Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Deadly Slime Threatens Isla Blanca Park; Rivera Joins Cronies in Pushing for Beach Development

Gilberto Hinojosa Pushed for
Development in Public Park
In 2005 County Judge Gilberto Hinojosa and the commissioners agreed on a deal to develop the donated land on South Padre Island we recognize as Isla Blanca Park.  A shell corporation named Laguna Madre Enhancement Group, LLC. represented developers who had designs on the public beach area, wanting to construct a hotel, condominiums, time-shares and possibly a casino if that became legal.  

Not widely advertised was the obvious interference the project would have with public beach access.  The proposed project seemingly conflicted, not only with the Texas Open Beaches Act, but also stipulations on land use made by the land's donor.

Abel Limas Ruled in Favor of the
Developer to Enforce the Lease,
Denying Public Beach Access
Private citizens, opposing the development, formed Private Citizens Who Care~South Padre Island  and filed suit to prevent the lease and subsequent development from going forward. The case was eventually heard three years later in Cameron County District Court in a case presided over by Judge Abel Limas.  Not surprisingly, the corrupt, now imprisoned, Limas, ruled in favor of the developer, enforcing the lease and opening the way for denial of public access to the beach area.

In a successful appeal to the 13th Court of Appeals the lease with the developers was ruled "unenforceable,"  preserving public beach access for the time being and stopping development on  public land.  


Joe Rivera Will Push for
Isla Blanca Park Development
if Elected County Judge
The fight to preserve this public park and beach access is not over.  County Judge Candidate Joe Rivera declared at the 2014 Democratic Party Forum, that, should he be elected County Judge, he would implement the original lease, following the master plan to develop Isla Blanca Park as originally proposed by his friend Gilberto Hinojosa.

Rivera faces incumbent Carlos Cascos in the 2014 Cameron County election.

Monday, October 20, 2014

What Is Wrong with These Two Pictures?

Answer:  My friend Letty Perez-Garzoria seems to be endorsing Mary S. Rey in the first picture.  In the second she is endorsing the three candidates recommended by the TVEA including Mary S. Rey's opponent, Shirley "La" Bowman.  

Rivera Hurls His Own Caca at Cascos in the Form of Gilberto Hinojosa

Joe Rivera
As repulsive as even portions or pieces of human excrement are, County Judge Candidate Joe Rivera is lobbing a complete human turd at Carlos Cascos in the form of deposed former County Judge Gilberto Hinojosa.  
In a Brownsville Herald ad, reposted by Bobby Wightman-Cervantes on the BROWNSVILLE VOICE, the Rivera Ad Team faults Cascos for tolerating the blatant criminality of Conrado Cantu, Jr., Abel Limas and Armando Villalobos, all now imprisoned Democrats, but also covering up alleged theft of utilities by his chief assistant, Chris Valadez.

(Actually, I just pulled my Brownsville Herald, Sunday Edition, out of its protective rain sleeve today, because of Nena's stroke and hospitalization. Damn! The Herald made some money yesterday on political ads with even a full-pager by Cesar Lopez, running for the non-paying position of BISD Trustee, Position 1.)

The fine print of the anti-Cascos ad at the left says it is "paid for by the Cameron County Democratic Executive Committee" with the crusty William Skaggs as Treasurer. The address listed is 1767 Boca Chica Blvd., the building originally rented by Cindy Hinojosa for her Cameron County Texas Democratic Women's quarters, but formerly occupied by Betty's Tortas.  (Cindy needed a venue to display her political aptitude that was not well received nor encouraged by former Cameron County Democratic Chair Sylvia Garza-Perez.)

The first Rivera allegation, that Cascos "never called for an investigation of Conrado Cantu, Jr. and Abel Limas is ludicrous, since both were Democrats and blood brothers of Rivera's mentor and puppeteer Gilberto Hinojosa.  In a perfect world, Hinojosa, Limas, Cantu and former District Attorney Armando Villalobos would all be sharing a prison cell planning their next "big job" against the taxpayers of Cameron County.

Cindy, Gilberto Hinojosa
Gilberto, butt-hurt from two defeats already at the hands of Carlos Cascos, one in 2006 where he was personally defeated, the second in 2010 where the handpicked John Wood lost despite twelve affidavits of alleged poll worker intimidation by Hinojosa.  

