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DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS – (022518)- ODESSA COLLEGE WINS 2018 LEAH MEYER AUSTIN AWARD

ODESSA, TEXAS/FEBRUARY 25, 2018 – ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2018, ODESSA COLLEGE WAS PRESENTED THE PRESTIGIOUS LEAH MEYER AUSTIN AWARD FOR 2018 IN NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE. THIS AWARD RECOGNIZES INSTITUTIONS THAT HAVE DEMONSTRATED OUTSTANDING PROGRESS IN DESIGNING A STUDENT-FOCUSED CULTURE AND ALIGNING INSTITUTIONAL STRATEGIES TO PROMOTE STUDENT SUCCESS.

(DR. GREGORY D. WILLIAMS, ODESSA COLLEGE PRESIDENT)

“IT’S WONDERFUL THAT WE CAN SHARE WITH OUR COMMUNITY THAT THEIR INVESTMENT IS REALLY PAYING OFF. WE’VE ASKED A LOT OF OUR COMMUNITY, WE’VE ASKED A LOT OF TAX PAYERS AND WE WANT TO GIVE THEM A TREMENDOUS RETURN.”

ODESSA COLLEGE IS A PARTICIPANT OF THE ACHIEVING THE DREAM, AND THE GOAL OF THE COLLEGE IS TO FOCUS ON BECOMING A MUCH BETTER INSTITUTION FOR THE STUDENTS, STAFF AND THE COMMUNITY.

(DR. GREGORY D. WILLIAMS, ODESSA COLLEGE PRESIDENT)

“WE’VE DOUBLED THE NUMBERS OF GRADUATES THAT WE’RE PRODUCING OUR STUDENTS SHOULD BE PROUD.”

THIS VERY IMPORTANT NATIONAL AWARD IS A RESULT OF HARD WORK BY THE COLLEGE. THE STUDENT BODY OF ODESSA COLLEGE PERFORMED AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL IN THE NATION BY:  SCORING HIGH GRADES AND INCREASED GRADUATION RATES.

(DR. DONALD WOOD, VICE PRESIDENT FOR INSTITUTIONAL EFFECTIVENESS-ODESSA COLLEGE)

“I HOPE THIS AWARD WILL TRANSLATE TO IS TO BRING TOGETHER THE HOPES AND DREAMS OF THE STUDENTS TODAY THAT ARE CONSIDERING ‘AM I COLLEGE MATERIAL?’ THIS AWARD TELLS YOU, ‘YES YOU ARE’, BECAUSE ALL THE STUDENTS IN OUR REGION ARE COLLEG MATERIAL.”

COMMUNITY COLLEGES ACROSS THE STATE AND THE NATION ARE ACKNOWLEDGING ODESSA COLLEGE AS THE MODEL FOR ACHIEVEMENT AND INSPIRATION.

(DR. DONALD WOOD, VICE PRESIDENT FOR INSTITUTIONAL EFFECTIVENESS-ODESSA COLLEGE)

“TRULY THE ODESSA COLLEGE STORY IS A STORY OF HIGHER EDUCATION, INSPIRATION: NOT ONLY FOR THE STUDENTS, BUT, NOT ONLY TO THE FACULTY, BUT ALSO FOR THE STAFF AND I REALLY HOPE FOR THE COUMMUNITY.”

ODESSA COLLEGE OFFERS 110 DEGREES AND CERTIFICATES. OC HAS EXTENSION CENTERS IN ANDREWS, MONAHANS, AND PECOS, TEXAS.

FOR DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS, DANNY BARRERA.

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DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS (022318) – EDUCATION FOUNDATION BATTLE OF THE BLUEBONNET

ODESSA, TEXAS/FEBRUARY 23, 2018 – THE EDUCATION FOUNDATION AND ECISD HOSTED THE 8TH ANNUAL BATTLE OF THE BLUEBONNETS ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23RD AT THE ICA COMMUNITY GYM AT THE ODESSA COLLEGE SPORTS CENTER. THIS IS A LITERACY PROGRAM THAT INVOLVES ALL TWENTY-EIGHT ELEMENTARY CAMPUSES. TWENTY-FIVE CAMPUSES PARTICIPATED IN THE EVENT.

