Interview with KHRD 25:
Maloney said he would take back his comment, if he could.
"I know some people were hurt by it, people that don't know me. I regret I said that," said Maloney
Regarding Chamber of Commerce forum soundbite:
Unfortunately, political adversaries have fallen into the habit of character assassination rather than debate and discuss policy issues.
Below, you will find my response that I wrote to a young woman who was upset regarding a comment I made during the forum with the Chamber of Commerce.
"you have received a soundbite of the full picture. Let me shed a little light on this topic. I am married to a 2nd generation Mexican American woman (her padrinos were the Rangels from Snook, TX). All of my nieces and nephews are full blooded Hispanic and all of my wife's relatives are some combination of Hispanic and African-American. I am the "gringo/bolillo" of the crew. My children identify as Mexican Americans. My closest friends are from the Dominican Republic, Turkey, Italy, Greece, Mexico, other parts of the globe, as well as those from our community. Respecting cultures, community, and diversity have always been at the top of our family's priorities. Our family has always had open discourse and a sense of humor about ourselves. I had no intention of offending anyone, especially not the community of which has been my home since 1970. I am not responsible for the mis-characterization imposed by others."
I do apologize that my remark was not taken in the manner of which I intended.
I regret that my comment was misconstrued and hurtful to members of our community, especially our Spanish-speaking community of which I am a part of. I was trying to convey the message that was relayed to me by some of our Hispanic relatives currently living in the Valley in South Texas. It is a shame that my own words have been weaponized by my opponent's supporters. I am truly disappointed that Bryan Politicians who don't know me are trying to stir the pot in our community by labeling me a racist--the first time in my entire life that I have ever been called this.
That is all that I can say regarding this subject.
Regarding elections: I opposed moving our municipal elections from May to November. But since we are not allowed by law to return to May, I support the proposed charter amendment to move the November elections to odd number years.
This move would separate local issues from state and national ones and partisan politics. Currently, elections fall on even numbered years and the influence of special interest dollars threatens to pack the city council with those who will do the bidding of special interests since the average citizen running for election will be hard pressed to get their message out when the voters are inundated with messages centered on national and state issues.
Councilman Dennis Maloney's Reason for Declining to Interview with the C.S. Fire Department:
Thank you for the invitation.
I have served on 5 City Councils and have always supported the needs of our Fire Department. As a housepainter I’ve met a lot of firefighters doing side jobs in the trades, and have listened to and advocated for them while serving as a councilman.
During my first city council (1999) we ordered a pay scale study for all city employees and saw how woefully underpaid our employees were, and immediately instituted pay raises and a policy to keep abreast with inflation. (If I’m not mistaken, firefighters got a 10% raise.)
In this most recent budget, we passed a 3% pay raise for all personnel, as well as step raises for all uniform personnel, and bonuses where applicable. And we added another ambulance this past budget cycle.
I’m on the Finance and Budget Committee and we are already budgeting for station #7, and I’m pleased to learn from some in your ranks that our new Chief is working out well.
No matter who the firefighters endorse, I will always keep my word and support all city employees with competitive salaries and the equipment and training needed to provide the excellent service our community has grown to expect.
All that said, I think it is wrong for any department to endorse candidates. In the end, we are one city and I would hate to see other departments step into the political arena and be at cross purposes. It will destroy the concept of “One city, One team.” And for this reason, I cannot in good conscience seek the endorsement of any city department.
Best wishes and stay safe!
Answers from C.S. Councilman Dennis Maloney for email@example.com:
1) What is one significant project that you would like to see the City of College Station government take on in the next four years, and how would you fund this project?
There are several, but one that I think would most affect the student population (aside from partnering with student leaders to create a single source information center where landlord issues can be directed and addressed), is finding a way to meld the Brazos Valley Transit System with the TAMU Transit system to create an urban public transportation system.
In conjunction with this, I will continue to vote for multi-purpose paths that accommodate pedestrian, bicycle, skateboards, scooters, and other slower modes of transportation, so we can safely arrive on campus with less interaction with cars, trucks and buses on the road.
Depending on the specific project, there are grant opportunities available to address public transportation. General Fund monies would also be needed, as frequently the grants will not fully fund projects.
There are monies for multi-modal paths, especially when providing paths to public schools, and for those areas where the grants are not eligible, we can fund the projects out of our Public Works budget, bonds, or CO’s, depending on which funding source gives us the best interest rate and the most bang for the buck.
2) The city council sets the budget for the city, including the police department. What role do you see the city council playing in maintaining proper accountability from the police department to the residents of College Station?
College Station City Council gives direction to the City Manager, and the City Manager is responsible for overseeing all city departments, including the police. If the council determines there is a problem, they give direction to the manager who relays it to the department in question.
That said, the College Station police force employs highly educated and vetted officers and civilian personnel. All of our police officers participate in continuing education and training in best policing practices, and all have education levels above the minimum, high school diploma. Over 70% of our officers have 4-year degrees and above.
While on the national stage we see horrific abuses of power, College Station police, and for that matter, our entire city staff, takes great pride in not being lumped into that depressing national picture.
Regardless of the department, regardless of the issue, if an individual feels that their concern wasn’t addressed properly, that person is encouraged to contact the Mayor and City Council who are available and always receptive to all concerns any College Station resident or visitor has regarding any city employee, department or service.
This is not to say we are perfect, but we all strive for excellence and perform our duties under the mantra: One City, One Team.
3) What do you view as the biggest challenge facing College Station over the next 4 years and how would you seek to address it in your role as a city council member?
Balancing the needs of the disparate populations that make up the Home of Texas A&M University.
The solution is through zoning tailored to accommodate the different lifestyles. Student life is much different from that of families with children, and with careful planning we can achieve a healthy balance to make life better for everyone.
4) Elected officials are essentially hired by the voters to do a job. How would you describe the job that you are seeking in terms of its responsibilities and obligations to the residents of College Station, including those who possibly did not or could not vote for the office holder?
Councilmembers serve on a volunteer basis. No pay.
We are charged with hiring the City Manager, City Attorney, Municipal Judge, City Secretary and City Auditor.
We are responsible for making and approving our annual budget. We have committees that oversee our various departments, and these committees report back to the council who gives them direction.
All councilmembers run for At-Large seats. That is, they must win the majority of votes from all voters. We do not serve a specific section of the community. We serve all the community. It is our job to balance the needs and wishes of our residents—those who are here for a short time and those who have set down roots in Aggieland.
There is only one certainty in this political reality: every time a councilmember votes on something, they make some people happy and others disappointed.
The litmus test I always use before casting my vote is this: DOES WHAT I AM VOTING ON MAKE COLLEGE STATION A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE IN?
WTAW Radio Interviews covering a variety of topics:
College Station Councilman Dennis Maloney visits with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia about City Manager Bryan Woods, the city budget, on street parking issues, Thomas Park, the future of a YMCA, the new City Hall, and more during his appearance on The Infomaniacs on Friday, July 19, 2019. https://wtaw.com/college-station-councilman-dennis-maloney-on-wtaw-2/
College Station Councilman Dennis Maloney visits with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia about the city budget, the upcoming workshop, the city’s budget app, inflation, bringing new businesses to College Station, affordable housing, changing the election years, and more during his appearance on The Infomaniacs on Friday, July 16, 2021. https://wtaw.com/city-of-college-station-update-on-wtaw-109/