Brad Messer Commentary
8:15 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2003

When a couple of our city councilmen were accused of vote selling, and another was otherwise scoundrelized very publicly, the mayor did what mayors do— appointed a committee.

He might as well have called it the Mom, Apple Pie and For The Children Committee. But Mayor Garza chose to call it the “Committee on Integrity and Trust in Local Government.”

This afternoon the Integrity Committee forks over the fruit of its studies, The Plan.

The Plan to restore trust in City Hall. The Plan to unplug the power brokers. The Plan to empower lowly everyday run-of-the-mill citizens. The Plan for free beer.

I made up the last one.

Councilman David Carpenter noted to me yesterday that the committee interviewed lobbyists to find out how to limit lobbyists’ influence. I’ll bet that was a revelation!

Here’s what I expect. The Plan will not demand clear, easy to read and detailed contribution reports from council and mayor candidates and officeholders. And it will not demand the city's website stop obfuscating and smokescreening facts about politicians’ money trails.

If The Plan doesn’t do both of those, it’s useless.

Brad Messer— commentary, KTSA.

San Antonio Express-News 1/28/2003
"Integrity committee's ideas due Wednesday"

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