I was going to post the first of many emails I received in my open records request, but I decided to go check out the other blogs instead and was horrified to see how things are going.
First of all, anonymous bloggers need not be so desperate for something to write that they take up Four Names Allala’s cause up. Let me make it clear - THERE ARE NO EMAILS TO BE TURNED OVER.
Do you know how I know this? Because I asked.
Do you know how you should know this? Because if there were a pile of emails with Niland chatting with Foster and Hunt about the stadium, Eddie Holguin and Carl Robinson would know about them and be talking about them. Everybody sitting in that semi-circle knows what the end-game for Allala is – she wants full, uninhibited access to council member’s personal email. None of them want anyone combing through their personal emails.
The interesting thing about El Paso Speak is that they either have someone leaking executive session discussion to them or they are being advised directly by Four Names Allala. They posted about some kind of “settlement” being offered. That’s not public knowledge given I can’t find any reference to that anywhere and my request of information on that has been met with “executive session discussion items are not for public consumption.” So, is El Paso Speak using personal email addresses or other means to influence city business? Shouldn’t they be offering up whoever they are speaking with about official city business? They are now the pot calling the kettle black.
I have only once ever been offered information from an executive session discussion and that person was dismissed soon after. Those conversations are designed to be secret to keep the taxpayer’s best interests protected. I respect that. My ego is huge, but not so big that I would jeopardize your tax dollars to publicly pat myself on the back.
And another thought on why you should know there are no secret personal emails. It’s not like this whole contract wasn’t hashed out in council chambers and publicly amended twice to meet the needs of certain council members (one being Emma Acosta). What would be in a personal email that wasn’t shown to the public? It’s not like the contract is a secret – the naysayers quote every single portion of it in their rantings about who is going to end up paying for it. This isn’t a case where someone is trying to prove there are aliens at Area 51. Everyone knows exactly what the deal is – there is nothing more to be discovered. There is no secret contract. There are no other provisions that aren’t available to the public.
Knowing that should make you question what Allala is looking for. Again, she wants to find out which members of the public were giving council and the city manager their opinion on the matter. Allala and friends have used an email between an elderly couple and Joyce Wilson as their key evidence. The elderly couple broke no rules by telling their friend the city manager what they planned to do when the election came up. When did expressing your political beliefs to your friend become a crime?
The other problem I have them is the bitching about the budget. This is just an anonymous blogger problem, it’s a problem with city council members, commenters and anyone else who likes to bitch but provide no solution.
Taxes are finally going up at the city after staying steady for years. That sucks. If I lived there I’d be pretty angry. However, I’d have a solution. It’s a simple one. It’s not popular, but it’s right.
Cut police and fire by half. You’re the safest city in the universe – you obviously don’t need more policemen. As for firefighters… the facts are facts.
Now, I can say that because I don’t rely on those unions for campaign donations. Politicians have to pretend that is not an option. Instead of having all the things that impact you on a daily basis (streets, parks, access to public facilities), you pay for police and fire you likely do not need.
The next time you want to bitch about the budget, come with three or four solutions. If you aren’t cutting from the biggest departments, then you aren’t serious.