Friday, May 27, 2016
IT'S TIME TO ABOLISH THE COB PERMITS DEPARTMENT AND GO PRIVATE
Here is the basic law, if you have windstorm insurance and after the year 2000 you installed new windows or glass doors which are not windstorm certified, the adjuster can deny your claim. Now to deal in reality, if we are dealing with a major storm, the inspectors/adjusters are not going to have the time to verify who complied with the law and who did not.
Click for a list by the Texas Department of Insurance of all Windstorm approve doors. There is now a new policy that private insurance companies are selling Windstorm insurance in competition with the Texas Department of Insurance. Their adjusters are going to be more inclined to verify the windows or doors are in fact certified. If they are not they do not have to pay for the damage.
None of the home improvement vendors use the list in ordering doors if you want a certified door, which is mandatory in all of Brownsville. It is so simple - just click on the list and the door will pass certification.
I have now learned the three doors I ordered are being returned to the vendor for a door on the list. TDI told me the doors are not approved in Texas and will not be certified. The vendor the local home improvement store bought them from has agreed to provide certified doors at no additional cost. It could be weeks. There was no arguing - they admitted their sales person messed up and they are going to make good on the agreement.
The city of Brownsville inspectors issue permits and then approve the doors, without concern with whether or not they are in compliance with Texas law. I think it is fair to say as a resident of Brownsville I should be allowed to rely on the inspectors that work which requires a permit is done properly and within state and local code. According to Mr. Gamez, you are not allowed to make that assumption.
It does not end their, I have had the plumbing and electrical work checked and have been told there are code violations. I called the city to do the post completion of work inspection so that if in fact there are code violations I have proof. I have pipes on the outside of the sheet rock instead of inside the walls. My home is prefire wall. Fire wall means 18" 2x4 are placed between the taller 2x4 to slow a fire if one breaks out. Prefire wall means they can drop new pipes through the wall with no obstruction. It also means there should be small sheet rock cuts to make the new connections. They leave the cut copper pipes in the wall.
In the case of my home every location where pipe had to be dropped down inside the wall the roof is at a peak. This means it is easy for the worker to just drill a new hole through the wood into the wall and drop the flexible pipe down the wall.
The new breaker box was set in crooked which means I cannot put in the sheet rock which was cut out for the larger 200 box over the 150. The six new plugs and light switches were added to an existing junction box instead of adding them to the new larger breaker box, which was the entire point of going with the larger breaker box.
The city tells me only the vendor can call and ask for a final inspection. The vendor refuses. It is a great little scam, the vendor can ignore the code and then not be cited by refusing to call for a final inspection.
After being played around with for a few days, and no one returning phone calls and me being told the same thing that their hands are tied until the vendor calls for the inspection, I called Charlie Cabler's office. Within minutes all of a sudden a supervisor was available to speak with me.
I was told they are not sure what they can do because what the companies do is say they were not done so there are no code violations. I have the emails with my demand an inspected be called. No response. I have a paid in full invoice - albeit wrong as to the numbers - which says the job is complete. But the vendor is allowed to say since they did not call for the inspection code violations cannot issue.
Great - Mikes Plumbing and Electrical is a shit company which does not care about its work or following the rules. He defers everything to his son who does nothing. The fact Gamez is allowing the companies to pull this game should be all it takes to remove him from office.
I was finally told a plumbing and electrical inspector will be sent Tuesday, but from there they do not know what they can do because Mikes Plumbing and Electrical have not called them to tell them they have completed the job. Mind you the job started with the city issuing a $40.00 fine because they did not have a permit to do the work.
None of this would be happening if we had a competent director of permits. What is the point of permits and inspection if the vendors are free to ignore federal, state, and local codes?
It is your simple slip and fall at HEB. Then as luck would have it, at later date it appears a Sams worker may have dropped some artificial turf on the mans head.
The HEB medical expert wants to do a physical exam of the plaintiff to determine the accuracy of the plaintiff's medical expert's report. To be true the law does not allow HEB to demand a medical exam based on a fishing expedition.
This is an interesting mandamus because it open the door wide open to mandamus relief on just about every type of legal question - It also required the Texas Supreme Court to imply findings as to the existing medical reports in order to get to its ruling. A basis rule in mandamus relief is the Court never gets to factual disputes.
Judge David Sanchez was ordered to allow for the medical exam of the plaintiff.
So while it is true Judge David Sanchez was hit with a mandamus this morning, it is also true the Texas Supreme Court just made it a lot easier to seek mandamus relief.
This is one of those cases which has a new approach. The Texas Supreme Court making findings about the medical reports is something rarely done in a mandamus. This is something left to the discretion of the trial judge. But in this case they found the jury could not do its job as a fact finder without the medical exam of the plaintiff.
Texas law is like Texas weather, if you do not like it wait a minute and it will change. I am happy with the opinion because it just made getting a mandamus a lot easier.
Posted by BobbyWC at 12:17 PM
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
ENTIRE CITY COMMISSION GUILTY OF COMPLICITY TO DEFRAUD BROWNSVILLE TAXPAYERS
Such as BISD, every sitting city commissioner needs to be voted out of office the next time they are up for reelection.
THE MONTOYA SOSSI LAWSUIT HAS SETTLED WITH MONEY PAID
Although provided the time to inform the city commission the city had been sued by Montoya, Mark Sossi never informed the city commission by putting same on the city agenda. Mark Sossi then hired Navarro to defend the city and in effect himself, although Sossi filed the original lawsuit against Montoya.
