Tuesday, March 31, 2009
But now that she's gone, the board saves itself the agony of going through the process of canning Guerra. And they can probably deny any accusation of wanting her fired. It'll be interesting to see if they'll be forthcoming with details of her evaluation, and their protracted closed-door executive sessions.
What I really want to know is how the district fared with the reading section of the TAKS test. My son got his results last week but I have yet to hear a peep from anybody.
Monday, March 30, 2009
Zapata County Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez will join other border experts to testify at the hearing, and afterward, Sheriff Gonzalez and Congressman Cuellar will hold a news conference to offer their firsthand perspectives on the fight against border violence.
Instead of taking my socks inside, I ran to get a glimpse of the fire. Needless to say my socks didn't have an "April freshness" scent to them after that.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Props to Jesse James for calling it as it is: Dennis is an alcoholic.
A friend took part in the 5K run yesterday morning at Lake Casa Blanca International Park. I couldn't make the race because I had to work.
Anyway, she told me that the starting line was near the main entrance of the park. The course ran along the road that leads to the back of the lake. At some point, the runners turned back and finished where they started.
This is where the story gets interesting. Sponsors donated food and water for the participants afterwards.
Water was donated by Coca-Cola; Assorted fruit was donated by the Sheriff's Department; Rudy's provided BBQ sandwiches; Olive Garden provided spaghetti; and DA Chilo Alaniz gave out stickers, and other trinkets. Goodie bags were also packed with other cool stuff.
This kind of organization, and sponsorship highlights the great disparity between this race, and the famous Guajolote 10K Race (pictured) held on Thanksgiving Day. At the Guajolote, it's more about the race and not the swag. I'm almost embarrassed to show you the generic cap I won back in November -- embarrassed for them, not me.
This year, if someone runs the Guajolote with me, I'll participate in the race. If not, I'm sleeping in.
Kudos to the Crime Stoppers. And happy running everyone.
His preparation started before the school year began, balancing his marching practices with his own goal of becoming a better musician.
He said he didn't expect to get as far as the state level. But here he is, a Tiger legend (and Laredo legend for that matter) in the making with three years to go.
Congrats Kevin, you've done good.
Pictured with Kevin is Martin High School Band Director, Rodolfo Montalvo.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
The Tiger Legends of 2009:
(left to right)
Dr. Antonio Salinas,
John Peter Montalvo sitting in for Rodolfo Guadalupe Gonzalez,
Julia Muller Ruhlman,
and Ricardo Ortiz
At the podium, several honorees used the famous Martin H.S. cliche: Once A Tiger, Always A Tiger. The students in the bleachers got all riled up every time the words were uttered. Quite frankly, I wish they'd just put that away.
Amparo Acevedo Garcia, and Aminta Perez Tijerina were unable to attend the event.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
"His delicate shooting touch and knack for rebounding, particulary***** on the offensive glass, has already left many scouts intrigued with his potential and growth."
It might be that writers for the Times are checking in with what scouts are saying, or they are acting as representatives for local athletes.
The Budget Committee has not yet presented a 2010 budget to the full House, so we’ll first need to see the legislation in order to offer a response to any specific energy proposals.
I’ve attached the letter that yesterday’s newspaper article referred to, which lays out a few basic principles about economic recovery and energy independence. In short, it expresses support for the jobs and energy created by small, domestic U.S. producers, and it expresses the sense that the budget should support domestic energy production as part of a broader energy independence and job growth strategy.
The new administration thinks that the current tax cuts for energy companies keeps them from investing in, and exploring, renewable sources of power.
More directly, I wanted to know why Texas politicians favored tax cuts for these companies when they've been making obscene amounts of money the last several years. I basically got the same response that was printed in newspapers earlier this week.
Since then, everybody and their mother has picked up the story. The Border Patrol is now on standby due to the protests of local environmentalists, a lawsuit from residents that live near the proposed test area, and push-back from Nuevo Laredo city officials.
