Local group to host debates about government transparency

Local group to host debates about government transparency

POSTED: Saturday, September 14, 2013 - 4:18pm

UPDATED: Saturday, September 14, 2013 - 4:20pm

The issue of releasing private emails regarding city business is up for debate once again. Saturday, the topic came up for discussion at the weekly meeting for the group called the Committee for a Future El Paso.
El Paso City Council members, including former members, were asked to release work and personal emails that detailed city business that may have been withheld since last fall. The emails in question revolve around the downtown ballpark. The current city council requested all former city council members to release the emails, but there is no guarantee the open records request will be fulfilled.

Former El Paso Mayor John Cook was invited to debate the issue with El Paso lawyer Stephanie Townsend-Allala.
He tells us it wasn't much of a debate because they have similar thoughts on the issue.

"I think when you assume public office, your life has to become transparent. Anything that you do that's related to the city has to be part of the record of the city, and the public has the right to access that," said Former El Paso Mayor John Cook.

The group meets at 8:30a.m. every Saturday morning. Next week's debate will be about the separation of church and state and will feature Pastor Tom Brown.
For information on the meeting's location and future topics visit this link:www.facebook.com/events/193076014198912/

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