Anyone outside of this little angry ankle-biter/blogger world we live in can see that a proposal to bring agenda items forward with the approval of 2, 3, 10 or whatever number of "cosponsors" is a good idea. It is such a good idea that every state legislature and your federal legislative body use the exact same form of filtering in order to make sure the process doesn't turn into a shitshow - as it has in El Paso.
I know this proposition will be voted down, but while you're losing your mind you should do yourself a favor and read my suggestions below.
1. Before you start screaming about "rights," go read exactly what "rights" you have HERE in the United States Constitution and it's friendly little list of 27 amendments. If you don't see that "right" you're claiming you have spelled out in that document... well you don't have that "right."
You do not have the right to be heard at a public meeting, legislative session or by anybody. You have a right to express yourself in a public space, but there's nothing guaranteeing you the right of people giving a shit.
And frankly, you don't even have a right to be represented by a city council, county government or even a state government. Read the document and understand it before you make an ass out of yourself.
2. Don't confuse the protection of the minority from the majority with the idea that those in the minority should have a vote on all of their issues. The constitution, bill of rights and the 17 other amendments were put in place to protect the minority from the majority by establishing - wait for it... inalienable rights. That is the only guarantee those in the minority have.
And by "minority" I'm not referring to a race, ethnicity etc. I'm referring to those whose views are so dumb that the vast majority of people in this country refuse to support them. We're talking about a small population of people versus a large one.
Being the lone jackass who still thinks the ballpark deal was somehow illegal means you don't have much in they way of support. You are in the "minority." City Council has no obligation to discuss whatever insane thing you've cooked up in your tiny brain.
3. Nobody seemed to care about the Texas Open Meetings act when Rep. Lily Limon held a walking quorum (literally) on the way into executive session on the Tripper Goodman vote. It was live on TV and several representatives were canvassed by Limon. Where's the outrage?
Now that people like Four Names Allala have gone to asking for every email ever sent by everyone who's ever been on the same continent as El Paso City Councilor, nobody communicates on the record. Long before this idea of having mass support of agenda items, the City of El Paso's staff and representatives were speaking in secret in violation of the law.
Before you start calling this a violation of the law - you need to square yourself with all the lawbreaking you're happy to condone right now.
4. There's an easy way to do this without even getting near breaking the law. Many legislative bodies have a process of "co-authorship" or "co-sponsorship." Your tiny little brains aren't thinking the way big brains think.
You see, you guys think the process would be very casual with one representative popping into another representative's office asking for their support. That's not at all how this would work.
A representative wishing to place an item on the agenda would let the municipal clerk know they have an item. A short description would be provided. That request would be added the others and then sent to members of council individually for their review. The council members can either support the prospective agenda item or leave it be. The municipal clerk tallies the support and puts the qualifying items on the agenda. It's really that simple and it breaks zero rules.
5. If you're for allowing anything for any reason to be put on the city council agenda - you're a part of the problem. Your way of thinking has put you in the minority and the only way you can try and get your way is to have a city council member place your item on the agenda. The problem is that your idea, even though it's been placed on the agenda, is still stupid and will get voted down. It will essentially be a waste of time. Oh, and it serves in many cases to bring politics into the legislative process. We should strive to be better than that.
Council meetings should be used to take care of the business of the city. They should never be used as an arena where political boxing matches take place. Allowing representatives like Lily Limon to exact revenge on political foes in a legislative meeting is stupid and a waste of time. The problem is that many of you in the ankle-biter and blogging world like the idea of coopting the city council meeting to exact revenge on whoever you think did you wrong. You're like a mother who uses her daughter's wedding to punish the son-in-law you don't like. It's not the time or the place... as my mother would say.