La Sanbe will continue to follow this story to see how big this thing gets.
Meanwhile, read more on this subject over at XicanoPwr.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
I picked up the boy on a boulevard; he looked tired. I told him that I had to go home to check my messages. The boy asked for cigarettes. I hadn't smoked in a long time but I bought some. He had trouble lighting the cigarette so I lit one for him.
At home, I was in the kitchen when the boy walked into my bedroom and saw an open pornographic magazine on my bed. He dismissed it. Then the boy asked me if I had any magazines with women in them, so I showed him one.
I then sat the boy on my lap and advised him to get his life straight and go back home. It was always my intention to take the boy back to his own home. I didn't know what I was going to do because the boy was on some medication.
Upon leaving a restaurant, I hugged the boy from behind and gave him a peck on his neck. He asked me if I was gay. I said no. I just told him that I was glad to have known him.
I apologize to the parents for the grief they experienced during the boy's absence.
that date has been pushed back to allow for further negotiations with Mexico
One former councilman points the finger.
The problem started at City Council
And Mary Wyers also weighs in.
We live in a polluted city, and you're talking about getting rid of the carrizo,
which is a filter for the pollutants
We must have other filters; I'm sure of it.
the group warned that proposals in the budget to slash tax incentives used by
oil and gas developers could increase the costs of energy production "and reduce
our energy supplies."
Laredo's own Henry Cuellar is included in this group of corporate tax-cutting champions. I've e-mailed his spokesperson for a comment. I'll wait.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Border Patrol will start spraying an herbicide to control an invasive cane this week. Mayor Raul Salinas was assured that this poisonous chemical wouldn't end up in the water supply.
"But let's do it in a sensible, reasonable way to make sure humans won't be
harmed, nor the vegetation, nor the animals, nor the environment.
Yeah, like from the safe confines of a helicopter, high up in the air.
This whole spraying technique just reeks of laziness. It reminds me of the commercial that has two men facing off with a weed-killing spray in tow. Both men spray the weed on their respective driveway, and then we see that one product is quicker than the other. I could've easily beaten both men, and sprays, by bending down and pulling the weed out, root and all.
"Do it in a sensible, reasonable way;" yeah, let's do it in a way that won't put us out physically. The mayor can surely identify with this. He doesn't strike me as the outdoorsman type, nor the salad-eating type, nor the evironmentally conscious type.
Xicano Pwr writes about the spraying here.
UPDATE: Pro8news just reported that the date for spraying will be delayed. Apparently our neighbors to the south have something to say. Negotiations are underway.
Casso even brought up the idea of having councilmen sharing rooms, but Garza didn't give specifics on room and board.
Garza and Mayor Salinas are justifying this current trip to D.C. by bringing up funding granted for the Cuatro Vientos road, which, according to them, is a result of their hard work during their last trip. But that's not what happened exactly.
Henry Cuellar invited them to Washington during Obama's inauguration to meet with federal officials in order to obtain money for "shovel ready" projects.
Everyone was surprised when it was learned that Laredo would not get any funding for the Cuatro Vientos project. Plan B had to be implemented, thanks to the fine work of people at City Hall.
Our city officials need to get over themselves, and I really hope they're brown-bagging it in D.C. right now.
Monday, March 23, 2009
The locals hate fruits and vegetables, and they hate taking pills even more. Our local carne asada-loving culture is fuct.
LISD Director of Communications Veronica Castillon (left) is not keeping a low profile out and around town. Yet, the LMT has yet to fully grill her in what is going on at Shirley Field. Photo courtesy of LMT's Art of Living Section
In yesterday's editorial, Sports Editor Dennis Silva spoke of a revamped LMT focusing more on local athletics versus the usual litany of AP wire stories.
This is due, according to him, the preponderant amount of evidence that indicates most Laredoans are fed up with the
Anyways, the sports guys/gals at the LMT are emphasizing local coverage and their newspaper blogs are quick to note a few groundbreaking stories here and there. And, of course, there are plenty of pictures of local athletes posing (sort of like The Art of Living, but with uniforms).
