City Manager Carlos Villarreal pointed out that the city's annual reception in Washington, D.C. and legislative receptions in Austin are paid for through private donations.
"The same people that are concerned about us going out there and getting contributions ... will be the first ones to criticize us for spending money on a reception," he said.
Earlier this year the city collected over $100,000 to go to Washington.
You bet your ass we're going to criticize you. That kind of money doesn't come without strings attached. Favors will have to be returned. And since when do we elect people to go have receptions in Washington? Oh right, I forgot, it's a working trip; And it actually costs $319 to book a motel.
If I could suggest something to the ethics committee as they draw up their charter is that a chaperone accompany city staff to Washington to take pictures of their every step. Then maybe Mr. Villarreal would have reason to complain like some Scooby Doo villain about not having fun on account of meddling kids.
In my visit to South Padre, I noticed that they have their own scent for sale, South Padre Breeze. Perhaps we need our own spray that can both refresh and disinfect things around here. Submit suggestions in the comments section.