A local politico yelled to me across E. 10th Street: "What did the city commission do about public comment?'
Longtime newscaster and former COB Public Information Officer Bill Young asked the same at H.E.B.: " What did they decide about public comment?"
Rescinding the ban fosters hope. Perhaps, the city commission, even without support from the mayor, will operate like a democratic institution henceforth, not a condescending bureaucracy.
In 2014, I bought a new video camera and tripod. My plan was to individually videotape each public commenter, publishing them on my blog. But, shortly thereafter, Nena had her first stroke and three additional episodes and we were unable to attend city commission meetings.
Texas HB283, requiring cities in Texas to provide citizens with video of city commission and board meetings became law in June 2015. I waited for the City of Brownsville to be in compliance, but when the 1/05/16 video of the city commission meeting still deleted public comment, I filed a complaint with Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. Paxton refused to enforce the law, passing the buck back to me to file with the local district attorney. Yeah, fat chance of that working!
|City Attorney Mark Sossi|
Most of the commissioners will not remember this scenario, but they've just given the fox control of the hen house. Lol!