Friday, February 27, 2009
I have been watching very carefully the economic downturn and the bailouts. What has happened to the regular investor who has lost thousands if not millions? Who is bailing them out.
A very interesting blogspot is out there and I will be spotlighting it from time to time. It is:
www.wallstreetlosses.blogspot.com. I encourage anyone who has lost their retirement or their life savings to visit the blog run by an experienced and anonymous stockbroker.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
HOMER VILLARREAL (EL DEFENZOR) HAS BEEN INVITED TO APPEAR ON RADIO 1440 KEYS TO PROMOTE IT'S UPCOMING EDITION OF EL DEFENZOR
Monday, February 23, 2009
Dear Mr. Villarreal,
Thank you for providing CHRISTUS Spohn with an opportunity to respond to your inquiry. I have forwarded your inquiry to Estela Chapa, Vice President for CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi – Memorial.
I appreciate your contact and have asked Mrs. Chapa to respond to your inquiry promptly.
On Mon, Feb 23, 2009 at 4:58 PM, Chapa, Estela
Thank you for the opportunity to respond to your recent inquiry, unfortunately, we are unable to discuss the care provided to any particular patient; as such a discussion would violate federal law.
The federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act ("HIPAA") prohibits health care providers from discussing the care provided to patients with third parties, including the media. We value the privacy of our patients, and we are not in a position to explain what care was rendered or the circumstances under which it occurred.
CHRISTUS Spohn takes seriously the duties imposed on all hospitals under Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act ("EMTALA"). Patients that present to our emergency room are provided with an appropriate medical screening examination and appropriate medical care under EMTALA.
As you are aware, CHRISTUS Spohn Health System has a rich and enduring tradition of providing care to all. We provide care in our emergency room to any patient suffering from an emergency medical condition regardless of age, race, sex, sexual orientation or the patient's ability to pay. Last year, we provided $54 million in charity care and community benefits to patients in South Texas. Not only is this commitment to our neighbors and community consistent with EMTALA but also the mission statement of CHRISTUS Spohn Health System.
Thank you for the opportunity to respond to your inquires.
Estela Chapa, FACHE
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
CHRISTUS Spohn Health System
The big questions are now circulating -- “Why do they have more confidence in mayoral candidate Adame?” and “Is Adame the guardian of their lynch-pin?”
“Joe Adame is the former President of the EDC (or Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corporation). He is more likely to vote in their interests. The ‘Big Boys’ did not want to see Angel Escobar as the city manager – but Mayor Garrett did for pragmatic reasons.
There are other issues. Adame himself has a few corporate properties in the downtown area (which fall under the TIFF). Recently one of the old buildings he (and Joe Adame and Associates) asked a permit for was turned down by the city council in that it was determined by authorized city officials that some of the materials that were used (e.g., siding) were of inferior quality and thus did not meet the code,” an inside source within the city told El Defenzor. “Adame, in my interpretations of things, when he was turned down acted like a wild beast tangled in a net – a tantrum that gave him the courage to enroll and run for the top seat in the city… Did you know that if Adame were to be elected mayor, he cannot vote or participate in the discussion off many downtown issues because he owns properties in the TIFF? Garrett has no vested interest in that parcel of land.”
According to a cluster of important sources, Adame after the above incident decided to throw in his hat in the the mayoral race. Recently, Adame haughtily told the editor of El Defenzor: “I went and told Henry (Garrett) personally I would be running against him.” The aforementioned meeting took place at the HEB Store located on Violet Road in the Annaville area. About two weeks, ago, he braggingly hinted that the Whataburger “high-ups” were going to back him up and were prepared to criticize the tenure of Mayor Garrett.
Well it can of no surprise to El Defenzor (last week) when Whataburger CEO -- Tom Dobson – attended a fundraiser at Gaslight Square in support of Adame. Dobson said Whataburger’s latest declaration that it is relocating headquarters to San Antonio came after failed discussions with Garrett and other officials to work out some issues via an incentive plan. Dobson was quoted in a local newspaper as saying: “Garrett saying, ‘We are doing everything we can.’ ”
“There seems to be a deep reason that has not been explicitly voiced,” Mayor Garrett detailed. “Is is on record that the city closed the street by Whataburger’s headquarters at their request (i.e., the company’s) … They were approached to fill out the required forms for incentives, incentives that I believe the city was willing to support them but they just did not.”
