Saturday, October 24, 2020

FEAR AND LOATHING ON THE BISD ELECTION HUSTINGS



(Ed.'s Note: We shouldn't be surprised about the passions of fear and loathing associated with this election cycle of the Brownsville Independent School District, but we are. We are told, for example, that the Hyundai car being towed away from the early voting site at the Main Library on Central Blvd. belongs to Darrell Powers, brother of former BISD trustee Otis Powers, who lost to Erasmo Castro in the last elections go-round.

Apparently, Darrell was chugging down on a 36-ounce "mofle" of brewsky when he came dangerously close to Team Castro as he edged close to the sidewalk,  and then sped into the library parking lot off Central Blvd. The police were called and he was taped being led into the patrol unit and his car impounded.

No charges have appeared yet on then BPD inmate list. His car's windshield and rear window display yard signs for Minerva Peña and Daniela Lopez Valdez.



Then, as if that wasn't enough excitement and loathing on the hustings, Adan Salas, a convicted sex offender who got into trouble over an eight-year-old victim and has to register annually with the state as a sex offender, is figuring prominently in the Eddie Garcia campaign.  Garcia is a 30-year veteran of the BPD.


Yesterday, Eddie's sister – unopposed 138th District Court Judge Democratic candidate Gaby Garcia – did her best to cover the him from photographs (above). However, Salas has not been shy about voicing his support for both Garcias. But the thought of a sex offender hanging out around the entrance to a park where children might be present is concerning.

Much has been made of the fact that the so-called "criminal slate" of Castro, Frankie Olivo, Carlos Elizondo and Viro Cardenas have all had their run-ins with the law with Castro on probation, Cardenas with child support woes, his nephew Olivo pleading guilty to sexual harassment and stalking with a cell phone and taking a pre-trial diversion plea, and Elizondo awaiting trial for theft from the firefighter PAC.

"Ma! They're doing it again!"

What's a mother to do?

DOWNTOWN COMING BACK TO LIFE AFTER 5-MONTH HIATUS


(Ed.'s Note: Clubs in the downtown Brownsville area are slowly returning after being forced to close due to the virus outbreak. In the photo above, Double Trouble owner'manager Rodrigo Quintero opened last week. The club is following virus safeguards like requiring face masks and and enforcing social distancing.
The club's patrons preference runs toward modern music with a modicum of country music and has a
ping-pong, billiards, and game tables.
             

Down the street on Adams, La Movidita's Queren Medina continues to entice imbibers with her world-famous Micheladas and karaoke. The historic Palm Lounge, of course, has always been there for its established patrons under the management of Edwin and Teresa Hernandez.)

COUNTY, BISD/BND EARLY VOTING CLIMB TO HISTORIC RECORD

  

(Ed.'s Note: No lines, crowds, or waiting here. These are the two curbside voting lanes at the Brownsville Events Center on Paredes Line Road. Inside, 38 voting booths which are sanitized after each voter and pens that are passed through UV lights to fight COVID-19 infection. 

During the 12 days of the 2016 presidential year election, 61,339 early votes were cast. This year, there have been 60,246 early votes as of Friday, the 10th day of an extended voting period caused by the COVID-19 virus with still another seven days to go. Make history. Vote!) 

10 DAYS OF 2020 GENERAL (PRESIDENTIAL) ELECTION EARLY VOTING: 60,246

(EARLY VOTING DAYS 2020: 18, 7 DAYS LEFT)

2018 EARLY VOTE: 12 DAYS (NON-PRESIDENTIAL) : TOTAL VOTES CAST: 50,916

2016 EARLY VOTE 12 DAYS (PRESIDENTIAL): TOTAL VOTES CAST: 61,339

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Brownsville Independent School District: 25,192 (Total EV 2018: 19,665, Total 2018 Vote: 29,702 )

Brownsville Navigation District: 32,063* 

Texas Southmost College: 36,004*

*(These two entities have traditionally held their elections in May, but the onslaught of the COVID-19 crisis prompted the Texas Governor's Office to move the election to the November 3 general election resulting in huge increases in turnout not comparable to previous years.)

