Thursday, February 28, 2019




JESSICA TETREAU [WHO KNOWS HER NAME] FILED HER LAWSUIT TOO LATE

Guys I should have picked up on this on day one, but I am sick.  The fatigue is just debilitating.  I missed my physical therapy today because of a 5 1/2 hour nap.

Anyway look at the top of the citation.  To help you look for the 10: a.m., and then you will see it.  To get the ballots printed and mailed out in time for the military we are down to probably 15-16 days, to resolve this lawsuit. 

Presas-Garcia and the city have until March 18, 2019 to file an answer to the lawsuit.  This is after the date the mail ballots have to go out for the military.  The jurat on the return appears defective, but nonetheless it says the defendants were served on the 26th.  The answer is due on the first Monday after 20 days after service.  

Look to the citation where it says 10:00 a.m. and you will see what I am saying.  

YOLANDA BEGUM

When I posted story after story that Yolanda Begum was allowing the clock to run and would lose her election contest Alex Begum paid Montoya to trash me claiming I supported mail ballot fraud.  No I was  communicating the clock was ticking.  Yolanda Begum not ready to prove her case instead chose to attack me for pointing out the law.  The judge dismissed the case as moot because the clock ran.

Now in Yolanda's case I do not believe Mike Cowan could have done anything to fix the clock problem.  That was the year the census litigation held up the primaries thereby making it impossible for anyone to meet the deadlines for an election contest.  The best attorney in the world could not have avoided the clock problem in Yolanda's case.

But this time Jessica [who knows what her lase name is] chose to file the lawsuit too late.  It does not surprise me.  Mike Hernandez is obsessed with hiring the worse lawyers he can find.   Rick Zayas could not even write a valid Affidavit to secure a TRO.  Remember Rick Zayas is law partner with Louis Hernandez who are part of Mike Hernandez's cabal of con artists along with Luis's wife Rita.

Jessica has damaged her campaign by painting herself as someone who wants to  control the ballot.  I still think she will win, unless Pat can pull out a hail Mary.  But for sure Caty Presas-Garcia rightfully so will get some good press out of this.  Maybe the run off will be Caty and Pat.


I THINK WE HAVE A WINNER IN ISMAEL HINOJOSA

The BV does not surf the FB pages of the candidates, steal their posts and then call it a special to the BV.  My readers need complete information not fake specials to the BV.  So if you want to know the entire picture of Ismael click on his FB page. Follow him on FB and make up your own mind.  If you like him share his FB page with your friends and ask that they do the same.  I really like his frankness.  I will be messaging him for a sign for my yard.  The other candidates are not being frank about the self dealings.  Sorry.  This candidate is.

From Ismael:

Rumors of self-dealing and corruption have been hitting the digital airwaves with the recent resignation of a City Commissioner.
I don’t deal in innuendo and speculation, but the possibility that an elected official can appoint people to city-related board and then turn around, resign, and get hired by those very same board members he appointed to a job that pays hundreds of thousands of Tax-Payer dollars a year is unacceptable and must be changed.
And I will do it on Day 1 as your City Commissioner at Large.
First we have to change the City Charter to make it clear that elected officials cannot be hired as employees by the city or city-related boards/entities until 4 years after the expiration of their term of office.
Second, we need create a new Code of Ethics that adheres to the strictest levels of transparency and accountability across ALL LEVELS of City Government.
I’m Ismael Hinojosa and, just like you, I’m tired of self-dealing and corruption in government. I’m also tired of the empty campaign promises made every election season. As your City Commissioner I’ll deliver results starting on Day 1.
















WHAT A MESS AS THE CLOCK TICKS

Military Ballots

First this lawsuit has fewer than 19 days to be tried. Military mail ballots must be sent out 45 days before the election. Only Remi Garza knows the deadline he has for when he must submit the final approved ballot in order to get it back to meet the 45 day military deadline for mailing ballots.

HOW NOT TO WRITE A LAWSUIT - A LESSON FOR RICK ZAYAS

I have written about this many times before.  Hearsay is not evidence when submitted in court or through an affidavit.  Jessica's lawsuit hinges on the hearsay of a Evarito Cardinas who signed an affidavit that Tara Carnesi told him about the problem with the signature on the ballot.  That my friend Ricky boy is black and white hearsay and is not admissible.

Another problem with the lawsuit is Zayas has Cardenas sign an affidavit with conclusions of law.  This is not admissible evidence.  Only the court can make conclusions of law.  Rick Zayas clearly has no knowledge of how to write an affidavit.

It makes me wonder why Tara Carnesi just did not sign the affidavit with the claim herself.

AT SOME LEVEL THE LAWSUIT IS INCOHERENT

The election code is black and white on one issue concerning signing the affidavit at the end of the petition.  If there are multiple pages the collector only has to sign the affidavit on the last page.  Cardenas in an impermissible conclusion of law claims William Kingsbury did not sign page 4 of the petition which contains Tara Carnesi's name.  This is problematic because Cardinas claims his knowledge is based on what he was told by a third party makes his further claim unsupported by evidence.

What is not clear to me is if Presas-Garcia can produce  enough people at trial who will testify she collected their signature, and she collected the signatures on the page she signed, she may only have the problem of William Kingsbury not signing the pages for the signatures he collected.  This would make the claim of perjury false, and possibly sanctionable for throwing in hyperbole.  The law is clear, Presas-Garcia did not have a legal duty to sign each page with signatures, just the last page of the signatures she collected.  William Kingsbury's failure to sign his pages may mean Presas-Garcia falls short of the requisite number of signatures, but not perjury.

