Tuesday, June 21, 2011



GOOD NEWS FROM MAYOR MARTINEZ

Aero Mexico without any subsidies from Brownsville will do test flights between Brownsville and Monterrey.  This is good - Cheezmeh's claims that the market is not there was simply false.  The problem was never about the demand - it was about and remains about the business model.  I am hoping this works and wish Aero Mexico tremendous success.  They are a great business partner for Brownsville.  Good show to who ever made this happen.

I am very happy to say Mayor Martinez met with Julian Castro in San Antonio for ideas on how to proceed with development of Brownsville.  This was a very good and smart move on Mayor Martinez's part.  This actually gives me hope - a lot of hope.  I am very, very happy with his willingness to meet with Mayor Castro - it says Mayor Martinez is open to ideas and not closed to the ideas of others.  This is always good.  This was a great example of meaningful leadership.  Nothing would please me more than to have to eat crow about his willingness to lead. I will gladly eat crow if it means a better Brownsville.

Oh, someone at city hall told me he is going to build a strong base among the people and business leaders before he takes on the problems within city hall.  Once the problem children know he has power, he may be able to force change behind closed doors.  This may seem strange coming from me  - but I would rather these problems be worked out behind closed doors than open battles which only  serve to undermine the city.  I hope my source is correct, and Mayor Martinez intends to take on the problems behind closed doors as he builds a power base.  I actually have a lot more respect for people who get things done than the person always claiming credit for everything.   Maybe we need to be patient and just see what happens over the next 6 months.

Oh I love he is just in a white shirt - no tie or jacket - it means he is working.

LONGORIA

Longoria did a great job in being honest about the garbage issue.  He knew some people would be mad - but he said what needed to be said.  This is leadership.  People need to take their construction and non-brush to the landfill and not just mix it in with the brush.  We need a message which forces people to do more to help the city.  This is a key way to save taxpayers money.   I would also ask for stiff fines against those who illegally dump.  There are communities with alleys wherein people illegally dump.  No one can see what is happening.  People actually dump behind their neighbor's home.  We need very stiff and hurtful  fines for this.

TROIANI

He is having Ben Medina explain an issue related to federal funding for shelters. It is no big deal - but Tony Martinez is being helpful in mediating the discussion. There is no arguing - it is a professional discussion with the mayor speaking when needed to help the discussion.

There is public discussion on the money and street improvements. Robert Uresti is making his point and Longoria is conducting a helpful discussion.

It is funny - without Mayor Ahumada making everyone crazy people seem to be having better and more helpful exchanges.  Brownsville is looking good at this meeting.

FREE SPEECH

My hats off to Mayor Martinez - just wow - just wow - he is taking on the people's business. Sossi tried to stop it but the mayor basically overruled him.

He is allowing the citizens to just speak on camera about what ever they want.

My hats off to Mayor Martinez - he seems to want to control it within the rules - but he is being liberal about what they an say. He is listening - good for him.

Gracie Aldaco was allowed to speak about the Valley Aids Resource Council and problems with city funding.  My bias on this issue is, Gracie and I have been friends since 1977-  She graduated UTEP the year after me.  She spoke to the issue - the mayor and commission listen.  This is how you gain the respect of the people.  Heads off to Mayor Martinez.

A COMMUNITY VOICE AGAINST A CELL TOWER

I think the woman's last name is Lerma.  She is concerned about a tower within 100 feet of her mother's home.  The issue for me is not the merit of her argument, but my respect for the fact she did her homework.  She is not just complaining, but she is proposing a solution.  These are the type people we need address our city commission.

Well the community activist beat the cell phone company.  They wanted to extend an existing tower by 35 feet - it is in a residential area. The owners in the past were not good neighbors and this did not help their case.  Also their spokesman was kind of threatening - if he did not get what he wanted T-Mobile would just not build another tower elsewhere.  I do not believe this.  I have been with T-Mobile for ever - they have the best customer service.  Anyway when you basically threaten my way of the highway you tend to lose and he did.

Melissa Zamora was the only commissioner to vote for the extension of the tower.  She did not help herself in this meeting.  She came across as if she was advocating for the company - you could tell it was irritating other commissioners.  She also chose to go confrontational - using a term like "no-brainer"  well 6 commissioners decided it was a no-brainer against what she wanted.  It is sad she went confrontational because the entire meeting up until that point had been the commissioners and speakers simply advocating their position in a professional manner.  People have bad days - we can hope this was just a bad day for Melissa.  One bad meeting does not make a bad reputation.  But she needs to remember she is not there as an advocate for anyone but her district.   It was like watching Luci Longoria and her prepared statements written by her handlers.  People can agree to disagree - there is no reason for using terms like no-brainer.

PUBLIC COMMENT

Well they are silenced again.  The mayor gets an A+ for his earlier efforts to open it up.  He allowed a lot of people to speak off topic.  He needs to put on the agenda the issue opening it back up.

COMMISSIONER GOWEN

She is pushing that there should be healthier choices in the  city vending machines.  People may not see this as important. but it is important people have healthy choices.  If people see they can get a healthy option they will take it - sometimes.  Every little improvement leads to bigger improvements.  this was a good move my Commissioner Gowen.

The meeting is over - the mayor and commission did an excellent job.  It was professional and how a meeting should be run.