Bush Escobedo, a local businessman, said: “It appears that Dobson is using the issue to manipulate votes Adame’s way. Hey, this is the nature of politics. Blame someone else for exiting the town.”
A city official that wanted to remain anonymous provided other insight: “Whataburger made an official announcement in November, citing their reasons for leaving -- “cost-efficient office space for our expanding headquarters staff, ease of travel to the 10 states where we currently do business, a skilled technology work force to build our systems for the future and protects us from the impact of hurricanes.”
The genuineness of this subject matter seems to hint that Dobson is tied in with a powerful political clique that was mentioned at the commencement of this article. Dobson has gone as far as to disparate the municipal leader publically calling Mayor Garret – “Uncle Henry … who has not been an inspiring leader.” Joe Adame – this candidate represents is weak and malleable to Dobson’s interests and vision. Dobson has gone as far as to allow Adame’s political signs to be placed at some of the businesses he controls.
While Adame seems to be catering to an elite of powerful interests groups, Mayor Henry Garrett is trying to work with the entire community – not just his immediate supporters. “He wants to be a mayor in the most representative and broadest sense of the word,” David Noyola, a local activist and former City Councilman and former City Commissioner said.
On the surface, Adame seems to be projecting that he is trying to “reach very young people, but he is really trying to be a voice of an insatiable business elite. “I believe Mayor Henry Garrett stepped on some of the toes of persons who are affiliated with the EDC board (i.e., the Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corporation) by providing his vote to appoint Angel Escobar as City Manager.
Mayor Garrett did not want to significantly underline the issue but did state: “I have had some persons who are very angry with me. But I felt that by appointing Angel Escobar – whom I have known for a longtime and who very efficient and professional – it would be a benefit to the city overall. … Angel (Escobar) since then has implemented a participatory form of decision-making that allows staff on many occasions to come up with ideas and solutions to problems in specific areas being faced by city management. Some staff can say: ‘This is one of the ideas I helped put in place.’”
Sunday, February 22, 2009
WILL MAURICIO WALK AWAY ON PROBATION OR IS THERE ANOTHER AX READY TO FALL. KAELIN'S PICTURES SAYS: MAURICIO, I GOT THREE HOTS AND A COT, BOY!
Tony pulling this out of the fire for Mauricio ...is this sending a message that the jury was turned off by this case? Did the jury see that Mauricio was being railroaded or did they not buy into the D.A.'s theories.? Either way, some whisper that Carlos has egg on his face. All were abuzz when Tony stamped all over Carlos' exhibits!! The indignation that Tony showed some thought was a bit over the top but he did win the war of public perception. Caller Times did take Tony's side. The story in the Sunday paper spun this as a case of first impression and there is a good shot for appeal. How DID perceptions change when the law was so clear? No one had the chuzpah to do what Mauricio did and establish law firms. Carlos Valdez if he wanted to win should have come out and said: THIS GUY IS A RUNNER. He should have said, THIS GUY IS A RUNNER! I WILL SAY IT AGAIN!. What is solicitation: getting your foot in the door of a grieving family?. But then again we all know of others who do just that on a daily basis without redemption. But, they don't put their name up on the wall. What to do? Round one for Tony. Mauricio smirking to the cameras as he won this round. Will they go after money laundering? Will they look to bigger fish to fry like the Club who dealt with him. Text book prosecution: Where were the multiple defendants to get the desired effect of turning on each other. Why were'nt any of the CGT members ever indicted? Food for thought. Hada? Pineda? Why was Pineda in the courtroom? Mr. Church guy with the canary yellow porshe?????
Will Mauricio if sentenced to six months subject to probation be able to stay clear of danger and trouble in Kaelin's jail? Mucho Cuidado Mauricio! Alalva!
Is Carlos Valdez taking the whips and scorns of time and the proud man (Tony C's) contumely as Shakespeare would say until Round 2 when he brings out heavy artillery and the checks or will he take it on the chin and move on? Will the A.G. lick its wounds and then the might of Abbott (ironsides) come back with vengeance and fury like an archangel?
Saturday, February 21, 2009
MAURICIO CELIS GETS PROBATION -- BUT FACES OTHER CHARGES: ARE INDULGENCES FOR SALE AGAIN? SHOULD MARTIN LUTHER NAIL REFORMATION DOCUMENTS UP AGAIN
CORPUS CHRISTI — Mauricio Celis (despite the fact that he was found guilty of 18 of 24 counts – associated with impersonating a lawyers) will not face jail time, but only ten years of probation and a $10,000 fine.
