his brother a year ago to see this thing through. That's perseverance.
It's likely that wasn't the case.
What is likely is that Gonzalez made a poor judgement call hiring the brother of one of his bosses. I'm sure Gonzalez was asking around for tips on who could set up an LLC for him for cheap. I'm sure Rep. Romero innocently said "my brother does that stuff, you should talk." And the rest... well it's the hottest blog story since the paving debacle of last month.
What I find interesting is that none of you care that certain services for the city are being carried about the spouses and siblings of high ranking city staff. And it's gone on for years now. The conflict is crystal clear... well, not to you guys.
Jaime Abeytia thinks the city manager should lose his raise over this... some guys just can't quit. I guess Jaime doesn't remember the text conversation where it is admitted that not a single person called Rep. Ordaz's office to complain about the raise. It's going to be hard to convince the public that this is a really big deal. Just look at how the public shrugged at the paving incident.