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Friday, October 17, 2008

DA's Office Completes Sunshine Haven Investigation

UPDATE IN RED

The Cameron County District Attorney's Office completed its investigation of former Sunshine Haven Executive Director Jose De La Garza, and criminal charges were filed against him.

De La Garza was sentenced to five years deferred adjudication probation for taking $83,503.28, and he was ordered to pay all restitution to the victim.

"It is the District Attorney’s understanding that the restitution has been paid in full to Sunshine Haven," according to a prepared statement.

He and his attorney, Conrad Bodden, appeared in the 404th Judicial District Court today and waived indictment, according to the District Attorney's Office. De La Garza plead to a complaint and information charging him with the second-degree felony crime of misapplication of fiduciary property.

According to the DA's Office, "there was no plea bargain in this case."

“It’s an unfortunate situation because of the type of organization Sunshine Haven is,” said Chief First Assistant District Attorney Charles E. Mattingly Jr. “He (De La Garza) took immediate steps to take responsibility for his actions including his plea to the felony offense. We hope that he takes the necessary steps to rehabilitate himself so that no further legal action is required.”

41 Comments:

Blogger BobbyWC said...

This is cool - every criminal in Cameron County now knows, go into a store steal 83k and if you get caught just give it back and all that will happen is a slap on the hand.

It is time to party Cameron County - this is so cool - if you do not get caught you get to keep it, if you do get caught just give it back and all is forgiven.

I just hope the new US Attorney after Obama is elected will put an end to this corruption.

Bobby WC

Friday, October 17, 2008  
Blogger BobbyWC said...

The Judge of the 404th is Judge Limas - remember he allowed a confessed murderer to walk out of his court. I do not know based on the information available if he granted the plea bargain or if a visiting judge granted the plea bargain.

Judges are allowed to deny plea bargains. Judges are allowed to tell confessed murders they cannot walk out of court to put their affairs in order.

I just hope we learn this was done by a visiting judge and not Limas -otherwise it is fair to say some people never learn.

I forget who was the blogger who endorsed Limas after he allowed a confessed murderer to walk out of court? Somethings are just too obvious.

Bobby WC

Friday, October 17, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It’s an unfortunate situation because of the type of organization Sunshine Haven is

And if it hadn't been that type of organization, what would it have been? A BOO-BOO?!

Stealing $83,503.28 from any organization is a crime; stealing it from a hospice is a despicable act. Does the DA's office have ANY harsh words for him?

He (De La Garza) took immediate steps to take responsibility for his actions including his plea to the felony offense.

Hey, Chuck, can you at least pretend to be disgusted by his actions, instead of qualifying his guilty plea with a veiled assertion of remorse.

He got caught and did damage control. That was it.

Patricia A.

Friday, October 17, 2008  
Blogger BobbyWC said...

He has 5 years deferred. This means that if he messes up after December 31st Cornejo-Lopez will decide his fate. Unless she is a complete moron she will have learned the lesson Limas may not have learned over Livingston. I am willing to bet Cornejo-Lopez will be recommending he buy a good chastity belt, unless the DA refuses to file the Motion to revoke the deferred.

Bobby WC

Friday, October 17, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do not forget that former county commissioner Hector Pena, brother of Mr. Villalobos number one supporter Ruben Pena, was indicted along with another professor at TSTC and STOLE over $100,000 from Homeland security by submitting FAKE billing for nonexistent students in nonexistent classes. He went before 404th and Limas gave him 10 years deferred adjudication and some restitution. Moral to story, crime does pay with a DA and Judge who work together to promote their own political interests. A federal employee who moved to the valley and submitted falsified claims was sentenced to 5 years federal prison. This may be why Aurora de la garzas little boy agreed to waive indictment and proceed straight to a plea while Limas is still on the bench to help him out. Finally, Boden does not practice much criminal law and apparently neither does our DA and the Judge who failed to request a Pre sentence investiation to make sure restitution has been paid in full and allow victims to appear along with public to see the defendant get punished. Clearly, he received not special treatment. I must have missed when little joey was arrested, made to put on a jumpsuit, made to appear on camera for his bond hearing, appeared in court with other defendants, and then made to return for sentencing in court in regularly scheduled hearing. Did he even appear in court or did Disable Limas and Mando visit him at his mom's office? This is a new low for Mando and Disable Limas and the fine voters who have supported them in the past of which I am ashamed to admit I am one. But, that is a mistake I will not repeat.

