Politicians like diapers should be changed often for the same reason.

New here. Past articles, here.Want to email, here (info@insidehccs.com)

Feb - March 2012 articles here - Veselka interviews the Good the Bad and the Ugly - here

 

2.2.2013

Enrollment continues to decline at HCC

Here is the data for Spring Enrollment at HCC

1.31.2013

New appointment is a former HCC employee

Liela Feldman, here

HCC Trustee Chris Oliver has not lost his magic, he still knows how to make money disappear

7.15.2011 Campaign Report (CFR)

10.102011 CFR

10.31.2011 CFR

11.10.2011 Amended CFR

1.17.2012 CFR

7.16.2012 CFR

1.16.2013 CFR

I have done a little math, in July 2011, Chris Oliver had $10,500 on hand, based on the numbers he provided for the October 10 and 31 CFRs he should have had a total of 38,575 (rounded). Chris Oliver spent $39,447 during the same period. He indicates that he had $3,040 on hand (based on amended CFR in November).

I am baffled maybe someone can help me out as Chris Oliver just seems to be pulling numbers out a hat and placing them on the CFR. If you look at the 1.17.201 campaign report he shows a loan outstanding in the July 2012 CFR the loan disappears as does money maintained and no explanation as to how it disappeared.

If one looks at the 1.17.2012 CFR he has 3 pages of contributions but indicates that he raised $54,500 it does not even come close, The amount reported in the CFR by Chris Oliver was $7,500. Chris Oliver has two pages of expenditures for a total of $9,784 he lists $51, 352 in expenditures.

HCC Trustee Chris Oliver has not lost his ability to make money disappear, this is a case for the FBI to investigate. Have one person that will be taking the information to them.

Theories as to what is happening with the Chris Oliver's campaign reports are welcome. info@insidehccs.com

Have called some people and they may be filing complaints as to the reports, anyone want to guess how much the penalties will be. They have to be paid out of pocket as campaign contributions cannot be used.

To Chris Oliver, you should be pissed as hell at HCC some of the information HCC provided should have been redacted. I did not bother to redact as I am not paid to do that besides the reports are online and no redaction. hint some of you (trustees) have your personal phone numbers available to the public

Open letter to HCC, the other reports have the same problem. I suggest you send them to Inside redacted as I will not do the work for you nor will I correct mistakes of your making on my dime.

Here is an excel file (pdf) of the numbers that I came up with for Trustee Chris Oliver.

 

1.30.2013

Mary Spangler's contract here.

Art Tyler's contract here.

From the Rumor Department - from an email that was sent to Inside

I am hearing about a trip going to India.  Several HCC employees will make the trip.  The India trip is to set up India-HCC community college.  The ridicules number of, up to, 200 campuses.  XXXX is one of the persons picked by Dr. Tyler to make the trip.  XXXX may be scheduled to make 4 other trips beside the one to India, next month.  She is scheduled to go to Austin to lobby for more money.  XXXX is also scheduled to go to New Jersey for some creativity school. 

YYYY, HCC employee, stated it appears that Dr. Art Tyler is losing some of his power, and YYYY is not happy about that.

 

1.29.2013

Ethic or the lack thereof at HCC

Houston Community College has serious ethical problems when it comes to some administrators and Board Trustees.

HCC needs to implement a policy where Trustees must report all gifts in excess of $50

HCC needs to list all Vendors and subcontractors, there are way too many rumors and some not rumors of persons that may have close ties to Trustees and Administrators hiding beneath the first layer of vendors.

Response to Chronicle editorial by a reader of Inside

Houston Chronicle Duped by HCC

     The Houston Chronicle was duped into believing that “HCC had cleaned up its ethical act”.  The Houston Chronicle and  HCC voters were also duped into believing HCC was “busting at the seams” and the college needed a $425 million bond issue for new buildings.  The enrollment at HCC has declined 15.3% over the last two years (from 56,592 to 47,928 according to the Texas Association of Community Colleges and the HCC CAFR).

     The HCC board, under Chairman Richard Schechter, committed to “doing things the right way”.  Commitments are cheap; ethical actions are priceless.  The Houston Chronicle 1/27/13 editorial “HCC concerns” raised three concerns with HCC.

