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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Melissa Zamora for City Commissioner District 3

Hello Folks,

I humbly ask for your support. Please visit my campaign Web site.

Thank you,

Melissa Zamora
http://www.votemelissazamora.com/

14 Comments:

Anonymous Rogelio Guevara said...

You got it.

Thursday, March 12, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When is the first debate?
Let's get it on!!!

Juan O'Leary

Thursday, March 12, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You and Moses must think. Both of you will split the vote of change and leave Cisneros with majority of votes for another four years of special interest puppet slave. Also, before I and many others decide on either you or Moses, please let us know if Davis Cafe website will have anything to do with your campaign or your platform?


Robert "Captain Bob" Sanchez

Friday, March 13, 2009  
Blogger Stan said...

Congratulations on your candidacy. Where do you stand on professionalizing city administration? (Hiring engineers or accountants, for instance, to run public works.)

Friday, March 13, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You'll be fine. Be yourself. Smile and have fun.

/DP-M

Friday, March 13, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

don't worry MZ... you got my vote, and i will advocate to all that live in my district to vote for you...


HLozano

Friday, March 13, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In addition to professionalizing city administration, what about BEDC? Tell us your position on how to improve our economy.

Friday, March 13, 2009  
Blogger Kurgan said...

M,

Congratulations on your decision!

Notably impressed with the walking of the walk. There are so many who lack the wherewithal to do what you are doing.

You and you fellow candidates for public office have my gratitude.

K

Saturday, March 14, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. I'd also like to hear where you stand on professionalization of the administration. Do you agree: Directors should have master's degrees?

2. Also, what ideas do you have for trimming the city budget? Do you think cutting the number of staff is a good idea? What about those pricey management contracts? (Bloated maintenance contract worth over $1 million; management contract for public transportation (BUS) that could easily save $100K a year if it were eliminated, etc.)

3. How will you work to improve performance of city employees?

Thanks and good luck!

AG

Saturday, March 14, 2009  
Blogger Melissa Zamora said...

please let us know if Davis Cafe website will have anything to do with your campaign or your platform?

Every blog is independently run. I have no control over what each blogger writers.

Congratulations on your candidacy. Where do you stand on professionalizing city administration?

I pushed to have certain professional and educational requirements placed within the City Charter for top-level administrators, especially the city manager position. However, without a majority on the Charter Review Committee agreeing to such, it wasn't a recommendation. Still, the committee felt that this was something human resources was responsible for requiring.

In addition to professionalizing city administration, what about BEDC? Tell us your position on how to improve our economy.

We're not helping BEDC when televised City Commission meetings consist of arguments, name calling and chest pounding. No prospective business wants to come to Brownsville and deal with that.

Improve our economy? We're facing a national crisis. However, locally we can make better, informed decisions as a City to offset its effects. The City almost jumped into a Baseball Park deal that would have gotten us no where and with a company involved in serious litigation. The Sports Park has surpassed initial costs in the millions. It's a reallocation of such resources that can help the City.

Notably impressed with the walking of the walk.

It seemed like the next natural step.

1. I'd also like to hear where you stand on professionalization of the administration. Do you agree: Directors should have master's degrees?

As stated in a previous response, I tried to address this issue within the City Charter. I do believe that a higher-level education should be required in administrative positions, especially with UTB-TSC graduating hundreds annually. Still, I will say that a higher-level education, complemented with experience, can make you a better candidate.

2. Also, what ideas do you have for trimming the city budget? Do you think cutting the number of staff is a good idea? What about those pricey management contracts? (Bloated maintenance contract worth over $1 million; management contract for public transportation (BUS) that could easily save $100K a year if it were eliminated, etc.)

I believe internal and external audits are important, but not many entities follow-up on the recommendations of auditors. I don't know the process the City of Brownsville follows, so I cannot adequately address this issue. If elected, it's something I plan to pursue.

Cutting staff? From dealing with staff regularly from the various departments, it seems to me that more staff is needed. Many are overworked and underpaid. We are losing our public safety folks to other law enforcement agencies.

Management contracts do irk me when the City can probably have capable, professional and educated staff to do this.

3. How will you work to improve performance of city employees?

City employees perform as expected by their supervisors. A set, consistently followed evaluation system helps to address the problem of poor employee/supervisor performance. If folks don't want to do their job, believe me, there's a long line of folks ready to step up to the plate.

Sunday, March 15, 2009  
Blogger Stan said...

Well, I'm for you. I sincerely believe your heart's in the right place and you're brains are, too.

Let us know what help you need.

Sunday, March 15, 2009  
Blogger Mack T. Harrison said...

Congratulations, Melissa! Best of luck in your campaign.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You must be willing to bring out your past if you are running for this position. Good luck in keeping voters after they discover your history. Keep doing what you do best, Communications.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where do you stand on the Border Fence?

Do you believe in the security of the citizenry in Brownsville or do you think like the current commission that we should cater to Mexico's feelings and leave our guard down.


I understand that this is a tricky question, but it seems that we are spending or will spend hundreds of thousands taxpayer dollars to fight for an unsubstantiated "fear" of economic collapse if the fence is built. I want my family safe and it seems that the mayor and current commissioners are not concerned about violence spilling over from Mexico, when we ALL know it can and most likely will in the very near future.

You already have my vote, but I think that more people need to understand the severity of what is REALLY going on, not what the liberal Brownsville herald reports or what the "politician" Carlos Garcia (Chief of BPD) says.

Thank you, good uck and we'll be in the fight with you...

Wednesday, May 20, 2009  

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