Friday, October 17, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bet that Disable Limas will early terminate little joey befor ethe end of the year as a going away present the de le garza family. If not, Elia and Aurora are good political friends so no worry for joey.

Friday, October 17, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For those of us not familiar with the legal system, what is the punishment for this type of offense?

I can't believe this was done in a way that made it all seem like it was a mistake. He stole money and the DA's office seems to have given him the best deal there could be. What a shame! I know it's because of his mom. I've known Joe a long time and this is not the first time he breaks the law. Only this time, he got caught.

Friday, October 17, 2008  
Blogger BobbyWC said...

So if there was no plea bargain, why did the DA not object to an immediate plea and what kind of sentence did the DA ask for - Villalobos is always short and misleading with his press releases.

It will not shock me to learn Limas did the sentencing but does anyone know for sure he was in court for this and it was not a visiting judge?

If it was Limas I guess it is fair to say he gave Cameron County one last creative salute for having the good sense to send him packing.

FYI - in criminal law DA's sometimes do not make direct plea bargains - what they will do is agree that if the defendant pleas guilty when the judge asks for input on sentencing, the DA will remain silent.

Further, given LImas' history, Villalobos certainly had the right to demand that a jury do the sentencing. Why did Villalobos not demand a jury do the sentencing?

Lets remember what he said after Atkinson was arrested - "I work with these guys so it is best I appoint a special prosecutor." The District Clerk oversees all of the DA's filings - why in this case did he not call for a special prosecutor?

Hopefully this will not be forgotten by the people and De La Garza will be thrown out the next election cycle.

Bobby WC

Bobby WC

Friday, October 17, 2008  
Blogger Melissa Zamora said...

I received the below What's Up With That question on Oct. 11. However, I had not checked that e-mail address (hey.wuwt@gmail.com) until today. My apologies for the delay in posting.

The Brownsville Herald has run three articles on the theft of money at the hospice in Olmito and though they mention issues regarding the executive director they fail to identify him. I thought one of the rules of journalism was to answer Who, What, When and Where. Plus, they have made it sound like the hospice was under investigation rather then one of the employees. I think making the hospice look bad was simply a product of bad writing and bad editing and not intentional but it is hard to think that omiting the name of the director that is clearly under suspecion is anything other then political. What's up with that?

Friday, October 17, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some reporter (if there are any left in Brownsville) needs to do an investigative report on how back room deals are made at the Cameron County Courthouse. If you happen to be a politician, or related to a politician, or have some money, you can get some sweetheart deals. Also, if you happen to hire a lawyer who is friends with the judge or who has contributed to that particular judge's campaign.

Saturday, October 18, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If a defendant enters a plea "cold" that means that he does not have a plea bargain agreement worked out with the DA for his protection. If there were a plea agreement and the Judge did not follow it and sentence him accordingly then the defendant has the right to withdraw his plea. In a case of a cold plea, the DA can argue for any type of punishment it sees fit based on the facts and law and defendant and is not restrained from arging for confinement at TDC. Someone should request the transcript from the court proceeding and read what the DA asked for as far as punishment. Did the DA remain silent or merely make no recommendation because they knew what the disable limas was going to do on punishment already? Why was a Pre sentence Investigation not ordered as is required in felony cases before sentencing? Is not a hospice facility possibly still short money stolen? Why has the normal procedure been streamlined for the benefit of joey? HE IS A THIEF AND DESERVES TO BE SHUNNED.

