Do you know how to keep an idiot busy? Get him to recall an elected official. You won't see or hear from them for months.
The latest futile effort by a whiney citizen is a recall of the mayor. It's always interesting to me that they want to recall the one guy on council who doesn't have a vote. The city council members have a vote on everything. The mayor... well he gets to push little button letting the council members speak in turn. And don't forget - El Paso mayors have the job of giving Larry Medina a Conquistador Award ever-so-often.
So what were the mayor's high crimes and misdemeanors according to the petitioner? He lists them on the petition, so I will too. I'll also comment on them as we go.
1. Promised to hold the line against tax increases, yet violated these promises after taking office and continues to violate his promise.
Can't fault someone there. I hate taxes too. However, laying the situation squarely on Margo's shoulders is stupid. The other council members vote on these things and have the power to stop the spending. There's also that little problem where El Paso's voting public keeps voting to spend more money. And we can't forget to add the problem of mismanagement from prior city governments who failed to properly fund maintenance and operation budgets that would have mitigated some of the costs of fixing stuff after it's way too late.
Bottom line: I'm fine with this, but you need to go bitch at your neighbor and go break Mayor Cook's guitar if you're really looking to get even.
2. Increased taxes through Certificates of Obligation, which allow council to raise taxes without citizen input or vote.
Thanks for the vocabulary lesson. Item one covers this, but it never hurts to say the same thing again in different words. I'm praying this guy is a Vero fan. Before she was the second Latina from Texas in congress, she was good at certificate of obligations. That goes for a whole host of current and former council members as well. The mayor isn't lone culprit here by far.
Bottom line: Most of my response to Item #1 applies here.
3. Violating free speech by limiting comments during Call to the Public, selectively permitting some members of the public to speak beyond the three minutes limit and allowing some to make derogatory and tasteless comments about some members of the community.
And here's an example of how the public education system has failed us. This moron petitioner doesn't understand the first thing about how "free speech" works. It sure as hell doesn't apply to city council meetings. I bet this idiot would be surprised to know that the U.S. Senate doesn't let ankle-biters sign up to voice their complaints on the Senate floor every morning before they get started.
YOU DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO SPEAK AT A CITY COUNCIL MEETING! However, the mayor has been given the power to choose who gets to speak and when and for how long. If you don't like it, change the charter, morons. Absolutely nothing any of you say matters. Not a single time in the history of the El Paso City Council has someone spoke on an item and changed a council member's vote. Not once. All you have done is waste everyone's time.
Bottom line: If you think getting rid of the mayor is going to amend the constitution... you have a level of stupid nobody can fix.
4. Illegal use of a personal email to hide city business, failure to send said business emails to the city IT department, and deletion of city business emails.
It is not illegal to use your personal email for official business if you turn over all those emails. That could get this dude sued since he's alleging that Margo is a criminal when it is clear he's simply not in compliance. It's not a good thing for the mayor to do, but it's also not a criminal act.
Bottom line: If you're this mad over seven emails you ended up having access to in the end, then you'll be apoplectic if you ever find out what council members say to each other about official city business that can't be traced.
5. Proposed an additional tax increase in the form of a fee on utilities for residential users only.
I can appreciate that the guy understands "fees" of any kind are just taxes by another name. However, the guy does admit they are "proposed" instead of having already been imposed. I would have to figure that launching a recall effort would be tougher than simply talking to city council members to sway their vote on this issue. It's kind of like knocking down a building because you have to fix a broken window.
Bottom line: A smart person will read that and laugh at the petitioner.
There's not a good chance this recall works. They need 6,200 valid signatures. There are not that many environazis out there. And with school and football season starting soon, interest in this kind of crap will fade.
This only really affects westsiders leaving and entering the grocery store. As you know, this asshole will be there bugging you for your information. One of you might do the guy a favor and hand him a pocket constitution when you see him.