No it wasn’t Mexican food. It was American eclectic food. We went to Yellow Dog Eats, an interesting take on food. The place is quaint and unique. It is definitely not some box-cutter franchise chain restaurant found in most corners of the world. According to the restaurant’s back-story, it used to be a country store… Read More Finally Some Spicy Food!
I had the opportunity to take a taxi to the Orlando airport this morning. As is my habit, I like to talk to everyday ordinary people, especially the ones that meet all sorts of people throughout the day. Some call it nosy but for me it’s a type of intelligence gathering, business intelligence. People on… Read More Taxis and the Economy
A restaurant’s name should fit the restaurant and in the case of Orlando’s, Gringos Locos it couldn’t have been more appropriate. Because it is “16 de septiembre”, Mexico’s Independence Day of celebration, I figured I’d continue my search for the best Mexican food restaurant in Orlando. I should have left well enough alone. I like… Read More Gringos Locos, the horror!
Former city representative Beto O’Rourke recently confirmed that he will be challenging US Representative Silvestre Reyes in the March Democratic Primary. Although recently confirmed, there have been months of speculation on his intent to seek the 16th Congressional seat. Both the incumbent and the challenger have plenty of actions to create the necessary record for… Read More The trouble with politicians is their actions: Beto O’Rourke exemplifies
A wonderful thing about Orlando is that you are surrounded with outdoor activities as well as the weather to keep you busy for a lifetime. The proximity to the beaches should rank as one of the top five reasons to make Orlando your home. It is quickly becoming a tradition for my family to enjoy… Read More Bikinis, Sun and, oh so sad, the whales…
Please note: This is an observation of today’s event and no endorsement, for or against, the intent of the protestors is intended, nor should one be assumed. I do not have enough information to form an opinion on their grievance or proposed solution. Author’s note: This article is also published on new2orlando.com. I was enjoying… Read More Chanting and Marching in Downtown Orlando; America Whimpers for Change
Please note: This is an observation of today’s event and no endorsement, for or against, the intent of the protestors is intended, nor should one be assumed. I do not have enough information to form an opinion on their grievance or proposed solution. I was enjoying my Cuban sandwich under a cloudy wonderful Orlando afternoon… Read More Chanting and Marching in Downtown Orlando; America Whimpers for Change
“I am David Karlsruher. Some time ago, I wrote a blog about Stuart L. Leeds wherein I made statements regarding him which were inaccurate and which I should not have made. I publicaly (sic) apologize to Stuart L. Leeds for having done so.” A public apology, by a local blogger, for words written in defiance… Read More Blogging and Personal Responsibility; Flights of fancy should be ignored
I was warned by many friends that one of the hardest things I would face in Orlando would be the weather. Apparently, Orlando is known more by its hot and humid weather rather than its amusement parks. Funny thing is that my friends were both right and wrong about this. They were right about the… Read More Adjusting to the climate in Orlando; it is cold!
As if the recent events across the world, especially last week in England, were not enough to demonstrate to the establishment that Democracy demands more than lip-service from politicians but, rather actual action when it comes to safe-guarding the people’s right for redress before the government, up comes; El Paso District Attorney, Jaime Esparza, to… Read More Criminalizing Democracy
Those that have known me for any length of time know that my biggest gripe is government inefficiency. It doesn’t matter if it is federal, Mexican or American; government generally runs, at, well government pace. For me, government operations have defined the word slow. Florida has forced me to reconsider my opinion of government. To… Read More State of Florida Bureaucracy Pleasantly Surprises
On the business side, my experience has been lackluster at best. Although it is still too early to judge the business climate in Orlando my experience has been negative in terms of business to business service. As I am opening a new office for my company in Orlando I set out early on Monday morning… Read More Realty Irritations
My experience so far in Orlando has been mixed. On the personal side, it has been much better than I could have expected. People in Orlando have been friendly and helpful. I was welcomed officially into the city last Sunday with a dinner invitation by Crystal, Nick, Nina and Stephen. Crystal is a coworker and… Read More Tolls, transponders and great salsa!
