A Houston TV station reached out to Rosenberg City Council member Isaac Davila last week about his plan to establish a mandatory drug and alcohol testing program for council members. However, in a letter to the editor published last week, fellow councilman Steven DeGregorio accused Davila of reaching out to the TV station to press his agenda.
Council will hold a special meeting Tuesday night to consider censuring Davila.
The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 2110 Fourth St. Council members in a split vote last Tuesday established a mandatory drug and alcohol testing program, so long as Davila pays for each test for each council member at every meeting henceforth.
“Mr. Davila compounded the embarrassment by calling ABC 13 News to come to Rosenberg to cover this spectacle,” DeGregorio said after the meeting. “I believe he called (the) news for the shock value for his futile attempt to discredit certain council members. If he really wanted to have a serious discussion about drug abuse, why call (the) news? This is very damaging and unproductive for the city.”
Channel 13 reporter Nick Natario said this was not the case. The channel is Houston’s ABC affiliate.
“As the reporter who covered this story, I can tell you Councilor Davila did not contact ABC 13,” Natario said. “I saw the item on the agenda and I contacted him because I saw he was the sponsor.”
Davila reminded DeGregorio that each member of council received an email from Natario. Council member Jacob Balderas was also interviewed by Natario, but was not put under the same line of fire by DeGregorio.
“We were all contacted by ABC,” Davila told The Herald last week. “Balderas was quick to jump on the media and be interviewed.”