So Paul Strelzin is pissed that I wrote that he's a "Brooklyn Jew." Has he not stated that he was Jewish kid from Brooklyn? Has he not stated that he used to make a buck off his friend in various ventures the least being the time he had his friend pay him to see Marylin Monroe from his window in New York?
So I guess it's okay for him to say such things, but God forbid someone repeats it!
Sito Negron called and ASKED me to take it off of my blog. I'm not going to. The guy bashes me every single day and calls me a "drug store cowboy." It's all a part of the game. And in no way was my original comment meant to be offensive. I was paying the guy a compliment on his personality and ability to put people in a position to help him.
And then he calls me a "racist pig" and fails to realize that Judaism is a RELIGION, and not a race. You can be black and Jewish.
Now onto Norma Chavez. She gets smarter with every breath, doesn't she?
She wrote this on my blog "BRING IT ON DAVID K, BRING IT ON! I would love to whip you in a General Election!"
So now elections are about winning! Forget constituents and representing your city! It's about points! It's about kicking MAJOR ASS!
Do you see how her attitude might effect the way she's viewed? I've worked with a lot of very aggressive candidates in my day, but never has one challenged an opponent like they are going to go play one on one basketball. It's a maturity thing.
Let's hope Paul Burka doesn't find a reason to put that into something he writes about our oh so friendly Representative.
Rep. Norma Chavez said she'd run for Congressman Reyes' seat if he retired. That's scary.
She embarrasses us enough in Austin, we don't need her in Washington doing the same.
I will run against her if someone else doesn't. I may not win, but I will not let someone that crazy run unopposed.
I caught the beginning of the Strelz's show today and was so excited that he had Rep. Norma Chavez on today (I'm kidding).
A caller and the hosts started discussing me because my show is so good it bleeds over into the next show. During the exchange Norma said the dumbest thing I've heard in my entire life.
She said something to the effect of, "talk radio is about exchanging ideas." She was actually starting to describe what is known as a "town-hall meeting" - something she doesn't have. She never reaches out to her constituents - NEVER. She's not alone, others in town ignore us as well. When has Senator Shapleigh ever held a meeting that had an open discussion of what we expect of him? NEVER! He decides what the issues will be.
Anywho, talk radio is about making money. It's about ad revenue and cash. It is no different than a movie, TV show or FM music show. We aren't expected to change the world, we are there to make money. It's a shame that Norma has zero business sense and yet she represent small business owners in her district. They are screwed like the rest of us.
Anyone who thinks I do radio to change people's minds about politics is a crazy, disconnected person. I'm there so you can get your fix of either listening to someone you agree with or disagree with. The fact is that people who listen that don't agree with me are as numerous as those who do agree with me. It's like that with many programs.
For example, I haven't watched Bill O'Reilly in years. However, my late liberal friend Colin seemed to watch him every chance he got. He could quote just about anything O'Reilly said and was consumed with discussing him with me. I found out that many of my other liberal friends were just as big of fans of O'Reilly as Colin was. They loved hearing the other side for some reason.
I urge you to tune in for entertainment purposes only! Do not form your opinions on life and politics from a guy who's out there trying to make a buck! Do your own research and come up with your own answers.
And don't listen to the Strelz if he says he's not doing this for the cash. He had the option of staying at KHRO for no pay - he declined. That man doesn't take a dump without finding a way to get some value out of it. The best part about the Strelz is that he's a Brooklyn Jew by trade - he was born to make deals and work people. El Paso's laid back non-confrontational culture has been easy money for the great Strelz. A sucker is born every minute they say - too bad most of them are born here!
I've noticed that Emma has made no effort to separate herself from people who have had a questionable past with her and the city.
We know that a lot of things happened under her watch when she was an employee of the City of El Paso. People actually went to jail for some of the things that went on. Others were lucky to get a sympathetic prosecuting attorney and were turned loose only to be sued by their former employer.
It's a tangled web and I'm the only one who seems to know what's going on.
