Monday, September 27, 2010


HELP WITH AN INVESTIGATION

A reader made a post with the following claim.

"Regular Board Meeting dated May 15,2007, Former Superintendent Hector Gonzales recommend awarding RFQ to select Vitetta Group Inc., to provide architectural design classroom at Canales Elementary School. Mr. Pat Lehmann made the motion and Susan Galvan seconded, the vote was Lehmann, Galvan, Escobedo for the project and against Cortez, Aguilar, Colunga, and Powers."

I tried to research this and could only find the following entry in the Herald.

"However, in addition to the dinner, Escobedo and former board member Eliceo Muñoz received $500 each in campaign donations from Alan P. Hoffman, president of Vitetta.”

http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/board-76435-vitetta-reyna.html

If someone knows how to research this at the BISD web page and can provide a link which verifies this, I would appreciate it. The Herald story tends to prove the claim. But I agree the claim could just be a dirty political trick. I will print a denial by Escobedo if he submits it.  But the evidence points to the story being accurate.

The next part is rich - on the issue of Board Members going to dinners with vendors Escobedo on the record defended the practice and in fact seems to be complaining Cortez is the only Board member who has not been to a dinner with Escobedo.

"This is nothing new, Escobedo said about the dinner. Ive been at meals with vendors with every person in this board with the exception of Mr. Cortez, ... ."

http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/board-73872-school-members.html

I owe my gratitude to Caty Presas-Garcia for opening this can of worms.  I  forgot all about all of this.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

You are so right, Bobby! Be carefull for what you wish for Mrs. Presas-Garcia.

Chris Davis said...

Video of the aforementioned BISD Trustee meeting is here.

The specific item is at the 2:41:50 mark in the video.

BobbyWC said...

I have now seen the approved minutes from the meeting and in fact the vote as represented by my reader is correct.

So my question to Caty Presas-garcia is - how far back do you want these new rules to go - do we include Escobedo?

I will be attacked for this - my crime - following the money just like Escobedo's followers were demanding

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

(Mrs. Presas-Garcia.)

I don't know her very well, but she reminds me of an extreme simpleton. Someone who just happens to always be at the right place, at the right time. But with nothing, whatsoever, clever to say.
Josh.