Tuesday, November 3, 2015

 
 
CITY COMMISSION VOTES UNANIMOUSLY TO RESTORE OLD LOGO

This vote was historic because it shows Tony and his supporters on the commission are seeing the people are not happy with Tony's leadership.

When you consider the logo below which cost the city about a $1,000, and its extraordinary beauty in capturing Brownsville and cycling, the city had no real choice but to revert back to the old logo from the horror of the new logo.

I would keep the old logo, but add to it to show we are a gateway to Latin America.  Maybe "On the Border By the Sea, and Gateway to Latin America."  This would make it complete

 
WHILE TYPING THIS PORTILLO GAVE A LITTLE SPEECH ON IT IS TIME TO STOP SPENDING MONEY ON UNNECESSARY PROJECTS AND START SPENDING $10 MILLION A YEAR ON STREETS AND DRAINAGE
 
This is a stark contrast to Tetreau and Longoria who continued tonight to make excuses.  I will say at least Rick noted that we need more drainage area.  I think the people are being heard on the drainage issue.  No matter how many times Tetreau and Longoria claim this is new it is not.  The house on my corner just flooded for the second time in about 6 months. Rick actually claimed to be a better design engineer than those who work for the state.  Rick, follow Commissioner Portillo's lead and take responsibility for the commission's neglect.
 
One of Tetreau's excuses was the ground was already saturated before the rains last Friday.  True - so why did the city knowing this not empty the Resacas to receive the water and empty the drainage ditch next to Rivera high school?  The city had so much warning - a weeks notice of the storm, saturated land, and a full drainage ditch and the city did nothing.
 
The cars destroyed at Rivera is going to bring about a lot of litigation against BISD and the city. Smart money has the city and BISD just creating a fund to pay for the vehicles.  But no, they will spend hundreds of thousands of dollars fighting against taking responsibility for their incompetence.
 
It was nice to hear Portillo face the issue straight on with no excuses - good for her.
 
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12 comments:

Anonymous said...

How much money has been spent on the "ignite" logo? What about the proposed fee charged by the Hahn agency to promote the "ignite" logo? Was it already paid? If so, will any money be returned to city being that the original logo has been reinstated and the proposed fee for promotion of the "ignite" logo has not been carried out?

BobbyWC said...

Well the city will never do anything and will do everything possible to limit information on the issue.

Tony took a hit and that is good.

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

The commission as a whole...and I mean all of them, are reactionist. Once again they go back and fix something after they all voted for it in the first place. Lincoln Park, Casa De Nylon, etc. This is poor leadership. they go back and fix their %uck-ups and the money will never be recovered. Millions have been lost because of this. Just because they go back and fix things after public outcries does not change the fact they voted for it to begin with!

BobbyWC said...

While I believe Portillo and de Leon showed great deference to the people yesterday by demanding more open government and admitting the city has neglected the drainage problems, no incumbent should be reelected.

Your comment is well said.

Thanks for adding to the discussion.

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

Can charges be filed against commissioners that voted for the ignite Brownsville logo and then voted to go back to the old logo? this is a clear misuse of public monies. We are not talking peanuts here folks! Is this not a misuse of public monies....admitted misuse of monies by their change of heart regarding the logo? Is the vendor going to return the money...I know they will not. What about all the money used to change out the logo to city vehicles...and now go back and change it once again? What a mess!

Anonymous said...

The money was spent before the logo was adopted so staying with the old one or adopting the new one would make no difference in that sense. Implementing the new one would cost money. Please educate yourself before sounding like an idiot.

BobbyWC said...

I never should have approved the idiot comment. I can assure you based on what I was able to learn today, several city commissioners are running around blaming everyone but themselves for this mess. Yes it will cost money to remove the changes already made and returning to the old logo - so who is the idiot now.

It is not going to be done for free.

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

"The cars destroyed at Rivera is going to bring about a lot of litigation against BISD and the city."

Are you serious? Explain your argument on such issue.

BobbyWC said...

Good question - thanks

With rare exception any car with a note on it requires the owner have full coverage to include coverage for damage not caused by the owner. The insurance company reserves a subrogation right to sue anyone who they deem liable. The insurance companies have an entire team of lawyers who do nothing but these subrogation claims. They will look to the full drainage ditch for city liability, and how BISD handled the situation.

Look, the insurance companies will want their money back and the subrogation attorneys are very good at getting their clients' money.

For those with no insurance it will just take one student finding a lawyer to help and word will spread among the students and one law firm could end up representing a lot of the students. Now because it is just property damage the attorneys will probably get 40% thereby leaving the car owners without enough money to replace their car - unless there is gross negligence.

There is also the issue of immunity. In this area of the law immunity is very complex. It could be the city and BISD are immune from suit - but mind you once the insurance company lawyers file the first suits, other lawyers will also file and work off the work of the insurance company lawyers.

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

Just saw the city commission meeting in regards to the city logo,Mr DeLeon hit freaking nail on the head with his comments. Hope you stay on that track .seems his heart is in the right place he speaks with respect to his constituents looks like his parents taught him well .

BobbyWC said...

Thanks for the post. I am sorry forgot to better cover de Leon's comments. He was very big on bringing in more transparency. He was about solutions and listening to the people.

I think Portillo is a new commissioner in terms of her approach.

Both Portillo and de Leon came across as the most intelligent members of the city commission. It was refreshing.

Tetreau and Longoria came across as excuse makers instead of solution finders.

But a positive does go to Villarreal for bringing the matter back and changing his position.

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

Bobby , I don't think the Commissioners should get "a pass", or even credit on this matter.What job in the real world would allow employees to make mistakes that cost lots of money,then go back and fix their mistake....but the money is gone! They would get fired, yet our Commissioners do the same over and over with no regard for the taxpayers money. CASA de Nylon , Lincoln Park etc... Also, it kinda feels like we won the battle but lost the war because the city is still going forward with the marketing plan according to the Brownsville Rag.If the Commissioners really care about the citizens they sshould resign .