Clear Lake Shores Mixers City Council Meetings Feature Alleged Boozing, Personal Attacks and One-Fingered Salutes

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Clear Lake Shores residents say some are enjoying a certain Rocky Mountain flavor at city council meetings.
The people who attend Clear Lake Shores's city council meetings get started early...and we're not talking about the recitation of the pledge of allegiance.

Last week, Hair Balls was copied on a letter written to Galveston County assistant district attorney Donna Cameron by Jean Garst, a 28-year resident of Clear Lake Shores. In it, Garst claims that CLS Mayor Vern Johnson allows the locals to "bring mixed alcohol drinks into city hall during the council meetings" and that this "only serves to increase the air of hatred" that includes "open, sometimes loud name-calling, threats and insults" toward councilmember Tami Perkins. (More on that in a bit.)

Now, we can understand sneaking in a flask of whiskey to take the boredom edge off of hearing Mr. and Mrs. Blah Councilperson pointing out grammatical errors in a proposed ordinance. But openly boozing it up inside of a city-owned building?

That's indeed the case, according to a blog maintained by a Clear Lake Shores resident. In fact, blog author IslandDrumz is bummed that Perkins -- who former CLS mayor Kathy McIntyre says has been flipped off by residents during city council meetings -- wants to ban alcohol from the proceedings.

"Anyone heard the latest? Councilman [our note: she's a woman, by the way] Perkins wants to ban alcohol from City Council meetings," writes IslandDrumz in an October 31 post. "I guess the next practical step is banning it in] golf carts, then parks then outdoors. I guess she's on a sprint to see how much crap she can get done in the next 194 days. Come early tomorrow night or you're going to be standing."

Last night, Hair Balls made the trek to the waterside town of 1,063 residents for the city council meeting.

Did it turn out to be a frat party? Definitely not. We can't even say for certain if alcohol, as Garst and IslandDrumz suggest, was flowing. That's because we weren't able to sample the unidentified liquids that sloshed around in ice-outfitted receptacles.


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DUDE
DUDE

Hey Steve Jansen,  Well this article didn't go real well for you did it.  I saw you at the meeting.  You were just standing there with your head down holding a piece of folded paper.  I wondered who you were.  I would have never guessed a reporter.  Dude, I know you like to use Dude to address folks, Dude, some advice if you want to be a real journalist someday.  Dress appropriately for the event you are attending, comb your hair, act like a professional, stand up straight and introduce yourself to those around you because you never know what you will learn from them. Maybe the truth.  Check your source, check your facts, then check your facts again.  Don't make blanket statements like "The pepole who attend Clear Lake Shores city council meetings get started early" and then allude to the fact we all drink.  That could get you sued.  You owe all of us an apology.  Are you man enough.  Have you gone to school to be a journalist?  If so you got screwed because they didn't even teach you the basics.   I'll quit lectureing you and will hope you have learned something from all of this.  I will even give you a lead for a good story.  Bernie McIntyre a friend of your buddies in CLS and a recently retired professor from I think the Universtiy of Houston was recently put on probation for doing something to his neighbors here in CLS.  It was caught on video and he pled out it appears.  I hear he is faceing 70 or more civil counts in Galveston County and most of the evidence of those complaints are on video as well.  Now if all of this is true and I believe it is would be a story you could sink your teeth into.  Real investigative journalism.  Show everyone you have some real skills and break this story.  You will never get anywhere driving across town to see if citizens are drinking at a council meeting and then find out all you can do is describe each glass and cup you saw in the room.  Come on aren't you better than that.   You can act cool around your associates and play like you really wrote somthing earth shakeing but when you go to bed ask yourself if this is what you always dreamed of doing.  Remember stand up straight and don't use the term Dude and lose the name Hair Ball.  Hair balls make things throw up and your story made many of us fell like we wanted to.   Its time to grow up

Candc06
Candc06

I believe mr jansen has black hair and on that nite had on a blue shirt and black pants, because he was standing in the back of the room next to me he had his head hung down most of the time and had his adjenda folded in quarters. You need to get your facts straignt Tami is the one giving the finger and Kathy is the instegator of this whole mess. Learn the facts HAIR BALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dave Chambers