The exhibits listed in the lawsuit have yet to be uploaded for me to see from home.  Those exhibits could be important but Cardenas seems to only complain via hearsay that Kingsbury did not sign the pages of the signatures which Cardenas admits he has no personal knowledge of as to who collected those signatures.

UPDATE ON WHO IS JESSICA TETREAU

We begin with she holds herself out as City Commission Jessica Tetreau-Kalifa.  A review of her write in campaign material and 2015 election returns show she ran as Jessica Tetreau.  So then why does she hold herself out as Commissioner Tetreau-Kalifa.  I think it is merits an ethics complaint.  I have no idea what the TEC will do.  But something is amiss when you say you are running for reelection as Tetreau when there is no Jessica Tetreau listed as a city commissioner for the city of Brownsville.

  TIC TOC GUYS


Wednesday, February 27, 2019


CREAM OF MUSHROOM CHICKEN


I woke up again at 7 exhausted and did a quick meal.  My roommate is on a very high protein diet so I sliced three chicken breasts.  You cook them in your seasoning of choice.  Just before  they are done empty a can of Progresso Cream of Mushroom soup and mix in.  Simmer for 10 minutes and you are done.

On the side I made bow-tie egg noodles.  Easy and I am back in bed.

THE BAFFLING CASE OF JESSICA RUNNING FROM ART KALIFA'S NAME?

Before I get into the main theme, let me say I have reviewed the case law up and down because this issue is not new, and as far as I can tell the person collecting the signatures must sign the affidavit, and not the candidate if they did not collect the signatures. The only leeway I can find is if a collector has several pages of signatures, they can only sign the last and do not have to sign every page.

BUT ON MY QUESTION?

The city shows her as Tetreau-Kalifa.  She was previously elected as Tetreau-Kalifa.  I just want to know why she is running from her husband's name?

NOW IS THERE AN ETHICS AND CRIMINAL VIOLATION IN HER SIGNS?

I will not file an ethics challenge because the Ethics Commission is a complete joke in its low fines and failure to collect them.  The fact the offended can have a fundraiser to pay the fines makes the Texas Ethics Commission a complete joke.

BUT BY RUNNING UNDER A NAME OF A PERSON WHO IS NOT A CITY COMMISSIONER IS SHE COMMITTING TWO ETHICS VIOLATIONS AND TWO CRIMINAL VIOLATIONS

Did Jessica lie about her name in the past or is she lying now?

Sec. 255.005. MISREPRESENTATION OF IDENTITY. (a) A person commits an offense if, with intent to injure a candidate or influence the result of an election, the person misrepresents the person's identity or, if acting or purporting to act as an agent, misrepresents the identity of the agent's principal, in political advertising or a campaign communication.
(b) An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor.
Is Jessica illegally using the term REELECT?

There is no Jessica Tetreau holding public office in Brownsville and in particular District two.

Sec. 255.006. MISLEADING USE OF OFFICE TITLE. (a) A person commits an offense if the person knowingly enters into a contract or other agreement to print, publish, or broadcast political advertising with the intent to represent to an ordinary and prudent person that a candidate holds a public office that the candidate does not hold at the time the agreement is made.
(b) A person commits an offense if the person knowingly represents in a campaign communication that a candidate holds a public office that the candidate does not hold at the time the representation is made.
This is for Presas-Garcia and her lawyer to take to DA Saenz and the Texas Ethics Commission. If nothing else it throws a wrench in Jessica's campaign which could throw the election to Pat Ahumada if Presas-Garcia is removed from the ballot.

Jessica's lawsuit is timely filed. We shall wait to see how the city and Caty respond to see if they have case law or a statute to allow the candidate to sign the affidavit for the person who collected the signatures.  Or if the evidence shows Caty actually collected all of the signatures.

 Sorry for the late post. I spent the morning at Pep Boys getting an oil change in anticipation to my trip to San Antonio to have the fluid drained from my brain. I slept in the chair most of the time. I came home in horrible pain from sitting and slept until about 5 p.m. I am off back to bed.  And for the record because I cannot sit for periods of time it should be a good 7 hour trip wherein I have a driver.

 Some good news is I remembered some people get headaches from caffeine.  I researched caffeine and hydrocephalus and found out morning coffee increases the amount of fluid in the brain.  Today is day 4 without the mind numbing headaches after breakfast.  I have been drinking black coffee since I was a kid.  I have no addictive traits so I am not missing it.  I am drinking Manzanilla tea as my hot beverage.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019


JIM BUYS TROLL POST AND MAKES FOOL OF HIMSELF


UPDATE:  Barton true to form unable to own he was fooled by one of his trolls, attacks me for pointing out there is no code of ethics.  Exactly how many times Jim have you complained about no code of ethics and then post a claim Cesar is violating the code of ethics you yourself said does not exist.

Jim is incapable of owning up to any of his mistakes or stupidities.  You just say" I got played by a troll and messed up."  But not Jim he has to attack.

Let me tell you something Jimbo, people associated with every mayoral campaign have assured me each candidate will raise the racial slur and homophobic slur you defended.  Do they need body guards or will you just smirk at them when they point out you are wrong.

ORIGINAL STORY

"The Brownsville’s Code of Ethics, which is Chapter 38 of the city’s Code of Ordinances, expired July 1, 2005. It laid out ethical behavior expected of elected officials and employees with standard including “ avoiding even the appearance of a conflict of interest, and exercise prudence and good judgment at all times.”

