By ESTEVAN MEDRANO
Port Isabel-South Padre Press
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Port Isabel Commissioners Juan Jose “J.J.” Zamora and Martin C. Cantu who were recently dismissed from office following a majority vote by the City Commission, have filed an injunction against the City of Port Isabel, Mayor Joe E. Vega, and Commissioners Maria de Jesus Garza and Guillermo “Memo” Torres.
Entering a temporary restraining order and temporary injunction prevents the commissioners from being removed from their positions or removed from participating in business conducted by the commission, according to the petition filed by Zamora and Cantu. A summary of the case, dated April 22, also states that the “court ordered no city meetings until finding when this case is reset for injunction hearing.”
On April 13, a special meeting was held at City Hall and both Zamora and Cantu were removed via two separate votes for allegedly being in direct violation of the City Charter, Section 2.02, for profiting from the City. The ousted commissioners believe that the remaining commission had no authority to remove them from their respective offices and that the action to do so is void.
Cantu commented on the raucous meeting, saying, “It appears the mayor’s emotions got the better of him. Some observers accused Mr. Vega of grand-standing, but it was at the expense of the truth… In order to defend the people of Port Isabel, we were compelled to file a restraining order.”
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