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Monday, December 1, 2008

The Cyclical Pat on the Back?


The Brownsville Navigation District Board of Commissioners will consider awarding a Security Systems Integration contract with Sec-Ops, Inc. at Wednesday's 6 p.m. regular meeting.

If awarded the contract, Sec-Ops, Inc. will provide security systems integration services under the Port Security Grant.

Let's break this down.

Research reflects that Sec-Ops, Inc. is located at:
5729 1a Leopard St 1 A,
Corpus Christi, TX 78408.

Its principal is listed as Robert Lott. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, Lott is also listed as an owner/partner/shareholder for AMTEX Security, Inc.

AMTEX company details, listed at the TDPS Web site, reflect other owners as Florencio Rendon and Solomon Ortiz.

AMTEX and Sec-Ops, Inc. share the same address, too.

AMTEX has been embroiled in controversy at the Port of Corpus Christi where Lott is even quoted as AMTEX's CEO in a 2007 Corpus Christ Caller-Times article.

AMTEX's bid with the Port of Corpus Christi was $930,000, as the above listed article states. Who knows how much Sec-Ops, Inc.'s contract/bid comes in at?

Another simple Google search brings up articles on Congressman Ortiz's possible conflict of interest due to his association with AMTEX.

The BND Board agenda states that such security services will be supported by the Port Security Grant, which, by the way, were strongly supported/advocated by none other than Congressman Ortiz.

And, there are BND board members who donated to Ortiz's campaign.

Go figure.

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32 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you check the BND Members that received donations by WHOM
(If we check the Tex Ethics List)??

Monday, December 01, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Typical!
If someone gets insider information, a la Mark Cuban and the notorious Martha Stewart, they get charged by the federal government.
When government officials, a la Wonder Boy Ortiz and Eddie "S" Lucio,Jr., engage in similar actions, they just get rich and re-elected.

Juan O'Leary

Tuesday, December 02, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome back MZ! I love your investigative posts (it's been awhile). Thanks for posting this info that none of us would have been able to pick up on.

My two cents on this: How long are we as a community going to stand for all this nonsense to continue? This has been going on for far too long and only recently (thanks to BATB and the internet) has these back room deals been made public.

And there's no signs of this stopping anytime soon. I hear Ortiz Jr. is being prepped to replace his father once he retires.

Can't we do better than this? Surely, we deserve better.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We keep electing them. When will the valley vote different?
Thanks Mel you do an outstanding job. You are the source not the Brownsville Herald you should have your own newspaper and charge for the ads too.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008  
Blogger BobbyWC said...

It is not about how much you post, it is about the quality of the post. Nice catch - welcome back with a bang.

Bobby WC

Tuesday, December 02, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Ortiz's security firm still providing security services to the port and if they are why do we need George Gavito and his guys? Or, if we need Gavito why do we need Ortiz?
Mescalero

Tuesday, December 02, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought you all might find this interesting...

http://corpuschristicallertimes.blogspot.com/2008/03/why-does-port-of-corpus-christi-liaise.html

Tuesday, December 02, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think if we get a good person from Brownsville who the people feel can represent them well, then we as a community need to step up and back a person from Brownsville. After Solomon, there is no way we should support someone from out of the valley. If we do, it will just prove just how stupid and ignorant we really are down here. I'm not taking anything away from Solomon, but I am loyal to my community and the people that live in it. I will continue to support Solomon Ortiz until he no longer wants the job but after that, we should find a local person who can really help us with the issues we face down here.

Charlie Atkinson

Tuesday, December 02, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Got anyone in mind, Chuck?

Thought so.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Charlie, I agree with you. If you look at the voter turnout and registered voters in both Brownsville and Corpus, Brownsville has the edge. Look at Tara Rios, she beat Escobar mainly because Cameron came out stronger than the northern part of that state rep district. And also, Hidalgo County gained a state senate seat when Carlos Truan retired. In that case, Chuy Hinojosa beat out Barbara Canales Black from Corpus mainly because of the better turnout in Hidalgo County. So yes, it can be done. We just need to find the right candidate.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Por favor. Need I say more?

Tuesday, December 02, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Charlie,

Your attempt to start promoting your brother-in-law, Otis Powers, is frickin lame. Otis would be no better than Ortiz or Lucio. He took too much from the BISD treasure chest and increased your your sisters' pay to the point that was unfair to other BISD employees. Otis interest in construction and insurance contracts at BISD will lead to his arrest sometime soon.

I would suggest that you distance yourself from him, before you get implicated too.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hmmmm. after reading this, maybe juan guerra is not a raving lunatic after all. i mean, outside of the cheney indictment...mabye there is some illegal profiteering.
and as for charlie's comments...do you really think that the people of solomon's district (inside or outside of brownsville) would elect anyonoe from brownsville? all they have to do is watch our city meetings to see what kind of politicians we produce...

Tuesday, December 02, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tara Rios is a good option. Carlos Cascos is good (as democrat) and Armando Villalobos. Rene Oliveira or Eddie the third are viable options. there I've named some good people. For the record, when someone decides to educate themselves and advances themselves by higher education, then they should benefit. My sisters kick ass and they demand productivity and hold people accountable. The sad story here is that the lazy and non-motivated people are the ones that resent people who see a bigger picture. My sisters got paid because they put in the time to educate themselves and to devote time in getting their masters or superintendant degrees. I for one think people are jealous of their success. Women in Brownsville have been downplayed long enough. The people who talk crap are the people who can't stand being schooled by a female. Get over it! Otis took a woman lightly and look what happened. Caty is a strong woman who doesn't take shit. Maybe the people wanted someone like that. Makes one wonder uh?