Click Brownsville Herald
"
This chapter expires on July 1, 2005, unless reenacted, with or without amendment, prior to that date. Not later than 90 days before this expiration date, the city commission shall consider whether this chapter should be reenacted, amended, or allowed to expire."
The BV did approve a comment with the old Ethics Code.  The BV did not comment on it or support it.  The BV waited for a reader to comment.  It seems all of the Mayoral candidates have raised the lack of an ethics code, so I knew a reader would pic up on the post.  But the BV did not agree with it, but just let the reader have his way.  When you do not they post endlessly that you are silencing them.  Well I let him speak, and now point out he was wrong, which is why the BV did not incorporate the post into its story.
So the Rule cited by Barton expired in 2005, and is not enforceable against Cesar de Leon.  But the good news is litigators are ready to move on other issues if the BPUB tries to hire him.  It will be a blood bath for anyone who votes for De Leon.
This is why you never embrace an anony comment as valid until you verify.



WHEN YOU LOVE BOURBON YOU ARE IN THE KNOW

Several months ago I was informed of this new tavern downtown.  It was for the owners to announce their existence not me.  Well they have. They are located (being in the know) in the same building as Dodici.  If you have been to Dodici while in the patio you see an entire section of the building being unused.  Well that is 1929, currently under construction with no projected opening date. They will not have access to the patio. The building is solely owned by Trey Mendez under an LLC.  1929 is his tenant.  

Another high dollar establishment making downtown the place to be.  This is what Trey is doing for downtown.  He is not afraid to have an establishment in his same building possibly competing with Dodici. He sees 1929 complimenting Dodici and making the area as a place which fits Market Square.  He waited for the perfect tenant before renting the spot.

On their opening I will Uber that  day.  I cannot wait to try the food and whiskey.



WHEN THE POWERFUL STOP CARING THEY SCREW UP ROYALTY

"People are pretty angry with Gucci right now for trying to sell a balaclava-style sweater that resembles blackface." CLICK   Gucci immediately pulled the sweater and apologized.  How did they not know this sweater would offend peopl?  People with perceived power simple do not think of consequences.  It is that simple.

The Cesar de Leon supporters better remember his threats against Carlos Elizondo that he is going to get his part or else is under investigation.  Proceed with extreme caution.



People Cesar de Leon embarrassed Brownsville.  He is not Brownsville.  His mentality is that of part of the Mexican National elite which keeps the people poor and working for drug cartels just to keep food on the table.  The people of Brownsville are a warm welcoming people, but unfortunately they elect the worse of the worse.  The people of Mexico are a warm and welcoming people, but there elite survive on keeping the poor, poor.  The elite in Mexico such as in Brownsville, do not represent the people of Mexico or their values, and neither does Cesar de Leon.

The candidates are no better.  William Garza clearly made racial slur which every voter who is old enough to remember caused them pain every time they spoke Spanish in school.  Former Chief Rodriguez made a black and white homophobic slur and BISD and TSC refused to denounce Castro a BISD Trustee for laughing at it.  TSC should have immediately denounced the BISD Board for its failure to act in censuring Castro, but the TSC Board of Trustees refused because two of the Trustees, Syliva Atkinson and Prisci Tipton are TSC high ranking employees.

So why should it shock us now there may be reality to the claim Cesar  de Leon may be hired as the next BPUB lawyer.

THIS IS THE MOMENT THE COWEN FAMILY CAN REDEEM ITSELF AND TAKE THE LEAD AGAIN BY PAYING FOR THE ADS TO STOP THIS TRAVESTY

After the incident with Cesar De Leon getting caught on tape using the "N" word Michael Cowen gathered signatures and paid for an ad in the Herald to demand Cesar's resignation.  If they want to see John Cowen Jr. win in a land slide Cesar's old position they better come out swinging taking no prisoners.

For the record Jessica Tetreau-Kalifa taking some credit for saving Lincoln Park is classic Mike Hernandez's puppets lying because that is all they have.  Lincoln Park was won because Michael Cowen stepped up to the plate and sued UT.  At the last minute in the near middle of the night a source sent me proof Rose Gowen worked for UT, which made her vote to give away Lincoln Park away void.  I knew Michael was up working on the lawsuit and immediately sent him the evidence. He put it in the lawsuit and UT ran from the deal.  UT wanted nothing to do with Juliet Garcia or Tony Martinez's game playing.  Michael Cowen saved Lincoln Park with his pro bono service to the people.  Jessica Tetreau-Kalifa was not even in the litigation discussions or consulted.  She just lies.

Montoya's employerand Montoya  defended Cesar's racial slur with the following ad.  Yea Mike Hernandez and Carlos Marin will go to extremes to reward those who have hurt Brownsville while doing their dirty work.  Carlos Marin and Mike Hernandez are one and the same person.


It did not end there, after saving Lincoln Park with his pro bono service, Montoya attacked Michael Cowen for denouncing Cesar de Leon's racial slur.  Why? Mike Hernandez and Carlos Marin keep Montoya on a payroll to destroy anyone who challenges them.

