Joe Muench's Sunday editorial covered a few subject and one of them was Norma Chavez's sudden change in attitude. You can read it HERE.
I think Joe Muench always something interesting to say. I realize that he's only got a few hundred words once a week to get everything out that he's thinking. Others don't, I guess. It's not like he's a blogger who has unlimited amount of space and time to explain themselves. You just have to assume Muench is mentioning folks with a little bit of a grin on his face.
Norma Chavez will always be a subject in El Paso until Austin forgets the awful things she did there. And now that I live in Austin, I can tell you that people haven't forgotten and the entire city suffers for it.
Norma is also still very politically involved around town and her antics on social media are not only well documented, but a popular train wreck to watch by all. If she's providing less entertainment for the masses, it's a little noteworthy.
I'm sure Norma loved having her name out there. God knows she never been afraid of a little attention.
I just think Max and Jaime don't like a gringo commenting on what they think is an internal brown club affair. It would be like me saying that Ramon Renteria can't write about Cortney Niland because she's white.
Speaking of Muench's column. There's been a lot of belly aching about the storm water fee after the recent rains. I always hated how they put that tax together, but the bottom line was that something had to be done.
Eight years seems like a lot of time to fix the problem, but it's really not all that much time when you think of just how much work had to be done. There were decades upon decades where civil engineers like my dad were told they were over-designing stormwater systems and it would cost too much to build. Well, my dad and other civil engineers were right and you have to pay to fix all those mistakes made in the past.
I would say that a lot has changed. Sure, some places still flood - when you get a 100 year event anywhere in the world it's going to flood. And if you live below the freeway - you're just asking for it. All the water is headed to you. Don't be surprised when it gets there.
And if it seems that the city put more emphasis on saving homes than I-10... well, would you rather have no place to live and an easy drive the east side or would you rather have someone to live and touch commute for one week every eight years? I think that answer is simple - move to New Mexico.
Martin Paredes is pretty dumb - we all know that. However he's taking it to new levels these days.
I didn't get into blogging to give everyone a fair shake. I got into blogging to rip the many corrupt and idiotic elected officials in El Paso. If it seems like I have a bias... it's because I do. I support people who do good things and dislike people who support bad things. I'm not a news outlet - I don't have to be fair.
Martin swears he's a fair guy. We all know that's not true. He's bat his benefactor uses to hit people he doesn't like. The problem is that they're on the wrong side of history and they are trying to force it.
Martin Paredes latest complaint against Rep. Cortney Niland is that she was appointed to CAD board and didn't go to any meetings. He thinks she should quit and someone else be appointed.
Well guess what...
Long before Martin made his request, Niland had quit and requested the mayor appoint someone who could attend more regularly. Martin was pointing out a problem long after his target had pointed it out herself and moved to fix the situation.
Just look at what the brilliant idiot posted HERE today. You see, Martin looked like an idiot when Niland came out and admitted publicly that she couldn't make the meetings and was moving out of the way so someone else could step in. Martin had no scoop. He did the equivalent of putting up a breaking news banner that read "Birds Fly!"
Martin's only way to save face here is to nitpick her choice of words when she told the press when she resigned. She said two months and it was more like a month and few days. As usual, he can't see the forest for the trees.
Martin got what he wanted in the end and he doesn't even realize it. Niland is off the CAD board. Everybody knows that she didn't go to the meetings - she made that clear to everyone. Voters now have the chance to take those facts into consideration when her next election comes up. He didn't have to lift a finger - the El Paso Times and Rep. Cortney Niland did all the work for him.
Does that make him happy? Nope.
Well Martin, I have another shocking development for you. Niland told someone that her office was painted "white." It's quite obviously "eggshell white." When does the recall start?