(CELESTE POTTER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, EDUCATON FOUNDATION-ODESSA, TEXAS)

“THE STUDENTS HAVE READ A MINIMUM OF FIVE OF THE NINETEEN TEXAS BLUEBONNET AWARD TITLES. SOME KIDS HAVE READ ALL NINETEEN OF THOSE STORIES. AND THEY’RE HERE TO PARTICIPATE IN A QUIZ SHOW TO TEST THEIR KNOWLEDGE OVER THE CONTENT OF THOSE BOOKS.”

THIS EVENT WAS STARTED AS A SMALL COMPETION AND HAS GROWN OVER AN EIGHT-YEAR PERIOD.

(CELESTE POTTER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, EDUCATON FOUNDATION-ODESSA, TEXAS)

“THIS STARTED OUT ACTUALLY AS A GRANT THAT A TEACHER WROTE TO THE EDUCATION FOUNDATION EIGHT YEARS AGO INVOLVING JUST THREE CAMPUSES AND IT’S EVOLVED INTO A DISTRICT WIDE LITERACY PROGRAM.”

THE TEXAS LIBRARY ASSOCIATION, PICKS A SELECTION OF TITLES FROM THE TEXAS BLUEBONNET AWARD AND THE STUDENTS AND WILL CHOOSE WHAT AWARD TITLES TO READ. THE TWENTY-FIVE ECISD ELEMENTARY CAMPUSES COMPETED IN THE FINAL COMPETION OF THE BATTLE OF THE BLUEBONNETS.

(CELESTE POTTER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, EDUCATON FOUNDATION-ODESSA, TEXAS)

“THE KIDS WILL ANSWER TWENTY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE NINETEEN BOOKS THAT THEY’VE READ AND AT THE END WE’LL HAVE A WINNER.”

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN SUPPORTING THE BATTLE OF THE BLUEBONNET CONTACT: CELESTE POTTER AT THE EDUCATION FOUNDATION AT 432-456-7059 OR CELESTE.POTTER@ECTORCOUNTYISD.ORG.

FOR DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS, DANNY BARRERA

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DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS-(022218)- SUSPECT IN MURDER CASE IS ARRESTED IN OJINAGA, MEXICO

ECTOR COUNTY/ODESSA, TEXAS/FEBRUARY 22, 2018 – A SUSPECT WANTED FOR MURDER IN NOVEMBER 2017 HAS BEEN ARRESTED IN OJINAGA, MEXICO.

JESUS “JESSE” ZEMENO, WAS ARRESTED IN OJINAGA, MEXICO YESTERDAY, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2018, AND WAS RELEASED TO U.S. MARSHAL’S AT THE PRESIDO PORT OF ENTRY, TRANSFERRED TO PERSIDIO COUNTY FOR BOOKING AND WAS EXTRADITED BACK TO ECTOR COUNTY ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2018.

JESUS ZEMENO WAS CHARGED WITH MURDER, FELONY 1 IN CONNECTION TO A SHOOTING THAT OCCURRED ON NOVEMBER 15, 2017 AT 12293 WEST CITATION DRIVE IN ECTOR COUTY.

ZEMENO IS IN CUSTODY AT THE ECTOR COUNTY DETENTION CENTER.

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DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS-(022118-B)-EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP MEETING

ODESSA, TEXAS/FEBRUARY 21, 2018 – THE EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP HELD IT’S SECOND MEETING AT THE COMPLEX COMMUNITY CREDIT UNION TRAINING CENTER. THE PARTNERSHIP IS COMPRISED OF BUSINESS OWNERS, RELIGIOUS LEADERS, EDUCATORS, AND LOCAL NON-PROFIT AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES. THE GOAL OF THE EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP IS TO BRING A SYSTEMIC CHANGE AND IMPROVE EDUCATION IN ECTOR COUNTY AND THOUGHOUT THE PERMIAN BASIN.