  1.  The Chronicle questions the decision to return former board member Herlinda Garcia as an interim replacement to the HCC board.  This was an excellent decision by the board.  There was not “a presumably large universe of possible replacements”.   There were only 2 other applicants, and one did not show up for the meeting.  What the Chronicle considers “baggage” of Ms. Garcia, others of us consider her to have principled beliefs and high ethical standards.  If memory serves me correctly,  the  Chronicle had endorsed her numerous times in the past.
  2. Why the sudden resignation of Schechter?   Did Mr. Schechter  not  get his way in selecting the contractor (which his daughter has worked for) to administer the bond program?    Mr. Schechter’s  involvement,  behind the scenes, with the $150 million contract for the Westheimer campus,  was handed over to the HCC Foundation.  Did this action circumvent and keep secret the bid process?   When Mr. Schechter was chairman, he got his friends Larry Vesalka a legal contract, Brad Deuster   a media contract, and Boris Miles the insurance contract at HCC,  just to mention a few friends.  The board finally wised up to his ways and Schechter knew it.  He took his marbles  and went home.
  3. The decision of Chancellor Mary Spangler to take medical leave (we wish her a full recovery) created a gap in HCC leadership at the highest level.  Not True!  Mary Spangler had been nothing more than a figure head.  Deputy Chancellor Art Tyler had been running the college, in concert with Mr. Schechter, with an iron fist behind closed doors to the benefit of their favorites.  As I  and  others  see  it, Ms. Spangler  wanted  Mr. Tyler appointed interim Chancellor.  The board surprised everyone and made an excellent decision in appointing Renee Byas interim Chancellor.  Could  another  reason Mr. Schechter quit be that he saw the tide turning and his control slipping away?

     Since the first of the year with the appointment of Ms. Garcia, the board has finally started moving in the right direction.  I personally applaud her leadership and I believe she  will continue to serve the taxpayers and students of the district.  The appointment of a replacement  for Mr. Schechter is before the board.  There are enough educators and lawyers on the board.  We need an ethical, principled person with business experience or a CPA to fill the void.   Keep the direction of the board moving  upward and  positive.

    
The Chronicle needs to do some serious investigative reporting into HCC.  I have a file cabinet full of statistics,  facts, and open records requests that can be substantiated that  I would be willing to share.   Writing editorials without facts, making insinuations, telling half truths and only hearing one side of an issue leads to bad journalism.  Please join me and others in shining the light of truth on HCC and help them become an institution of higher education that we can all be proud of.  "Dave Wilson"

1.26.2013

The Houston Chronicle Rewrites History

One has to wonder if the Houston Chronicle is anti Hispanic. The Houston Chronicle today came out with an op-ed piece that is almost completely false as to the facts it states. Here is the article. The same Chronicle that rakes Herlinda Garcia over the coals has endorsed Herlinda Garcia three times, including the last time she ran for the position. The Chronicle has a history of discriminating against minorities in particular Spanish surname individuals. Read the headline on this Chronicle. article. Why is it that if two Spanish surname individuals promote different candidates they are vying to be the "Boss". It connotes images of the mafia. The Chronicle does not do that to any other racial or ethnic group. To the Houston Chronicle editorial staff "Mexicans" are less than others.

I want to point out that it was Carroll Robinson that proposed ethic reform and that it was Richard Schechter that attempted to kill or weaken ethic reform as proposed by Carroll Robinson. This how the Houston Chronicle is attempting to rewrite history "It was under the Houston attorney's (Schechter) strong and progressive leadership as board chair that much-needed reforms were initially negotiated and put in place".

This statement "Does his leaving signify a shift in power on the board that might lead some members to believe they can move away from commitments to transparency and arm's length, especially in the area of assigning contracts?"is extremely bias as the Houston Chronicle editorial staff assumes that the Whites have ethics and minorities don't? Let me point out again it was Carroll Robinson that proposed ethic reform, Carroll Robinson is Black.

I did some thinking as to how that editorial slamming Herlinda Garcia may have come about and I keep coming back to Bruce Austin. Bruce Austin is the only Board Trustee that was a trustee when that happened. Bruce would have the institutional memory to have recalled that there were some problems regarding Cy-Fair and that Herlinda Garcia had taken a strong stand and unlike Bruce Austin does speak out and is not afraid to stand up for her constituents. The editorial board at the Chronicle are not smart enough, or motivated enough to have done research going back over 10 years.