Saturday, October 18, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems to me to be a systems wide cover up of this issue that can only be due to political connections. I am positive without a doubt that had I stolen that money I would have been arrested, photographed, fingerprinted and had my picture in the paper and on the TV news as it happened. No doubt there would have been a grand jury indictment. The Brownsville Police Department and the DA would have been making announcements and doing press releases at each stage to show the city what good crime fighters there were. The Herald would have printed something at each stage in the process. Think of Mark Yates. Think of Mike Gonzales. How were they treated? Now think of Joey De La Garza.
I think that the way this was actually done is indicative of at least a low level corruption of the system. No one but Joey De La Garza may have broken the law but everybody helped make it as easy for him as they could. And I think the Brownsville Herald is complicit in this corruption and, as a life long resident of the city, it makes me sad. Newspapers have been given certain rights and privileges in our society because they had status as the watchdog of the community. They traditionally sniffed out corruption and unfairness and tried to right the wrong. The Herald doesn't do this and I wish I knew why. Is it about access? If we don't cover for Aurora it will get tough to get info from the District Clerk's Office. If that is the case then they should bring that out in the open and be putting pressure on her. If they are going to claim the rights of a newspaper (and they certainly will in the current lawsuit involving Yolanda De Leon) then they should exercise the responsibilities of a newspaper. I think they have abrogated their right to the privileges of a newspaper.
I don't care that Judge Limas didn't sent Joey Lopez to jail. I don't know that he belongs in jail. Was this a first offense? I don't know what I might have missed or if anything has been covered up in the past. Will society be safer if he is in jail? Probably not. Will he do it again? Nobody knows. I do think that he should have been given a bunch of community service though. Joey De La Garza stole not just from the hospice but from everyone in the community that donated time, money or goods to the hospice and he should be working on paying everyone back. I think it would have been perfectly fair to see him picking up litter on Boca Chica Blvd. or washing cars in the city garage.
It all just bugs the devil out of me.

Saturday, October 18, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of all the judges how did it end up in Limas's court? Ha Ha Ha

Saturday, October 18, 2008  
Blogger BobbyWC said...

Now that we know the DA is an "innocent victim" in this mess and he did not agree to anything - he is free to appeal the sentencing.

But will he? we all know the answer to that one.

BObby WC

Saturday, October 18, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is excuse me, CRAP! The DA's office received the complaint Sept 22, and less than a month later he is tried and convicted? How back office is that? There are people that have been in jail for 2 years, and have yet to go to trial! De la Garza forged checks at banking institutions....Hello this is not a little misdemeanor! That is Federal. I will be lighting up the phones to the DA's office on Monday and to the State Attorney General, this is injustice, and he not only needs to see some jail time, but this may be a case where he needs to be dragged to the county square and stoned. He stole money from a non profit who has been instrumental in caring for those in their last days. I for one hope Lois Del Castillo digs hard to find some way for her to file civil charges against this thief...and who did he have to steal 83k from to pay Sunshine Haven back? This is disgusting!

100 words or less

Saturday, October 18, 2008  
Blogger BobbyWC said...

100 words,

Now I am in love - I love passion

nail it

Bobby WC

Saturday, October 18, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the thing is:
--Everyone is afraid of delapanza's mommy.
--How else do you justify a VERY SPEEDY DEFERRED ADJUDICATION and PROBATION??
NO, and I reapeat
NO JAIL TIME!!

Saturday, October 18, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe it is time to look into impeaching Villalobos? Does anyone think he deserves to look for a new job or is it just me?

Saturday, October 18, 2008  
Blogger Kurgan said...

Don’t know where to start with this one.

To: One of the Anony's from Saturday, October 18, 2008:

The appearance on this one is not on the Judge, it is exactly on the DA's office as you suggest.

To: BW, it is the DA's case on process and sentence recommendation, no?

More than a few appellants out there salivating at the overtly obvious disparate treatment if discovery can produce an exchange of testimony on some other case.

This one is ugly.

Saturday, October 18, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bobby Bobby Bobby, I thought you were smart enough to know that the State can't appeal a decision on punishment or even decide who elects punishment. That is the defendant's right. I also thought you were an attorney. Guess not. If you don't know about it don't write about it.

Saturday, October 18, 2008  
Blogger BobbyWC said...

You are saying that if a judge out right ignores the law on sentencing the DA has no right of appeal on behalf of the people -

do you really believe you are helping Villalobos with such nonsense

Bobby WC

Sunday, October 19, 2008  
Blogger BobbyWC said...

When speaking to a general audience it is important to use common terms. Under Texas law, there are times the crime mandates a minumum sentence. Imagine, we haveno evidence here of this, but imagine the DA can prove the defendant gave the judge a bribe before sentencing -

According to Villalobos sidekick who posted above - he DA would just have to accept the sentence -

It is amazing how deperate Villalobos side kicks are to protect him.

Texas has a host of remedies. In law if you can show that there is no remedy by a routine appeal you can file a mandamus agsint the judge.

