If you hoped to learn what that was all about, you were out of luck. It received no discussion (consent agenda items never do). The Texas Open Meetings Act (TOMA) remains a deep mystery to me. All council deliberations are supposed to occur in public. In this case, either there was some communication going on beforehand, or the council is a peculiarly incurious bunch, or else mental telepathy is allowed by the TOMA. I'm going to go with prior communication. (Update: I have since discovered a memo deep in the Agenda Handout, not in the consent agenda, that explains the reason for the cancellation. A *very* observant audience member would have noticed this. My bad.) In any case, the council voted unanimously to "consider cancellation" of the March 4 council worksession, by which I think they in fact canceled it, without anyone doing any, you know, actual consideration, at least out loud.
After the jump, what it was all about. Sort of.
The mystery was solved, in a fashion, when this notice was posted concerning the canceled council worksession:
Ah ha! So the council was taking a road trip to Austin to celebrate Collin County Day. What's Collin County Day, you ask? Is it anything like Tater Day? I did a search on the City's web site and the only document referencing "Collin County Day" was the cancellation notice itself. So, apparently, it's not as big as Tater Day. But we can guess what it is. Photo ops. Schmoozing. Greasing the skids to help ease legislation later that could benefit our fair city. Nothing out of the ordinary with that, right?
Still, I'm scratching my head at a new mystery. Why wasn't this publicized? Why didn't the council members tell Richardson residents where they were going, and maybe ask for whatever concerns residents might want them to carry to Austin? Why didn't council members post more photos of themselves celebrating in Austin? Isn't that what a photo op is all about? I hope the answer isn't because the trip involved a hangover and a tiger loose in the bathroom.
As it turns out, council member Amir Omar didn't go to Austin. Neither did Steve Mitchell, according to Omar. Omar posted on Facebook what he was up to instead. (Now, there's a candidate who knows how to exploit a photo op!) That led to this most interesting exchange on Facebook:
I won't even speculate what was behind Mike Maczka's curiosity, but somehow I don't think Omar's response was what Maczka was getting at. Maybe they, too, are communicating telepathically. It's all a mystery to me.