Indignant was the immediate response to Greg Abbott’s rhetoric calling El Paso corrupt. As soon as the words left Abbott’s mouth, the El Paso politicos, foaming at the mouth, circled the wagons to chastise him for daring to tell the truth. The problem with lies is that when the truth is uttered the reaction from… Read More Greg Abbott v. El Paso: Who Cares About the Truth?
Many of you still believe the lie being perpetuated by the community’s elite that El Paso is the safest city in the nation. Although I have already pointed out that the FBI discourages the use of their data to rank cities and that other news outlets have pointed out the fallacy of the rankings the… Read More Barrio Aztecas and the Safest City Lie
Amazingly, Bob Moore, editor of the El Paso Times masquerading as a newspaper, has the audacity to write an OP-ED piece on the necessity of transparency in government. In case, you missed it, Bob Moore published, in yesterday’s daily, an opinion piece both bemoaning the controversy an article on Paul Foster and the Koch brothers his… Read More Bob Moore Hypocrisy
Let’s get this out of the way from the onset, all politicians will either distort the truth or outright lie in order to get elected. In a normal society the electorate has an opportunity to make an informed decision because there are robust and independent news outlets acting as the fact-checkers challenging the politicians. In… Read More Veronica Escobar Lies
In the last three days, I have attempted to introduce you to the Council of Judges. By now, you are aware of how it is that they came to be. I believe you will agree with me that their mandate is supposed to be assuring that indigent defendants are properly represented in court. It is… Read More The Council of Judges; Tying Everything Together
As I have established the Council of Judges was created as a result of a defect in the judiciary in El Paso. Its function is to enforce the original mandate to provide legal representation to indigent defendants in court. It is unique to El Paso. Because the Council of Judges was established through stop-gap appropriations… Read More Council of Judges: Part III
Who is the Council of Judges? It is a simple question. However, in El Paso nothing is as simple as it should be. The County’s website states that the Council of Judges “provides support for seventeen District Courts, seven County Courts of Law, two Probate Courts, a Jail Magistrate, an Associate Child Protective Services Court,… Read More The Council of Judges: Part II
It is a simple question yet no one seems to know the answer. A secretive organization dictating how much El Paso County taxpayers should pay for indigent care and no one has asked a very simple question; who is the Council of Judges? What if I told you that The Council of Judges can impact… Read More Who is the Council of Judges? A Four Part Series
Some readers privately asked me an interesting question about free speech and political advertisements in elections. One reader posted a comment on “Ethics and The Forma Group” that succinctly asked a very important and related question; “Wouldn’t then the blog post have to be identified as a paid political advertisement?” As you all know, I… Read More Blogs: Paid For Political Advertisement
Yes, its true, Mexico is at the 2014 Winter Olympics being represented by a prince. Say what, a prince is representing Mexico at the Olympics? Many individuals underestimate Mexico based on erroneous notions driven by the mass media. The fact is that Mexico’s cultural heritage and identity is more complex then drug cartels, beaches and… Read More Mexico at the Winter Olympics, Say What?