(LORAINE PERRYMAN, CHAIR-EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP)

“THE COLLECTIVE IMPACT MODEL IS A PROVEN METHOD OF MOBILIZING CHANGE IN A COMMUNITY, AND IT DOSEN’T JUST HAVE TO BE EDUCATION AND IT IS USED IN OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY. WE ARE UTILIZING THIS MODEL IN ODESSA TO AFFECT CHANGE IN OUR EDUCATION, BECAUSE IN RESENT STUDIES THAT HAVE BEEN DONE, THE BIGGEST DEPREMENT TO OUR ECONOMIC GROWTH AND PROSPERITY IN ODESSA IS THE POOR PERFORMANCE OF OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS.”

THE MEETING OPENED WITH A STUDENT PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS FROM THE 2016—2017 ECISD SCHOOL YEAR. THE PRESENTATION INCLUDED DATA IN THE FORM OF BAR GRAPHS THAT REFLECTED THE UNDERPERFORMANCE OF STUDENTS IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT.

(JENNIFER HURD, CONSULTANT)

“THE UNDERPERFOMANCE HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR A WHILE. AND FORTUNATELY, IT SEEMS TO BE IMPROVING, AT LEAST IN THE LAST YEAR. HOPEFULLY, THAT IMPROVEMENT WILL COUNTINUE INTO 2018, BUT IT’S SOMETHING, THAT I THINK THE COMMUNITY IS WILLING AND HIGHLY INTERESTED IN ADDRESSING.”

A SUB GOAL OF THE EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP IS TO RAISE THE EDUCATION LEVEL BASED ON: “FROM THE CRADLE TO CAREER” CONCEPT. HOWEVER, THERE ARE CULTURAL ATTITUDES AMONG HISPANICS STUDENTS IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOLS, WHERE, THE STUDENT REFUSES TO ACKNOWLEGE THE VALUE OF AN EDUCATION.

(ADRIAN VEGA, Ed.D., CHIEF PEOPLE OFFICER, SEWELL FAMILY OF COMPANIES)

“AT THE END OF DAY, EVERYBODY IS GOING TO HAVE TO MAKE THEIR OWN CHOICE, BUT AS AN INSTITUTION, AS A COMMUNITY, I DO THINK IT’S OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE ENVIRONMENT IN SUCH A WAY, THAT WE’RE CREATING A COMMUNITY, A SPACE WHERE EVERYBODY HAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO SUCCEED IF THEY WANT TO.”

STUDENTS THAT ARE COMING FROM OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD TO THE ECISD SCHOOL DISTRICT HAVE NO COMPREHENSION OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND FAIL AT TAKING THE STAAR TEST. THIS IS CAUSING A DIP IN THE TEST SCORES.

(THOMAS CROWE, SUPERINTENDENT, ECTOR COUNTY INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT)

“WE HAVE WHAT WE CALL AN EARLY EXIT MODEL, WHERE THEY START IN BI-LINGUAL AND THEN WE GRADUALLY MOVE THEM TOWARD ENGLISH AND ‘CAUSE WE KNOW THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE TO TAKE THAT TEST IN ENGLISH, AND OF COURSE, THE PARENTS WHO COME HERE, THEY WANT THEIR CHILDREN TO LEARN ENGLISH, BECAUSE THEY’RE GONNA BE SUCCESSFUL AND MORE SUCCESSFUL IF THE KNOW BOTH LANGUAGES, AND SO YOU KNOW, WE MOVE OUR CHILDREN TOWARD THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE, SO THEY CAN BE READY TO TAKE THE TEST.”

MEMBERS OF THE EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP ENGAGED IN AN ACTIVITY TO HELP DEFINE THE ORGANIZATION’S VISION, GUIDANCE, LEADERSHIP AND PROCESS IN A COLLECTIVE EFFORT TO ELEVATE THE EDUCTION IN ECTOR COUNTY.

FOR DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS, DANNY BARRERA.

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DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS 022118 OPD ACADEMY 16 DIRECTING TRAFFIC

ODESSA, TEXAS/FEBRUARY 21, 2018 – TODAY, FEBRUARY 20TH THE RECRUITS OF THE ODESSA POLICE ACADEMY 16 WERE GOING OVER TRAFFIC LAW AND DIRECTING TRAFFIC. THE TRAINING TOOK PART THIS AFTERNOON AT 1:30PM AT THE INTERSECTION OF GRANT AND 3RD STREET. CORPORAL MIKE HAMILTON SAYS THAT DIRECTING TRAFFIC IS VERY DIFFICULT AND OFFICERS SOMETINES HAVE TO DEAL WITH MOTORIST WHO DON’T WANT TO DO WHAT THE OFFICER NEEDS THEM TO DO.

