Friday, July 13, 2018

It's All A Game To Them


(all courtesy photos)

Councilmember Alex Perez -- FBI target subject and person who gets prickly when you don't want to shake his hand -- welcomed Dallas Cowboy player Blake Jarwin to Laredo recently.  Jarwin MAY or may not have family ties to the Perez's.


Here you see Jarwin signing autographs for the peoples.  I had noticed a lot of activity at Slaughter Park on July 8, 2018, but didn't know what all the hubbub was about.


Apparently Blake Jarwin made an appearance at more than one city park in south Laredo, to the delight of faithful Cowboys fans.


On Monday, the Dallas baller was the featured guest at a pricey fundraiser, all to benefit Cristina Perez, candidate for City Council District 3 and current wife of sitting District 3 Councilman Alex Perez.

It must be nice to have a wide range of city resources at your disposal to advance the political campaign of your wife.  I don't know how civic-minded the park attendees are to remember the Perez's gesture and go vote in November; But these little publicity stunts should be examined with a closer look.  That's highly unlikely, however, since the ethics commission has members dropping like flies.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Who Is Next?


I took this shot of the Toys R Us on Friday, June 29, 2018, when the franchise officially went out of business and closed all of its stores nationwide.  You can tell it's the Laredo store by the potholes in the parking lot.  This store held some sentimental value for my wife and I since it's where we used to take our son shopping for Thomas the Tank Engine characters, or some odd type of Lego sets.


This interior photo I found online.  I recall many a time we had to stand in line to wait for the next available clerk to ring us up.

It's a peculiar thing to see longstanding landmarks come and go.  As much as they were part of Laredo's progress, their exit is sometimes a mark of decline for our fair city.  Usually the upside of retail spaces or service outlets that go belly up is that a new venture is bound to come in to replace it.  Good or bad, it precludes the possibility of urban blight setting in.

There has been a lot of change throughout the city:

CVS being built on Guadalupe and Logan
K-Mart liquidating all its merchandise
Holloway's Bakery former site getting a major upgrade
Demolition of the pawn shop at Lyon and Bartlett
Joe Brand at the mall selling off its stuff to move elsewhere
Construction on Bartlett and Bustamante
Big remodeling job at warehouse facility on Calton Rd. near HEB Mercado
etc.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Abandoned Dive Bar


On the corner of Tilden and Price Street, there used to stand a dive bar by the name of Bernal's Place. It was a wood frame house that was converted into a watering hole, it seemed.  It had not been in business for a while.  It's completely gone now, making way for some type of affordable housing.

I thought I had an old photo of the place, but I'm having trouble finding it.  For reference, here's a shot from Google Maps.


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

An Abomination

In 2014, when a wave of immigrants from Central America were coming to this country, the federal government was having trouble handling the overflow.  A lot of unaccompanied minors were part of the large influx of people.  Detention centers in south Texas were crowded.  The problem seemed untenable.  Henry Cuellar said this about the Obama administration:

The problem with the administration is they don't want to give information, he said.  In fact, there's times when they don't want to give information to members of Congress.  It's almost like they don't want the American public to know about the situation.


The way I remember it from 2014, our local leaders didn't want to lift a finger to help the incoming immigrants.  And Henry Cuellar's only concern was how to deport these people back as soon as possible.


Immigrants are still coming to the United States, but team Trump is doing something severely egregious:  he's separating the children from their parents.  As I type this, MSNBC is reporting that the "Trumps administration is housing hundreds of babies and toddlers in at least 3 facilities in south Texas."

Far from showing any sign of outrage now, Henry Cuellar is instead smugly pointing to how he showed us proof of this back in 2014.


Cuellar has the gall to downplay the current humanitarian crisis and not challenge the evil actions of  Donald Trump and his minions.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

The Contests Begin


Tuesday, the day after Memorial Day, signaled the start of the races for the upcoming elections in November.  Mayor Pete Saenz held a press conference, with crooked mustache and all, to announce his re-election bid.  Not to be outdone, greasy-haired challenger Charlie San Miguel is doing things a little more adventurous.


San Miguel is again hosting his Meh*Run at North Central Park, but he's apparently sky diving into the event, all while having a boner for military veterans.  This guy, or the mayor for that matter, looks like he can't do much in regards to physical activity, so he'll fall from the sky instead.

Charlie will be vacating his District 6 seat in the fall.  Word on the street is that there may be up to 12 candidates vying for his chair.  One will definitely have to do something wild to separate him/herself from the pack.  La Sanbe does not recommend sky diving.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

The Same Song

Typical tweet from a typical politician after another school shooting, this time in Texas.


Monday, May 7, 2018

Nepotizzz Yo!


At least one runoff candidate has dropped by the Keyrose compound to remind us of the looming election, later this month.  His message straight and up front: Stop the corruption and nepotism.  Exclamation point.

Over the weekend, approximately 900 voters approved the LISD bond measure, which will allow improvements to existing schools and enable the district to build a new Cigarroa Middle School campus.  Ya veremos.

And the field is getting crowded for the spots that will open up at city hall this fall.  People are already starting to file their paperwork for-to get a chance at Charlie San Miguel's, and Alex Perez's (a La Sanbe favorite) seat.  Let's not forget that a certain FB celebrity is vying for the mayor's office.