Ethics and The Forma Group

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

Who is Basic IDIQ?

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?

Candidate Dossier: Melodya Salaices

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

Candidate Dossier: Luis Aguilar

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

Beware of Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing Especially When Wrapped in Feel Good Mantra

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

Why a Politician Advocating Holding the Line on Taxes Can’t Get Elected in El Paso

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

Review of 2013

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

How Can US Jurisprudence Be Considered Fair When Individuals Are Punished Before Trial?

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?

Immigrate the Right Way is More Complicated Then it Seems

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

Another Example of El Paso Government Official Abuse: Paul Cross

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

On Candidate Slates

As much as political observers have rejoiced about the repudiation of Steve Ortega in the last election the fact is that the Hunt/Foster public agenda policy is still firmly in place. Yesterday, the final slate of candidates for the upcoming March Primary has been finalized. As much as many may think there is an opportunity… Read More On Candidate Slates

El Paso City Council Shows Why Amazon Drone Delivery Won’t Happen Until 2025

As a technologist I, like many others, was excited to hear about Amazon’s plan to make deliveries directly to you via air drones. Although Jeff Bezos is hoping to get “Prime Air” off the ground by 2015 the reality is that it won’t be feasible until at least 2025. As excited as I was, reality,… Read More El Paso City Council Shows Why Amazon Drone Delivery Won’t Happen Until 2025

The Courts of Inquiry and El Paso Public Corruption

The following is a guest post by Judge Richard A. Roman “When two elephants fight, it’s the grass that gets trampled” – African proverb. “A sitting Texas judge faces a rare court of inquiry reviewing allegations of prosecutorial misconduct in a 25 year jail sentence before the defendant was exonerated.”  (National Public Radio). “Today, a… Read More The Courts of Inquiry and El Paso Public Corruption