Pat Ahumada said...
Months back, Mike Hernandez approached me
I was asked to set up meetings with key people in my network, which I did and it sound good. I provided a lot of information and material, including my entire file on the weir project to Mike Hernandez and the names of the California group with Sam Marrasco to develop downtown.
Then I realized that I had been used. It became apparent Mike Hdz made an alliance with Carlos Marin and that is when I jumped ship. They tried to hire me as a consultant, but I said no.
Now they talk about those things I worked on and would like to see brought to fruition, but they do not understand that it was the same people Mike Hdz aligned himself with who was working to undermine the weir project.
I expect them to mile our city like Marin has done with the Tenaska project, Imagine.United Brownsville, and anything they can get their hooks into.
The good thing is that finally citizens have opened up their eyes to know that special interest has been steadily working to take control of all our elected and appointed boards.
I was the first one to stand up to them and the first casualty for saying no. I warned everyone, but got no support and was labeled as being difficult by Atkinson and those who supported Carlos Marin and his Imagine Brownsville.
Because people stood on the sidelines and watched them pound on me, now Carlos Marin has come back to haunt the same people who stood on the sidelines allowing special interest to get powerful.
Much irreparable damage has been done with the border wall going up with the help of Troiani and the others on the commission with the intent to undermine weir and the river walk proposed downtown development.
In spite of ourselves, good things do happen and I hope that somehow this initiative of mine some day becomes a reality. It is feasible, as we were able to get the weir project approved as a bi-national project, when before it was never a bi-national project and millions had already been spent. It was like the bridge to nowhere project wit no bi-national status.