Here is a petition for a Charter Amendment, six months to gather signatures.

HCC - Bravesite - Visit here for commenting Bravesite is not affiliated with INSIDE


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5.22.2015

Protective Orders-Protective Orders-Protective Order

Once again HCC is asking for a protective order on a request for production. Why so much secrecy? Byas is only asking for information from 2013 to present. Maybe they should have asked from an earlier date, January 1, 2012 to present. The reason being is that there were persistent rumors that HCC was using taxpayers monies to promote the bond package. A logical vessel for use of taxpayers monies would be the friendly PR people that get over a million dollars a year to promote HCC. Did HCC engage in such a practice, who knows but they certainly have a lot to hide.

In fact one has to ask why a community college has to spend millions of dollars a year of taxpayers monies on lawyers. By the time they finish with the Renee Byas case they may spend in excess of two million dollars on attorney's fees. HCC is between a rock and hard place for instance if they settle does that mean that Eva Loredo, Neeta Sane, Chris Oliver, Carroll Robinson, and Dave Wilson engaged in manipulating Renee Byas to get their buddies contracts?

Here is the request for production for which HCC is seeking protection.

It won't change overnight!

The quote that follows is from the HCC Board Chair;

We are working on it. It won't change overnight and we are still suffering through the consequences of the past. There is light at the end of the tunnel and things are improving. Leadership is moving in the right direction. I try to focus on both system issues and our neighborhood issues. Even small changes like our work at Davis HS to increase student access adds up. Transformation is in process and I hope tangible change becomes increasingly more visible. Please feel free to share areas of concern that we should also focus upon. Zephcapoforhcc.com.
Zeph Capo

The Greater Houston Partnership People, Zeph Capo, Neeta Sane, Robert Glazer, and Adriana Tamez have been in power for two years. I say they are the Partnership, people, maybe puppets would be a better term, because it is because of the Partnership that at least three of them are in office. It was the Partnership money that got them elected. The Partnership money failed in only one race and that was the Dave Wilson v Bruce Austin race. Guess who is now exposing some of the shenanigans that is occurring at HCC? Dave Wilson is shedding light where darkness seems to rule. We can thank Dave Wilson for the following two stories and wasteful spending at best and corruption at worse, here and here. If you believe that HCC needs to change, send Dave Wilson a thank you letter at his residence, at 5600 W 34th St. Houston, Texas 77092. Anyone who knows Dave Wilson knows that he resides where he says, only the stupid county attorney thinks otherwise.

Capo is still campaigning with lies and deceit, he has no intention of shedding light as to what HCC is engaged in. The Board Chair has tremendous power, for instance, Bruce Austin signed Renee Bayas contract without notifying the Board, the Board did approve it, they just did not know it kinda like the three monkeys, see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. Neeta Sane gave Vidal Martinez a contract without notifying the Board that she had done it, this is based on what has been posted online regarding the Byas v HCC lawsuit (my reading of the material). Michael Williams refused to allow the rest of the Board see the Butler Report. If Capo and the other puppets wanted change they could have change, maybe Renee Byas is right that the trustees are more interested in other things that would be beneficial to them. If Capo wants to prove that he cares let him release the Butler Report. There is a reason that HCC police officers started their own site, here. Read the comments it seems to be a common thread, incompetence which begins at the top. By top I mean the chancellor present and past.

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5.16.2015

Leader of the Pack - Zeph Capo

The Board Chair is Zeph Capo and what are we finding, that HCC is wasting tax payers monies paying much more than property is worth. It is amazing that he is the head of the AFL-CIO teachers union but he has not worked toward increasing the pay of the employees that do the work. He is great on commenting and promising but has yet to fulfill a single promise made. From one of Capo's news letters,

"Both Dr. Maldonado and the Board of Trustees are committed to complete transparency as we move through the coming year." source

Capo does claim that HCC has given employees pay increases, however, INSIDE could find no evidence of that occurring.

INSIDE stated during his campaign he was bought and paid for by the Greater Houston Partnership. INSIDE has no reason to believe that it was wrong in its analysis. Do have to state that it seems that the homosexual community is getting some things from HCC like sensitive training (Capo is openingly homosexual). Vince Ryan stated that Dave Wilson should not be trustee because the district he represents is primarily African American using the same line of logic Zeph Capo should not represent his district as his district is primarily Hispanic.