WHEN YOU DO BUSINESS WITH AMBIOTEC, YOU DO BUSINESS WITH A SUPPORTER OF RACISTS WHO ARE WILLING TO DO AMBIOTEC'S DIRTY WORK

NBC News on Cesar de Leon"They are f---ing ... and I would say this, that I would never dare use that word, but you know what, yes, there are a couple of n-----s in there that think that all of us are f---ing taco eaters,"

MIKE HERNANDEZ AND CARLOS MARIN WANT YOU TO BELIEVE THE WORLD DENOUNCING CESAR DE LEON WILL HELP OUR REPUTATION AS A CITY AND BRING US JOBS


BREITBART REPORT    "BROWNSVILLE, Texas — A Democrat city commissioner is in hot water after a series of recordings revealed him using racial slurs when talking about two African-American prosecutors."

THE DAILY WIRE:  "Brownsville City Commissioner Cesar De Leon is in hot water after a recording of him calling two African-American prosecutors “f***ing n***ers” surfaced on social media on Tuesday."

The articles are endless worldwide. Why? because our elected officials and candidates do not care.  The people of Brownsville care and they are the voters.  The elected officials and candidates let William Garza's slur against speaking Spanish pass and they let former Chief Rodriguez homophobic statement slide while saying nothing about BISD Trustee Erasmo Castro laughing at it.

BISD refused to censure Castro for his actions, and TSC Board of Trustees refused to denounce the BISD Board of Trustees for saying nothing about Castro laughing at the homophobic slur.  But then that would have meant denouncing Sylvia Atkinson and Prisci Tipton, TSC employees.

SO PLEASE STOP WITH THE INDIGNATION

This is mostly on the elected officials and those running for office.  Their silence is allowing for this bigotry.  No elected official or anyone running for office male or female have the gonads to say "enough is enough.   Racial slurs will not be tolerated.  Homophobic slurs will not be tolerated."  Do not hold your breath people because no candidate will step in and denounce what is happening.  They are too afraid a member of the KKK will not vote for them.



THE CAMERON COUNTY AND TEXAS DEMOCRATIC PARTY BETTER STEP UP TO THE PLATE AND SAY "NO HELL NO" AND VERY STRONGLY WITH ADS IN THE HERALD IF NECESSARY DENOUNCE CESAR DE LEON AND HIS MASTERS MIKE HERNANDEZ AND CARLOS MARIN.  WILL THEY?  HELL NO



WHERE THE HELL ARE THE COUNTY AND STATE REPUBLICANS?  THEY CANNOT REMAIN SILENT WHEN THE REPUTATION OF BROWNSVILLE IS ON THE LINE


 WILL MARTIN ARAMBULA MAKE THIS  VOTE HIS LEGACY AS A SO CALLED DEMOCRAT?  AS THE BPUB CHAIR IF THE CLAIMS OF CESAR DE LEON BEING HIRED AS ITS LAWYER ARE TRUE, ARAMBULA CAN END THIS NOW



This is a defining moment for Brownsville.  Its people are a loving and embracing people.  Will our elected officials and all of the candidates for the May elections remain silent and embarrass Brownsville yet again?  Is there a pair of gonads, male or female among any elected officials or the candidates.

The Cowen family can end this by continuing with its pro bono work.  Will they?  It is time to end Mike Hernandez and Carlos Marin's influence in Brownsville.  Carlos Marin by his actions has chosen to make Ambiotec symbolic with racism.  Ambiotec should pay the price for its association with Mike Hernandez.  Carlos Marin certainly knew better.  What was he thinking?  Does he really need that much money?

Monday, February 25, 2019

















THE MOST OFTEN QUESTION ASKED OF THE BV - WHO KNOWS THE ANSWER


UPDATE: with correction

The riddle gets more interesting.  Jessica Tetreau, not Jessica Tetreau-Kalifa filed suit to remove Presas-Garcia from the ballot over a signature issue.  In a similar case about a year ago the GOP tried the same against the Democrats.  They lost because the GOP Chair did not have standing to bring the suit.  I think  the John Anderson case from the Supreme Court was clear, the elections belong to the people and not the candidates or parties.  But the lower courts have stated the Anderson opinion only applies to Presidential Elections.

Texas limits standing to the candidates filing suit to stop ballot access.  There is no Jessica Tetreau [correction in fact Jessica has dropped her husband's last name from her name on the ballot. Bt she remains listed as Commissioner Tetreau-Kalifa, so can she use the reelect statement?  It is no great secret that Rick Zayas and Presas-Garcia have a long history which is bad.  So it shocks no one Jessica hired Rick Zayas.  But wait is he not partners with Luis Hernandez husband to Rita Hernandez who works for Mike Hernandez, and Luis Hernandez being the former GBIC lawyer under Mike Hernandez.

So I do not get it, why is Hernandez paying Montoya to print propaganda which his own readers are rejecting and seeing through as Mike Hernandez playing his con, while Montoya trashes Jessica and and promotes Caty Presas-Garcia. Montoya does not run from money.  He is not going to chance losing Mike's money.  Something is up,

CATY PRESAS-GARCIA NEEDS TO CHALLENGE JESSICA ON STANDING SINCE THERE NO JESSICA TETREAU EXISTS AND SHE IS USING A FICTIOUS NAME.  THE COB OF BROWNSVILLE LISTS HER AS JESSICA TETREAU-KALIFA NOT TETREAU.  WITH THE NAME CHANGE SHE IS NOT RUNNING AS AN INCUMBENT BUT AS A DIFFERENT PERSON WITH A FICTIOUS NAME.

In the Castro Podcast both Jessica Tetreau-Kalifa and Caty Presas-Garcia made themselves out as victims and martyrs refusing to fess up to any mistakes or wronging. Not that accurate reporting matters, but Jessica Tetreau-Kalifa has also been arrested. Her family business was sued to force them to pay their workers. Oh, I can so go on. Caty Presas-Garcia when it served her needs aligned with a convicted felon and cost BISD millions of dollars, while Lubbock collected on the same claims. Caty has a verifiable track record that for power she will align with the devil himself.

