Wednesday, September 30, 2009

THE ZAMORA MESS AND SORRY CHARLIE ATKINSON THE EUNUCH

It is fair to say last night Zamora went home with Sorry Charlie Atkinson’s aguacates in her purse. We now have the facts on Zamora from the horse’s mouth, so to speak. She is a consultant who had a vendor with the city as a client. Poor judgment would be an understatement to describe her decision to represent a company who does business with the city. She has now dropped the client. Unfortunately for Ms. Zamora people now will be carefully watching all of her moves with her clients. Being labeled Lucio light is not a good thing. How she handles herself from here on out will decide her future. The willingness of the Herald to run cover on the story will not insure her political future. Now is the time to become very visible in her district as being proactive in looking for and addressing problems. A second mistake at this level would be disastrous for her political career. Poor judgment can be forgiven once, but not twice.

Last night’s performance between Pat Almighty and Sorry Charlie Atkinson was shameful. Sorry Charlie Atkinson is determined to disrupt the meetings with petty politics and score settling. The decision of Rick Longoria to come to his defense was yet another example for poor judgment. We know the mayor has alienated the commission. We know feelings are hurt - but grow up and move on.

No matter how bad the mayor may have treated any member of the commission or commission as a whole there is no defense to Sorry Charlie Atkinson’s conduct. MZ choose to put the issue of mayor pro tem on the agenda after receiving abusive e-mails from Sorry Charlie Atkinson. He did himself in. You cannot have an abusive low self esteem bully running the show. He needed to be removed as the mayor pro tem. While I understand Longoria’s frustration with the mayor, his frustration is not license to defend Atkinson when it has become clear his conduct is indefensible.

The big riddle for me is, what I going on between Atkinson and Il Duce Troiani? Il Duce is smart enough to know being too tied to Sorry Charlie could be a career ender, in terms of politics. So what is the scoop? I have no idea.

DEALING WITH CONFLICTS OF INTERESTText Color

Reality check for everyone - when Troiani is doing a criminal defense case do you think he is concerned with alienating the police and losing their endorsement come election time? Do you think his advocacy for the developers of downtown was purely altruistic without any possible contract work to come out of that development?

Do you think when the city was negotiating the wall issue with Homeland Security that Sorry Charlie Atkinson was not influenced by his employment with Homeland Security? Do you not understand how politics work? Sorry Charlie Atkinson gets support for his projects from Troiani by supporting Troiani’s lawyer and developer friends on the downtown development projects.

Dr. Gowen, do you think her ties to the Farmers Market do not influence her votes on the issue? Do you think she is not prepared to trade votes with other commissioners in exchange for support for the Farmer’s market?

Life and politics is what it is. As observers we need to look for blatant corruption and expose it. But in that search for blatant corruption we need to be mindful of the fact that every politico has some level of conflict of interests when serving the public - so to speak. Does anyone believe that Camarillo will dare vote against something which promotes UTB or Juliet Garcia?

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

What makes you think anything is going on between Atkinson and Troiani? Where are your facts that Atkinson is specifically supporting Troiani and his friends? I think everyone understands how politics works, and that the reason people run for office is to serve the greater good especially if it can help their their friends.

With this in mind, there is a clear distinction between what Atkinson does and what the women on the commission are doing. We all knew Atkinson had a vague contract with BCVB. He should have abstained from city and BCVB contract discussions. It's obvious Sossi is coaching Zamora on her HNTB abstentions. Why didn't Sossi advise Atkinson to abstain? I don't forgive Atkinson one bit, but it's to be expected from a homophobic caveman. The women on the other hand are new but won their seats because of the negative, selfish image of the commission led by the Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem. In four months, they have already cemented their image as tainted, shady commissioners.

Zamora's reputation included exposing and questioning Senator Lucio's consulting work. What was his excuse? He has a right to make a living? She rightly condemned his reasoning. What is her excuse for her consulting? Is it the same? We don't know because she hasn't publicly answered her critics. Any reasonable person would conclude you live by a higher standard if you expose tainted consulting work but consult vendors when you get elected. Her mistake is unforgiveable, and there is no debating that. If the Herald properly covers her consulting and her background as an exposer, Brownsville will decide that she's dirty and no amount of holy water will cleanse her political soul. It's almost like someone wanted to dirty her up on purpose, and she took the bait, hook, line, and sinker.