Transparency was one of Capo's promises, one only has to look at two lawsuits to see that is not what HCC is seeking, here and here. It is under Capo's leadership that HCC is suing the Attorney General of Texas to prevent revealing records that the AG has ruled were to released to the public, here.

What are Capo and HCC hiding? What are they afraid off?

HCC will never be a first class institution as long as yahoos like Capo and Maldonado are running the institution. Well maybe if they became caring individuals that could change, but old dogs normally don't learn new tricks.

New Trustee - Dr. Carolyn Evans-Shabazz

Here is an article that shows the community activist at work, let us hope that her heart stays in the same place for students. Unfortunately power corrupts and it corrupts very quickly. The "honorable" must have magic in it as normally decent persons quite too often become big headed like that Astros bobbing head ball players.

She is my representative and come November I understand that several people will be seeking that post.

Renee Byas - Lawsuit - Neeta Sane/Chris Oliver

One of the claims, among many that Ms. Byas made was;

Trustees, in particular chairwoman Neeta Sane, kept meeting with Ms. Byas and asking her to alter the procurement rules. Each time, Ms. Byas responded, “No.” Still the Board pushed back. For example, in January 2014, Ms. Sane and fellow Trustee Chris Oliver met with Ms. Byas for four hours trying to convince her to abandon the strict procurement rules because people in their districts “wanted contracts.” At one point during the meeting, Ms. Sane showed Ms. Byas a list of firms who were supposed to “get” contracts.

If what Ms. Byas has some truth to it, then the public should be very concerned for a recent trade in properties that occurred in Ft. Bend County. It seems that HCC may have traded property worth millions more than what it received in return. Behind that trade it is believed was Trustee Neeta Sane. Of course HCC Board Chair Zeph Capo was there approving the trade. If I am not mistaken there are certain emails that may gotten to one the County Commissioners because of the trade. HCC released them by mistake and of course have asked for them to be protected. HCC just does not want the public to know what it is doing,

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5.12.2015

Bill King for Mayor Ad - short and simple meets the KISS principle

 

5.6.2015

Republicans LAWSUIT TO STOP DACA AND DAPA

Here is a link to the history of the lawsuit by Texas and 25 other states to stop the implementation of DAPA and the 3 year extension of DACA.

What does INSIDE think about Adrian Garcia running for Mayor

5.5.2015

Hillary calls for full and equal path for citizenship, here.

Hillary is throwing down the gauntlet to the Republican wannabeees. The path to the White House is via the Latino community, they are a small but critical part of winning in 2016.

5.3.2015

In Case You Missed ABC 13 stories on HCC - Is Renee Byas right about some trustees taking percentages in the purchasing of properties?

 

And the Following story by ABC 13

 

There are many other properties, such as the property purchased from the John O'Quinn estate. The Board Chair at that time stated that there were classes being held there, nonsense they have never had classes there, it is presently being used as a warehouse, a very expensive warehouse as it is.

Ted Oberg did not mention that the property on McGregor (property is on 5/25/2014) was flipped a couple of times before HCC repurchased the property, some people made a ton of money. Maybe Renee Byas accounting of some trustees splitting profits from the sale of properties is true. Where is the FBI when you need them.

And Recently HCC sued the Attorney General rather than provide records that the Attorney General has ruled must be turned over. What is HCC hiding? Why are they into secrecy.

In this writer's opinion, HCC signed a contract with Renee Byas if the Trustees were too lazy or too stupid to ask questions when they approved contracts without inquiring then shame on them for being stupid and lazy.

The College takes issue with the ruling and has filed suit: In the District of Travis County, Texas, 55thJudicial District, Houston Community College v. Ken Paxton, Attorney General of Texas; Cause No. D-I-GN-15-001420.

