Fallout continues from council members' public dispute

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Updated: 8/02/2013 9:31 pm
It happened front and center on the dias Thursday night, following a budget work session: more council drama. This time it was between councilman Victor  Hernandez and Mayor Glen Robertson.

Some think an apology is in order and some think the heated confrontation between the two was just boys being boys. Jim Gerlt is councilman for district 4 and Latrelle Joy is councilwoman for district 6.

People of Lubbock took to our Facebook to express how they feel about the events that followed Thursday night's meeting.

Jenny Peek-Harris posted "its just one big drama fest to keep your mind off of the real issues like how to solve the rate hike."

Jared Mankins wrote "I'm sure the mayor is under an enormous amount of stress and frustration these days but that doesn't justify lashing out or physically threatening members of the council. Mr. Hernandez would love nothing more than to look like a victim in hopes of saving his job. The mayor shouldn't take the bait."

Teresa Aguilar Alvarado posted "I think that this should of been handled better behind close doors and not out in the open for all of Lubbock to know about. They are the leaders of the community and should show more professionalism that was shown here."

Tyler Jacobs simply put "They're both idiots."

Constituents are clearly worried about council's ability to push aside their personal problems and do the work, and that worry isn't necessarily unjustified.

"Oh, absolutely it's a distraction." Joy said.

"There has been some distraction involved in that, no question about it." Gerlt added.

Gerlt and Joy may not agree with how the Mayor and councilman Hernandez handled their disagreements but despite some temporary set backs, they believe the argument was blown out of proportion and are confident the council will move on quickly and complete their tasks.

"They're big boys. And they spat it off last night, we'll meet together next time and we'll work through it." Gerlt said.

"I'm very confident that my council members are going to continue to work on the budget, work on LP&L, and do the very best for this city that we can." Joy added.

It's still undecided when the next work session will take place.

We contacted Mayor Robertson about the confrontation and he said "my intention is to put this behind us and work together with councilman Hernandez for the betterment of the city."
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Matador71 - 8/3/2013 11:10 AM
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So far, "Threats" to other council members is nothing but hearsay..from Victor. Don't believe anything that spurts from his mouth.

Liberty Seeker - 8/2/2013 11:13 PM
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I assumed that public officials being threatened by other officials or members of the public was regular business, and ignored. But I have information from a reliable source that Robertson pressed criminal charges "Making a threat against a public official" against a private citizen, who never threatened to do anything violent or unlawful, yet Robertson aggressively asks one or more council members to go outside for a physical altercation. That is not a statement that might be interpreted as a threat, it is an overt, direct threat against a public official (or public officials). I invite the District Attorney to either have a District Judge issue a warrant for the arrest of Robertson for each time he threatened a public official OR each and every complaint filed by Robertson should be immediately thrown out. If he can aggressively threaten a public official with immunity, then whoever stands up to him and makes him feel threatened should also have immunity. If the mayor accepts immunity on terms more favorable than granted to the public, then Robertson is in criminal violation of Article IX Section 4 of the city charter. If the council deliberately allows him to stay in criminal violation, then they might invalidate the charter, and the municipal corporation of the city of Lubbock might no longer lawfully exist.
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