Friday, October 23, 2020

FORMER COP DEE ORTIZ NABBED FOR TWO STORE THEFTS



From Valley Central.Com

Editor’s note: This story has been corrected. According to Brownsville police, Ortiz was involved in two separate theft incidents. One that took place on Oct. 11 involving a Walmart and one that occurred on Oct. 9 at a Target.

Brownsville, Texas (KVEO)—A now former Brownsville police officer is accused of price tag switching in Target.

According to the incident report, on October 9, the Brownsville Police Department responded to the Target.

A woman, identified as Diane Ortiz, was seen picking up a decorative basket that was valued at $29.99 and tearing off a tag from a smaller decorative basket valued at $12.99.

Ortiz then was seen at self-checkout scanning the $12.99 tag for the $29.99 decorative basket, according to the report.

On October 14, Ortiz turned herself in following an arrest warrant for another theft. Ortiz was arrested on theft charges, a class B misdemeanor.

Following her arrest, Ortiz was placed on administrative leave. She then voluntarily resigned her post, said public information officer Jose Loredo with the Brownsville Police Department.

GABINO VASQUEZ, COUNTY PCT. 1 ADMIN. ASST., DIES


By Sofia Benavides
Cameron County Commissioner
Pct. 1

"I am greatly saddened by the passing of a great and loyal friend, Gabino Vasquez. Gabino served as my late husband’s (Pete Benavides) Administrative Assistant. He supported Pete wholeheartedly and was an integral part of the administration of Cameron County Precinct 1. 

Gabino was considered part of the Benavides Family. Upon my taking office, Gabino continued to serve admirably and loyally until his retirement. Pati Matamoros and I have lost a great partner and friend. 

Our most sincere condolences to his wife, Rosa, his sons, Gabino Jr., Ricky, George, Gaby, Don, Edgar and Eloy; his daughters Rosemary Aldretelee and Diana Morin. May He Rest In Peace."

RODRIGUEZ SLOUCHES TOWARD ELECTION TO BISD BOARD

GAVITO HITS THE BIG TIME: FEATURED ON COURT TV



(Ed.'s Note: The stage is set for local legendary lawman George Gavito to make yet another cameo on Court TV this Sunday. The show will explore the case against Susie Mowbray. She was found to be wrongly convicted in 1988 of murdering her husband, Bill Mowbray, in 1987. After incessantly protesting her innocence, she was granted a retrial in Nov. 1995 in a decision affirmed by a Texas appeals court that ruled that Cameron County prosecutors concealed a crucial report on the blood splatter evidence that supported her innocence. 

Gavito makes his appearance with Court TV host Ashleigh Banfield in Judgment, Your Front Row Seat to Justice, this Sunday at 7 p.m.m Central Standard Time.

After almost 10 years in incarceration in 1997, Mowbray was retried and acquitted on January 24, 1998. Defense attorneys argued that forensic evidence showed her husband committed suicide while she was asleep next to him in bed. Dr. Herbert MacDonnell testified that it was likely Mowbray committed suicide. After her acquittal she said: "Thank God it's over. We have been living with this burden and this hell for 10 years."

The lawman is said to be considering inking a deal with the series producer as an expert consultant on border law enforcement and to advice them on upcoming sequels.) 

To see a teaser of the show, click on link:

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

MORE BROWNSVILLE COPS BEHAVING BADLY, HIT-AND-RUN

(Ed.'s Note: At first we didn't believe that a member of Brownsville's Finest was arrested by the troopers of the Texas Department of Public Service and charged with a hit-and-run of a vehicle instead of a DUI as we were first told. We have been corrected. Well, we started looking and there it was. Patrolman Reynaldo Rios, who was sworn in on January 25, 2018, is said to be currently placed on administrative leave pending an investigation by the department.

He was assigned to the Patrol Division.

This has been a bad week for the image of the BPD. This past Thursday, officer Diane Ortiz (AKA Martinez, Cuevas) resigned following her arrest for multiple charges of theft from Walmart and Target. She had been at the BPS for more than 20 years before the spate of arrests for shoplifting force her resignation. She was charged with stealing $42 worth of goods from Walmart, just $8 under the felony theft charge level of $50 . Can we expect any more cases of these malcriados wearing a badge?)