Yet if they want to be taken seriously as a real newspaper, where are the opinion pieces? Where are the investigative stories?
As KeyRose wrote weeks ago, construction at Shirley Field is stagnant. And while Lrd Sports Wire and others have reported that there is "contaminated soil" under the orange track, what Laredoans do not know if that is causing the construction/demolition delays. After all, didn't LISD have a grand ceremony back in December to mark the end of Shirley?
Meanwhile, the LMT is silent on this matter, hoping, perhaps, that someone at LISD will call in with a report. Heaven forbid they actually make a few phone calls or *gasp* even drive the 5 miles to the LISD offices downtown and ask LISD Director of Communications
As the photo above attests, Ms. Castillon is obviously out and around town, posing for the society pages. Why the LMT does not simply just ask her to explain what is lurking underneath the stadium bleachers and if any former Martinites will glow green in the near future is beyond me.
Meanwhile local county, and city governments are talking about hiring freezes, million dollar shortfalls, and pay raise halts. Ah, the beauty of it all.
Both Pro8news, and the Laredo Times have beefed up their websites after I started my blog over a year ago. I like to think that I had something to do with it.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Yesterday, I took Austin's Metro from the Dell Park and Ride (Tech Ridge) all the way to the corner of Congress and Barton Springs. Traveling down Lamar was a treat; I now know where Taqueria Las Chivas is located.
On the way back to the park and ride, some "homie" turned on his little boom box for everyone to hear his favorite cumbias. It's that SXSW spirit that just took over the city, even on city buses.
His pal was carrying a little Igloo ice chest. The dudes were actually drinking on the bus; Lighthouse tall boys, I think. Endejo, he almost forgot it on his way out.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
They are going all out with the greenery at the post office on Saunders.
This is landscaping 3.0
You've never seen so many petunias in one place.
They had to sell one of their delivery trucks to buy the planter sitting in the center.
Their water bill is about to blow up.
People driving by are crashing into each other because they're overwhelmed by the scenery.
The artist's rendering of this design took two whole pages.
And I don't even want to mention the amount of manure needed to make this work.
The guy who's going to oversee this masterpiece better have two green thumbs.
You can see this from space, and from El Chacon, when the train is not in the way.
I pity the shovel who gave its life for this.
Take a good look people. It's said that they hate us for our freedom. I say, nay! They hate us for our ambitious landscaping.
(Cue Ode To Joy)
Make sure no one goes to any wal mart they are havin a zeta invation and they are going to shoot up the place spread* Wh@t'S uP*
Allegedly, this message was a response to the sentencing of a Zeta hitman in Laredo this week.
Earlier today, Pro8news confirmed that this was all a hoax.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Politicians in San Antonio are setting up their MySpace pages, putting up videos on YouTube, holding online forums, inviting bloggers to document their platforms, etc.
But here in Laredo, it's stickers. And once the election nears, we'll start to see campaign signs on fences. If we're lucky we'll see actual t.v. ads.
It's a pay-as-you-go process down here. Unfortunately the pay part is not in abundance in the Gateway City, and it shows.
when the history of this administration is written at least there's an authoritarian voice saying exactly what happened
Either that, or the cocaine, and the booze did some serious damage to his brain cells.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
I got a chance to visit my cousin this afternoon to get a gander at his collection of Cowboy memorabilia.
He stated that it's a work in progress. Eventually every inch of wall will be covered with some sort of merchandise.
What didn't make it to today's post is the artificial Christmas tree decked out with Cowboy-themed ornaments. Perhaps I can visit once more during the holidays to take that baby in.
We talked about the opening of the new stadium in Arlington this Fall. He, his co-workers, and their families - 21 families in all - will make the trip up north for the opening game of the regular season. He assured me that despite the tough economic times, they will be there to kickoff the new era for Dallas, no matter the price of the tickets.
