Friday, February 9, 2018

What's Going To Happen?

It's almost ten months since FBI agents went all up local government's ass.  It happened on a clear day in April of last year - the 26th, to be exact.  I recall tweeting up a storm that day, and looking out for media updates in the days following.

The only story I posted on this blog was a local lawyer's take on what transpired and what we should expect.  

It would be nice to know who is going to go to jail.  But for now, all I can do is look at the personnel changes that have taken effect in local government and wonder if they have something to do with the ongoing FBI investigation.

In October, Commissioner Jaime Canales announced his campaign for re-election.  Canales' office was one of many that was raided last spring.  Then last month he suspended his campaign, citing health issues and the future of his career.  The timing of his move is all too peculiar.  Is the hammer about to fall?  And what about his brother, Roel Canales, and his short stint as County Court at Law Associate Judge?  Connection?

Among the supposed 'target subjects' of the FBI, Jesus Olivares is no longer the city manager.  The City of Laredo also has a new city attorney.

Who is talking to the FBI?  And who is mounting their legal defense?  The waiting game continues.

Thanks for reading.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Mens Suits Laredo

Sulak's announced last week on their Facebook page that they're closing up shop.  I wasn't a regular patron of this downtown institution.  I did buy a suit there a couple of years ago as a Father's Day present to myself.

Yet another nail in the coffin for downtown.  So long, Sulak's.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

This Is Where We Are

City staff hosted a special guest at its property on Chihuahua and Seymour this week.  The purpose of the event was to promote urban gardening.

Veggies were there for the picking.  A fence will eventually block access to the garden.

I spy LMT photographer Cuate Santos getting a group shot.

The garden setup is well done.  Some plants are more mature than others.

The old house that sits on the property is in a state of disrepair.

Props to the workers who help maintain this project.

Saturday, January 27, 2018


It was last May that LCC carried out its "reorganization plan."  Administrators' contracts were not renewed and the college was done having the Health Services Department around anymore.  [Full disclosure: I was part of the Health Services Dept.]

Almost a year after, I've come to terms with the decision made by those at the helm at LCC.  However, I can't understand how the college is still charging students a fee for something that doesn't exist there.

Apparently LCC is charging $5 per student, per semester, for Health Service(s).  I don't know how college brass can justify this fee.  There must be something that I don't know.

Campus police officers were tasked with responding to medical emergencies when Health Services staff wasn't on campus.  But if somebody in their custody was hurt or had a medical issue to address, they would call us to assist.  I have no idea how campus PD is faring now without the resources that were there once.  

I'm sure LCC heads can give us a clever answer as to why they're taking money from students for a phantom line item on their printouts.  And I'm sure they can explain why they still have a fee for Health Service for a department specifically called Health Services, the one that is not there today.

Only they know.

Ricardo Solis described Health Services as a luxury.  I hope he enjoyed his time at La Posada, courtesy of the college district taxpayers.  The president's house on campus wasn't up to his standard, supposedly, and thus needed particular accommodations.  

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The Hat Though

This flier was delivered to my doorstep a couple of weeks ago.  I set it aside for a while.  Then I noticed the peculiar grammar, which prompted a new game for me: fun with arrows.

Good luck, Judge Veliz.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

White Hair Matches The White Collar Crime

(Image via KGNS)

Dr. Francisco Pena, longtime Laredo physician and Chief of Staff at Laredo Medical Center, was indicted on January 10 on charges of money laundering, healthcare fraud, making false statements to the FBI and obstruction of an investigation.

Word on the street was that Dr. Pena developed chest pain when he was about to be taken into custody.  He was evaluated by medical staff at LMC, but ultimately cleared for authorities to haul him in.  He was wheeled out, wearing a gown and possibly the look of shame on his face.  

The good doctor attended a meeting at the Rio Bravo City Hall last weekend.  It was thought that his removal or exit from office as mayor of Rio Bravo would be acted upon.  Alas, Pena made no effort to vacate the seat and the item is in limbo for the time being.

His attorney, Keko Martinez, spoke to the media.  He said that the doctor's alleged crimes have nothing to do with his duties as mayor.  Thus he sees no reason why Pena should step down as an elected official of Rio Bravo.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Housing Centrally Located

The Russell Terrace housing units are being torn down to make room for modern living quarters.  That's me in the lower right hand corner.

The Russell Terrace community was built in the late 1950s.  Relatives of mine have lived here.  The meeting hall is where the Cub Scouts had one event or two.  Ah, my youth.