I now understand that politics is a dirty business. There is no respect nor ethics in politics and there is a lot of hypocrisy. Politicians treat voters as cattle, gather them at the trough for election day and ignore them until the next election. That is the reality. Some readers question whether I’m working for… Read More The Dirty Politics of Veronica Escobar
As you all likely know, Bob Moore is leaving the El Paso Times next month. Moore says he is making way for reporters to stay on at the newspaper. But, I don’t believe so. As some of you likely know, my blog is the direct result of Bob Moore. Specifically, it is my belief that… Read More Bob Moore Quits, Or So He Says
The upcoming May 2017 municipal elections include the same political characters and the same challengers mounting an unwinnable race. This is because at the core of El Paso remains an unpleasant truth about the electorate that few realize and no one knows how to fix. It is an electorate that votes themselves a paycheck while… Read More The Electorate of El Paso 2017
As you very likely know, Emma Acosta is running for mayor. And typically El Paso, there is the stench of corruption in the upcoming election. Acosta has been posturing for the mayoralship ever since she became a city council representative. Acosta used to be the Solid Waste Department head for the City of El Paso until… Read More Emma Acosta Wants to be Mayor
Over the years I have been developing an online data set of the various scandals that have plagued El Paso for decades. Much of it is corruption related. As I have written previously, the impetus for my blog is Bob Moore’s unethical practices, which happens to be the most important reason that corruption exists in… Read More El Paso Scandals
I realize that yesterday I wrote about the incompetence of the El Paso Times and that today I am congratulating them for doing what they should be doing – investigating Larry Romero. First let me address the dichotomy of complaining about the El Paso Times’ lack of journalistic ethics and the following day, I am… Read More How Long Before the FBI Investigates Larry Romero?
Many of you are aware that the El Paso Times and KVIA reported on the higher than expected costs the City has paid for the ballpark. According to Maria Garcia’s report on KVIA on November 17, 2015, the city lost $22 million it expected to add to the City’s general fund. This information is more… Read More Did You Notice the Pattern?
You may have noticed something missing in my write up yesterday about Miguel Fernandez. It is that, other than the individual making the complaint, there is not any corroborating evidence. The problem with corruption is that fear is usually a tool used to silence dissention. The court system is heavily manipulated on both sides of… Read More The Fresas are Here
I am sure some of you are wondering where I’m going with the last two posts I posted about the global internet network and foreign corrupt practices laws I wrote about recently. One of the things I realized a while back ago is that nothing happens in a vacuum. There are many things, dots, if… Read More Nothing Happens in a Vacuum
As you likely know, an intent to recall Larry Romero was filed on Tuesday, October 20, 2015, at city hall. It really should not come as a surprise to anyone because of the questionable actions taken by Romero in recent days. Recalls are the final action that voters have to make their representatives pay attention… Read More The Case of the Two Larry’s
In 2004, an FBI agent started to investigate public corruption in El Paso. It started as an investigation into the activities of Bob Jones and it snowballed into the indictments and jailing of various public officials. Many have proclaimed that Poisoned Pawns curtailed public corruption in El Paso. But has it? In the last couple… Read More Corruption In El Paso
As many of you know, the nexus to my blog is connecting the dots between the many issues facing the community today with individuals with questionable characters that were involved in criminal activities previously. Bob Jones is a good example of someone, with a questionable past, that was held up to a high-esteem by members… Read More Oh No – Not More Connecting the Dots
Guess who is getting the Conquistador Award tomorrow? If you guessed Ann Morgan Lilly, you are absolutely correct. The dubious award will be given to her during the city council’s “recognitions” portion of the agenda. Normally receiving an award is a time of celebration, especially for a long-serving outgoing politician. An award is usually an… Read More Guess Who is Getting the Conquistador Award
You would think that in a city like El Paso where the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recently put almost 30 public officials in jail for public corruption, that politicians would not pay criminals for advertising their campaigns. The message clearly being sent by Cortney Niland, Michiel Noe and Peter Svarzbein is that you need… Read More A Criminal Gets More Money Than I Do
Today I share with you a parody video about the destruction of El Paso through a public policy agenda relying on an unsustainable tax policy. This video is in the tradition of the old radio programs of Philip Marlow, private eye. I was first introduced to English through that radio show program and therefore I… Read More Another Video Installment: How To Destroy a City
Yesterday at the city council meeting, the city representatives discussed and took action on an alleged wage theft incident on a Sun Metro project. City council voted unanimously that “after conducting an investigation, has determined that there is good cause to believe that a violation of Texas Government Code Section 2258 has occurred in regard… Read More City Takes First Step in Construction Wage Theft
One of the things about political shenanigans that has always intrigued and bothered me is that many people whisper about them while nothing seems to be done about it. For many years, I kept hearing about political operative working in the shadows. These were individuals that, for a price, could get things done. As these… Read More Marc Schwartz
For many years now, I have been documenting the ethical malfeasance of the El Paso Times and therefore it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Bob Moore leads the El Paso Chusmas lineup. The leadership of Bob Moore has not only allowed public corruption to infest local politics but, in many instances, it has enabled it to… Read More Batter Up: Bob Moore
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?