WILL GBIC BOARD REIN IN ROGUE CHAIRMAN TODAY?

 By Juan Montoya


Less than two weeks after Greater Brownsville Incentives Corporation chairman Graham Sevier-Schultz published a post on his Facebook page telling Texas Governor Greg Abbott to "go fuck yourself" as the organization was seeking the support of the governor's office office to promote a virtual tour for foreign investors, some GBIC members have decided to clip his wings.

An item placed by two board members for the today's noon Zoom GBIC meeting agenda states: 

G. Discussion and possible action on Board Conduct Policy. – (Sandra Duran & Dennis Sanchez)

There is no backup to the agenda and CEO Mario Lozoya was out of town and was unavailable for comment, but it appears that at least these two board members want to impress upon Sevier-Schultz that his stunt may have made things more difficult for the GBIC staff. 

Some board members have said in the past that the governor's staff was aware of the post and were not pleased that it had been made by the chairman of the Brownsville 4A tax Economic Development Corporation that was seeking their assistance.

Their ruffled feathers were smoothed over when they were assured that neither the board nor the staff had been aware that the post was being published by the GBIC chair. But it obviously didn't sit well with them that the efforts of the GBIC staff may have been made more difficult because of the obscene and vulgar post against Abbott by the board chairman.

(The virtual tour, by the way, was considered a success with investors from eight or nine different countries participating and learning about opportunities in Brownsville and the border.)  

What changes these board members may have in mind related to "board conduct" is unknown. Sevier-Schultz, ever since he was appointed chair of the GBIC in 2019, has been stymied in attempting to implement dubious schemes using 4 A sales tax monies.

One that was turned down by the board who question whether it was legitimate use of these funds was one where they were asked to provide a $500,000 loan to Nick Mitchell-Bennett, CEO of the Brownsville Community Development Corporation, to compete with "payday" lenders by offering lower interest loans to applicants of his housing services.

Mitchell-Bennett's Community Loan Center stood to get the $500,000 at 2 percent over 10 years to fund a modified payday loan program with personal loans at 18 percent with the the sales-tax funds meant for manufacturing and industrial development.

The plan was touted as an "employee retention" scheme and as a way to "attract' industry by the duo.
The board balked and questioned whether it was a legitimate use of the sales-tax monies to compete with "payday" lenders. They turned the Sevier-Schultz proposal down and drew a rebuke from the chairman who denigrated their views and the relevance of the GBIC.  

At that, Sevier-Schultz petulantly told the board members that: "The motion dies, and so does this organization. This is totally ridiculous."

Sevier is apparently feeling his oats since he is Mayor Trey Mendez's business partner in Dodici's, a traditional pizza joint downtown, and has enjoyed the support of commissioner Rose Gowen who has declared his 7th and Park Cafe "bicycle friendly" and provided city subsidies to advertise the cafe at the local Cinemark theater.  

Everyone, of course, is entitled to their own political opinion, but Sevier-Schultz's actions and words as the chairman of the GBIC increasingly seem to go counter to the goals of the organization he heads. The two board members who placed the item on Wednesday's agenda may be right. It may be time to clip his wings and bring back some decorum and seriousness to the table. 

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

SOMETIMES ONE WONDERS WHY SOME PEOPLE RUN, OR TRY...


 

A YEAR AFTER HEB CLOSING, NO GROCERY STORE DOWNTOWN

Special to EL Rrun-Run

It's been exactly a year since the folks over at HEB corporate headquarters decided that given the historical building restrictions on their plans to expand the store in downtown Brownsville wasn't worth the headaches and pulled up stakes.

Since then, the promised grocery store replacement has not happened and the store – a business anchor if there ever was one – remains boarded up. 

For a while, H-E-B provided transportation to "partners" and customers that were used to the downtown store.

Newly-arrived Brownsville City Manager Noel Bernal was asked then about the about the closure and how it would affect business in that area.

“We have over $55 million in investment over the last five years and we will continue to focus on downtown because for the city, it will remain a priority,” said Bernal, who adds the city is already looking to add another grocery store in that same location.