 

4.27.2015

Latest from the Chronicle below;

Houston Community College offers a diverse range of classes, but apparently you have to sit on the Board of Trustees if you want to take courses in hand-to-hand combat. That elected board was the site of a fist fight after one trustee accused another of accepting bribes and kickbacks, according to allegations by HCC's former acting chancellor Renee Byas. (Have asked several Board Trustee going back to the creation of HCC not a one of them recalled a fist fight during a board meeting.)

Beyond the disregard for civic duty, these sorts of scandals risk undermining Chancellor Dr. Cesar Maldonado's plan to restructure the splintered community college system. The board needs to come clear on Byas' allegations, and it shouldn't have to take a lawsuit for taxpayers to learn the truth.

Byas originally divulged her first list of HCC wrongdoings in October 2014, when she countersued the community college after they cut her contract. At the time, she claimed that HCC trustees had tried to skirt procurement rules and divert public bond dollars to their own personal buddies and political supporters. When she refused to play along, Byas said, they pushed her out. (She was fired by Cesar Maldonado, does that mean Maldonado was doing the bidding of the trustees who wanted her out? If yes, does that mean Maldonado is now manipulating the procurement rules? According to Renee Byas?)

Her new allegations, part of the ongoing lawsuit, provide a disturbing list of collusion and kickbacks between trustees and contractors, such as:

Trustees texting with contractors before votes (How would she know who they are texting? Was she in communication with the contractors also?)

An HCC vendor treating a board member to a free Caribbean vacation on a private plane.(Not many vendors have their own private plane, so it must have been one of the big boys.)

Attempts to orchestrate a land-purchase kickback scheme.

And, yes, there's that fist fight.

The one-sided nature of these allegations, and the lack of specific identities associated with the acts, should garner some healthy skepticism. Intervening elections also mean that some of the involved board members may no longer hold office. However, Byas' stories fit with a long and sordid history of an HCC board that's been more enthusiastic about doling out contracts than educating students. (If HCC has such a sordid history why was the Chronicle supporting the HCC Bonds?)

In 2013, Trustee Carroll Robinson was accused of trying to direct a contract to an unqualified friend.(Not to long ago the Chronicle was singing praises of Carroll Robinson why the change of heart? Carroll Robinson as a trustee does not have the power to direct contracts, only the administration does. Robinson is only one vote it takes five to tango.) And back in 2010, an internal investigation known as the Veselka Report found that trustees violated their fiduciary duty by inappropriately directing contracts to family members, demanding kickbacks from vendors and failing to disclose relationships with subcontractors.

HCC bears a heavy duty of educating the next generation of Houstonians, but it will never succeed if its leaders have other goals in mind. (Not to long ago the Chronicle was singing praises of Carroll Robinson why the change of heart? Carroll Robinson. Source

 

Will the Chair of HCC Board do more than talk?

Here is a link to BraveSite regarding HCC police department. Mr. Capo seems to be listening to what the officers are stating. Will he do anything, I seriously doubt it. Below are excerpts of some what is on the site. But have to give Capo credit that he is probably the only trustee that is listening, seriously doubt the other eight trustees are doing that. Mr. Capo at least seems to show concern for the employees not just the top level administrators.

  • Zeph Capo, HCC Board Chair: I wouldn't say we don't care. I might agree we (or me) don't understand the pros/cons of the current system of centralization vs decentralization. I don't think it's as simple an argument as some socialist crack, that's nonsense. Frankly, we haven't been asked about these changes or had them on our agenda and I'm learning about them from the complaints here. (Some comments certainly more useful than others because they provide context rather than pretext)

    The last discussion we had was whether we needed to adjust salaries to attract officer candidates to fill positions. Honestly, I truly do not understand why any school district has a separate police force in the first place. I always thought it should be handled by the local law enforcement agency in the local city or county jurisdiction. We should supplement for officer services like any other business. I always assumed it was a method for school districts to manage their crime stats- which certainly causes me to question.

    Don't worry about changing my name. I don't hide behind anonymity, not even when I was a probationary teacher working for a school district. I abhor retaliation and hope one day employees will be less afraid to speak. It's the only way we can really improve.

    Zeph Capo
  • Officer who needs to protect identity:
  • Dear Mr. Capo,

    I am a Houston Community College Police Officer and because of fear of retaliation by the police command staff I can not reveal myself on here. If after reading this note you want to talk in person I am more than willing to.

