First of all, make no mistake, the University of Texas was NEVER leaving Brownsville without a satellite campus. That would have been a colossal public relations mistake. The UT Regents are not country bumpkins and are expanding their university, not shrinking it. One of the richest universities in the world leaving the poorest city in the United States without its four year university? UT is not that dumb. That would have been a public relations nightmare with the Brownsville Herald possibly being the only newspaper in the country not picking up on the story of how a university system with billions in its coffers robbed, raped and pillaged a 90% Hispanic community with the lowest per capita income in the country.(Don't forget that the current value of the Permanent University Fund of the University of Texas, just one of its funding sources, based on the investments from oil and other revenues from 2,000,000 acres of land, is worth $17 billion.)
|Brownsville Mayor Tony Martinez|
Despite the City Commission's frantic mayor-driven purchases of numerous obviously unsuitable properties downtown, the UT regents decided to stay on the campuses they had always used. There was no interest in Casa del Nylon or ten other loosely affiliated properties Tony and the commission bought. So, now we have the issue of this resolution and land giveaway that will be considered February 4th in a scheduled 15 minute executive session.
More on this in the next couple of days.(We'll endeavor to discuss the impact that losing Lincoln Park would have on the city and some possible improprieties in how the agreement to do that was handled.)
Below is the description given for the executive session on the agenda:
EXECUTIVE SESSION: 5:45 P.M.
A) Consultation with attorney pursuant to Texas Government Code 551.071 and 551.07(2) on a matter in which the duty of the attorney to the governmental body, under the Texas
Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct of the State Bar of Texas, clearly conflicts with Texas Government Code, Chapter 551, and Texas Government Code 551.072, in the deliberation of real property, concerning possible exchange of property with the University of Texas at Brownsville and/or Texas Southmost College. (Mark Sossi – City Attorney – 15 min.)
(to be continued)