YISD Bond Scam and Jaime Abeytia

It seems I can never catch a break about having to write about the ongoing corruption in El Paso. I was hoping to focus on national politics today, but unfortunately, here we go again. El Paso politicians are on another tax swindle and as is typical with a corrupt society they enlist questionable characters to sell the scam to the taxpayers. Enter center stage, El Paso’s own, Jaime Abeytia, who continues to be on a quest to useful idiot stardom.

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Some of you may remember that back in October of 2003, the El Paso Independent School District (EPISD) went before the voters with a $207 million bond proposal. Back then, a former radio talk show host was involved as a proponent of the EPISD bond. His involvement resulted in serious allegations of extorting EPISD vendors for money for a bond media blitz.

Like today’s Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) bond problems, EPISD, had its initial bond rejected by the El Paso taxpayers. The general sentiment was that the voters did not trust the school district. As a result of that bond failure, EPISD retooled its bond request and launched a media blitz to convince voters to vote for it. The former radio talk show host sent a letter to EPISD vendors (link) asking for a $5,000 contribution for the media blitz. EPISD vendors felt “extorted” by the letter.

As you know, in 2012, EPISD’s superintendent, Lorenzo Garcia was arrested for public corruption.

Today, YISD’s superintendent, Xavier de la Torre, is trying to convince Ysleta voters to support a $430 million bond, after his $451 million bond proposal failed in May of this year. As a result of the May failure, De La Torre created a Bond Advisory Committee, “tasked with helping the district move forward in its plans to repair, renovate, and rebuild” the district’s schools.

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Among the members of the 2015 Bond Advisory Committee for the YISD Bond 2015 is none other than Jaime Abeytia. Yes, the very same Jaime Abeytia, who is currently on criminal probation, has been enlisted to promote the YISD bond.

I’ll let you swallow that for a moment before I go on.

Like the EPISD 2003 bond, YISD is launching a media blitz to convince voters.

David Karlsruher, Ali Enrique Razavi and I have been documenting on our blogs how Abeytia uses his blog to promote those that pay him advertising money. As a criminal on probation, Jaime Abeytia is in the desperate need to convince individuals to give him a job.

I am sure you can all connect the dots as to where this is all going, so I won’t bother.

However, I do need to point out some other things you should consider as you digest this.

On March 2014, Xavier de la Torre was appointed the superintendent for YISD. He had abandoned the Santa Clara County school district two years into a four-year contract. Former Santa Clara employees described de la Torre’s tenure at Santa Clara as “an atmosphere of fear and secrecy,” two qualities that almost always involve entities mired in corruption.

Prior to going to Santa Clara, de la Torre was the superintendent for the Socorro Independent School District (SISD), from 2009 through 2012. Socorro officials were mentioned in the same allegations of improperly reclassifying students that led to EPISD’s board suspension.

Unfortunately, it gets worse for you, the taxpayer. Like EPISD, Ysleta is also facing a declining student body. As a matter of fact, YISD is at 72% capacity and student attendance continues to drop.

Obviously, Xavier de la Torre isn’t looking for solutions but instead is looking to relieve you of more of your money. As a matter of fact, he makes no secret of it.

I realize it is hard to hear, but what De La Torre is telling teachers and staff during a meeting in May 2015 is “I will take care of you and our children. Someone else can worry about the taxpayers.”

There you have it, plain as day.

Now you know why useful idiot, Jaime Abeytia is on the YISD Bond 2015 Bond Advisory Committee.

Sit back and watch as Abeytia scrambles to make sure he gets some of the media blitz money to hoodwink the Ysleta voters.

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