On Monday, January 27, 2014 County Judge Candidate Eddie Holguin told the El Paso Times masquerading as a newspaper; thanks but no thanks for the invitation to participate in the paper’s candidate endorsements. This should come as no surprise to anyone following local politics as the paper has demonstrated a bias towards candidates that show… Read More Holguin Tells the Times, Thanks But No Thanks
One of the largest criticisms that I receive is that I’m always pointing out El Paso’ rampant corruption while ignoring the city’s “safest city” designation. The criticisms center on the notion that I hate El Paso. The truth is that I’m angry about what I see as rampant corruption while the city leaders and politicians… Read More The US Attorney and El Paso Public Corruption
One of the reasons for requiring political candidates to release financial reports is to allow the electorate an opportunity to scrutinize and review how political monies change hands. Especially in a city where numerous individuals have been jailed recently for bribes disguised as political contributions, it is even more important to follow the money. The… Read More Aliana Apodaca and Sierra Public Affairs
There is a reason why “idiots” is part of the phrase: useful idiots. It is because although “useful” they are also idiots. MaxPowers epitomizes useful idiots because although he considers himself intelligent and even witty he is nothing more than a thug serving his masters. The thing about liars is that eventually the truth leaks… Read More The Idiot in Useful Idiots: The MaxPower Story
Yesterday I revealed to you more information about The Forma Group. I consider the information to be sufficiently concerning that I would suspect that any politician using their services sets a dangerous precedent. After all, in a city mired in public corruption I would argue that any candidate running for office would consider whom they… Read More Candidates Using The Forma Group in 2014
Almost everyone understands that far from being over corruption continues to permeate the city. In the latest election cycle, instead of transparency and although politicians continue to proclaim they are far from the corruptors that have been identified to date, some of them accept political contributions with strings attached. It’s not just The Forma Group… Read More Ethics and The Forma Group
Before the FBI investigation into public corruption became public, a growing political faction within El Paso led by Eliot Shapleigh decried how Luther Jones ran candidate slates. As you all know Luther Jones is currently in prison for public corruption. Shapleigh’s “click” as some referred to the group was comprised by Susie Byrd, Veronica Escobar,… Read More Luther Jones and The Forma Group
Like other bloggers, I was intrigued by the Basic IDIQ award by city council last week. For many years I, and others have alleged that bidding on city contracts is driven by special interests and in some instances the award of contracts seems like they are part of a corrupt process. What caught our attention… Read More San Jacinto Park Project; the Beginning of Another Corruption Scandal?
Last week, city council awarded the San Jacinto Park project to a company named Basic IDIQ. From the commentary and the news media reports, it seems that there is some controversy involving Basic IDIQ’s significant price difference in bidding on the project. Tomorrow I’ll delve more into the possible significance of the award and the… Read More Who is Basic IDIQ?
As long as I can remember, one of the biggest complaints I heard around political circles was the pay-to-play mentality that is politics. Some have advocated that to solve the problem the political system needs to do away with campaign contributions. Others feel that the system in place allows the system to work as envisioned.… Read More County Judge Race January Financial Reports
Candidate name: Melodya Salaices Office sought: County Commissioner Precinct 4 Party affiliation: Democrat Candidate website: http://www.votemelodya.com Other online links: Business website: http://www.vfttinc.com Education: Master’s Degree in Public Administration from UTEP, 2005 Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University, 1999 Licenses and certifications held: None Other elected offices held: None Candidate Statement: My sister and I were… Read More Candidate Dossier: Melodya Salaices
How someone like Luis Aguilar can be elected a judge is beyond me. However, his election with the support of the El Paso Times masquerading as a newspaper may explain why El Paso’s leadership is so corrupt-laden.… Read More In a Normal City Luis Aguilar Wouldn’t Be Elected
Candidate name: Luis Aguilar Office sought: District Judge, 243rd Court Party affiliation: Democrat Candidate website: None Other online links: None Education: University of Michigan, May 1984; Doctor of Juridicial Science Licenses and certifications held: Texas State Bar: 00936400; November 8, 1985 Previous Office: 120th District Court. Candidate notes: On March 23, 2003 Luis Aguilar berated… Read More Candidate Dossier: Luis Aguilar
The city once again proclaims itself one of the safest cities in the nation this time touting its first place listing. The complicit news media regurgitates the press release not once asking itself where the data comes from and what methodology was used for the designation. In other words the news media is just a… Read More The Safest City in the Nation, Just Another Lie
“You can get a ham sandwich indicted”. When I first heard that statement, I didn’t really understand the magnitude of that simple, yet profound statement. Like most people, I have a very simplistic understanding of the legal system mainly drawn from television shows like Law & Order. In 2004, I started to get more interested… Read More Indicting a Ham Sandwich
As many of you know, I am an immigrant from Mexico. I am currently in the US under what’s termed as a “Permanent Resident”. Basically, and without getting into immigration technicalities, what it means is that I have most of the same rights and responsibilities of any US citizen. I must pay taxes, all of… Read More Immigrants Voting in US Elections
The El Paso Times masquerading as a newspaper and political operatives have been on a crusade to safeguard the poor from predatory lenders. It all makes for perfect sound bites about politicians “protecting” those that need it the most. As with everything in El Paso look closely to who are the driving forces behind this… Read More Beware of Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing Especially When Wrapped in Feel Good Mantra
One of things that has always bothered me about El Paso is the mentality that you have to be connected in order to remain in business. Professional business in El Paso is not about the best service or the best price rather it is about who you know and who’s wallet is being stuffed. Although… Read More Russell Vandenburg’s and TVO’s Condominiums In Foreclosure
Now that Anthony Cobos and Lorenzo Aguilar have been sentenced to prison for their roles in the public corruption cases, leaving only Tony Dill to be sentenced, many in the community are beginning to think that the city’s public corruption is at an end. Unfortunately as much as the corruptors wish for this notion to… Read More How Many More Criminals are in Office or Running for Office?
