Friday, April 20, 2012


MONDAY - MORE INTERNAL DOCUMENTS RELATED TO BAC CONTRACT RIGGING

I feel bad for all the people who are actually spending money to investigate what is happening at BISD.  I think it is great they  care enough to fight.  My hat is off to each and everyone of these people.  But I must be honest - the BV can break a story every day concerning corruption at BISD from now until the election and the current majority will still go from a majority of 4 to 6.  To the best of my knowledge there is only one candidate interested in running for BISD Trustee.  The few people interested in working on the election plan on sending out fliers come October.  This is their game plan.  This worked so well last time, they intend to repeat the plan again.

We need a PAC, along with a web page and mass advertising to educate the people.  I know of no one interested in such a plan.  Oh, they may say yes, but then they realize they have to work at it and they go back to doing nothing.

The Brownsville business community deserves what it gets. They need to take the lead in leading Brownsville out of its quagmire.  They will not - they are happy with chump change and their children leaving Brownsville for a better life anywhere but Brownsville.  Brownsville will never be a modern city such as McAllen.  I think it is great that the COB is building a parking garage and extra parking next to the Cueta building.  You will never hear me say anything bad about more parking  downtown.  But please, a parking garage is the best this city commission can come up with.  The mayor is off in Washington begging for federal tax dollars to restore a handful of buildings downtown, all the while veterans are unemployed and homeless because there are no real jobs available for the 10 of thousands of veterans coming home.

The most Tony Martinez has to offer these veterans is nothing.  he has no vision for a  better Brownsville.  The remodeling jobs - the handful which exist are already awarded.  They all will be under $35,000 so no open bidding will be required.  Pay attention people - the mayor along with his corrupt compadres on the city  commission can insist that Cabler makes sure all of the contracts go to their compadres without any bidding.  They can give endless  contracts to a handful of people so long as they are all under $35,000.  This is not a vision for progress.  It is a policy of handing out masa y grasa to friends and family, while ignoring any possible vision for Brownsville.

BISD had an opportunity to hire a veteran with logistics experience in transportation.  But no,  the job went to a teacher who has sworn fealty to the masters of corruption.

Brownsville will never be anything more than a back water swamp city on the Rio Grande so long as the people remain in the buffets killing their children with a diet high in fat and salt. 

What does it say about a city which does not even have bookstore?  It means we are illiterate. 

Brownsville is happy on a diet of masa y grasa, and salt.  It aspires to nothing. 

God gave Brownsville everything it needs to aspire to be a major tourist and retirement community.  But no, Brownsville has rebuffed God's gifts as requiring too much participation by the people.  Brownsville should be the gateway to Latin American in terms of cargo.  But no, this requires too much work so the mayor instead pushes for a few jobs doing brick work restoring old buildings.

On that note, Brownsville is heading  down a path of lower tax revenues.  I take pride in the fact I live with the people and constantly associate with the people.  I have no use for manic depressive people who define their self worth in terms of hanging in bars appearing to be relevant because they talk to other manic depressive drunks with vile moronic politic views.

Here is a news flash for the mayor and Brownsville city commission - the retirement parks are looking a financial problems.  There are record number of empty retirement homes.  I realize the concept of planning (like a 5 year plan) is considered communist, but it is not.

The generation which retired on pensions is dying off real fast.  This fact has been in the news for years.  There are no longer enough such retirees to support the retirement trailer parks in Brownsville and Cameron county.  Many parks are struggling financially.  The empty lots mean lower property tax revenues.  The lower number of permanent and temporary winter Texans means  lower sales tax revenues.  The new generation of retirees will be dependent on 401k's or similar retirement plans.  These plans mean a finite amount of money which make living in two places at once impossible.  It also means it will be harder for people who live up north to just retire elsewhere.  Those with money - real money - are retiring outside the US where the cost of retirement is significantly lower in terms of being able to live a comfortable life.

Where is our esteemed mayor and city commissioners on planning for this issue?  Nowhere - because this information cannot be found in the bars where the self designated elite go to  pretend to be relevant.

It blows my mind that our incompetent mayor and city commission at a time money is cheap could not put together a plan to borrow the money along with federal and state grants to build a new airport on 511 along with a 12,000 foot runway.  This would have meant major job creation along with long term future job growth.  It would have told the business world Brownsville is serious.  It would make Brownsville the gateway to Latin America in terms of cargo.  It would have expanded the port, rail and trucking.  But no, the mayor's vision is brick work to restore a handful of buildings.

But no, what we have is Iowa road remaining as a bombed out road and as the first impression visitors have of Brownsville.  Seven and a half years I have lobbied for the repair of Iowa, and nothing.  This mayor and city commission to a person are too backwater ignorant to understand how important a first impression is on potential business persons who come to Brownsville.

I love Brownsville's climate, its proximity to Mexico (that issue will get better sooner than later), and its cost of living.  But you can love someone while still feeling disappointed in them.  Brownsville is like having a son who has been given every opportunity to succeed, but instead chooses to sit in bars drinking beer and eating peanuts.  While you still love your son, it does not mean you have to love the fact he has walked away from a better life.  This is how I feel about Brownsville.  I love it, while also being disappointed.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

They should widen Iowa into a Boulevard..like the ones around Hobby Airport.

Anonymous said...

Hi Bobby,

What do you think about that SpaceX coming to the Valley? Do you think this will happen?

Also, are BISD teachers going to get a raise? Seems like only the consultants get raises and bonus bucks for down what the Board wants them to do.

Thanks.

BobbyWC said...

I have no knowledge about raises for BISD teachers

On SpaceX - I have to believe a modern airport is something they will consider - our runway cannot handle the cargo planes which will be needed to bring in the technology Spacex will need to develope and maintain the launch pad.

SpaceX can send a settle to this city commission about the insufficiency of the airport and this city commission will respond with buying more bricks for redevelopment of downtown.

Brownsville is not serious about its future.

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

wow...very true Bobby, had not thought about the airport runway situation---so inadequate. personally, I just rather fly from harlingen, 20 minutes and I am there--many ticketing booths, clean, and way more efficient. forget the damn traffic at boca chica...our airport is so inefficient and small...why bother.

Brownsville is just serious about certain individuals pockets $$$$$ not about the future of our community!

Anonymous said...

Bobby good piece and totally agree with you but do have a question who in the community do you think would have a prosperous vision for Brownsville. Maybe we need to recruit a visionary with a proven successful track record.