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4/23/2014

Voting from a Cemetary? Funeral Home? P.O. Boxes?
Vince Ryan and selective enforcement.

Thousands of people are registered to vote from commercial addresses according to a document that was obtained by INSIDE. One can run from the address where one is registered to vote just as one votes from such an address. So Why is Vince Ryan singling out one person that has a residence at a commercial address? There is one thing that makes Dave Wilson different from a lot of persons, that is his religious belief that homosexuality is wrong. Dave Wilson has spoken out in the past and acted on his beliefs with action, such as helping pass a referendum that would prohibit homosexuals and lesbians from getting benefits at the City of Houston. INSIDE is convinced that Vince Ryan has signaled Dave Wilson out for his stand on homosexuality. The City of Houston which has a Lesbian Mayor (Annise Parker) has also joined the battle with Vince Ryan to quiet critics of the homosexual life style. How can the Lesbian Mayor explain how a television station and the Houston Chronicle obtained photos and documents hours after the city employee has been sent to investigate the address where Dave Wilson resides? INSIDE believes that the County and City are engaging in civil rights violations. Those actions should immediately cease. How can a Mayor claim that she is promoting anti-discrimination when she is one of the worse offenders?

Below is a partial list of the document that INSIDE has obtained, here is the document in its entirety.

DIAZ 7791 HILLBARN DR HO 77040 Cornerstone Foursquare Church

PIERCE 11010 JONES RD HO 77070 Country Club w/Golf Course

PIERCE 11010 JONES RD HO 77070 Country Club w/Golf Course

BARBERENA 7215 ASHCROFT DR HO 77081 Craftex Wholesale Distr

LANGDALE 7215 ASHCROFT DR HO 77081 Craftex Wholesale Distr

GLOVER 30 LYERLY ST 2 HO 77022 CRC Cinnercuak Roofing Contractors

GARZA 7500 OFFICE CITY DR 4626 HO 77012 Crespo Elementary School (HISD)

MCGEE-MOODY 2516 NAVIGATION BLVD HO 77003 Crespo Funeral Home

MEANS 2516 NAVIGATION BLVD HO 77003 Crespo Funeral Home

VAZQUEZ 1555 RICHEY ST PA 77502 Cristo Rey

VAZQUEZ 1555 RICHEY ST PA 77502 Cristo Rey

KEENAN 15894 DIPLOMATIC PLAZA DR HO 77032 Crowley Maritime Corp/TITAN Salvage

ROBERTSON 601 JEFFERSON ST 4000 HO 77002 Cullen Center

MUNZ 11500 SPACE CENTER BLVD HO 77059 Cullen's Upscale American Grille

MUNZ 11500 SPACE CENTER BLVD HO 77059 Cullen's Upscale American Grille

MUNZ 11500 SPACE CENTER BLVD HO 77059 Cullen's Upscale American Grille

MUNZ 11500 SPACE CENTER BLVD HO 77059 Cullen's Upscale American Grille

RICHEY 100 CYBERONICS BLVD HO 77058 Cyberonics Inc/Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies Inc

RICHEY 100 CYBERONICS BLVD HO 77058 Cyberonics Inc/Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies Inc

TALAC 5829 SAM HOUSTON PKWY N 703 HO 77041 Cymbal Fusion Com

MANN 11704 CYPRESS NORTH HOUSTON RD CY 77429 Cypress Bible Church

HERNANDEZ 7600 ELDRIDGE PKWY HO 77041 Cypress Fairbanks ISD

HERNANDEZ 7600 ELDRIDGE PKWY HO 77041 Cypress Fairbanks ISD

HERNANDEZ 7600 ELDRIDGE PKWY HO 77041 Cypress Fairbanks ISD

HERNANDEZ 7600 ELDRIDGE PKWY HO 77041 Cypress Fairbanks ISD

 

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4/22/2014 - Morning Addition

Houston Chronicle' Writers and Editorial Stafff are bigots

INSIDE has for years believed that the Chronicle is anti-Latino, they never fail to find negative things to say about Latinos. They pointed out a few things that could be conceived as negative about Dr. Maldonado. When HCC announced the selection of Mary Spangler they did not do that even though Spangler had a history that suggested that she had problems. Below are the two articles by the Chronicle.

Of interest to Latino community, Adriana Tamez failed to appear and vote for the first "Mexican American" Chancellor in HCC's history. Rumors are that Adriana Tamez and Zeph Capo both were against the selection of Dr. Maldonado.

Dr. Maldonado

A chemical engineer, longtime businessman and current president of a technical college in Harlingen will take the helm of the Houston Community College, which has been without a chancellor for more than a year.

The HCC board Monday night announced its unanimous pick to lead one of the largest community colleges in the nation. Cesar Maldonado - a vice chancellor of the Texas State Technical College system, which is less than a quarter the size of the HCC system - will take the top spot here after a 21-day waiting period.

Board members touted Maldonado's business background and ability to develop partnerships with other universities and industries at a time when colleges and universities have been pushed to prepare more students for the working world.

"He's going to take this institution to the next level," Board Chair Neeta Sane said. "His industry background is really, really going to help Houston grow, because we are going to focus on workforce development and making sure there's a skilled workforce for the local industry."

During his tenure at Texas State Technical College, Maldonado was credited with expanding curriculum and boosting graduation rates by 40 percent. Sane said that was remarkable, as was his work to establish collaboration with eight Texas universities to ease transitions from the college. His time on the Harlingen school board and work with the Texas Legislature also stood out, she said.

Maldonado said in a statement that his experience makes him "well suited" to tackle the challenges facing HCC. He was not at the meeting and did not return calls for comment.

"HCC is not only a national leader in higher education, but also strategically placed to expand its role in forging new models for education and workforce development," Maldonado said.

Board under strife
The announcement comes at a time of strife on the board of trustees, four of nine of whom were elected in November. The board has been split in recent weeks over construction contracts for projects funded by the largest bond package in the system's history, leading to accusations of micromanagement. The board approved two more contracts Monday.
Sane said the ability to manage the $425 million bond package was most important among a list of qualifications the board wanted in the new leader.
The move to HCC, a system of 48,000 students, will be a jump for Maldonado, who comes from a campus with just more than 5,300 students and a system with just more than 11,300. Mary Spangler, HCC's last chancellor, who led the college for six years before retiring in 2013, came to Houston from Oakland Community College, the largest community college in Michigan. She had also served as president of Los Angeles City College, the flagship institution of the Los Angeles Community College District, the largest in the nation.
"That was one of the concerns that I had in the beginning," Trustee Zeph Capo said.
But Capo said Maldonado has run businesses with budgets about the same size as HCC's nearly $300 million budget. Maldonado's LinkedIn profile shows he was a vice president of systems development at Maverick Engineering Inc. and was a managing partner at MGM Engineering Group, among other positions.
"That made me feel more comfortable with the fact that the school he's run is so much smaller than ours," Capo said.
HCC has seen enrollment decline over the last two years, according to state data. But that enrollment drop likely won't last, and preparing the college for the next wave of growth will be a key challenge for the new leader, said Steven Johnson, a spokesman for the Texas Association of Community Colleges.
Enrollment at many community colleges boomed during the recession, but has leveled off or dropped in recent years, Johnson said.
"Any leader of a large institution in Texas will be faced with, 'How are we going to manage that growth,'" Johnson said. "When I talk to a lot of college leaders now, they're happy it's kind of flat ... Now is a time to retool and get ready for the inevitable."
Enrollment at the technical college's Harlingen campus remained relatively flat during Maldonado's tenure, according to state data.

Warning in 2011

In 2011, the Texas State Technical College was issued a warning that it could lose accreditation, because of errors in its documentation processes, according to reports in the Valley Morning Star in Harlingen.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges told the technical college that there was a lack of evidence in reporting student learning outcomes, the paper reported. The college moved to an online data system and was removed from the warning list in 2013, according to the paper.

Maldonado is a trustee and past president of the Harlingen school district. He sat for more than four years on the board of the Texas Emerging Technology Fund, an investment fund created by the Legislature in 2005 at the urging of Governor Rick Perry.

 

Dr. Spangler

Houston Community College's governing board will meet today to finalize the hiring of Mary Spangler as chancellor and to appoint a new trustee.

The trustees selected Spangler, a longtime educator who leads Michigan's largest community college, as the sole finalist for the job last month, but state law requires a 21-day wait before making it official.

Board Chairman Jay Aiyer said Wednesday that contract negotiations will begin after the board approves the hiring.

"We want her to be a long-term chancellor," Aiyer said.

HCC launched the search shortly after Bruce Leslie announced his resignation from the $275,000-a-year post in June. Three months later, Leslie accepted the top job at the Alamo Community College District in San Antonio.

Spangler earned more than $180,000 a year as chancellor of Oakland Community College in Detroit. She is scheduled to start March 5, said HCC spokeswoman Sheila Briones.

Below is Part of Spangler's history - INSIDE

Spangler was the reason for the investigation

FEMA regulators say they are awaiting the results of the independent reviews being done by the state and the district before deciding whether to take further action.
At issue, said Paul Jacks, deputy director of the disaster assistance division at the emergency services office, is FEMA's general directive "to ensure that maximum competition has occurred" in awarding contracts for construction work.

Procurement laws aim to ensure fair and open competition for government contracts and to make sure government is getting the best price.

The district did arrange for FEMA jobs and a portion of the state-funded work to be done at City College to be put out to bid.

But in an unusual arrangement, the district allowed the bidding to be done by Viron itself, not district officials. And the cost of the work to be done was agreed upon beforehand--included in a lump sum to be paid to Viron. The cost was the maximum amount of available FEMA and state grants for the included projects, paid to Viron as a flat fee under the contract.

