A Texas Solution to a Local Problem

 

I think many of you know that the architect of the Uvalde disaster, police chief Pete Arredondo had been elected to Uvalde’s City Council before the massacre and sworn in after it.  This left many Uvalde residents deeply unhappy. Many of his constituents were seeking to remove him. However the city charter does not have provisions to remove him from city council for his incompetence as police chief, and he cannot be recalled because he was just sworn in and has not been in office long enough. The mayor was explaining this to one irate citizen after another.

Then one of his constituents addressed the city council and offered them a lifeline. Listen:

Yup. It seems Arredondo has been absenting himself from city council meetings to avoid facing Uvalde’s outraged citizenry. And the city charter has a provision that if a councilman misses three meetings in a row the rest of the council could boot him from the council. Item Six on the agenda that night was a vote to grant an extended leave of absence to Arredondo, which would have relieved him of the obligation to attend. Guess how that vote went after the good lady pointed out what happened.

Your move chief. He can remain on the council — if he attends the next meeting.

It is the most small-town Texas solution to an apparently insoluble problem I have seen in a long time.

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  1. Percival Thatcher
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    I like it.

    • #1
  2. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    Works for me. I hope he misses the third meeting or resigns. Simple.

    • #2
  3. Seawriter Contributor
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    @Seawriter

    Things like this is why I love living in Texas

    • #3
  4. kedavis Coolidge
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    @kedavis

    Or maybe he shows up to the next meeting, protected by the cops who didn’t protect the kids.

    • #4
  5. Seawriter Contributor
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    Or maybe he shows up to the next meeting, protected by the cops who didn’t protect the kids.

    That would be a feature not a bug. 

    • #5
  6. Seawriter Contributor
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Works for me. I hope he misses the third meeting or resigns. Simple.

    I doubt he’s man enough to resign. If he was, he wouldn’t have sat around for 90 minutes until someone on the scene got tired of the BS and charged in without his approval.  I doubt he is man enough to come to a meeting and face the public.

    • #6
  7. Seawriter Contributor
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    @Seawriter

    And the hits keep coming.

     

    • #7
  8. Doug Watt Moderator
    Doug Watt
    @DougWatt

    What a mess. As I said in a post involving this incident the first people in line that deserve an honest report are those that lost loved ones in this tragedy.

    • #8
  9. kedavis Coolidge
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    How soon will we know?  When is the next meeting supposed to be?

    • #9
  10. Seawriter Contributor
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    How soon will we know? When is the next meeting supposed to be?

    I think they meet Mondays.

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  11. kedavis Coolidge
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    Seawriter (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    How soon will we know? When is the next meeting supposed to be?

    I think they meet Mondays.

    EVERY Monday?  That would be unusual, seems to me.

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  12. Seawriter Contributor
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    Seawriter (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    How soon will we know? When is the next meeting supposed to be?

    I think they meet Mondays.

    EVERY Monday? That would be unusual, seems to me.

    Next month then.

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  13. TBA Coolidge
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    Seawriter (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    How soon will we know? When is the next meeting supposed to be?

    I think they meet Mondays.

    EVERY Monday? That would be unusual, seems to me.

    But possibly a good idea. 

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  14. kedavis Coolidge
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    TBA (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Seawriter (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    How soon will we know? When is the next meeting supposed to be?

    I think they meet Mondays.

    EVERY Monday? That would be unusual, seems to me.

    But possibly a good idea.

    Probably the best way to reduce attendance, in the real world.

    • #14
  15. Foghorn Coolidge
    Foghorn
    @Dave Rogers

    I love the solution & the whole damn town should show up to see him or not.

    • #15
  16. LibertyDefender Member
    LibertyDefender
    @LibertyDefender

    That’s B.S.

    I hereby invite her to Thanksgiving dinner.

    I’d invite her to my 4th of July fireworks party, but nothing that I and my friends might ignite could hold a (Roman) candle to her performance.

    God bless her,

    God bless Texas,

    God bless America.

    • #16
  17. Buckpasser Member
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    Or maybe he shows up to the next meeting, protected by the cops who didn’t protect the kids.

    Why don’t we know the names of the cops who decided to take a 70 minute smoke break after they got to the school?   Will they be the same ones protecting Arredondo?

    • #17
  18. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
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    Doug Watt (View Comment):

    What a mess. As I said in a post involving this incident the first people in line that deserve an honest report are those that lost loved ones in this tragedy.

    Everyone deserves it.

     

    • #18
  19. Stad Coolidge
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    @Stad

    Have so many people blocking the door to the meeting, he can’t get inside before they start – he misses the meeting . . .

    • #19
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