But if the councilmen
do show up, will they actually set a date for folks to vote on their recall?
Public safety was a strong enough reason for other councilmen
to approve the ordinance though.
Agents arrested City Manager William James Jonas III, Lopez, Councilmen Roel and Rogelio Mata, former councilman Gilbert Urrabazo, and businessman Ngoc Tri Nguyen, known as "Mr.
The indictment also alleges that the four councilmen accepted bribes totaling more than $12,000 from a contractor in exchange for votes.
To allay concerns, Councilman Seth Fleetwood recommended adding the phrase "where such effort is reasonably feasible" to the resolution, which was enough to convince all seven councilmen
to approve the resolution.
At the meeting, the councilmen heard for the first time that the council was being asked to approve the sale of this city-owned property to Hamister for $1000.
Both councilmen noted the low sale price wasn't their only concern.
Zeps told LETA earlier that he considered meeting with the Group of Independent Councilmen and For Riga representatives and conclude a separate cooperation agreement with these two groups after securing the opposition's votes.
Meanwhile, the Group of Independent Councilmen, Harmony and Honor to Serve Riga (GKR), which has nominated Olegs Burovs for Riga mayor, are planning to meet on August 16.
To prevent "endless political horse-trading and attempts to manipulate the votes of councilors that do not belong to the large political groups", as well as to facilitate a functioning and stable majority on the city council, For Riga bloc has held negotiations with the Group of Independent Councilmen and reached an agreement with them on closer cooperation in the name of Riga residents' interests.
As reported, the Group of Independent Councilmen includes four members of Riga City Council expelled from Harmony, and For Riga bloc is made up of independent councilman Oskars Putnins, as well as Imants Keiss and Druvis Kleins who have been expelled from the New Conservative Party.
If such common ground is found, the councilmen
might consider coordinating their votes on certain issues.