Brownsville Mayor Trey Mendez, who said the closure was disappointing, tried to play down the departure of the store. 

“That H-E-B served almost entirely citizens in that area. A lot of them on foot. I don’t see how it will affect business at all, but will drastically affect these low income and economically depressed citizens,” said Mendez.

Up to now there is no sign of the promised store, and like Mendez, downtown residents and customers from Matamoros remain "disappointed," especially with the inaction of the city to replace it with another one.
(Nuestro agradecimiento por las fotos a uno de nuestros siete lectores, el Sr. Gerardo Danache. Gracias Colega!) 

GBIC CHAIR SEVIER'S "BOARD CONDUCT" TO BE DISCUSSED

By Juan Montoya

Less than two weeks after Greater Brownsville Incentives Corporation chairman Graham Sevier-Schultz published a post on his Facebook page telling Texas Governor Greg Abbott to "go fuck yourself" as the organization was seeking the support of the governor's office office to promote a virtual tour for foreign investors, some GBIC members have decided to clip his wings.

An item placed by two board members for the Wednesday noon zoom GBIC meeting agenda states: 

G. Discussion and possible action on Board Conduct Policy. – (Sandra Duran & Dennis Sanchez)

There is no backup to the agenda and CEO Mario Lozoya has been out of town and was unavailable for comment, but it appears that at least these two board members want to impress upon Sevier-Schultz that his stunt may have made things more difficult for the GBIC staff. 

Some board members have said in the past that the governor's staff was aware of the post and were not pleased that it had been made by the chairman of the Brownsville 4A tax Economic Development Corporation that was seeking their assistance.

Their ruffled feathers were smoothed over when they were assured that neither the board nor the staff had been aware that the post was being published by the GBIC chair. But it obviously didn't sit well with them that the efforts of the GBIC staff may have been made more difficult because of the obscene and vulgar post against Abbott by the board chairman.

(The virtual tour, by the way, was considered a success with investors from eight or nine different countries participating and learning about opportunities in Brownsville and the border.)  

What changes these board members may have in mind related to "board conduct" is unknown. Sevier-Schultz, ever since he was appointed chair of the GBIC in 2019, has been stymied in attempting to implement dubious schemes using 4 A sales tax monies.

One that was turned down by the board who question whether it was legitimate use of these funds was one where they were asked to provide a $500,000 loan to Nick Mitchell-Bennett, CEO of the Brownsville Community Development Corporation, to compete with "payday" lenders by offering lower interest loans to applicants of his housing services.

Mitchell-Bennett's Community Loan Center stood to get the $500,000 at 2 percent over 10 years to fund a modified payday loan program with personal loans at 18 percent with the the sales-tax funds meant for manufacturing and industrial development.

The plan was touted as an "employee retention" scheme and as a way to "attract' industry by the duo.
The board balked and questioned whether it was a legitimate use of the sales-tax monies to compete with "payday" lenders. They turned the Sevier-Schultz proposal down and drew a rebuke from the chairman who denigrated their views and the relevance of the GBIC.  

At that, Sevier-Schultz petulantly told the board members that: "The motion dies, and so does this organization. This is totally ridiculous."

Sevier is apparently feeling his oats since he is Mayor Trey Mendez's business partner in Dodici's, a traditional pizza joint downtown, and has enjoyed the support of commissioner Rose Gowen who has declared his 7th and Park Cafe "bicycle friendly" and provided city subsidies to advertise the cafe at the local Cinemark theater.  

Everyone, of course, is entitled to their own political opinion, but Sevier-Schultz's actions and words as the chairman of the GBIC increasingly seem to go counter to the goals of the organization he heads. The two board members who placed the item on Wednesday's agenda may be right. It may be time to clip his wings and bring back some decorum and seriousness to the table. 

INFORMANT WHO HELPED CONVICT DALLAS MAYOR REAPPEARS

 By Juan Montoya

In a sheriff's race tinged with hints and accusations of questionable cash contributions and possible links to drug cartels on the part of one candidate and the legal travails of another, a name has appeared on the campaign contributions of the Democratic candidate that has piqued the interest of local pundits.

