Newly Mute Mayor Pro Tem's spokesman: Others at fault
"It was all doublespeak," said former Councilman Mark Goldberg, referring to the justifications given last summer for increasing the office's spending. "It was all a lie."
The budget figures, released to the Chronicle under the Texas Public Information Act, detail expenditures in the office that handles administrative duties for the 14 City Council members.For some, the figures also raise questions about why city officials didn't notice the budget overruns, especially while a Finance and Administration Department employee was assigned to compile spending reports for council offices, including the pro tem office, each month.
Mayor Pro Tem Carol Alvarado, who oversees the office in addition to her elected job representing council District I, says she wasn't alerted.
"That's why they call them checks and balances," said Marc Campos, Alvarado's political consultant.
He questioned why city finance officials didn't say, 'Hey, we might have a problem there.' "
But Alvarado didn't notice, either.
It keeps coming back to that, doesn't it?
The Chronicle Editorial LiveJournalists can portray Alvarado as a victim. She can portray herself as a victim and apologize to Council (but not taxpayers or citizens). Then she can go mute and let her political consultant blame other people.
But ultimately, Newly Mute Mayor Pro Tem Carol Alvarado's inattention to detail and lack of oversight seem to be at issue, as that highlighted snippet from the Stiles reporting makes clear.