    If you look at the history of the Houston Community College Police we have always been assigned to campuses. The purpose of this is for us to be available to respond to calls for service immediately. Most if not all of the campuses also have patrol cars so that in case there was an emergency on another campus we could respond to that campus as well. The idea of patrol units was not even thought of until Chief Cunningham was hired. It was the responsibility of the lieutenants and the sergeants to check on their campuses in their assigned colleges to fill that role.

    If you were to look at the area school districts to my knowledge the school districts focus their police officers to campuses and if there are enough officers have them patrol to back up their campus officers. There is no argument that we are not a school district, but we as a police department need to follow that outline for police officers.

    The University of Houston-Downtown Police Department may have a patrol division but they are limited to 3 buildings within a two block area and the patrol of their parking lots. They are smaller in the size of a patrol area than the HCCS Central Campus. While main campus of the University of Houston, Texas Southern University, and Rice University are bigger campuses than any one of HCC campus all of their police officers patrol a relatively small area compared to all of the Houston Community College area. For this simple fact they can have a patrol division and not have police officers assigned to certain buildings.

    We are like a school district in that sense that we have several campuses over a large portion of the Houston Area with campuses in two different counties. That is the clear need for officers to be assigned to a campus.

    I am sure Chief Cunningham's major argument is that he does not have enough police officers to cover the campuses. This is a valid argument but once again lets look at the facts. The moral of the Houston Community College Police Department is almost non-existent. If you look at the average years of service of our police officers I would expect it to be close to if not below 5 years of service. That is a awful fact. As a Board Member you may be wondering what could be done to attrach officers to stay or even come to work for HCC. I will say the problem is not the benefit package nor the pay package for HCC Police Officers. We are some of the best paid officers in the area. Our health benefits are great and the cost is extremely reasonable. Our time that we are allowed off is great. There is no benefit that you or your fellow Board Members could offer to make the total benefit package better. Now comes the question is why do we have such of a moral problem and low retention of our officers. The answer is simple. It is the command staff. Starting with Chief Cunningham, Chief Cunningham has told several officers that he can do what ever he wants and nothing will be done to him. Look at the Cleat organization on line issue for September or August. Only after C.L.E.A.T.pointed out that he was violating federal law and recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings did he allow a pregnant female officer to be assigned to light duty. His original decision was to give her a shoulder holster and allow her to wear her uniform shirt out but she still must stay on foot patrol at her campus.

    Chief Cunningham has often swept violations of department policy under the rug for officers that he liked. He has also done the same for supervisors. I was applied to be a corporal he made it very clear that if I was promoted that it was a "us" versus "them" mentality. The "us" was the supervisors and the "them" were the officers. Chief Cunningham has also promoted individuals who are not qualified or if they are qualified have shown are not good supervisors in their previous positions. In fact it is common knowledge who will be promoted even before the closing of a position. Chief Cunningham is a very vindictive individual. He also expects his supervisions to follow his him. This is the reason why we cannot keep police officers. They come see what how the department operates and leave at the first chance. Some of the new hires do not even wait until the end of field training to leave.

    This is the reason why we have a police officer shortage.

    What needs to change. I would first block the central patrol idea. I would then remove Chief Cunningham and replace him with an interim Police Chief. I would then begin to look nation wide for a new Police Chief. I would want that individual to have a Bachelor Degree prefer a Master Degree in Criminal Justice. I would want that individual to have been a police officer.

  • Another officer scared to use his name;
  • Mr. Capo,

    Trust me when I say that there are many, many within the ranks of the HCC Police department that wish they had a voice to speak for them but live in fear of retaliation, harassment and the negative F5 that the chief will file with TCOLE when he trumps up enough on you to fire you.

    Since Cunningham was handed the helm of this ship, (keeping in mind that he was not qualified for the job nor did he meet the minimum requirements to apply) EVERY action he has taken has been for the betterment of a select few and himself. Promotions are made to reward his followers and special assignments and jobs are created out of thin air to justify the his actions.