I hope my friends over at NPT break the story of the century involving Ms. Acosta.
I will support her over Lozano, though. He's just too dumb and I know the standards are pretty low for politicians here (one of the few cities in the country where the majority of elected officials do not have a secondary education), but Lozano can't hack it.
This is a pdf of an article written in 1999 by the New York Times. It clears up the question of exactly who caused the mortgage crisis.
Maybe we should think about marching on Washington -those of us who pay our mortgages because we bought something we could afford.
Maybe we should turn the tables on the Washington norm - people asking for taxpayer handouts in mass numbers. Let's have the first the march of responsible people not asking for a handout, but good government that operates within the parameters of the Constitution.
I don't see any reason why we couldn't use the halls of Congress for our campground. We pay for it, we ought to use it.
Houston Mayor Bill White, who is embroiled in a fight for his life as mayor, announced he had a plan to pay off Houstonians credit card debt so they could buy a house. Find the story HERE.
He withdrew the idea when he realized that his giveaway would not actually help anyone in the long run and actually might people more likely too continue to get into debt.
Houston City Council members went as far as saying the idea was an "embarrassment."
There's no limit to what a politician in a heated race to retain his office might do.
While Houstonians found this idea to be pretty dumb, I think we might see this on our own City Council's agenda in the near future. We are, after all, the handout capital of Texas.
There are a few individuals out there pushing people to publish a "secret" of mine. After hearing from another person today that they had been approached to put out some old news on me, I realized that these people are trying to blackmail me into shutting up and going away. Too bad for them that my arrest is not a secret at all and I'm happy to speak with anyone about the crime I committed.
I drove drunk. I was arrested. It's the dumbest thing I've ever done that this fit to print. I'm sorry I put all of you in danger. I take my careless and thoughtless actions very seriously and I'm lucky I didn't hurt anyone else or myself.
I was granted a pre-trial diversion and was very lucky to have received that. I learned my lesson.
Go ahead and criticize me, I deserve it. I am not above reproach for my actions.
I hope now that the people trying to "shop" this a story to the local media can rest better knowing that my terrible "secret" is out and the masses shall come forth and stone me to death in public square.
Or... The masses can look over here and say, "what an idiot" and move on with their lives. Not even I think I'm that important in the grand scheme of things.
Other dirt on me... Sober I have wrecked a few cars. I even flipped one. I was a terror in high school. I was terror in middle school. I was a terror in elementary school. They even put me in a special class in the sixth grade with genuine miniature psychopaths who had literally committed felony crimes by the age of 11. I, however, tended to interrupt the teacher to much and was left handed, which in East Texas Baptist country meant that I was possessed by satan - that's how I ended up in that class with the psychos.
Is there anything else you want to know? I got a speeding ticket a few months back...
Newspaper Tree is reall coming into their with the blogging stuff. Check out this little NUGGET.
So apparently Lozano told Emma Acosta the he wouldn't run against her and he was lying. Who could have guessed that?
Why did Lozano go back on his word? The vote to "legalize drug." It wasn't a vote to legalize drugs, by the way. It was a vote to include language in a resolution that would ask federal authorities to be open to talk about the possibility of legalizing drugs in hopes of solving the cartel violence problem in Mexico. So... yeah - he's running on a false premise.
Why would Lozano be against drugs? Should everybody have little of what he's on?
I was shocked to see that FOXNews.com picked up a story from Texas about the possibility of shooting hogs from helicopters. You can see the story HERE.
I'm shocked because it made national news.
"Professional Hunters" have been shooting different kinds of animals from helicopters for years. They aren't exactly "hunters" per se given their goal of shooting as many of one kind of animal as they can in the shortest amount of time. It's a job, not a sport or hobby.
Near El Paso, coyotes (the animals, not the guides) are culled from helicopters. Specifically in and around Dell City.
Helicopter hunting is very dangerous. Many "professional hunters" and their pilots have been killed hunting from the sky. I know not long ago two coyote killers in Dell City were killed when they crashed their helicopter while out hunting. Crashing happens quite frequently in that industry.
