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Corpus Christi, Texas

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Corpus Christi is a city in Nueces County, Aransas County, and San Patricio County, Texas.


The city spent $600,000 on government sector lobbying by August 2010, the largest spender was the authority for the Port of Corpus Christi whom spent $500,000.[1]

“If you don’t have people in D.C. to protect yourself, you’re going to be in trouble,” John LaRue, the port's executive director, said. “We’re not talking hundreds of thousands of dollars at stake, we’re talking about hundreds of millions.”[2]

The lobbying activity achieved a provision in a bill, allowing the U.S. Navy to deed 500 acres of the former Naval Station Ingleside to the port for free.[1]

The city has spent $80,000 on lobbying this year.[1]

Public records

Corpus Christi has a poor record of responding to requests for public records in a timely manner. The City Council is in the process of evaluating how the city processes open records requests. "Having heard complaints, council members strongly suspect there's a problem."[3]

Other reports have said the city council deliberately uses a white board in order to not have public records for the media or citizens to request.[4][5] The City Attorney, Carlos Valdez, has also issued a memo that said city council members texting each other during meetings was a violation of the Texas Open Meetings Act.[6]

Website evaluation

Budget Y
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Meetings Y
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Elected Officials Y
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Administrative Officials Y
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Permits, zoning
Audits Y
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Contracts Y
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Lobbying N
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Public Records P
Local Taxes

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Transparency grading process

Last rated on Jan. 12, 2012

The good

  • The website for Corpus Christi Texas includes the names and contact information of all city council members.[7]
  • City council meeting Agendas and Minutes are published.[8]
  • Administrative officials are listed with contact information.[9]
  • The current budget is published.[10]
  • Audit is posted.[11]
  • Zoning information is available in municipal code.[12]
  • Information on contracts is posted.[13]
  • Tax information is posted.[14]
  • Building permit information is available.[15]
  • Check register is posted.[16]

The bad

  • Open records request information is only available for the police department.[17]
  • The city does have a Department of Intergovernmental Relations but it does not offer any specifics on lobbying.[18]

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