Craig W
Craig W

Steve, apparantly you have not spoken with anyone else on the Island or attended meetings the past few months.  Did you notice Jean and her gang were out numbered 5 to one at the meeting.  You have to understand our community to know the real story and you never will because you don't live here.  Even if you did it would take quite a while to understand its history and why we are where we are today.  I have lived here almost 25 years and have known Jean Garst since the day I got here.  In my opinion she has a history of exagerating things to fit her agenda.  I realize your paper loves this kind of angle on a story because it seems shocking.  The truth is in the 25 years I have been here there has never been one negative incident at a CC meeting regarding drinking.  Three of our council along with a small handful of citizens referred to as NS have been causing trouble for the majority of us for years but it has peaked in the past few months in my opinion.  You have the right to report anything you wish but as a profesional I would think you would want the whole story and History of the issues we are faceing right now.  Did Jean tell you three of our Council are being investigated by the Galveston County DA?  Did she tell you Ms. Perkins has told citizens to f off and has offered to fight them both times from her council seat.  Did she tell you that was her husband / boyfriend or whatever the hell he is was the one who stood up like he wanted to fight the man who was giving his opinion at the meeting you attended?  Did she tell you Ms. Perkins mom took a  stance at a previous meeting that looked like she wanted to fight someone?   All of these problems come from their crowd.  Did jean tell you in the several months we have been tolerating this group on council she has only attended a couple of meetings?  Did she tell you their very costly investigation of our Chief and his wife turned up basicly nothing?  Did she tell you that her friend Bernie McIntyre a former professor at a local university who is part of the crowd most of us are upset with is faceing over 70 civil counts in Galveston County for allegedly harrassing one of our neighbors and most all of it is on tape?  Did you know during the meeting someone vandalized the Mayors golf cart.  Yes Steve we are pissed but alcohol at the meeting has nothing to do with anything it is just another bunch or crap this gang is coming up with.  A small group of neighbors started this and the majority of us are just defending a place we love.   Jean is useing you Steve because they are running out of options and are on a sinking political ship.  I welcome you reporting on the goings on down here but I only ask you get the whole story.  It will keep you from looking like a fool in the end.  I guess if your goal is to write for the National Enquirer you are on the right track otherwise be a professional and get the whole story.  By the way I can assure you no one almost fell down from drinking at any meeting.  Jean Garst is full of it and desperate.

Robascherer
Robascherer

I was one of the gentlemen standing at the back with you during the council meeting. I was drinking out of a styrofoam cup. I hope you noticed I got the cup and filled it up at the coffee machine. By the way, one of the best cups of coffee I have had in years. Try to get both sides, sensationalistic journalism makes me want to vomit.   

Crystalrose
Crystalrose

Well I must have been at the wrong meeting last night, because I definatley didn't see any drinking. These accusations are scandalous, you should be ashamed of yourself Madam! If I am not mistaken my view was the same as yours as you sat beside me.........Shame on you..Mr Jansen, you need to make sure you have both sides of a story before printing rubbish!

Roselyn
Roselyn

This is the funniest thing I have read in quite some time........I am Roselyn Pierce, real estate broker in the Clear Lake area for about 30 years and Clear Lake Shores resident for about 20.  If there are any dumb asses in the group of people that live here, its the small group that called this reporter, and you are a dumb ass as well for falling for it and printing outlandish statements.   You must have been the small man in the white shirt sitting in front of Jean Garst at the meeting last night who kept looking at our next 4 or 5 degreed, future council men who were standing in the back of the room (I assume that is who you are calling uncivilized with no breeding.)  I wondered why you kept looking back there.  What a joke.  You have been "had "Steve Jansen. There is no alcohol in the council room and there are no flying fingers in the council room. Read the blog from the beginning or call me if you want the real story.  300 citizens have signed a petition for Tami Perkins to resign which she ignores,  Tami Perkins, while sitting in her council seat has said "bring it" to a citizen and f@*% you to a citizen.   She hollered "eat me" to a citizen standing on the balcony after she left a council meeting last month.   She is something else.  I am surprised you didnt pick up on that last night when a Al Burns, councilman asked her for an example of when it would be appropriate for a council person to call the city attorney on their own for advice and she said "I could but I dont have to."   Remember thats when all the citizens laughed at Tami, except Ms. Garst and Cooper who were sitting right behind you and Ms. Mcintyre who was told to shut up. There is soon to be a lawsuit against several of these folks that are trying to win their way through the media, and If I were Jean Garst I would be worried about whoever she said was falling down drunk at last meeting.  I haven't missed any of these meetings for 4 months now, and this simply is not true....Mr. Jansen you should sit in the back of the room next time so you dont have to crane your neck toward the kitchen. 

Allanmbatchelor
Allanmbatchelor

Great article. I'll point to it in the blog. If those are your quotation marks you were in error if they are Jean's then it's official, she is a liar. The blog dude and owner of the Tervis Tumbler with the palm tree. And it was water.

Jeff Terrell
Jeff Terrell

I was also one of the gentlemen standing in the back of the clubhouse during the council meeting. I was also drinking out of a Target cup that was filled with Diet Pepsi. I am not so sure I would go as far as calling this journalism. I have been to countless council meetings and have never seen anyone drinking or appearing to be intoxicated.

Cityboy
Cityboy

Did you look at Mr Jansen close?? I really dont give him to much credibility or this magazine either as far as that goes.

Brittanie Shey
Brittanie Shey

Steve Jansen is many things, but "small man" is not one of them.

Steve Jansen
Steve Jansen

I was standing in the back of the room the entire time. Nice try, though.

Jim C
Jim C

Steve Jansen didn't call anyone "uncivilized with no breeding".  If the quote is correct and attributed correctly, someone named Adelyn Cooper did.  Reading is fun-damental (someone had to say it, since there's no NBA public service announcements this year).

Roselyn
Roselyn

Oh, I remember you now, tall, thin and longish black hair.  I think you were at one of our meetings a few months ago and then walked down Cedar when it was finished.  I think I have seen you working around here locally too?    Maybe you came late to the meeting last night and missed the part where Tami said to Al Burns "Stick It".  Luckily I caught that on tape clear as a bell.  If you would like to hear it and update your article I will be glad to share it with you.  Thanks and welcome to our meetings, just do us a favor and report the full story and tell the truth and dont be late.  Roselyn

Crystalrose
Crystalrose

Where ever you stood, you seem to have a biased ear Mr Jansen! I suggest you talk to some of the residents about the council members who have hijacked our island!!!

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