Putting a bunch of yahoo weekend hunters in helicopters who have more money than sense is a recipe for disaster. You can't keep these guys sober and awake while they hunt on the ground, I can't wait to see the kind crap they pull from the air. Hell, eight feet off the ground is too high for most of these morons.
Not a good idea.
As for the pig population - it's all about greed. It wasn't long ago that ranchers around Texas were begging people like me to come to their ranch to wipe out the varmints. Free of charge - bring your beer, guns and appetite for killing. The hogs competed with their trophy animals like deer for food and territory. They were hurting the rancher's profits come deer season.
Somewhere along the way the East Texas assholes developed a desire to hunt animals year round instead of just in the fall (deer season). These idiots started offering to pay for the privilege of shooting these nearly ubiquitous varmints. All of a sudden ranchers were charging $300 - $1,000 a day to hunt these stupid pigs on their land. I say, "East Texas assholes" because nobody from West Texas would pay to shoot a varmint. They're everywhere and they don't have a set season. It would be like paying for free coffee.
The ranchers no longer saw hunters like me as a helping them control their varmint population. They saw me as a "moocher" and decided I should pay for the privilege of helping them have a nice, well run and healthy ranch.
Guess what? The paying hunters shoot one or two hogs and then move on down the road. They like to hear the gun go boom, but they don't like it all that much. Instead of guys like me cleaning off hundreds of hogs a year on their property, they were making a huge profit and only having a few dozen shot each year. Obviously the hog population really started getting out of control again. That's when they started going to helicopter hunters to control the population - a service they pay for.
The ranchers had done a 180 on hog killing. They started out getting rid of them for free, then made a profit on them and ended up paying someone to do what they used to get done for free. So where do they stand now?
One thing about a Texas rancher you can never deny is that they can find ways to make anything profitable. A trueTexas rancher (not some rich yankee who bought a ranch because he saw too many westerns as a kid) is an inventive soul whose lonely days on the range aren't wasted dreaming about girls in pink panties - they spend all their time thinking about making money. This little venture is no different.
The ranchers figure they need to kill more hogs and make more money at the same time. Why not combine the most effective way to kill hogs with the people willing to pay to kill the worthless animals? Now you've got a bill that's going to make that happen.
The ranchers will contract with the helicopter hunters to fly over and pick up their paying customers so they can fly around blasting hogs all day. Those customers will pay in the thousands of dollars for the privilege of doing the rancher a favor.
Unfortunately, flying low and slow with inexperienced people surrounding a pilot is a dangerous situation that usually ends up with a phone call to someone's wife from the sheriff. The law won't last long before the public outcry gets it reversed. You don't splatter too many weekend hunters from suburbia on the Texas dirt before lawsuits start flying around like anti-aircraft fire over Hanoi.
Hopefully we'll get back to the days where ranchers stop fleecing the East Texas yupppies playing cowboy for the weekend and start letting people like me go out there and help them out again.
To make things absolutely confusing, I'll say this - campaign donations and bribes are the same things because they seek to achieve the same ends via the same means.
When someone gives a campaign donation they are expecting something in return. They can even say to a politician, "I'm supporting your campaign with a donation of $1,000 in the hopes you will vote yes on my issue or contract when it comes up." It's up to the politician to make the next decision related to the contribution and the request.
When a guy like Mena says that he took a campaign contribution in exchange for a vote, he's in trouble. The guy who gave him the contribution will be very hard to prosecute. The contributor can simply say that he gave a legal contribution and the actions of the politician were his, and only his, to take. It's not illegal to give a legal campaign contribution and hope that the politician votes your way.
What is illegal is money, goods or services given outside the rules of campaign finance laws. Any money, goods or services that change hands "under the table" implicate both parties in a crime.
What am I saying here?