Who tried to kill ethic reform, watch the video below

 

Richard Schechter had been a Trustee at HCC for over six years, the last year he was Board Chair. Six years to do something about the lack of ethics at HCC and now when Trustee Robinson gets enough vote over the objections of Richard Schechter to get the item on the Agenda he works behind the scenes to kill it.

enrollment amd tuition compared to surrounding community colleges

HCC -7.1% - tuition and fees in district $814

Lone Star + 14.3% - tuition and fees in district $800

San Jacinto -0.8% - tuition and fees in district $656

Wharton +5.9% - tuition and fees in district $1,032

 

1.25.2013

What happened with Chevron is peanuts compared to what may be happening now

Chris Oliver at the time that the Chevron contract was approved he was on the payroll of Ft. Bend Mechanical. The following people knew or should have known that Chris Oliver was on Ft. Bend Payroll at the time; Rene Byas, Jarvis Hollingsworth, Art Tyler, Mary Spangler. Not only did Chris Oliver advocate and vote for Ft. Bend Mechanical, Chris Oliver sent an email to Art Tyler telling him that Ft. Bend Mechanical be one of the contractors with Chevron Energy Solutions. Ask your self why was Chris Oliver never censored?

What happened with Chevron is small potatoes compared to what may be occurring now. Companies are jocking for project manager at this time. The profit from this one contract is outrageous at the movement HCC is considering and proceeding with the one project manager concept, see below (the wording is in blue).

The Chevron contract was presented to numerous agencies, local, state, and federal. I have no idea if they are investigating or not with the exception of the DA, they came out and said that the statute of limitations had run. That is bull when we presented the file to them it was less than two years. My opinion is that some people in the DAs' office are compromised, solely my opinion as I have not been able to find anything to prove it. Channel 13 was preparing to run the story when according to reliable sources they were threaten with a lawsuit. We know that soon thereafter Wayne chose to retire. We have and will continue to monitor certain people to see what they do in the future.

 

1.24.2013

Response to the lies on the op ed piece by Bruce Austin

Here is the link to the op ed piece in the Chronicle as posted by Bruce Austin.

Mr. Austin how can you commit to keep doing what you are doing now. Are you blind, did you notice that when Mary Spangler came in that HCC was larger than Lone Star, it is now about half the size. Are you Blind Mr. Austin?

When Mary Spangler first came in tuition and fees were almost the lowest in the area, HCC is now the highest. Are you Blind Mr. Austin.

Here is Dave Wilson's response to Bruce Austin's Op Ed in the Chronicle.

1.23.2013

HCC Open your eyes to what is happening

HISD wants to partner with Lone Star Community College, the question is why and what is HCC doing to stop it?

Several sources tell me that enrollment this Spring semester continues its spiral down, what is HCC doing to address it? I hear that students are leaving in droves, going to San Jacinto and Lone Star.

HCC may cease to exist if the "Trustees" don't open their eyes to what is occurring.

Let me phrase it this way Trustees your golden goose will cease to exist as there will be no HCC trustees. No more easy money, you money may have to work for it.

1.21.2013

Bruce Austin from the past

"Officials with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development complained in November that they couldn't reconcile expenses or find out how some grant money was being handled by the office, which is run by Bruce Austin." Here is the link. Question is, can old dog learn new tricks?

I don't get the Saturday paper and have been informed that there was op-ed piece by Bruce Austin that was very flattering of the Spangler administration. I hope to get a copy soon so I can read it and maybe respond to what may be outright falsehoods. I don't know how many people would have read that op piece but I do know how many hits Inside gets, quarter of a million this past year.

Bruce let us see you start doing something about transparency, post the CFRs online. Post the disclosures online, by law they are suppose to be there. You know what has been going on Bruce don't act like it has been good, do the right thing.

Bruce is CEO "Austitron". Not sure what that is, will spend some time looking it up later. Was mabe it was just chance that a day after the op piece that HCC had a full page ad in the Chronicle? Tell me Bruce how many potential students do you think would have been looking at the front section of the Chronicle? How much do you think that ad cost? I think that may be a good open records request.

