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November 29, 2014

Galveston City Council again trying to keep public in dark

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  • Jake Buckner posted at 1:45 pm on Tue, Apr 1, 2014.

    Jake Buckner Posts: 1728

    I've been nothing but pleased by Terrilyn Tarlton's performance in our district. She seems like an honorable person, even noble. Very even-handed, level-headed, and mature. Solid accomplishments, even in stagnant council. Excellent job for a first-term council member.

    Sure hope she's re-elected. The City needs someone with her expertise to help navigate the confusing flood insurance situation...

     
  • confusedemmy posted at 9:07 am on Tue, Apr 1, 2014.

    confusedemmy Posts: 256

    There are some worthy members who consistently bang their heads against the wall in hopes of trying to help their districts and the island.

    Then there is the majority, whom I agree fall into your statement. If you look at who is running for mayor, there is only one independent candidate.

     
  • drumb47 posted at 7:09 am on Tue, Apr 1, 2014.

    drumb47 Posts: 273

    To many, looking in on the City of my birth, one could with reason form the opinion, that Galveston's present governing body has only their own interest at heart and not the interest of the people who elected them and surely not those being directly
    affected by their actions and in-actions.

     
  • miceal o'laochdha posted at 1:03 pm on Wed, Mar 26, 2014.

    miceal o'laochdha Posts: 558

    Norman, can you tell us your best guess: will we finally see Columbo in the rear view mirror after this election or, are we just saddled with her forever?

     
  • npappous posted at 12:50 pm on Wed, Mar 26, 2014.

    npappous Posts: 350

    The City Attorney is required to live on the island after they have been selected to the office, but you do not have to live on the island to apply for the job.

     
  • Jake Buckner posted at 11:59 am on Wed, Mar 26, 2014.

    Jake Buckner Posts: 1728

    Exactly, Mr Pappous! That's why I wonder who the next one will be. Just curious, is the attorney required to be a Galvestonian? If so, I wonder if that requirement is valid. Seems like it would be hard to find an unbiased, unagenda-ed Galvestonian with the legal skills to navigate the morass of dilemmas a place like Galveston must have, for the salary Galveston can afford to pay...

     
  • Jarvo posted at 11:09 am on Wed, Mar 26, 2014.

    Jarvo Posts: 417

    I have seen EB refuse to go into executive session because she believed it to be illegal.

     
  • npappous posted at 10:19 am on Wed, Mar 26, 2014.

    npappous Posts: 350

    The City Attorney serves the City Council as an employee. There is no length of time defined - they could be there for a day or ten years.... just like any other employee....

     
  • Jake Buckner posted at 10:03 am on Wed, Mar 26, 2014.

    Jake Buckner Posts: 1728

    A little off-topic, but relevant: I wonder who the candidates for City Attorney are, when the new Council is seated. The current Attorney helped shape the actions of the Council, especially in regard to executive sessions. I wonder how she became so influential.

     
  • bvresident posted at 9:05 am on Wed, Mar 26, 2014.

    bvresident Posts: 1419

    The bottom line for Hubris is that if he believes a violation of the Open Meetings Act has taken place it is the responsibility of the local criminal District Attorney to investigate and take action if justified. So Hubris should present his allegations to the DA at the Justice Center and push for him to do his job. Unless of course this is much ado about nothing.

     
  • Island Runner posted at 8:01 am on Wed, Mar 26, 2014.

    Island Runner Posts: 401

    More Heber BS to sell papers.

     
  • npappous posted at 7:50 am on Wed, Mar 26, 2014.

    npappous Posts: 350

    Had Council-members governed as they had campaigned, this would not likely be an issue.

    “Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive”

     
  • lisablair posted at 7:08 am on Wed, Mar 26, 2014.

    lisablair Posts: 97

    Heber is right, previous Councils used executive sessions very seldom for legal and personnel issues. This Council has made a practice of doing the City's business behind closed doors.

     
  • bvresident posted at 6:32 am on Wed, Mar 26, 2014.

    bvresident Posts: 1419

    Hubris, the public is grateful that you're here to protect us from these "assaults". Perhaps you should ask the DA if he wants to file charges. Oh wait,these are elected officials. Never mind.