Only Pat Ahumada fessed up to his past transgressions with no excuses.  This compared to the two victims and martyrs Jessica and Caty.  Any women who supports Jessica is giving their husband license to have an affair with someone young enough to be their daughter.  No ladies you never ever support such conduct.  Jessica destroyed a family and now flaunts the money.  Character is not on Jessica's side.  There will be no tears for you ladies when you learn your husband is stepping out on you with a young women, because in your support of Jessica you have given your husband license to do same.

SO WHAT IS THE QUESTION?

Montoya would never ever anger Mike Hernandez by trashing Jessica Tetreau-Kalifa while endorsing Caty Presas-Garcia unless he has Mike's permission.  The question is has Mike seen the writing on the wall and is now betting on two horses.  Term not used to insult because both women appear above average in terms of appearance. 

So the question is, why is Mike Hernandez allowing Montoya to trash his girl Jessica, while endorsing Caty if Mike is not banking on one of the two to win.

Now in terms of signage Jessica and Pat are going head to head.  I have yet to see one Caty sign, so she is not getting the money.  Maybe Montoya is just playing her up to insure Pat makes it into the run-offs  Who knows?  But as so many people have told me none of this makes sense unless Mike Hernandez has sanctioned it.

Mike Hernandez and Carlos Marin have lost the rezoning issue with GBIC.  This was clearly one of the moments which angers people against Mike.  He is training workers to build homes, and then opposes a new major development which would have made him look really good for Brownsville by providing his students with good jobs.  It makes no sense.  Mike lost the opportunity to use his education initiative to use all of the litigation money he has used against me to get nothing but a federal lawsuit he will defend in Brownsville which he could have used to secure special accommodations for adults with learning challenges.  Had he simply properly invested the money he would be able to claim on both of these issues he did great things for Brownsville.  But he chose the wrong side.

ON A SIDE NOTE

People keep on asking me who did more damage to whom.  Did Carlos Marin destroy any hopes  Mike Hernandez had in making a difference.  When I was defending OP1033 because I saw good ideas I was flooded with complaints telling me Carlos Marin was in fact running the show.  Once Jose Angel Gutierrez showed me the truth and Mike tried to buy me on my endorsement of Ralph Cowen I was then certain I was on the wrong side.  The BV changed sides on facts.  McHale and Montoya changed sides on money.

Or even with a bad reputation, did Mike Hernandez make life worse for Carlos Marin?  Carlos is clearly the smarter of the two.  There is no doubt in my mind his lawyers will verify for him Mike Hernandez is doing damage to his name.  The question is will Carlos Marin listen to his lawyers or go down with the ship.

Look I do not care if it is Carlos Marin or Mike Hernandez or both or anyone else, I will call good move for anyone who gets behind the new housing project near the sports park.  It baffles me this actually makes Mike Hernandez look good because it means jobs for his students, but he opposes it.

People be careful this election.

I know one thing for sure.  The only way for sure to guarantee no one has a 4 member majority is to elect Trey Mendez mayor.  Hate him all you want, but his win means no majority for anyone.

I do not believe anyone can buy Pat Ahumada so his victory will mean an independent voice.

Jessica Puente Bradshaw who did an excellent roll-out seems to have no campaign and is relying on the blind female vote.  That only works when you have money and a campaign.  Without a campaign which means money she will not even make it into the run-offs.  I hope money is being raised and will be used wisely when it matters.

IN THE END

Downtown Brownsville is exploding with new high dollar establishments.  I cannot wait for May when I know I will be out and about again.  I think I will be downtown every weekend with guests.  There are just so many good options.

I can tell you there are new businesses going up all of the time all over Brownsville.  In spite of our city commission the people who really matter are investing in Brownsville.  The people of Brownsville are very embracing of everyone.  It is sad our elected officials are not like the people of Brownsville.

CESAR DE LEON

I heard about two weeks ago he was promised the position of BPUB lawyer.  I dismissed it because I do not trust the source.  I still do not believe it is on the table.  If it is on the table then the BPUB Board Members may be the only people in political circles who do not know Cesar De Leon's tape recording demanding his piece of the pie or else is under investigation.  I say let a majority of  the BPUB hire him so they can go down with him because he is completely done for.


Sunday, February 24, 2019




UPDATE:

Pat stole my thunder.  I had a post ready for Monday to allow any business willing to pay for a bus shelter to collect all advertising on the shelter.  That story is now dead since Pat Ahumada has raised the idea.  Pat is being very specific with ideas.  I really like this.  

In the Castro-Pod cast Pat has clearly stolen the show as the most informed candidate.  I am definitely leaning towards voting for him.  Presas-Garcia was also helpful in bringing light to the issue.  He was frank and honest about his past and ran from nothing. BUT he stole my thunder on the BUS shelter.
  
PAT AHUMADA BEATS JESSICA TETREAU-KALIFA TO FIRST MAILER

This remains Jessica's race to lose.  No matter how disliked she is in her district, this election is going to be a get out the vote.  Jessica has her solid supporters who will never waiver no matter how much evidence you put before before them as to Jessica's failure.  Further all three candidates carry a ton of garbage with them.  

