Wednesday, November 9, 2016

THE FALLOUT ON 3 STOLEN CHIZCAS TRANSPORTING ALIENS

By Juan Montoya
Suddenly, city officials who lauded the idea of placing rental bikes costing in the thousands of dollars for rent in downtown sites have gone silent over the recent theft of three of them (or more) and used by illegal aliens to catch a train out of town.
Heralded as a move to improve city residents' health and to make the city bike-friendly, the bikes were supposed to be theft proof and could only be operated by the use of an app on a person's cell phone.

Well, if car thieves from Matamoros can hot wire the most modern cars and drive them across the river, what made city officials think that they couldn't break into the bike racks and make off with the new bikes?
In the case of three bikes, the police told a local broadcaster that they didn't know who took the bikes, whether they were in fact stolen, or whether the perpetrators meant to return them.
"Right now we're just handling it as a missing bikes case," a BPD spokesman told the reporter.

The bikes were found, along with a backpack and a gallon of flavored water, out toward FM 511 in the Rio Del Sol Subdivision. That subdivision is adjacent to the railroad tracks leading northward. A pair of shorts left on one of the bikes was still wet from the swim across the river. The backpack also contained a package of condoms.

The fact that the city is spending so much money on the bikes, app software, and the maintenance agreements with the vendors didn't sit well with
some local residents.

The whole biking thrust has been spearheaded by city commissioner rose Gowen, as has the proliferation of bike and hike trails.
One of her fellow commissioners, Rick Longoria, said he had voted against the idea of the rental bikes because he suspected something like this might happen.
"The only vote against it. Right here.," He wrote. "Waste of our taxpayers money,"

Dino Chavez followed suit and said that if every politician was held accountable for funds wasted, stolen of used inefficiently during their tenure, they would think twice about how they spent it.
"It's quite different when the money you are spending is not your own."
Others, most notably Ruben Gallegos, Jr., questioned the continued emulation of large urban centers in Central and North Texas such as Austin and Ft. Worth who have the rental bikes saying that one size does not necessarily fit all.
"(Brownsville) does not have a bustling downtown or a road system that is bike friendly," he wrote. "Just because it works in Austin or Ft. Worth doesn't mean it will work here...It amazes me how much one aggressive commissioner can do regardless of the validity of the idea."
And Zeke Silva (in whose neighborhood the three stolen bikes were found) pitched in his two-cents worth on the issue.
"We paid stupid tax payers money for bikes to give away. How much money has the poorest city in the United States of American lost over commissioner Rose Gowen wanting to grandstand over her project? Now they want GPS on every bike..."

But, according to the police and the city administration, no crime has occurred and no theft has been reported. They'll probably just throw more good money after bad as usual.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

you morons worry over three fucking bikes while the unemployment rate skyrockets, jobs go scarce and shitty candidates win elections. No fuckin wonder you suck

Anonymous said...

These comments only reinforce the idea that Brownsville is home to a million morons. That fatboy Longoria is a self-serving MOFO. He'll be targeted for defeat next go-round. Believe me.

Anonymous said...

Poor people rarely get the big picture. It;s the goddamned criminals you should be assailing and not the city for dragging you into civilization. FUCKING INGRATES!!!

Anonymous said...

The administration of Tony Martinez has not hesitated to waste tax dollars...in the millions. And what have the taxpayers done....NOTHING. Is it that tax payers don't care, are too ignorant to take action, or are just loyal to the government, no matter what.

Anonymous said...

Why keep stressing the condom issue. I've apprehended hundreds of illegals. And very few if any had condoms on them. Why does it matter that the backpack had condoms?

Diego Lee Rot said...

The city should rent other stuff too. Just thinking out loud here. Cardboard boxes with inflatable mattresses, barbecue grills, acoustic guitars. . .. .. . . Also I think it would be cool to have a high speed rail connecting the downtown to Boca Chica Beach. So people could rent this stuff downtown and then be wisked away to the beach to watch the rocket launch.

Anonymous said...

When is Tony Martinez term over? Maybe we can do a "Trump" here.
Nah, that will be the day. When hell freezes over. Oh, it snowed in Brownsville,...well, maybe it can be done.
When is Gowen up for election? If only one BISD board member won, maybe it can be done with Gowen.
I bet now that Trump won, the local politicans are blank faced. Have NO IDEA what's next.

Anonymous said...

i hope you cry the same way when your splurge $500 a week in groceries with that magical lone star card.

Anonymous said...

Diego is an idiot!

Anonymous said...

Has anyone done a survey on the use of bike trails? If there is a bike trail on 6th street, why do we need one on 7th street that cuts off at Ringgold. Where do the bikes go? Has anyone ever bothered to check out the traffic congestion at 7th and Frontage at 5 PM? I waited at the police station for 2 hours the other day and sat in my car and did not see one single bicycle ride down 6th or 7th? Pave the streets like Paredes by the Buena Vista Cemetery. Clean up the streets especially by the expressway and/or expressway. With or without the bag ordiance, we have the dirties city in the valley. Harlingen and McAllen shame us with their aesthetic value. The clothing items left behind by recent river simmers are scatter all over the street, tires, etc. Get your blue jeans on Mr. Mayor, oh, you never take them off, and start cleaning up our city. You fix up the buildings bought from your friends and spend money on things that are never going to be used in Brownsville. Give the citizens what they need before you give them the recreation they can perform while cleaning up their yards for exercise.

Anonymous said...

To 'November 9, 2016 at 11:33 AM'
Condoms are frequently carried by young undocumented central american females to protect themselves during the 1,000-plus trip filled with some of the worst organized crime they encounter.

Anonymous said...

Less government? Really, Dino? You're always first in line, not only at the cafeteria but also when it comes to asking the city government for money for your personal projects. Less government would mean less money for you. Stop being a hypocrite and saying things people like to hear but doing things they don't like.

rita