Las Vegas City Council meeting abruptly ended after embattled mayor changes agenda
July 18, 2019 10:20 AM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- City councilors in Las Vegas are fuming.
They were hoping to vote on a measure to remove Las Vegas Mayor Tonita Gurule-Giron from office Wednesday night, but she pulled the item from the agenda.
“Every month we request an agenda item,” City Councilor Vince Howell told the mayor. “It is not put on there and I'm really saddened about that.”
Gurule-Giron told Howell the issue was not open for discussion.
In addition to council members believing the mayor has taken too much control of the city, cutting them out of the process, they are also concerned about an investigation into Gurule-Giron being conducted by the attorney general's office.
In June, Attorney General Hector Balderas had Gurule-Giron’s home raided, along with city hall.
The mayor has not been charged with a crime, but she is accused rigging city contracts so her boyfriend, a construction company owner, could get more work.
KOB 4 reporter Chris Ramirez asked the mayor why she wouldn’t allow the council to vote on whether she’s fit to stay in office.
The mayor pointed Ramirez to a memo, which is printed on city letterhead, outlining a legal argument about Las Vegas being a home rule city. The mayor contends the city does not have to follow state guidelines on how to remove elected officials from office.
Three city councilors confirmed to Ramirez that they would have voted for the mayor’s removal had they been allowed.
Wednesday night's meeting was adjourned minutes after it started because three city councilors refused to proceed with the agenda that was changed by the mayor.
Updated: July 18, 2019 10:20 AM
Created: July 17, 2019 09:28 PM
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