A recent lawsuit filed by Amarillo citizens Claudette Smith and Mike Fisher against the Mayor and members of the council cites “actual, threatened and continuing violations of the Texas Open Meeting Act” as its cause for action.
The battle began with Smith and Fisher’s displeasure in the retail development surrounding their Southwest Amarillo home.
Fisher added that the city’s handling of a tent encampment of homeless citizens and the clapping controversies that resulted in an arrest at a recent council meeting were the catalyst in pursuing a legal remedy to the matter.
Plaintiff Claudette Smith talks about a few examples of the violations.
Both Smith and Fisher say money is not the motivation behind the suit, but holding public officials accountable to the citizens is the desired outcome.
The complete interview with Claudette Smith and Mike Fisher