Friday, May 26, 2017
Two weeks ago, Patricia Barrera made heads turn when she announced that she paid her employees out of her own pocket, because Webb County did not issue them their paychecks. KGNS reported that 40 of Barrera's employees were not using the county-mandated biometric system for punching in. As a result, pay checks were not issued and then there was the matter of them not accumulating sick leave and annual leave.
(statement released by Webb Co. today)
Barrera pressed on with the only recourse she found appropriate: filing a restraining order against the commissioners court. Instead of getting her house in order, she went at the county dads (term used by Odie Arambula) with a legal fight.
According to a county spokesperson, the Time Clock Plus (biometric system) machines were introduced by the county 3 years ago. Commissioners opted to make the system THE apparatus of choice for Webb Co. late last year. Barrera decided not to climb on board with the punch-in system, and that brings us to now, with another Patricia Barrera scandal.
The word fraud has come up with this case. It's unknown whether any intentional malfeasance has taken place at the tax assessors office. The only thing we know is that Barrera doesn't intend to let this go. She may fight some more.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Sunday, May 14, 2017
South Texas jerk off Jay St. John is back in town. The loutish sexagenarian appeared alongside Sergio Mora in a Facebook live broadcast Friday evening. Mora and John used to be regulars on morning drive radio. Laredo's lack of public radio outlets and political talk drove me to tune in to the show, which will have a nightly presence online on weekdays.
My thoughts on Friday's preview: how can I get that hour and a half back?
Sergio and Jay laid out their plans for the show, noting that they'll shoot for having their voices on social media and terrestrial radio, simultaneously. They're embracing what technology has to offer. The downside is that Jay St. John brings back the tired tropes he was known for: insulting everyone and offering little proof of anything. He brings no new information to the fold and I feel like I lose IQ points every time I listen to him.
Listen at your own peril.
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Photo of KGNS story from May 3, 2017. The big scoop:
The city of Laredo has confirmed that Lemurs owner, Arianna Torres has withdrawn Laredo's team from membership in the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball League.
Sunday, May 7, 2017
A nice canopy, benches, and bike rack were the featured items during a press conference held by Councilman Rodriguez on Thursday. It's called a Bike & Ride Plaza, and it's supposed to encourage citizens to ride their bike and use the El Metro bus when going on about their business.
The nifty bus stop is located on Zacatecas, near the fire station and recreation center. (Cigarroa HS is within walking distance.)
The building that used to house the former Santo Nino branch library is across the street from the Bike & Ride Plaza. It was renovated last year. The district's councilman said, during Thursday's presser, that the facility would be used as a WIC clinic. For now it sits empty.
And that's south Laredo for you.