Nobody thought things could spiral more out of control in council chambers from when Mayor Cook was running things. Nope, he was the worst. He had to be. Every meeting was a complete shit show and a monumental waste of time. Somehow I now think of Cook's time in office as the "good ol' days."
The fight over the luxury box at the stadium is complete bullshit. It's a waste of taxpayer time and money to spend another second talking about it. The whole fight was created by Limon's handlers because they are still butt hurt over the whole stadium deal. They are proof that when stupid meets angry they create persistence.
Limon's motives are to add to her list of employees to go after for supporting the Chihuahuas and to make life hell for the other voting bloc on city council. Nothing good or useful will come from this. However, the mayor, who has no spine and can't control council, has let this stupid issue get to the point of staff having to provide their time on the issue for a Legislative Review Committee (LRC).
Out of all of the very important issues the city faces, this stupid one gets the benefit of a LRC?!?!?
LRCs were at one time required for almost every policy decision made by council. These meetings allowed a small group of council members to sit with stakeholders and the public to develop quality public policy. Never has the public had more input when it comes to law making in El Paso than when LRCs were a common occurrence.
Somewhere in the middle of Cook's shameful tenure as mayor they just quit having them. Holguin and Robinson couldn't be bothered to show up to anything and other members of their voting bloc hated reading anything. The only ones who would show up for LRCs were the progressives and nobody wanted them making all the rules by themselves. So, everybody just quit doing their job.
What did that lead to?
Well, that led to council having no idea what was going on until the agenda was posted a few days before the meeting. Most of them never chose to read a single item on the agenda until it was literally called at the meeting for a vote. This has lead to a ton of delays on important decisions because everything gets postponed three times because nobody on council wants to work. You may remember Carl Robinson famously claiming that the stack of 25 sheets of paper he was holding was too much for him to read in five days' time.
It's hilarious that the return of the valuable and public empowering LRC comes in response to petty bullshit from a childish member of council. A good mayor would have told her to sit down, shut up and focus on real issues. But no... this terrible mayor puts a massive burden on city staff to help the children on council come up with what amounts to rules for playing with toys in a kindergarten room.
Excuse my English, but this is FUCKING EMBARRASSING for the City of El Paso.
Can you imagine how the mayor would have to answer a question about what issue council is working on from a CEO looking to move his company to El Paso? The mayor can't say council is working hard on infrastructure plans like transportation and access to water and power. Nope, the council is laser focused on setting the rules for the use of what amounts to a new toy introduced to room full of toddlers.
If anything the Mayor is the only one who has provided any kind of possible conflict. Providing a gift for those Prudential reps may be against their internal ethics rules. I know I can not accept a gift in excess of $25 from anyone for anything that has to do with my job. I would have had to pay my own way into the box if I was there as a rep for my company or face being fired. I imagine a ton of you who are in corporate America come up against this as well.
Now, I could have told you that this suite was a bad idea from day one. Reps Niland and Acosta should have known better than to even think about using that box. They should have known that Limon would make an issue of it. Especially Acosta who has done a very good job of turning the corner and representing her constituents in a very positive way lately. She shed the bad advisers and started making decisions for herself and I hear that the political bosses in town have taken notice. Limon has been out to get her since.
I'm not sure anyone on council at the moment is thinking very far ahead when it comes to what they are doing. You've got to know that if you are an enemy of Holguin and Limon that they are following you around 24/7 waiting for you to do something wrong. You must protect yourself at every turn or learn to fight back. The mayor is not going to call Limon on her bullshit. He's so out of it that he thinks letting Limon wage her personal battles is what council is for.
The smart people on council need to fight back and they need to do it now. Not because it's okay to play tit for tat, but because shutting her up is the only way they will be able to get anything done!