The Dallas Cowboys are definitely Laredo's team.
Kurgan brought this story to my attention. And it's always a hot topic since I live on the border; Mayor Raul Salinas never misses a chance to bring up Laredo's role as a trade route.
Now, Barack Obama said during his election campaign that NAFTA provisions were going to be revised. Lo and behold, Mexican truckers were not allowed to travel deep into the United States as before. This makes sense on some level: road safety concerns are considered, and U.S. truckers don't have to compete with their Mexican counterparts. But then Mexico gets all catty about it and retaliates against U.S. industry. And it looks like it worked. Mexico might gets its way in the end.
Surely, this will set Laredo's fears at ease, at least for a while. After all NAFTA has been good for this sleepy border town.
Obama will have to hold off on making any changes to NAFTA considering the economic slump we're experiencing. This, of course, will be seen as a flip-flop by the GOP, but then again, they don't have a leg to stand on.
Obama's getting a crash course in global politics in the most troubling of times. How all this will pan out is definitely on the minds of local businessmen and politicians. They love NAFTA. I, on the other hand, could see it changed a bit. When? That's another matter.
intervene by contacting TEA to look into serious situations
She does not mention, in her LMT Op/Ed page writing, the "serious situations" taking place. Click here for the full text.
I looked in the phone book, and the LISD web page to get her contact information in order to get her to expand on her concerns, but she's not listed. How convenient.
Monday, March 16, 2009
A dinner will be held at Monte Carlo, located at 6415 McPherson, on Thursday, April 23, 2009.
A table of eight will range in price: $800 (Bronze); $1600 (Silver); $2500 (Gold).
Individual seating is also available for $100.
For more information, please call 220-3725 or 251-8826
La Sanbe's got some aluminum cans to recycle to make it to this special event.
Call CNN! Mobilize the National Guard! Let the sirens wail!
Dallas Cowboys stalwart Terrence Newman says Tony
Per this Profootballtalk story, the veteran cornerback said the following:
You know, he’s got this girlfriend, so …’ I think that once he inherited the starting quarterback job and his relationship got into the national media attention, I think that that was something that definitely hurt and took away from Tony Romo being a great quarterback.”Meow!
Finally, someone on the roster and not in the media came out and said it.
Since the Cowboys are
Another weekend, another prostitute sting on La Sanbe.
Last fall, La Sanbe focused on the anti-prostitute campaign being waged by Martinite (Tiger Legend), City Councilman, Mayor Pro-Temporte, and Morality Guru, Joe Valdez.
Well, Valdez's name is in the paper again thanks to a roundup of four prostitutes on the seedy side of Laredo, the West Side.
You can read the Laredo Times' account here or if you prefer pictures, check out El Manana here.
Reading the LMT story, I was surprised to find that the 4500 block of La Sanbe is considered "downtown." Last I checked that was central Laredo and by a Chinese restaurant and a bank, not necessarily havens for the seedier elements of the world's oldest profession. Either that or the reporting is off.
But hey, what do I know.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Thanks go out to Mr. Silva for answering my e-mail.
A friend dropped by on Monday. He told me of his visit to our alma mater, Martin High School, that day. But his story is a bit unusual, and disturbing at the same time.
He, his wife, and two kids walked in through the old gym before lunch time Monday. Nobody stopped them at the entrance so they proceeded to walk to the back of the gym, and into the main building. Once there, they toured the upstairs, then made their way back to the first floor, and back out through the gym. Through all this, they never came in contact with anyone at the campus.
They lamented the fact that this "security breach" could have had serious implications if they weren't the upstanding citizens that they are.
They did, however, love what they've done with the place. Go Tigers!
I ran into the Parks and Leisure Department Director earlier this year and he said that the park was to be completed by March. As you can see, they are still working on some details.
The foundation seems to be taking shape for what appears to be a walking trail.
