Saturday, April 11, 2015

Charter Review Committe - 4/8/2015


  1. Where is the public input opportunity in this public meeting on public business? Looks to me like they should be having these meetings in the train station. The people are getting railroaded.

    1. The fact that meetings are open to the public does not mean that all meetings include arrangements for public comment. There are two public hearings and there is a means of submitting comment to the Charter Commission. All this, plus schedules, agendas, and minutes are on the City web at

  2. Feeding their faces. More mouths to feed.

  3. Hmm. There is a concerted effort to distinguish residents from citizens. Sounds like sanctuary city language to me.

  4. I will watch this later, but is there any place in the video that has new news or anything controversial? So far, it's "and ... or ... comma ... capitalize ..." All important to the correctness of the document, but not exactly must-see-TV.


  5. Grammar and punctuation are important because these people do not seem to grasp the importance of the working aspects of the document. And all the while Pete Smith is telling telling them these are not material changes. But they are very big changes!
    The charter's purpose is to limit their authority. And to define what limited authority they do have.
    The last time Pete Smith was charged to charter changes, he actually offered such vague language the council can call a meeting anywhere in the world. It was bad enough they called one while in Austin in 2006. But then that explains the change to legitimize the 2006 improper meeting. Oh, and did I mention the meeting was a closed session? At that time they had no authority to have a closed session.


  6. Look. The make up of the commission with little exception tells you what you need to know. This commission is intended to fix a bit to fall in line with state law so the council can check it off their list but there will be no significant changes. There will be no expansion of citizen authority to act directly. The public input times are a joke. This kind of input requires dialogue even if it is uncomfortable and messy. That's democracy people. It isn't something you simply throw out in an email or shoved into some horribly limited speaking time.