In essence, Viron's role, though unstated, was that of a general contractor, subcontracting out to other companies--a fact acknowledged by Greg Coxsom, Viron's professional engineer on the project.

Legally, consultants, and even construction managers paid with consulting fees, can be selected through less rigorous competitive processes. But general contractors are a different matter.

General contractors control entire project costs, and must be selected through competitive bidding, said Strough of the emergency services office. Last year, Strough's agency issued a letter allowing use of energy conservation projects, but the agency also said such work must be competitively bid.

The Viron deal is a relatively large undertaking for the community colleges, containing $7.2 million in FEMA and state funds in addition to $3.4 million in borrowings to be paid back through energy savings.

.... Spangler added that she was under the impression that a sole-source contract was warranted because Viron was the only company that could do the type of work involved. (Inside has strong reasons to believe that Spangler and Tyler did the same thing at HCC by awarding a similar contract to Chevron Energy Solutions.)

In fact, Viron is just one company in the highly competitive field of energy-services performance contracting.

One potential competitor, Siemens Building Technologies Inc., is sufficiently piqued by Viron's arrangement with the district that it sent its representatives to a trustees meeting recently, asking to be allowed to compete for future projects. ... Source

 

 

4/22/2014

HCC announces sole finalist, Dr. Cesar Maldonado, in Chancellor Search

Accomplished business leader and academician selected as next Chancellor


Dr. Cesar Maldonado

Following is the HCC press release, it is INSIDE's understanding that Dr. Maldonado will take the position on or about the first part of June.

Houston, TX [April 21, 2014] – Today the HCC Board of Trustees is pleased to announce Cesar Maldonado, Ph.D., P.E., PMP, has been named the sole finalist to lead Houston Community College as its Chancellor. The institution conducted a nationwide search for the next leader of the institution by engaging a professional search firm and convening a diverse external group of 29 leaders, educators and students.  Dr. Maldonado, who successfully transitioned his private industry management expertise into public higher education administration, becomes the next Chancellor of HCC.

The external search committee reviewed more than 35 applicants, before narrowing the list of candidates to interview. After the review and interview process, the external search committee recommended 4 finalists for the Board to consider, of which, Dr. Maldonado was one. Dr. Maldonado’s extensive background in the education, business and political sectors aligned the best with the HCC Board’s vision for the next Chancellor. Trustee Neeta Sane, HCC Board Chair stated, “The process to identify the ideal Chancellor for HCC has been thorough, inclusive and highly collaborative. We were searching for a leader to understand the complex institution that HCC is and to lead us to where our community needs us to be both today and into the future. Dr. Maldonado’s business acumen, academic pedigree and leadership skills are an ideal match for the institution.”

Dr. Maldonado is an accomplished engineer, civic and business leader, and higher education administrator. Since 2008, he has served as President of Texas State Technical College (TSTC) in Harlingen. In 2011, he was also named Vice Chancellor for Institutional Effectiveness and Commercialization for the statewide TSTC System. Prior to that, he served in leadership roles in the fields of engineering and management in the process, construction, and manufacturing industries for many years. Dr. Maldonado brings a strong awareness of college and workforce readiness and is active in working with the state legislature on education initiatives regarding school finance and education in science, technology, engineering and math.

“I am honored to be selected as the sole finalist and humbled by the responsibility you have entrusted to me. HCC is not only a national leader in higher education, but also strategically placed to expand its role in forging new models for education and workforce development,” states Dr. Cesar Maldonado. “I understand both the business and academic challenges ahead and feel that my experience makes me well suited to address them with the leaders of our college and our community. I am eager to get to Houston to learn more about the opportunities that are ahead for our institution. Most of all, I cannot wait to meet our students, our faculty and become a Houstonian.” 

Dr. Maldonado’s business experience includes strategic planning, project management, infrastructure design, industrial systems and software design. Dr. Maldonado holds Bachelor and Masters of Science degrees in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University, a Doctorate in Systems and Engineering Management from Texas Tech University, and is an alumnus of the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. Cesar and his wife of 38 years, Liz, enjoy their children, Kristin, Marcus, and Laura and Jason Rocha, and grandchildren, Julianne and William.

Under his leadership, TSTC significantly improved its graduation rate, increased enrollment and maintained fiscal strength. He also established collaborations with eight Texas universities to promote seamless transitions and expand learning opportunities for students. Dr. Maldonado also initiated seven new associate of science degrees and two new technology programs, and introduced multiple green initiatives on the TSTC campus.

On a professional level, Dr. Maldonado has worked with the state legislature on education initiatives regarding school finance and science, technical, engineering and math education.

In addition to his demonstrated business acumen, he led legislative efforts to create high school/college dual enrollment opportunities in Texas, and has served as a board member (twice as president) of the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District (TX) since 2003. He served as the interim Chairman of the Border Governors Conference on Science and Technology, where he worked to foster bi-national research and technology exchange with scientists across the U.S. and Mexico border. He was also appointed by the governor to serve as a Regent of the Texas State Technical College System.

In addition, Dr. Maldonado has held many public positions, serving as Chairman of the Harlingen Utility Board, a member of the Texas P-16 Council, Harlingen Civil Service Commission, Harlingen Economic Development Corporation, Cameron County Workforce Development Board, Director of Valley International Airport, Harlingen Industrial Foundation, and Harlingen Area Education Foundation.

So today I challenge you tohere is the article

  1. Never stop stretching and improving yourself. – Always dream and shoot higher than you think is possible.  Do not bother trying to be better than your peers or predecessors.  Try to be better than you ever knew YOU could be.

  2. Never stop listening to your own inner voice. – The unhappiest folks are those who care the most about what everyone else thinks – those who let everyone else drown out their own inner voice.  So stand strong beside yourself.  There’s great freedom in leaving others to their opinions.

  3. Never stop walking comfortably in your own shoes. – If you don’t follow the path others want you to follow they might become irritated.  Don’t worry about it.  Let them be.  It’s their problem, not yours.  So many people seem to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but have no clue how to lead their own.  So focus on your inner callings and keep paving your own path.  Remember that it is more useful to be aware of a single strength or weakness in yourself than to be aware of a thousand strengths and weaknesses in others.

  4. Never stop working through your fears. – Fear kills more dreams than failure ever will.  So don’t let fear decide your future.  In the end, you can be comfortable or courageous, but not both at once.

  5. Never stop being a little unrealistic. – To be successful, you have to be a little unrealistic.  You have to believe that something totally different than what has happened for an eternity CAN happen starting now.  Think about it.  Being realistic doesn’t change anything – being unrealistic does.  Doesn’t it seem a bit unrealistic to be able to use a mobile phone to instantly research any topic imaginable, watch movies, get perfect driving directions to anywhere you want to go, and see your friends face-to-face no matter where in the world you are?  Fortunately a small group of computer scientists didn’t think so.

  6. Never stop doing what needs to be done. – You were born to be a success.  Although to be successful, you must plan to be, prepare to be, expect to be, and work to be, every day.  (Read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.)

  7. Never stop embracing your struggles. – After each struggle you once faced in the past was overcome, you grew stronger and more able to meet the ones you face today.  Likewise, the struggles you face today are preparing you for the challenges of tomorrow.  As this process of growth takes place, remember that there are no mistakes.  The events that arise as you journey forward, no matter how unpleasant, are necessary steps in order to learn what you need to know to reach the places you’ve chosen to go.

  8. Never stop being willing to make mistakes. – Making mistakes is far more productive than never moving.  You can learn great things from your mistakes when you aren’t busy avoiding or denying them.  And no matter how bad of a mistake you make, there comes a time when you have to stop thinking about it and move on.  No regrets in life – just lessons that show you the way forward.

  9. Never stop getting back up. – The strongest and most accomplished people are not those who always win, but those who refuse to give up even after they lose.  You might think you’re not good enough, but you’ll surprise yourself if you keep trying.  What defines us is how well we rise after falling.  At the end of the day, to win, all you have to do is get up one more time than you fall down.

  10. Never stop making the best of it. – When you lose something, don’t think of it as a loss, but as a gift that lightens your load so you can better travel the path that was meant for you.

  11. Never stop ignoring the naysayers. – When someone undermines your dreams, predicts your doom, or criticizes you in any way, remember, they’re telling you their story, not yours.

  12. Never stop taking small steps forward. – The moment you give up is the moment you let someone else win.  So keep going.  You don’t have to have it all figured out to move forward.  (Angel and I discuss this in detail in the “Adversity” chapter of 1,000 Little Things Happy, Successful People Do Differently.)

  13. Never stop giving yourself a chance to soar to new heights. – You’ll never be able to fly if you hold on to what holds you back.  So respect yourself enough to walk away from what no longer grows you.

  14. Never stop smiling. – When you lose your smile, you lose your footing.  So be determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation you may find yourself.  For you will eventually learn that the greater part of your happiness or unhappiness is determined not by your specific circumstances, but by your attitude and outlook.

  15. Never stop thinking positive. – Thoughts are power.  They create and destroy.  What is possible is everything.  What you do is up to you.  Look around and you will see that almost your entire life has been born out of your thoughts.  Know this, and plant your seeds accordingly.  You can change your mind at any moment.  So go ahead.  Change it right now.

  16. Never stop laughing at yourself and your life situations. – All self-misery has its roots in self-pity, and all self-pity is rooted in taking life too seriously.  If you take everything too seriously, especially yourself, you’ll wind up fearing every new step you take.  Loosen up and laugh it off if you can – especially when things don’t go as planned.  People with a good sense of humor have a better sense of life.  You grow up the day you have your first real laugh at yourself and your circumstances.