Mena is an idiot for pleading guilty to taking a campaign contribution in return for a vote. All he, or any other politician, has to say when questioned is that the contribution had nothing to do with his vote. The second he admits that contribution swayed his vote, he's in trouble.
It looks like Mena took a $5,000 PAC donation and walked off with it. He could have easily just filed a campaign contribution amendment later on when he was caught and gotten away with a fine from the governing body. Instead he's going to jail for some amount of time.
Don't expect a lot of the guys accused of "bribing" officials to be prosecuted. It's extremely hard to prove something illegal has transpired when a person makes legal campaign contribution to a politician.
I like how the real problem with the whole cartel situation is American guns "flowing" over the border into Mexico. It's not like there aren't a few things/thousands of undocumented persons we wished they'd keep on their side of the border.
For all of you who want to say I'm kissing the PSB's ass - pay attention.
Ed Archuleta has wanted developers to pay impact fees for years. It's less of an expenditure for him when new developments need something more than just a sewer or water connection. His bottom line is initially effected when a new development requires he supply it with water - by whatever means that is. That could be running a bigger line from a big main down the road or putting in a water storage tank. Sometimes it means them building a new sewage treatment plant.
New development increases the profit of the PSB overall. They make a profit on their water and sewer connections. If they are making $1.00 a year on each connection (just pulling numbers out of my ass here, settle down) their profit only grows as their customer base does. Yes they will have to spend money to make money, but the money is made faster the bigger the client base grows. Bottom line - they aren't hurting.
Here's the problem with impact fees from the developer's standpoint. When they build a new subdivision they have to purchase the materials and install the water, sewer, curb, gutter and streets in that subdivision. The only thing the PSB is out is the time it takes to for their inspector to go out there and eat burritos and "inspect" stuff. Basically the PSB pays nothing unless they have to provide a new water source or sewage treatment plant.
The City of El Paso gets away with just having to inspect the street, curb and gutter and sidewalks. The city doesn't have to pay for them.
If developers were to have to pay impact fees they would no longer build sewer and water system or the streets. They would require that the city and PSB do those things. And there lies the problem.
The city and the PSB would have to send out their parts of the new subdivision for bid. They would have to hope and pray that the impact fees paid by the developer covered their costs. If not, they would have to tap the taxpayer to finish the job.
On top of that, the developer could sue the city or PSB if their work wasn't up to snuff. As it is now the developer only has himself to blame for street, water or sewer problems. Having the developer turn the tables on the PSB and city would cost taxpayers bunches of money. We haven't even taken into account how impact fees alone will drive up the cost of the homes.
Right now the City of El Paso has it pretty good. Developers take of all the construction and they have a one year warranty on the work. Changing that would cost the city money, no doubt.
The PSB breaks even on the deal. They'd rather the developer pay for all the materials and construction, warranty the work and pay an impact fee... and people in hell want ice water. What the
PSB wants is unfair. The alternative could be more expensive in the long run, but they're willing ot hedge their bet it won't be. Of course, the PSB is technically always playing with other people's money.
What if you went to find a court case and it was nowhere to be found? You have a cause number, the names of the people involved, the court the case was in and the date a judgment was made - but you can't find the case anywhere.
It's a pretty convenient circumstance if you are looking for a board appointment and you don't anybody to find out about your dirty dirty past.
I love this city.
Their stupid, over the top, uninformative coverage of "El Paso Days in Austin." Nothing Sito is reporting is new, interesting or going to be voted on anytime soon. I'd rather read about Alex Lozano's diet than I would "El Paso Days in Austin."
I just wish my friends over at NPT would post some fun stuff.
Newspaper Tree has a blog. Newspaper Tree has resorted to posting their efforts to their blog rather than their normal news site. This is the danger of real news agencies blogging - they realize blogs are informal and take less effort to develop stories for. Blogs allow you to half-ass your reporting.
Today they posted a story on their blog referring to a rumor that an employee of Larry Medina's was paid to collect signatures for the PSB petition. You can find that blog post HERE.
