Rosenberg City Council member Isaac Davila said that a quorum of council members is out to get him. Following what could be deemed the quickest agenda item discussion in council history, council members on Tuesday night voted 4-3 against establishing a mandatory drug and alcohol testing program for council.
This item was brought to council by Davila.
Discussion lasted less than one minute. After Mayor Bill Benton read the executive summary explaining the item, council member Jacob Balderas made a motion to deny the item and vote no.
“It is completely out of scope,” Balderas said. “It is completely unenforceable by the charter or state law.”
The item was swiftly seconded by council member Richard Olson. Davila claimed a point of order, questioning whether correct procedure was being followed. Balderas reminded Davila there was a motion on the floor that had to be addressed first.
“I’m sorry, councilor Davila,” Benton offered. “We already have a motion and a second.”
Davila restated his point of order while Benton polled the council, but was overruled. Benton and council member Steven DeGregorio voted with Balderas and Olson. Council members Lisa Wallingford, Kevin Raines and Davila voted against Balderas’ motion, but the motion carried 4-3.
“Democracy,” Davila said after the meeting, “gotta love it.”
After Tuesday’s meeting adjourned, Davila told members of the audience that certain council members will always vote against Davila, whether an item is good for the city or not.
“I asked for this item because I believe with council in charge of setting policies and direction for the city, we should not be exempt from this testing,” Davila explained to The Herald last Friday.
At the October workshop meeting, Benton revealed that Davila had filed open records requests on Benton, Olson and Balderas and two other Rosenberg residents. Benton said Davila was abusing his power as a councilman. Davila disputed any notion he had abused his powers.
The next Rosenberg City Council meeting will be held Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m.
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