  17. Never stop appreciating the life you’re living right now. – Stop rushing.  Breathe.  Be where you are.  You’re where you’re supposed to be at this very moment.  Every experience and step is necessary.  (Read The Power of Now.)

  18. Never stop indulging in life’s little daily joys. – Notice what you love, not what you hate.  Smile more.  Happiness is enjoying the small things in life, all while chasing after the big ones.

  19. Never stop spreading your kindness. – How you make others feel about themselves, says a whole lot about you.  So treat people right.  Kindness IS a gift you can afford to give.

  20. Never stop giving what you can. – Exercise your talents to give back.  Do so whenever you can, because you can.  And when you get tired, remember all those people who can’t do what you can do.  Think about what they would be willing to give to have the abilities you have right now – a simple gift you take for granted.  Then strive harder just for them.  And know that there are others out there with different gifts who are doing the same for you.

  21. Never stop giving your important relationships a fair chance.– It’s impossible to find someone who will never hurt you, so go for ones worth the pain.  And remember, without a little pain, joy wouldn’t feel so good.

  22. Never stop doing little things for your own happiness. – Remember, happiness comes from your own choices and actions.  Waiting for someone else to make you happy is the best way to be sad.

  23. Never stop opening your mind to new perspectives. – Don’t hate what you don’t understand.  Give things a fair chance.  Your mind is like a parachute; it doesn’t work unless it’s open.

  24. Never stop evolving. – Just because you liked something at one point in time doesn’t mean you’re required to always like it.  You can change your mind.  You don’t have to pretend to like something as an act of loyalty to who you are as a person, based on who you once were.  To be sincerely loyal to yourself is to allow yourself the freedom to change.  The only thing you ever are for sure is unsure, and this means you’re growing, and not stagnant or imprisoned by old ways of thinking.

  25. Never stop writing your own story, your own way. – When writing the story of your life, never, ever let someone else hold the pen.  Make conscious choices every day that align your actions with your values and ambitions.  Because the way you live each day is a sentence in the story of your life.  Each day you make a choice as to whether the sentence ends with a period, a question mark, or an exclamation point.

4/21/2014

Maybe they will announce their pick for Chancellor on Monday

All the rumors coming out of HCC suggest that they have already chosen the new chancellor. They may announce their selection on Monday. Not sure why they keep delaying the matter, is the Welfare Partnership biding for time since their candidate was not chosen? Agenda for 4/21/2014

The following comment merits posting

Phases to the downfall of the Coleman College President said:

Phase-1: Nearly three hundred posted comments by current and former HCC faculty, staff, students. Comments by former faculty and staff of AB Tech Community, other various comments by faculty and taxpayers.

Phase-2: Vote of No Confidence
www.insidehccs.com/InsideHCC/Coleman/Coleman_resolution_amended.pdf

Phase-3: 20 Testify at April's board of Trustees, the skeletons are out of the closet

Phase-4: HR and Board of Trustees to conduct investigations into compensation and other personnel issues at Coleman College

Phase-5: Need for and proposed layout of the new Health Science building being seriously questioned.

Phase-6: May-2014 ADN graduating class take NCLEX exam for RN licensure.

Phase-7: Local news media runs severe articles detailing the leadership problems at Coleman College.

Phase-8: New Chancellor joins HCC

Phase-9: The Department of Education raise questions about the Title-III Grant

Phase-10: The new Chancellor and Board of Trustees decides no the extend or issue a new president contract to Betty Young, she leaves Coleman College.

Letter from Carroll Robinson

THE SKY IS NOT FALLING AT HOUSTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Since voter approval of the HCC $425 million Bond Program, in 2012, to fund the improvement and expansion of HCC facilities, the Board of Trustees has been under attack.

There are special interests, in our community, who want to dictate how, where and with whom these funds should be spent without regard for the Board and our legal responsibility to protect the taxpayers’ money.

The Board has been criticized and maligned for doing what it was elected to do – manage the affairs of HCC. To date, the Bond Program is on time and on budget. 6 of 14 construction contract recommendations, made by the administration, will have been approved by Monday. The Board of Trustees is acting in a positive and responsible manner. Some people call this micromanaging, but it is not. It’s called doing our fiduciary duty.

I will not vote blindly to approve projects that cost double the normal cost of construction, as some special interests are pushing us to do. I also will not, without questioning and reviewing, agree to build a 10 story building, for a college, that contains only 13 classrooms, no library but an entire floor dedicated to a gym.

This is not what HCC promised the voters their tax dollars would be used to build. HCC promised more classrooms, labs, library space and consensus among students, faculty, staff and administrators on what would be built.

The Board of Trustees job is not wasting taxpayers’ money and I won’t vote to do so no matter how loud the special interests scream.

HCC is in the business of educating the people of our community and those who  want to improve their marketable skills with workforce training. That is what I am interested in seein   happen. This is why we are building more new buildings so that more people in our community have access to educational opportunities and workforce training

There have been attempts to attack my character to silence me but I am the same person I have always been. I am up front, honest, fair, outspoken and a fighter for the taxpayers of our city. I have never been one to succumb to bullying. I don’t pla to start now.

I have always been, and will continue to be, a fighter for what I believe is right. If that means rubbing some people the wrong way, so be it. I will continue to ask the hard questions because I know that the taxpayers, the voters who elected me, and the people in our community who want An Opportunity To Do Better deserve no less.

There have been attempts to attack my character to silence me but I am the same person I have always been. I am up front, honest, fair, outspoken and a fighter for the taxpayers of our city. I have never been one to succumb to bullying. I don’t pla to start now.

I have always been, and will continue to be, a fighter for what I believe is right. If that means rubbing some people the wrong way, so be it. I will continue to ask the hard questions because I know that the taxpayers, the voters who elected me, and the people in our community who want An Opportunity To Do Better deserve no less.

20 Speakers

The HCC Board got the message loud and clear, let us hope that they will do something soon. I guess they did, see below.

Speakers did get the attention of the administration as part of the email below shows.

"At the Board meeting of 4/17/14, several speakers voiced concerns over a dip in the pass rates of the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program that might result in its “closing.”  Many of them attributed problems largely to the implementation of 8-week courses as opposed to the past, traditional 16-week courses. 

The President of HCC-Coleman College has engaged with the faculty of the ADN program and the faculty has produced a comprehensive Self-Study Report for the Texas Board of Nursing.  The Self-Study analyzes potential causes of the program’s lower passing rates and proposes several means for strengthening the program.  Included in the report is acknowledgement that the 8-week format for delivery of content-intensive courses imposed a burden on students.  As a result, “the program has eliminated 8-week courses and all classes are now offered in the traditional 16-week format.” (p.18 of attached ADN Program Self-Study Report, 2014).  A full copy of the ADN Program Self-Study Report, 2014, is available if you would like to read it.  So changing an 8 week course fixes the drop in passing rate? A self-study addresses everything?

Another source of faculty concern that has emanated from Coleman College and been brought to my attention is the potentially conflicting roles and resulting inequities for “Team Captains” versus “Program Coordinators.”  I will invite the President and the faculty members who serve in these roles to a meeting to discuss how we might address concerns and ensure equity for all faculty in terms of workload and pay.  So Betty Young stays?

I appreciate your leadership and that of your fellow Board members in wishing to understand the ways and means by which the Board, HCC administration, faculty, and staff can all work together to ensure that our students have the best possible facilities, programs, and services to achieve success for themselves, their families, and our community."              

Been a while since Concerned Taxpayer had contacted INSIDE - Manipulation of Bids?

INSIDE does not know if it is all true but it sounds about right

Ladies and Gentlemen, Members of the Board of Trustees, Greater Houston Partnership, Members of the Foundation on Board, Foundation  Board of Directors, Foundation  Donors, Texas Watchdog, Insidehccs.com, Public Media and Law Enforcement Agencies,

Again, we want to thank you for your continued support, feedback, and efforts to keep us well informed . Again we are coming before you to talk about inappropriate conduct and bad practices at Houston Community College.

  1. The Scoring Committee had no construction experience awarding over $350,000,000 in Bond money. The end result is that projects awards are being made subjectively.
What qualifications did the  members of the scoring committee have? Who are they? What criteria did we require to qualify someone to  score the bids. How many had experience with very large projects of more than
$350,000,000 in Bond construction projects?
How do you respond if you are told that they are relying on their own personal faith and administrative experience? The criteria on this project were flawed to begin with because there is no explanation being made of how to score the discounts being offered for those who can do multiple projects. Add to this an added complication requiring 7 staff members with full time salaries, and add to this each project requiring its own team, and the end result is Flawed. On point with this is the exposure to liability due to the board not following their own procedures . Yes we delegated the scoring, but we are still responsible for ensuring compliance with the Community's Standards, not to mention the advertised criteria and even worse the answers to the questions asking for clarification . This is equal to us asking which how many jobs can we bid on and having the answer be one, but then to go to the competitors and tell them you can bid on all. This enforcement is arbitrary, capricious, unfair competition, wrong, and outright bad faith.
  1. The bond CMAR Bid Process is flawed. HCC could save 10-15 Million by using hard bids.

The administration had a dog and pony show with a professor from A&M. This professor has never built any building in his life, but in his opinion the CMAR process was recommended, but in reality A&M selects the hard bid process in the majority of its contracts.

The Board voted no to the approval of the Bonds, yet administration asks a question already answered again and again . Where is the respect for the precedence already set at the last meeting. HCC could save 10-15 Million dollars by putting those projects out to hard bid. At least maybe for the smaller projects , where the designs are almost complete .