(CORPORAL MIKE HAMILTON, COMMUNITY RELATIONS, ODESSA POLICE DEPARTMENT)

“IT IS ACTUALLY AGAINST THE TEXAS TRANSPORTATION CODE FOR YOU TO DISREGARD THAT POLICE OFFICER IN THE STREET. POLICE OFFICER IS OUT THERE IN A BIG YELLOW VEST OR HIS UNIFORM, YOU KNOW THAT HE’S THERE. HE’S NOTIFYING YOU, SAYING, ‘HEY YOU CAN’T GO THIS WAY’, IT’S THE SAME AS THAT GREEN OR RED LIGHT, THAT’S ABOVE THE INTERSECTION.”

THE RECRUITS LEARN TO ALWAYS KEEP THEIR SAFETY AND THE SAFETY OF OTHER MOTORIST IN MIND, WHILE DIRECTING TRAFFIC.

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DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS 022018 LOCKDOWN A WILSON & YOUNG MIDDLE SCHOOL

ODESSA, TEXAS/FEBRUARY 20, 2018 – WILSON AND YOUNG MIDDLE SCHOOL WENT TO LOCKDOWN THIS AFTERNOON, FEBRUARY 20TH, WHEN CAMPUS ADMINISTRATION SAW A SUSPECT RUNNING FROM OFFICERS TOWRDS THE SCHOOL. OPD OFFICERS HAD THEIR GUNS DRAWN.

ONCE THE SUSPECT WAS IN CUSTODY, WILSON & YOUNG MIDDLE SCHOOL WAS QUICKLY RELEASED FROM THE LOCKDOWN. THE SCHOOL WAS NOT DIRECTLY THREATENED; THERE WAS NO REPORT OF INJURIES AND ALL STUDENTS AND STAFF WERE OK.

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DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS – (021918) – HOMICIDE IN NORTHEAST ODESSA

ODESSA, TEXAS/FEBRUARY 19, 2018 – ON FEBRUARY 18TH AT APPROXIMATELY 2:00AM, ODESSA POLICE RESPONDED TO SUNSET LODGE APARTMENTS LOCATED AT 7701 EAST HIGHWAY 191 IN REFERENCE TO A GUNSHOT VICTIM. WHEN OFFICERS ARRIVED, THEY SAW A GUNSHOT VICTIM AT AN APARTMENT WITH MULTIPLE GUNSHOT WOUNDS.

THE COMPLAINANT, IDENTIFIED AS ZANE WOMACK, 25-YEARS-OF-AGE TOLD OFFICERS THAT HE WAS AWAKEN BY AN UNKNOWN MALE SUBJECT BANGING ON HIS DOOR. THE UNKNOW MALE SUBJECT FORCED HIS WAY INTO THE APARTMENT AND WAS SHOT MULTIPLE TIMES BY WOMACK

JERROD DEMENT, 20-YEARS-OF-AGE WAS PRONOUNCED DECEASED AT THE SCENE. NEXT OF KIN HAVE BEEEN NOTIFIED AND THE DECEDENT WILL BE SENT TO TARRANT COUNTY FOR AN AUTOPSY.

NO CHARGES HAVE FILED AT THIS TIME AND THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES.

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DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS (021618) – NICHOLAS JEROME RAMSEY ARRESTED

ODESSA, TEXAS/FERUARY 16, 2018 – ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH, AT APPROXIMATELY 1:00PM, THE ODESSA POLICE RESPONDED TO THE 8800 BLOCK OF LAMAR IN REFERENCE TO A CHECK WELFARE.