1.20.2013

Chris Oliver

My, my Chris has been busy creating companies, I remember when his suits were torn and always asking for help, my, my being trustee has been good for him.

One Company here.

Another Company here.

Chris Oliver tweets, here.

According to County records Chris married in 2003 and has one house under his wife's name so he does not show up on the appraisal records. Chris still votes from his parents house. Chris there will be people on you like wet toilet paper.

Ms. Byas this is a request

Please post the campaign reports for the trustees as was promised to the community. The July 2012 reports have not been posted and the January reports are soon due. Ms. Byas this used be your department, please don't make me start doing open records requests as I don't know when to stop.

1.18.2013

New leader at Top

Renee Byas was chosen as the acting Chancellor, have no idea if that is good or not, will give her a few weeks to see how she does. There are two really bad apples left on the Board, Neeta Sane and Chris Oliver (my opinion there may be a third). I will soon start looking into their businesses to see if we can see departures a la Schechter. Will stick with them like wet toilet paper until they see the light or go else where to do their business.

Neeta Sane

Why did she start a Management Company? What does she know about helping Businesses? I have no idea if there is a disclosure on file as HCC is either no longer posting them or she failed to file one. I guess the transparency did not last long, well the ethics bill did not last very long. HCC is the interest of Transparency should require all top administrators and trustees to list all their holding (at least major holding). In cases like this, HCC should require that all clients be listed to prevent the perception that it is but a cover to get paid for pushing for clients. Her company would be something I would consider doing to make money off the bonds and keep the public in the dark.

My gut feeling is that they want to keep Art there as he knows how to spread wealth and there is 495 million dollars of wealth to be spread. Art just did not understand that he could pick and choose who to make richer or rich, such is my gut feeling.

You are Welcome Ms. Byas

The deal was researched before the meeting? How do I know that, the hits to Inside almost 200 hits yesterday on information on Ms. Byas.

Chris you better look over your shoulder

15,000 hits on Chris over the last few months, I think you have people interested in you Chris. Will soon start putting new stuff up.

1.17.2013

emails like the one below have kept me going, let us pray that HCC will finally rise from the pit

"God bless you for your dedication and determination in exposing the dark underworld that has been running/ruining HCC and destroying and eliminating employees who tried to expose and report the wrong doing and corruption."

Over 2 years ago I was invited to a meeting of employees that had been terminated or feared for their jobs simply for bringing mismanagement to light. They did not know how to proceed, I gave them some advice and saw after a short time that they could not or were unable to implement a way to defend themselves. I took it upon myself to create this web site and have spend thousands of hours researching the administration, requesting records which is like pulling teeth, and creating this web site. As knowledge is the best way to fight organizations like the one that has harmed HCC. I knew it was going to be a long fight and nasty at times. One has to be like a bull dog, grab on and don't let go. That lesson was learned from "Call of the Wild". I will see how things go today.

By the way I am hard on the media in particular the Chronicle (low price whores) as they catered to to the whims of the HCC administration for pieces of silver. They printed articles that destroyed reputations without researching simply accepting as facts the garbage that HCC gave them. They placed Schechter on a silver platter, while they destroyed the reputations of Yolanda Navarro Flores, Gloria Walker, Abel and Diana Davila. The Chronicle is no better than the magazines that print conspiracy theories.

I told a TV reporter who wanted to meet with me that will never happen as your organization does not go after the really big boys (Chevron). I was right. Another investigative reporter chose to retire rather, rather than change (He was about to run the Chevron story).

We have a worthless media that is good for weather and traffic reports, occasional chases, and sports. America we have gone downhill in regards to our first amendment right (of which newspapers were suppose to be the voice of the people).

Inside has had over 3,000 hits in the last two days, thank you.

1.16.2012

Rumors

Rumors are rumors I have no way of knowing if they are true but they are out there.

1. Mary Spangler submitted her resignation.

2. Cunningham submitted his resignation, numerous sources of this rumor since he is still there who knows. But, one can resign and remain for a time.

Opinions

Opinions are solely mine and no one else.

1. Why I stated that the agenda item is the beginning of the process of the removal of Art Tyler. Art Tyler came in after the selection of Mary Spangler at her request. With the appointment of an interim Chancellor logic would dictate that Art Tyler is history. It is common knowledge that Tyler was soliciting support for Chancellor. There would have been no need for a committee if that were going happen.

