Author: Theresa Caballero On October 7, 2002, El Paso Commissioners Court held its weekly meeting. One of the items slated for action was consideration of how the county would dispense with some of our tax dollars. Naturally there were several groups and individuals present asking for funds for their particular projects. One of these groups… Read More EPISO: Division of Church and State?
The Courts of Inquiry looking into the actions of the El Paso Police Department and the District Attorney has polarized the legal community into two different camps. Some in the community question why a Court of Inquiry and what underlining motive or agenda is driving these investigations. Of course the truth and the reality seem… Read More Why Should the Taxpayer Care About the Courts of Inquiry?
In response to the motion filed by attorneys Stuart Leeds and Theresa Caballero seeking his removal, appointed Attorney Pro Tem for the Hollebeke Court of Inquiry filed a response March 25, 2004. In his response, Alcala addresses two of the three concerns addressed by the Caballero-Leeds motion and conveniently forgets the last and most important… Read More Alcala Responds to Criticism
On Monday, March 22, 2004, attorneys Stuart Leeds and Theresa Caballero filed a motion to replace Court Appointed Attorney Pro Temp Dick Alcala. Alcala was recently appointed by Judge Stephen B. Ables to conduct investigations for the first Court of Inquiry convened to investigate allegations of corruption against the El Paso Police Department and the… Read More Attorneys Seek to Remove Court Appointed Attorney Pro Tem
Yesterday morning, Judge Manny Alvarez of Criminal Court No. 5 in Dallas Texas swore in Edwin V. King as prosecutor for the Romelia Enriquez Court of Inquiry investigating District Attorney Jaime Esparza, his office, police officer Francisco Enriquez, her former husband and the actions of the Police Department. Judge Alvarez indicated that he was appointed… Read More Judge Alvarez Swears In Prosecutor for Second Court of Inquiry
On Tuesday January 20, 2004, in a court room in our community, Judge Richard Roman of the 346th District Court found that probable cause exists that a crime has been committed against the State of Texas thus starting the roller coaster looking into allegations of malfeasance and corruption in our community. The main alleged culprits… Read More First There Was One, Then Two and Now Possibly Seven
The recent on again, off again Tejano Democrats endorsement of Carlos Leon for Sheriff raises questions about the integrity of the process and the players themselves. According to a news blurb on Sunday’s newspaper, the Tejano Democrats endorsed Carlos Leon for Sheriff, yet on Monday’s edition of the paper a correction was issued. Throughout the… Read More Luis Mata’s “Mistake” Raises Questions
Written by: Martin Paredes Early, in August 2003 it showed up quietly in e-mail boxes across the city, unobtrusive at first but nonetheless it came out of no where, or so it seemed. A new online publication, the Newspaper Tree, which, according to its editor Emanuel Anthony Martinez is modeled after an 1800’s tree that had a board… Read More El Paso Spam: the Newspaper Tree
At approximately 10:15 am on Thursday, February 12, 2004, Judge Roman of the 346th District Court signed on order requesting the convening of a second Court of Inquiry to investigate allegations against the District Attorney’s office and the El Paso Police Department. In less than 15-days, District Attorney Jaime Esparza finds himself the subject of… Read More Citizen’s Fighting Back Against DA Esparza: New Court of Inquiry Filed
SPECIAL REPORT – In a surreal moment, District Attorney Jaime Esparza found himself seated on the criminal defense side of the courtroom as he sat and listened to Judge Ables rule that there is sufficient probable cause to find that a crime has been committed against the State of Texas. On the twelfth floor of… Read More Jaime Esparza Finds Himself on the Other Side of the Courtroom
Tomorrow’s court hearing regarding the affidavit seeking to convene a Court of Inquiry to investigate wrongdoing in the city’s District Attorney and the Police Department is sure to present drama, but the reality is so insidious that the community, at the very least, should carefully consider the ramifications of the whole fiasco. On one hand… Read More If it Weren’t So Serious, It Would Make a Nice Reality Show
Things are stating to intensify in the inquiry into the allegations against the District Attorney’s office and the Police Department. Interestingly the allegations have brought forth others relating stories of their own experiences with Jaime Esparza. It will be interesting to see if any new allegations are levied in the upcoming days as some individuals… Read More And the Saga Continues…
On Friday, January 23, 2004, attorneys Stuart Leeds and Theresa Caballero filed a supplement to their Affidavit that further establishes probable cause that District Attorney Jaime Esparza has been abusing his position to mount a defense against the Court of Inquiry charged to investigate the District Attorney’s actions. According to the supplement, Jaime Esparza used… Read More District Attorney Accused of Further Violations of the Law
A request to look into this very important question was filed in District Court yesterday and a hearing was held this morning. On Tuesday, January 20, 2004, El Paso attorneys, Stuart Leeds and Theresa Caballero, filed an affidavit with Judge Richard Roman of the 346th Judicial District Court of El Paso county, outlining their reasons… Read More Is Our Legal System Corrupt?