Charlie Atkinson

Charlie Atkinson

Tuesday, December 02, 2008  
Anonymous Stan said...

"For the record, when someone decides to educate themselves and advances themselves by higher education, then they should benefit."

Mr. Atkinson,

You argued exactly opposite when you insisted that an experienced workingman leading the city's public works department was as good as if not better than an engineer--someone who has decided to educate themselves on how to properly build roads, for instance, say the Morrison Road extension now stretching across the fields north of the mall.

'Tis a side issue, sure, but I would like to get straight the premises from which you work.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Charlie,

There's a term for what Stan just did with your words:

"TapĆ³n!"

Wednesday, December 03, 2008  
Blogger Melissa Zamora said...

Charlie, you walked (really, ran) right into that one.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008  
Blogger Melissa Zamora said...

Women in Brownsville have been downplayed long enough.

Although, I don't particularly like your choice of words, you are spot on.

Men are by far predominantly appointed to City/County boards and committees.

And, we all know that women in Valley politics are treated disparagingly different.

It's time for this to change.

There are many successful, well-qualified, educated women out there willing to serve their community if provided an opportunity.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.statesman.com/news/content/news/stories/local/12/03/1203craddick.html

This goes on with our Valley legislators also but since no one files a complaint, it is accepted as legal. And it not only includes include paying family members but living off the campaign contributions they get. Heck, legislators continue raising money at times when they have no opponent. What say you?

Wednesday, December 03, 2008  
Blogger BobbyWC said...

On this women issue, maybe it is time for the citizens of Brownsville to form a committee to look for highly qualified women to run for public office.

We need a highly qualified educated woman to run for mayor - a new face who can change the perception of Brownsville

Bobby WC

Wednesday, December 03, 2008  
Blogger Brownsville Barrister said...

We had an educated, articulate woman run for mayor last time. Unfortunately, she did not make the runoff.

We are also blessed some some excellent female judges, both in the Cameron County Courthouse and on our 13th Court of Appeals.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008  
Anonymous Stan said...

"We need a highly qualified educated woman to run for mayor"

And for city council, for state senator, for congress.

Highly qualified humans, actually; I know they're around. Why don't they run?

Wednesday, December 03, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is not about how much you post, it is about the quality of the post. Nice catch - welcome back with a bang.

Bobby WC

AMEN

Sancho Panza

Wednesday, December 03, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"think if we get a good person from Brownsville who the people feel can represent them well, then we as a community need to step up and back a person from Brownsville. After Solomon, there is no way we should support someone from out of the valley. If we do, it will just prove just how stupid and ignorant we really are down here. I'm not taking anything away from Solomon, but I am loyal to my community and the people that live in it. I will continue to support Solomon Ortiz until he no longer wants the job but after that, we should find a local person who can really help us with the issues we face down here. "

Charlie Atkinson

And just who do you have in mind? Let me think. . .

Too obvious. . .

ER

Wednesday, December 03, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Charlie,

Your attempt to start promoting your brother-in-law, Otis Powers, is frickin lame. Otis would be no better than Ortiz or Lucio. He took too much from the BISD treasure chest and increased your your sisters' pay to the point that was unfair to other BISD employees. Otis interest in construction and insurance contracts at BISD will lead to his arrest sometime soon.

I would suggest that you distance yourself from him, before you get implicated too."

Agree!!!! Big time. I thought someone had told him to STFU. Bring on the FBI.
Your declaratins are still getting you chuckie.

C. Todo

Wednesday, December 03, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and Armando Villalobos. Rene Oliveira or Eddie the third are viable options. there (capitalize first word in a sentence) I've named some good people. For the record, when someone (singular) decides to educate themselves (plural) and advances themselves (redundant) by higher education, then they should benefit. My sisters kick ass and they demand productivity and hold people accountable. The sad story here is that the lazy and non-motivated people are the ones that resent people (ambiguous ) who see a bigger picture. My sisters got paid (past tense) because they put in the time to educate themselves and to devote time (repetition) in getting their masters or superintendant degrees. I for one (?) think people are jealous of their (plural) success (singular). Women in Brownsville have been downplayed long enough. The people who talk crap are the people (again) who can't stand being schooled by a female. Get over it! Otis took a woman lightly and look what happened. Caty is a strong woman who doesn't take shit. Maybe the people wanted someone like that. Makes one wonder uh?

The only thing this piece of crap makes me wonder is how your supervisors accept your reports.
How 'bout using synonyms of people?

T. Chair

Wednesday, December 03, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He forgot to mention Melissa Zamora as one option. Seriously you should run for something. We need smart, honest citizens like you. WTG, Mam!

:)

Wednesday, December 03, 2008  
Anonymous Stan said...

I'd vote for Melissa!

Wednesday, December 03, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There you go. At least you would get two votes.

Thursday, December 04, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Job T. Chair. I wonder how many people -pun intended - missed that!

S. Tupid

Thursday, December 04, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Me too me too I would vote for Melissa. Think about it.

Thursday, December 04, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MELISSA, SO GLAD YOU'RE BACK. YOU'VE GOT MY VOTE IF YOU WANT TO RUN!
ANA COLLADO

Sunday, December 07, 2008  

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