Rivera is the second handpicked Hinojosa candidate. With Rivera poised to go for a record-breaking 40 years as County Clerk, Hinojosa persuaded old Joe to run for County Judge against Cascos.

If Gilberto Hinojosa, the State Democratic Chairman, is behind the current anti-Cascos ad, it smacks of legendary hypocrisy.  Conrado Cantu, Jr., Abel Limas and Gilberto Hinojosa baptised each other's children and were/are notoriously close.  If anyone tolerating the wrongdoing of Cantu, Limas and Villalobos, it was Hinojosa.  

Jim Barton, Chris Valadez, Gilbert Velasquez
The bottom portion of Rivera's ad deals with an alleged theft of utilities by Cascos aid, Chris Valadez. While no charges were filed in 2000 against Valadez, this has been a recurring theme of the Rivera campaign.  What Valadez IS guilty of is polluting the blogosphere with the livestreaming of the Maclovio O'Malley Show, a bawdy assortment of bathroom, sexual and political humor in three languages; English, Spanish and an uncanny impersonation of Bobby Wightman-Cervantes.

Living in the proverbial glass house is Joe Rivera, who has retained as a prominent operative in his campaign, Lucino Rosenbaum III.  Ex-con Rosenbaum actually served 40 months in state prison after facing possibly a 20 year incarceration for aggravated assault, cocaine smuggling, threatening with a weapon and bail jumping.  

So, OK.  Cascos vs Hinojosa(Rivera) Round 3:  Let the turds fly!



Friday, October 17, 2014

Ricardo Longoria Is Too Tired to Protect Taxpayer Assets: "Just Spend It!" He Admonishes

From the editor:  In the video clip below from the 10/7/2014 City Commission Meeting, Ricardo Longoria admits that even though District 1 has multiple needs, including streets, he is simply weary, tired of fighting for his district.  


"Just spend the money," Longoria says.  "I'm too tired to fight for District 1 anymore."



Will Ricardo Longoria's Ride
Soon Be Over?
Perhaps, the voters of District 1 will relieve Rick of some of his fatigue in May 2015 by electing someone as commissioner not tired of fighting for the district.


In the clip, Longoria also references "pending litigation" from the "13th appeals court" that could result in the City of Brownsville taking a $5,000,000 hit.  Is he talking about the Brownsville Firefighters, the group he stiffed 3 years ago in their efforts to claim their rightfully negotiated "Me too" clause, keeping their wages on par with the police department?  



Ozuna, Perez, Navarro
There is no better example of this City Commission squandering taxpayer assets than their dealings with Brownsville Firefighters. Incompetent, but well-to-do, labor attorney Ricardo Navarro has earned a small fortune convincing the city to stonewall the firefighters union at every juncture.  Even the firefighters offer to settle BELOW contract was rejected by the city on the advice of Navarro.



Longoria's video clip:





Thursday, October 16, 2014

Portillo Statement on Agenda Item #13, City Commission Meeting, 10/7. . .Comments For and Against

From the editor:  A few of us were stunned to see Deborah Portillo articulate a counterpoint at the 10/7 city commission meeting on Agenda Item #13, albeit by reading a prepared statement, not speaking extemporaneously. We've been imploring the young commissioners to do just that for several years; present a reasoned alternative, not just rubber stamp.  Even voting "no" or abstaining is meaningless if you haven't laid out your objections, misgivings or viewpoints clearly, concisely.  

The citizens have suffered through what is essentially a high school city commission with two condescending bullies in control.  

There were many opportunities to speak up, taking a stand, protecting taxpayer interests.  The legacy of this city commission will be the purchase of TWELVE unneeded properties for $3,500,000, then having the gall to burden the taxpayers with Certificates of Obligation to pay for them.

Yes, Tony Martinez, in his puppy love for UTB's Juliet Garcia, may have made some of the deals unilaterally, but they could have been rescinded by a competent city commission.

So, Portillo speaking out was a watershed moment, recognized by some of our readers:

AnonymousOctober 15, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Debbie for Mayor! The most sense I've heard out of this commission in my entire life.


AnonymousOctober 15, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Did Debbie Portillo write her own remarks? She is wonderful!