The guy's name is Mike Garcia and I received no less than five reports from people who don't even know each other that claim they hear Mr. Garcia claim he was paid $1,000 for collecting 1,000 signatures. This is all "alleged" at this point.
NPT staff asked Larry Medina directly about this issue before they talked to Garcia. If Medina did pay this guy money for the purpose of collecting signatures for a ballot initiative it would violate a few different employment laws and a few election laws. Needless to say, Medina didn't admit to breaking the law when NPT asked if him he had. Only a moron like Alex Lozano would admit to something like that.
I truly think NPT flat out dropped the ball on this one. I also think that someone is lying here.
When I get reports that Mr. Garcia is bragging about his $1,000 bonus on his paycheck for getting signatures for the PSB effort from different people in different lines of business and in different social groups, I tend to give those reports some weight (longest sentence ever written - thank you public schools).
Let's put it this way, somebody would have to be pretty creative to grab this guy's name, associate him with Medina, come up with an amount of signatures and a dollar amount and then make sure all that gets leaked to the press. On top of that no less than five people invented those facts and told me about them. It's fishy.
All I'm saying is that either my sources are lying or Medina is. We'll never know since NPT tipped him off.
As of right now, consider nothing happened. Any evidence that was out there is now hidden - if it ever existed.
I should have made a bet with someone last week when I guessed that sometime soon Eddie would be speaking to the masses from the editorial pages of the El Paso Times. I would have won that bet.
As you may know, Eddie penned a letter to fellow City Representative Susie Byrd in the El Paso Times today. I say "Eddie penned" and I mean that his name was on the letter, but he obviously did not write the piece. I do know that it was written by his "Jefes" who instructed him to sign it and send it.
The EP Times were nice enough to publish it on Saturday instead of Sunday knowing that it was complete crap and just another attempt by the Luther Jones crowd to push people around. Sunday has a higher circulation. In fact it's the most read edition of the week. Eddie's piece didn't make it to the big show.
I always thought that Teresa Caballero wrote Eddie's letters for him. In this case I know that not to be true. Teresa is way too smart to pen that idiocy that was published in today's EP Times.
I know what you are saying, "how could you say that Teresa Caballero is smart?!?!" I can, because she is. She's very smart. She's also very good at getting people to step across the line to their own detriment. I may not agree with her politics or the crowd she runs with, but that doesn't mean the woman isn't dynamic.
Caballero would have never mistaken Susie's ethics complaint for, "Criminalizing citizens for signing a petition." Nobody has brought any criminal charges against anyone and there's only a .00001 percent chance anyone would be charged with a crime in this case. It's an ethics complaint that is punishable by a small fine - that's it.
Furthermore, nobody is being criminalized for signing a petition. The group of men who organized themselves in an attempt to push a ballot initiative are being questioned as to whether or not they followed the guidelines for their activities. Their crying and complaining about someone calling them out for not following the rules that the rest of us have to play by is laughable. For a group of supposed "business leaders" they are a bunch of morons who weren't even smart enough to file the proper paper work to keep themselves from having a complaint filed against them. Makes me wonder if they even bother to pay their taxes!
The complaint Byrd filed is legitimate. Ray Aduato of the Home Builders should have known better and should have instructed these men on what to do with their in-kind contributions. I guess Ray is only good at cheering for the visiting team when the Miners are playing at home (specifically the Texas game last season).
The second reason I know it wasn't written by Caballero is that the article makes no sense. It wanders all over the place from taxes, to drugs and then back to the petition. It clearly shows that the author's premise is so weak that he or she has to interject erroneous information in attempt to fill the holes in their faulty logic. Caballero is a very good lawyer and knows better than that.
The third reason I know Caballero didn't pen the letter is that the author incorrectly asserts the constitutionality of Byrd's actions. I've got news for you, nowhere in the Constitution do they:
1. Provide for the creation of a body called a "city council" or anything like it.
2. Detail the process by which petition measures would be handled in relation to local agenda items appearing before a city council.