It isn't just logrolling with Gowen. Last night Gowen from her perched commission seat on the dais requested city grant writers work with her employer in getting grants for her employer. Is her employer the school of public health? If you or anyone criticizes Atkinson and Zamora, you or they should denounce Gowen because she continues to use her elected position to publicly peddle city services this time for the school of public health. It's beyond despicable and nearly illegal for any elected official to obtain city services for your employer to get grants and possibly money and benefits. First it was the Farmers Market and now her apparent employer. Is this what you didn't like about Gowen during the campaign but refused to reveal? Shame on you for not warning us. One other thing, weren't things to supposed to be better with these two rookies in office?

BobbyWC said...

You do not seem to understand politics - why would things get better just because you elected new people - please - it never gets better - you just replace one self serving politico with another.

As to Gowen, I did an entire piece complaining of her dishonest campaign. I in fact stated we may have been better off hard garza stayed on the Commission - get your facts straight.

You missed the entire point of the piece - politics by its nature creates automatic conflicts of interest for every elected official.

I have no proof to support your claims about Atkinson and some vague contract - comments like that are total BS and only make it easier for Atkinson to claim he is a victim.

As to Gowen - she is a doctor - she is going to puch for everything she believes is good for the community.

Grant money is not the same as local tax dollars.

I have no idea who she works for - but assuming your claims are correct, for which I have never seen any proof, so what - it is grant money.

When elected officials bring home pork for their district - it is about self preservation - the people accept it -

Politics by its very nature is about conflicts of interests.

It is just some times, it crosses the line.

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

There is a difference between consulting for something you know nothing about and something in regards to your education and expertise. Zamora was a public relations consultant. She worked in public relations on South Padre Island. Lucio whose background is kineosology consulted or consulted for firms acquiring jail contracts or bridge construction projects. What did Lucio do? Create wellness programs for them?

Anonymous said...

"We all knew Atkinson had a vague contract with BCVB."

No we didn't. Those are tax monies too..it is worse than Zamora. At least she abstained and didn't hide it.

Anonymous said...

What is a vague contract?

BobbyWC said...

A vague contract is law is a contract which generally cannot be enforced because it is vague. There is a mechanism for enforcement, but most lawyers are idiots and do not know the law on the issue and I would rather not discuss it here. Actual knowledge of the law on contracts is a good weapon against most lawyers.

Now, as to how it was used here - no idea - in my opinion as posted it was a BS post. I stayed away from the Zamora story until I had the facts. I did not run with anony posts.

If someone knows about this contract and wants to send me information laying it all out I will research it and if there is a conflict problem I will run with the story.

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

There is a difference between consulting for something you know nothing about and something in regards to your education and expertise. Zamora was a public relations consultant. She worked in public relations on South Padre Island. Lucio whose background is kineosology consulted or consulted for firms acquiring jail contracts or bridge construction projects. What did Lucio do? Create wellness programs for them?

OH PLEASE!

Anonymous said...

so how do you feel now, Bobby? Didn't you drag Carlos through the mud? At least he wasn't selling our city like this.

Anonymous said...

Why can't you get off your fat ass and do your own leg work? New York Times writers have been given Pulitzers with less lead than you been given. The story has been broken and laying there like a drunk woman waiting to be ravaged....oh never mind.

You claim to have seen the meeting and saying she went home with his balls. Stop dreaming, she outed his contract with BCVB yesterday in open session. Dipshit.

BobbyWC said...

As to Accion America - everything I reported is 100% accurate- they consistently reported inaccurate things about BV.

There motivation remains 100% suspect because they seek to protect the two men in charge for the last several years.

Go back to Rendon's and Gonzales' lawsuits where in those lawsuits did they specifically state the claims they are making now.

Too little too late.

As to Sorry Charlie Atkinson, If there is a story I will deal with it when I have verified facts. I held on the Zamora story until I had verified facts, not endless rumors and conflicting statements being posted on the internet.

So I am being told the Zamora story was all over the internet and I simply failed to do my research.

Riddle me this dipshit if it were already all over the internet with the correct set of facts, then why did I need to report what everyone else was already reporting.