THE ODESSA POLICE DEPARTMENT WAS NOTIFIED BY UNISOFT, A COMPANY THAT MAKES VIDEO GAMES, THAT A MAKE SUBJECT WAS THREATENING TO COMMIT A SHOOTING AT A PUBLIC SCHOOL. OFFICERS LOCATED RAMSEY AND WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE ODESSA POLICE DEPARTMENT TO BE INTERVIEWED BY DETECTIVES.

NICHOLAS RAMSEY TOLD DETECTIVES THAT HE WAS PLAYING RAMBO 6 SIEGE, THEN SAID, “I GUESS I’LL GO DO MINE NOW”- -”IMA SHOOT UP MY SCHOOL NOW”. RAMSY EXPLAINED TO DETECTIVES THAT IT WAS A BAD JOKE IN LIGHT OF THE SHOOTING THAT OCCURRED AT A SCHOOL IN FLORIDA ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2018.

(KENNETH, HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT- ECISD)

“I THINK HE SHOULD BE MORE RESPONSIBLE, YOU KNOW. HE SHOULD’NT TAKE THE GAME TOO SERIOUSLY. I THINK THE PARENTS WANT THEIR KIDS TO BE SAFE. THEY DON’T THEI KIDS TO GO TO SCHOOL AND FEEL LIKE THERE’S GOING TO BE A SHOOTING.”

“ECISD, THEY HAVE THINGS THAT ARE IN PLACE, IF THAT WERE TO HAPPEN AND ODESSA POLICE DEPARTMENT, WE’RE ALWAYS READY TO GO AND HELP OUT.”

ODESSA POLICE ARRESTED NICHOLAS JEROME RAMSEY FOR EXHIBITION, USE, OR THREAT OF EXHIBITION “CLASS A MISDEMEANOR. RAMSEY WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE ECTOR COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT CENTER.

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DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS (021618) – BREAKFAST WITH BADGES AT MAMA’S KITCHEN

ODESSA, TEXAS/FEBRUARY 16, 2018 – THE ODESSA POLICE DEPARTMENT HELD THEIR “BREAKFAST WITH BADGES” AT MAMA’S KITCHEN LOCATED ON 8TH STREET, YESTERDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH

THIS COMMUNITY EVENT IS AN OUTREACH BY THE POLICE DEPARTMENT TO THE RESIDENTS OF ODESSA, WHERE THE PUBLIC CAN DISCUSS ISSUES, CONCERNS OR JUST ENJOY MEETING OFFICERS OVER COFFEE AND BREAKFAST IN A FRIENDLY ATMOSPHERE.

(CORPORAL MIKE HAMILTON, COMMUNITY RELATIONS, ODESSA POLICE DEPARTMENT)

“(CHUCKLE) WE CAN SIT DOWN OVER A GOOD BREAKFAST AND ACTUALLY SPEAK ABOUT THINGS. COFFEE IS A GOOD THING. PEOPLE ALWAYS HAVE COFFEE AND CONVERSATION, BUT SOMETHING EXTRA IN THERE, SO A LITTLE TWIST“

THE NEXT COMMUNITY EVENT IS SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 13TH AT THE FRENCH PRESS CAFÉ LOCATED AT 511 N. GRANT IN DOWNTOWN ODESSA.

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DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS (021418) – ODESSA CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL ELECTION VOTE

ODESSA, TEXAS/FEBRUARY 14, 2018 – AT THE RECENT MEETING OF THE ODESSA CITY COUNCIL, A SPECIAL ELECTION ON MAY 5TH, 2018 TO AMEND THE CITY CHARTER TO ESTABLISH A ONE AT LARGE MEMBER POSITION TO THE CITY COUNCIL AND ENTITLE THE MAYOR TO VOTE ON ALL MATTERS THAT WILL BE CONSIDERED BY THE COUNCIL WAS ON THE FEBRUARY 13, 2018 AGENDA.

