Last Tuesday I took the time to listen in one the El Paso City Council meeting because unlike some of the other bloggers I like to base my commentary on facts. And, unlike the local news media, I take the necessary time to follow city council meetings in order to understand the issues that affect the city taxpayers. As I listened to the meeting, I watched a verbal altercation between Lily Limon and Cortney Niland that sadly displays the dysfunction that is city hall.
Since some of you argue that I tend to pick on one city representative over another, or that I have my favorites I figured I wasn’t going to write about the altercation. It was serious enough that the mayor called for an executive session to calm everyone down. I figured, surely the news media would report on this as it is newsworthy, two city representatives get into a loud verbal altercation that the city meeting must be paused and it is timely because it happened this week.
Guess what? The local news media, with the exception of the El Paso Times who mentioned it in another report, is so incompetent that either they did not witness the exchange or if they did, they did not know it was important to the taxpayers to know how their government functions. El Paso Times reporter Diana Washington reported that Niland’s comments about “slanderous” statements were being uttered during the election period, however, I believe she meant during the meeting.
To avoid the typical rhetoric in the comments that results when I write about Cortney Niland I figured I would point out that there was a verbal altercation between Cortney Niland and Lily Limon during the meeting of May 12, 2015 and let you listen to it yourself.
The recording is recorded directly from the streamed meeting. For those that may think that I altered the exchange somehow, you can view the actual video of the meeting on the city’s website. The altercation starts at the 1:58 time mark.
After about a 20-minute executive session, the city council meeting resumed without comment, except for a “point of order” request from Cortney Niland that the dais microphones be left open. The mayor granted the request.
I will let you draw your own conclusions as to how well your city is being served by the representatives you elect into office and the news media you continue to rely on for the news.
For the three bloggers that are desperately trying to spin the lie that I consistently do not understand the politics of El Paso, I ask you one simple question. Where are your blog posts on this exchange? On second thought, do not bother because I already know the answer. I get it; you haven’t received your writing orders from your masters to write about it.