I do not deal in rumors. Exactly - word for word - what was said about the so called Sorry Charlie Atkinson contract - because we all know I run cover for sorry Charlie Atkinson all of the time.

Bobby WC

BobbyWC said...

As to Accion America - everything I reported is 100% accurate- they consistently reported inaccurate things about BV.

There motivation remains 100% suspect because they seek to protect the two men in charge for the last several years.

Go back to Rendon's and Gonzales' lawsuits where in those lawsuits did they specifically state the claims they are making now.

Too little too late.

As to Sorry Charlie Atkinson, If there is a story I will deal with it when I have verified facts. I held on the Zamora story until I had verified facts, not endless rumors and conflicting statements being posted on the internet.

So I am being told the Zamora story was all over the internet and I simply failed to do my research.

Riddle me this dipshit if it were already all over the internet with the correct set of facts, then why did I need to report what everyone else was already reporting.

I do not deal in rumors. Exactly - word for word - what was said about the so called Sorry Charlie Atkinson contract - because we all know I run cover for sorry Charlie Atkinson all of the time.

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

so you posted it twice so we'll get it?

Thanks.We got it. What I don't get is why do we keep electing corrupted politicians?
She quit her job as soon as she knew she could line her pockets with contracts as a "consultant"

Anonymous said...

Gowen is asking for city services for her employer. The charter's purdy clear. You lose your position if you get benefit from city services. I think you might be able to get the rat out that way too.

You want proof? How's about I wait until you provide us proof of how Troiani and Atkinson are trading votes in your imaginary Bobby's world.

Anonymous said...

Bobby,

I owned an advertising business two years ago and I sold it to my partner in December of 2007. My ex partner went to the BCVB in June of 2009 and made a proposal to do a video for them in which he did. You can see it on the BCVB website. It actually came out good. I'm proud of him but I'll tell you what, he did it dirt cheap. I would have charged $10k like Breeden wanted to or Burten and McCumber. So no Sorry Bobby, there is no story there. Melissa is in the process of getting sued personally for making that comment and making a claim that BCVB contracted illegally with a city commissioner. They take that serious and Rosenthal will be sending her a lot of stress soon and rightfully so because she tried to deflect the real conflict of interest which is that she is still working for HNTB. I don't care if you like me or not Bobby but the truth is in the pudding. Melissa already sent EMMA to write a story on it but there was nothing there. Her weak journalistic instincts were wrong. I have nothing to hide so that is why I can act like what you think is arrogance. Its not arrogance, its confidence. I gave up my business because I went back t work with the government in January of 2008. Do the math Bobby Loco!!!

I'm sorry Charlie Atkinson

BobbyWC said...

First, if Sorry Charlie Atkinson and Il Duce Troiani are not trading votes, then they are the first two politicians in the history of politics to not trade votes.

I do not know if the post from Sorry Charlie Atkinson is real. It smells of Sorry Charlie's approach. You see I post very clear statements that there is no story and that the use of the term "vague contract" is total BS. I am actually being objective and coming to his defense. Rather than simply tell his side of the story and clear his name he has to attack.

The bigger issue is, I believe there is a civil war ongoing within the commission. I believe all of these cross claims against various commissioners are coming from commissioners or their supporters.

If that post was really from you Sorry Charlie - think it out - assuming your facts are as you say - just think it out- you may discover something

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

Interesting that Charlie Atkinson, who serves on the CVB board, gave business to his "former" business partner.

Chris Davis said...

"I owned an advertising business two years ago and I sold it to my partner in December of 2007...
I'm sorry Charlie Atkinson"


No doubt, you are.

Dateline 1/14/08:
Atkinson is owner of City View RGV TV, an advertising firm, and is a former U.S. Customs and Border Protection inspector. He was fired from his federal job shortly after taking office in 2006...

'Member?

Get used to it, GoodTime.

Anonymous said...

"Even the biggest fish wouldn't get caught if he didn't open its mouth"

Anonymous said...

I don't believe the anon is referencing Carlos Quintanilla. It's the one who lost to Melissa. It's not all about BISD.

Reality check for everyone - when Troiani is doing a criminal defense case do you think he is concerned with alienating the police and losing their endorsement come election time? Do you think his advocacy for the developers of downtown was purely altruistic without any possible contract work to come out of that development?

