Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Story Keeps Changing

Photo via KGNS website

Sunday May 10 we celebrated Mother's Day.  On Monday the tax assessor's office was closed in observance of Mother's Day.  This is a first, I believe.  While closing an office on a weekday is not unusual, the reasoning behind it is a little weird.

Also on Monday the commissioners court convened to take care of business, and for John Galo & Leo Flores to get into one of their epic skirmishes.  Missing from the meeting was Patricia Barrera, Tax Assessor Collector.

On Tuesday she provided a statement for the media.  Ms. Barrera spoke about the office being open on Saturdays, and with that, staff has accrued extra hours.  In order for them not to lose their comp time, Barrera chose to close the office.  Okay, that makes sense.  But why close the office entirely for a whole day when their Saturday shifts are a mere 3 hours?  Is the whole office there on Saturdays or do they work with a skeleton crew?

With each answer Patricia Barrera gives, more questions arise.  Hers is not the only entity that has to deal with employees racking up excess vacation time.  How dare she tells us that her employees need to use up their comp time before the end of the year.  They can't alternate taking a personal day?

And even if she did close the office for the employees, why was she absent from the commissioners court meeting?  Word is that she is unhappy with commissioners for not obliging her request for a new tax office.  Whatever her motivation, the ones who end up suffering are the community members who go downtown only to find the tax office closed.

None of Barrera's explanations hold any water.  And if she's playing a game to get the attention of the commissioners, all to get a new tax office built, it illustrates how shallow a person she is.  This lady has worn out her welcome, even if the public doesn't realize it.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

The Water Works

The trees at Bruni Plaza were recently pruned by what seems like a blind person with a nervous condition.  It pains me when trees are manicured this grotesque.  Somebody must think they're doing a good job.  And on top of that, they're getting paid.

But let's not just focus on the inane.  Another thing happened at the historic plaza.

The fountain is working again.  No longer an ignored ornament, the water feature is bustling and adding to the ambience of downtown Laredo.  Very nice.

Friday, May 1, 2015

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Municipal Management District debate rages on.  Photo via the Laredo Alliance (Facebook).