All those that argued that Stephanie Townsend Allala’s quest for government transparency was wrong owe her an apology. This is especially true of the El Paso Times masquerading as a newspaper who did not understand that allowing the Steve Ortega’s of the world to hide government records through legal subterfuge goes against the very fabric of a Democracy.
Bob Moore, the intrepid apologist for the ballpark political subterfuge continually pretends to be for transparent and open government yet completely ignores a serious breach of government transparency because it was inconvenient for the public agenda he wholeheartedly supports.
As some of you already know, last week, House Bill 1764 was filed by Republican state representative Todd Hunter of Corpus Christi. The bill specifically orders cities like El Paso to stop pretending they can’t force politicians like Steve Ortega to ignore transparency laws enacted to protect the taxpayers of the city.
The bill gives those seeking public records the right to sue to force those withholding the records to release them. This is the whole basis for Stephanie Townsend Allala’s suit demanding that politicians, such as Steve Ortega, must comply with the open records laws.
Some of you and the local media either did not understand the scope of the issue or chose to ignore it. Because of this, Stephanie Townsend Allala should lauded not only for defending the people’s right to know but also for keeping the fight going through the Texas Supreme Court.
Hunter’s bill proves she was right all along, notwithstanding the political and legal shenanigans perpetuated by the public agenda enablers. The bill has not being voted on. When it comes up for a vote, I will not at all be surprised to learn that some, if not all of the El Paso delegation would be against it because the sad truth is that El Paso’s politicians don’t have any interest in government transparency.
As for Bob Moore, he is for government transparency when the journalism awards are announced but wants nothing to do with them when the checks are being passed around.