  1. The selection committee allowed the RFP responders to use the same team to propose to perform work for all the construction work.
  2. Project F,G, I, and J are being recommended by administration for approval. Project F and G is being proposed to go to Turner. Project F, G, I, J and all others scoring is flawed.
  3. According to a letter we saw that was addressed to the Houston Community College Board, Turner and Tellepsen each violated the RFP and yet are pending the award of 70% of the projects.
    1. It is alleged that Turner and Tellepsen each violated the RFP---per the HCC posted selection team results (Feb 27). The posting shows that they submitted duplicate teams Even with the violation of RFP requirements, Turner won a total of 5 projects, and Tellepsen, 3. Combined, this represents almost 70% of the total bond program amount.
  1. Those firms that did choose to follow the rules by submitting separate (non-duplicate) teams for each project are effectively penalized when you award jobs to the violators of the process. In fact bad behavior is being rewarded.
  1. According  to the bids  received, some of the prices  given  for paying the Seven  Staff members  required was too low to pay for 7 full time staff members. "HCC asked firms to submit the same sized staff for an $8 million project as a $120 million project." But on the $8 Million dollar project a 5% bid for general conditions  is only $400,000, back out bonds and insurance, say 2%, and you are left with 3% or $240,000 divide by 7 and this is approximately $34,000 per Project engineer or manager and assistant. With this kind of price either the contractor does not know what they are doing or they are not going to provide 7 full time staff members for that price . What makes these errors worse is when your scoring committee does not have enough experience to  know how to spot the lack of experience.
  1. Welcome Wilson's is advising us on the proper course of action. Who is Welcome Wilson? Would  he tell A&M what to do? Would he tell Lonestar, HISD, or the University of Texas what to do? We think not. Is Welcome Wilson a registered lobbyist? Who is paying Welcome Wilson to provide his opinion? Has he been elected to some new position? Maybe he should run for office, but the problem here is that there is that politics already is costing is too much, what we need is someone to review and follow procedures , not someone who will try to out whattaburger, or out Bureaucrat us. Does the Pa1inership think they donated enough money to Campaigns to buy the Vote?

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4/18/2014

The Chronicles take on HCC meeting from the 17th

After lengthy and at times heated discussion, the Houston Community College board voted unanimously Thursday night to approve four contracts for bond-funded work some say has been stalled for too long.
The board, divided until Thursday, had failed to approve construction contracts for its November 2012 voter-approved bond program, even as the college bumps against a federal spending deadline that, if missed, could result in fines under a worst-case scenario.

"The fear is the potential penalties that come with any further delay," Trustee Adriana Tamez said at the meeting. "We have to ask questions - that is important. Let's do it quickly."

The board took the first step, awarding four contracts for "construction managers at risk," who serve as the general contractors, responsible for the construction work and managing costs. The contracts will allow work to begin on a new southeast campus and at the Northline, Missouri City and Stafford campuses. A fifth contract, for work at the North Forest campus, was pulled because the contract needs to be voted on at the same time as another for a separate project, officials said.

Before taking a vote, some trustees said they still have questions for administration about projects in the $425 million bond package. Others stressed that the college system needs to make sure contracts go to local companies.

Trustee Sandie Mullins echoed the perception of some in the community that the board is micromanaging the bond process. Trustee Carroll Robinson bristled against that suggestion, saying the job of a trustee is to ensure the college spends taxpayer money wisely.

"If that's micromanaging, then I'm going to micromanage," Robinson said.

INSIDE's Take on the Situation

1) What is the worst case scenario? Notice that neither the Chronicle nor Adriana Tamez give a number as to the fine.

2) Others stressed that contracts need to go to local contractors. I guess they are referring to Chris Oliver and Eva Loredo's statements from yesterday's article. One commentator in a blog seems to indicate that the administration does not manipulate the system to get whom they want. The problem is that the administration that is presently controlled by the Welfare Partnership aka the Greater Houston Partnership does manipulate the system.

If the other blogger is correct than the Board's mission is to rubber stamp anything that the administration proposes. That blogger has no concept of how Boards are suppose to work.

3) Sandie Mullins - well I guess if people were light bulbs and she walked into a room that had no light, one would still not have any light. For those that have trouble understanding, like a light bulb very dim. She keeps believing that the Welfare Partnership will support her when she runs for City Council next year. If she decides to run for HCC there are people waiting to run against her. Unfortunately she is not the one with the least lumen.

4) They were never divided as to the contracts on the table, they were divided as to how many contracts should be on the table. The three stooges Curly aka Adriana Tamez, Larry aka Sandie Mullins, and Moe aka Zeph Capo the three Welfare Partnership puppets were always going to support the contracts on the table as that was part of the larger package.

Greater Houston Partnership Board Meeting

ENJOY THE WEEKEND - THE EXPERT (A SHORT COMEDY)

 

4/17/2014

Outrageous Lies by Ericka Melon and the Houston Chronicle

In today's paper the Houston Chronicle and the Greater Houston Partnership engaged in deception of Houston residents by printing outrageous lies concerning HCC.

"The clock to break ground on building projects is ticking to meet federal spending deadlines that, if missed, could result in fines under a worst-case scenario, HCC's hired bond counsel, Tom Sage, warned in March."

The only reason that the worse case scenario could occur is because the same group of people led by the Greater Houston Partnership in possible cahoots with the HCC administration rushed to sell all the bonds. INSIDE wrote then that it was a mistake and unnecessary. One of the Trustees that had pushed for the selling of the bonds was Richard Schechter. Schechter suddenly resigned from HCC but for some reason he is very involved with HCC. Why? If he wanted influence at HCC he would have had more as a trustee. Did he make money from the bond package, or maybe some of his relatives or close friends made money from the bond package. It is sheer speculation but his departure and continued involvement leaves a bad odor. Does not smell right.

The selection of five contracts will more than meet the deadline for spending the requirement to stop any fines from being levied. It is my understanding that almost 60% of the spending requirement that has to be met by 2015 has already occurred.

The group that is meddling is not the HCC Board it is the Welfare Partnership.

"Concerned about delays and perceived meddling by some board members, a volunteer oversight committee called a special meeting earlier this week to urge the board to approve contracts for all 14 building projects Thursday.

"This is a gross example of the board trying to micromanage a major job," said oversight committee member Ed Wulfe, a commercial real-estate developer who has served on numerous local boards. " … Right now the community is back to HCC being in a state of confusion, and the perception is reality."

A friend of mine refers to the Greater Houston Partnership as the welfare partnership because they rely on government monies to survive.

Mr. Wulfe elaborate as to the "reality" be specific. How would you know what is occurring unless you are meddling? Please explain to the public why all the bonds had to be sold at the same time. Please explain why you and others are promoting construction at risk? Why not get hard bids? That is how they do it at the University of Houston and most other places except where the the Welfare Partnership has it tentacles.

Really Mr. Wulfe that is a gross example of the board trying to micromanage a major job? For someone that has built major projects with government handouts CDC (Community Development Corporation) that is quite a statement. Please explain why not accepting all projects is micro-managing? Is the voluntary oversight committee micro-managing? It sure seems that way. The welfare partnership got its' way with HISD as indicated by a letter to editor that was published by the Houston Chronicle. I was chief of staff for a council member when Lanier was mayor and saw how private enterprises did very well money wise with assistance of government money. Fourth Ward was a gross example of that. Below is part of that letter to the editorial board.

This incident highlights the need for policy and structural reform at HISD. The district lacks a credible, quantifiable community engagement policy. After decades of ceding board authority to the district superintendent, our elected, uncompensated trustees with no paid staff, rely solely on recommendations of the Office of the Superintendent, his staff and consultants. This is a case of the tail wagging the dog.

Robert S. Muhammad, Houston - source

Investigation into another bond related contract is ongoing

Here is the hatchet job that Erica Mellon did on Carroll Robinson. As INSIDE had previously written Carroll Robinson could not have manipulated the system unless there was help from the administration and the company that was involved in selecting a friend of Carroll Robinson as a sub-contractor.

Why is only Carroll Robinson being investigated? The persons that voted to select Jacobs should be investigated. The persons that controlled the scores should be investigated. Certainly Jacobs needs to be investigated as to how the company was selected using different criteria the second time around. Why did Jacobs choose a friend of Carroll Robinson. There is something fishy about the entire bond package and the source is not Carroll Robinson it is the writer's opinion that the Greater Houston Partnership is behind the terrible smell that is coming from the bond package.

Erica Mellon is responsible for destroying reputations without doing thorough investigations, as example

INSIDE has been informed that the FBI is investigating whether Erica Mellon in cahoots with others have engaged in manipulating the HCC bond package. The FBI responded that it could not comment as to whether there are any ongoing investigations.

Over the years INSIDE has noticed that whenever certain groups of people are not getting their way that Erica Mellon always seems to write articles that would benefit that group of people.

As a result of those lies that are perpetrated by Erica Mellon the Houston Chronicle has received millions of dollars in payoffs disguised as advertisements.

What I wrote above is fiction especially the part that the FBI is investigating Erica Mellon but if someone had mentioned that to me it would have been true that INSIDE had been informed it would have made it a true statement. Since the FBI does not comment it would seem to indicate that Erica Mellon was being investigated.

Erica Mellon seems to have no ethical standards regarding reporting the truth, that is my opinion.

The Welfare Partnership and the three stooges

Curly aka Adriana Tamez, Larry aka Sandie Mullins, and Moe aka Zeph Capo were highly praised for their "non meddling" by the ethical lacking reporter Erica Mellon.

INSIDE has continually referred to the three stooges as puppets of the Welfare Partnership aka Greater Houston Partnership.

Adriana Tamez and Zeph Capo engaged in unethical meddling when they arranged a private meeting with one of the finalist for the HCC Chancellor, assuming that the rumor about Zeph Capo meeting with the person are true. The rumor has it that Adriana Tamez arranged the meeting.

