Here are just a few thoughts on regarding remarks from a couple city representatives that were made yesterday about Chief Allen:
City Representative Claudia Ordaz: If anyone on city council should not have opened their mouth about Chief Allen, it was Ordaz. Given what happened to her, County Commissioner Vince Perez and "Jose Corona", you would think she would be appreciative. AND if you really wanted to criticize a police department about uneven treatment, well, those three would be a poster child for privilege.
City Representative Peter Svarzbein: Svarzbein shared a couple stories about being a victim of a hate crime. The one story I have to pick a bone with is his story when someone told him he was an Afghan terrorist or something or other. I am sorry that is not a hate crime. Look, from my father's side I am Iranian, and from my mother's side I am Mexican. I have heard all sorts of shit said about me in good taste, bad taste, and for shits and giggles as it relates to my ethnicity, or mis-classification thereof. If someone calls me a "camel jockey", I do not lose sleep over it.
On another note, as I always like to say, there are two types of bloggers: me, and those who talk about me. In this case, Jaime Abeytia had something to say about me. Per him, I would harass him on Twitter which is why he blocked me. I know it sounds ridiculous. After all, Jaime tries to come off as a tough guy. But tough guy blocked me cos' I "bullied" him? The truth is Jaime is jealous cos' I am better looking than him, which also bothers County Judge Veronica Escobar. She would rather have someone as good-looking as me blogging about all the great things she is doing rather than having Jaime do it. That's why Escobar loses it around me.
Because it appears the El Paso Times and other folks in town want to do anything and everything to force Abraham to unload his property.
Almost everything and anything.
Almost everything and anything short of offering a check.
That would make the most sense, right?
As the old saying attributed to any number of former South American presidents goes, "For my friends, everything. For my enemies, the law."
Which the City is using.
But now there is a public relations effort along with the legal effort.
Folks around town and the El Paso Times figures if it could shame a sitting city representative into resigning, surely they can shame someone into unloading their property...and not necessarily by choice.
There is just one little problem.
Can you really shame guy that is in prison?
Is Abraham going to lose sleep over what Bob Moore writes about him?
Something tells me "no".
If anything, he is going to double-down.
Hell, if I were Abraham, I would tell the City of El Paso, "The deal you did for the El Paso Times building...I want something like that for my buildings."
“I like to see the Catholic church which has been incredible intolerant towards our gay community. I like to see them at events like these. I like to see them recognizing gay marriage and performing gay marriages."
My best friend and part-time lover, Jaime Abeytia, says he hears that ex-Transportation Commissioner Ted Houghton might run from mayor.
The only place he is hearing that from is at a Whataburger as he scarfs down chicken fingers that County Judge Veronica Escobar bought him.
Anybody who knows Houghton knows he would make for a horrible candidate...never mind mayor.
I actually know Houghton. He will deny that he knows me, but that is okay.
Many years ago, my then-employer, Norma Chavez, needed a ride from the airport in Austin. This being before Uber it was me playing cab driver (insert ethnic joke here). Anyways, Chavez happened to be on a flight with Houghton, and Chavez being nice to Houghton volunteered me to give Houghton a ride as well.
Any guesses as to who would not shut up during the ride?
I do not really remember the details of the conversations had. Not that I was really interested in the one-sided conservation that was being had, I just remember wanting to hurry up and drop Houghton off at his hotel.
Houghton likes hearing himself talk.
Now I know a lot of elected officials like hearing themselves talk, but it is all on the spectrum. And Houghton would be on the farther end of the spectrum. Even Shapleigh seems like a monk sworn to silence by comparison.
So who would want to put someone like Houghton to run for Mayor?
I know I joke that Escobar is Houghton's maid, but more than likely it is Houghton that is Escobar's pool boy. I mean what do you think Houghton is doing on the UMC board? Escobar's bidding.
In the event Eliot Shapleigh's wife will not let Shapleigh run for mayor, Escobar's options for a friendly candidate that can win dwindle.
Her best shot is Houghton.
The El Paso Times already loves Houghton, and Houghton can tell voters, "You know that thing you call the trolley and the Loop? Well, a little 'thank you' would not hurt."
And if Houghton claims to have the money that he has, well, he makes his and Escobar's job easier.
Even with that, I cannot imagine Houghton at the Pavo Real pressing the flesh and people actually warming up to him.
When the idea of a County Ethics Commission was proposed, I thought it was a stupid idea. At that time I was working for Norma Chavez.
The idea was a reaction to all the corruption going on at the time.
Sure it sounds good, but what can a local ethics board do? Make bribery more illegal?
A local ethics board only works for punishing people who play by the rules.
A local ethics board would not have prevented cash from being handed out in the county restroom.
A local ethics board would not have prevented my hero, Willie Gandara, Jr., from distributing Mexico's finest organic pharmaceutical products.
So your local ethics boards end up doing a whole lot of nothing.
That is until speed humps happen.
Why speed humps, and not $20 million lost in a bond sale delay? For the same reason large banks get away with things - Volume. It is easier to punish someone for something small than someone for something big. The small thing only embarrasses a few, the large things embarrasses all.
Speaking of big things, think about ex-Transportation Commissioner Ted Houghton. He pulled a favor for El Paso in getting some $90 million for a streetcar starter kit. How is what he did any different from what Tommy Gonzalez did? Hold on, what Gonzalez did was try to make a school zone safer, whereas Houghton was looking at making certain spots of real estate more valuable.
But the same arguments against Gonzalez can easily made against Houghton. I am almost certain there were other more pressing transportation needs across the state, but those needs be damned. Houghton wanted to bring a trolley so that County Judge Veronica Escobar can say, "Oh, jes, patroncito tank yu."
But it comes down to who is doing the asking and who is doing the taking.
David K wrote about appearances of white guys beating up on the Latino (Tommy Gonzalez).
Some of those doing the beating are genuinely bothered when some like Gonzalez - Hispanic, educated - are not fellow ideological companions....which is kinda racist.
Remember it was Gonzalez who publicly brought up, "Hey, you guys might spending too much around here". Not his exact quote, but close enough. But him sounding a fiscal alarm is what tripped up the Shapleigh crowd. It was already too much that Oscar Leeser won, a man who actually was born in Mexico, and is a self-made millionaire. They could not have another Latino who has done well for himself and never did anything with Cut-and-paste-to-make-reports...err...Community Scholars, and was concerned about the City's financial well-being, running the town.
So they were out for blood.
It just so happens the Shapleigh Crowd got lucky and found their Gavrilo Princip in Jim Tolbert.
And finally the City had an excuse to wipe-off the cobwebs off its ethics board and put it to use.
El Paso Inc.'s David Crowder has an article about Uber and alcohol.
"El Paso Police Department figures show that alcohol-related deaths have declined since Uber’s arrival in mid 2014 and are down by half since 2011. That’s good news. But in El Paso as elsewhere, there is nothing that actually links that drop to Uber." (Emphasis added)
That's pretty absolute.
Well, if Uber has NOTHING to do with the cause of that drop, let me propose something else: El Pasoans are drinking less than ever.
I mean that is more plausible, right?
"There has been a drop in alcohol-related deaths because El Pasoans are sobering up!"
Not even David Crowder would believe that because that would be phucking stupid.
I know Crowder wants to be objective, but he seems to be more concerned about appearing objective, than actually being objective.