At yesterdays city council meeting there was an item on the agenda that aimed to give local businesses an advantage when bidding city work. This is something that has been discussed for years. In fact, just a few months ago the city council adopted the first part of the buy local plan by ordinance. Yesterday's item was brought a little later because it was a little more complex - however not at all different than what the original ordinance called for. Kudos to staff for making sure it was right before they threw it out there.
Of course, Rep. Carl Robinson had no idea what this was about. He claimed he had no knowledge of any part of the buy local ordinance. In typical Robinson fashion, he kept repeating the same thing over and over again while every other member of council looked at him like he was crazy. Somehow Robinson thought this was some ordinance that was being railroaded through that he had no idea of... even though it was clear he had plenty of knowledge of it.
Mayor Leeser had to step in and gently remind Robinson that this issue was thoroughly vetted with staff and there were multiple public, private and in between discussions about the buy local effort. I stress the word "gently" here. The mayor should have said "Look, dipshit, you're either lying your ass off or your dementia is so bad you can't remember anything and you need to step down for the good of your constituents. We beat this God-damned issue to death a few months ago and this is just the last part they had to figure out. Shut up, and stop wasting our time."
Robinson didn't back down because stupid is always stubborn. The vote was called for quickly and the only two voting "no" were Robinson and Rep. Lilly Limon....
Now, I see why Robinson voted against giving local businesses a leg-up - he's an idiot who got confused on the item... and stubborn. What I don't understand is why Limon would vote against the item.
It appears that Limon has become Eddie Holguin. She's going to vote against everything even if it is helpful to her constituents.
It would have been one thing had she spoke on the issue, but she didn't. She flat out is against local El Paso businesses doing business with the city. Don't ask me why - it's such a weird stance to take that I can't begin to explain it. Although, "stupid" and "stubborn" again creep into my mind.
It should be noted that Limon has grabbed a hold of the ADA crowd that comes to complain often at council and turned them into her force against Rep. Emma Acosta. As you know, Acosta has emerged as the voice a reason and has shown leadership since this new council has started. Limon has been after her and is now using the public comment period and the crazies to bash Acosta. It's sad. I can't believe the mayor lets this crap go on.
And it's not like I'm guessing who put these people up to their shenanigans - they all thanked Limon for her inspiration to attack Acosta.
As you can see - the aggressor on council is Limon. It's about time the council exercise the part of the charter that allows them to remove her from meetings.