If one wants lies read the Houston Chronicle if one wants the truth read INSIDE, may not always be right but will state that it is rumor or not confirmed. Unlike the disgraceful Chronicle and its' reporter Erica Mellon.

Houston Chronicle - Houston Deserves Better

Below is a statement from an editorial in yesterday's Houston Chronicle.

"A near-monopoly is not an admirable trait in a functioning market. With only two main taxi competitors, Houstonians don't know what they're missing. According to a city Taxi Customer Satisfaction Survey, more than one-third of cab riders said that 30 minutes for a taxi is a reasonable wait on weekend evenings. Even more people think that such long waits are acceptable on weekdays. With expectations so low, City Hall shouldn't be surprised when the survey also finds that people are satisfied with the current taxi service." Here is the article

If they only practiced what they preach. I still remember the Houston Post that was bought out by the Chronicle and shut down. I guess competition is only good for other people/organizations. Competition normally is good, however, it has to be fair they must all play by the same rules.

I will give the Chronicle credit for finally reading the report about the Taxi and Limo industry in Texas. Below is what they had previously stated.

A damning indictment of taxi and limousine regulations is the best way to describe a recently released report from the city of Houston's Administration and Regulatory Affairs Department.

As the study lays out, Houston's over-regulated taxi industry is a mess of market failures. Strict regulations with the intent of universal service have brought about only "unclean cabs, failure to provide credit card capabilities, overcharging, and a multitude of other customer service sins," according to the report. This is what happens in the absence of fair competition. Here is the article

Dewhurst's latest Ad

 

Greg Abbott's latest Ad

 

4/16/2014

Are You Going to Speak on the 17th - HCC Board Meeting

Numerous people have commented that they were going to speak at the next Board Meeting that day is almost here. Someone said don't picket I will appear before the Board. I question the sincerity of the person and definitely question that a large number of people will appear before the Board to speak. But just in case below is crucial information. Time permitting I will be their with my camera to take photographs.

Citizen Participation

Citizens have the opportunity to voice concerns or request information from the Board of Trustees during the “Hearing of Citizens” portion of the meeting. To participate in this forum, an individual must complete and submit a Request for Appearance form to the Board Services Office 24 hours prior to the meeting. Forms may be obtained by calling the Board Services office 713.718.5025. Here is the form also in PDF.

Presentations are limited to four (4) minutes. No personalities or personnel may be mentioned in the address. The Board and administration will not respond at the meeting but will conduct a follow-up and provide a response if appropriate.

The Castro v Patrick Debate Last Night

"This is what I believe in my heart, that in Washington, both parties are getting what they want. They're getting people to come here illegally for whatever their reasons are," Patrick said.

"Mayor, you should stand with me. Doesn't it break your heart to see children die in the desert coming into this country? Doesn't it break your heart to see people die in the back of an 18-wheeler? Doesn't it break your heart to see women raped that come in here and then be put into human sex trafficking? And it's all being allowed because Washington will … not do anything until we do something in Texas," he said.

"You can sit back and talk about the Dreamers, but I'm going to lead on this issue," Patrick said.

The exchange had several other feisty moments, when Patrick repeatedly told Castro "don't patronize me" as they discussed details of pending federal legislation and said "the only demagogue here, mayor, is you ..... you're better than this." Source Houston Chronicle

It really does not matter as whoever the Republican nominee is for Lt. Governor they will win in November. I will state that I hope that Dan Patrick and his legions of demons do what they claim they will do to immigrants, who have come/or stayed here without authority, as maybe they will wake up the Latino community that has a stake in the immigration debate. It is those immigrants' that have a stake in the fight and if their children who are citizens do not care enough to take time to vote, then they deserve what ever they do their parents and/or relatives in regards to deportations. They have no right to complain because they can do something about it and choose not to do. If every one that has family that could be deported were to vote in November the Republicans would lose all state offices. Hint Democrats that should be your only issue to excite the Latinos to vote. The Republicans are almost to the max as to how many votes they will get. Starting next four year cycle that number will start decreasing, time and death of the elderly will take care of that.

Happy Birthday Selena

I did not know who Selena was when she was murdered and later found out that one of my nieces is named after her. Selena used to live in the same barrio where I grew up, Molina - Corpus Christi, Texas. I remember Molina not because of her although she made it famous it was because of all the friends that I lost in Vietnam. All of my friends enlisted to serve our country without exception, they were not drafted. Molina Memorial to Vietnam Vets. I always go and visit the memorial as two of those people on the memorial were very close friends that I grew up with. I knew all them, but one, that gave their lives for our country. We forget who the true heroes are. When Bush and Clinton were dodging they were giving their lives.

 

4/15/2014

From One of the Comments Regarding the Gay Mafia

"Lavender Mafia" refers to the perceived homosexual elements of life within the Catholic church and other organizations that represent mostly positive attitudes. In Britain, LGBT people associate Gay mafia which is not a term that should be used to create a sense of fear. doubt or worry but rather of an organization that works together to better all our lives with color and fancifulness...no matter the attributes or differences that may be within us and the business interests associated with the commercialization of the "gay" culture."

Were it only so that the Gay Mafia is an "organization that works together to better all our lives". That is an interesting point as anytime that a right is taken from one group of people logically it does not better "All our lives". I have been around for 65 years and do not recall the homosexual community ever been denied the right to vote. I don't recall seeing or reading " No Dogs, No Negroes, No Mexicans allowed". In fact how does one identify that someone is a homosexual? I can look at a person of color and recognize that he is not European looking but I cannot tell if that person is a homosexual or lesbian.

The fact remains that once homosexuals or lesbians are in a position where they can hire and fire they tend to discriminate. If one is a heterosexual one is less likely to get hired by them and more likely to get fired. Here in Harris County the Democratic Party is controlled by homosexuals and labor unions, neither one of those groups has the interest of greater community in mind. One has but to look at the top people that the Lesbian Mayor has brought in to recognize that it is so in regards to hiring and promoting.

When Annise Parker was running for mayor a friend of mind asked me why I was not voting for her. I replied that she like too many other homosexuals and lesbians discriminate and if he did not believe me check on it. I asked him if he knew anyone that worked in the controller's office, he did. He checked and found that what I had told him was true. I was in government service for over 40 years and I started noticing it in the 70s. If one opens their eyes and minds one will notice the same pattern. The media is now for the most part controlled by the Lesbian and Homosexual Community. Lesbians are an interesting group of people as they do prefer females over homosexuals (males) not only as partners but as persons that they prefer to work with.

Pat Buchanan and Homosexuals

Pat Buchanan has written on homosexuals, not to their liking, and has been attacked by the Gay Mafia for doing so and will always be attacked by them. Don't believe, Google "Pat Buchanan and homosexuals".

Trustee Dave Wilson is always under constant attack by the homosexual community for his beliefs in the Christian Religion about homosexuality. Don't believe, Google "Dave Wilson and homosexuals". Only recently a promoter of homosexuality started his article on Dave Wilson by writing "Wilson Whines to Commissioner's Court".

Anyone that believes that homosexuality is wrong and makes that belief pubic will be bullied and attacked by the Gay Mafia. The CEO resigned from Firefox "Mozilla" after being attacked for contributing $1,000 to anti-gay marriage legislation eight years ago. Obama was against homosexual marriages eight years ago they will not attack him as they need him besides he is now not as Christian as he was before. Obama was a fraud a shyster telling people to have hope. Hope is good but he has hurt the Democratic Party with lack of accomplishments and his deportation of "immigrants" is finally being noticed by the Latino Community. Obama has a history of being anti-Latino.

HCC Agenda - NO Transparency

Here is the agneda, what are they discussing and what will they vote on? One can look at the Harris County Agenda and know what they are voting on. One can look at the City of Houston Agenda and know what they are voting on. But when it come ot Houston Community College one has no idea. It is done on purpose as they want to keep their activities in the dark.

Will the New Chancellor be Chosen this Week

Rumors are that the Trustees will vote on the new Chancellor this week. The agenda as written seems to suggest that is the case.

Something less serious - Does Boehner suffer from Electile Dysfunction?

 

4/14/2014

From the Rumor Mill

Zeph Capo showed his true colors when he addressed the Faculty Senate last week.

Apparently, he is of the opinion that Renee is doing a great job. He supports her. He thinks the no confidence on Betty Young is "underground" and that there are two sides to every story.

Energy Institute faculty were there. They voiced their concerns, however, his response was not what they hoped for; he basically indicated he didn't believe them. From his view, it is the North East college people who are lying & being uncooperative. He believe the Board should do an audit of the Division of Extended Learning to check the benefits versus cost. He also said it will be 60 to 90 days before the chancellor selection is announced.

INSIDE will continue to reiterate that HCC Trustees Zeph Capo and Adriana Tamez are mere puppets of the Greater Houston Partnership. Capo has also showed that while he may work for the Houston Federation of Teacher his treatment of the will of the faculty and staff is not about empowering people but rather empowering unions. As a former HISD teacher I found that the Houston Federation of Teachers were deceitful and manipulative pandering mostly to faculty that was lazy and unqualified to teach children. Zeph Capo fits the mold perfectly.

Adriana Tamez outright lied about her involvement at Cage Elementary. When confronted with the fact that she allowed a male teacher who was accused of raping a very young boy to continue teaching. She lied to the residents of her district when she denied it, INSIDE is in possession of her mailers when she called the former Trustee a liar for making such statements. The liar is Adriana Tamez. According to information that INSIDE has HCC Trustee Tamez also lied about images of students found in the teachers' HISD computer. HCC Adriana Tamez is a liar who was fired from HISD (technically she resigned after she was asked to reapply to her position and did not make the cut). With HCC Trustees like those two who owe their positions to organizations that desire to enrich themselves such as the Greater Houston Partnership and the Houston Federation of Teachers do not expect change to come quickly to Houston Community College.