2. The voting to accept the resignation of Richard Schechter is pure nonsense if a lawyer informed the board that voting is a requirement that lawyer should be immediately dismissed for informing them of such nonsense. I want to point out that I have a law degree and have been licensed to practice since 1983. If the requirement that votes to accept had to be cast than why didn't the Board vote to accept Perez resignation? If votes were required to accept a resignation in theory the Board could refuse to accept the resignation until an election by law was required. If that occurred the area represented by the Trustee would be without representation. It is nonsense what the Trustees at HCC are doing and could set a bad precedent. If the resignation was conditional on the Board accepting than it would not be a resignation but rather a desire that they beg the person to stay. If that is the case than the Board would be better off without someone that is so lacking in self esteem that they have to be babied.

1.12.2013

Removal of Art Tyler and resignation of Richard Schechter

Here is a link of the Board Meeting on the 17th two items are of special interest the removal of Art Tyler and the acceptance of the resignation of Richard Schechter.

1.7.2013

This comment is for two HCCS Trustees

There is nothing to fear but fear itself. Two of you live in fear because the administration and one trustee have threaten to expose you. We know most of what they know and you have nothing to fear. They are blackmailing you and that in itself is illegal. If you want to continue being a person who lives in fear, who may have trouble with your conscious than continue to stand there while they throw you scraps from the table. Because that is what you have chosen to be, mongrels that eat scraps that eat scrabs that your masters throw at you.

By the way I am one of the best read blogs in Houston, others may get awards from the whore, the Chronicle, but those blogs come in second. By the end of January I will have had a quarter of a million hits. We hope to expand to other governmental agencies as the media, DA, FBI, and other agencies seem to have turned into the three monkeys, see no corruption, hear no corruption, speak no corruption. Some of the media would rather fire people than to allow them to expose the corruption, except when it involves the little players like going after constables that raise money to help the community they represent.

I removed the links from the months as it identifies some of the persons visiting, suffice to say that Newspapers from up North have been visiting.

Month Hits
Jan-13 5239
Dec-12 21556
Nov-12 19591
Oct-12 22752

 

1.3.2013

Below is an email that I received today, based on the information provided I went back to look at the December Board Meeting. Mr Transparency (aka Richard Schechter) sure was pushing for a company.

 

From: Concerned Taxpayer <concernedtaxpayerhcc@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 3 Jan 2013 11:47:36 -0500
To: <Ericka.mellon@chron.com>
Subject: More Questionable dealings and allegations of in inappropriate acts.

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

            First of all we want to thank you for your continued support and feedback, and the tremendous amount of inside information you have sent us since we have started these emails.  Your inside information is helping us to continue to discover inappropriate behavior by HCC Administration and some of the Board Members. Nevertheless we will continue our effort to distribute this information as it becomes available to us, and let the public and the Board members make their own judgment. Here is our first report in the New Year and all of the following allegations that the board should look into seriously:

CHANCELLOR'S HEALTH

            We have been told that Chancellor Spangler has had some serious health issues recently, and she is on leave. We want to take a moment to say a prayer for her health, and wish her well and hope she recovers. Although it would not make a difference anyway, if she is there or not, since she has not participated in the management for HCC for the last couple of years. Nonetheless we wish her well anyway.

APPOINTMENT OF NEW TRUSTEE FOR DISTRICT III

            Just like many other folks, We are watching the actions of the Board and Administration; it seems like the board is finally starting to try to do their job, and take a stand without the Administration fully dictating their policy, agenda, and decisions. The Board appears to be trying to take control rather than being puppets of the Administration. However some of the Board members continue to appear to be manipulated like puppets. Now, the choice of the new replacement Board member (for the current Chair Mary Ann Perez's soon to be vacant seat) will be an even more important one. It has been alleged that the current Chair, Trustee Schechter, and Administration have picked their replacement already; Ms. Adriana Tamez. We have been told that allegedly ESPA principal Karun aka "The Chancellor" has been 'Driving Miss Adrianna' around (like driving Miss Daisy) and showing her around, all the while trying to rally and get support for her appointment, allegedly so he can have his new replacement minion on the board to replace Mary Ann Perez; His beloved friend, compadre, and future business partner.