Friday, February 22, 2019


MAYOR TONY MARTINEZ



FORMER CITY MANAGER CHARLIE CABLER


TSC TRUSTEE JUAN "TREY" MENDEZ

THE CITY OF BROWNSVILLE MAYOR'S RACE COMES DOWN TO A SIMPLE QUESTION.  DO YOU WANT A MAJORITY OF 4 VOTING WITH ABRAHAM GALONSKY, MIKE HERNANDEZ, OR NO ONE HAVE A MAJORITY OF 4 VOTES?

The bloggers can throw a bunch of crap around based on how much they are being paid, but I say let's just cut to the chase.  It is your vote and vote what you think is best for Brownsville.

We have seen all over the world, the state, countries and cities super majorities are never good.  This has nothing to do with Brownsville or Abraham Galonsky or  Mike Hernandez.  One machine controlling the process is always bad.

There is only one way to insure no machine controls the Brownsville City Commission and that is voting for Trey Mendez.

I'm not going to lie, I can write negatives on all of the candidates.  But at the end of the day only one candidate guarantees no machine controls the city.  That candidate is Trey Mendez - bottom line.

And not that reality matters but Trey Mendez has spoken out on the verdict.  One, he has said there is insurance for part of the judgment if it holds and he has made clear Tercero was fired for just cause, stated the just cause, and stated the verdict would not change his vote.  This is why the blogs are worthless.  You have no nothing hating trolls posting lies, and then hatemonger bloggers repeating the lies as fact.  Just stop reading the blogs.

I am not going to spend the next couple of months going back and forth on issues which at the end of the day change nothing.

No one is discussing the specific waste in our city government.  We have to confront it and I can assure you other than saying they oppose waste no one is going to get into specifics.

So in the end know your political machines and vote accordingly.   It is your vote and use it wisely.

I have been lied to so much this campaign and sickened by it.  Nurith Galonsky and John Cowen Jr. specifically told me to my face Rick Longoria denies Abraham Galonsky was in the executive session when the vote on Casa del Nylon was made.  Nurith Galonsky would be terrible at poker because her face told me she was trying to play me.

A city commissioner called me the second the session ended and told me the story which included Tony Martinez threatening the commissioner with criminal prosecution if they disclosed this fact.

So I ask why would Rick Longoria come to Galonsky's aid so many years later with this story when he is tied to Carlos Marin - Hence Mike Hernandez?  It makes no sense.

Look guys John Cowen Jr. will be voting with Abraham Galonsky so consider that when you vote.  If you think Abraham Galonsky is the best option for the city, then I say vote for Tony Martinez, John Cowen Jr. and Nurith Galonsky.

I'm tired of the lies and the game playing.

So vote for one machine or the other, or vote for no machine by voting for Trey Mendez.  So simple without all of the garbage.

Thursday, February 21, 2019


SHOW "MOMS" DID WHAT MIKE HERNANDEZ SHOULD HAVE DONE INSTEAD OF WASTING SO MUCH MONEY BUYING SILENCE AND IN LITIGATION - JUST ACT AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE

The elderly mom decides to get her GED so she can get a contractor's license.  She cannot handle the classroom.  After she fails another friend tells her she can be tested so she can get special accommodations during the teaching and testing.

The issue was not only ADD but also classroom anxiety.  I breaks my heart every time a student fails the GED because there is no service in Brownsville to test these adults to get them help.

My long term readers know I have been at this for so so long.  It still rubs me raw when I asked UTB College of Education to set up a clinic for their students learning how to test for special needs and to use adults for their clinical experience. It was a win win for UTB and their students in terms of experience and the adults BISD abandoned to only end up as drop outs.

I am so jaded with politics because this is such an easy thing to help so many people move up and  the political machines and candidates do not care.

The BISD Board of Trustees should have to watch this episode over and over and over again and maybe they will finally get it.

BISD has a lot of great programs but when it comes to special needs children they just shit on them.

Today I sent a parent to the TEA because BISD is just dismissing a life threatening issue with a child.  They have offered no ARD. The staff are not aware of the child's needs because the principal does not give a crap, and I can assure you BISD never will give a crap.  This child is disabled by medical diagnosis with a dangerous condition and BISD has nothing but excuses for providing no accommodations. Why?  Every principal knows there is no money for special needs children and if they start helping too many kids they will be sent to food services.

EVERY ATTORNEY MUST READ THIS POST - UNANIMOUS SUPREME COURT PUTS BRAKES ON CIVIL FORFEITURES

"Excessive fines can be used, for example, to retaliate against or chill the speech of political enemies. . . . Even absent a political motive, fines may be employed in a measure out of accord with the penal goals of retribution and deterrence.


And, as a measure of the cross-ideological appeal of the ruling, Justice Clarence Thomas's concurrence went right to the heart of the scam. Civil forfeiture, he wrote, has become...
widespread and highly profitable... This system - where police can seize property with limited judicial oversight and retain it for their own use - has led to egregious and well-chronicled abuses."
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HAS JOHN COWEN MET HIS MATCH IN JESSICA PUENTE BRADSHAW?  SHE HAS THE BLIND FEMALE VOTE AND IS NUMBER ONE ON THE BALLOT.


Unleash Business, Create Jobs, Elevate Brownsville -

 Vote Jessica Puente Bradshaw! JESSICA PUENTE BRADSHAW FOR CITY COMMISSIONER AT-LARGE "A"·WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2019 

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My fellow citizens of Brownsville, I extend my appreciation to God, my family, and friends for their initial but critical support as I throw my hat into the race for Brownsville City Commissioner At-Large “A”. Running for office is never a “piece of cake,” but the desire to contribute who I am and what I know for a better cause and purpose drives my decision. My goals and wishes reflect what I desire for our whole community.

