Saturday, October 19, 2019

Your Thoughts Please

There were a couple of interesting things recently.  One was a half-hour show on KGNS last Saturday night called Texas Border Chronicles.  I came across it while channel surfing, waiting for Saturday Night Live to come on.

The program included local luminaries* in a roundtable discussion setting, talking about issues related to Laredo and Webb County.  There's also Beyond the Headlines (also on KGNS), Frontera Radio on Facebook, video podcasts by Our Laredo, and Miguel Amante playing local contrarian on Spanish social media.  We're not in short supply of local commentary.  

The oddball in Border Chronicles is former judge Jesus Garza (pictured 2nd from left).  He was arrested more than 2 years ago for alleged influence peddling.

Via the Laredo Times (2017):

On Feb. 16, Garza pleaded not guilty to one count of gift to a public servant by a person subject to his jurisdiction, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

An indictment alleges that in January 2015, Garza asked local attorney Shirley Mathis for a $3,000 loan in exchange for appointing her to represent the wealthy Carlos Y. Benavides Jr. estate in a civil dispute. The loan was intended for Christopher Casarez, one of Garza's court coordinators, the indictment states.

Casarez died by suicide in mid-December, a day before he was set to meet with authorities about the investigation into Garza.
The case against judge Garza was dismissed, with the condition that he resign from the State Bar of Texas.
So there's that.

The other thing that happened this week was talk of naming Laredo's city hall after Aldo Tatangelo.  KGNS took a poll and the results were clear: a resounding no!
The people of Laredo don't show up to the polls during election time, but those that can take part in an online survey have their minds made up: they don't like city officials and their trivial ideas.