            The Board of Trustees needs to make the right and independent choice and not just rubber stamping Mary Ann Perez's choice. We know Ms. Tamez is not the choice of the Community and is only the choice of the Perez, Karun, Trustee Schechter and Administration. One cannot help but to think that Ms. Tamez may already be allegedly tainted. What is she doing already driving around with a college Vendor, a vendor who is pursuing $420 Million dollars in Business with HCC? Is this how she will conduct herself in the future? Is Karun AKA "The Chancellor" responsible for vetting the candidates before they are put on the Board? This conduct causes many questions. It is alleged that according to the Harris County Tax records that Ms. Tamez appears to have multiple addresses, including one that is not in the District III. It is interesting that she is not claiming a homestead on either one of these addresses. It makes you wonder if Ms. Tamez is even living at any of those addresses? Or maybe Ms. Tamez simply is not smart enough to take advantage of the Homestead exemption tax reduction. (Which makes it scary to think she will be watching over the Community's money.) Interestingly, the only address that is in the district III is her parents address. Her address is 14 Greenway Plaza Building B Unit 18, 77046. Irrespectively, of where she lives, we ask that the Board keep in mind that Ms. Tamez is only Mary Ann Perez's choice, and that the Board needs to make the decision and not let themselves be run over by the Administration and they should consider all candidates in a fair and transparent process, and make the best choice.

What is Mr. Transparency hiding today and his abuse of power, legal misrepresentation, and conflict of interest?

            Trustee Schechter continues to act like he is Mr. Transparency, yet he has never explained how he can support and continue to voting on items that he has a conflict on.

            Furthermore, the other Trustees must question his role on the Board. He continues to allegedly treat the other trustees like they are second class citizens and not as smart as him. Why is that? Because he went to law school? It seems like he allegedly spends a lot of time giving unsolicited legal opinions and getting the Board Counsel and Administration Counsel to endorse and support his legal opinions like puppets, rather than performing his duties as a Trustee, and it is not his place to make a legal argument to manipulate the process. Trustee Schechter, the people did not elect you to be the board Attorney, (Well it was not much of an election last time since no one ran against you, but next time it will be different.) they elected you to be a Trustee, stop throwing your weight around and contradicting yourself constantly. There are other smart lawyers on the board, and they stick to their duties as trustee and not playing legal eagle as you do. I wonder what the State Bar would think about his allegedly rendering legal advice to the Board of Trustees members in his attempts to manipulate the board with what the "Law" is.

Abuse of Donors Money and Foundation inappropriate act

            Which brings us to our next important item, The Surprise Special Meeting and Agenda item II part B. Why the "Special Meeting?" What could be hiding in a simple "Memorandum of Understanding Between HCC and HCC Foundation Regarding Acceptance of Gift for Early College and STEM Facilities. "

            Why should we be "Surprised" that the Meeting on January 4, 2013 is really disguising moving one hundred fifty million dollars ($150,000,000) of the money that was donated by a donors to a fund which will be spent without going through the formal procurement processes.

            This Memorandum is not normal for HCC and is not in accordance with what the "Law" is regarding procurement in the State of Texas. Anyone who knows even a little about this deal, knows that this is another masterpiece and a conspiracy that allegedly Trustee Schechter has orchestrated to award this one hundred fifty million dollars ($150,000,000) contract to his long term friend and buddies with Satterfield Pontikes Construction. Allegedly there are meetings that have taken place between Trustee Schechter  and Satterfield Pontikes. There are documents and evidence to prove this which we will be forwarding to the District Attorney Office soon.

            Sadly, the Board of trustees need to keep in mind that this is not the first time this has happened with the Foundation money and the Foundation should not be used as a channel to route money to contractors and launder money to  favored members of the Board and or the foundation directly. The donors who give money to the foundation, they give the money on behalf of HCC and for the benefit of students and ultimately the taxpayers. If the oversight and control is taken away (or given away) from the Trustees there is potential for abuse; this fund will be abused  and again it will result in both HCC and the foundation losing credibility with future donors and the trust of taxpayers. Many higher education institutions have large donors who contribute to the institution and their foundations, and when it comes to spending those funds they do not bypass or short cut the state procurement requirements, fair practices, and transparency. This seems like it is Chevron and Qatar all over again except this time, Ladies and Gentlemen, and Trustees, it is under your watch, and your responsibility, and it cannot be blamed on your predecessors. This is like asking you to do another off balance sheet transaction like  Enron. We believe that you know what is the right thing to do.