AnonymousOctober 15, 2014 at 7:14 PM

Wow! Debbie thank you for standing up for the citizen of Brownsville


AnonymousOctober 15, 2014 at 7:27 PM

She is a piece of shit. Ask her how Oscar is...and Lincoln park.


AnonymousOctober 15, 2014 at 8:12 PM

I believe she speaks her own mind.


AnonymousOctober 16, 2014 at 2:14 AM

Than why does she have to read them from a teleprompter?


AnonymousOctober 15, 2014 at 8:15 PM

She sounds more like a city manager our current city manager. This is the mind of a business individual. Go Debbie!


Others were not as impressed, even questioning if Portillo wrote the statement herself:





AnonymousOctober 16, 2014 at 2:13 AM

Deborah Portillo has not answered a single one of my calls in at least 8 months. This last time it rained and I had 2 inches of water in my living room and another city commisioner personally brought over sandbags because he felt bad for me. It's not right that we have potholes over 2 feet deep and a major saftey hazard on morrison road and she is traveling all over on tax payer dollars.
It's really sad that I voted for such an irresponsible person who only cares about advancing her own career.
If she was such a successful business person like she pretends to be, why does she make us poor taxpayers pay for her trips? That money shouldd be used on morrison before someone gets hurt.Delete



AnonymousOctober 16, 2014 at 12:51 PM

WELL MOVE TO ANOTHER PART OF TOWN, BABOSO!Delete


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AnonymousOctober 16, 2014 at 1:50 AM

Sorry Jim- but I've heard from at least 4 other commisioners who say very disturbing things about her. She constantly travels on the taxpayer dime- colorado, houston, austin,lasvagas all within the last couple of months and then has the nerve to say she cares about these monies. She is a nothing more than a UB puppet who has her own agenda and only cares about herself . A speech written in advance (no doubt by united brownsville) is not going to earn her any points with us.
Why hasn't she paved SAN MARCELO?????? Why doesn't she answer my calls when I have concerns and questions about why I have potholes a foot deep in my neighborhood? Because she is always out of town! I don't want a commisioner who is "business savy" as she calls herself. I want someone who will tell me why my country club has pot holes 2 feet deep, and she is wasting my tax dollars in las vegas!


AnonymousOctober 16, 2014 at 12:27 PM

B I M B O. Considerd attractive by some in Brownsville who have never left the valley.


AnonymousOctober 16, 2014 at 1:00 PM

The words that Ms. Portilllo read were given to her by Carlos Marin. Carlos Marin funded her campaign. Carlos Marin hand picked her to run for city commissioner, when she had a change of heart, he begged her again until he convinced her. Marin sits on the BEDC board, how convenient that Ms. Portillo read the words that Marin prepared for her, and said that BEDC already had a plan to spend the monies available. She goes after Tony Martinez because the Mayor kicked Marin to the curb and got Marin's puppet Henry Najera out of PUB. Portillo is to dumb to come up with those words by herself and she knows it. Marin is the one that hired her at Imagine Brownsville and he is the one that got her to run. Marin is now paying back the Mayor for breaking off from him. She read Marin's statement word for word. Marin uses the word leverage every other sentence. Portillo said it about thirty times.


AnonymousOctober 16, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Portillo is such a piece of shit she makes the other commissioners look good. At least they don't read off of notecards or ignore us voters.ReplyDelete
   


BELOW IS PORTILLO'S FULL STATEMENT:

Commissioner Deborah Portillo
Mr. Barton,

I am sorry I am just now responding. I have been swamped at work. Here is the prepared statement I read at the last commission meeting:

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I have been a part of this project for the past year- working with Mayor Martinez and Commissioner Villarreal. From day one, I have had issue with the spending of these dollars on the renovation of Market Square without leveraging them against other dollars or having it be a part of a larger downtown revitalization plan. I have shared my concerns repeatedly and I feel this is not a wise expenditure of public dollars.




My reservations stem from the spending of public dollars as if they were private monies. We are not leveraging our resources to generate more revenue for our city. We have not sought out grant dollars or private investment to fully leverage the AEP settlement funds. For example, partnering with CDBG to help with the rehabilitation of Market Square or partnering with a private developer to take on portions of downtown revitalization.