Bobby, it sounds like you want to defame Troiani when you use the words "reality". You are implying with "your questions", which in my opinion sound like statements of fact, that he's involved in criminal activity. Maybe I'm naive but isn't trading votes and getting contracts from his votes something criminal. If he is involved in criminal activity like I believe you are implying, I would be interested to read your proof or evidence.

Why are you using questions as your method anyway? It seems like you are trying to injure his character and playing a game by implying such dirty deeds. Troiani is a good man and doesn't deserve your treatment of him as Il Duce.

Here is no question but statement of fact by you:

Sorry Charlie Atkinson gets support for his projects from Troiani by supporting Troiani’s lawyer and developer friends on the downtown development projects.

Where is the proof? Why are you so willing to injure Troiani's character to achieve some sort of relevancy? You aren't helping your cause by playing the Atkinson defender one post and Atkinson abuser in the another by implying he is also playing vote trading.

Good job, Davis. I knew you would come to Melissa's aid. Or was it Rose Gowen's aid? No matter, you didn't post the potential smoking gun. Visit his myspace page. It says his company is Cityview RGVTV where he serves as president. It's more recent than "June of 2009" when the BCVB contract was earned according to the alleged "Atkinson" above. If you're smart Bobby, you'll save the screen shot before it gets changed, but I'm sure Emma already saved the screen shot.

First the benefits with the former commission. Then the check with Pat. Then the Farmers Market with Gowen. Then HNTB with Melissa. Now a BCVB contract with Atkinson. What the fuck is going on with the commission? It seems the only decent ones are Troiani, Longoria, and Camarillo.

BobbyWC said...

Let's get this reality check issue clear - US Supreme Court Justices have discussed how they have been known to trade votes.

Congress offers pork to certain members in exchange for votes. There is nothing illegal or wrong with trading votes - its poitics - it is routine - if I were on the commission I would be trading votes - it is how you get what you want - nothing illegal - nothing unethical about it unless it includes money.

My comment on him doing a criminal defense case is simple - he is cross examining a police officer - he believes the the police officer is lying - what should he do? Do you think he is not thinking about the endorsement of the police officers union?

Everyone faces these same type questions every day. Everyone - including me - we make choices as best we can.

My point was conflicts exist everywhere.

Every politician, including me if I were one, exchanges votes - you vote for me, I vote for you. It is about compromise.

As to downtown development - Troiani has been very open about his support for the lawyers working on the development. He was in fact very transparent in a refreshing way - He tried to hide nothing.

In the end business is business. I do not have a problem with business. This was my point.

We need to focus on direct corruption. I pay you money and you do this for me. I have not accused anyone of that.

You know it is possible Troiani believes in the work of these lawyers and believes their work is the best thing for Brownsville -

I actually do not have a problem is somewhere along the way he makes money on the development of downtown. I actually have no problem with elected officials making an indirect profit off of public service.

It happens every day - it does not bother me. It is when there is a direct payoff which bothers me.

I think all of this tit for tat accusations are childish and only hurting the commission and the city.

When someone has hard evidence that a vote hs been bought and paid for - then we have a real story - until then what we have are people arguing to make one another look bad, and in the process the entire commission looks bad.

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

Do you think he is not thinking about the endorsement of the police officers union?

I don't. Do you?

BobbyWC said...

This is what I am seeing - either directly or through their supporters MZ and Atkinson are fast going down the path of self destruction. They both are listening to people who do not have their respective best interests at heart.

I love these continued comments which suggest I am trying to protect anyone - I am about getting down to facts and the reality about how politics works.

So because Atkinson may not have updated his web page it means he still owns the company - under this theory because MZ has not update her web page all of the blogs she has listed must still exist even though they do not.

Atkinson claims he sold the business in December 2007. the Herlad has an article indicting he still owns the company dated jan 14, 2008. You know given the closeness of the dates, the Herald could have it wrong.

I have asked Atkinson to have his lawyer verity the sell date and that I would post it as verified. I do not know if he will respond.

Also if he does not verify for me that the earlier comment is in fact his I will delete it. I have e-mailed him and asked that he verify same.

I have also refused to post through a comment which appears to be from him, based on how it is written. It got into some personal attacks against a 3rd party which could be construed as criminal conduct. I informed him I would not post same through.

I also informed CD that his original comment could not be posted through as originally written. He complied with my requests to drop one part, which he did.