Our regional Catholic Bishop Edmond Carmony spoke on Celis’ behalf (addressing a previously unbending jury of mostly Hispanics) saying he (Celis) had engaged in humanitarian gestures, and especially in financially supporting (with $100,000) their new Catholic High School named after the late Pope John Paul II.
On Thursday, before the sentencing phase, the mentioned jury had convicted Celis on fourteen of twenty-two charges. However, the “Catholic Bishop-Variable” on Friday, many analysts are postulating seemed to have aided to “soften hearts” before deciding sentencing. There were other external variables at play that sipped into both the hearts and minds of the decision-makers of the final sentencing. Many leaders – from leaders of the American GI Forum to LULAC activists and Mexican/Tejano-oriented media – had stood on Celis’ corner in that they felt there was both a racially charged and Republican variable at play against a “successful Hispanic” (who had been tolerated for the longest time until he – Celis – decided to contribute funds to regional Democratic Party candidates).
“I feel the Bishop’s motives were more selfish. It left a bitter taste in the courthouse that ‘the rich’ should be tried via a different standard if they engage in ‘humanitarian and generous gestures.’ I also presuppose that Celis had some of his attorney friends (sizeable contributor to the ‘collection basket’ that called the Bishop to do some trouble-shooting,” a local lawyer told this publication. “The Bishop preached to a jury of mostly Catholic jury members – adding to the flurry of sudden outrage in many a circle of the Hispanic community in the area that Celis had become a target of convenience during the last major political campaign… both then-State Representative Juan Garcia and State Representative Abel Herrero were made targets by Republicans in that they were associated with Celis’ hefty contributions.”
When all was said Friday, the jury’s verdict was that Celis be sentenced to a decade behind closed doors; but surprisingly added that the sentence be incised by comparative interpretation and Celis be allowed to serve only a 10-year probation term and face a $10,000 fine.
Attorney Tony Canales has affirmed that he will proceed with an appeal for Celis’ conviction in the next week or so. Canales said the sentencing was “fair” – Valdez, who had insisted on the maximum sentence for each of the counts, felt he did his part as a prosecutor.
Several emails have been sent to email@example.com astonished that how could a Catholic Bishop ignore all of the sexual cavorting and licentious activities linked with Mauricio Celis. “It is quite something. Celis was portrayed as virtually LIVING in topless bars. Will the Bishop stand up for a common guy someday? Hell no! Why did the retired-Catholic Bishop Rene Gracida, on the other side of the table, in the last election insisted that 'Catholic not support Juan Garcia and Abel Herrero.' The collection plate is major determinant.”
According to a local lawyer, “Probation, however, is not an absolute conviction. Celis was convicted of fourteen felonies, but his sentence was really watered down upon the circumstances outlined by the State.” “Will Celis successfully complete his probation is another matter. At this point, before any appeal has been officially filed, he is considered a 'convicted felon.' If his conviction is overturned it might be wiped out entirely at a later date… There is no doubt that Republicans will use this to win election in the next cycle ... In addition, what bothered me the most is that the Bishop implied that there seem to be ‘indulgences’ that can be bought with money – an argument made by Martin Luther long ago.”
Thursday, February 19, 2009
CHRISTUS SPOHN MEMORIAL: A NOTE TO CEO BRUCE HOLSTIEN FROM YOURS TRULY: COME OUT COME OUT WHEREVER YOU ARE....
Fri, Feb 20, 2009 at 12:08 AM
My name is Homero Villarreal. I am the publisher of El Defenzor Magazine and South Side Defender. I am writing to ask for commentary on the following:
1) The alleged wrongful discharge of Mr. George Sanchez from your ER on February 8, 2009.
2) What if anything is Spohn doing in response to allegations that the poor are being discharged unstable and there is a delay in Care?
3) Is all the above a violation of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act and have any incidences been reported to Medicare or JCAHO?
4) Has nurse Jackie Warrl or her boss Linda Synder been told to tone down how they speak to the poor?
