Rodrigo Carreon is like the fabled “little boy who cried wolf too many times.”
Every week, perhaps even every day of the week, Rodrigo goes to meetings and at most of the meetings, he signs up to speak on one issue or another.
You have to hand it to him, at least he gets involved.
However, he seems to think that every entity is somehow trying to suppress his constitutional right to speak, in one form or fashion, because not a week goes by that he doesn’t e-mail the newspaper with this contention.
Two weeks ago Rodrigo sent several e-mails pertaining to a recent commissioner’s court meeting.
In particular he was more than a little miffed that County Judge Bob Hebert cut his presentation to the court short.
Rodrigo felt that because he had signed up to speak out on two agenda items, he should have been allowed six minutes, the normal three minute limit per speaker—X 2.
Judge Hebert didn’t think so.
And, as Rodrigo usually does, he took this opportunity to speak and veered off the beaten path.
On more than one occasion, Judge Hebert has cautioned Rodrigo about speaking only on the agenda items and not on issues the court has no control over.
Rodrigo has veered off the beaten path so many times that he needs bread crumbs to trace his steps back out of the woods.
At any rate, Rodrigo used a routine request by the county fire marshal to reclassify a position in his office, to speak about how the fire marshal’s office is ineffective in towns, like Fresno (where Rodrigo lives) because of a lack of public water.
Judge Hebert started turning red. This is an indication, as a general rule, that he is going to blow at any minute.
He did. He cut off Rodrigo after he reached the three minutes of allocated time and said, “I am going to warn you one last time to speak on the agenda item.”
While admittedly, Rodrigo’s attempt to circumvent the rules was somewhat creative, it wasn’t tolerated by the judge.
Judge Hebert issued a warning .. once again.
And, Rodrigo e-mailed the newspapers saying the court stepped on his constitutional rights—once again.
One of these days, Rodrigo is going to find himself being hauled off by the nearest bailiff.
He won’t be able to say he hasn’t been warned.