We've heard that a delegation from the City of Brownsville is accompanying Mayor Tony Martinez on a trip to Washington, DC to see the pope. If that trip is being financed by Martinez, a man of some means, so be it. If City Manager Charlie Cabler, whose salary is roughly fourteen times the average per capita income of Brownsville residents, went along for the ride and wrote a check for the group's travel, hotel and eats, I'm fine with that.
What would be disgusting, inexcusable and morally wrong would be if a contingent from the city of Brownsville went to see the pope, a trip totally not related to their work with the City of Brownsville, irrelevant to making the lives and the city better for the hardworking taxpayers of the nation's poorest city AND allowed those same taxpayers to foot the bill.
I submitted a Public Information Request to City Secretary Michael L. Lopez asking how this trip was financed and for a list of Tony's entourage.