• Sigh!!!

    Get ready Victorians, this is just a minor sampling of what is in store. The Fantastic 4 have some great plans for you.

    With this philosophy - "What the hell," he said. "Let's give it all away."

    How can they go wrong?

    The list is growing...

    July 5, 2011 at 5:51 p.m.
  • I searched the archives (what a wonderful feature that is and had I taken the time I would've answered my question before I asked it). Not only was Hagan opposed so were Truman and Soliz. Too bad only 3 were willing to be so fiscally responsible and speak their minds.

    July 5, 2011 at 4:02 p.m.
  • Just a little reminder from the Nov 3, 2009 City Council Meeting minutes which authorized the first $750,000. Who approved what and who thought this less was than a great idea. Oh, it was at this meeting did we first hear the famous quote: “We are on the verge of something great.” WE also learned Boots would be an investment!!

    Mark Cook, Board Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce spoke in support of the CVB Marketing Plan commenting that it was well thought out and well researched with a knowledgeable Director. He commented that Victoria was on the "verge of something great" and suggested that the Council would be happy with the return in investment. He encouraged the Council to fully fund the request from CVB.

    Mayor Armstrong asked how many members there were in the Chamber of Commerce with Mr Cook responding approximately 750. Mayor Armstrong commented that was a pretty good representation of the community. City Manager Charles E Windwehen advised that the CVB submitted a budget requesting 750 000. He asked the Council to also come up with a philosophy on long term plans regarding how they wanted to use the hotelmotel tax in the promotion of tourism and the Arts. DID THIS EVER GET DONE?

    Mayor Armstrong commented that this is economic development and the world does not know about Victoria and listed a number of the attractions and businesses in Victoria. By law the City is to spend that money to encourage people to spend the night in Victoria. Cm Rangel asked how much was spent on the Arts last year. She was informed that they receive $154 000. One of the things that can be done is fund the CVB and then spend down some of the reserve funds for the community center on the Arts. It is up to the Council to make that decision.

    Cm Truman commented that he did not feel that Victoria was ready for a media blitz campaign. He felt that the infrastructure projects needed to be completed first. Cm Hagan commented that he had a lot of confidence in the CVB but he would prefer that they focus on fewer areas and then as they succeed provide more funding at that time.

    Cm Hagan moved to amend the resolution to fund $452 000 with Cm Truman seconding the motion. The motion to amend failed.

    Cm Soliz moved to amend the resolution by subtracting $73,340 from the general advertising line item. The motion to amend died.

    Cm Polasek moved that the resolution be adopted in the amount of $750 000 with Cm Halepaska seconding the motion. The resolution was adopted by the following vote. AYES Council Members Rangel, Polasek, Halepaska and Mayor Armstrong. NAYS Council Members Soliz Hagan and Truman

    How quickly we forget the little facts behind some of our leader's decisions.

    July 5, 2011 at 2:41 p.m.
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    July 5, 2011 at 5:03 a.m.
  • I agree DaleZuck. Soliz, Hagan and Truman voted no to the level of funding requested by Bridgette Bise. If you will read the linked article you will see that the appropriation at that time was more than the tax was generating. But that apparently did not matter to Rangel, Polasek, Halepaska and Armstrong.

    Here are a couple of choice moments from that original article: “Bridgette Bise, executive director of the bureau, said her plan is not a media blitz. "It builds awareness of Victoria," she said. "We have none." Cutting the budget proposal would leave holes in the plan and force her to adjust the strategy, she said.”

    Remember, this clever woman only needed about 6 to 8 weeks to figure out how to ask for and spend $750,000.00! That should have immediately been a huge red flag to the council.

    “Armstrong said he'd be disappointed if the council funded the request for less than $700,000. He said the council shouldn't try to micromanage the bureau and then expect it to produce results.” Really, so ZERO oversight is the way to go with this much money? The fact that this will now come under the city will allow trusted folks to request and get accountability. This will be a good thing.

    Then there is this priceless (in more ways than one) statement from the Mayor: "What the hell," he said. "Let's give it all away." This is the thinking that applies to so many items on the Council agenda!

    I applaud Soliz and Hagan and hope they adamantly stick to their guns on this issue and help launch a revamped program that is something all of Victoria can be proud to promote, one that doesn’t take the Mayor’s suggestion to ‘give it all away’.

    July 4, 2011 at 11:08 p.m.
  • I recall that it was Hagan, Soliz and Truman who fought the loosing battle against the initial $750,000 giveaway. This massive King's ransom was GIVEN, to the CVB by Will Armstong, Denise Rangel, Paul Polasek and Tom Halepaska. I found the article back in November of 2009.

    Yes, Mr Hagan and Mr Soliz did know what they were talking about. The Boot was actually a Bomb.

    July 4, 2011 at 9:21 p.m.
  • How 'bout a city-wide contest to come up with a new slogan? Prize for the winner and runners up? Vote for your favorite? Brainstorming meetings with refreshments?

    July 3, 2011 at 9:14 p.m.
  • I suggest we have a Bring your boots funeral ceremony. We can pretend to bury one of the worst ideas in Victoria history. People will come from all over to attend.

    1.5 milion tossed into the trash trying to promote it. Jeeez!

    The time is right to flush the toilet on that one

    City Council person I know you were obligated to support it but why keep supporting something as worthless as that especially when the entire city couldn't get behind it.

    Well at least Texas Monthly made a profit on it.

    July 3, 2011 at 3:06 p.m.
  • i agree, where were these questions from the council when they were handing out 750k like candy ???

    this posturing waaaaaaaaaaaaay after the fact is simply grandstanding.

    the time to fight this battle has long past

    July 3, 2011 at 1:29 p.m.
  • Was Hagan this vocally opposed when the money was handed out?

    July 3, 2011 at 10:38 a.m.
  • From the text of the story:

    "Victoria City Councilman David Hagan said he hoped the new director would be someone with more familiarity with the community and Texas as a whole.

    Previous director Bridgette Bise, who left the position in late June, was from Missouri.

    He said he would also like to see more discretion when it comes to spending. Two years in a row, the convention and visitors bureau received $750,000 for promotional efforts, he said, and there is no definitive correlation between those practices and Victoria's improving economy.

    "People came to Victoria because of the Eagle Ford Shale and because of the oil and gas industry," he said. "I think that's why hotels are full."

    The boots campaign could also use work, Hagan said.

    "What makes boots distinctive to Victoria?" he asked. "This is Texas for God sakes. It's not like we produce boots in Victoria. We're a historic city. That would be something to build off of.""

    Stop the presses! Somebody finally GETS IT!!!!!

    July 3, 2011 at 10:33 a.m.
  • MAYBE somebody can come up with something better than the "Bring Your Boots" campaign...Yes they have...
    Victoria will re-introduce its pay-raise program for employees under a budget overview presented on Tuesday.
    The pay raises of up to 3 percent will cost $672,000, according to the overview. The city didn't give the pay-for-performance pay increases to its employees last year.
    Gilbert Reyna Jr., director of finance, presented the budget overview to the city council. He said the pay raises were well deserved

    July 3, 2011 at 9:46 a.m.
  • Follow the money.
    That $750,000 of tax money was just too tempting, to not be under direct control of the city government.

    Let's see where the payments go now.

    July 3, 2011 at 5:40 a.m.
  • MAYBE somebody can come up with something better than the "Bring Your Boots" campaign...that was the worst ever!!!

    July 3, 2011 at 2:05 a.m.
  • so two years after the fact some are finally admitting vcvb has wasted money ?


    July 3, 2011 at 12:54 a.m.