DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS – “ODESSA TOGETHER” PRESS CONFERENCE

ODESSA, TEXAS/JANUARY 5, 2018 – THE ORGANIZATION “ODESSA TOGETHER” HELD A PRESS CONFERENCE THURSDAY MORNING, JANUARY 4, AT THE LAW OFFICES OF DOMINGO GARCIA TO PUBLICLY OPPOSE A PETITION BY “DRAIN THE SWAMP, ODESSA” IN AN ATTEMPED TO ADD ANOTHER “AT LARGE” SEAT, AND GIVING THE ODESSA MAYOR A VOTE, WHICH COUNSEL FOR “ODESSA TOGETHER” SAYS IS ILLEGAL, BECAUSE IT GIVES A SMALL MINORITY OF PEOPLE CONTROL OF THE MAJORITY OF BUSINESS ACTIVITY SPECIFIC DISTRICTS WITHIN THE CITY OF ODESSA.

(DOMINGO GARCIA, ATTORNEY AT LAW, GENERAL COUNSEL/ LULAC WEST TEXAS)

‘’IF YOU HAVE TWO ‘AT LARGE’ SYSTEMS, THE PEOPLE THAT VOTE IN HIGHER NUMBERS WILL TURN OUT AND ELECT THOSE TWO COUNCIL MEMBERS. FOR EXAMPLE: EAST SIDE OF ODESSA WILL HAVE THREE COUNCIL MEMBERS, WHILE THE REST OF ODESSA WOULD ONLY HAVE ONE. THAT’S JUST NOT FAIR, IT’S NOT AMERICAN, IT’S NOT A TEXAN THING TO DO.

  1. GARCIA SAYS THAT THE SMALL RICH MINORITY ARE DOING WELL, BY TAKING HARD EARNED ODESSA TAX DOLLARS FROM HARD WORKING ODESSANS AND USING IT FOR THEIR OWN SELF INTEREST.

(DOMINGO GARCIA, ATTORNEY AT LAW, GENERAL COUNSEL/LULAC WEST TEXAS)

“IT’S A POWER PLAY, IT’S A POWER PLAY BY A FEW RICH PEOPLE, WHO TRY TO TAKE MONEY OFF THE TAX PAYERS OF ODESSA BY GOING TOWARD THE EAST SIDE AND TOWARDS MIDLAND, AND DEVELOP PROJECTS IN MIDLAND COUNTY, BUT IT DON’T BENEFIT THE MAJORITY OF ODESSANS.

ATTORNEY, DOMINGO GARCIA SAYS THAT ODESSA TAX DOLLARS SHOULD BE RE-INVESTED IN ODESSA TO MAKE ODESSA A THRIVING, PROSPEROUS CITY.

(DOMINGO GARCIA, ATTORNEY AT LAW, GENERAL COUNSEL/LULAC WEST TEXAS)

“WE HAVE NO PROBLEMS WITH HAVING CORPORATIONS MOVE TO ODESSA. HAVE THEM COME TO ODESSA, HAVE THEM SPEND IN ODESSA, HIRE PEOPLE IN ODESSA. THAT’S THE RIGHT THING TO DO.”

FILIBERTO GONZALES, ODESSA CITY COUNCILMAN, DISTRICT 5 SAYS THIS ADDITIONAL “AT LARGE SEAT” IS NOT BAD IDEA, BUT HE IS CONCERENED WITH THE MOTIVE.

(FILIBERTO GONZALES, ODESSA CITY COUNCILMAN, DISTRICT 5)

“THIS HAS TO DO WITH POWER, AND PEOPLE THAT HAVE HAD POWER FOR THE LONGEST TIME FEEL THAT THEY DON’T HAVE IT, BECAUSE, THEY ARE SAYING THAT THE CITY COUNCIL IS UN PREDICTABLE. WELL, TO ME, THE CITY COUNCIL IS ACTUALLY DOING THEY’RE JOB. WE’RE NOT UNPREDICTABLE, JUST ASKING QUESTIONS AND DOING WHAT WE THINK IS BEST FOR THE CITY OF ODESSA.”

(ART LEAL, FORMER CHAIR, “UNA VOZ UNIDA”)

“THIS IS AN ATTEMPT TO CHANGE THE CHARTER OF ODESSA. THIS IS AN ATTEMPT TO BY PASS THE CITY COUNCIL, AND TO CHANGE THE CHARTER TO ADD AN “AT LARGE”, AND TO GIVE A WEAK MAYOR A VOTE ON THE COUNCIL.”

THE WIER PROJECT WAS PART OF THE ISSUE, WHERE THE COPORATION WOULD BE IN ODESSA, BUT WOULD PAY TAXES IN MIDLAND. ART LEAL SAYS THAT PART OF ODESSA WAS ANNEXED INTO MIDLAND COUNTY.

(ART LEAL, FORMER CHAIR, “UNA VOZ UNIDA”)

“THAT WAS ONE THING THAT WAS NEVER REALLY APPROVED BY VOTERS IN ODESSA TO ACTUALLY ANNEX INTO MIDLAND COUNTY, BUT THIS PROJECT WAS TO BE BUILD IN MIDALND COUNTY AND BENEFIT MIDLAND, IT WAS NOT GOING TO BENEFIT ODESSA.”