Republican John Chambers – opponent of  former Cameron District Clerk District Eric Garza – has pointed out that two individuals, "business owners" Robert Gracia and Mark Johnson, have single-handedly pumped some $85,000 into the Garza campaign. That didn't change in this reporting period. 

In Garza's 30-day before the election report filed October 5, both chipped in a few more dollars – another $2,500 from Johnson and $1,000 from Gracia – but it was a $1,500 cash contribution from a Bill Fisher from Dallas that caught their attention.

Fisher, whose fame (or notoriety) came to the attention of the FBI and the Dallas Observer, has been active in supporting some local politicians and specializes in building low-income housing and apartment complexes using federal tax credits to entice investors who use their investments to offset their current or future taxes.

We first wrote about Fisher back in 2003 when he was actively contributing in local political races and traced his role in bringing down the mayor and some city officials in Dallas after they demanded increasingly large amounts of extortion money to approve one of his housing projects and he went to the FBI. https://rrunrrun.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-forces-behind-country-club-120.html

A Dallas Observer article contains much more in-depth coverage on the background on this man and traces his 1995 federal conviction for conspiracy to defraud– later overturned – and found not guilty in a retrial in 1998 of conspiracy to defraud investors in a Florida land deal. By then he had spent more than a year in a federal prison. https://www.dallasobserver.com/news/bill-fisher-handed-the-fbi-a-chance-to-clean-up-city-hall-does-that-make-fisher-mr-clean-6421758

Around July 2009, an FBI agent testified in the Dallas City Hall corruption trial that an investigation into corruption in Dallas began with allegations that associates of a top city official were trying to solicit bribes from a developer. In his testimony during the trial, Fisher was a key government witness against former Mayor Pro Tem Don Hill and others after he agreed to become an informant and wear a wire to record them. The prosecution said that black leaders solicited bribes from white developers, with black leaders saying it was time for the white developers to pay.

Later that year, in August, Fisher admitted he had made several "contributions" to former council member Maxine Thornton-Reese. Fisher had projects in Reese's council district. Apparently Fisher had sent Reese three checks for $1,000 each, described as campaign contributions. All three had bounced.

When he heard details of her conversation, Fisher immediately sent cashier's checks to Reese by messenger.

If Fisher is interested in using the tax-credit formula for low-income housing in Cameron County – a perfectly legal enterprise – what interest would he have in the sheriff's race, people are asking? Did some city official or someone in one of the city's housing boards convince him that making a contribution to a candidate for sheriff would make things go easier for his projects here?
Either way, in a race where the hushed whispers hint of unsavory association by the Garza campaign with dirty campaign money and links to the former disgraced sheriff Conrado Cantu, this type of association with Fisher and his political contributions only adds tinder to the flames. 

Does Garza need the $1,500 so badly that he is willing to fan the flames of rumor?

Monday, October 19, 2020

TRUMP SHOWS SOFT SIDE; ADOPTS DEAD RETRIEVER

La Zanahoria

WASHINGTON—Flopping the putrescent animal carcass down in the Oval Office with an introduction of “call him whatever you want, I don’t care,” President Donald Trump announced Monday that the first family had a new member, a dead dog reportedly adopted to soften his image before election day.

“I saw this on the side of the road and I told the Secret Service, ‘Stop the motorcade, that’s it, that’s a brilliant idea, it’s gonna be perfect,’” said Trump as he grabbed an ear to lift up the limp, withered remains of the golden retriever, allowing the media to capture a few images of the deceased canine before its ear tore away, its body fell at his feet, and its head rolled down a limestone walkway in a puddle of blood and brain matter. 

“That’s good, lie down. And stay down, okay? They say if you want a friend in Washington, get one of these—of course, I have friends already, so many friends, but here it is anyway. Here’s a dog. Everyone says this breed is very loyal, so we’ll see, we’ll see. Could become the best dog any president has ever had. I’m told it has a great pedigree, and I’m expecting great things.” 

At press time, Trump was seen kicking the dead dog’s head down the West Wing Colonnade after internal polling showed its approval rating was higher than his.

