I was wrong on the email question. Four Names will get 15 more pages/emails (don’t know which and everyone I talked to is confused on that). However, these are emails she apparently already has. As Leeser state publicly, they will “re-release” these emails to her. My two sources tell me that it’s kind of a bait and switch situation where Allala gets some emails and saves face, but the city council members don’t give up anything new. She won’t get access to personal email accounts nor will the city ask for direct access to personal email accounts.
Everybody I talked to last night about the issue told me there’s likely nothing of value in the emails… and that leads me to Ortega and the second request.
Part of the deal brokered with Allala (although Allala doesn’t have to withdraw from the fight and I wouldn’t if I was her because she’s not getting what she wants) they are going to officially ask Ortega to turn over his email. I hear nothing is going to be said to Byrd because these 15 pages relate to her, although that’s unclear as well. Ortega said he isn’t doing anything until a judge makes him.
I talked to all kinds of attorneys last night – slip and fall, contract, criminal, patent and even one of the retired variety. They all told me that Ortega is doing the most logical possible thing for someone in his position. Mind you, two of the attorneys dislike Ortega and the progressives immensely (Shapleigh started it!). They all said that unless there’s a probable cause that spurs a judge into issuing a warrant – you don’t volunteer anything to someone who is out to get you. It doesn’t matter if you have something to hide or not – do not feed the beast that is trying to take you down. And they all agreed that if Allala had something approaching probable cause, she would have already been in front of a judge for a warrant. She’s a lawyer – she knows what steps she can take.
The bottom line is that Allala gets what she already has and it’s nothing but trash. She doesn’t get what she wanted – access to personal email records. The city’s statement on the issue specifically deals with that request. And the City of El Paso still maintains they do not have any way of enforcing state law in the matter of producing the personal emails of council members or staff.
As for the 168 emails to the other guy – his request was held up for some reason and nobody is saying why. What they did to him was unfair - I can't argue it any other way - it was unfair. And that brings me to my final thoughts on this –
ARE YOU KIDDING ME? They could have just re-issued Allala some emails months ago and this would have not been an issue? This gets dragged out and wastes taxpayers’ time and money when the end game is 15 lousy, already released emails? Shame on city council for continuing this fight (don’t blame Wilson, the city attorney works directly for the Mayor first and council second – Firth does not answer to Wilson) for nothing. Allala is like my three year-old daughter – she doesn’t know the difference between the shiny spoons, just hand her the same one every time she demands a new one and she'll be quiet for a while.
The ankle-biters we right to be mad about the process, but they were mad for the wrong reason. They should be mad that all these games were played over emails that don’t exist and the city had a solution all along – re-release the emails and be done with the problem.
The best part – Holguin laments the win for transparency and he’s the one of two people on council who refuse to use email because they don’t want the public reading their business. An open records request on Holguin’s email will yield nothing. Irony is the word of the day.