It's beginning to look more and more like the mayor and the council are living in two very separate towns - The Almighty Alcalde running his fiefdom and the council starting their own in an attempt to reign in the autocratic alcalde. It seems that Marty believes that the charter has granted him the authority to ignore the binding resolutions of the council whether it's pay raises or land purchases like the Osuna balloon "landing site" (ABQ Journal - Subscription).
(Sidebar)The cold war that has been the the relationship between 11th floor and council seems to be heating up and the battlefield will likely be a courtroom. It's possible that council has overreached their charter authority on occasion. However, it's clear the the mayor regularly takes liberties with his authority believing the council to be impotent when it comes to enforcing their directives. Just how much latitude either side has yet to be determined.
The Balloon Fiesta landing site is nothing but a city park. Sure balloons would be able to land on the site if the wind happens to deposit the balloons over the 22 acre site. But lets be clear about this, the site is only useful when the winds blow balloons toward it and for the two weeks of the year when the fiesta is in full swing. The other 50 weeks of the year it's a park paid for and maintained by the taxpayers so that a couple of politicians could pander to Vista Del Norte.
Admittedly, that's all to often how government works but it doesn't make it any less fiscally irresponsible or any more of a balloon landing site. Besides, what kind of implied liability is the city taking on by creating a balloon landing site right next to high voltage power lines?