3. Explain who or what may pursue a ballot initiative and whether or not they can receive compensation in the form of cash or in-kind contribution.
Claiming that this a breach of someone's constitutional rights is dumbest thing I've ever heard in my entire life. You, and they, need to understand that the Constitution provided for your rights as they pertain to what is outlined in the Constitution. The Constitution hands over the formation and regulation of state and local government to the states. Your ability to participate in your state and local political process is outlined by your state, not the Constitution. You aren't even guaranteed the right to vote in the Presidential elections in this country. Your state decides who gets to vote, and on what.
Note: Do not try to claim that 26th amendment guarantees you the right to vote in all elections. Take the explanation from this SITE.
The Constitution contains many phrases, clauses, and amendments detailing ways people cannot be denied the right to vote. You cannot deny the right to vote because of race or gender. Citizens of Washington DC can vote for President; 18-year-olds can vote; you can vote even if you fail to pay a poll tax. The Constitution also requires that anyone who can vote for the "most numerous branch" of their state legislature can vote for House members and Senate members.
Note that in all of this, though, the Constitution never explicitly ensures the right to vote, as it does the right to speech, for example. It does require that Representatives be chosen and Senators be elected by "the People," and who comprises "the People" has been expanded by the aforementioned amendments several times. Aside from these requirements, though, the qualifications for voters are left to the states. And as long as the qualifications do not conflict with anything in the Constitution, that right can be withheld. For example, in Texas, persons declared mentally incompetent and felons currently in prison or on probation are denied the right to vote. It is interesting to note that though the 26th Amendment requires that 18-year-olds must be able to vote, states can allow persons younger than 18 to vote, if they chose to."
Basically what you have here is some propaganda to make Byrd look bad. The accusations made in Eddie's letter are false or just plain invented and meant to anger the weak minded individuals who might actually read the piece.
It's a sign of desperation brought on by the fact that Eddie's "Jefes" couldn't find anyone to run against Susie.
By no means am I trying to defend Susie here. I don't know Susie very well. I disagree with her on many issues and agree with her on a few (I happen to agree with her on the girls in sports issue - I disagree with her on impact fees).
My intention here is to cut through the bullshit put out there in the readily consumable media.
One last thought - it's funny that Eddie is calls himself a democrat, but everyone telling him what to do are republicans. What does that make him?
Freshman house member, Marissa Marquez is pouring a little salt on ousted Rep. Paul Moreno's wounds by filing a resolution as the "conscience of Texas." You can read the NPT blog entry HERE.
What she's really saying is, "thanks for calling and congratulating me on my win, asshole."
I'm not saying I don't like Marissa Marquez, because I do. She looks like the kind of representative that might remove her top in a public place after a few pitchers of beer and a hand-full of pills. I like that quality in my Austin representatives.
I also think that when you call someone the "conscience" of any legislature you are really trying to relate the the only thing they did was sit around and bitch about other people's legislation while never offering any solutions of your own. It's not a nice thing to be called in most political circles.
Which nominee has had her husban brought up on charges for committing fraud - against the city!
One of these ladies has a very shady past and nobody is looking into it.
One of these ladies does work with the PSB and the City!
Go by his blog if you want incorrect gossip about the EP Media Group.
The El Paso Times is launching a new magazine of their own and are trying to sabotage their competition. Something tells me that when you have to sabotage your competition that you don't have a very good product to offer.
Roy says that because some people got their issue of El Paso Magazine late that there are some problems over at the EP Media Group. I guess all of you who do not get, or randomly receive, your El Paso Times must think they are going under as well. Another sign that the El Paso Times is struggling is the utter shit they fill their pages with. Good job, guys - somebody caught a weird fish at Ascarate.
Why they brought Keith Mahar's selling of excess crap into this is beyond me. I'm a personal friend of Keith's and I can tell you that his gigantic home is for sale because he could take it or leave it. If he makes a huge profit on it, great. If not - he keeps it and we have more pool parties.