(DEWEY BRYANT, ODESSA CITY COUNCIL MEMBER, DISTRICT 2)

“MY INTENT WAS TO SEE IF WE COULD PUT THIS ON THE MAY ELECTIONS. STRICTLY DUE TO THE FACTS THAT WERE PRESENTED TO US. NUMBER ONE IS THAT WE HAD A PETITION SIGNED. NUMBER 2, I BELIEVE I PRENSENTED THE NIGHT THAT WE HAD AN AGENA ITEM IN DECEMBER THAT HAD BEEN APPROVECED THAT WOULD HAVE HAD THE SECOND READING, THAT WOULD ALLOW THE MAY ELECTION. HOWEVER, WE FORCED THE PETITION TO BE SIGNED, WHICH THEY DID GET ENOUGH ENTRIES ON IT AND QUALIFIED VOTERS ETC., ETC., SAID, ‘YES WE WANT TO HAVE AN ELECTION.”

DAVID BOUTIN, A RESEIDENT OF ODESSA FEELS THAT AMENDING THE CITY OF ODESSA CHARTER IS NECESSARY.

(DAVID BOUTIN, CITIZEN OF ODESSA, TEXAS)

“THE FIRST AND FOREMOST IS THAT OUR COMMUNITY IS GROWN DRAMATICALLY AND THAT THERE SHOULD BE MORE PEOPLE MAKING DECISION ON BEHALF OF A LARGE COMMUNITY. AND THE SECOND THING IS; I DO THINK THERE SOME DECISION THAT HAVE MADE RECENTLY THAT ARE VERY QUESTIONABLE.”

THE ODESSA CITY COUNCIL AT ONE TIME HAD AN AT LARGE MEMBER POSITION. IT WAS DISSOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL IN THE EARLY 90’S. DURING THAT ERA THE CITY OF ODESSA AND THE SCHOOL DISTRICT HAD BEEN ACCUSED OF DISCRIMINATION AND WAS BEING MONITORED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

(BARBARA GRAFF, ODESSA CITY COUNCIL MEMBER, DISTRICT 3)

“IT WAS A VERY WISE COUNSIL. THEY REALIZED THAT AT LARGE WAS NOT THE BEST THING TO DO, THAT ALL OF THE PEOPLE WERE NOT BEING REPRESENTED. THEY DID AWAY WITH THE AT LARGE POSITION AND CREATED DISTRICT 5 AT THAT TIME. ODESSA WAS ACCUSED OF A LOT OF DISRIMINATION AS YOU KNOW, WE’VE BEEN UNDER THE THUMB OF THE GOVERNMENT WITH OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT AND WITH THE CITY, AND THEY FELT LIKE, ‘LET’S DO AWAY WITH THE AT LARGE POSITION. IT DOES NOT AND THAT POSITION CANNOT REPRESENT ALL OF THE PEOPLE, WHERE SINGLE DISTRICTS CAN”

THIS HOT BUTTON TOPIC IS POLARIZING THE CITIZENS OF ODESSA AS WELL AS THE MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL.

(NAT SND: HAMILTON, ODESSA CITY COUNCIL MEMBER, DISTRIC 1)

ODESSA CITY COUNCIL MEMBER, DISTRICT 3, BARBARA GRAFF, EXPLAINS IN TECHNICAL TERMS WHAT THE RULES ARE IN GIVING THE MAYOR A VOTE OR NOT GIVING THE MAYOR A VOTE IN THE CITY COUNCIL

(BARBARA GRAFF, ODESSA CITY COUNCIL MEMBER, DISTRICT 3)

“WHEN THE MAYOR DOES NOT HAVE A VOTE, HE CAN TALK TO EACH AND EVERY CITY COUNCIL MEMBER AND HE CAN SHARE WITH US HIS DIRECTION, WHAT HE WANT’S TO DO. IF A MAYOR CAN VOTE, HE FALLS UNDER THE SAME RULES THAT THE COUNCILMEN ARE. YOU CAN ONLY TALK TO ONE COUNCIL MEMBER. YOU CANNOT TALK TO ANOTHER, AND THAT OTHER COUNCIL MEMBER, THAT YOU TALK TO, CANNOT TALK TO ANYONE ELSE.”

AGENDA ITEM 4 FAILED TO PASS FOR THE SPECIAL ELECTION ON MAY 5,2018. SOME MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL ARE HOPEFUL THAT THE LANGUAGE IN THIS AGENDA ITEM WILL BE ON THE NOVEMBER 6, 2018 BALLOT.

FOR DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS, DANNY BARRERA

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