Think about what Villalobos side kcik is saying - a defendant can bribe a judge get off on sentencing and the DA hand's are tied - no form of motion or appeal of any type is permissible.

Of COurse there is criminal prosecution.

Remember people is something sounds too good - it is not

Bobby WC

Sunday, October 19, 2008  
Blogger BobbyWC said...

I friend just called and told me to better explain this - I used the term appeal in the general sense because I am talking to a general readership.

Texas has a variety of filings which can be filed after a final judge's ruling - in effect these are all forms of appeal.

I lost count how many time I was able to get a Court of Appeals or the Texas Supreme Court to stop a judge in his tracks because of the judge's total disregard for the law. This is a remedy used when what most people would consider an appeal is not available.

Sometimes these can be used while the case is active and sometimes they can be used at the end of the trial.

In the Dallas Priest Molestation cases I used it against Judge Ann Ashby after she issued her final orders. In the Coker case I used it during the course of a family law case wherein the judge effectively tried to bar me from investigating my client's ex husband's alleged history of child molesting.

In another case when a judge found that you need an affidavit from a doctor stating the hospital violated the Fair Debt Collections Act - the Fort Worth Court of Appeals nailed him the following day - they could smell a corrupt ruling.

Villalobos could have secured an emergency stay to keep Livingson from walking out of court (the confessed murdered)

Use commonsense - a judge decides to give a confessed child rapist deferred - do you really believe a competent DA could take no action?

Villalobos hates the fact I explain these things. He knows the Herald will never hire a consultant to help in these matters so he continues with the deception in hopes people will buy his explanations.

Bobby WC

Sunday, October 19, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bobby, Bobby, Bobby, ignoring the law would be a mandamas action on behalf of the state. When the judge follows the law the state is limited into what they can appeal. Please Texas Code of Criminal Proceedure. They cannot appeal a sentence that falls within the law. Nor can they choose who assesses punishment. Livingston should have been a mandamas action all though it was discretionary with the court and would have been denied. You are mixing apples and oranges my friend

Sunday, October 19, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We should be wary of a DA who is willing to help the son of a political figure to circumvent the criminal court process and allow him to walk in and out of jail. Remember all those who are not given such priviledge. Mark Yates, Yolanda de Leon and most everyone else except those who the DA chooses. This is not discretion, this is politics at its worst.

Sunday, October 19, 2008  
Blogger BobbyWC said...

You are simply wrong the DA could have demanded a jury trial to hear the no-contest plea.

So now you qualify your position - within the law. This implies there are options if the law was ignored.

So you are 100% sure the law was followed in every regard? Wow you're good.

You are 100% sure that a competent DA would not investigate if there was some type ex parte between De La Garza and Limas?

You are 100% sure that someone who is confessing to committing a crime - and yes in Texas the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has ruled that a no contest is the same as guilty - stealing 83k from a nursing home would walk before a judge - without any preunderstanding confess to the crime and expect to walk?

Anyone who sees this as suspect understands something was done behind the scenes - no one immediately pleads guilty to this type crime unless they know what is coming from the court - no one -

This means illegal conduct - this means one of the many forms of seeking a review of a judge's order is needed.

Are you actually saying a competent DA would not conduct an independet investigation to see if a deal was cut between De La Garza and Limas?

Do you realize how you are just digging the hole deeper for Villalobos?

The Herald needs to request the trial record to see if the DA stood silent when Limas asked for input on sentencing.

I negotiated numerous psydo-plea bargains wherein my client agreed to plead no contest before a judge in exchange for the DA waiving comment on sentencing -

Villalobos saying there was no plea bargain is like Clinton saying "I did not have sex with that woman."

It is a matter of how you define sex or plea bargain. A DA remaining silent when the judge asks for input on sentencing is a plea bargain - but then maybe oral sex isn't sex.

Bobby WC

Sunday, October 19, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are wasting your breath, Bobby WC is just a disbarred attorney with nothing better to do than spend all his time online. If he knew the legal system, he wouldn't be disbarred. Bobby doesn't even realize how unintentionally funny this is. A disbarred attorney lecturing us about the law?

Melissa does spend the time to research her articles. It sucks when Bobby starts blabbering and her blog is taken less seriously. Few things are more pathetic than some wannabe vigilante blogger / disbarred ex-lawyer who can't even get the facts right.