WILSON CENTER, GBIC'S LOZOYA BULLISH ON NEW USMCA

By Steve Taylor
Rio Grande Guardian

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – The deputy director of the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute says the U.S.-Mexico border region stands to benefit from USMCA by attracting major manufacturing plants.

Chris Wilson spoke at a Virtual Site Selector Tour of Brownsville hosted last week by the Greater Brownsville Incentives Corporation and Select USA.

“The old model of border manufacturing was build it in Mexico because of cheap labor and then on the U.S. side you will get the jobs because of the facilitation, the trucking, the logistics, all of that stuff. And that still happens, of course,” Wilson said.

“But, I think the huge untapped opportunity and we see examples of it starting to bubble up is for real binational manufacturing inside the border region because in a small geographic area you can combine the comparative advantages of low-cost labor in Mexico, or really mid-cost, high skilled labor in Mexico, with lower costs of capital in the United States, lower costs of energy in the United States and higher skilled workers in the United States.”

USMCA stands for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, a successor trade pact to NAFTA. Wilson said the border region is already benefitting from USMCA because of the certainty it brings to investors and the trade community.

Wilson said there is a huge amount of uncertainty in the trade world today, with the World Trade Organization currently unable to fulfill some of its objectives and “huge trade tensions” between the United States and China.

“Generally around the world, we are seeing a more nationalistic and inward-looking situation than in previous decades and that is creating uncertainty,” Wilson said.

“It is kind of amazing we have landed here because we started off with a lot of uncertainty surrounding the Trump presidency’s policies. But, USMCA has turned that around. By having the USMCA we have created this island of certainty amidst a sea of uncertainty.”

Wilson praised the governments of the U.S., Mexico and Canada for this.

“We have a recommitment from the three governments of North America to have a have a framework of free trade across the region, a rules based system. Amazingly, despite what some people say, I actually think we have more certainty now than we did previously because of the bipartisan nature of support for the USMCA.”

Wilson noted that USMCA was passed 89-10 in the U.S. Senate and 385-41 in the U.S. House. “Those numbers are unlike any trade agreement the United States has ever passed,” Wilson said. By way of comparison he cited the congressional vote totals for USMCA’s predecessor, the North American Free Trade Agreement. The Senate passed the agreement 61-38, while the House totals were 234 for and 200 against.

“Now we have a huge bipartisan majority supporting the USMCA. That is a huge gain. Really, that is the most important thing that happened with USMCA.”

Additionally, Wilson cited “some good additional measures” that could be positive for the border region.

“There is a chapter on trade facilitation that should make the movement of goods across the border a little smoother. There should be more certainty, clarity, transparency with regard to customs rules going forward and we have better rules on digital trade.”

Because of tensions between the U.S. and China, Mexico has an opportunity to attract more electronics companies. He noted that the country was already strong in the automobile sector.

Mario Lozoya is executive director of the Greater Brownsville Incentives Corporation. Lozoya asked Wilson about how changes to the Rules of Origin chapter of USMCA when it comes to the auto manufacturing sector could help the border region.

“The changes to the rules of origin under the USMCA; a big area where we saw changes was in the auto sector. Basically what happened is under NAFTA a car needed to be 62.5 percent made in North America in order to get the free trade benefit that NAFTA offered. Now that is up to 75 percent made in North America,” Wilson pointed out.

“Well, that means that more of your parts, more of your suppliers need to be located in the region to ensure that you are going to develop here. It seems that most auto producers will go ahead and try to find ways to meet those new standards.”

RENE CARDENAS BLOWS IT, COURT REVOKES DWI BOND

 Special to El Rrun-Rrun

Visiting Judge Fred Hinojosa granted the Cameron County District Attorney's Office its petition to revoke the bond of Renato "Rene" Cardenas Jr., after the defendant failed to comply with the provision that he periodically blow into a Breathalyzer pending his trial.

The petition filed by the DA's Office stated that Cardenas had failed at least 35 times to comply with the court-ordered provision specified in his bond. Hinojosa ordered that Cardenas be placed in the custody of the Cameron County Sheriff at Rucker-Carrizales jail in Olmito.

THANK YOU JUDGE TREVINO. LOS CONGALES 'TABAN LLENOS!