INSIDE is pursing a rumor that Zeph Capo may have a personal interest in maintaining Betty Young as president of Coleman. Those of you who have heard the rumor and may have some proof of that please send it to INSIDE.

One More Thing About Zeph Capo

Zeph Capo is a homosexual, I am not outing him as like Annise Parker they are both open about their homosexuality to a degree. Heck Capo became part Latino during the campaign and Sheriff Adrian Garcia made robo calls for him to the Latino community.

His sexual preference makes no difference as to his qualification for any job, however, one thing that this writer has observed over the years is when a homosexual or lesbian gets in a position where he or she can influence hiring one can expect that ability and experience tend to go out the window, Sexual Preference tends to be become the most qualifying attribute for getting hired or placed in a high position. The never married State Senator Sylvia Garcia who almost always promotes homosexuals and lesbians over Latinos and Latinas or other more qualified candidates also pushed hard to get Zeph Capo elected over a much more qualified Latina candidate.

When the Harris County Democratic Party makes empowering people rather than empowering homosexuals and certain minority individuals their priority they will merit a closer look.

Homosexuals and Civil Rights

Homosexuals talk about obtaining civil rights that heterosexuals have that they don't. It has been this writer's observation that the most prejudiced and oppressive group of people is the homosexual and lesbian community. With them there can be no difference as to opinion but their own.

City of Houston

Looks like the city is using grant money for nuclear type of devices;

Agenda item 10 -     GLOBE ELECTRIC CO., INC for Personal Radiation Monitors for the Houston Police Department $86,190.00 - Grant Fund

I guess the persons that have problems with rape kits, with murder files, and shooting unarmed civilians know what they do.

Agenda item 20.          ORDINANCE finding and determining that public convenience and necessity no longer require the continued use of (1) Jackson Street, from Rusk Street south to its terminus, (2) a 10-foot-wide portion of Walker Street, from Crawford Street to Avenida de Las Americas, (3) two visibility triangle easements, and (4) a 10-foot-wide sanitary sewer easement, all located in Blocks 99 and 121, South Side Buffalo Bayou Addition, A-323, Harris County, Texas; finding and determining that public convenience and necessity no longer require the use of those streets and easements and abandoning them to Houston First Foundation, abutting owner; authorizing the conveyance of (a) a 13-foot-wide aerial easement along Walker Street, from Crawford Street to Avenida de Las Americas, and (b) a 5-foot-wide aerial easement along Crawford Street, from Rusk Street to Walker Street - DISTRICT I - GALLEGOS

What a great way to give away property rather than to sell, declare it as worthless and donate it to Houston First Foundation. Shouldn't the City have attempted to place it on the market to determine if it had value?

More Money for AIDS;

Agenda item 24.          ORDINANCE approving and authorizing contract between the City of Houston and AIDS COALITION OF COASTAL TEXAS, INC, providing up to $370,461.00 in Housing Opportunities For Persons With AIDS Funds for the administration of a Tenant-Based Rental Assistance and Short-Term Rent, Mortgage, and Utility Assistance Program, including supportive services;

At Risk?

At Risk what a misnomer there is no risk. Is this the work of the Greater Houston Partnership as the City, HISD and HCC have gone to At Risk?

Agenda Item 31. ORDINANCE appropriating $31,070,835.00 out of Houston Airport System Consolidated 2014AMT Construction Fund and $321,942.00 out of Airports Improvement Fund and approving and authorizing Amendment No. 1 to a Construction Manager-At-Risk Agreement between the City of Houston and HENSEL PHELPS CONSTRUCTION COMPANY/CBIC CONSTRUCTION & DEVELOPMENT, LLC  (Joint Venture) and approving a guaranteed maximum price for Phase I Construction Services for Roadway and Satellite Utilities Plant at William P. Hobby Airport (Project Nos. 685, 692); providing funding for engineering testing services, contingencies relating to construction of facilities financed by such funds and the Civic Art Program - DISTRICT I ‑ GALLEGOS

The Nanny City;

ORDINANCE AMENDING THE CODE OF ORDINANCES, HOUSTON, TEXAS, relating to hoarding and related behaviors - TAGGED BY COUNCIL MEMBER NGUYEN This was Item 17 on Agenda of April 9, 2014

Hoarding is sickness and the City wants to regulate it? Maybe they should work on curing it?

More Give Aways

ORDINANCE approving and authorizing conveyance by the City to HOUSTON FIRST CORPORATION of a tract of real property generally bounded (a) on the east by U.S. Highway 59, (b) on the south by Rusk Street, (c) on the west by Avenida de Las Americas and (d) on the north by Capital Street, subject to certain exceptions and reservations; approving a special warranty deed - TAGGED BY COUNCIL MEMBER LASTER  This was Item 19 on Agenda of April 9, 2014

Had this happen once or twice during my long hair smoking days of my youth

 

4/12/2014

Council Member Ed Gonzalez and the murder files

Council Member Gonzalez's actions need investigating as one of the things that stands out is the fact that he had City property in his possession for years. Why did he take the files? He was in no hurry to leave he was not fired and escorted out. He had over two months to get his possessions and depart.

The fact that one of the files led to a killer roaming the streets is what most persons are shocked at. I am sure that was not Gonzalez's intentions. What files that are printed with City equipments ever become the property of the employee? Why did he take files with him?

The other question is that he was running for council at the time, did he campaign during city time and or neglect his city employment while campaigning? Could that be reason that the killer was allowed to roam the streets? Council Member Gonzalez's has many unanswered questions that need to be answered.

Something to Consider - Next time you visit the water closet (toilet)

"Toto’s David Krakoff, president of the sales division for Toto USA, makes the case for liquid over mere friction: “You would never consider your hands to be clean if you simply rubbed them on a dry paper towel with no water, and the shower you take every day is useless without water.” And yes, you could just buy the Cottonelle wipes for yourself and be cleaner and happier than the vast majority of your fellow Americans. But I submit that a bidet is the moist wipe writ much awesomer. Hands free, with a steady stream. A pressure washer for your undercarriage. You may augment it with dry paper if you wish, in whichever sequence you desire." Here is the article in its' entirety.

4/11/2014

Emails circulating at HCC

1) Okay, here we go again  with what looks like an attempt to move the Energy Institute from under NE to Madeline Burillo.

Since the meeting on  February 20, 2014 when the Energy  Institute requested representatives from the Faculty Senate to attend, there has been no word from downtown about anything. All has been quiet, which always  means they are up to something.

Then suddenly in the last  week or so, it looks like Madeline Burillo and Joanna Kile have been busily putting something together. Last week, the Interim Director of the program got a call from Ms. Kile  telling him that she had money that they needed to spend right away and
asking that he get faculty to give her information about how to spend the money. Then last Friday, she called him and told him she needed him to write an article for the Chronicle. Our President was out of town, and he said he felt uncomfortable about all of this because he and the faculty don’t  report to Madeline and Joanna and these requests should be coming from our  President and Dean or, at least being done with the President’s knowledge.

On Monday (4/7/14), I got a call telling me that Madeline’s PR person, Dawnica Jackson, had contacted Sheron Bruno, PR Director at NE, about a logo for the Energy Institute. In the course of their communication, Ms. Jackson told Ms. Bruno that the design of the logo would
now fall under her since the Energy Institute is now reporting to Dr. Burillo. This was news to
Ms.Bruno, and certainly to all of us at the NE College.

Yesterday, while I was at 3100 Main, I learned that Madeline and Joanna were to make a presentation to the Board concerning the Energy Institute, but I wasn’t able to find out if it was today or next week.  I contact Dr. Fisher, who returned yesterday, to see if she knew about this presentation and she told me she did not, but she would certainly be checking into it. Later she called and told me that when she got home she had an email message from Charles letting her know that this presentation was going to be made to the Board Academic Affairs Committee today and he just wanted to let her know in case she might want to comment.  She told him that she  could hardly comment on something she had not seen and told him this should be pulled from the agenda since the presentation had not been
vetted through the EI faculty nor her. He told her that Renee had told him to put it on the agenda so that would be up to Renee.

Next I hear that this is going to be a presentation showing how the EI under NE and Dr. Fisher is not doing well and how Madeline and Joanna have been doing wonders with it in the last few weeks and that EI would now be reporting to Joanna and Madeline. Of course, I have
no way of knowing if this is true or not, but I know the history of how these games are played. The administration sets up a committee with faculty, gets “input” or strong arms  the committee to saying they agree with the administration’s plan and then presents it to the Board as if what they are saying is the truth. The administration counts on no one who knows any different being there to contradict. We know that is exactly what happened in the
case of the committee that was “reconstituted” by Renee, to use her own words to Mikki.  Despite the fact that Renee has been saying that the faculty are happy with the proposed changes, we know they are not.

I hope I am wrong and that they are just going to be presenting some facts about how much better the EI program could be if it got more financial support for more faculty and equipment
because it is certainly needed. The classes in this program have grown exponentially
in the last two years thanks to the diligence of the faculty, staff, and administration at NE.
I hope the Board will let reason reign and actually take time to visit with the faculty and administration at the Ne College before allowing such an unwanted change in structure to occur.

Answer

She is being protected by the Greater Houston Partnership who have at least 3 trustees in their pockets, Adriana Tamez, Zeph Capo, and Sandie Mullins. There may also be bribery in the sense that maybe two other trustee may have something that is being used against them to control them. HCC is corrupt at the top.

 

2) Heard employees are being  asked to sign petition to say the vote not valid---staff that is.

