Wednesday, April 23, 2014

 
CONGRESSMAN VELA WORKING OVERTIME FOR THE LRGV
 
Congressman Vela is one of 435 members of the House of Representatives and one of 535 members of congress.  He only has so much power. But he is working overtime, nonetheless to try and bring to the LRGV what is needed.

THE PORT

The Herald's lack of coverage of his work to raise the money to deepen the port frustrates me.  It is a subject he loves to talk about.  He understands its importance in terms of economic development.  But his work goes unnoticed because - the idea of moving forward eludes our leaders and newspaper.

Critical to deepening of the port is the new  commercial bridge from Matamoros to the port.  The naysayers say that Pharr owns the trucking traffic.  I ask why?  Mexico has a major interstate highway going directly into Matamoros.  Getting the products moved into the U.S. is a lot more efficient if the trucks can go from the Mexican interstate highway directly to our port.

We have  a highly fractured County Commission with zero leadership at this time.  The disgust the commissioners have for Carlos Cascos makes it nearly impossible to get anything done.  Then the commissioners themselves without leadership are scavenging for money for their precincts while nearly engaging in cannibalism against one another.  In the meantime - nothing is getting done to make it easier for Mexican trucking to get to the port.  Congressman Vela is not going to give up his battle to deepen the port - but conversely this  feckless county commission will do nothing at this point to make Brownsville the destination of choice for Mexican trucking.  The trucks will fill IH2 and IH 69 from Pharr in their trek to the port, instead of coming through Brownsville.

VETERANS ISSUES ARE A HIGH PRIORITY FOR VELA

Congressman Vela hit the ground running trying to educate himself on veterans issues.  His first lesson was the Veterans Administration is a hard nut to crack.  He understands the issue - we need more funding.  The clinics are understaffed and the staff is overworked.  The administrators are entrenched in their position and nothing will force them to change except an act of congress.

But Congressman Vela is fighting on all fronts to bring us better and faster care.

EDUCATION

For reasons I do not know, Texas Education Region One lost a lot of funding for preschool education.  It has something to do with problems in the application process.  Congressman Vela understands the importance of preschool education. 

Oddly enough, the success rate in Oklahoma has made it the model state.  Congressman Vela is working  hard to restore the money so more 3 and 4 year olds can have access to preschool.

UTB and BISD would do well to study the Oklahoma model.  If educators nationally are looking at Oklahoma as a national model of doing it right - so too should we.

It is sad we finally have a Congressman working overtime to make our community a better place, and the people know so little of his efforts, and our city commission and county commission are doing so little to help him in his efforts.

We need the new airport.  We need the new bridge to bring Mexican commercial traffic directly from Matamoros to the port.

But our county cannot even work out the rail line problem on Morrison road.  The Morrison road development is a complete success save the incomplete road because no one can seem to find a solution to the rail line which crosses Morrison road.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bobby, it is apparent that you're either misinformed or are not taking the time to really study what is occurring. The Army Corp of Engineers is currently working on a study focusing on the entire coast, including the Port of Brownsville. The cost of deepening the Port is in excess of $350 million, and that is just for the Port of Brownsville. In terms of bridge traffic, there is work being done in collaboration with Port officials, trucking companies on both sides of the river, DPS and the County Judge's office addressing increasing truck traffic. You may be right in the fractured county commission, but in watching last week's county meeting, they were advised by their independent auditors, that it is in the best financial shape they had seen in over a decade. To me, as a taxpayer, is important. Initiatives of any sort cannot be undertaken at any level unless there's financial strength and stability. I give that credit to the commissioner's court, but specifically the leadership of the county judge. Like it or not, we need to compare where the county was years ago to what it is today.

Anonymous said...

The Pharr bridge crosses mostly PRODUCE which is shipped north by truck. The port and seaborne shipping are TOTALLY impractical for obvious reasons both logistical and refrigeration. The truck traffic from Mexico is gone because it was lost decades ago. There is little or nothing to ship out of Mexico via the port of Brownsville. There never will be. The port is might as well be in Greenland, it is isolated. It worked only when COTTON was king in Mexico and Brownsville was a world center.

Tell me what the port now ships outbound from Mexico?

BobbyWC said...

Both comments missed the point - until we make Brownsville a place for Mexican exports north we will not get the business.

I am fully aware of the costs of the deepening of the port - my issue is nothing from the Port of County Commission indicates they are helping lead in the battle.

The people of Brownsville are not aware of Vela's efforts - the kind of money needed takes a lot of lobbying in the right places.

It should be a major issue in the governors race - but it is not - you want our vote commit to the project.

The county commission is moving too slow on the bridge because of fractures on the commission - with the bridge we send a message to Washington that we are serious

once we have the deeper port and the bridge access Mexico will see the value in Brownsville

bobby WC

Anonymous said...

Please answer the question, what will the port export out of Mexico?

BobbyWC said...

First of all - it is a two way street - steal is a big item now coming through the port and into Mexico -

Congressman Vela says the market is there and I believe him - he has to convince Congress the market is there - When you speak with him on the issue he is prepped

Here is a shocker - I am not an expert on import export with Mexico - if a Congressman who has proven himself by hitting the ground running says the market is there - I will go with him over some anony to cowardly to post their name so that we can see if maybe there is a conflict there and that in fact you are someone who may lose business at the Pharr bridge or elsewhere

Or maybe you are just one of those say no to everything and then bitch why Brownsville does not grow

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

Carlos, you can quit tooting your own horn now! You cause fracturing amongst the commission so that you can come out smelling like a rose!

