Tuesday, February 25, 2020

The Inevitable Wall In Laredo


The newspaper screen shot above is from December 15, 2019.


Federal officials have released their proposal for the location of a fence -- it'll be alongside the river.  If that's true, if the border fence is constructed along the path of the Rio Grande, then the landscape that we've known all our lives will be dramatically altered.

No longer will we have access to one of the great wonders of the world.  The natural beauty of the world which is our tie to another nation will be obstructed by a heap of metal.  We will have given in to fear.  

Saturday, February 15, 2020

The Money Is Not Quite There Yet


Federal funds, which have not yet been secured, are being tagged for major work along Chacon Creek.  Henry Cuellar and city officials held a press conference, on February 3, to announce the millions of dollars that are expected to fund the creek's restoration.  Press conferences like these bolster everyone's image.  We're supposed to think that elected officials are constantly hard at work for the community.  Let's just hope everything falls into place.

$14 million will go towards flood risk management, which includes buying out about 73 property owners that have their homes too close to the creek, where flooding is prevalent.

The people whose homes are bought out will be allowed to relocate wherever they want and receive relocation assistance to help pay for their new home by taking into account how much their property is worth along the creek.  The process is expect to be all voluntary, but imminent domain can be used by the federal government for anybody that is reluctant to sell. 

(Jorge Vela, LMT)

Translation: nobody is going to get Canseco House, or downtown office building, kind of money for their property, not like political insiders are used to getting.  Residents along the Chacon Creek will be lucky if they're offered $150,000 for their homes.

I hope city officials, and the councilman representing this area, especially, are transparent in their dealing with the people that will be relocated.

Monday, February 3, 2020

A New Agreement


Mayor Pete Saenz went to Washington last week for the signing of the USMCA trade pact.  It's a revamp of NAFTA, apparently.  (photo appeared in the Laredo Times yesterday)


This clipping I found at the public library when I was scanning the microfilm inventory.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

County Dreams Big


Millions of dollars have already been spent on the design plans for the LIFE grounds upgrades.  Commissioners now want to put it up to the public in November to vote on moving forward with the development.  At stake in the bond election: a project that may cost between $40 and $80 million.

That will add to the county's debt and we don't know if they have the revenue to cover the daily upkeep of the proposed facilities.

Other projects that have been in the works for a while: rehab center, veterans museum, golf course hotel.