Monday, October 20, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The truth remains that DA Villalobos bent over backward to help Joey speed things along and did not object to this extremely light sentence. It clearly shows how Villalobos treats people differently and engages in political favors.

Monday, October 20, 2008  
Blogger BobbyWC said...

MZ, Sorry it is so long - but full disclosure is needed.

Bobby WC

Anony, I am confident the people of Brownsville know a distraction when they see it. What bothers me most is you actually believe by questioning my skills, with incomplete facts the people readying BATB will all of a sudden just believe Villalobos is a victim of my unjust claims? I trust the readers of BATB a tad bit more than that. Regardless of anything I say I trust the people of Brownsville to know a rotten deal when then see it. I will explain it in depth in Tuesday’s BV.

As to my law license. For several years now, the State Bar as requested I file the proper paperwork in Austin to have my license reinstated. You know why I have not? Because I have too much respect to be party to the most corrupt profession in the US. If I were about money I would have accepted one of the 6 figure jobs I was offered out of law school. Instead I started my practice working for free to get people out of mental health facilities who had been dumped there years before. I took simple criminal cases to make a living so I could do my mental health work. I hired myself out to write trial and appellate briefs as a way to make money so I could do my pro bono work.

My first win with the Texas Supreme Court was Grigsby v. Coker. It was a mandamus against Judge Coker. No one was going to bar me from investigating a child molester. I stood in court and made it clear to Judge Moss, who issued the original order, that he was going to have to hold me in jail as the only way his order could be enforced. Turned out that Judge Moss was not an assigned visiting judge. He was a former judge who was brought into the courtroom under the lie he was assigned to hear the case. He was permanently banned as a visiting judge thereafter.

On my licence - facts. I was about to start a trial wherein judges and a top State Bar attorney were going to be called to testify. They were at the Tower Meeting wherein these lawyers and judges conspired with the Bishop to have the judgment against the Diocese thrown out. The Administrative Judge was to recuse the trial judge before the Motion for New Trial, and then a judge from East Texas was to grant the new trial thereby voiding the judgment.

Then Governor Bush, after the story broke by Bruce Egerton of the Dallas Morning News, refused to reappoint the Administrative Judge Pat McDowell.

Without going on for ever, I represented the whistle blower Francis Sharpe. You can find the case by searching cases under the Dallas Court of Appeals web cite. It may be under Frank or even Sharp - they had a habit of changing the spelling on his name. The Court outlined the conspiracy by these lawyers and judges to get Frank to give up the rest of damaging documents. When the original trial judge Ann Ashby ruled that Frank had no right to get his documents back I filed a mandamus. By the time I got back to my office the injunction against the judge was on my fax. Such as in the case of Judge Moss, Judge Ashby was under the belief that being a judge entitled her to just assume jurisdiction over anyone and do what ever she wants. The court of appeals agreed that no case was pending in Judge Ashby’s court which would have given her the right to issue rulings. To finish the story a John Wall eventually took over the case, but by that time it was too late. The same judge who was to void the Diocese judgment was assigned to hear the case and John was doomed to failure. A check of John’s record will show he has argued and won cases before the United States Supreme Court.

On the eve of the trial against these corrupt judges and high profile State Bar Attorney I was sued on day 1 served notice of the lawsuit on day 7 and told on day 10 I had no right to a trial or to challenge the claims. No witnesses, no affidavits - nothing. I appealed - An appellate judge I had accused of corruption and in fact filed criminal charges on for stealing a court filed, on his own motion, dismissed my appeal before anything could be filed. Oh, should I tell you - he was the judge the State Bar claimed I made false statements against. The Texas Supreme Court, who assigns the judges in State Bar cases, and who also brings the charges (now that is fair they get to hand pick the judge who will decide if their claims are true) refused my appeal. How can they be the accuser and judge at the same time?

Anony, I would do it all over again. Which is why I have refused to file the paperwork to have my licence reinstated. I have too much self respect to be a lawyer. They are the single greatest threat to our freedom.

Do I think anything I have ever done to be special no. That is the problem with our society - we equate compassion with being special or courageous. It is neither - it is being human. But we fear being human so we tell ourselves we do not have to be compassionate because only unique people can live this way. It is a myth to rationalize our own failures.