5) Has Dr. Addison been reported to the Medical Board and does he remain in the emergency room? I shall be investigating these allegations and wanted to give you and Christus Spohn Memorial the opportunity to respond
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
ATTN: VETERANS!NOTIFY EL DEFENZOR IF YOU HAVE BEEN UNDERTREATED OR DISCHARGED UNSTABLE BY CHRISTUS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
EVEN OUR OWN COUNTY COMMISSIONER WHO GIVES CHRISTUS SPOHH MEMORIAL MONEY THROUGH FUNDS FOR THE INDIGENT, OSCAR ORTIZ, THE BROTHER OF THE CONGRESSMAN SOLOMON P. ORTIZ SR. WAS MISTREATED BY SPOHN MEMORIAL ER DEPARTMENT. GUESS EVERYONES A POOR MEXICAN WHO COMES IN THERE, HUH? NOT!
Please post your story or email us to let us know. El Defenzor is going to get to the bottom of CHRISTUS SPOHN MEMORIAL DISCRIMINATING AGAINST HISPANICS AND OTHER MINORITIES AND OUR VETERANS WHO CAN'T AFFORD TO PAY AND THEY ARE GOING TO GET MORE CULTURAL SENSITIVE PEOPLE IN THERE MRS. SNYDER RN, DO YOU HEAR ME?
We are just beginning to storm the castle. Everyone at Memorial ER and Mr. Holstien please reach for the Excedrin and the antiacids or as you all say in the medical profession, the "purple little pill". El Defenzor is raging.
NEWSPAPER EDITION COMING OUT AS WELL SOON TO REACH THE POOR IN SOUTH TEXAS WITHOUT INTERENT ACCESS AND A TV SHOW IS COMING.WE WILL ALSO POST YOUR STORIES OF BEING MISTREATED AT CHRISTUS SPOHN MEMRORIAL HOSPITAL. THE TIME IS NOW TO STAND UP AND BE TREATED WITH DIGNITY AND RESPECT. THE CONSERVATIVES HAVE MADE SURE YOU CAN'T SUE, SO KNOW YOUR RIGHTS AND WHERE TO REPORT THE HOSPITALS AND THE DOCTORS AND NURSES. THIS IS THE ONLY WAY TO ENSURE CARE THAT IS NOT DELAYED OR UNSAFE. MORE THAN 5 YEARS OF FRUSTRATION HAVE LED TO THIS AND MR. GEORGE SANCHEZ AND COMMISSIONER OSCAR ORTIZ ARE ONLY A FEW CASUALTIES. EMAIL, CALL OR WRITE EL DEFENZOR YOUR STORIES. THIS IS A BATTLE FOR OUR CHILDREN AND PARENTS AND FOR POOR HISPANICS VERY EXISTENCE!
PATIENT BILL OF RIGHTS. TAKE TO CHRISTUS SPOHN MEMORIAL AND SHOW IT TO DR. ADDISON AND NURSE WARRLL! REPORT ABUSE AND UNDERTREATMENT AT THE E.R.!
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In the legal world you never, ever know what 12 people on a jury will do. Here we had a jury of 12 Hispanics. Much of the testimony steered toward terms such as "licensiado", "cedula" and other terms of art which pitted Mexican against American law. In the end what did it matter? Many asked at the courthouse and around town, "why are we wasting our time trying this guy?" The truth some argue is that Celis created a goldmine for men like Mikal Watts who knew very well the role of Celis and his Mexican lawyer persona with Vance Owens and at the least Watts turned a blind eye to Celis' neardo'well law degree. Testimony was heavily concentrated on this question and today, Tony only had a few witnesses, among them Paloma Steele's ex who testified that Celis never acted or tried to deceive "The Club" that he was an attorney. Remember that the burden of proof lies with Carlos not Tony. Whatever way the jury decides also remember that Luijen is the ultimate decider of punishments and can sentence Mauricio for a while. It was a calculated risk the defense took and it is a high stakes game with Celis' life in prison in a 6x8 cell and giving up the "Mamma Mia" lifestyle he enjoyed, partaking of the fine Italian cuisine and spending thousands on wine and expensive cigars. No one can doubt Mauricio's generosity with the poor and with supporting his Democratic Party. What has he really done? If he had to apologize or be fined or punished by the State Bar that would be one thing, but Thomas J. Henry, Big Bill Edwards behind the scene pulling the strings and feeding information to the San Antonio Express News and all the rest circling the shark tank to rid themselves of Mauricio and therefore weaken the golden boy and aspiring senator Mikal Watts and help him lose many referrals to them. Never let what is really going on be clouded by a drunken naked girl, an expired deputy badge from Duval County, a vainglorious, glory monger like Kaelin trying to stick his nose into it to get on TV, the famous Bryan Smith who just does not want to get his fake hair, fake moustache and glasses out of the cameras(Im on a roll