14 comments:

Fernando A. Perez said...

Wow! That is great news. This is the boost our airport and city need ASAP!!! Keep us posted!

Anonymous said...

Great news! I hope AeroMexico does well. It looks like the city commission is off to a good start. We need more people like Tony Martinez on the other boards especially BISD.

Anonymous said...

Sometimes, it's good to eat crow.
Bravo to the City Commission!

Anonymous said...

There is a market for these flight routes and i am willing to bet that they will become permenant. There are charter flights doing well out of the Brownsville Airport. You are correct in saying that the bussiness model was the one that was the downfall for Fly Frontera. There is a fine distinction between people that are truley concerned about the community, and those that are all about promoting themselves like Brownsville Cheezme.

BobbyWC said...

I have been at this for a very, very long time - I think since 83' or 85'. Organizations come and go - you have to connect on an intellectual level and with purpose and meaning.

The people of Brownsville are tired of excuses as to why one person is bound by the rules and then someone else isn't. If Jessica wants to survive she needs to dump these people

I ave had numerous people contact me and tell me she has betrayed them and cannot be reason with. No one is suggesting Charlie's defeat was not a good thing -they just think she is no different and being rude and superior is how she is now going to be - she will fall and so too will cheezmeh - assuming they even have somewhere to fall from.

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

Since people are going to be coming from Mexico to the U. S., then the air port becomes a port of entry
( new to the area) is the local airport set up to receive international flights?

Given the NARCO WAR RAGING IN MEXICO AND "MONTEREY" BEING A BATTLE GROUND SITE IS HOMELAND SECURITY GOING TO BE VIGILANT AND ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THE COMMUNITY? THAT NO NARCO CONNECTED PEOPLE SLIP THROUGH THEIR FINGERS AND SETTLE HERE. Will it perpetuate the "ILLEGAL ALIEN ENTRY TO OUR COUNTRY?

In my opinion this is a project FAST TRACK for the "RICH MEXICANS" TO FACILITATE A MASSIVE EXODUS FROM MEXICO (a cowardly act not patriotic like Americans) AND BECOME THE "NEW ILLEGAL BREED" IN OUR COUNTRY. WHO REALLY IS BEHIND THIS? REMEMBER PROGRESSIVES LIKE MARTINEZ A PROPONENT FOR "NO BORDERS" THIS "AEROMEXICO DEAL" MAKES SENSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BobbyWC said...

your ignorance is beyond shocking - first of all Brownsville has several international charter flights every day from Monterrey - Brownsville has been processing international flights for some time.

Those Mexicans coming to the US on visas, but who intend to stay past their visa will not fly into Brownsville - they will fly into Dallas or Houston where they will basically be free of the border patrol.

Are you actually saying that people who want to come and live in Brownsville illegally and commit crimes can only get here if they fly to Brownsville from Monterrey - is their some magical dimension which prevents them from flying to Houston and then driving to Brownsville - or wait - here it comes - Fly on continental from Houston to Brownsville?

Your ignorance is scary because it is so over the top

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

When Tony Martinez told Rick Longoria that he was no role model, I almost pissed myself.

BobbyWC said...

To put the above comment in context - it as not an insult it was a joke - rick was saying when he goes to a vending machine he is more likely to get MM's than something healthy - this is when the mayor made the comment

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

Bobby U don't have to get all huffy and puffy I stated from the beginning
I DID NOT KNOW IF THE BRO AIRPORT RECEIVED INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS, since I haven't had an occasion to fly, & little is known about the local airport, I JUST DIDN'T KNOW.

As for the "NEW BREED OF ILLEGALS", people that can afford to fly will be the ELITES FROM MEXICO. (The Mexican rich are already settling all over America LEGAL AND ILLEGAL incase u weren't aware) Even though these new illegals (rich people mind you) can afford to buy the world, are applying and getting food stamps.
Some have started businesses in town under other legal aliens names. How do i know, I see them shop in my businesses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! These people are competing with ALL OF US THAT RUN OUR BUSINESSES LEGALLY, FAIRLY AND PAY TAXES.
IF THEY CAN BE HERE ILLEGALLY AND RUN BUSINESSES ILLEGALLY, REST ASURE THEY ARE NOT PAYING THEIR SHARE OF TAXES LEGALLY!!!!!!

BobbyWC said...

wow, you ask your customers for proof of citizenship - because if you do not - you have no way of knowing if they live here or are visiting here.

Also anyone in the world can incorporate as business in the US - they can legally take the profits from the business - there is no reason to hide

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

Bobby, you have to be really really slow not to figure out who is legal or not. I mean really really slow!

Anonymous said...

please do not compare MZ to Loca Luci Longoria...One is a credit and asset to this city and the other is abberation on the political landscape...

BobbyWC said...

Melissa is clearly a lot better educated and intelligence than Luci goosie will ever be- but the appearance of what she was doing was black and white to people who were watching.

Now we learn about her involvement in Aero Mexico - I support the plan 100% - but it taints the process when a city commissioner is part of the plan.

People are looking at these two events and then remember what happened when she first took office.

Whether the claims have merits or not is meaningless - people in large numbers believe she is using the commission for her own business interests.

This image - even if false does not help Brownsville or MZ

Bobby WC