            Additionally, Trustee Schechter is also allegedly tied into at least 2 more Construction Companies. Allegedly, as shown by this "Special Meeting," he is working behind the scenes to funnel some of the foundations money to these companies without going through the proper procurement procedures, as has been alleged with ESPA and other Contractors. We will have more information for you on these topics in our next email.

Art Tyler's adding to his secret companies

            The Deputy Chancellor is acting like the bond money is his money, and there have been numerous allegations of secret companies being formed to funnel these monies to favored companies and individuals. On October 16, 2012, Vice Chancellor Art Tyler and his wife formed a development company to do business in the State of Texas in the name Leslie Development Group, LLC. It is our understanding that HCC prohibits full time executive level administration to conduct other businesses without disclosures. In fact there have been issues raised in the past about this kind of activity by Mr. Tyler. What is the purpose of this Development Company? Will it be performing on contracts affiliated with HCC? How much of Tyler's time is spent on this company while he is on the Full-time Huge Salary with the College? What other resources or affiliates are involved with this company? How could he have time to be involved with any other business ventures when there is so much to do at HCC that is not getting done? Just a quick research online shows allegedly this company could be tied in to another company of Tyler's and Spanglers that caused controversy before.  By the way Dr. Tyler, where are we with the status of Qatar and the Chevron contracts that you and Trustee Schechter were shepherding before, what is the status of this contract?  What is the financial status of this contract?  Everyone knows that the Chevron contract has been a big loser and the return on investment has not been there as was promised. Board of Trustee and the Chairperson of the audit committee should ask for a complete independent review of the contract, the financial status and the return on the investment. The result of this review should be posted on the website for the public rather than being swept under the rug as has occurred in the past.

            Allegedly, Trustee Schechter knows about this Leslie Development Company and Mr. Transparency has chose not to question or discuss this at all with the Community. Makes you wonder why, huh?

Other irregularities and violations of public trust

            We also are researching other vendors and contracts in the college. For Example the procurement of the Board's Legal Advisers Bracewell and Giuliani. When was the last time their procurement was performed? How was it procured? Who processed it, and how were they selected? Our understanding is that there is millions of dollars that has been funneled through this law firm without questioning them. Additionally as long as administration keeps paying the bills without question they will continue to support members of the Board rather than their fiduciary duty which is to represent the Board and in the end result the taxpayers. It would seem natural than that Bracewell Guiliani is one of the biggest contributors to the Board of Trustees PACs.

Consider the Board Bylaws:

            The Board Counsel should be independent of the administration, however pursuant Article E Section 4 of the HCC Board Bylaws, the Board counsel is recommended by the Chancellor. So how could they be independent when the actual hiring is done by then Administration. Moreover under 4 c and 4e, they are also required to perform legal services for the Chancellor.

            The General Counsel duties as listed in the Bylaws have them provide legal advice and counsel to the Administration. Recently the General Counsel and Administration have claimed that the procurement department is reporting to the General Counsel. Which truly, as you will see, the General Counsel cannot perform their duties and supervise procurement. Anyone with basic legal knowledge will know that there are conflicts within conflicts within conflict with regard to the General Counsel and the Board Counsel. The Board should consider seeking an independent law firm to review all of these relationships and request a decision to be rendered by the Attorney General.

            Consider what happens when Procurement reports to the Legal Department. If there is a problem in the procurement department who investigates except for the Legal Department. Another example of the fox watching the henhouse. The Legal Department is supposed to be the unbiased investigator, and now there are no checks and balances. As an example as is stated in the Larry Veselka and Tim Byrd interview on July 15,2010 Renee Byass, HCC General Counsel stated that she felt pressured from Dr. Tyler regarding the Chevron contract., and she was told to get the deal done ASAP. We all know the Chevron had ties from California  with Art Tyler and Chancellor Spangler; and that is how they were awarded the contract. And to add more conflicts within the conflicts, for the board counsel, it seems like they are confused as to who their client is, and it seems like they continue to support the administration instead of the board, because who pays the millions of dollars is the administration who pays their fees, and continues to renew their contract, if there is even a contract, and where the Chancellor is the one who approves hiring them. Since the Procurement Department reports to the Administration Legal Counsel, the Administration is selecting who the Counsel will be for the Board. Hello, you do not have to be a genius to figure that this does not pass the smell test. If you support the idea that the board should automatically approve administration decisions, then the Board would never be selecting their own counsel.