The city then settled the lawsuit without still informing the city commission that it had been sued, or ot was now settling the lawsuit. Trust me no city commissioner will call for an investigation. Mark Sossi is locked in for life because he owes every city commissioner for his existence and they know it. This is beyond dangerous. These are the non-corrupt people Mike Hernandez will back for office so long as they play along.
The federal courts have found settlement agreements with the city must be disclosed if requested. Don't bother asking. Mark Sossi will object and given the fact our current AG, Ken Paxton has abolished the Open Records Act, you will never see the settlement agreement. Click for federal opinion.
So Brownsville's new reality is the city attorney can get the city sued, and he is allowed to hide it from the city commission because he knows they are all too corrupt to care they are being kept in the dark.
Taxpayer money was expended and we have no right to know why. We also have no right to know the terms of settlement with the city.
Posted by BobbyWC at 10:16 AM
NO SURPRISE IN ELECTION RETURN
BLIND FEMALE VOTE:
We have known this now for several elections. When a female candidate is competing one on one with a male candidate the odds are the female will win. The closeness of the Vasquez Garcia race reflects the fact Estela Vasquez did have a percentage of people from Brownsville not liking her from her days on the city commission. But the people in the county probably had no idea who she was - hence the blind female vote.
The Bence Robles race had a larger win for Bence because Bence had no negatives coupled with the blind female vote, and Robles is still dealing with his resignation.
PAY ATTENTION TONY ZAVALETA - you better target the blind female vote or pay the consequences.
THE INCUMBENT ADVANTAGE
Abel Gomez and Sofia Benavides both had the incumbent advantage. Neither had any negatives. In the case of Bea Rosenbaum she could not walk away from her ties to the Port and LNG. A lot of people know Sofia Benavides favored LNG, but Bea worked for the Port and had to be one of its advocates.
CAMERON COUNTY JUDGE
Dan had two major problems - he messed up big time on how he resigned from Commissioners Court. His second problem is, he was not from Brownsville. Politicians and their lack of knowledge of the process drives me nuts. The conversation that Brownsville has to think county should have started two years ago, not a few weeks ago with a few flyers. Brownsville voted against its best interests when it voted for Eddie Treviño. But it did not know better because no one has opened the conversation about Brownsville needing to join the county to create a metroplex.
Eddie Treviño has two years to become part of the metroplex group or face a challenger. Unfortunately the issue will die until about a month before the primary for reelection. .
OP10.33 did not win this one. They did nothing of any significance to openly back Treviño. The primary beneficiary of the 550 development will be Los Fresnos, and with Brownsville at war with Los Fresnos, OP10.33 is going to find Eddie is going to have to cross Brownsville, or Brownsville will stand in the way of the development of 550. This is going to be interesting to watch, as Eddie crosses Brownsville, although in the long run Brownsville will benefit the same as Los Fresnos.
We have no newspaper to run editorials to push the idea of a united Cameron county - so the education of the people of Brownsville will never happen.
The war of words should get interesting.
Posted by BobbyWC at 9:11 AM
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
EARLY VOTING RESULTS CAN BE EXPECTED BETWEEN 7:15 and 7:20
The law requires certain people be present before Remi Garza can release the results of early voting. So long as there is a 5% margin I believe based on early voting we can call the election. The percentage of people voting early seems to be increasing, so if someone has a large lead based on early voting it is highly unlikely today's results will change anything.
The blind female vote will impact this race big time. Until the male candidates figure out how to overcome the blind female vote, they will continue to lose close elections. If you are supporting the man, you better get out and vote if you have not yet voted.
REPUBLICANS DEAD IN THE WATER
Click for number of Republicans voting early. When you consider these numbers, unless Lucio and Rincones are indicted before November there is zero change of a Republican winning in November. The election will end tonight.
Will be posted as soon as they are released. there are no numbers yet, but once posted you can click here
THE WINNERS ARE: ELECTION DAY RESULTS WILL NOT CHANGE ANYTHING
Eddie Treviño County Judge
Sofia Benavides- County Commissioner
Estela Chavez - Judge County Court at law 5 - blind female vote wins every time
Shiela Garcia Bence Judge County Court at law 4 -
blind female vote wins every time
Constable Abel Gomez
Click for Democratic Results
Republican =- Sheriff - Victor Cortez
Click for Republican Results- Notice how low numbers are - Sheriff Lucio will win by a landslide in November
Posted by BobbyWC at 12:45 PM
Monday, May 23, 2016
Posted by BobbyWC at 10:32 PM
BISD ELECTION AROUND THE CORNER
After Tuesday we are down to the TSC run-off which I believe will have a record low turn out. Rumors are already flying about the BISD election.
I have one simple request. To all of you spoilers who run every time and lose thereby making sure the most corrupt person wins, don't run. How many times do you people have to be rejected before you get the hint? Also all you have done is insure time and time again the corrupt candidate wins. Give Brownsville a break and do not run.
BISD is the single most corrupt political institution in Brownsville. Every sitting trustee must go - no exceptions.
It is beyond ridiculous we have former teachers running transportation and food services - which explains the disastrous condition of both departments. We need a Board of Trustees which understands you hire a superintendent to run the school district.
We desperately need to start to hire professionals to run purchasing, transportation,, food services. etc. There are highly qualified veterans looking for work who can do a better job in running each of these departments than the current leadership. Nothing in the law requires BISD hire teachers to do these jobs. It is part of the compadre system. If you do their dirty work you will eventually get promoted to one of these positions with the privilege of mismanaging each department.
WHAT WE NEED
We need people who currently run successful businesses to run for BISD.
We do not need these endless losers running again so as to be the spoiler to help the corrupt incumbent to win.