The El Paso Times broke a story a few days ago detailing how the El Paso Texas Police Department’s drug lab has been decertified to test for certain drugs in criminal cases. That’s right; it is El Paso, Texas and not Cd. Juárez! For at least the last four years, Cd. Juárez has been embroiled… Read More The Drug Capital of the World can’t even test the drugs!
Those that have known me for any period of time know that my belief is that information empowers everyone. Unfiltered information, however unpalatable it might be, is the nexus to prosperity as it shines the light on those trying to hide in darkness. I also believe that we all have our own reality based on… Read More The El Paso News Organization is changing
Smart Growth wrapped around a colorful vocabulary of nostalgic living is nothing more than concentrating people into smaller areas. It is building vertically. As smart as Smart Growth may sound, the reality is that Smart Growth creates more problems than it solves. What I find most interesting is that American’s tend to keep larger personal… Read More Smart Growth and public nuisance; Part II
Much community discussion about Smart Growth has been ongoing in the community recently. Absent from the discussion is sustainability. San Francisco can be characterized as a city employing the principals of smart growth. It is a good case study of the sustainability of smart growth over a long period of time. I had the opportunity… Read More Commentary: The Fallacy of Smart Growth, Part 1
Texas Governor Perry is absolutely correct in exercising his veto power over the driving and texting bill presented to him by the Texas Legislature. It comes down to the simple notion of personal responsibility. Unfortunately, many legislators are intent on protecting the community against itself in the mistaken belief that the government’s job is to… Read More Texas Governor Right about Veto to Driving and Texting
There are two schools of thought when it comes to American Democracy, one is that representatives, whether city, county or national; are elected as “delegates” to represent the constituency or as “trustees” to speak for the constituency. As the domestic benefits issue continues to manifest itself in the community collective, it is important that El… Read More Delegate versus Representative
On, Tuesday, June 14, 2011 Mayor John Cook, Representatives Susie Byrd, Rachel Quintana, Beto O’Rourke and Steve Ortega have decided that there is no place for Democracy in El Paso. In 2009, city council decided to extend domestic health benefits to unmarried couples. Shortly after that, a citizen driven referendum was initiated whereby citizens of… Read More Epitome of Arrogance: Byrd, Cook, Quintana, O’Rourke and Ortega
An analysis of the District 1 run-off election on June 11 between Ann Morgan Lilly and Lyda Ness Garcia has some interesting trends worth examining. District 1, generally tends to have a better educated and more affluent electorate than the rest of the city. Therefore, the notion that education and affluence plays a part in… Read More Election Analysis: District 1
Last Saturday, June 11, 2011 city voters in District 1 and 5 went out to vote for their representatives in a run off because a clear victor was not able to muster enough votes in these two districts in the May elections. District 1 had an incumbent defending her ability to lead the district for… Read More City District 1 and 5 Election Results for 2011
Regardless of one’s stance on the issue of the partner benefits for the city of El Paso, the important thing to note is that the ultimate decision lies with the electorate of El Paso and not the mayor. Last Tuesday, Cook decided that he knows what is right. Unfortunately in his quest for sainthood, Cook… Read More Commentary: Fearless leader John Cook makes matters worse
Although still a couple of years to go until the city’s next mayoral race, political posturing is starting to materialize as to whom the contenders might be. The nexus driving the posturing within the city’s political circles is the perceived re-materialization of the Ray Caballero centric politics of the “progressive” mentality of reinventing the city… Read More Analysis: Political Posturing in the mayoral race
The partner benefits issue is back at city council. On tomorrow’s city council (June 7, 2011) agenda, item 8F, “an ordinance amending Ordinance No. 017456”, was put on the agenda by Mayor John Cook. Ordinance No. 017456 is the result of a November 2, 2010 election where El Paso voters voted to eliminate health care… Read More Domestic Partner Benefits back on Agenda: Possible city subterfuge?