    Please put a stop to this regime, suspend his signing authority and launch an independent investigation into the police office. Come out and interview officers in the field and guarantee anonymity and I promise you, you will be shocked by the lack of support and confidence that the officers have in their so called leader.
  • Michael Watson former HCC employee:
 

Dear Mr. Capo

I myself am a former security officer started with Houston Community College 2007 and I left 2012 due to the very same thing that these other officers speaking of however the police officers with the most respect and integrity that have gave their sweat and paid there dues and deserve promotions by their work ethic, the accommodations letters they receive from students and or faculty and staff from the campuses get put in their folders. however they end up get written up for the most egregious asinine think you could every think of causing these guys not to be qualified for a promotion leaving the selections in some cases to some one who has no experience as a police officer at HCC, however to their credit they had more experience than the Chief Cunningham ever did and every will. However these guys are afraid to speak up due to retaliation , Chief Cunningham and his cronies of a command staff are a bunch of bullies. So these officer due what they have to do just to get by wandering the campuses halls wandering the campus parking lots if today will be the day I get falsely accused of something I did not do just Like former Officer John Jay Portillo did. You know how I know because even though I was a security officer. I worked for the same command staff as the police officers. So I encourage you to do a investigation sir. Talk to the officers if you agree that their statements will go on record and protect them from Chief Cunningham and all the bullies, I can attest to everything this guys are saying is the truth. if you need any further assistance my email is miwats5@aol.com Chief Cunningham and his bullies needs to go!!!

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4.24.2015

Rumor unfounded

Zeph Capo is not resigning according to Zeph Capo. Thank you Mr. Capo for hopefully putting that rumor to rest, as you have probably found out by now the walls at HCC have ears and the gossip among employees is horrendous.

Morning thoughts on Renee Byas and the Chronicle Stories

Why did HCC choose to post those interrogatories as an exhibit? They knew they would be public records.

What other interrogatories does HCC have that may implicate other trustees or administrators, according to Renee Byas?

Is HCC using the old trick of pointing fingers elsewhere rather than at what one should be focusing on?

It makes no sense for HCC to submit those interrogatories as HCC wants to get a protective order for secrecy and under the present administration of Cesar Maldonado they have placed a wall between the public and themselves. So, again, why use those interrogatories as an exhibit?

Renee Byas and the FBI

Back some time ago, INSIDE published a rumor that was being circulated. One of them was that the FBI visited Richard Schechter, Mary Spangler, Art Tyler, and some trustees. Soon after the rumor Richard Schechter resigned as trustee, Mary Spangler resigned as chancellor, Art Tyler did not become chancellor, but Renee Byas did.

In the response to an interrogatory Renee Byas states that she received a call from the FBI but did not return the call. That is an interesting statement because normally when one is reporting alleged wrong doings one returns such calls. Maybe just maybe the FBI was not interested in other persons but rather on Ms. Byas. Just a morning thought.

INSIDE has been posting for years what Byas swore to and the Chronicle is just writing about
However the players are different

Here are articles going back to early 2012 when most of the alleged corruption was occurring. There is an interesting letter that was being circulated at the time, it can be found on date 12/6/2012.

Veselka Report - Chevron - Energy Contract - Westheimer Property - previous articles

The Veselka Report is the source of much of what Renee Byas claims, here are most of the interviews of the persons by Veselka.

Chris Oliver Ethics Violations

It seems that Chris Oliver had to pay a small fine for his record keeping, when time permits I need to go back to compare what is posted now with what was posted before. I have all of the trustees campaign reports, well most of them filed for safe keeping. Here is the ethics order.

have a great weekend

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4.23.2015

The Houston Chronicle is consistent - consistently bad, bad bad - HCC Story on Corruption

Probably the worse reporter at the Chronicle (Erica Mellon) wrote an article on HCC, here. There were eight trustees named, one of them has not been on the Board for six years, another was not there when Rene got fired. The reporter chose to list only one trustee by name. Why did the reporter go out of her way to attack one person only? Why did the reporter fail to state what the documents posted online referred to? Only the reporter knows the answer, but it is this writer's opinion that the reporter as well as the Houston Chronicle are sorely lacking in ethical behavior.

