Sunday, September 30, 2018

Vote No On Laredo Convention Center


(LMT clipping from September 19, 2018.)

One of the proponents of a new convention center has been Councilman Roberto Balli.  His district includes the downtown area, so naturally he would be pushing for the new facility.  He was quoted in the Times as such:
Downtown is changing as far as nightlife.  So this conference center will support all of that.  Ask everyone to support this proposition, El Centro Si, because it's going to give us a better downtown, it's going to give us a better community, and this is something our citizens and residents need. 
Every time somebody (Balli) has brought up the construction of a convention center, I've imagined that a large space, with meeting rooms, was needed for actual conventions.  I thought Laredo needed a facility to host events that couldn't be had at the arena; again, actual conventions that would bring in visitors.  But the group pushing for the convention/conference center - Balli, La Posada, Fasken Oil & Ranch, Ltd, Chamber of Commerce, IBC Bank, etc. - is now trying to convince the Laredo public that it'll be a venue to serve us.


(another clipping, from today's LMT.)

The CONFERENCE center will be a great site to host weddings, quinces, graduations and so on, so says the new Centro Si advertisement.

Venues for those kinds of events already exist.  To host quinceaneras shouldn't be a selling point for building a convention center.  The arena, baseball field and golf course have been under-utilized, hardly used for their intended purposes.  Now our leaders are trying to sell us on the idea of a convention center; but they're telling us that the facility's calendar year will be made up of small events, supported by actual Laredoans.  Already they're revealing in their latest pitch that big conventions will be few and far between.

The convention center may be useful for the people of Laredo in terms of low-paying jobs, but it shouldn't be a site to host receptions that will benefit La Posada and other City of Laredo insiders.

Local activist Remy Salinas appeared on Beyond The Headlines (KGNS) last weekend to speak against the construction of the convention center.  He spoke in detail about the fact that convention centers in south Texas under-perform.  Check out part of the show below.  And come November 6, vote NO on the convention center.


  

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Moral Turpitude Case: Vidal Rodriguez


That time Vidal Rodriguez and Alejandra Sepulveda lost a civil case to Annette Ugalde Bonugli and were ordered to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to the plaintiff.  That was July 27, 2018.

A new trial, however, is pending.  Rodriguez's attorney claimed there was a "miscommunication in the case," precluding his presence at trial.  So we wait some more.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Claudine Anne Luera



A madman went on a killing spree that lasted over a week.  By Saturday afternoon, we learned that four people had been executed by a pyscho living among us.

One of the victims was the sister of a good friend.  I can't imagine what the family is going through.  Claudine Anne Luera got addicted to drugs and lived dangerously on the streets of this forsaken city.  Her loved ones will now have to live with the added insult of her life being take away so tragically.

(Image via New York Times)


Saturday, September 15, 2018

Where Are The Savings?


Local taxing entities have been following each other's lead in lowering their tax rates.  That may be because it's an election year (midterms) and because property valuations have skyrocketed in the last couple of cycles, leaving taxpayers stunned at their new property tax amounts.

Lowering the tax rate is admirable; it counters the rising property valuations.  BUT them lowering their rates to where we get a whole $3-per-year savings, per taxing entity, is sad.  They can brag that they are helping us out, but the end result is pitiful.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Mall Down By The River


A side-by-side comparison of what the Santa Maria terminus, at the River Drive Mall, looked like (on the left) and how it looks now with the Outlet Shoppes in place.  Same thoroughfare, different surroundings.

Demolition of the old River Drive Mall started 3 years ago.