Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Monday, December 15, 2014
|Future Police Substation at 615 E. 11th Street|
Ms. Argueta gave us a quick tour of the gallery, including a laminated wood sculpture, a piece utilizing wire coat hangers and wall art made from a piece of an antique chair recovered from a Brownsville alley.
|Art Director Lourdes Argueta|
"This will be an art gallery until February when the Brownsville Police Department takes over the space," stated the artist.
Brownsville Downtown Redevelopment Director, Ramiro Gonzalez agreed: "We didn't want to simply leave the space empty. We have enough of that already in downtown. Lourdes approached us with this idea and we think it makes good use of the space."
Posted by Jim Barton at 6:29 PM
Friday, December 12, 2014
Two Other Firms Consider Launching Rockets from Boca Chica, Sick Sossi Attends GBIC Meeting via Skype
|GBIC Contract Attorney Sossi on Skype|
A resourceful City Attorney Mark Sossi, rose from his sick bed to join the meeting via Skype, perhaps mindful of the $5,000 per month stipend he receives from the GBIC for part-time legal advice. With the absence of David Betancourt and Jessica Tetreau-Kalifa, Ed Sikes served as chairman.
Salinas spoke of Project Panther and Project Nocturnal, entailing two firms that want to do launches from Boca Chica, but on "a smaller scale" than Space Exploration Technologies, SpaceX. Perhaps, all of us should pay our eight mile long pristine beach one last nostalgic visit before the commercial launches begin in 2016.
SpaceX has already erected a "temporary building" on site, according to Salinas, with "solar panels" for energy. Project Stargate, a partnership between UTB and SpaceX, has commenced.
Project Sizzle, involving a Finnish firm's intention to build a metal foundry at the Port of Brownsville, will "hopefully receive a commitment" in early 2015. Salinas gushes that the project has "grown" from a single foundry to "two foundries and a machine plant." He cautions that "we're" still in competition with Monterrey, Mexico for the project and that "over 3,000 jobs" are on the line. Salinas admits that wages would be lower in Monterrey, but iterates that power is three times as expensive in Mexico as in Brownsville.
In rapid-fire Salinas touches on Project Front Door, Project Ladder, Project Mandarin and Project Islander.
One of the above is a plan for a Canadian company to create a distribution center for frozen chicken to be shipped into Mexico. The hope is that the firm will utilize 200,000 square feet of the defunct Titan Tire building. Brownsville is competing with "three other states" for that project.
|Governor-Elect Greg Abbott|
Posted by Jim Barton at 9:32 PM
Saturday, December 6, 2014
|Assistant City Manager Ruth Ozuna|
You are going after the wrong side. Brownsville's problems are almost exclusively management problems.
Ruth Osuna is trying to continue a life on the gravy train of municipal employment. She is a lifer. Look at her career. Most recently she was fired from a city in Arizona. Fired for poor management decisions. Yet, she was hired here. Why?"
The reader includes a photostatic copy of an article from The Eloy Enterprise from Eloy, Arizona dated October 3, 2013. The article relates that the City Commission of Eloy, by a 4-3 vote, decided not to renew Ruth Osuna's contract with the city that ended December 6, 2013. So, she was not actually "fired," as the anonymous correspondent claimed, but her contract was not renewed. The Enterprise article cites a claim by city employees that changes made to vacation and sick leave policy during Osuna's tenure as City Manager were "unlawful."
|City Manager Charlie Cabler|
"Look at Mr. Cabler. Mr Medina took the fall for all the decisions made by Mr. Cabler. Mr. Medina was a bad manager for sure. He continued a long term secretary whom he promoted well beyond her ability. When he was fired(quit); he took a job at a nearby city and hired as his secretary that same secretary."
(The writer also included a copy of a letter from HUD to the city detailing several millions of dollars of mishandled projects by the City of Brownsville. We will include that letter in a subsequent article.)
The letter continues: "You are trying to find something wrong often with the only altruistic people who care the most about our City. If you sit back and look at it, it has always been a City management problem. The Human Resources department is incompetent beyond belief. How else would they recommend a most recently fired manager. Ruth was sent home, forced to take days off, just a few months after she got here for poor decisions, but she has now made it past her 6 month probation period. Now she can exhale on the municipal gravy train. Who else is on that?
If you quote some of this, I will keep fresh information coming your way.
Most of the elected officials are doing good by the City. Rose and the Mayor are individually self-made wealthy people who could be doing better things with their time than to be dealing with this stupid management. They do it because they really want a better place for the people here. Not enough of the commissioners are supportive of firing Cabler and the HR director and all the other idiots. Idiots raised to the level of management, the ones here at least, are afraid to hire good smart people because they make management look bad. That is how they see it. It is a position of defense. Smart management does not do that. Really, simply, they are not smart enough, nor well read enough, nor educated enough.
So, step up if you really care, spread the word."
The letter was unsigned with no return address.
How do you feel about the writer's observations? Are Rose Gowen and Tony Martinez selfless workers for the public good as the writer infers? Is the City Commission doing a good job representing the taxpayer's interests? Should City Manager Charlie Cabler be fired?
We will publish your thoughts in a subsequent article.
Posted by Jim Barton at 6:30 PM
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Commissioner Jessica Tetreau Requests and Receives Correction in Minutes for February 25, 2013 City Commission Meeting
|Commissioner Jessica Tetreau-Kalifa|
Tetreau wanted it clear that she has NEVER voted for the transfer of Lincoln Park, not on February 25, 2013 or on November 4, 2014, when the final resolution was presented for vote. Tetreau's correction was adopted unanimously.
|District Attorney Luis V. Saenz|
|Mayor Martinez Lied to Community|
about Lincoln Park
Posted by Jim Barton at 4:58 PM
Monday, December 1, 2014
|Gilberto Hinojosa, Cameron County Reject|
|Opportunity Knocks for Carlos Cascos|
|District 1 County Commissioner|
For those who question if Benavides can handle the position, rest assured a former county judge is willing to guide her through the process.
Posted by Jim Barton at 8:16 PM