The Brownsville Economic Development Council funded the creation of a downtown revitalization plan, a detailed plan providing a blue print and the necessary steps to accomplish sustained revitalization, yet I do not clearly see how this project is part of that greater plan. What is more troubling is the perception of spending money not in accordance with the plan that we paid for, but in support of individual pet projects. There also was no project plan and budget included in our packet and if one exists I have not seen it. If it has not been shared with the commission, then it has not been shared with downtown merchants or the community as a whole. What good is investing in these plans if we fail to use them and put them into action? At minimum, we should consult with the downtown merchants and other individuals that are vested in the success of our downtown.
I equate this spending with the property purchases that were approved by the previous commission. If you will recall, the city spent roughly $2.5 million acquiring various properties throughout the downtown area that have not resulted in any revenue back to the city to date. The city paid a premium for these properties, then took out a loan to purchase these buildings, taking privately owned properties off our tax rolls. Since the city has done nothing with them to date, it has resulted in a net negative in revenue back to the city.


Another issue I have, is that we will be spending this money without leveraging a single penny. If the remaining AEP funds will solely be used to renovate a single building or one square block then we will have missed an opportunity to truly advance the revitalization of our downtown. If we spend this money without leveraging against other grant dollars then I ask you, what will we have for that investment? I’ll tell you what won’t have… We will not have invested in the long-term sustainability of downtown revitalization. We will not have incentivized investment by the private sector, either current or future. We will not have any monies left from the AEP settlement, spending the remaining balance on a single investment. We will not have made an investment that will generate additional revenues for our City nor our citizens. We will only have a pretty building…


I would like to make it abundantly clear. I am not in any way against downtown revitalization. On the contrary, I am huge supporter of downtown revitalization. I come from a downtown merchant family; I have a great passion for bringing our historic downtown back to its days of glory, one that I remember fondly. But, I feel it is our duty to help the downtown merchants that are now struggling, and spending these monies under the guise of downtown revitalization without a plan set in place that will truly generate revenue and aid our downtown community, is unacceptable. I simply ask that we make a fully informed decision that will truly benefit the greater good and drive more business to our downtown.


Thank you!
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Thank you for your kind words and for understanding the point that I was trying to make. I knew my statement wouldn't change the votes, but I felt a strong need to speak up and make a statement as to why I was going to vote "nay" on this particular item. Once again, I am FOR downtown revitalization, but I strongly felt that this decision was being made hastily and without a proper plan set in place- one that would further leverage those monies and truly help our beloved downtown and our diligent merchants.

Please let me know if I may be of further service.

-Deborah

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Stillman Being Brought Up to Near John Shergold Standards

The Stillman Ranch House, first transported to El Cueto's parking lot from Nueces County at a cost of $25,000, then hastily moved to Parallel Park for another $14,000 when Juliet Garcia needed a parking lot, is now nearly unrecognizable.  Concrete foundation footings, roof repairs, a new wing or two, give the building a totally different look then the one John Shergold complained about last year as an eyesore and safety hazard.

One can almost imagine Larry Lof, or some other history buff,  guiding a tour of the building, weaving the story of the ranch house into South Texas and national history.  Whether the story of forced sex on Hispanic servants fearing deportation will be included in the story will depend on the perspective of the guide.
  

Contributor Questions Whether Abbott's Message is Reaching Hispanics

Jim,

Greg Abbott has made numerous trips to the valley, reaching out to Hispanic voters.  Commercials featuring his Hispanic mother-in-law play over and over.  


For some reason his message does not seem to connect with Hispanic voters. I saw this picture from his event at Cobbleheads.  I don't think this audience reflects our local demographics.




Felix Espinoza, Brownsville's "Maytag Repairman," Operating the Mitte District Visitor's Center

Brownsville's New Visitor Center on E. 6th 
"We're up to about seven," was the response by Felix Espinoza to my question about the daily traffic visiting the new Visitor's Center on E. 6th St. and Ringgold.  

"That's up from three," Espinoza added.  

The old railroad scale station is one of a dozen properties purchased by the City Commission in 2012 with $3,500,000 in taxpayer dollars.  Until now, NONE of have been utilized by the city in any way, just laying idle, deteriorating and off the tax rolls.  

Felix Espinoza
"But, the Mitte Cultural District was looking for an office where information about the various museums and attractions in the city could be disseminated," offered the Administrative Manager of the Brownsville Tourist's Bureau.  "Mr. Ayala thought about this building and knew we could get the funding to remodel." 

