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
UPDATE: (2:30am MT) I have now confirmed that the “direction” city council gave the City Attorney is to appeal to the 3rd Court of Appeals the judge’s order to retain jurisdiction over the Stephanie Townsend Allala’s case. The city’s action is only the second time an open records case is appealed in Texas, the first… Read More Stephanie Townsend Allala Email Update
The following is a list of the candidates in the 2014 March Primary ballot. I only listed the offices where there is an El Paso candidate on the ballot and that has a challenger. Updated on December 12, 2013 (15:25ET) to add candidates I neglected to include. Chief Justice 8th Court of Appeals District Mario… Read More El Paso County Candidates for 2014 Primaries
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
As you all remember the El Paso Crime Lab was put on probation on June 24, 2011. The irony of the raging drug war going on in El Paso’s sister city, Cd. Juárez, at that time was not lost in me especially when subsequent to the city being put on probation county commissioner Willie Gandara… Read More Corruption Laden and Drug Gateway El Paso to Revisit Drug Lab
As the final sentences are handed out in the public corruption cases I began to wonder about two other criminal cases with political connections. The first case is City Representative Ann Morgan Lilly. As expected in a corrupt laden city like El Paso, the local police department is keeping this case hidden behind the illusion… Read More Follow Up on Jaime Abeytia Criminal Case: Two More Cases
Apparently I hit a nerve with some of you in regards to my post on Oscar Leeser canceling TVO’s real estate contact with the city. As usual your comments, suggestions and leads are not only useful but also much appreciated. As you already know through my Tweet on Tuesday, city council voted unanimously to terminate… Read More Russell Vandenburg Follow Up
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
Today’s city council meeting has an item on the agenda asking for the termination of a real estate management contract between the city and TVO North America. This item caught my attention because it was added to the agenda by Oscar Leeser and there is no back up material. It also appears to be calling… Read More Why Is Leeser Asking to Cancel TVO Contract?
The problem with useful idiots is that their job is to create propaganda for the benefit of those they serve. In doing so the truth is just an inconvenient obstacle that they always ignore. Case in point; two weeks ago, a Veronica Escobar political operative sent in a reader letter to the El Paso Times,… Read More Dissecting A Disinformation Campaign
When the Courts of Inquiry were first announced in 2004 the first thing the corruptors did was to create the illusion that those alleging police misconduct were “police haters”, “criminals” or had “monetary motives” for making the allegations. Many rejoiced when the system resulted in one criminal referral because in their mind it vindicated the… Read More El Paso Law Enforcement Conduct
When Theresa Caballero and Stuart Leeds looked for justice for their client via a rarely used court procedure and Judge Richard A. Roman signed the order convening the first Court of Inquiry in El Paso in many years, many in the city were aghast at the two attorneys and a judge who dared challenge the… Read More The El Paso Courts of Inquiry: Nine Years Later
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
As you can already tell the upcoming election season is going to be a brutal one. With the local paper apparently walling up its content behind a pay wall and the increasing relevance of the online community in influencing the electorate I expect there will be no shortage of political operatives being unleashed as Election… Read More Who is Veronica Escobar?
As Leonard Martinez of KVIA first reported on November 18, 2013, it appears that the El Paso Times is putting up a pay wall on its website in the near future. A pay wall is basically a requirement to pay for content, in this case the El Paso Times will tease you with small tidbits… Read More El Paso Times Pay Wall is a Gift for Veronica Escobar
As a political blogger I expect my fair share of dissent, hostility and challenges to my notions of the state of the political scene. In many ways I welcome it because the more dissention the greater I feel my message is getting through to those who read my blog. To create community discussion is the… Read More Jay Koester: Thief and Hypocrite