DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS(012518) – ODESSA CITY COUNCIL MEETING – AT LARGE POSITION/ALLOWING MAYOR TO VOTE

ODESSA, TEXAS/JANUARY 25, 2018 – (BARBARA GRAFF, ODESSA CITY COUNCILWOMAN, DISTRICT 3)

 “WE’RE UP HERE TO REPRESENT OUR DISTRICT. I THINK WE DO A VERY GOOD JOB OF IT. ALTHOUGH, YOU CAN HAVE A DIFFERENT OPINION AND ANYTIME WE HAVE DIFFERENCES IN OPINION, THAT’S NOT BAD, BECAUSE BELIEVE YOU ME, IF WE ALL VOTE YES, ALL VOTE NO ON THE SAME THING ALL THE TIME; FOLKS YOU HAVE A PROBLEM, YOU REALLY GOT A PROBLEM. WE NEED TO DO WHAT IS BEST FOR OUR DISTRICTS. I SINCERELY BELIEVE FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART, THAT SINGLE MEMBER DISTRICTS REPRESENT THE PEOPLE OF THOSE DISTRICTS VERY-VERY WELL.”

DURING THE RECENT MEETING OF THE ODESSA CITY COUNCIL A VERY POLARIZING ISSUE WAS PRESENTED AS AN AGENDA ITEM. SEVERAL RESIDENTS VOICED THEIR OPINIONS AND CONCERN TO THE CITY COUNCIL

SOME MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL ARE IN UNISON WITH “THE GROUP”, KNOW AS “DRAIN THE SWAMP ODESSA, TEXAS TO RECONSTRUCT THE CITY CHARTER TO ALLOW THE MAYOR TO HAVE A VOTE AND TO HAVE AN ADDITIONAL “AT LARGE” POSITION.

(DEWEY BRYANT, ODESSA CITY COUNCILMAN, DISTRICT 2)

“WE’VE HAD A HUDGE INFLUX OF POPULATION OVER LAST SEVEN YEARS THAN, WE’VE HAD IN THE LAST TWENTY. WE HAVE A CHANGING CITY AND I THINK THAT A LOT OF THNGS THAT WERE TALKED ABOUT OR LOOKED AT WAS REPRESENTATION. YOU KNOW AGAIN, THAT’S ONE OF THE THINGS ABOUT OUR GREAT, GREAT COUNTY, WE’RE ABLE TO ELECT REPRESENTATION IF SO NEED BE.”

SEVERAL ODESSA RESIDENTS AT THE MEETING VOICED THAT THE CITY COUNCIL IS DIVISIVE AND IS HINDERING CERTAIN ITEMS FROM MOVING FORWARD. COUNCILMAN GONZALES SAYS THAT THE CITY COUNCIL IS DOING ITS JOB.

(FILIBERTO GONZALES, ODESSA CITY COUNCILMAN, DISTRICT 5)

“A LOT HAS BEEN PORTRAYED BY CERTAIN MEDIA, THAT, YOU KNOW, HOW WE, WHAT WE’RE DOING IS WRONG. WHAT WE’RE DOING IS NEGATIVE AND AT THE END OF THE DAY, NOBODY ON THAT CITY COUNCIL HAS ANY BAD INTENTIONS, SO IT HURTS ME THAT PEOPLE SAY WE’RE BEING DEVICIVE. WE’RE NOT. WE’RE ASKING QUESTIONS. WE’RE NOT RUBBER STAMPING ANYMORE.”

A CONCERN THAT COUNCILMAN GONZALES HAS IS THAT SOME DISTRICTS ARE MORE DISADVANTAGED THAN OTHERS, DUE TO THE AMOUNT OF REGISTERED VOTERS IN THOSE DISTRICTS. HE BELIEVES THAT AN ADDITIONAL AT LARGE POSITION COULD GIVE ONE DISTRICT AN UNFAIR ADVATANGE OVER OTHER DISTRICTS WITHIN THE CITY.

(FILIBERTO GONZALES, ODESSA CITY COUNCILMAN, DISTRICT 5)

 “A SINGLE DISTRICT COULD ACTUALLY HAVE: THE MAYOR, THE AT LARGE POSITION AND THE CITY COUNCILMAN, AND ALL THEY NEED IS JUST ONE MORE AND BE ABLE TO PASS EVERTHING.”

(BARBARA GRAFF, ODESSA CITY COUNCILWOMAN, DISTRICT 3)

“WHEN YOU HAVE AN AT LARGE AND YOU HAVE ONE PERSON TRYING TO REPRESENT: 1-2-3-4-5 DISTRICTS THAT ARE ALL DIFFERENT. I DON’T CARE HOW YOU TRY, YOU’RE NOT GOING TO DO A GOOD JOB OF REPRESENTING ALL FIVE OF THOSE DISTRICTS. YOU CAN REPRESENT ONE, MAYBE ONE AND A HALF, BUT YOU’RE NOT GOING REPRESENT ALL OF THEM VERY WELL, BECAUSE THEY ARE ALL SO DISTINCTLY DIFFERENT. YOU NEED TO KNOW AND UNDERSTAND YOUR DISTRICT. YOU NEED TO KNOW WHAT THE PEOPLE NEED. YOU CAN’T DO THAT WITH AN “AT LARGE”

SOME MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL AGREE THAT WAITING FOR THE UPCOMING CENSUS WOULD BE BETTER FOR ODESSA IN THE LONG RUN. HOWEVER, COUNCILMAN DEWEY BRYAN DISAGREES.

 (DEWEY BRYANT, ODESSA CITY COUNCILMAN, DISTRICT 2)

“THE OTHER THING YOU GOT TO TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION, IS HOW LONG DOES THE TABULATION OF THE CENSUS TAKES? THIS ISN’T A PROCESS THAT YOU COULD DO IN 2020 AND GET THE ANSWER THE NEXT DAY, IT’S A LONG – TERM PROCESS, AND SO, I THINK THEY’RE LOOKING AT TODAY’S ENVIRONMENT.”

ODESSA CITY COUNCILMAN FILIBERTO GONZALES SAYS HE PLANS TO COUNTINUE TO ADD THIS ISSUE ON FUTURE CITY COUNCIL AGENDAS.

FOR DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS, DANNY BARRERA.

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Author: Danny Barrera