BobbyWC said...

Carlos Cascos incompetence is best seen in the fact with all of Greg Abbotts visits to the LRGV he does not speak to helping us with the bridge or the port - why - Carlos Cascos is just a trained monkey to make the Republicans look good but without so much as the ear of Greg Abbott

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

It seem that the community is uneducated on economic factors that can improve our metropolitan area. What convincing arguments can you provide that will educate the community for a new airport and/or the improvements to the shipping and seaborne trade. Sometimes the famous quotes "built it and they will come" do not become reality. Your readers are listening.

Anonymous said...

Yea Carlos, quit tooting your own horn. Go out and build the port bridge, forget the $21 million already lost. Quit fracturing the commission, it's your fault. Your vote controls them all. I for one want Joe Rivera as county judge. Bring back the old Ray Ramon/Gilbert Hinojosa days...now those were the good old days. Unified commissions. You tell Abbott and all the rest to build out the bridge, the port, the airport, the animal shelter. By the way, how the hec do you fracture the commission? It would seem to me that the only fracture is under indictment. I could be wrong.

Anonymous said...

Wy do you hate Carlos Cascos so much Bobby? He is competent, and is far better choice to represent us in Austin and Washington. He certainly has the ear of Rick Perry and it showed with the I-69 designation at our doorstep. I do not believe that Joe Rivea will be given the time of day by state officials. Even you have to agree on that.

BobbyWC said...

You confuse hate with facts - the reality is you hate facts.

Joe Rivera will get heard because the Lucios and Oliviera will make sure of that - the Lucios and Oliviera have made friends with enough Republicans to get things done.

Cascos through Valadez offered me money to help get a county employee fired - you may find that acceptable but I find it indictable - but that Cascos and Saenz are bed fellows - Cascos is too stupid to see how his game playing along with Saenz may just bring him into the indictments when they hit and they will.

When Villalobos was reelected in the primaries I posted he would be indicted before the end of his term - he was - so too will Saenz - depending on how accurate the claims are against Cascos so too will Cascos.

bobby WC

Anonymous said...

You keep saying Cascos thru Valadez offered you money. If you believe a crime was committed and you can prove it, you need to report it to the Federal authorities. If you are document driven, provide a document that supports that that occurred. An affidavit that you produce where you swear it happened is not evidence. Valadez and Cascos can each file an affidavit saying you are wrong. Cascos and Saenz are bedfellows, how you come to that conclusion is beyond me, you further claim that both will be indicted. I as one would like to know what claims against Saenz or Cascos are out there? When it comes to government officials, indictments are handed down usually because some kind of benefit, most of the time cash, was received in exchange for something. Are you implying that Saenz and/or Cascos have received some kind of benefit in exchange for some action? Would you like to make a friendly wager that neither Saenz and/or Cascos will be indicted?

BobbyWC said...

You con artists are desperate - beyond the fact my phone bill documents the incoming call on the day it happened you know as well as I do I cannot document it - well there is the judge I visited with about the phone call - called contemporaneous restatement of the event - the fact I never would have known about a county employee who works and lives out of a county home and owns a bay fishing business and charges $200 which is what the offer was plus other expenses .

That kind of detail catches people's eyes.

Cris Valadez could sign an affidavit claiming to be male and the FBI would demand physical visual for proof - then they would order DNA testing and if that confirmed Cris' claim they would investigate whether the lab took a bribe - my point is - nothing Cris Valadez has to tell the FBI would be considered credible

As to Saenz the FBI has already assigned an agent over the $6,000 Begum gave him to prosecute Josefina Fisher.

Then there is the complaint concerning the fact Saenz knew AR Flores notified everyone well before Salazar's trial of his intent to reorganize HR and the reason was the stupidity in allowing prospective sheriff employees to bring a Camera into the testing area. Saenz knew all of this when he made the false claims in the Salazar case and before the grand jury to indict Ernie Hernandez

If you think the FBI considers Saenz to be anything but a two bit unethical criminal public servant you know very little about the FBI

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

Your evidence is a phone call record? You kidding? The reason the judge blew you off is that information could have been derived through a normal conversation. What you provided wouldn't stand up to judicial scrutiny. So, you talk to a judge, you state this "contemporaneous restatment of the event"...well, that shoulda been enough to take to the Feds, indictment, conviction....you're done. This is not a distraction. You are so off base it's surreal.

BobbyWC said...

You just keep on digging that hole for Cascos

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

It is funny to read this back and forth. You are the one digging the hole Mr. Editor. Whoever is answering you has your number. You need new sources Mr. Editor....the ones you have now are just like you...not credible.

BobbyWC said...

See this mornings post to see just how desperate your are along with Carlos Cascos

Bobby WC

BobbyWC said...

Exactly how did Ernie Hernandez fracture the Commission? When Sylvia Benavides was under investigation by the Texas Ethics Commission Carlos Cascos would call me to find out what was happening - he is obsessed with destroying Sylvia and everyone on the Commission knows it.

He was so obsessed when I said I was going to discuss his obsession he called me and asked what he needed to do to keep me quiet. I said nothing. The he said I will put on a special agenda the hiring of counsel for Erin Garcia.

The man is pathetic. Other than Garza no commission will give him the time of day and that his because Cascos is not trying to protect David Garcia although initially he threw him under the bus.

Bobby WC