One of the student development personnel told me they were asked by Brian Waddle to sign the petition and would not let them have a copy to review so they refused.

He is supposedly keeping a list of those not signing so he and Betty can decide how to harass them or mistreat them.

This is truly a bad situation going on at Coleman and Renee is to blame for allowing this to get out of hand!

What can we do about both of these situations?

City

Someone sent me the following;

Council member's Ed Gonzalez self-imposed penalty... it's like a parent spanking a child with the child saying, that's alright Dad, I've got this.

Except it is not a joke! A killer is out on the streets because of the illegal actions of Council Member Ed Gonzalez's actions. Here is the article.

New procedures are little comfort to Maria Gutierrez, 47, who saw her husband's killer - a man her husband knew and whom she recognized – the night he was murdered eight years ago.

Shortly after 1 a.m. on Oct. 24, 2005, her common-law husband, Elfego Zenon Mena, stepped outside to speak with the man. The two argued, and the man shot Mena in the back of the head as he walked back to the house, she said. Officers found the 48-year-old, a maintenance worker at a golf course, dead in the street in the 5600 block of Ambern.

Gutierrez was stunned when Houston homicide detectives showed up several months ago and explained there had been a lapse in the investigation, and they were reopening the inquiry.

"Well, I thought that since we were Hispanics, and because we are poor also, they aren't concerned about us," said Gutierrez, an immigrant from Mexico who speaks little English. "If it had been an American, they would have quickly picked him up and investigated, and they never would have forgotten about it."

The Mena case file was one of six - and the only active case - that Gonzalez placed in a box as he cleared out his work area at HPD to join City Council more than four years ago. He returned the files when contacted by the department as part of the inquiry late last year.

Within two weeks of receiving the Mena file, sources have said, police charged the suspect with murder and issued a warrant for his arrest. However, Gutierrez said she was told the man was deported to Honduras in 2012. HPD has not released the suspect's name or whether he committed other crimes after the shooting, citing the active investigation.

Gutierrez, who broke into tears several times during a brief interview, said she only wants police to bring her husband's killer to justice.

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4/9/2014

Is There a Gay Mafia?

Only one person has been harassed in the last ten years at least probably in the last 100 years in Harris County and that person is Trustee Dave Wilson. Vince Ryan the County Attorney is one of the Mafiosos of the Gay Mafia. There is one reason why Vince Ryan has target Dave Wilson and that is because Dave Wilson has stood up to the Homosexual Mafia and won some of the battles with them. He has been at the front of the battle fighting for traditional marriages and the Homosexual Mafia has him on his sights.

In the video below you find out that only Dave Wilson has been targeted in the last 10 years. Vince Ryan did not want to release the information but Attorney General Greg Abbott ruled that Vince Ryan had to release the information. When will people start to realize that the Homosexuals are not just demanding rights they are targeting anyone that disagrees with them.

Dave Wilson Speaks before the Harris County Commissioners

"Judge and Commissioners; thanks for the opportunity to speak this morning. I apologize for taking your time. And I especially apologize to the taxpayers of Harris County for the County Attorney wasting valuable taxpayer assets on his
frivolous lawsuit against me.

As you know, I was duly elected by the voters of the Houston Community College Board of Trustees. And to have the County Attorney, after I was elected, try to overturn the election is unconscionable. What makes Vince Ryan think that his partisan politics should supersede democracy and the will of the voters? His policy of selective enforcement exposes Harris County to a possible Federal lawsuit in violation of Due Process and Equal Protection. Everyone in this room
knows at least a half dozen elected officials who do not reside where they vote. 22 people vote out of this building and none of them reside here. On the contrary I do reside where I vote, 5600 W 34th St.

The Harris County Attorney, on at least two occasions, has hired private investigators, at the taxpayer's expense, to follow and video record me. The week of Feb. 16-22 the County hired Richard Galaviz to spy on me. He caught me
red handed living at my residence. But he failed to catch the burglar the night of Feb. 18th, stealing a truck and trailer out of my yard. Some people have suggested that the county's private investigator and the theif knew each other. I don't know. I never recovered the truck and trailer.

I estimate the county has spent over$ 100,000 on this case. We have gone to court 7 times and I have prevailed every time. Our final court date was scheduled for April 15th, but the county asked for a continuance and it was granted by the Democratic Judge. Vince Ryan told my attorney that Harris County has unlimited resources and he would spend whatever it takes to defeat Dave Wilson.

This lawsuit has made a spectacle out of Harris County. Vince Ryan has no sense of right or wrong. He is so desperate, he has resorted to mafia tactics by dragging my wife and children into this lawsuit. He knows he can't beat me so he is attaching my family. Stop the County Attorney's abuse of power, do not fund his lawsuit"

Bill Maher thinks ‘gay mafia’ went after Mozilla Firefox CEO:
If you cross them ‘you get whacked’

 

Oops - Reporter Falls While Interviewing

 

4/8/2014

Are you a Facebook User? If yes should know about Jerk.com

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission said Jerk.com and its operator, Napster co-founder John Fanning, improperly harvested users’ public information from Facebook Inc. (FB) to label people a “Jerk” or “Not a Jerk.”

Jerk.com violated the FTC Act by misleading more than 73 million consumers that their content had been created by other users of the website, even though most of it had been taken from Facebook profiles, the agency said in a statement today.

Victims, including children, were falsely told they could revise their status by paying $30 to the website, the FTC said. The descriptions would show up in online search results, harming reputations as people could vote and comment on how much of a jerk the person was, the agency said.

Here is the article in its' entirety.

There was Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde - Here in Texas we have Nicolae Carpathia and Senator Dan Patrick

Dan Patrick profess to be a Christian but his actions/words speak louder. It is not his stand on immigration, one can understand that people that broke laws should not be rewarded. It is how he demonizes the people that for the most part were only seeking what Europeans sought what they immigrated to this country. Words such as

"What Patrick is doing is even worse. He's using his megaphone to berate people who have no voice. Patrick should pick on someone his own size - such as those who employ illegal immigrants. Instead, this dime-store demagogue has spent several months warning fellow Texans that the undocumented immigrants whom they've been tripping over themselves to hire for the last three decades are really an invading army that brings disease, despair and destitution to the Lone Star State." Source

VOTE

If you did not vote in the primary in March you can vote in run-off either Party (Republican or Democrat). However you vote should be cast in those races where it may make the most difference. In this case it would be the Republican run-off. I personally chose to vote in the Republican primary this year to cast a vote against Dan Patrick. The man has no scruples he will lie about anything if he thinks it will get him power or money.

Agenda Harris County

Here is the agenda for April 8, 2014.

Adrian Garcia is asking for money to participate in the Homosexual Parade.

County Attorney asking for money for litigation.

About a quarter of million dollars in conferences and travel requests this week.

4/7/2014

Rome had its' Nero - HCC has its' Byas

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4/6/2014

HCC is Top Heavy

Before the Trustees start talking and thinking about a tax increase they need to look at the chart above and do something about it. More than twice the administrative cost per student than Lone Star Community College. Shame on Acting Chancellor Rene Byas and the the California twits that preceded her. One can only hope that her days are numbered at Houston Community College. With all her skills and abilities Rene Byas should have no problem finding jobs.

With a new chancellor coming in it would be logical for the Trustees to allow the new person to make that decision as to whether to fire and with whom to replace.

The Cost per student however for Lone Star and HCC are about the same so HCC is saving money else where. HCC has less full time professors even though they have about 20,000 less students so that is one place. Here is the source as to the FTE cost.

Here is Houston Community College FTEs.

Here a report card issued by Lone Star of how it compares to other community colleges.

Enrollment

HCC is struggling with declining enrollment, if the Republicans do remove in state tuition for those students that presently pay In District tuition that were brought here without documentation "Dreamers" expect enrollment across Texas to take a hit.

City of Houston - Week of April 7, 2014

Changing Communites with Federal Monies

They want to make it seem that they have the communities at heart as they spend money to make them better. If you looks at what is now 4th Ward one gets an idea of what they have in mind. Is it good for the City probably but not for the persons that reside there. For those who entire history of their families are in the neighborhood.

ORDINANCE approving and authorizing submittal of an application to the Texas General Land Office for $11,986,000.00, from the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Program 2008 Supplemental Disaster Recovery Fund, for the Near Northside Infrastructure Project, acceptance of the requested funds, and execution of the related Grant Agreement  DISTRICT H - GONZALEZ

Here is what is going on, very large PDF.

A lot of help for AIDs related problems also on the agenda

21.  ORDINANCE approving and authorizing contract between the City of Houston and A CARING SAFE PLACE, INC, to provide $404,720.21 in Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS Funds for the administration and operation of a SRO Community Residence for transitional housing, along with the provision of supportive services

22.  ORDINANCE approving and authorizing contract between the City of Houston and A CARING SAFE PLACE, INC, to provide $179,460.00 in Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS Funds for the administration and operation of a SRO Community Residence for permanent housing, along with the provision of supportive services

23.  ORDINANCE approving and authorizing first amendment  to the Economic Development Agreement between the City of Houston and HOUSTON REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY to provide $1,000,000.00 in Community Development Block Grant (“CDBG”) Funds for a Working Capital Advance in connection with the increase and expansion of economic development activities authorized under the CDBG Program

24.  ORDINANCE approving and authorizing second amendment to the amended and restated Economic Development Agreement between the City of Houston and HOUSTON BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, INC, Formerly known as the CITY OF HOUSTON SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, to provide $2,000,000.00 in Community Development Block Grant (“CDBG”) Funds for a Working Capital Advance in connection with the increase and expansion of economic development and revitalization activities authorized under the CDBG Program

25.  ORDINANCE approving and authorizing contract between the City of Houston and HOUSTON VOLUNTEER LAWYERS PROGRAM, INC, to provide $200,000.00 in Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS Funds for Legal Supportive Services

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4/5/2014

Have to respond to this comment

"THE PRESIDENT OF COLEMAN COLLEGE has received A NO CONFIDENCE VOTE. We shall not fall prey to your alleged insider information regarding the matter the president. Your ploy will not work here. The ongoing deceit and trickery that is "ABLAZE" at Coleman College will not short circuit the voice of the people. So all minions, be on notice, justice will come and sooner than later."

