Saturday, March 23, 2013

Fallout over city's $80K Austin junket continues

Mayor Salinas : painting the town pink red.

The following letter appeared in the Letters to the editor section of today's Laredo Morning Times. As pointed out since Monday's city council meeting rant by our mayor, Laredo was NOT the only border city to get COPS funding and the Cuatro Vientos funding story was totally misleading.

In his letter, the writer asks the city to provide details of all the grants the city supposedly secured directly as a result of their vacation trip to Austin.

Washington trip details are yet to follow. Will the mayor outdo his Austin trip rant?

From today's LMT

To the editor:

I rarely write letters to the editor, but the recent LMT article about some of our city officials spending about $80,000 on a four-day trip to Austin really got my attention.

There are no words to describe the trip except for outrageous and asinine.

Two hundred and forty dollars a night for a motel, daily expenses totaling $12,000 and a $6,000 booze tab is just beyond belief.

Certainly there are much cheaper motels in Austin, especially on the southeast side of the interstate.

What did the daily expenses include? Steaks at every meal and champagne?

According to the article, our mayor “said face-to-face contact with agency heads and other officials often yields results when it comes to gleaning grants for infrastructure.”

If this is true, shouldn’t a list of all the grants that the city has received be made available to the public?

Thank you,

Richard Hughes

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