Having grown up in Mexico and spending time in other countries like the United States, among others, invariably the joke about Mexico would always center on the notion that we are nothing more than campesinos taking siestas under the nopal every day. Mexico is much more than that and to help dispel some misconceptions about… Read More It’s more than siestas, a few facts about Mexico
According to an October 2, 2008 US Diplomatic Cable recently released by WikiLeaks (08STATE105491), at least 16 American made light anti-tank weapons (LAWs) are unaccounted for. The US government has acknowledged that at least one was recovered in Cd. Juárez, from the original 26 that went missing in Honduras. The light anti-tank weapon, also known… Read More Are there Honduran anti-tank weapons and grenades in Cd. Juarez?
Freedom of speech, more specifically the ability that denies the government the right to keep certain things secret, is sacrosanct to a free democracy. The Internet has given the people new tools by which to limit the government’s ability to keep secrets meant for public consumption. And this power has many governments looking for ways… Read More Commentary: Freedom of speech and the Internet – Twitter & the UK
On May 20, 2011, Judge Montalvo ruled that the citizen mounted petition denying taxpayer funded health benefits to domestic partners must be honored. In his ruling, Montalvo wrote that the city took it upon itself to expand the intent of the voter. Montalvo wrote, “[o]nce the Ordinance passed, the City, however interpreted the statue to… Read More Commentary: Judge Montalvo rules city expanded intent of voters
The recent municipal elections once again displayed a complete lack of community involvement in the electoral process. Government and political pundits decry the low voter turnout and pontificate new and improved plans to engage the voter. But, I think they secretly congratulate themselves in the manipulation of low voter participation to further their goals. Of… Read More Commentary: Abysmal voter numbers is a reflection of government indifference
A few days ago I had the opportunity to spend the day in Cd. Juárez conducting some business and people watching. Although I frequent Juárez, for security reasons, my time there is spent on necessary business meetings. Until a few days ago, I had not had the opportunity to really take the time to see… Read More Commentary: Juarez, subdued but active
On May 17, 2011 the El Paso Times editorial board stated through their newspaper that Arditti’s defense team was an embarrassment to El Paso. According to their reasoning, the actions of the Caballero-Leeds team in zealously defending their client before a tribunal that can deprive Arditti of her freedom is somehow an aberration and an… Read More Commentary: Mediocrity is the way to go according to the El Paso Times
Fox News reported on May 14, 2011 that former president Bill Clinton would like to see an Internet agency under the hospices of the United States or the United Nations to control “malicious rumors”. According to the news report, Clinton foresees an agency, with “transparent” funding, and if under the umbrella of the United States… Read More Commentary: Bill Clinton’s internet agency is a real bad idea
The El Paso News Organization is dedicated to becoming the alternative news vehicle for El Paso and the surrounding area. As we strive to reach that goal we are looking for writers interested in writing news items, investigative reports or analysis and commentary on the issues facing our community. For anyone interested in getting published… Read More El Paso News Organization to offer $50 stipends for published work
Growing up in Mexico, one of the first things I always heard about America was how the American judicial system was fair, especially in relation to the Mexican one. In America, I was told, the notion of innocent until proven guilty is sacrosanct to the Americans. The right to have your say in front of… Read More Commentary: The Arditti trial, was justice served?
The jury took about four hours Wednesday to find Judge Regina Arditti not guilty on all counts of an indictment alleging she entered into an agreement involving an exchange of courthouse jobs, official abuse and bribery. The trial, which was in its eighth day, involved convicted former Judge Manny Barraza, protected federal witness David Beagas,… Read More Jury Finds Judge Arditti Not Guilty
The jury in the Arditti case has reached a not guitly verdict on all counts. Stay tuned for more details later today.
The jury began deciding the fate of Judge Regina Arditti Wednesday after emotional closing arguments. The jury must deliver a decision that meets the beyond a reasonable doubt requirement.
The final stage in the trial of Judge Regina Arditti began Wednesday with a motion asking for sanctions against a prosecutor. After closing arguments, the jury is expected to decide Judge Arditti’s fate.
Prosecutors rested their case Tuesday against accused Judge Regina Arditti, who has been indicted on allegations she used her position as an elected official to benefit herself, her family and others. Defense attorneys, after returning from a lunch break, promptly rested their case without calling a single witness. The defense has repeatedly turned prosecution witnesses… Read More State, Defense Rest Cases