In my opinion, one of the driving forces behind the epidemic of El Paso corruption is El Paso’s dependence on government largess for private revenues. Basically, with very few exceptions, El Paso’s businesses are dependent on monies from government entities. The vicious economic cycle that exists is that the governments’ expenditures trickle down to the… Read More Why a Politician Advocating Holding the Line on Taxes Can’t Get Elected in El Paso
Many of you, if not all of you are aware that Bob Moore of the El Paso Times masquerading as a newspaper was awarded the Benjamin C. Bradlee Editor of the Year Award. The problem for propaganda outlets is their need to keep the appearance of respectability to cover the stench of their dishonor. There… Read More The Bob Moore Award
Before anything else and on whatever side of the political spectrum you are on please note that I wish you and your families the very best in 2014. That said it is now time for me to share with you my plans for my blog in 2014. As with any blog, the subjects I choose… Read More What’s Up for 2014
As we come to the end of 2013, I believe it is important to review the biggest issues facing the community. As we enter 2014, the community of El Paso will immediately be faced with an election that will determine whether the political corruption will continue or will the electorate further regain control of their… Read More Review of 2013
In honor of the season I’m going to share with you what I like about El Paso. I realize that this may come as a shock to many of you but there are many things I like about El Paso. In fact, of all of the cities that I have lived in, El Paso ranks… Read More Merry Christmas!
Those that continue to subscribe to the notion that US jurisprudence is the best system in the world should consider the following. The corner stone of the US legal system is the notion of the “presumption of innocence”. In order to subscribe the notion that the accused are presumed innocent it is important to accept… Read More How Can US Jurisprudence Be Considered Fair When Individuals Are Punished Before Trial?
Yesterday, a state appellate court ruled that Daniel Villegas should get a new trial. Villegas, who has claimed he is innocent, was convicted in 1995 for the shooting death of two teens. He was prosecuted by Jaime Esparza. Jaime Esparza has been the District Attorney since 1993. In the 2012 election, Jaime Esparza’s platform was… Read More How Many Cases Does Jaime Esparza Need Overturned?
Immigration reform continues to stagnate on the national agenda as opponents to immigration reform continue to focus on the notion that immigrating into the United States is not a broken system. The general rhetoric from the anti-immigration agenda is that immigrants are welcome as long as they “do it the right way”. What they continue… Read More Immigrate the Right Way is More Complicated Then it Seems
In yesterday’s post I had to pretend to be a news reporter in order to bring you up to date on the latest in regards to the Stephanie Townsend Allala’s open records request. Many of you complain about my constant criticism of the El Paso local news media outlets, however political commentary is about discussing… Read More More On El Paso Media Incompetence
Author’s note: Today I’m going to do my best to pretend to be a journalist because El Paso’s local news reporters just don’t seem to understand that news, however unpalatable to anyone, should be reported accurately and timely. Therefore I’m going to do my best to report the latest news on the Stephanie Townsend Allala… Read More Texas Public Information Act and the City of El Paso
As most of you already know I have previously written about how corruption is more than a financial quid pro quo. Corruption comes in many forms including using a position of authority to cater special favor and officially treating one group of individuals differently from others. Former El Paso police Assistant Chief and current Sheriff… Read More Another Example of El Paso Government Official Abuse: Paul Cross