You can read Jaime Abeytia's wild punches in anger HERE.
Right now he's mad at the pool people (admittedly annoying, but effective), Rep. Dr. Noe and of course, me. Let's break down his post here.
The thing you need to know is that he and his camp are pissed of beyond the point of reason at this point. Their all out attack on the city manager failed. The object was to get him fired. He survived. If you are capable of "speaking truth to power," you'll know that the law has a funny way of finding the truth and stripping your lies of their power.
The Spapleigh Campers along with this axis partners led by County Commissioner Vince Perez were hoping to install a friendly city manager after they got rid of the current one. Rep. Jim Tolbert was just the angry guy they needed to file some trumped up BS to help them along. Tolbert got what he wanted in the end and you consider the whole process a win for him since he occupies the seat he should have had in the first place.
They used blogs, the El Paso Times and the whisper circuit to try and make people ignore the law and fire a guy without cause. Jaime is especially angry because this is the kind of thing he's supposed to be able to make happen. At one point Martian Paredes was on their side and then even he saw this was bullshit that was going to scar the city and cost taxpayers millions. A local attorney attached to major fundraising efforts for certain candidates couldn't even figure how to get his ethics commission to break the law without him losing more than he was willing to give.
Bottom line - the truth will eventually beat you. You should not be all whiney when you get your assed handed to you by the truth - it was going to happen sooner or later.
For some reason Jaime goes off on the westside pool people. Yes, they are annoying. Yes, they don't care about anybody else but themselves in El Paso. That doesn't make them wrong for gathering signatures on behalf of a guy they think is their advocate. And why should Jaime care if they participate in some kind of campaign of support of the city manager? Doesn't he like people to be engaged in their local government?
As for his assertion that they have no power and are wasting their time... they got a pool for their kids - what has his people done for their kids lately? For a bunch of worthless know-nothings, they sure seem to consume his digital ink and get things done for themselves. Maybe he could take a lesson from them.
Jaime claims they are out of touch with the community, but fails to remember his own lie about the community weighing with city reps. You might remember the text messages from Ordaz. The was one specifically saying that she had heard nothing negative and actually got one positive message from a constituent. Then there was the day people who agreed with him couldn't find four folks to speak at council while those in support of the city manager numbers more than 20. Either he is lying or has no idea what the community is thinking.
Jaime incorrectly pins $50 million in "lost revenue" on the current city manager. He must not understand what happened and when it happened. Under the old city manager's watch the engineering department failed to keep the proper paperwork in order so that they could get the matching funds they had access to. TxDOT bigwigs were telling the city during the last city manager's tenure that there were problems. City employees also started sounding the alarm. They were given pink slips for mentioning it.
Anybody who had anything to with the MPO knew the city was screwing up well before the current city manager was hired. Nobody felt like saying anything because there would be political hay to be made later. And hay was made later when Vince Perez along with Rep. Claudia Ordaz woke up one day and decided that a two year old problem was worth mentioning. Their goal - get rid of the mayor, city manager and put Ordaz on the MPO. The city manager was left trying to do an internal investigation as to what the hell happened before got there and why. When he nailed down the culprit - she was asked to retire and the other guy demoted. Bot of these city employees ended up accusing the city manager of not taking their verbal advice in retaliation. Neither of them could provide hard evidence. Both relied the "well, I told him" excuse that never holds up in a court of law. For Jaime to try and pin this issue on the city manager is either a flat out lie, or he just doesn't know what he's talking about.
Then there's the issue that somehow my support of a legal process of review for city employees somehow has something to do with my parent's business. He fails to understand how all of that works. The city manager from the beginning has made moves that really screws my parent's firms and other local firms over. Bringing in an outside consultant to pick the winners is exactly what nobody wanted. It was legal for him and council to do that, but that doesn't mean we have to like it. And as for the construction side... that's governed by low bids and whether or not you built what was on the plans. You have to bribe someone at the city to get away with construction shenanigans. Well, not everyone. My parents won't pay to play. Instead they will kill you with the truth and those seeking bribes no longer waste their time trying to screw with them. Or maybe it was me when I worked for them after an inspector was giving me shit looking for something to enhance his mood and I asked him point blank "what's it cost to get you to pass this density test." Funny, after that the inspector never pulled his bullshit again.
Bottom line - the former city manger (who I supported wholeheartedly) nor the current city manager could/can offer much help to my parent's business. He can keep trying, but it's not going to go anywhere. Martian Paredes tried this and found nothing. We made a whole lot more money under strong mayor than we ever have under the city manager. If it was about money, I'd be writing about changing back to strong mayor.
Somebody go give Jaime a hug for me and let him know that I'm not cheap, but I can win these things for them. It's easier to spend money than it is to part with ego. You can quote me on that.