As for his selling of cars etc. I told him he needed less toys and he agreed. He has two sons and wants to spend his excess income on insuring them a great life. A man grows out of $100,000 Mercedes after a while.
Roy Ortega has more sense than this... I thought.
Go read this shocking report on the stimulus bill HERE.
Learn about how they are sneaking a costly universal health care provision into the stimulus package. If it's such a good idea and would help us out, why would you hide in a $9.7 trillion spending bill?
Here's the kicker - we will pay more for medicare and GET LESS CARE! What in the hell is going on here?
Do you believe me now? These people are the devil! They don't care about you, they care about controlling you.
The way this is worded is even more shocking. Basically your beloved grandpa, grandma, child, sister, brother, wife, husband or friend's life will come down to a committee deciding if it's cost efficient to save their life. Can you put a price on grandma? I can't.
I live in a free country and you will not tell me when to die. You will not form a committee to tell doctors if they can treat someone. They don't live by that oath, if you didn't realize that yet.
You have elected a dictator and his despotic friends. Good job, jerks.
Hopefully folks like me can save your asses.
It's not wise for those who had objections to Barbara on Commissioner's Court to vote against other commissioner's appointments. All they can hope to do is convince them that the person they are picking is bad before the vote is held. Once it makes it to the meeting it's a matter of courtesy to vote for another commissioner's pick. Unless you're Judge Cobos and your code of honor consist of only one mantra - be an asshole at every turn. Job well done, Judge.
Of course, that half wit Barbara Perez couldn't even get her first quote right - "I think it's going to be a big challenge for me." She said to the EP Times. No shit, Barbara. You can't even make it to your radio show on time and when you are there you're lost!
Sitting on this board is going to be quite a challenge for a person as dumb as she is.
Who says that? The proper quote would be, "I'm glad I was appointed and I'm confident I can bring good ideas to the board and hope to be an asset to the effort going forward." Instead she's says the equivalent of, "I'm and idiot, so don't expect too much out of me right now."
It's an advisory board for Christ's sake! Get the hell over yourself. It's not like there are any requirements other than a heartbeat and an El Paso County address to be on the board - proven by the fact Barbara Perez was named to the board.
Those of you in the medical community that didn't get picked... well, you're not "qualified" in Commissioner Gandara's eyes. You need to go out and lose an election to Anthony Cobos before you're ready to take a seat on the Thomason Hospital board. Frankly, I don't think you have what it takes to lose to Cobos. You can't possibly screw up that badly. So, until you figure out how to do the impossible (lose an election to Cobos) go back to being a doctor and keep your hospital related opinions to yourself. The former lobbyist for Big League Dreams is in charge now, peons.
As for Commissioner Gandara - IT'S ON. Cobos and Quintana have started an open letter support group. You might want to start going to now because it's only going to get worse from here. To quote a famous guy whose name is a verb, present tense - I'll be watching you.
It looks like Gerald Miller and friends aren't just facing an investigation by the Texas Ethics Commission, but a swift kick in the crotch by the general public.
I now have people coming forward saying they signed the petition because they were told it would lower their taxes. They were lied to. They're ready to hire lawyers. This is getting very very good.
On top of it, an employee of a very infamous political figure has been running around town saying he was given extra money in his paycheck for collecting signatures for the PSB petition. That's not a little bit illegal, that's a lot illegal. If you know the person I'm talking about please tell them that I have a lawyer ready to put them in a position to get immunity and possibly some punitive damages in exchange for his or her sworn statement.
It's a shame that this simple initiative will end up with people losing large amounts of cash and possibly their freedom.
Too bad they spend all their time trying to attack that fact that my mom is one of literally hundreds of various board appointees for the city. Oh yeah, and they attack her for owning the majority share in one of our companies. That's right, my high school educated mom worked her ass off to build a business and make herself a success and the opponents of the PSB think that's a problem.
Keep throwing punches at me. Go ahead. The rest of the community is rallying to defeat the petition's measure on the ballot.