hear), and all the other cast of characters like Larry Olivarez who tried to fool the jury that he never introduced Mauricio as an attorney (HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN LARRY AND MAURICIO ADDRESSING A GROUP OF MEXICAN LAW STUDENTS IN MARISELA SALDANA'S COURT WHILE MAURICIO PROCLAIMED HE WAS A MEXICAN LAWYER AND LARRY NODDING HIS HEAD WITH 30 LAWYERS PRESENT?) EVEN MARISELA HERSELF OUR JUDGE OF THE 148TH SAID ON TAPE SHE THOUGHT HE WAS AN ATTORNEY. JAMIE POWELL FROM THE POLITICAL PULSE PROCLAIMED AS SUCH SEVERAL TIMES AS WELL. WHERE DID THEY ALL GET THAT IDEA?) but I digress, the main point here is that Tony has certainly muddied the waters and created a measure of reasonable doubt. They need one juror as a holdout to acquit or have a hung jury. Anything can happen tomorrow. Wait and see. Personally, I hope Mauricio is slapped on the wrist or less and he smartens up and let's everyone in on the world he was in for a decade and the hypocrisy of all of these lawyers who took the cases, paid Mauricio fees and then act innocent. Please. Do not be anyone's well paid Pawn anymore Mauricio. You have wasted a lot of money on individuals who in the end are just like the white trial lawyers; they use you and when they don't need you they throw you away. Learn from this brother. Keep scrubbing! It will never come off.! Buena Suerta Manana! Our prayers are with you.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Are we hearing our ears? Can it be that the defense star witness is bolstering up testimony by saying that anyone can practice law in Mexico vs the witness for the prosecution law professor from UH Zamora? tHE DEFENSE LAWYER SAYING THAT THE ONLY REASON PEOPLE GET A LAW DEGREE IN MEXICO IS TO OBTAIN CULTURE? Is there a lawyer unified front to protect Celis? Was he practicing without a license?
Any lawyer other than Tony CAnales could not get away with such a brazen defense as "What he did was proper. As a mexican lawyer he can set up office in DC and can then can be a law firm operator in Texas but can still set up practice in DC."
Here's where he is in hot water: Most indictments are not dropped, just one count out of the 23. CGT website count: on one page it hit the print screen of Celis as an attorney and in another window it added two counts based on one web site because of two pictures but kept 22 counts.
Trying to negate the checks: Tony says he's not holding himself out as a lawyer: he never showed them to a third party? Hmmm, what about the bank itself. Supertechicalities don't add up.
If it was any other lawyer selling this it wouldn't sell. Can Tony sell this? Should Mauricio should have taken an early misdemeanor deal? He may have been better off taking the hit. He should not have held himself out as a lawyer. That is what separates him from the runners and lackeys for other attorneys.
What I cannot understand is why doesn't Watts have to testify? Why shouldn't Watts testify? he was a close link and checks and a letter of recommendation to a bank he held Mauricio out to be lawyer. Very strange....what is it, will the other shoe fall? Or is it that Carlos figures the waves of evidence are so strong that they don't need Watts? Maybe, Mikal would be a risk as a charismatic that would have hurt Carlos' case.
Vance Owen: Was Vance called at all?
What is going on readers? Please give us your opinion. Will Mauricio walk? Will there be a hold up juror?
More to come.
HOUSE PASSES ECONOMIC RECOVERY PACKAGE Senate Also Expected to Pass Historic Legislation That Will Create Over 3.5 Million Jobs Across the Country
The bill appropriates funding for transportation and infrastructure upgrades and construction, health care programs, education assistance, housing assistance and energy efficiency upgrades, and provides $326 billion in personal and business tax breaks and tax provisions affecting payments to the states - for total of $789 billion in spending and tax cuts.
"America faces the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. As a result, 3.6 million American jobs have been lost," said Congressman Ortiz. "Americans are losing their homes and businesses, their jobs, their health care and their savings. This bill is expected to create 3.5 million jobs, 269,000 of those jobs will be here in Texas."