This is definitely something that Laredo needs. It'll give us a chance to walk off the empanadas, and conchas.
I'll bring you more as it develops.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Mr. Arturo Valdez (third from right) was the Head Band Director during the '83 - '84 school year. Mr Carlos Luna (far right) was an assistant at the time.
Mr. Valdez spoke of the students' determination, and drive. He credited them with setting the goal of winning the state title. His response was, "what do we have to lose."
Attendees were treated to a video of the state marching competition performance, as well as a recording of commentary from one of the judges, Leroy Montgomery.
From L to R: Tony Alvarez, Nuno Flores, Nina Maldonado-Guerra, Vicky Lugo-Blanco, Sandra Gabrillo, John Zamarripa, Gaby Reyna-Leybourn, and Danny Reyes.
Laredo's firefighter union is conducting a Battle of the Bands that will lead up to the Margarita Rocks Festival May 2, 2009.
Every weekend's winner, will participate with the featured band
Who this featured band is, I can't confirm. But if this rumor turns out to be true, it should be a hell of a show.
La Sanbe will look into this some more.
I got a chance to check out Cleto Rodriguez' set the other day. I thought he was funny.
He mentioned that The Cleto Show will debut on May 16 on Fox. In the series, he plays a guy who is trying to get a talk show off the ground but has trouble getting people to appear. So he seeks them out by taking his desk and chairs to the people. Along the way, he faces criticism from his own family. La Sanbe will follow up with this story to see what kind of reaction the show gets.
Anyway, back to the set. He went off on a Jeff Foxworthy-like routine: "You know you're gay if you own more than two cats." Well, according to him, you are also gay if you cut your sandwich diagonally. I took exception to that since I've been doing that for as long as I can remember. So I cut my sandwich diagonally; that doesn't make me gay, does it? Of course not.
I'm not light in the chanclas.
Not that there's anything wrong with that!
I need to get some input on this. Till then, I'll only eat sandwiches at Subway. Happy eating.
Bryan Welnetz, Laredo United High Senior (Penn State Committed) is playing in the USTA Spring National Championships, Boys 18 singles and doubles in Mobile , Alabama .
Bryan will start play on Sunday. He is a co #17 seed in a draw of 128 in singles. Spring Nationals is a level 1 USTA* National tournament. There are four Level Ones, Spring nationals, Clay Courts, Hard Courts, and Winter Nationals every year.
Bryan is ranked #2 in Texas Super Champs and Nationally ranked #59 in Boys 18ʼs.*(USTA- United States Tennis Association)
Lrd Sports Wire
Thanks for Lrd Sports Wire for the tip.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Everyone's just nuts about current Laredo ISD Superintendent, Veronica Guerra! So much so that a couple of people had to send a shout-out for Guerra to the community using an exclamation point!
This picture appeared in the Laredo Times two days ago!
It was paid for by Mario Botello and Rosie Salinas!
At last night's board meeting, Guerra received a standing ovation upon entering!
Wow! A picture in the paper AND a standing ovation?! She could very well be Person of the Year!
She must be doing something right! Let's see: 19 schools met AYP standards last year! And currently there are eight schools under federal sanctions! Good enough!
What confused me was Mina Montes' (board member) comments. She said that Ms. Guerra "inherited a lot of problems from the previous superindendent; it's very unfair to say she has not accomplished the goals," and a "superintendent needs three years to show progress."
I don't know. Perhaps it's unfair to say that the previous superintendent "had a lot of difficulties with his job" when you gave him less than a year to show progress. He also inherited a shitpile of problems. The time he had here wasn't enough for him to accomplish his goals. But I guess because he wasn't a local, he couldn't get a pass.
We should start getting some TAKS results by the 25. We'll see if these people are for real.
Just when you thought that Laredo could not possibly support another festival for the masses, in comes the Laredo Hotel and Lodging Association with plans of establishing "an economically and recreationally friendly festival" to the banks of the river.
