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Monday, September 22, 2008

Charter Review Committee Solicits Public Input at Forum Tuesday


The Brownsville Charter Review Committee will hold a Public Forum beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.

The committee is soliciting public input and/or recommendations for the City Charter.

The committee has been tasked with reviewing the charter that governs the city and make recommended changes for the City Commission. Once approved or amended by the City Commission, the recommended changes will go before the voters.

Forms will also be available for written recommendations. In addition to the public forum, all Charter Review Committee meetings have a regular 15-minute public-comment period. Recommendations may also be e-mailed to citysecretary@cob.us.

For the agenda, click here. Please note: The agenda reflects a 15-minute public-comment period. However, that is in addition to the public forum agenda item.

For the Sept. 18 minutes, click here.

For the City Charter, click here.

11 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Recommendations may also be e-mailed to citysecretary@cob.us

I can't imagine that it would've taken much for the IT department to create an email like charterreview@cob.us that forwards to the individual committee members' emails.

I wonder how much filtering there will be.

Patricia A.

Monday, September 22, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you sure the minutes you posted were for the September 9 meeting?

That meeting seemed very long and Skip Keller was there, and these minutes don't reflect that.

Patricia A.

Monday, September 22, 2008  
Blogger Melissa Zamora said...

Patricia,

You are correct. They appear to be the minutes for Sept. 18. I will check with the City Secretary today.

Also, the committee had requested a charter review-dedicated e-mail address, but it's yet to be created.

Melissa

Tuesday, September 23, 2008  
Blogger Rorschach said...

Oh yeah, like they are going to read our comments via email. They hardly listen to our comments face to face. Just look at our city. Drug traffickers driving around untouchable in expensive vehicles with dark tinted windows and no officer stopping them. While working class person with a "beat up" car gets pulled over. Parks that are filled with gangs, gang graffiti and drug users. I also wonder like Patricia A. of the email filtering that may occur.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008  
Blogger BobbyWC said...

Tonight I have to help some students study for an anatomy test so I cannot make it -

can someone please raise the issue of the Charter mandating minumum educational levels for the City Manager, Assistant City Manager and all Directors and assistant directors.

Thanks

Bobby WC

Tuesday, September 23, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

good call!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, how was the turn out for the public forum?

Patricia A.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008  
Blogger Melissa Zamora said...

Not many folks. The following were in attendance:

James Zavaleta
Roman Perez
Fernando Ruiz
Robert Uresti
Larry Brown

Tuesday, September 23, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Melissa,
Article V (Admin. provisions)Sec. 5a Recall Elections, requires that a petition of at least 25% of qualified (registered I assume) voters must sign a petition for recall for an elected officer. With about 70,000 or so registered voters in Brownsville, that would require 17,500 signatures - a near impossible task. I would suggest amending the section to require perhaps 50% + 1 signatures of the number of voters in the election the officer was elected in., or say 10% of all registered voters. Democratic government in my opinion, is not served by the existing requirement. Regards, and best wishes, Eliceo Munoz

Thursday, September 25, 2008  
Blogger The Merovingian said...

I would suggest amending the section to require perhaps 50% + 1 signatures of the number of voters in the election the officer was elected in., or say 10% of all registered voters.

You are right on the mark with changing from "registered", i.e. lumps who marked "x" on the card, and the number who actually got out and voted. I would set the bar a bit higher,though, like at 66~75%. The overall advantage would be a clear mandate from the people and it save a lot of time because in the event of a successful recall petition, the elected official would probably resign instead of facing the wrath of the voters in a recall election, which they would clearly lose. Those interests that had been supporting the dirtbag (and if the petition was successful this would be the case) would scurry like rats, leaving the recalled official in no position to mount a successful defense of their holding that office. A new special election could be called far more quickly and the taxpayers would be spared the cost and time of an actual recall election.

"Of course I know. It is my business to know." -The Merovingian

Friday, September 26, 2008  
Blogger Melissa Zamora said...

Eliceo and Mero,

Thank you for your recommendations. I will forward to the rest of the committee.

Melissa

Friday, September 26, 2008  

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