An historic level of transparency, oversight and accountability will help guarantee taxpayer dollars are spent wisely and ensure that Americans can see the results of their investment. There are no earmarks or pet projects.
All announcements of contract and grant competitions and awards, and formula grant allocations must be posted a website accessible to the public. Governors, mayors, or others making funding decisions must personally certify that the investment has been fully vetted and is an appropriate use of taxpayer dollars. All this information will also be placed on a new website, www.recovery.gov .
"There is no doubt that our state and our communities will benefit from this recovery package's projects and initiatives. I look forward to working with our state and local officials on advocating for funding that will put our people to work."
Among other important provisions, the agreement will:
* Assist state and local governments who face budget shortfalls due to the struggling economy.
* Apropriate $64 billion for highway, mass transit, environmental, waterway, bridge and road projects, and would generally be distributed by the Transportation Department's funding formulas. Through the legislation, the Texas Department of Transportation will receive 55% of the funds and the rest will be allocated to metropolitan planning organizations. Additionally, the City of Corpus Christi will receive $9.5 million in highway infrastructure funds designated for large urbanized areas with populations greater than 200,000.
* Increase the amount of grants and tax credits for college students, modernize school buildings, and fund academic programs that allow students meet state education requirements.
* Help the 711,000 Texans who lost their jobs maintain their health coverage and extend unemployment benefits.
* Immediately cut taxes for 95% of workers, including over 8.1 million low- and middle-income Texans.
* Incentivize small businesses with tax credits to create job creation, spur investments.
* Modernize health care system to lower costs and save lives and assist many who have lost their jobs in this recession continue their health coverage with continuing benefits.
The Senate is expected to pass the measure tonight, which then be signed by the President.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
The case began when on March 29, 2008 a routine nightly patrol by officers of the Kingsville Police Department stopped to talk with two men who were hanging out in a high crime area late at night. As the officers approached, one noticed that the Defendant dropped something on the ground. The second suspect was observed with white powder residue under his nose and admitted to having "snorted" cocaine earlier. When the officer began talking with the first suspect, he looked down where the first suspect was standing to see a small baggie of powder, later determined to be cocaine. The Defendant took the stand to testify. He denied dropping the cocaine and instead stated that he was urinating.
The jury found the Defendant's story to be unconvincing and convicted the Defendant based on the officer's observations. When considering punishment, Judge Bañales was able to consider the Defendant's extensive previous record. This included a previous stint on felony probation for possession of marijuana, which the Defendant did not complete. The Judge assessed the maximum state jail time in the case.
District Attorney Hubert said that the nightly patrols by the Kingsville Police Department were paying off. "The police presence during those hours helps catch criminals and deter other crimes." Hubert also commended Assistant District Attorney Aida Trevino on her ability to communicate the officer's observations to the jury. "Sometimes it is difficult to impart to the Jury what an officer saw in a manner that the Jury has an accurate mental picture of what happened. The jury understood her argument and presentation of the facts and agreed with her by convicting the Defendant."
Since this is a State Jail case, the Defendant must serve the sentence day for day with no good time or parole given.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Some in Mayor Garrett's corner are very confident -- but should they? This camp argues that candidate Adame failed to start early on to nurture an organization. Some add that he enrolled Jeff Butler as a consultant -- who has been described by some political elders who has a tract record of not being able to reach the ginormous Hispanic population effectively -- will cost him the elect. The latter point will be a chief variable.
The voters have to be propelled to welcome change, but when a large number feel that the current mayor is both well liked and is well respected, it is difficult to translate the mentioned dynamic in a consistent course. Some, nonetheless, even from many a divergent corner of the political spectrum claim that handing out awards and putting on a "nice and friendly" face should not be the craze to get reelected -- i.e., for an incumbent. In an age of local and national economic crisis many are getting tired of PR rituals by incumbents. One of the major reoccurring question is is if Garrett has been a "Strong" or "Weak" mayor when it comes to developing the local economy.
Can an incumbent like Garret win without a "strong" track record in boosting the local economy? Of course. The truth is that it can be the case when a challenge does not have a campaign staff that is out of pulse and does not channel the resources and native intellectual vim on his side. Bluntly stated: some perceive Adame as as part of the upperly ups; a more human, representative picture that catenates him with the masses has to be done, but with cultural sensitivity.