FOR DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS, DANNY BARRERA.

ODESSA, TEXAS/JANUARY 5, 2018 – THE ORGANIZATION “ODESSA TOGETHER” HELD A PRESS CONFERENCE THURSDAY MORNING, JANUARY 4, AT THE LAW OFFICES OF DOMINGO GARCIA TO PUBLICLY OPPOSE A PETITION BY “DRAIN THE SWAMP, ODESSA” IN AN ATTEMPED TO ADD ANOTHER “AT LARGE” SEAT, AND GIVING THE ODESSA MAYOR A VOTE, WHICH COUNSEL FOR “ODESSA TOGETHER” SAYS IS ILLEGAL, BECAUSE IT GIVES A SMALL MINORITY OF PEOPLE CONTROL OF THE MAJORITY OF BUSINESS ACTIVITY SPECIFIC DISTRICTS WITHIN THE CITY OF ODESSA.

(DOMINGO GARCIA, ATTORNEY AT LAW, GENERAL COUNSEL/ LULAC WEST TEXAS)

‘’IF YOU HAVE TWO ‘AT LARGE’ SYSTEMS, THE PEOPLE THAT VOTE IN HIGHER NUMBERS WILL TURN OUT AND ELECT THOSE TWO COUNCIL MEMBERS. FOR EXAMPLE: EAST SIDE OF ODESSA WILL HAVE THREE COUNCIL MEMBERS, WHILE THE REST OF ODESSA WOULD ONLY HAVE ONE. THAT’S JUST NOT FAIR, IT’S NOT AMERICAN, IT’S NOT A TEXAN THING TO DO.

  1. GARCIA SAYS THAT THE SMALL RICH MINORITY ARE DOING WELL, BY TAKING HARD EARNED ODESSA TAX DOLLARS FROM HARD WORKING ODESSANS AND USING IT FOR THEIR OWN SELF INTEREST.

(DOMINGO GARCIA, ATTORNEY AT LAW, GENERAL COUNSEL/LULAC WEST TEXAS)

“IT’S A POWER PLAY, IT’S A POWER PLAY BY A FEW RICH PEOPLE, WHO TRY TO TAKE MONEY OFF THE TAX PAYERS OF ODESSA BY GOING TOWARD THE EAST SIDE AND TOWARDS MIDLAND, AND DEVELOP PROJECTS IN MIDLAND COUNTY, BUT IT DON’T BENEFIT THE MAJORITY OF ODESSANS.

ATTORNEY, DOMINGO GARCIA SAYS THAT ODESSA TAX DOLLARS SHOULD BE RE-INVESTED IN ODESSA TO MAKE ODESSA A THRIVING, PROSPEROUS CITY.

(DOMINGO GARCIA, ATTORNEY AT LAW, GENERAL COUNSEL/LULAC WEST TEXAS)

“WE HAVE NO PROBLEMS WITH HAVING CORPORATIONS MOVE TO ODESSA. HAVE THEM COME TO ODESSA, HAVE THEM SPEND IN ODESSA, HIRE PEOPLE IN ODESSA. THAT’S THE RIGHT THING TO DO.”

FILIBERTO GONZALES, ODESSA CITY COUNCILMAN, DISTRICT 5 SAYS THIS ADDITIONAL “AT LARGE SEAT” IS NOT BAD IDEA, BUT HE IS CONCERENED WITH THE MOTIVE.

(FILIBERTO GONZALES, ODESSA CITY COUNCILMAN, DISTRICT 5)

“THIS HAS TO DO WITH POWER, AND PEOPLE THAT HAVE HAD POWER FOR THE LONGEST TIME FEEL THAT THEY DON’T HAVE IT, BECAUSE, THEY ARE SAYING THAT THE CITY COUNCIL IS UN PREDICTABLE. WELL, TO ME, THE CITY COUNCIL IS ACTUALLY DOING THEY’RE JOB. WE’RE NOT UNPREDICTABLE, JUST ASKING QUESTIONS AND DOING WHAT WE THINK IS BEST FOR THE CITY OF ODESSA.”

(ART LEAL, FORMER CHAIR, “UNA VOZ UNIDA”)

“THIS IS AN ATTEMPT TO CHANGE THE CHARTER OF ODESSA. THIS IS AN ATTEMPT TO BY PASS THE CITY COUNCIL, AND TO CHANGE THE CHARTER TO ADD AN “AT LARGE”, AND TO GIVE A WEAK MAYOR A VOTE ON THE COUNCIL.”

THE WIER PROJECT WAS PART OF THE ISSUE, WHERE THE COPORATION WOULD BE IN ODESSA, BUT WOULD PAY TAXES IN MIDLAND. ART LEAL SAYS THAT PART OF ODESSA WAS ANNEXED INTO MIDLAND COUNTY.

(ART LEAL, FORMER CHAIR, “UNA VOZ UNIDA”)

“THAT WAS ONE THING THAT WAS NEVER REALLY APPROVED BY VOTERS IN ODESSA TO ACTUALLY ANNEX INTO MIDLAND COUNTY, BUT THIS PROJECT WAS TO BE BUILD IN MIDALND COUNTY AND BENEFIT MIDLAND, IT WAS NOT GOING TO BENEFIT ODESSA.”

FOR DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS, DANNY BARRERA.

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Author: Danny Barrera