If you want to read the document (Exhibit A), from which the so called news report came, it can be found here. I have redacted Renee Byas email addresses.

One should look at the trustees not named

Interestedly much of what Byas alleged occurred in 2011-2012. It would seem if that the threats were real and she either cooperate with the trustees as they "Could help or hinder her career if I did or did not help" then it seems that she must have cooperated with some trustees. Since until recently Renee Byas was still at HCC and was Chancellor for about a year, so It would seem that she may have helped some trustees. One would think that maybe one should look at the trustees she did not name as the one that helped her in her career advancement to find where the corruption was occurring.

IF

If Renee Byas knew all the things she claims to know why didn't she tell Veselka? Remember the Veselka report. In fact her statement to Veselka was, here. Where are were all the allegations she is referring to now? She may have been helping trustees but not the ones she was turning in. So who helped Renee Byas? What vendor has an airplane? Who went on that Caribbean trip? What three trustees were making money of the buying of property? I really want to know what trustee punched out the other trustee.

Allegations, allegations, allegations

Renee Byas made some serious allegations and HCC wants her to prove the allegations, provide names, places, material, etc. where is the meat!

The Chronicle's Erica Mellon does better the second time around.

Here is the most recent story by Erica Mellon.

Trustees punching each other in Executive Session

Oh my God, Byas just violated the worse rule according to HCC, she said what occurred in executive session. Everyone knows that only the gods at HCC are privy to what goes on in executive session.

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4.18.2015

Cesar Maldonado is not as bad as Art or Mary but

Here is how HCC Chancellor Cesar Maldonado has used his credit card, at present it seems he does not go out to eat as often as Art and Mary but certainly the Chancellor of Houston Community College does enjoy the finer restaurants in Houston. No Whataburgers for him either.

Latest on the Renee Byas Lawsuit

Excerpts from the latest filing, full document here.

Page 7 of document

For example, during her tenure as acting chancellor, Ms. Byas’s journal entries state:

 After she commenced the Gardere investigation into allegations that Mr. Robinson improperly influenced selection of a subcontractor, Mr. Robinson sought for Trustees to hold a no confidence vote against Ms. Byas. After learning of the investigation, Mr. Robinson called Ms. Byas and instructed her to fire the outside bond counsel who had informed others about the possible improprieties.


 Board of Trustees Chair Neeta Sane met with Ms. Byas in February 2014, and informed Ms. Byas that she did not like how HCC staff had evaluatedthe bond contract bids. Because Ms. Sane disagreed with HCC staff evaluations, Ms. Sane refused to place action items on the Board agenda that related to the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) contracts for the various bond projects.


 Ms. Byas forwarded a legal opinion from HCC’s bond disclosure counsel to Ms. Sane. After reading the opinion, Ms. Sane was angry and “asked [Ms. Byas] not to ever send something to her like this in writing again.” Ms. Sane wanted Ms. Byas to ask outside legal counsel to rescind the opinion. Ms. Byas refused. Ms. Sane then told Ms. Byas that she would not permit the bond procurement process to move forward.


 Ms. Sane and Mr. Oliver informed Ms. Byas that they “would not support” the bid evaluations performed by HCC staff because the evaluations did not award contracts to people in the Trustees’ districts.


 Ms. Byas repeatedly discussed the bond procurement process with outside legal counsel and sought his opinion. When Ms. Byas shared outside legal counsel’s opinion with Ms. Sane, the Board chair grew incensed. Ms. Sane hid the information from other Trustees.


 Ms. Byas attended a conference in Santa Fe with three trustees, who cornered her in the conference’s hotel lobby, “badger[ing]” her about changing the CMAR process. The discussion lasted until 12:20 AM. After the conversation, one trustee informed Ms. Byas that she needed to “take [her] lawyer hat off” and as acting chancellor cooperate with Trustees.

Rumor

Have no reason to believe but there is a rumor that Chairperson Zeph Capo may be resigning, according to the people who have mentioned it the reason is that being in charge of the Teachers' union demands he spend more time with union matters. This writer has no reason to believe the rumor but it is certainly out there.

 

Why is the Cesar Maldonado administration so into secrecy???

