I am running on a campaign of reform that inherently will include more oversight. Specifically, in terms of councilmember oversight on the agendas for council meetings.
Whether it is council policy or moving to Home Rule where Helotes residents draft the charter giving council more oversight and for-knowledge into what makes it on the agenda and doesn’t, I’m open to the solution we figure out. The point is, agenda manipulation from a central authority is not acceptable, and clearly not in the best interest of our citizens.
I personally experienced a situation where the Mayor removed an item from City Council’s Agenda that was vital to our small businesses. Here is an except from a recent response on a social media platform and the link to the Helotes Economic Development Corporation meeting where I served as a director of the board.
The response given to me in this meeting triggered a public information act request. I have emails showing staff did their work. If there were questions that would cause the Mayor to omit an Helotes Economic Development Corporation from Council’s agenda (City Council is required to vote on any HEDC Project over $10,000), we never should have had it on ours on the 13th. My input starts at 8:37.
To my knowledge, no councilmember ever questioned the Mayor on why this grant program was not on Council’s agenda when it was clear, there was enough information to have it on the HEDC’s, which is the first step in the project process.