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Sunday, June 22, 2008

County to Hand Over Land to Feds for Border Wall


When a goverment entity decides to hold a special meeting at 8:30 a.m. when they're generally held at 5:30 p.m., something smells fishy. Maybe there's a legitimate reason behind the time, despite Cameron County Judge Carlos Cascos' push to hold meetings when folks can most likely attend. I don't know about you, but I'm at work at 8 a.m.

Cameron County Commissioners' Court meets at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow for a brow-raising list of agenda items.

Commissioners will decide in executive session to deliberate the possible sale of county-owned property to the U.S. Department of the Army. And, they will confer with legal counsel for waiver of service for a long list of cases where the United States of America is the plaintiff, and the county is an unnamed defendant.

The No Border Wall group writes in a previous post today, "I understand that the reason the County is an unnamed defendant is because when the Feds do a condemnation they also serve the local county government. We are being asked to waive the service of the lawsuits in order to expedite the process and save the Feds the cost of serving the County."

Looks like Cameron County Commissioner John Wood, who previously pushed for the County to fight the border wall and join the Texas Border Coalition, and Brownsville Mayor Pat Ahumada, are in the same boat. Unfortunately, there aren't any oars to be found, and the USS Border Wall is headed straight for 'em.

What's going on here, folks?

For the meeting's agenda, click here.

3 Comments:

Blogger NO BORDER WALL said...

It is clear that Judge Cascos and the other Commissioners (excluding Commissioner Wood, the lone hold out against the wall) want to avoid public scrutiny of their actions. The agenda begins with “Notice is hereby given that a Special Public Meeting of the Commissioner’s Court of Cameron County, Texas will be held…” Monday at 8:30 am. The stamp on the document shows that it was filed on Friday morning, ensuring that almost no one would know about it until after the meeting was over.

They were probably especially anxious to avoid looking the landowners in the eye who are listed in the agenda, and who they plan to abandon.

This is similar to the game of musical chairs that they played during a meeting with DHS on the border wall. It was a meeting closed to the public, so to avoid breaking open meetings rules they took turns sitting in. That way they could claim that there was not a quorum, and no violation was taking place.

How many of these "public servants" are up for reelection in November?

Monday, June 23, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many of these "public servants" are up for reelection in November?

NAMES ANYONE??

Monday, June 23, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe they're here -

23-26 - South Texas County Judges & Commissioners Association Conference, San Antonio.

That would explain the rescheduling.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008  

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