The festival, which would include canoe and kayak racing similar to an event held annually in McAllen, would be held Oct. 10.
Now I know what you're saying - this could get a little sketchy. Just today we learned that eight Hondurans were kidnapped on the banks of the Rio Grande, on the Mexico side. And our old friend, Rick Flores, would tell of stories of drug bandits shooting from across the river when sheriff deputies patrolled the border.
But let me put aside security concerns for a minute; what about dealing with the river itself? This kayak festival could be one drowning away from being short-lived. Perhaps my skepticism gets the best of me. If planned well, this could actually turn out to be something good for the city. It'll be interesting to see what becomes of this.
And of course, no local offering would be complete without alcohol. Hell, we have the Madri Gras-like festival, Jamboozie, that hints at alcohol. Our Washington's Birthday Parade is sponsored by Anheuser-Busch. So why not have a kayak race with tequila to boot?
The winner of the race could toast with a shot of tequila. The promoters could use the song Tequila by the Champs in commercials, which we would probably see 1000 times a day on Channel 10. And the trophies can be shaped like tequila bottles, because if there's something we know well, it's tacky.
If this thing sees the light of day, La Sanbe will have to invest in a canoe to cover the race. Gawd help me.
Pro 8 News is reporting that the Webb County Sheriff's Department is requesting a CSI lab to process DNA and ballistics information. For now, all those tests have to travel to San Antonio or McAllen in order for law enforcement officials to figure out what they mean.
This is not good, according to the Sheriff:
It’s been as long as five months and they have their own issues its quite demanding." Leaving cases cold and harder to solve. "Witnesses move, criminals relocate it makes it harder for the investigation to get results...its crucial evidence to a case."
Now that is a real bummer.
Law enforcement officials make a good point. Crimes are not solved with great frequency in Laredo. The Mrs. and I have a long-running joke: if we ever want to commit a murder, do it in Laredo. Surely no one will really know what happened, chalking it up to drugs, a crime of passion, or none of the above.
I am a big fan of the TV show, CSI and when the Better Half sits and watches it with me, we both wonder out loud if such detail oriented personnel could ever be found in the Gateway City.
And that type of skepticism is what will likely hamper Laredo's search for a crime lab. Laredoans know all too well that somebody's-neighbor's-cousin's-in-law who works at the new lab will likely remove evidence or provide favors for anyone they know is being accused of a crime. Either that or they will leave a taco by the crime scene and contaminate the evidence.
Well, good luck with the lab, guys. I just hope they bring in a Marg Helgenberger type to work the DNA. Could you imagine how many times she will hear, "ch-ch, eh mamacita," working in Laredo?
Thursday, March 12, 2009
questions were also fielded from the chat room on the Internet
This is the new rage. All of a sudden, congressmen/women are twittering from the Capitol, posting videos on YouTube, and holding blogger summits.
I like the approach but I'm not sure how long it will take Laredo to catch on. The councilman who represents my district had a public forum about two years ago. If you've never been to one, I highly recommend going. These events get colorful, to put it mildly. People start complaining about police response time, high taxes, potholes, etc. So it's obvious why we've only had one event in the neighborhood hosted by our representative in the last several years. Enter the internets.
He talked about having online neighborhood groups that could help promote a
closer connection between neighbors
This is where people like me come in. People aren't going to attend city council meetings, and Laredo's councilmen/women have trips to Las Vegas to go to. Oh but I kid City Council.
La Sanbe needs to hit the streets to hear what the people are saying, and connect with our representatives to let them know that we are paying attention.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
marks the first time a band has toured in stadiums
There's word that they are going to play JerryWorld, the new home of the Cowboys. And I'm guessing they're playing at Reliant Stadium for their Houston show.
It's a bummer that they're not coming to Austin, or San Antonio; that would make our travel plans so much easier.
Nevertheless, we will make our way out to H-town with kid in tow. What effect the economy will have on attendance remains to be seen.