Espinoza thought my recollection of $40,000 to remodel was correct.  The city paid $100,000 for the property, which includes a small warehouse.

"We have our official opening November 5.  We'll be making a presentation to Winter Texans.  We hope to have signage up soon on E. 6th.  That, of course, is up to the city."

   Although Espinoza may occasionally feel like the Maytag repairman, in this computer era, actual work can be done from Borneo or even a former railroad scale house.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Texas AEP Refund Check Burns A Hole in City Commission Pockets

Texas AEP did a terrible disservice to our inept City Commission in sending the City of Brownsville a $3,060,000 refund check for power overcharges.

Like a bag of candy procured on Halloween Night, the refund proved simply too much of a temptation dumbest city commission on Planet Earth.  Mayor Tony, always the opportunist, thought his role as city commission tie-breaker included siphoning off Texas AEP Refund money for his own pet projects.  That didn't even fool Commissioner John Villarreal who nipped the mayor's candy consumption in the bud, but not before a huge mayoral belly ache.

Workmen from Rio Elevator replacing
hydraulic jack on elevator
Some of the Texas AEP Refund money went for worthy projects, like repairing the elevator in El Tapiz Building for $288,000.  For several months the building, which houses planning and fire department administration, was out of compliance with the American Disabilities Act.  


If the laid back City Manager, Charlie Cabler, had spoken to James from Rio Elevator, he might have gotten the repair done for nothing.

As James explained to us, hydraulic jacks typically last for decades, but this one was installed incorrectly by the previous firm, lasting less than two years.

"The hydraulic jack was placed in a PVC sleeve, but it was set in mud. In a short time, the thing was completely corroded," stated James.

When asked how his company will prevent a repeat of the previous short-lived hydraulic jack repair, James stated: "We will put a PVC cap underneath the sleeve to prevent contact corrosion."

Next time, check the warranty Charlie!

But back to the Texas AEP Refund money.  

Commissioners Jessica Tetreau and John Villarreal wanted to make certain the remainder of the refund check was spent wisely, thus submitting this agenda item:  12. Consideration and ACTION to designate the remaining balance from the AEP Settlement, 
towards downtown improvements at Market Square and the San Fernando Building, and 
authorizing that any remaining funds be designated towards further downtown improvements or programs that would advance downtown revitalization. (Commissioners J. Villarreal and J. Tetreau)

Ramiro Gonzalez
This agenda item was actually presented somewhat haphazardly by Tony Martinez and Rose Gowen's heyboy Ramiro Gonzalez, recently given the newly created position of Downtown Redevelopment Officer after failing stint as Downtown Revitalization Officer.  Gonzalez, without naming a figure, asked that the Texas AEP remainder be spent on Market Square.  

Commissioner Ricardo Longoria, tired from not fighting for Lincoln Park, said he did not want to fight over how this money was spent:  "Just spend it so we don't have to argue about it any more!" was Longoria's approach.  Yes, protecting taxpayer assets becomes such a drag, Ricardo.  We understand, I think.

This agenda item did pass, 4-3, with Mayor Tony gleefully acting as the tie breaker.  Before the vote, Commissioner Deborah Portillo read a statement in opposition to the move.  We will share that transcript in the next segment.



 


Pat Ahumada Writes on Proposed Lincoln Park Tranfer, Optional Owen's Road/Botanical Gardens Site


ahumadapat ahumadapat@aol.com

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It is easy to complain without providing solutions, which leads to divisiveness and counter productive waste of time. Therefore, I took the liberty of visiting Lincoln Park to get a better feel on the proposed transfer of Lincoln Park to UTB. Lincoln Park is a beautiful nature preserve park, with many different type of trees and fauna. The site improvements includes the East Brownsville Little League baseball field, fencing, utilities, walkways, bathroom facilities, basketball courts, concession stands, barbeque benches with pits, educational buildings, and plenty of parking. Lincoln Park is is surrounded by nature barriers and is a environmental friendly educational park for school children to go to.  

In order for the city to sell this valuable asset, UTB should pay nothing less than true replacement cost for the park. In doing so, it will give the City of Brownsville the capability to replace the Lincoln Park for Southmost residents with a bigger and better park. 