The present administration does not like to release information. If there is nothing wrong with what is occurring why do they have to hide anything from the public? Why the secrecy? Are they hiding something? Do they think the public is too stupid to understand what they are doing so they have to hide it? Why do the trustees allow such secrecy? Is Renee Byas right about what occurred?

 

4.11.2015 Carroll Robinson Resigns Claims Mission Accomplished

Reminds me of George W. Bush. I am so glad to hear that Houston Community College is doing so great and that all the problems have been solved. Off course the people that I spoke with all said he must have made a deal with Jew Don Boney. Time will tell if that is true.

Carroll was one of the big pushers for the bonds, he told us that HCC was busting at the seams. HCC had more than enough capacity for the 50,000 students, not the 95,000 students that Carroll and HCC were claiming. Not a single brick has been laid and one hears that they already spent nearly one third of the bond money.

The Chancellor is making HCC better because now it will have "Centers of Excellence", good luck on that BS. Enrollment continues to decline at HCC, so they will do the old Wizard of OZ trick with smoke and mirrors and distract people. As is if students didn't have to drive all over Houston to attend classes they need for their degree, now he will probably make it worse. Maldonado is not familiar with Houston as he a small town boy so he doesn't have an idea of what is occurring at "his" colleges. In fact, I don't think there are too many people at HCC that have the slightest idea of what is happening. The Board of Trustees are either Dumb, Deaf, or Blind to what is occurring. One only has to look North and see Lone Star College increase enrollment while HCC grows smaller. Here are the latest numbers on enrollment.

Below is the Carroll Robinson letter:

Dear Chairman Capo:


I have been honored to represent the residents of District IV of the Houston Community College System (HCC) – as well as all the residents of the System’s service area – since 2012.

I want to thank the people of District IV for giving me the opportunity to serve them and to help make a positive difference in our community.

During my time on the Board of Trustees, I am proud to have championed passage of:

(1) the System’s 6th Grade Pre-Admission Program to help improve and increase college and workforce readiness across our community while reducing high school dropout rates;

(2) increased funding for student scholarships;

3) Texas Academic College Scholarship Day by the Texas Legislature in 2013 to acknowledge and celebrate academic achievement like we celebrate high school athletic achievement;

(4) strengthened ethic standards; and

(5) an enhanced commitment to utilizing small businesses and hiring HCC students as interns and apprentices on the HCC Bond Program. I am also proud of the focus I brought to improving the System’s graduation rate and enhancing the academic success and job placement of our students. I supported and pushed all these efforts to help ensure An Opportunity To Do Better for all the families, young people, employees, entrepreneurs and businesses in our
community.

Now that these goals have been achieved, I will be stepping down from the Board of Trustees, effective April 30, 2015, to expand my efforts to Empower Houston’s Future through my campaign for City Controller.
Education is a cornerstone to a better life and a better city but so too are Safety, Opportunity and Prosperity. All four of these cornerstones need to be modernized and expanded in our city and that cannot be done from 3100 Main Street. It can only be done from City Hall.

I have enjoyed my service as an HCC Trustee and appreciate all those I have served and worked with. Thank you all for your commitment to our community and to all who have come (and will continue to come) to HCC for an education or workforce training.


Sincerely,

Carroll G. Robinson

 

4.08.2015

Inside has made several open records request, including how is the chancellor using his credit card. HCC knows that information is subject OT open records request. They, however, sent it to the Attorney General (AG). The AG told them to release the information. HCC is not releasing the information.

The question has to be asked, what are they hiding. What is HCC afraid off, that they do not want the public to know how the chancellor is using the tax issued credit card.

 

Rumor is that Adrian Garcia will announce for Mayor tomorrow. Garcia seems to be singing a different song recently, so inside will lay off him. He has no different attitude then some of the other people that are running for Mayor or who presently sit on council.

 

 

 

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They Owe Property Taxes

April 2014 State Representatives Borris Miles (here -over $42,000) and State Representative Harold Dutton (here) owes property taxes.Why hasn't the worthless County Attorney Vince Ryan started the process to foreclose on their property? In fact Harold Dutton has five properties in his name they all have delinquent taxes due, go here -type in name Dutton Harold.


 

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