The day you can list more mandamus against judges than I can even remember securing, the day you can parade child after child you fought for by telling judges to go to hell before you would comply with a bought order, the day you can list people you secured freedom for who were left to die in our mental institutions, the day you list parent after parent who had their children returned to them after CPS illegally took them, the day you can show me where your civil rights work was profiled on CBS’s Street Stories with Ed Bradly because you were the only attorney willing to work for free representing black and Latinos being discharged from the military as gay, is the you can speak to me about character and legal competency.

What angers me most about my work is when I hear lawyers say - not everyone has it in them to fight for justice - I have a family to feed etc. There is nothing special about anything I have ever done in my life. How can simply being human and having compassion ever be special?

The difference between my disbarment and Villalobos is, I actually had too much self respect to return to a profession I consider evil at its core. Villalobos was willing to beg for his back. That sir, is the only difference between the two of us - oh yea he got a trial before a jury.. Moral people do not beg to be part of the most evil profession in the United States. Now, I will admit I write trial and appellate briefs for law firms. I bill the law firms. I am not responsible for what they tell their clients. I also turn down work when I believe there is no legal basis for their claims. I only write it if I believe it. This means I loose a lot of work.

Monday, October 20, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe this admission of practicing law without a license should be turned into the State Bar as well????

Tuesday, October 21, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BWC,
Get you license active, and sue these knuckleheads.
They won't take you seriously if you don't! It's not a matter of stooping down to their level it's a matter of having to be one to beat one! Then, those who continue to bring up your disbarment will have nothing to throw a stone at!

100 words or less,

Tuesday, October 21, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

bobby wc - are there any elected officials or public servants who aren't totally corrupt in your eyes? Not defending the DA. Just wondering if there is anyone in public office who stands out to you as a good person.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008  
Blogger BobbyWC said...

I posted on my blog that Omar Lucio has served the community well - is he perfect - no - that is not the standard - within reason he is basically a good man.

I have said his opponent Joe Cisneros is basically a good man and Republicans would do well in supporting their candidate.

I have repeatedly said that the Brownsville Police on balance is a great well run organization.

When people tried to paint a picture that the BEDC made a mistake with the latest telemarking company I came forward and showed that the numbers did not support the claim that it was a mistake. In fact on most days there are at least 50 cars in their parking lot - which means they continue to contribute to Brownsville in a good way.

And for the record some polls now put 85 % of the American people believing the government is broken.

My jaded view is clearly with the majority of the people.

While I have some concerns with Solomon Ortiz, you have never seen me go after him in a big way -

Bobby WC

Tuesday, October 21, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Bobby,

I have always respected (as a loyal reader of this blog) your points of view because you support what you say with facts and common sense points of view. However, I have to disagree with your claim that BEDC is not mistaken on the way the incentives agreement with telemarketing company. How can a company continue to receive community incentives when they are laying off people? It makes no difference that they are compliant with the 50 jobs they committed. The mistake is how BEDC/GBIC drafted such an agreement where it leaves the community vulnerable to layoffs or reduction of employment. So just because they have met the committed 50 jobs (per loose agreement), that doesn't mean that they are contributing to Brownsville in a good way. What about the people getting laid off? Ask them how they feel about the same company that has laid them off is also realizing tax benefits from the community. IMHO, BEDC/GBIC should hold back payment of any incentive due to the reductin in employment. Even though it's not in the current incentives agreement, they can always amend it. Will they do it? I think we all know the answer to that.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008  
Blogger BobbyWC said...

Anony, everything you say about the BEDC deal is valid.

But no one can guarantee jobs. Now, you may be right that there should have been something better than 50 jobs -

But I am looking at numbers - how much is being paid versus how much is being put into the economy. They are putting more into the economy than BEDC is paying them.

Numbers aside, I have alway said BEDC needs to be reformed. And I agree even though Brownsville is receiving more than it is paying out, does not mean the deal could not have been better.

This will always be a valid point of contention which should be debated and discussed.

If we can have the discussion such as we are having now, it is possible that reasonable minds can agree how to better manage BEDC. In the end this should be the goal.

My limited point was, although people were hurting, the Brownsville economy was making money on the deal - albeit maybe not the best deal.