As a citizen of Brownsville, I want the world to see what makes our community unique! Our citizens deserve a community whose streets, drainage, lighting and general infrastructure reflect our pride and uniqueness. I am committed to accountability, transparency, and to the collaboration between our entities, boards and citizenry. The decisions we make to help each other will move the city forward, and in doing so, we ELEVATE Brownsville! Each individual, each district, each organization, working together as ONE CITY!

As a professional and businesswoman, I pledge to you that I will make sure that every one of your tax dollars is applied to the best use. At the same time, I will strive to ELEVATE the quality of service the city provides. As a businesswoman, it is critical to properly compensate and provide benefits to city employees who are instrumental in ELEVATING Brownsville. As a mother, I believe that our future depends on the choices we make today. All of our children deserve the best quality of life opportunities; we cannot afford to ignore our children and young adults with special needs. I will work with local non-profits and private entities so that our special needs population has access to everything our city offers, especially parks and museums.

As a former teacher and lifelong learner, I also pledge to work with our school districts, higher education institutions, and other educational organizations to explore and create opportunities where students can apply their learning in real world situations, with the intention of allowing our students to stay and growin Brownsville.

As a woman, I know that both men and women can do a great job in leadership! I will be a partner and advocate of women in leadership roles by encouraging mentorship for all who wish to be involved in ELEVATING Brownsville. Friends, this is only a fraction of my goals and wishes for our great city. I look forward to meeting and getting more feedback from you. I ask for your vote on May 4th, 2019, Jessica Puente Bradshaw Candidate for Brownsville City Commissioner At-Large “A”

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
















ELECTION UPDATE

First, I will say Pat's campaign signs are almost impossible to read.  But I share a small neighborhood with Jessica Tetreau-Kalifa and just getting home I see my neighbor has a Pat Ahumada sign.  Yes my friends our joint neighborhood are not all supporters of Jessica.  The count is 5 signs Jessica and 4 for Pat. Pat you messed up big time on your signs.  You can almost not read them whereas Jessica's jump out at you.

I have no idea what I will do this election.  I am leaning to voting a blank ballot, but I will not lie, if I vote for mayor it will be for Trey.  If Trey wins we all win because then no one will have a 4 person majority, and I care about this one issue more so than any other issue.  But I get it some of my readers want a specific 4 person majority for Hernandez or  Galonsky.  All I can say is vote what you think is best for Brownsville and do not allow anyone to tell you otherwise.

If I decide to support someone in my district I will not accept a sign because Jessica's children will see the signs and I find it unseemly for her children to have to see people in her own neighborhood oppose her.  We have the entire district to post signs.  I think in deference to her children our small neighborhood should not be a place to play this out.  But if Jessica is going to post signs then her opponents should post signs.  I will not.

BALLOT LINE UP 

MAYOR

Trey Mendez
Tony Martinez
Charlie Cabler

DISTRICT AT LARGE

Jessica Puente Bradshaw
Carlos Guerrro
John Cowen Jr.
Ismael Hinojosa

DISTRICT 1

William Garza
Nurith Galonsky
Michel Rodriguez
Ricardo Longoria Jr.

DISTRICT 2

Jessica Tetreau Kalifa
Pat Ahumada
Caty Presas-Garcia

Side note:  I get the sign count and now realize I messed up in the previous post.  But my count includes those homes because I know they support Jessica.

WHICH CITY CANDIDATE CONTRACTS WITH A THIRD PARTY FOR EMPLOYEES THEREBY AVOIDING HAVING TO GIVE THEIR EMPLOYEES ANY BENEFITS OR RIGHTS?

Answer, not Jessica Tetreau-Kalifa.  I cannot run the full story because the information was given to me in confidence long before this person announced for office, or even before I even heard of this person.

If this is how you are going to treat your workers how are you going to treat the people of Brownsville? 

I'm back to bed. I was in bed all day yesterday.  March 8, 2019, cannot come fast enough. 

I was disappointed I do not have the time to call out Montoya's propaganda piece bought and paid for by Mike Hernandez prompting up Mario Lozoya at  the GBIC, but his readers are doing it for me.  Mike does not get it. If Montoya says it, the people do not believe it.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019


NOT ALL DISCUSSIONS ABOUT THE GENDER SPECTRUM ARE HOMOPHOBIC, SOME ARE CONVERSATIONS FAIRNESS MANDATES


FROM CNN: "Tennis great Martina Navratilova has been criticized after claiming it is a form of "cheating" for transgender women to be allowed to compete in women's sport."

Some background.

CHRISTINE JORGENSEN WAS THE FIRST WELL KNOWN TRANSGENDER WOMAN TO GO THROUGH THE FULL SURGERY IN THE 50'S

This subject matter is difficult because it is evolving fast. Even within the transgender community [not necessarily now an accepted term] there is an endless war of words on how to define gender.

Several years before Jorgensen died she was on Opra and told an audience of transgender women, if as a woman you are happy with a penis you are a woman with a penis.  If you need the surgery to feel complete then have the surgery.  She then went on to say she did not regret her surgery.

We now know gender can be identified in the brain.  We know based on brain identification there are woman with either a penis or or vagina.  Other than through a fabricated social construct created of thousands of years of word development and survival based on the times there is no scientific evidence it is abnormal for a woman to have a penis.