Trust, the basis by which our jurisprudence is allowed to function is in jeopardy in our community. The legal system by which our community functions is only allowed to exist by the fact that we, as a community must believe that the process is sacrosanct and protected from any perception of wrong doing from all… Read More It’s a Matter of Trust
The ongoing legal battle involving allegations of police abuse against a female detainee being waged in El Paso’s courts begins to expose the underbelly of legal tangles in our community that raises serious questions about the integrity of El Paso’s jurisprudence. In legal motions filed in court last week, the underbelly of the legal choreography… Read More Legal Maneuvers Raises Serious Questions About the Integrity of the City’s Jurisprudence
I can hear it now, “its for the children!” or “you had your education, what about the kids today?” will be the majority of the hate mail I receive shortly after this piece runs. The Upper Valley/Westside Coalition meeting was held last Saturday at C-Senor’s Restaurants on the Westside of town. Luis Mata and EPISD… Read More Just Say “NO” To The EPISD Bond
Paul Strelzin’s latest debacle has put the future of El Paso’s kids in serious jeopardy. There is no doubt that EPISD desperately needs the latest Bond election to go in its favor in order to deal with the problems the district is currently experiencing with its schools. Unfortunate the ones that will ultimately suffer the… Read More Strelzin Agrees; He’s All Washed Up
By all accounts, it is generally understood that EPISD’s past Bond Election generally failed because of the general distrust of the community towards the stewardship of the public’s money by EPISD. This time around, EPISD came forward to the community with an apparent concrete plan to cut back on unnecessary expenditures and redevelop trust among… Read More EPISD Bond Issue: Serious Problems
It showed up in mailboxes across the City, innocuous at first; that is until the letter was read. The El Paso Independent School District recently announced a new Bond Election to fund among other things the payoff of existing bonds and to begin much needed construction and repairs of the schools in the district. Although… Read More Strelzin At It Again: EPISD and the Bond Election
As has already been established, the Suncrest Townhomes continues to be a serious point of contention among the community and at City Council. Although, the Housing Authority of El Paso continues to portray the fallacy that this is just about some “disgruntled employees” and nothing else, the reality is that there is much more to… Read More The Housing Authority: Of Complex Structures and Taxes or Is That Liens? – V of V
As if clustering and questions of insubordination aren’t enough to give rise to possible irregularities within the Housing Authority, the latest twist in this saga is the taxpayer’s expectation of best value for their money. The spokesperson for the El Paso Housing Authority, Al Velarde challenges the veracity of the allegations by consistently stating that… Read More The Housing Authority: Bidding Rights, It’s Only the Taxpayer’s Monies – IV of V
As significant as the “clustering” issue is in regards to the Housing Authority’s Suncrest Project, more serious and troubling aspects of this project continue to emerge. As a quasi-government agency, the Housing Authority operates as both a corporation and a government agency. Because of the use of taxpayer monies, the Housing Authority is more of… Read More The Housing Authority: Insubordination – You Wouldn’t Let Your Employee Get Away With It, Or, Would You? – III of V
At the center of the Housing Authority controversy is a proposed 144-unit quadraplex project known as the Suncrest Townhomes. This proposed project is slated to be located near Sunland Park in a concentration of other low-income projects. The Suncrest Townhomes is a proposed partnership composed of local developer Ike Monte and the Housing Authority’s nonprofit… Read More The Housing Authority: Clustering, A Housing Authority Ignoring Its Stated Mandate – II of V
The Housing Authority of the City of El Paso has been consistently the subject of negative public comment on the El Paso Forum and at City Hall. As is the case with most public agencies, there is usually one or two disgruntled former employees or public “rabble rousers” whose only intention is to serve their… Read More The Housing Authority: Rogue Agency Threatens El Paso – I of V
By Gerald Mangrum, El Paso Tribune What’s the big deal? The school district is providing funding so some very talented students can gain some experience in the real world and hone their sense of ethics by rubbing elbows with prominent citizens of El Paso. What’s wrong with that? In this article there will be more… Read More Community Scholars Program: Does it Pass the Smell Test – Part I of II
By Gerald Mangrum, El Paso Tribune This is a situation where there are more questions than answers. Unanswered questions left unanswered can fester into an open sore on the community. To help you understand the confusing maze of the Community Scholars Program and its connection to prominent people in this community via the Community Initiative… Read More Community Scholars Program: Does it Pass the Smell Test – Part I of II
The El Paso Community Scholars first launched themselves into the El Paso scene in the summer of 2000 by releasing a report castigating the local banks for seemingly sending the community’s money out of town. Most El Paso businesses will attest to their inability to access start-up and other capital for their businesses. The question… Read More Community Scholars: An EPISD Enigma
Invariable an election always brings out the Hispanic vs. Anglo debate. Although Rick Perry won the election in the State of Texas, in El Paso Tony Sanchez prevailed. Was the last name a factor or was the outcome a result of party affiliation? An analysis of the last four elections attempts to answer this question.… Read More Is a Candidate’s Name a Factor?