I know people hate when I use this approach - but people who know me know I am not about being right - I am about people having intelligent discussions. I am convinced that regardless of your politics if you approach your position methodically you will make a valid point.

I am also convinced for every good liberal solution to a particular problem there is an equally good conservative position.

What happens is, far too many people prefer the distraction than putting forth a good argument - and this is sad -

Bobby WC

Tuesday, October 21, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bobby, I appreciate your candid response and you are right, this is the type of healthy discussion that should be taking place in the community as opposed to all the nonsense that goes on.

I just don't understand how big corporations can be given all this money while the small businesses here don't get any help. They are the ones creating and sustaining the employment that keeps this city going. We need to start taking care of our own before we try to bring new enterprises that are only coming for tax benefits and quickly (without hesitation) laying off people.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now What happens to Joey, will he go to jail, will he be able to work at any other Feberal Job with defferred adjudication?

Wednesday, October 22, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ripped from the pages of the uncomporable Brownsville Herald...Ms. Trevino spent time on this article..too bad she didn't spend that kind of time on Joey de la Garza.

How does this woman differ from what Joey did? He forged documents at a local bank! That is forging federal documents...and he got a slap on the wrist? humm must be nice to be Aurora's son!

100 words or less

A 25-year-old woman was arrested Monday on a federal indictment returned Oct. 14 in the U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas charging her with fraud and identity theft, according to court records.

Claire Batsell was arrested at her home and appeared before U.S. Magistrate Felix Recio Tuesday. Recio set a $30,000 unsecured bond with the condition that she pay municipal court tickets and that her employment be verified, according to court records.

Brownsville police detectives first arrested Batsell last year on 39 charges ranging from theft and credit card abuse.

At the time, police charged that she was working out of Dr. Lorenzo Pelly's office, was opening accounts with CareCredit and was making unauthorized charges to cover her theft of money from the office, according to Brownsville Herald archives.

Police suspected that she was altering checks from Pelly to his patients and making the checks payable to her, archives further state.

The recent indictment states that Batsell is accused of stealing more than $1,000.

Batsell faces as much as 15 years in prison if convicted for fraudulent means of identification, 10 years if convicted for fraud in connection with an unauthorized access device and two years if convicted of aggravated identity theft.

Each of the three counts also carries a maximum $250,000 fine, according to an announcement from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Club hosts benefit for Monica’s House
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December 20, 2007 - 11:28PM
The Los Escondidos Motorcycle Club organized a barbecue fundraiser to benefit Monica’s House.


The fundraiser was held earlier this month and raised $1,000 for the children’s advocacy center that helps abused children in the Rio Grande Valley.


Members of the Los Escondidos Motorcycle Club present Monica’s House Executive Director Elizabeth Shull with a $1,000 check.


Villareal graduates from Abilene


A Brownsville native graduated Friday, Dec. 14, from Abilene Christian University. Of the 235 graduates, 17 were honored with prestigious awards during the ceremony at the Moody Coliseum.


Ernesto Villareal of Brownsville, an interdisciplinary studies major, received the B. Sherrod Award. It is given to one student based on academic excellence and overall contribution to the university.


Sunshine Haven receives grant


The Meadows Foundation awarded Sunshine Haven, an Olmito hospice, a $67,000 grant to help with the costs of building a new addition to the facility.


Sunshine Haven provides hospice care for terminally ill, low-income patients from the Rio Grande Valley.


“The grant from Meadows is deeply appreciated and comes at a much needed time of our capital campaign,” said executive director Joey de la Garza.


The facility hopes to add a 3,000 square foot ‘Angels Wing’ addition that will allow it to expand to 11 beds.

Source: The Brownsville Herald

Wednesday, October 22, 2008  
Blogger BobbyWC said...

anony, back to BEDC - I love the idea of redirecting the money to help local business.

This is why discussion is good. I do believe the BEDC should consider such a suggestion.

I use a lot of local businesses in Southmost - I prefer using a family business over a corporate store when even possible.

I hope this discussion on this idea can continue - Brownsville small businesses deserve all of the support they can get - especially from BEDC

Bobby WC

Wednesday, October 22, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So even if he returned the money, if any of it was from the grant, he may have also jeopardized any future grant requests to that or any other foundation.

Wow.

I hope the DA feels compelled to give a generous donation to the hospice.

Patricia A.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008  

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