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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Yolanda Villalobos Appointed to Regional Mobility Authority Board

Cameron County Commissioners’ Court voted at its Tuesday meeting to appoint Yolanda Villalobos to the Regional Mobility Authority Board for a two-year term.

The appointment was placed on the agenda by County Judge Carlos Cascos.

Yolanda Villalobos’ husband is District Attorney Armando Villalobos.

I don’t generally post on appointments, but this one piqued my interest since the District Attorney and Judge Cascos haven’t always seen eye to eye.

I'm pleased to see an intelligent woman appointed to the board, but the appointment is curious to say the least.

According to the RMA Web site, "the purpose of the Cameron County Regional Mobility Authority is to provide the area with an opportunity to significantly accelerate needed transportation projects and have a local entity in place that will make mobility decisions that will benefit the community, while enhancing the economic vitality and quality of life for the residents in the Lower Rio Grande Valley."

Yolanda Villalobos' term ends Feb. 1, 2010.

14 Comments:

Anonymous Rogelio said...

"I'm pleased to see an intelligent woman appointed to the board"

I've never heard of her, so what makes this person qualified to "make mobility decisions that will benefit the community".

There must be some Civil Engineers in the Cameron County qualified to serve, or is this just politics as usual in the RGV?

There's plenty of intelligent people (Women & Men, don't be sexist)in Cameron County, why the DA's wife???????

Thursday, May 22, 2008  
Blogger The Merovingian said...

What is next? Marrying cousins will be legal in Cameron County?
There are close to 1/2 million people here and I keep seeing the same names.

M.

Thursday, May 22, 2008  
Blogger Melissa Zamora said...

Yes, there are plenty of intelligent women out there (and men), but if you haven't noticed, men (and not always intelligent men) are predominantly appointed to boards and other governmental committees here.

So, if you truly wish to address the issue of sexism, why don't you start several years back, if not, decades, of women not being afforded such political and influential opportunities.

I do believe Mrs. Villalobos to be an intelligent woman. However, like I pointed out, I found the appointment to be a curious one. Certainly there are more qualified folks out there. In fact, there are more qualified folks out there than current board members.

Although I'm pleased to see a woman on the board, it's undoubtedly overpowered by the stench of "politics as usual."

Thursday, May 22, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That Board should definitely have an engineer or surveyor on it. These commissioners need to have appropriate representation on such important boards. They should have at least one representative from the banking industry, one with a civil engineering/surveying background, and one from the real estate development profession. The others can be political.

Thursday, May 22, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

but if you haven't noticed, men (and not always intelligent men) are predominantly appointed to boards and other governmental committees here.

LOL! That goes for elected bodies as well.

They should have at least one representative ...with a civil engineering/surveying background...

That also applies to our Public Works department and we would even pay him.

So, about Yolanda Villarreal, what is her background with regards to education and profession?

Patricia A.

Thursday, May 22, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yolanda Villarreal

I meant Yolanda Villalobos--sorry about thatt.

HA! I guess I'm not one of those intelligent women out there...

Patricia A.

Thursday, May 22, 2008  
Anonymous The County's Eye said...

And the answer is: Valadez. He made it happen in efforts to crush all and any negativity between Cascos and Armando.

Is she qualfied? I don't know. What background does she have regarding transporation and MPO projects?

I'm not saying anything bad about her but lets call a spade a spade. This is a political appointment.

Valadez and Cascos are trying to cover their hides by appointing her. Just ask them how they feel about Ruben Gallegos, Jr.?

This appointment could have been given to someone with a true, qualified background. Lets give her a chance though. She is a good lady.

Thursday, May 22, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yolanda Villalobas will soon be Dr. Villalobos. She is finishing up her medical degree. As for qualifications she is undoubtedly inteligent and level headed. We can ask what qualifications Pastor Avlarez (John Woods appointment), Ruben Gallegos (Sophia Benavidez's) appointment bring to the table. All the negative comments about Yolanda Villalobos apointment are from Armando's new friends, Eddie Trevino and Co. because one of thiers was not appointed. Let's stop the crab syndrome guys and give the lady a chance. I'm especially surprised at Patricia's and Melissa's questioning of the appointment, being that she is a woman! What if it would have been Sally Arroyo or Blanca Vela? People even questioned our own Melissa Zamora's appointment to the charter review committee but the same goes here. We have an intelegent level headed woman. Let's give them a chance. What's that old belief.....everything men can do women can do better.

This comment was not by Carlos Cascos, Armando Villalobos. Chris Valdez or Yolanda De Leon.

Friday, May 23, 2008  
Blogger Melissa Zamora said...

I'm especially surprised at Patricia's and Melissa's questioning of the appointment, being that she is a woman!

Actually, I said she was an intelligent woman, that I was pleased that a woman was appointed. I was only curious about the appointment considering the history between Cascos and the DA. Nothing more.

Friday, May 23, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon,

Let's stop the crab syndrome guys and give the lady a chance.

Zipper? Just kidding. Really. Calm down.

I'm especially surprised at Patricia's and Melissa's questioning of the appointment, being that she is a woman!

Curiosity is not cynicism. I didn't make any negative comments about her. What is wrong with me asking about her background? I'm not familiar with her, so I asked for more information.

So, take a deep breath and don't be so quick to attribute ulterior motives to every question.

Patricia A.

Friday, May 23, 2008  
Anonymous Rio Grande V said...

Anon,

Who questioned Mrs. Zamora's appointment? She is as capable, if not more capable, than Elizabeth Dierlam and the charter lawyer. The latter seemingly makes a buck by over charging for his pointless services in interpreting the charter. Do we need a guy who can't call a spade a spade about the Charter, on the charter committee?

About some of the RMA appointments, really Pastor Alvarez? This is a man who is on the P&Z Commission and wants the city commission to hear his commission out. ("the Mayor"'s campaign head is now the head of the P&Z Commission.) Yet, when a controversial item was brought before the city commission on May 20, he was not there to defend his commission's decision as he said he would do in the future.

This is a man whose only clout is Cameron Park. He is also supporting Adela Garza.

People may fault Rev. Jerry Frank but at least he is vocal and smart. Can we say the same about the Cameron Park patron saint?

But who am I kiddin', appointments are political. They are a way to curry favor from the political appointee in the future. The only hope we have is political appointee realizing this and not bowing to these favors. Some do this. Some do not.

V

Friday, May 23, 2008  
Blogger Kurgan said...

C..c..can't we all just get along?

Nah, didn't think so.

:)

Friday, May 23, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To All,
This is America, where we agree to disagree.
Melly, many thanks for providing the forum/blogg.
Happy Memorial Day!!!!

Friday, May 23, 2008  
Blogger BobbyWC said...

I was going to stay out of this - but what the hay - first I find it sad that anyone would find Mrs. Villalobos to not be qualified solely because of her husband. I am not saying anyone said she is not qualified.

The problem is people are jaded, and rightfully so, so they ask valid questions about qualifications. this does not mean the candidate is not qualified.

I think the only thing which could taint this appointment is if we were to see the DA drop criminal charges against a friend of Cascos, or bring criminal charges against an opponent of Cascos. there are cases in play at this very moment which fit these descriptions.

Would this mean the appointment is linked - no - but in the end everyone will believe they are linked.

For this reason and this reason alone Mrs. Villalobos should have declined the offer and instead focused in on her medical career.

basically she is in a no win situation which is sad - it becomes especially sad given she is a college graduate who has chosen a very difficult and challenging career path. This tells me she is studious and a hard worker - something needed in Brownsville politics

Bobby WC

Friday, May 23, 2008  

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