Friday, August 30, 2013

Going All Matamoros On Your Ass

For 88 years, St. Peter’s Memorial School Raiders have been a major part of the Laredo community.  However, raiders are pirates and an image many at this Catholic elementary and middle school felt was not appropriate for the students to portray.

After a year-long process of research and design, today the school unveiled their new mascot:  the St. Peter's Memorial School Crusaders.  

 Information courtesy of the Laredo Public Information Officer who really has no business passing this around.

Appropriately enough, the school is located on Matamoros.  In 2008, a local teacher proposed changing the name of the street because it translated into killing of Moors.  It was clarified that the name Matamoros was derived from a Mexican war hero.  Okay, so there's that.  But is it really a good thing to choose the name crusaders when the U.S. is on the verge of attacking Syria?

Since 9/11, many Americans adopted a negative view of all Muslims; Nevermind that they didn't know what they were talking about.
Now I question whether St. Peters officials know what they have done in changing the mascot's name from the supposedly unacceptable Raiders to Crusaders.

Laredoan's won't probably give this issue a second thought.  And school officials will be damned if they're going to change the name to something else.  But I can guess that one person now thinks he was bamboozled five years ago when he was told that Matamoros meant something totally different.

Writings On The Wall

I'm not sure about all the people who are running for office next year, but I've seen some campaign logos out and about.  The one pictured above is for Hector Liendo (via Facebook) for his bid for county commissioner.  I believe Joe Valdez Jr. is also running for office.  Could someone please confirm that one?

Word on the street is that Johnny Amaya's LISD board seat will be contested.  Mr. Amaya has kept a low profile ever since he resigned from his county utilities director position.

I can't go five feet without seeing a Rollie Saenz sticker.  He's all in, whoever he is.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Laredo Is Safe

I love that yesterday's paper featured how "Laredo ranked for safe driving," and then below that you had this:

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Before The Shit Hits

Yeah, we know something's going to happen, and people are worried about our troops, but has anybody taken the time to see where Syria is actually located?

Major Announcement Thread

Not really, it's just Wednesday August 28.

Monday, August 26, 2013

School Year Thread

Question:  what happens to the recycling drop-off facility on McPherson and Clark once the blue bins collect all our recyclables?

Question:  how far has Miley Cyrus set us back?

Question:  will Sergio Mora ever understand the need for modern day libraries?

Question:  And will Charlie San Miguel ever apologize for his transgressions?

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Water Almost Ready

Media attention this week has remained on the poor quality of water available for the residents of El Cenizo, and Rio Bravo, TX.  People living in those communities have been urged to boil water intended for consumption.  Webb County officials have been delivering water by the tanker load to the people living there.  And bottled water from private donations has been delivered too.

County Commissioner Mike Montemayor was on Pro8news Friday to provide details on corrective measures currently underway.  That's good.  I just don't understand why he's so nervous.  His body language is very odd. 

Everyone Should Be Squared Away

I had an unpleasant experience at my son's junior high middle school the other day where we had to wait two hours to turn in several registration forms.  I don't remember the registration process taking so long last year.  This time around we were given a number and asked to wait in line.  Actual contact with school officials, who were going over the paperwork, took about ten minutes.  I was so upset that I tore the principal a proverbial new one.

I was surprised to learn that everybody is going through the same thing.  At the high school level, students are even supposed to take a parent  along to register.  People were unable to wait in line so a lot of them end up leaving.  I don't know why the change was made, but it's a step backwards towards efficiency and autonomy.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Friday Free Form Thread

The city held a press conference today to officially open the Charlie San Miguel's parents swimming pool in north Laredo.  10:30 a.m. is not really a good time to have dignitaries available when people are off working, or getting stuff ready for their kids going back to school on Monday.  People won't be getting in the way of their photo ops, so there's that.  But really, who would want to go to the event and see Charlie San Miguel in his dad (jeans) swim trunks?

As I understand it, there wasn't a lot of promotion for the event.  That's a good way of keeping things all to the northside yourself.  

On the other side of Webb County, visitors are all aghast.  (via Twitter)

And Rosaura (I won't call her Wawi) Tijerina puts on a good show for the crowd.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Doggie World

Via Facebook.

Hints that the city is still not doing right by stray dogs.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Free Speech Is One Thing

But being a community leader and saying dumb things is another.  Running your mouth without putting any thought into it is a sure way of getting run out of Dodge. 

Local Musicians Release Album

We can't be at Stubb's BBQ in Austin this Saturday but we wish Gringo Barrio the best of luck.  The band, which features 3 Laredo natives, will celebrate the release of their self-titled album this weekend.  