I looked for land that could possible be used to replace Lincoln Park, which led me to our city owned Botanical Garden site located on Owen's Road, between Southmost Road and Boca Chica Boulevard. I found this site, which can easily be expanded to replace Lincoln Park with the same nature preserve presence Lincoln Park offers.  

Although, the Botanical Garden location is inferior to the present LIncoln Park, it has many similar characteristics. This site is strategically located in the Southmost area, bounded by a Resaca to the north, which can serve as a natural barrier from land developers wanting to capitalize on the building of a new park. There is plenty of vacant land surrounding the Botanical Garden site the city can easily secure with the proceeds from the sale of Lincoln Park to ensure that it stays as a nature corridor for the area.  

The Botanical Garden location requires a huge investment to secure enough land to keep it as a nature educational park with all the amenities the existing park offers. It will require widening Owen's Road for the increased traffic and getting costly utilities to the site for the baseball field to replace the existing field. It will also require getting utilities for all the building improvements that will be replaced, maintaining and watering the valuable landscaping that goes with building a first class park the Southmost residents deserve.     

I have attached some pictures taken on 10/14/14 of the proposed site. Should the sale of Lincoln Park be a done deal, it should be conditional in that all proceeds be dedicated to replacing LIncoln Park. The proceeds should not to used for any other projects. The people I talked to from the southmost area liked the idea. Should, you be of like mind, contact your elected officials to let them know to consider the proposal.   

Sincerely,.  
Pat Ahumada



Ernie Hernandez, So Encouraged by DA Saenz Limp-Wristed Prosecution, Considering Run for Office

During the campaign for district attorney,  Saenz' campaign manager, Zeke Silva, promised that, after being elected, District Attorney Luis Saenz would "go after the head of the snake" of political corruption in Cameron County.

"Do you mean Ernie Hernandez?" I asked.  

"What do you think?" was Zeke's reply, leaving the impression that my assumption was correct.


Notorious Politiquera Herminia
Becerra wearing Luis Saenz' Shi
My faith that Saenz would indeed cut off the head of any politically corrupt snake weakened when I saw pictures from a post-primary Democratic get-together showing Saenz lovey-dovey with Ernie and Norma Hernandez, Gilberto Hinojosa, Carlos Masso and even notorious politiquera Herminia Becerra wearing "Luis V. Saenz for District Attorney" t-shirt. 

Ms. Becerra, who once told Nena and I that "no one gets elected in Brownsville or Cameron County unless she says so," has not received prosecutorial attention from Saenz.


Ernie Hernandez, Jr.
Ernie Hernandez benefited from obvious kid glove treatment from the District Attorney.  However you spin Saenz settling for a no contest plea on one of eight counts of political corruption charges against Ernie Hernandez, Jr., Ernie himself is energized. After hearing initially that Ernie was considering a run for mayor, we now are told that he has settled on running for City Commissioner At-Large "A," a seat currently occupied by Estela Chavez-Vasquez, set to expire May 2015.  



    

Commissioner Debbie Portillo Stands Up for Taxpayers at 10/7/14 City Com...

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Cameron County Sheriff's Department Spiraling Out of Control Under Sheriff Lucio, the Reynas

Sheriff Omar Lucio
Two major incidents have rocked the Cameron County Sheriff's Department recently. Remember the August 24 incident off Pablo Kisel Blvd. involving Chief Deputy Sheriff Gus Reyna?  Reyna was involved in an accident he did not report.  Over $7,000 damage to two vehicles was repaired by a San Benito body shop.  


Sheriff Deputy Gus Reyna
Sheriff Lucio merely wristslapped Reyna, "handling" the matter in house.  Word leaked out that Deputy Reyna had submitted himself to "rehab."

Now, we've learned that Reyna may have been involved in another accident two weeks ago, this time involving injuries, and, of course, a county vehicle.  He again refused alcohol and drug testing, according to our source.

Another ongoing situation, as reported by Emma Perez-Trevino of the Valley Morning Star, is the reopening of the prison commissary contract  held recently by Rick Zayas and Ruben Cortez.  It has been alleged by our source that the real reason for reopening $1,000,000 contract is the introduction of cocaine into the prison.  

The time has long since passed for a thorough housecleaning in the Cameron County Sheriff's Department.