Adame can surprise his skeptics if enrolls the essential cadres and footsoldiers. The public needs to be approached on various fronts as the election gets closer. He has native roots in the working class community, but so far it has not piped down through the various layers and rungs of the local burg. He is the son of a popular and well-known pharmacist who had businesses both in Robstown and Corpus Christi. Many a resident used to refer to his father simply as "Tano." The cultural programming to make a better life for his family is there. This is Joe Adame's wiring, his friends have vociferated, despite the bias generalizations that have been brought up recently in tight circles.
Some local political strategists emphasize that Adame has to highlight that he is part of the free enterprise system, and not a byproduct of stoic government occupational promotions and bureaucracy. "It is difficult to put Adame in a box and say he is for the most part HISPANIC; the opposite is true also: he is more than just a successful Hispanic who is a broker for commercial properties," a supporter said. On the other hand, Mayor Garrett was a police officer and went on to become Police Chief. His tenure as Chief was not (according to his critics) "something to brag about" but it legitimized him in the culture of offialdom. Some of his harsh critics go as far as to state that Garret was somewhat did not tout his horn loud enough as a police Chief and the department at the time -- some rumors have it was frequently run by an elite of officers who muscled themselves via their assertiveness into the decision making turf.
Not too long ago, Mayor Garrett was referred to on a radio talk show programs as "the friendliest and most likeable mayor the city has had so far." It was added: "I don't understand how he could have been police chief."
On the other side of the coin, Adame has not surprised many yet. The positive side is that there is no box with a stigma stamped on it that pins him down as an identifiable target -- that is a target to be peppered by the incumbent and/or his supporters.
Mayor Garrett is the incumbent and there are many issues that still hover in the minds of many residents: he has been both likeable and respected -- to iterate.
Some Hispanics supporting Garrett claim he is too acculturated to middle-class and upper class Anglo culture. Molina Barrio Activist David Noyola said: "Para mi Adame not tiene nada de Hispano" (Adame does not have any qualities of Hispanic heritage that impress me so far); others, claim he is not a typical Hispanic that was born and reared in the barrio and can smoothly summon a flamboyant Tejano phrase to spice up the chat. "Does he put chili on his taco?" one Garrett supporter bandied.
The truth is that if one looks for faults in any candidate; one will (more than likely) find them. According to cultural and spiritual lore, humans in general are imperfect. However, questions have to be asked: Does an Hispanic to be qualified to run for mayor have to be both born and raised in the barrio? For too long this tactic of divide and conquer has been used.
For too long Hispanics were told by old political Jefes that they lacked an articulate Hispanic to run for mayor. "Well, the time has come: for an Hispanic to prove that he can be more than just an Hispanic leader with his tongue stapled to the old school of nativisitic nationalism," one local businessman said.
"Adame is as American as 'Apple Pie' and as Hispanic as a 'gordita.' If he hasn't mastered the intricate grammar and syntax of the Spanish Language: it's okay. It is the intentions in his heart," one supporter chimed in. Adame told El Defenzor newspaper: "I do my best to connect my corazon to my eyes. What else can you ask from someone running for office?"
A few weeks from now, you might ask again: "Who is Joe Adame?" ... I bet you will answer that he is "more like us" than we first realized. However, currently, Mayor Garrett some informal polls show is way ahead of the game. "If the election were to be held today, Garrett would surf to victory easily," a local contractor told this publication.
Friday, February 6, 2009
As Federal Judge Hayden Head Jr. steps down to retire. District Judge Bobby Galvan and Michael Watts’ mom – District Judge Sandra Watts -- become candidates for the judicial position. Currently among the Obama Administration Galvan’s name is being tossed around as a prospective possibility; however, Sandra Watts might have the advantage via her son’s contributions to the Obama Presidential Campaign.
In addition, a fine point being considered is that Judge Galvan has been a district judge for about two years only and see the Federal post as too overwhelming. Judge Galvan has been a Federal Prosecutor nevertheless in the past.
Judge Sandra Watts might have other points besides her son’s hefty political charity: the endorsement of the other sitting Federal Judge in the region, Federal Judge Janis Jack, who went to law school for her and even babysitted for MiKal Watts when he was known as “baby Mikalito.”
Yet there is a third factor in the formula: ousted-State Representative Juan Garcia’s influence in the matter – a schoolmate of Obama. “Juanito sabe aquien le debe el alma,” an inside source shared.