Saturday, October 25, 2008

SOME FACT CHECKS ON THE BISD ELECTION

Sorry BV was down. I was working with a family in SA fore three days who has a special education child who has been abandoned by BISD. I will report on this on Monday.

The American people are at their limits with endless distractions and lies in politics. McCain’s inability to understand this has cost him about 10 points in the polls since the Republican Party Convention. But you would not know this based on how the BISD election is going. If you have good reason to support one candidate over another - I say do it. But if lying about your candidate or pretending to be stupid is all you have, then you have nothing.

PAT LEHMANN AND THE LA PAMPA AFFAIR

[F]our board members, including board president Enrique Escobedo, board vice president Herman Otis Powers Jr., Susan Galvan and Pat Lehmann were treated to dinner at La Pampa restaurant by Art Reyna, a representative of Vitetta, an architectural firm that specializes in school buildings"

http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/board_73872___article.html/school_members.html

Only a pathological liar at this time would try and suggest that Pat Lehmann was not squarely in the middle of the La Pampa affair. In fact he lead the battle cry against Colunga’s and Cortez’s demand for an investigation. Pat Lehmann’s entire argument was corporate crooks must stick together

"We are a body corporate, Lehmann said, addressing Cortez directly. We are a team of eight, sir. We work as a team, but this is conspiracy. If you must pass judgment, then we are all guilty, sir."
http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/board_73872___article.html/school_members.html

During this election we have an opportunity to get rid of 2 of the 3 remaining Board Members who find this conduct acceptable. If we do not dump Pat Lehmann and Otis Powers then we do not deserve honest government.

THE OTIS POWERS CONFLICT OF INTEREST

Another issue is whether Otis Powers is benefitting from the pay raises the BISD Board has voted for his wife. The claim is everything is Oakey dokey because Otis Powers does not vote on the pay raises for his wife. To believe this you have to have zero knowledge of the political process. Or you are urging this argument because you are a liar.

Even at the level of the United States Supreme Court Justices trade votes. Former law clerks to the Justices have told the stories of how the Justices will agree to give so and so the 5th vote on one case in exchange for the 5th vote in another case. This is the nature of politics.

Who believes that Otis Powers has never once traded a vote with another BISD Board Member in exchange for making sure his wife gets a big pay raise? Do you really believe Otis Powers is going to vote no on a pay raise for someone tied to another Board Member, when he needs that Board Member to support his own wife’s pay raise?

In the end being an advocate is one thing, but point blank lying is another.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Don't forget that Pat Lehman and Ruben Cortez both have wives that work for the district. Rolando Aguilar has many relatives that work for the district also. It would hard to find a board where no one related works for BISD. Teachers in the last three years have received raises of at least 8,000 well deserved in my opinion.

Anonymous said...

You are so right about Otis's wife getting a raise. She quietly went from a Pay Grade 4 to Pay Grade 5 during the summer which is the same level as a school principal. Although many people do not care for his opponent, they may vote for her because a vote for her is a vote against Otis. Unfortunately it is very obvious that Otis's family does have special privileges which any other "regular" employee may not. The AA's make decisions to favor his family members because of Otis's influence on the board.

Anonymous said...

Zayas on election day. Time to move on and forward.

Anonymous said...

Is it true that BISD candidate Joe Cadriel lives in Los Fresnos????

Anonymous said...

SLICKY RICKY!
NO WAY!

Anonymous said...

Intersting, Otis's wife has climbed up the ladder without ever having taught an actual classroom full of students. Remember she got her "experience" as a parental involvement "teacher" at Cummings. Must be nice to jump up so far with no actual teaching experience.

Anonymous said...

What is her current position?

Anonymous said...

Please do not lie. My wife was a teacher at Vermillion elementary during the late 80's and early 90's before the Cummings Middle School.

Enough is Enough.

Herman Otis Powers Jr.

Anonymous said...

Please do not lie. My wife was a teacher at Vermillion elementary during the late 80's and early 90's before the Cummings Middle School

That could be two years.Right?