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?
A reader recently pointed out something to me that got me thinking. After reading my self-driven crash course on municipal bonds, the reader sent me a message telling me that the city might be delaying the release of the emails in order to complete the sale of the ballpark bonds. If you remember, on August… Read More Ballpark Bonds is One Reason City Might Be Delaying Release of Emails
Last week the local news media was broadcasting what many “crazies” had been predicting for a while now that the ballpark debacle was once again going to cost more. The interest rate the city was initially offering wasn’t enough to entice buyers in the municipal bond market, therefore the city needed to raise the interest… Read More The Ballpark Debt That Keeps on Giving
The untimely death of County Commissioner Dan Haggerty has opened up an opportunity for Veronica Escobar to fulfill her public policy agenda. In 2008, Veronica Escobar, then a County Commissioner, asked then County Attorney Jose Rodriguez for a legal opinion on the process for filling a County Court vacancy. At that time, Veronica Escobar was… Read More Steve Ortega to Fill County Vacancy?
The El Paso Times saw fit to make an issue of a $25 campaign contribution to the Oscar Leeser Campaign from Fernando Parra who has pled guilty to public corruption in today’s edition. But as is the modus-operandi of the local paper masquerading, as a newspaper, it has neglected to point out questionable characters donating… Read More Steve Ortega Returns Campaign Contribution and Other Questionable Characters Contribute
Watching El Paso politics for the last 14 years I sometimes feel like I’ve seen it all. And lo-and-behold a new politician steps up and leaves me dumbfounded once again. The latest political idiocy is Courtney Niland. I guess one requirement for El Paso politics is to forgo common decency in the quest to serve… Read More Courtney Niland Makes A Move, Media Manipulation and the Cabal’s Useful Idiots
On May 8, 2013, KVIA reporter, Matt Dougherty shed more light on El Paso Police Officer Alberto Machorro’s road-rage incident with Dee Margo back in September of 2012. Some have speculated that this incident led to Margo’s reelection loss to Joe Moody. Was this incident a conspiracy? As with all conspiracies the evidence is circumstantial,… Read More The Dee Margo Affair
Now that we know that there is evidence that felon Larry Medina provided “favors” for El Paso corruptors while he was at City Council, I thought it might be interesting to see who Larry Medina supported via political contributions. Political contributions are a two way street, one is receipt of monies and the other is… Read More Who Did Felon Larry Medina Support With Political Donations?
During Larry Medina’s sentencing some Information was revealed that should be of interest to those who follow the political shenanigans of El Paso politicians, especially today’s debacle concerning the downtown arena. According to the El Paso Times report on February 19, during Medina’s sentencing his attorney tried to minimize Larry’s criminal participation. To which Judge… Read More Et tu, Susie Byrd and Veronica Escobar? What “s—“ did Medina do under your watch?
Whether Larry Medina, among others, gets sentenced today, February 19, 2013 as expected is yet to be seen as Larry is such a weasel that he will likely seek to weasel his way out of doing jail time. He already tried prostrating himself before Judge Montalvo at his plea hearing shedding crocodile tears while uttering… Read More The Pillar of Society also known as Larry Medina is Expected to be Sentenced Today on Public Corruption Charges
By Armando Castellanos, El Paso Metro The battle among El Paso radio talk show hosts continues to escalate. Commentator Paul Strelzin, on KROD’s morning show, has kept up a barely disguised campaign against Jaime O. Perez. Strelzin has used KROD air time to promote political candidates and, in particular, the current Mayor of El Paso. … Read More Battle of the Talking Heads Escalates
El Paso Metro The City and County of El Paso are shifting their District boundaries to accommodate the growth of the area and equalize the number of voters residing within them. The final precinct boundaries will not be completely defined and recorded until January 2002 according to Javier Chacon of the County Elections Department. “We… Read More City and County Shift Boundaries
Welcome to El Paso Metro’s week in review. This section is updated every Tuesday night. City Council Review Bicycle Paths – Requested greater evaluation of bicycle paths impact on major thoroughfares. Contracts – Found Jar Concrete to be lowest responsible and responsive bidder for Del Norte project in District #2. Silverton Construction lost the contract.… Read More El Paso Metro Weekly Byte: November 6, 2001