Within the community there is a lot of discussion on  this issue, and they can be mean to each other over it.  My niece is full post operative.  That was her choice.  But others are not and they are divided among themselves on this issue.

CONTINUING WITH MARTINA

"Navratilova, a nine-time Wimbledon champion, wrote on Sunday that this debate had led to her going away to do more research on the subject, adding: "Well, I've now done that and, if anything, my views have strengthened.
"To put the argument at its most basic: a man can decide to be female, take hormones if required by whatever sporting organization is concerned, win everything in sight and perhaps earn a small fortune, and then reverse his decision and go back to making babies if he so desires.
"It's insane and it's cheating. I am happy to address a transgender woman in whatever form she prefers, but I would not be happy to compete against her. It would not be fair."
This is so similar to the bathroom issue.  I have favored family bathrooms as the solution.  But you cannot expect little girls and their parents to not be horrified when a massive body building man walks into the ladies room because the law says because he has a vagina he must use the ladies room.  But I acknowledge and respect all of the concerns of the parents.  They cannot be dismissed.

So Martina raises  the issue of transgender women who still produce testosterone because as a women they are comfortable with a penis.  Does this give them an unfair advantage in professional sports?

This is not a discriminatory discussion raised by Martina.  It merits discussion, but probably with no solution.

Years ago a South African woman was banned from professional sports because her xy's were not what medical science generally defines as a woman.  It was a random decision based on averages.

Are we going to ban women from sports who are genetically more prone to build muscle faster than the average woman?  It is real.

The point of this piece is the gender spectrum desperately needs honest and frank discourse if we are to address these issues.  Martina came out when nearly every other famous gay person was in the closet.  She brought meaningful change to our public image.  Her question is an honest question.  The problem is there is probably no answer.  But that fact does not make her anti-transgender.

But I am confused that we are fine with men who can build muscle fast and big in ways other men cannot, but if a woman can do the same thing, then we have a question mark.  But then if some of those women have extra testosterone because they have testicles, they are disqualified.  Not all women have he same estrogen testosterone balance, same for men.  So where do we define the line.

This debate is many things but when it comes from someone with the leadership Martina has shown in the past it is not based on bias but based on a desire for fairness, standards, and answers.

I personally have no answer to the question and am on the fence supporting both sides.  We are caught in a social construct which is dividing us. Maybe the time is here to end this social construct and rethink gender.

Monday, February 18, 2019



BARTON INSULTED THAT I RECOGNIZED ROMAN PEREZ AS A BETTER MODERATOR TURNS INTO BARTON TELLING LATINOS WHAT THEY ARE ALLOWED TO FEEL AND BELIEVE

First on Roman, Barton clearly was not paying attention to Roman's posts versus his live comments.  Roman wrote something to the effect of "He doesn't even live in Brownsville."  I never said he was talking about Barton, with well over 20 blogs in Brownsville Barton just made the assumption.

The notion of linking me with Roman is Barton just reaching down into the bowels of pathetic.  I was finishing the assessment for my physical therapy when the texts started to come and emails as to what Barton did in insulting the entire Latino community. Castro dump Barton and add Roman and your podcast will jump beyond 300 full time viewers.  Yes people.  With 1.1 thousand views that means maybe 300 people watched the entire podcast.  A view is counted even if someone clicks on for a second.  

 And for the record the physical therapist identified why my left leg goes to Jell-o.

Barton claims William Garza's comment about clerks speaking Spanish is not racist.  Well as an Anglo I guess he would be the expert on that one.  For all the older people who read the blogs I am sure they were shocked at such dismissal of what they feel every time an Anglo looks at them for speaking in Spanish.  People who were punished in school are a dime a dozen for speaking in Spanish.  I am certain they were horrified by Barton's dismissal of their feelings.

According to Jim as the Anglo because he has never felt that contempt for speaking in Spanish it cannot be racial.  Well it is Jimbo.  It is the same feeling of being followed in the store by security because of your racial background or perceived racial background.  It is real and just because a white boy says it is not, does not change reality.

JIM EVERYONE KNOWS ROMAN WENT AFTER YOU BEFORE THE PODCAST FOR FABRICATING A STORY ABOUT HIM

What is so laughable is you try to defend on your nonsense by linking Roman with me after you have trashed me endlessly for calling out Roman.  Nothing like the wrath of an angry white man spurned by Roman.  Maybe Roman is finally showing good sense. 

Roman is a private citizen with views and twice bringing him into false conspiracies is truly pathetic.  Deal with the fact the two of you had a bad break up and move on.


BUTAL HONESTY FROM AT LARGE CANDIDATE ISMAEL HINOJOSA

Thanks to Erasmo CastroJim Barton and Roman Perez for giving me the opportunity to speak to their viewers and to share the stage with fellow candidate John Cowen. I was both nervous and excited to be on their livestream. So as soon as got him I asked my two sons how they think I did:
Hector: “Eh.”
Eduardo: “All I heard was blah blah blah blah blah from everyone.”
I guess I’ll have to work on refining my message. #toughcrowd
I will say there was a lot of blah blah blah., but Roman did bring out some good discussion.  I hate meaningless statements like I oppose government waste.  Who doesn't.  At a substantive level neither candidate offered anything.
Ismael at least spoke.  John Cowen just kept on agreeing with everything while adding nothing.
I need to hear where the waste is at the COB.  It is there.  We need it told.
But on brutal honesty Ismael's post was very refreshing and the type candidate I can get behind.  I still need to learn more.  When you let your own sons critique you and then post their negative critique you are an honest man.