Wish it was true, but who is going to do something about her, the faculty? The Staff? You'll can't get the attention of the Trustees nor the media so believe what you want. At the moment there is a good chance that you will have your President till September and by then the semester has already started. Maybe if the Trustees get a new Chancellor in here by early summer that could change. Low performing schools, HISD has 53 of them, here. Some people believe in prayer, some people believe in action. Jesus said the meek will inherit the earth, well I don't expect that the end of the world will come during my lifetime. If you want attention then you have to go out and seek it. Next Board meeting let us see how many people sign up to speak about Coleman.

 

4/4/2014

Bad News

Coleman College

Don't hold your breath waiting for change, expect the President to remain there for maybe at least another year. I checked yesterday with people that would have reason to know and they all told me that the Trustees and administration are not focused on Coleman. They have other "serious issues", the Chancellor search and the spending of the bonds.

Greater Houston Partnership - consultants

Rumor has it that the persons that may stand to make thousands of dollars in consulting fees have been leaning on trustees to make the "right choice" in the construction contracts. If in fact the consultants are threatening the trustees if they don't vote certain ways it would border on bribery. For reference here is an article where watch groups accused Governor Rick Perry of bribery.

Can someone explain why contracts and who gets them is so important to certain individuals in the Partnership. If it is not for money than why?

25 Things you would love to say at work

1. I can see your point, but I still think you're full of shit.
2. I don't know what your problem is, but I'll bet it's hard to pronounce.
3. How about never? Is never good for you?
4. I see you've set aside this special time to humiliate yourself in public.
5. I'm really easy to get along with once you people learn to see it my way.
6. I'll try being nicer if you'll try being smarter.
7. I'm out of my mind, but feel free to leave a message.
8. I don'twork here, I'm a consultant.
9. It sounds like English, but I can't understand a word you're saying.
10. Ahhhh ... .I see the screw up fairy has visited us again.
11. I like you. You remind me of myself when I was young & stupid.
12. You are validating my inherent mistrust of strangers.
13. I have plenty of talent & vision; I just don't give a damn.
14. I'm already visualizing the duct tape over your mouth.
15. I'm not being rude, you're just insignificant.
16. Yes, I am an agent of Satan, but my duties are largely ceremonial.
17. And your crybaby whiney-assed opinion would be ... ?
18. Sarcasm is just one more service we offer.
19. lf l throw a stick,will you leave?
20. Errors have been made. Others will be blamed.
21. Too many freaks, not enough circuses.
22. Nice perfume. Must you marinate in it?
23. Chaos, panic and disorder- my work here is done.
24. I thought I wanted a career; turns out I just wanted a salary.
25. Who lit the fuse on your tampon?

Whose Side Is God on Now?

"Many Euro-Atlantic countries have moved away from their roots, including Christian values. Policies are being pursued that place on the same level a multi-child family and a same-sex partnership, a faith in God and a belief in Satan. This is the path to degradation."

Heard any Western leader, say, Barack Obama, talk like that lately?

Indicting the "Bolsheviks" who gave away Crimea to Ukraine, Putin declared, "May God judge them."

What is going on here?"

Here is the article in full.

A little humor never hurts

 

4/3/2014

Art Tyler in San Francisco - Police Clash With Students

It did not take long for students and professors at City College of San Francisco to realize that Art Tyler is not a man of his word.

Wendy Kaufmyn, an engineering instructor at the school who participated in last week’s protests, said she supports an independent review of the protests, but is skeptical about Tyler’s statements about respectful discourse.

“This whole idea of trying to have collegiality and trust is something the chancellor keeps saying, but in all of my 31 years here, there has never been this level of distrust and lack of morale,” she said.

Kaufmyn said students last week were seeking civil discourse with college administrators but “instead they were met with the police who were told to keep them out of the building even if it took violence.”

Here is the article in full.

Art Tyler Receipts and Invoices - treated himself as a king.

Art Tyler's invoices follow. I think a recent photo of him shows him to be slimmer. I guess he does not have carte blanch to eat at their expense as he used the taxpayers' money with impunity. I have them in order of earliest in time going back.

One has to wonder why did the Trustees allowed so much abuse of taxpayers' monies.

Art 1, Art 2, Art 3, Art 4, Art 5, Art 6, Art 7, Art 8

We need our humor for the Day - Spiderman Dancing

 

4/2/2014

Most Popular Comment Last Three Days

(2 days ago) Her Track Record Continues said:

"Why would a trained and licensed attorney of the law become involved in unfair labor practices (ULP)?

An Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) occurs when an employer violates Section 8 of the National Labor Relations Act. Employees may file ULPs against employers for intimidation, coercion, violence, and many other labor law violations.

How much did the handling and settlement of these cases cost Northwest State Community College? How many scholarships could have been awarded to students?

ULP complaint cases settled before issuance of complaint
case number date parties
06-ULP-04-0159 05/08/08 Northwest State Community College Education Association, OEA/NEA v. Northwest State Community College and Dr. Betty Young

06-ULP-10-0527 05/08/08 Northwest State Community College Education Association, OEA/NEA v. Northwest State Community College and Dr. Betty Young

ULP complaint cases settled after issuance of complaint
04-ULP-01-0057 05/08/08 SERB v. Northwest State Community College and Dr. Betty Young
04-ULP-07-0421 05/08/08 SERB v. Northwest State Community College and Dr. Betty Young
04-ULP-10-0602 05/08/08 SERB v. Northwest State Community College and Dr. Betty Young
04-ULP-10-0603 05/08/08 SERB v. Northwest State Community College and Dr. Betty Young

How much will the Acting Chancellor and the Board of Trustees at HCC allow the President of Coleman College cost Houston Community College and the taxpayers?"

The HCC Board of Trustees knows about the situation at Coleman but it is not of importance to them, at the moment. The acting Chancellor is fighting for career, she did not make the cut, so don't expect her to do anything. Rumor has it that she has applied at other colleges as chancellor but has not been so successful. One has to wonder why anyone would consider her. If Rene Byas cannot make the cut at the college where she is acting chancellor one would have to wonder what the trustees that know about her would not consider her as permanent chancellor. A year ago Inside predicted that Rene Byas was making a mistake by catering to the Greater Houston Partnership while ignoring the wishes of the people that have the power to hire or fire her, the HCC Trustees. If Rene Byas is lucky the new chancellor will allow her to stay in her previous position as General Counsel. I personally would not want someone there that could be working against me. There are a lot of skeletons buried at HCC, Rene Byas could start by exposing them to the public, whistle blower.

At the moment INSIDE believes that there are only three puppets of the Greater Houston Partnership, Adriana Tamez, Zeph Capo, and Sandie Mullins. Sandie Mullins is another one that will find out that those promises that the Greater Houston Partnership are making to her for her run for City Council are written in the wind.

600 ft. bungee drop

 

Yesterday I received a call about a meeting to support Dewhurst

However, I informed the persons, two calls that I was staying out of it. When you have two candidates try to go further to the right in extremes, neither one of them merits my support or vote. Watch the 30 second ad below who is Dewhurst pandering too? The Obama haters, the "illegal haters", even if I did not like the job Obama is doing what does that have to do with my supporting him. If the Dewhurst campaigns thinks it can win by trying to "Out Right" Dan Patrick he will find out next month that he won't succeed. It did not work when he tried that strategy with Ted Cruz why will it work this time.

Republicans like to take credit for the job creation in Texas, maybe all that oil that is in the ground may have something to do with it. I guess they can claim that God is a Republican. The Democrats are as bad or worse.

To be fair below is a Dan Patrick commercial

The thing that really is absurd is that out of the four names that he mentions at the beginning the first two Houston and Travis were "illegals", they were in Texas illegally as Mexico had a law that prohibited Americans from coming in. In fact most of the the people who fought for the Texas Revolution were illegally in Texas. Here is one of the sources as to why Houston and Travis were illegals.

 

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4/1/2014

Wolves in Sheep's Clothing

Someone informed me that the care that some of the members of the Greater Houston Partnership is not care about the institution, nor of the students, not even of the taxpayers. They told me that some of the persons from the Greater Houston Partnership care about the commissions they receive for getting certain contractors jobs at HISD and HCC. INSIDE does not know if it is true or not, but logically it makes sense.

Lone Star Community College

Why is Lone Star suing the EEOC, here is the original petition, below the introduction;

Plaintiff brings this action for declaratory, injunctive, and mandamus relief after being left with no other means to redress Defendant's persistent arbitrary, capricious, and prejudicial behavior and deviation from the routine. A select few individuals have unlawfully commandeered the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's enforcement authority to attempt to go further than the law allows. Specifically, the EEOC presumes that it can bring a charge alleging a systemic pattern and practice of discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, armed with no supporting facts and no real charging party, against a public employer like Plaintiff. The EEOC has no such authority. Moreover, the EEOC's present overreach is not guided by overzealousness in curbing unlawful discrimination, but is instead motivated by the poisoning influence of financially interested friends, Javier Chacon and Joe Ramirez.

 

Just For Laughs

Hank Williams - I Saw The Light
Gospel Song

 

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