(Cypress, 5/11/14) by George Pardon: The agendas are up for Cypress 5 and 7 pm City Council Meetings:
There is a 5 PM workshop regarding the 2014-15 budget. At the 7 PMmeeting, Public Hearing #1 is an action item to consider the Race Track’s request to add 234 horse stalls.
Regardless of your position on the addition of the horse stalls, there is significant concern that 2 of the City Council Members accepted contributions for their 2012 election from a political action committee, Quality of Life, which is funded by owners of the race track. While the City Attorney will tell you there is no legal conflict of interest, there is certainly the perception of a conflict of interest.
From Quality of Life:
Rob Johnson received $6,500 which is 20.2% of the $32,178 he spent to get elected
Mariellen Yarc received $2,500 which is 12% of the $20,857 she spent to get elected
Although not on the agenda, with the trash contract out to bid, these same two City Council Members accepted contributions from organizations representing trash haulers or a group with close ties to a trash hauler.
Rob Johnson received $8,115 which is 25.2% of the $32,178 he spent to get elected
Mariellen Yarc received $1,616 which is 7.7% of the $20,857 she spent to get elected
As such, Rob Johnson received 45.2% of the funds he spent to get elected from groups with interests in either the race track or trash companies. Mariellen Yarc received 19.7% of the funds she spent to get elected from groups with interests in either the race track or trash companies.
Who do you think they will be representing when race track and trash collection matters come before the City Council?