Author: Theresa Caballero This week in the El Paso Inc. there was a story entitled “Shapleigh Family Selling Land on Eastside”. The story talked about how State Sen. Eliot Shapleigh’s grandfather District Judge Ballard Coldwell had the forethought to purchase land on the east side of El Paso in the 1940’s for a couple of… Read More On the Importance of Pedigree
Author: Gerry Mangrum On Veteran’s Day 2002 the stature of veteran’s in El Paso was diminished at the hands of the Mayor and a local morning radio talk show host, Paul Strelzin. I wrote a letter to the editor of the El Paso Times which was published on November 7th discussing a poll the El… Read More Attacking the Person Instead of the Issue
Author: Katherine LeChat Lawyers – why the very word makes some people cringe. And lawyer jokes are in abundance: “Why won’t a snake bite a lawyer?” “Professional courtesy” is the reply. Or, how about this one: “What’s the difference between a dead dog lying in the road and a dead lawyer lying in the road?” … Read More In Defense of Lawyers
Author: Theresa Caballero This is a true story. On Tuesday, November 5, 2002 Texans went to the polls and voted overwhelmingly to put republicans into statewide offices. We elected Rick Perry (R) For Governor, David Dewhurst (R) Lt. Governor and on down the line. Republicans control both the house and the senate for the first… Read More Eliot Shapleigh’s Hypocrisy
Author: William Blum The Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers gave the defense team its “Against All Odds” award, named for a deceased public defender who championed hopeless causes. Defending pro-Castro Cubans in Miami, in a criminal case utterly suffused with political overtones, with the US government wholly determined to nail a bunch of commies,… Read More Cuban Political Prisoners in the United States
Author: Katherine LeChat Alejandro Burgos, Chairman of the El Paso County Republican Party, was jubilant Election night while being interviewed by a local television reporter. By that time he and the rest of us who were watching election returns knew that the republicans had recaptured the U.S. Senate and Texas republicans had won all the… Read More Election Analysis: Is El Paso Now a Two-Party County?
Author: William Blum During the Clinton administration, the sentiment has been proclaimed on so manyoccasions by the president and other political leaders, and dutifully reiterated by the media, that the thesis: “Cuba is the only non-democracy in the Western Hemisphere” is now nothing short of received wisdom in the United States. Let us examine this… Read More The United States, Cuba and This Thing Called Democracy
Author: Theresa Caballero TIF’s made simple. There is a lot of confusion over the TIF’s. What are the TIF’s and what ramifications do they have on our tax bills? TIF is short for Tax Increment Finance District. Last year the mayor told city council he wanted it to create two TIF districts, TIIF #2 and… Read More TIF’s and Nothing But TIF’s
Author: Karen Slaton Tomorrow each and everyone of us could be contributors to a significant chapter inhistory. We could raise our collective voices to right wrongs. We could say, “Enough is enough!” to corruption and violence. We could improve education and we could strongly support our state and our nation. We could…but most of us… Read More Let Your Voice be Heard
El Paso is the only major Texas city that does not have a strong two-party system in place. The Democratic Party still controls most of the local races here. Why is that? San Antonio used to be a one-party city like El Paso but that changed in the 1990’s. The Bexar County Republican Party started… Read More Why El Paso Needs a Strong Two-Party System
Author: Katherine LeChat Editor’s Note: Because of the nature of the author’s employment, the author has requested that their real name not be used. This is part 2 of a two part series. The previous installment talked about the 13 federal and state indictments recently handed down in San Antonio. The indictments included current and… Read More Political Bribe Takers Beware Part II