CONTACT: Justin Renteria, 210-207-0900
SAN ANTONIO (May 11, 2018) — City Councilman Greg Brockhouse has asked District Attorney Nico LaHood and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to conduct a criminal investigation questioning the way City Council conducts closed session meetings, including the discussion in executive session last week over submitting a bid for the Republican National Convention. Councilman Roberto Treviño provided the following statement:
“Councilman Brockhouse believes that the discussion was a violation of the Texas Open Meetings Act and has asked for a criminal investigation by the District Attorney. No other issues are relevant to Mr. Brockhouse’s request. I would like to make clear that this is not about the merits of having, or not having, the convention in San Antonio.
In my time on City Council, I know the significance of conducting the City’s business in the ‘light of day’ so our citizens can have access to the planning and management of our City. The Open Meetings Act allows our citizens to have the greatest confidence in their government as they can see the decision-making process take place. The law also recognizes some exceptions to that rule, based on sound public policy. Although these exceptions are limited, they must be carefully followed.
If a Councilmember ever feels there are issues with an executive session, the available remedy is to not participate in the meeting.
The fulfillment of our duties as Councilmembers is best met by allocating our time, efforts and resources to meet the needs of our community— not politically motivated probes. I take exception to the allegation of criminal conduct in fulfilling my responsibilities as an elected official by participating in an executive session. There is a civil and collegial way for elected officials to test the legality of an executive session and/or the discussions, without accusing colleagues of committing a crime.
Rhetorical grandstanding is a divisive tool that is meant to distract us from our responsibility to govern and, more importantly, from serving the people we represent.”