"People, People who need people, are the luckiest people in the world"

Sorry I could not resist. These endless cross accusation are helping no one - they are hurting the entire commission and the city.

I try and point out that the nature of politics creates potential conflicts of interests for everyone - not all conflicts are the same. I tried to point out what would be unavoidable conflicts, and I am accused of defaming people.

We are never going to get around all conflicts of interest.

People need to grow up and move on

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

Do you think he is not thinking about the endorsement of the police officers union?

I don't. Do you?


I don't either. But Bobby refuses to answer the question. Troiani's thinking of his client and not the endorsement as any reasonable lawyer should. It must be hard thinking this way considering your history or asinine vindictiveness towards lawyers, but there are attorneys who defend their clients as opposed to wanting to defend their opposition's clients or witnesses.

You claim Troiani "tried to hide nothing," yet you still allege this elected official is getting contracts from his votes and support of downtown. I wouldn't define that as "refreshing" after what you've written about him yesterday including referring to him as Il Duce, which some might find defamatory, racist or incendiary.

Wouldn't contracts qualify as getting paid for his vote services rendered? What contracts are you talking about anyway?

Just because you clarify deep within a comment section, which may or may not be read, I believe Troiani deserves a full clarification or correction as it's own separate post. This may be the only way to heal some of the character assassination you inferred on him. Case in point, by reading your words, I thought for a tiny fraction of a second that he might be dirty when I knew otherwise. I further believed you knew something I didn't know. I quickly came to my senses.

It's obvious you have no proof other than inferences, innuendos, and flawed logic. I can only imagine what readers that don't know his character thought or concluded after reading your words without reading your latest version of your questionable allegation. Maybe the damage for others is irreparable.

One final note, just because you supposedly may not have a problem with someone, like Troiani, allegedly making money or profit from votes does not mean it isn't criminal or illegal. I don't know but maybe you are just using that as an excuse to show no malice intended in the courtroom. It might be one of the few lawyer tricks you have up your sleeve.

Anonymous said...

And the gun continues to smoke.

All one has to do is check with the Secretary of State. Atkinson's current or former company called City View RGVTV has a laundry list of records.

A certificate of formation dated September 25, 2006 that lists Charles Atkinson as the registered agent and Carlos Benavides and Charles Atkinson as the governing person.

There is a Certificate of Amendment filed July 16, 2008. Name of governing party listed to be deleted is Charles Atkinson.

Name of governing person to be added is Ricardo Atkinson. His brother surely takes over.

There is a certificate of termination for the business dated December 30, 2008 that lists both Carlos Benavides Jr and Ricardo Atkinson as governing persons.

Also CityView as been doing business in Brownsville since 2006. http://austin.bizjournals.com/austin/stories/2006/09/25/story9.html

Looks like there are some date discrepancies with Atkinson's possible comment.

Chris Davis said...

Anony,

That's your "potential smoking gun"?

GTC's clueless MySpace page?

I think I need to come to YOUR aid.

As BWC wrote, the date of the last time he visited an obscure social media page with outdated stakeholder data proves very little.

Why not try this, for starters:

He had a governing interest in a company (dig that cool fax header!) that did business with the CVB at some point in time. He claims this year, but I kinda doubt him because...

He terminated that interest way the hell later than he claims in his aimless diatribe above (dig how cool he is to blood to allow his bro to take over!)

And the company ostensibly ceases to exist at end of last year.

What's the date of the contract for that BCVB video service, again? No, not when the service was completed; but the contract date.

You got me.

I'd like to see it, though. Wouldn't you?

BobbyWC said...

I would not bet a case on documents from the Office of the Secretary of State.

Lawyers, and closely held corporations routinely file documetns late, and in some cases never.

I have offered Charlie the option of having his attorney to verify the sell date, and that will be a verified date as far as I am concerned.

And yes, I think Troiani and every other intelligent politico things about endorsements all of the time.

Any wrong action could mean loosing an endorsement - there is nothing wrong with this - it is reality which is why I am okay with it - which was my entire point - we are over emphasizing this entire conflict of interests issues, which was my entire point - but trouble makers will try and spin it into something which was never said.

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

In the words of our illustrious superintendent: "They will self destruct". Hey, that Davis guy is VERY clever.