Mayor Mike's Dinner With Council Ain't Open

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Photo by Mark Graham
A couple of times, including this morning, we've noted that Mayor Mike Rawlings has scheduled a dinner with the entire city council on Tuesday, which has prompted a few Friends of Unfair Park to wonder: Like, isn't that a violation of the state's Open Meetings Act? Technically, no. Says the act, the term "meeting ... does not include the gathering of a quorum of a governmental body at a social function unrelated to the public business that is conducted by the body." And, as Mayor Mike's chief of staff, Paula Blackmon says, "This is purely a social event."

Blackmon, who was deputy chief under Tom Leppert, reminds that Rawlings's predecessor held annual Christmas parties with the council that were also "purely social in nature." To that end, she says, City Attorney Tom Perkins will circulate a memo amongst the council reminding them to keep it casual.

I know, I know: What's to stop council members from talking shop? "Take it up with the Legislature," Blackmon says. "But Mary Suhm and Tom Perkins will be there, as will spouses, and it's purely social in nature. But we made sure no violation of the Open Meetings Act had occured." So you're saying it's social, then.
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Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

Social?  Yeah.  Like he invites Angela Hunt over ALL the time.

BCulbreath
BCulbreath

Every Federal trail I  attended defendants have said, and relied on the City Attorney Office for advice.All have been found guilty. I do not believe a word they say or a law they interpret.

tmickle
tmickle

Paula Blackmon was an idiot then and is an idiot now.  Please..purely casual and social....look at that goofy Mike Rawlings...he is as crooked as his smile...and oh yes, where is the lovely Sam Merten commenting....Paula & Sam in a mud pitt wrestling...Mike Rawlings deserves those two!

Anonymous
Anonymous

It's interesting that the entire point of the Open Meetings Act is that you can't really trust politicians unless there's a 3rd party around to keep them honest (otherwise, you could just ask them what they talked about and trust that it was all above board without jumping through the OMA hoops).But we can take their word on it that they won't discuss city business. I mean, that's the only common thread that the group of people shares, so there's no reason to suspect it would come up in conversation.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Which, when I brought this up with Paula, is when she said, "Take it up with the Legislature." I'm with ya, all the way.

august doyle
august doyle

Do not use Mark Graham to take any more pictures.

JimS
JimS

Sheffie: "Big room. Flags. Suits. Photographer. Oh, yeah! City Hall! I'm on the city council."  

JimS
JimS

Rawlings' fake smile says, "Why did my parents make me go to this high school? I'm going to run away."

Cliff Dweller
Cliff Dweller

I think Jerry Allen just cut one.  Jasso scootched right, Greyson is trying to keep her lunch down and Dwayne looks surprised.

JimS
JimS

Just before this photo was snapped, Sandy Greyson rubbed the top of Tennell Atkins' head, and Atkins turned and snapped at her, "Cut that shit out. Damn, woman!"

TC
TC

Does Angela wear signature red at victories like Tiger Woods. I would love to see her in a purple, mauve or something light. Maybe a bone color?

clipper
clipper

Enjoying the photo....Jerry Allen blocked out !

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

Is this dinner going to be at Ross Perot Jr.'s house again-- like that Christmas Party awhile back?

Illegal Lobbyist
Illegal Lobbyist

Did anyone check the guest list to see if Mari Woodlief is there? Just saying...

Richard the Great
Richard the Great

So you (and the rest of the media) are letting Carol Reed off the hook? Maybe you should go to her Web site and look at her client list - <cough> Perot/Hillwood - and dig in to her affiliations  - <cough> Kathy Nealy.</cough></cough>

Watching
Watching

What's with that group picture?   Surely they did a retake.  You can't see Jerry Allen or Angela Hunt.  Sandy Greyson's hands look wacky.  Did they use some discount photographer?

Mike
Mike

How about something easy as we did in grade school:  short people downfront, tall people in the back.  What is Sandra Greyson doing with her hands?  Based on that picture, we've got a lot of councilpersons putting in overtime with the knife and fork.  I hope the Mayor makes lean portions with lots of fresh vegatables.

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