 Special to El Rrun-Rrun

The bars were hopping this weekend thanks to the lifting of the bar restrictions by Cameron County "Let's Paaaarty!" Judge Eddie Treviño.

It stands to reason that since the other three valley counties – Hidalgo, Willacy and Starr – are still under order for their bars to close because of the levels of pandemic crisis, those imbibers, virus and all, have made their alcoholic pilgrimage to Cameron County, and more specifically, Brownsville.

  "I was out a bar by Alton Gloor this weekend and most of the people there said they were from McAllen or Edinburg where Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez has not lifted the ban on bar openings," said a besotted partier. "You can't wear a mask and drink at the same time, so half of the time no one was wearing face coverings."

"I wish we had a judge like yours over there," said another. "He's ma dawg!"

However, others weren't as kind to Eddie as were the party hardies.

"We don't even have the schools open yet and you open the bars?," asked a mother who has three kids in the Brownsville Independent School District distance learning program. "People from the other counties aren't going to the Island anymore like they used to. They're coming here now."

Still, others could not contain their displeasure at the lifting of the ban after Treviño railed against the party boats with 70 to 80 people who did not wear masks or maintain a safe social distance when out in the water and the open bars there. 

"We'll see you in March 2022, Eddie," warned one. "I don't think you're going to make it out of the primary to November."

BEN "I OWN SAN BENE" GOMEZ TAKES TO THE STREETS

(FYI Mr. Montoya. This is our Mayor and this is how he rolls in our city. Campaigning in the middle of the highways. What rules San Benito? Mayor follows no stinking rules.)

TIRED OF THE LINES? TRY THE BROWNSVILLE EVENTS CENTER

 

(Ed's Note: If you want to avoid the crowds and vote at your leisure, try the voting site at the Early Voting Super Center at the Brownsville Events Center. There are two lanes for curbside voting and 38 voting booths inside. The site was made possible by a $250,973.66 grant from the USC Arnold Schwarzenegger Institute to the county commissioners court for more polling places.

Every voting booth is sanitized for each voter and strict COVID-19 protocols are being observed, according to election officials.  

So far, Cameron County Elections Department Administrator Remi Garza reports that early voting continues at a blistering pace and that 40,586 early votes have been cast in the county's voting sites, with the majority (6,610) cast at the main library on Central Boulevard in Brownsville. The events center is second with 3,961. So come with me me if you want to vote.) 

MY, MINNIE, HOW YOU'VE CHANGED SINCE THE PORKER BELLES

(Ed.'s Note: Have you heard that Brownsville Independent School District board member (and candidate for reelection) Minerva "NotSoMinnie" Peña is on the verge of suing board counsel Baltazar "SoSueMe" Salazar for using the current picture [left] of the former Porter Belle on a mass mailout? Salazar, who likes to spread around some of the $300,000 salary which he nailed with Peña's vociferous support back in 2013, denies he is making "gifts" to board members in return for his contract.

Others aren't so sure. 

That's why it's perplexing to some observers here that he supposedly sent out a text (below) urging voters to support certain candidates, but Phil Cowen was not among them, although Peña is. Campaign finance reports indicate that Cowen was the beneficiary of a $2,500 donation from the feisty board counsel. Board member Eddie Garcia – who seconded board member Laura Perez-Reyes' motion to terminate him – is also listed as one of the candidates supported by Salazar. The phone number on top of the text is listed as his in Houston and lists his address as 8814 Brae Acres.

Some local attorneys said that voters will have to heavily weigh her qualifications to remain on the board and say the use of her picture from the distant past indicates that the greater weight of the evidence shows she is deliberately trying to mislead the voters. En el barrio dicen que es una ruca pesada.

Is Balta hedging his bets?

Sunday, October 18, 2020

EL RRUN-RRUN'S NOT SO FUNNY SUNDAY FUNNIES

VOTING IN TRUMP'S AGE OF COVID-19...
AND IN CASE YOU FEEL A LITTLE SICK...
 

MAYBE IF YOU REPEAT IT LONG ENOUGH...

FIRST THE GOOD NEWS... 

THEN THE TRUTH...




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