Chad’s Morning Brief for 12.18.12
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Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of December 18, 2012. Give Chad your feedback below and tune in to The Chad Hasty Show for these and many more topics from 8:30 to 11 am.
1. Lubbock City Council
The Lubbock City Council met for the final time in 2012 last night and synthetic marijuana was a big topic. City Attorney Sam Medina informed the council that in January, his department should have some options ready. According to KFYO News:
In a work session item, City Attorney Sam Medina informed the Council that the City’s legal department would have some potential legal options for them to choose from at their first meeting in January, regarding the sale and use of synthetic marijuana and other substances such as bath salts.
“If this was an easy problem to resolve, it would have been resolved years ago by the federal government and the state government,” said Medina.
The City’s legal department is first looking into potential criminalization of the substances, while the Board of Health is studying methods of educating the public regarding the drugs, as was directed by the Council at their last meeting.
“I would much prefer to keep the legal over here and let them do the education,” Medina responded, following questions from Hernandez regarding presenting potential ordinances to the Board of Health.
District 5 Councilwoman Karen Gibson has suggested forming an ad hoc committee composed of herself, Klein, and Hernandez and putting together a temporary ordinance as a first step.
“Give us some time. We want to do it right. I don’t want to just throw anything out there where they can come back in and backdoor us, because that’s just what they’ll do,” said Gibson, speaking of those that sell the substances.
Karen Gibson and the others on the council need to slow down and let Medina do his job. I support what Mayor Glen Robertson wants to do by banning sales to minors. It’s a process and one you just can’t rush through.
In other news, the hat wearing teenager was back on Monday. This time accusing the Mayor or slander and the police of brutality. According to KFYO News:
At this week’s meeting, Julian Hernandez started by saying “I would like to present a grievance. The slanderous statements made by Mayor John [sic] Robertson towards me…would be grounds for defamation if I had not publicly expressed my opinions to you.”
“I will not allow myself to be a victim of stereotyping, and you will not label me disrespectful because of the way I present myself while I address to you, far greater issues,” Julian Hernandez continued.
The eighteen year-old continued, saying that he was arrested last Tuesday, and was the victim of police brutality. Julian Hernandez claimed that officers punched him in the genitals and destroyed his personal property, as he held up a shredded red shirt.
“I understand why I was put in jail. I’m not here to argue why I was put in jail, but my rights were violated while I was in the City jail…I would like to see the officers that participated in my assault sanctioned somehow, and I would like to be reimbursed for the property damage that was assessed,” Julian Hernandez said.
Lubbock Police Chief Roger Ellis stepped outside the Council Chambers with Julian Hernandez following his comments, but the content of their discussion is unknown.
Robertson simply said “Mr. Hernandez, thank you for being here,” before calling up the next citizen scheduled to speak.
This guy sounds like a real winner. I wonder if he will try and sue the City? Knowing how the City of Lubbock is about lawsuits and the police, it wouldn’t shock me.
2. Term Limit Talk (link)
The upcoming legislative session is getting closer and closer and one popular debate is already starting to pop-up. Should Texas have term limits? That is the question being kicked around. According to the Texas Tribune:
The talk of term limits is back, in a convergence of the “goo-goos” and the revolutionaries.
The goo-goos — the good government types — think the turnover would produce a stream of fresh policy ideas. Stepping gingerly around the imminent 12th anniversary of Rick Perry’s ascension to governor, they are promoting various constitutional term limits on statewide and legislative officials in Texas, who currently are allowed to serve as long as voters can stand them.
The revolutionaries — that’s the Tea Party folk — arrived at limits with a different but also traditional reason: They want to replace the current bums with fresh ones, preferably from their own flock.
Last week, an outfit called the Tea Party Caucus Advisory Committee proposed limits that would periodically dislodge incumbents — perhaps including a number of the people now in office. That would simultaneously clear seats for new candidates from, say, the Tea Party.
Two of the legislators pushing limits have previously fallen victim to them at the local level, and came away from that experience thinking this is a good idea. Sen. Kevin Eltife, R-Tyler, was a city council member and then mayor there, and left each of those jobs when his expiration date came up. Rep. Lyle Larson, R-San Antonio, was on the city council for two two-year terms, and that was that. He says four years was too short, but he still supports the idea.
What do you think of term limits?
3. School Safety (link)
78 Texas schools are not fully compliant with state safety rules according to Attorney General Greg Abbott. According to the Austin-American Statesman:
Thirty-eight Texas school districts did not submit required safety audits that could prevent gun massacres like the one in Connecticut, and another 40 did not meet full compliance with the state safety rules, Attorney General Greg Abbott revealed on Monday.
At an afternoon press conference, Abbott demanded that the districts quickly come into full compliance — saying he was “shocked” by the number out of compliance.
“Every day they don’t have a plan they are putting their students at great risk,” Abbott said.
Abbott is on the board of the Texas School Safety Center that was created after Colorado’s Columbine High School massacre in 1999 left 13 people dead and 23 wounded. He said some school districts allow teachers to carry guns; he did not identify them.
I would argue that the safest schools are the ones that allow teachers to carry concealed handguns. The others just give the illusion of safety.
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