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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Tonight's City Commission Meeting


It was an interesting meeting.

There were several appointments to be made to the Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation tonight. There were four board appointments that expired on 12/31/11. And, upon adoption of the new board appointment's policy at the last meeting, which I did not agree with, the City Commission was now poised to make appointments.

There were several applicants, and all but two were representative of District 3, my district. I would love for my district to have several representatives on that board, and any board for that matter. However, I didn't find that the representation would be representative of all districts. Commissioners argued that the intent of the new board appointment policy was to have the "best" representation on all boards. Still, this conflicted with the intent of creating district commissioners -- to provide city-wide representation.

After a heated discussion, it was decided that the board appointments be tabled to allow for district representation on BCIC. I know this was not the intent of passing the new board appointment policy, but in my opinion, it was the right thing to do.

In other business, the BCIC bylaws were revised to allow for removal of board members should they miss three meeting either regular or special meetings. I do agree that this was needed, but I was disappointed that when I proposed something similar for GBIC prior to the last city election, I didn't have any support on the commission. There were GBIC board members who had missed several consecutive meetings, yet remained on this board that makes multi-million dollar decisions. I expressed my frustration today, too. Why did we allow board members to remain on GBIC when they were frequently absent? Politics. Pft.

20 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep at it!!! Clean things up!!!

Tuesday, February 07, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know it's about the Elite getting appointed. They were not the best choice. I hate to say it but the money is going to be given to companies that aren't or won't create jobs. Some commissioners do buisness with the city but hide under other peoples companies. Marketing, surveillance , DJ, car wash , attorneys. Come on. How stupid do you all think we are.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Still, this conflicted with the intent of creating district commissioners -- to provide city-wide representation."

It also conflicts, and has about as much to do with, the lunar phases in summer solstice months that end in "r".

I didn't watch the meeting but whomever argued for "best" representation over your stab at most-diverse-for-diversity's-sake was spot on. So what if your district has more volunteers than others? Your district also has more voters than others. Keep the bar at a high standard and let the other single-member-district commissioners beat their own bushes for applicants next time a vacancy is up.

And way to put off the business of these boards for yet _another_ month.

Boo. Hiss.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012  
Anonymous Rose timmer said...

I thought the idea was to make appoints based on qualifications, not because of where they live. Isn't the idea to get someone who wants to serve on the board & make decisions that will affect the whole community not just their district.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012  
Blogger Melissa Zamora said...

"And way to put off the business of these boards for yet _another_ month."

Happy to do so, because all districts deserve equal representation on these boards.

"Put off?" Actually, the implementation of the new board appointment policy delayed everything. And, I pushed and pushed for the proposal to be completed. The passing of the policy delayed appointments to ALL boards. Not me.

Thanks.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012  
Blogger Melissa Zamora said...

Rose, that was the intent of the new appointment policy. I didn't entirely agree with it. Why make single-member districts if we, the district commissioners, do not ensure that we have equal representation on boards?

Tuesday, February 07, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Happy to do so, because all districts deserve equal representation on these boards."

No. They don't. They deserve the best and most qualified. Period. End of story. Every other consideration is secondary to that, despite you not finding "that the representation would be representative of all districts in a representative way that would make a representative represent!"

Now get out of their way, so they can promptly resume their business.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012  
Blogger Melissa Zamora said...

"Now get out of their way, so they can promptly resume their business."

No. Sorry, buddy.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're letting your sense of touchy-feely fairness override appointments based on merit to further Balkanize* these committees?

You got one thing right. You are sorry.

*yeah, look it up.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who chose the candidates? It sounds like they were decided by Gowen. Why did he mention Charlie Atkinson appointees? Why is he so concerned that Tetrau have her appointee first? , Bentacourt and Gamez were appointed by whom? let's not forget Fly Frontera. Jessica is appointing whom.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The folks you are dealing with are "The Alliance" from the SciFi series "Firefly". They think they can make people better, if only they are allowed to make all the decisions. The whole worthless bucket of those preachy, progress hating socialists that we call city commissioners are dead from the neck up. (small letters intended). They want a new "age of reason", and we know how that one turned out for the people of France. As a matter of fact, they seem to have a lot in common with the French. Maybe that is why I have so much disdain for them and their snooty "we know so much more than you" attitude which they never seem to miss a beat on. They wouldn't have the slightest idea of how to create a job conducive environment and would do their level best to squash it, should one accidentally arrive. I could see them ordering it removed, as one would ask the maid to clean up after a brat barffed on the carpet.
And this is the change that the voters demanded? Hogwash. This letter was a collaborative effort of all of the free thinkers left in Brownsville.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012  
Blogger Melissa Zamora said...

Thanks, CD. I know you're writing style. Welcome back.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know who CD is but he/she is right on. "Snooty we know so much more than you attitude". Thank you, very well said. These commissioners think we are idiots. They can't even manage their own pathetic lives, have "flavors of the month" and call them relationships, etc. yet expect to be entrusted to make wise decisions for the city. Please lol

Tuesday, February 07, 2012  
Blogger Melissa Zamora said...

"They can't even manage their own pathetic lives, have "flavors of the month" and call them relationships, etc. yet expect to be entrusted to make wise decisions for the city. Please lol"

Well, I don't judge my fellow commissioners, married, divorced, single, married 3+ times, etc. We all have one vote. And, I respect each vote.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's vote for newt... Cd

Wednesday, February 08, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good work Melissa Zamora. This city does need representation from each district on all boards. There are qualified people to be found throughout the city. I am sick of the same old list of "qualified" names considered for board appointments year after year.

Wednesday, February 08, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good for you Melissa! I hope all appointments to all boards reflect the individual districts as well as those three at large pics (Mayor and 2 at large Commissioners) .

The fact that someone was allowed to stay on a board that they didn't respect or want to be on was so sad and pathetic. Not one commissioner but you was willing to take a stand for fear of this person. Why? What can he do? He has no political power left if he ever did.

Keep up the good work Melissa. I hope you're beginning to see who your real friends have been all along.

Thursday, February 09, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could Gowen or Martinez have been any more condescending? The arrogance is unbelievable. Gowen didn't say a word on the commission for over a year but now that Tony is there she is condescending and rude. I'm so happy that was voted down. They were finally put in their places. I hope you 4 keep up the good work.

Thursday, February 09, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Comedian Adam Carolla describes local government spot on check it out.
www.breitbart.tv/adam-carolla-fuking-government-get-out-of-the-way/
Melissa there's a lesson here for you and your compadres and I hope you take it to heart.

Saturday, February 11, 2012  
Blogger Melissa Zamora said...

"Melissa there's a lesson here for you and your compadres and I hope you take it to heart."

Listened to it. Thanks. I needed the smoking ban reminder. ;-)

Saturday, February 11, 2012  

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