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Another department head bites the dust under Garrett. The body count behind Garrett continues to grow. If you didn't like Mr. Cochran's style, don't dislike him. All directors are extensions of Garrett and are true minions for Her. It's either that or go home. If you stray off the range from Garrett Dictatorship 101 then you join the ranks of the previous fire chief, IT director, assistant city manager, library director, MPO director...... Who's next Ms. Garrett?
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If I understand this right, the proposed charter amendment could have kept the current 5% cap, as it is equal to or more stringent than the State requirements? Sadly, I voted for this deceptive amendment. Nice wording on the ballot. Why should anyone EVER question those in power to lead our fine city???? Well played Ms. city manager, charter review committee, and elected officials. Well played indeed.
@Mr. Dawger.... Helpful, smart, informed, educating comments. Bulls-eye!
@former so you would suggest that they go do the site visits on the three finalists before narrowing them down? Really? $$$ I'm sure they did their due diligence, now it is time for them to drill down to make sure he is the right fit. Seems like everyone's an expert at running local government. I am thankful for one, that they are proceeding cautiously, in spite of the enormous number of local, self proclaimed experts who believe they they know how to select our next chief of police.
Homeless is a society issue, not limited to local law enforcement, thought they seem to be faced dealing with it with limited options, with Citizens closing down their mental health facility. Get involved rather than pushing the society issue off on someone else. Secondly, so Pepper is now a menace? I remember reading last year that despite NUMEROUS arrests and attempts to get him mental assistance by local law enforcement, he was amazingly voted by readers as the most interesting person in Victoria. So which is it? Menace or folk hero?
@NeedToObserveCloser. Check out this recent JOKE in the Houston Fire Department. http://www.ultimateeastend.com/storie....
The articles spells out that ""There is reasonable cause to believe that Charging Party (Draycott) was personally and individually subjected to a hostile work environment based on her gender and that she was retaliated against," the letter stated. The EEOC's ruling said that "… management was well aware of the fact that Charging Party was being subjected to a hostile work environment because of her gender but failed to take corrective action."
Seems like the same firehouse standard of recognizing that pranks that "poke fun" at someone's sexuality, race, or even gender is recognized as bad behavior both in Victoria and in the Houston FD, which is staffed with 3-4 thousand firefighters.
Looks like the difference in Victoria vs. Houston FD is that Victoria management immediately addressed their issue and HFD did not. Oh, the other difference is that because the city of Houston didn't take action like Victoria, they entrenched in the federal system and by the sound of things, ol' Jane is going to be leaving the courthouse pushing a wheel barrel loaded with cold cash.
Observing, it sounds like with your attitude you'd fit well in HFD but not so much in VFD, where apparently they take care of business, not slap each other on the back and giggle about homosexual pictures on the outside of a new firefighter's locker. When they do that, the meter starts running for all of us who live here.
Kit.. I'd bet the parents at Columbine would have have embraced this idea.
Never ceases to amaze me. The local police are again showing initiative and trying to help us out by educating you and me on driving laws and it seems like some can't wait to use the opportunity to complain. Negativety, again and again (oh, and again). @ 3rdcoast, really? I read the results in the Advocate, but I'll bet it was all fake data like like the fake NASA moon mission, right?
If I don't like a movie, I get up and leave. I encourage you to apply this theory all the way around.
Chief Riley made Victoria a better place for all of us. Thank you on behalf of all us Victorians!
Interesting... Editorial about sparing the turkey from being whacked and eaten for Thanksgiving and the online "sponsored links" are delicious turkey recipes. Gobble Gobble!