So UMC CEO Jim Valenti will no longer be UMC CEO next year.
The man who helped County Judge Veronica Escobar push to create the El Paso Children's Hospital, saves said hospital by falling on his sword.
That move he just pulled just made him attractive to county hospitals across the nation. Politicians are always looking for a fall guy, and Valenti doesn't mind...so long as his compensated for it, which you - El Paso - will compensate him for.
The reason I bring up Valenti is because I forgot to post some emails between him and Escobar when I filed an open records request with UMC in the summer.
In this email dump you will see that things got so rocky that Escobar did not want to speak to Valenti without witnesses.
I know UMC CEO Jim Valenti's bonus is old news, but some of you all the time to sit and watch Commissioners Court. Supposedly, County Judge Veronica Escobar brought up the topic of Valenti's bonus and said she was against it.
But that's not exactly true:
She was not upset about the bonus. It was the public that was upset, and because she did not want to deal with the public she wanted to punt the issue to the UMC Board.
“I don’t know how this all started, but we’re excited about it.”
Now, I normally beat up on the El Paso Times, but even that from Blanco was a little to0 rich for the El Paso Times. And the El Paso Times loves Blanco.
Following up the quote by Blanco, the El Paso Times brought a dose of reality to the article:
Blanco served as Western States political director for the Democratic National Committee during President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign. That might have something to do with why he received an invitation to join the president and first lady in welcoming the pontiff.
So in other words, Blanco is not the second coming of Christ. Far from it. He just happened to back the right horse at the right time.
But as self-absorbed as Blanco he probably think they are one in the same.