Gringo Barrio, the album, was recorded at Moonhouse Studio in Austin and comprises 11 original songs, each as unique in character as the story they tell. The album is a tribute to a unique place called Laredo. The album was conceived and materialized by three Laredo, Texas natives, Hank Sames, Mike Jackson and Richard "Sparky" Miller along with a diverse group of talented musicians based in Austin, Chip Dolan, Craig Calvert, and Joe and Boo Resnick.

The engaging lyrics and catchy tunes reminisce on the fun times of the South Texas of the 1960’s and 70’s. Hank Sames, lead vocalist and co-songwriter for Gringo Barrio explains: “We are creating a unique sound that reflects the mix of cultures as we saw it and grew up knowing. You will hear a lot of nostalgia of the life on the border, much of which is now gone”.
The Gringo Barrio debut album is now available in digital format on ITunes and CDbaby. For more information on Gringo Barrio, and to hear a few of the songs, visit

Information courtesy of Monica Bautista.

Check out the band's videos on YouTube.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Year Of New Fees

There was a lot said when debating the city's $3 trash fee hike last year.  But I never heard anyone say that trash services were going to be scaled back.  The new blue bins will take away things we usually trash, so basically we'll still have trash pickup twice a week; That is if the city makes frequent rounds, and if people learn to separate their waste from their recyclables.

The city is proud that it hasn't raised property taxes, but it's raised taxes everywhere else:  bus, bridge, parks, yard sales, maquinitas, etc.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Not On The Same Page

A blog reader is not happy with the city's handling of the plastic bag ban.  And he/she feels that city officials have ignored calls for answers.
Here are some reasons that point to the plan being a bad idea:

  • Plastic bags are not a significant source of waste.
  • Banning plastic bags will eliminate (bag-making) jobs.
  • Other plastics are not being addressed: bottles, dry cleaning bags, utensils.
  • Paper bags will take the place of plastic bags.
  • Reusable bags enable shoplifting.
  • Reusable bags harbour bacteria.
  • Lawsuits will result to challenge bag bans.
  • Bag bans result in stores laying off employees.
  • Tote bags will be a cost to the public.
  • Plastic bags are utilized again after their initial use.

An opinion piece that relies on "anecdotal evidence" goes over the cons of plastic bag bans.  The piece was sent in to the LaSanbe news world headquarters by the reader opposed to the local ban.

Here's a shot of some of my reusable grocery bags.  I've used them for a while now.

I have more at work, and some at my mom's house.  (I buy groceries for her)

Sunday, August 11, 2013

The Names Just Keep Coming

Candidates continue to push the envelope in the realm of political nicknames.  For the 2014 political season I present Roberto "Indio" Elizondo. 

Friday, August 9, 2013

Anonymous Friday Thread

Did anyone notice that this story doesn't have the writer's name included?  It's like when the LMT does stories on the violence in Nuevo Laredo and keeps the writeup anonymous.  Hmm.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

At The Ready

It's good that we have a mayor that's healthy enough for many travels.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Late Entry Thread

Totally missed the fact that yesterday would've been J.C. Martin's 100th birthday.  Have a nice weekend looking out for new campaign bumper stickers, and social media updates urging you to vote.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Stupidest Decision Ever!

On July 30, 2013, the Laredo City Council accepted the naming of the south Laredo library branch as the “Sophie Christen McKendrick, Francisco Ochoa and Fernando A. Salinas Branch Library,” pursuant to the Naming Rights Agreement as entered into between the City of Laredo and the donors.

Think Of The Money

In the El MaƱana newspaper, Sergio Mora Benavides takes issue with the city’s handling of its yearly budget.  He noted that in recent years the budget has been continuously short in the millions of dollars, and city staff responds with a “band-aid” in solving its major fiscal problems.  Mr. Benavides points to the city’s propensity for traveling to Austin in droves, even though we have representatives who are responsible for advocating for us.  And on top of yearly deficits, the city manager is awarded a hefty increase in pay.  City Manager Carlos Villarreal recently said that “the city is running out of options to plug the holes.”  Of course, we got hit with a $3 hike in our garbage (taxes) fees not too long ago; and now they hit the commuting public with an increase in bridge (taxes) fees.  Yet we never hear about city hall taking one for the team, of them doing with less.  What we hear instead is money being tight all over and employees having to endure salary freezes.  For once I would like to hear our city leaders forego their operating expenses.  

A local citizen details in a letter to the editor the expenses that city officials rack up.