We would like to ask all you Trustees a question, which one of you were asked involved or had input in the selection and contract negotiation of your own counsel When was the last time you approved the budget, rates, or a contract for them? Or was this another sweetheart deal that Schechter and his legal friends put together. Now the legal department should be conflicted out of any review of Procurement because their findings will be directly related to their subordinates, and their own supervision. Again, it looks like the fox is watching the henhouse. What would be their incentive to bring forward any of their own misconduct, or other potential issues? To make themselves look bad? Did it ever occur to you why no other college or university has a procurement department report to in house counsel? That would be like having internal affairs of the police department reporting to the departments they are investigating.

Board Members we truly believe that the majority of you have the best interests of the taxpayers at heart and you are trying very hard to do a good job. However, it appears that the administration continues to try with the help of some of your colleagues to manipulate the process , which overshadows the good job that the rest of you are trying to do.

New Enrollment Status

Given the significant decrease in the enrollment numbers the Board and the Trustees should take another look at the spending of Bond Dollars on new buildings and additional facilities if the enrollment is going to continue to declining. Of course administration blamed  the HCC 7% enrollment drop due to the better economy which is the defense you would expect. But how can you explain that at the same time, in the same economy, and the same area of the country, the enrollment for Lonestar college increased by 4 percentage, that leaves an 11 percentage gap between HCC and Lonestar. Maybe HCC Administration needs an overhaul rather than blaming the better economy.

Coming Soon, More information regarding other Trustee Schechter's, and other Art Tyler's questionable business dealings and other allegations, HCC violations of the Open Meetings Act and Freedom of information.

 Please call your Trustee and Voice your concern, Look forward to seeing you at the special meeting January 4th, 2013

 

12.17.2012

From the rumor mill

Rumors are that the President of Southeast College has been reaching out to the faculty senate for support for the position of Chancellor.

12.9.2012

How to waste money the HCC way

Buy electronic citation machines so they can track citations, they don't write enough tickets to waste money as such, a joke, here.

Pay for web campaign services, another joke as one of the main goals is to increase enrollment, they already have a company that makes over a million a year and enrollment has gone down for three semesters in a row, here.

Give 30% to a collection agency for harassing students into paying back for the outrageous tuition and fees, here. Only government can get away with such outrageous collection fees, they take care of their campaign givers, here. No secret as to who will get it they take care of their friends.

Interesting

Richard Schechter's daughter does not list ESPA as a client or former client, here.

12.7.2012

Mr. Transparency (Richard Schechter)

I have a question is your daughter on the payroll of ESPA, either directly or indirectly?

You once launched an investigation that cost the taxpayers nearly a million dollars using one of your friends as the investigator (He got paid a lot of money). The investigation was based on less information that is being provided on the emails that are being circulated.

Mr. Transparency is your daughter involved with ESPA? You have not to this date to my knowledge publicly denied what is on the email. Why is that?

Mary Ann Perez

Rumor is that the replacement will be hand picked by Mary Ann Perez, will it be a puppet?

Here is the latest Ms. Perez's campaign report as a state representative candidate.

I would have the HCC campaign reports but Ms. Perez either has not filed any 2012 campaign reports or HCC is leaving her campaign reports out from the online reports (All the other trustees do have 2012 reports online). That does not surprise me as Houston Community College reeks of corruption throughout the system. Even employees are rewarded for playing and ignoring what they see. When they don't they are threaten, fired, or like JJ evidence fabricated to get an indictment (based on my research on what happened to JJ).

Ms. Perez, have you publicly denied what is on the email?

I do not claim that anything that is on the email is true but it was circulated publicly and sent to the trustees, I post it so that others may see as it has already been made public.

To whomever is sending the emails you waste your time with the Chronicle as they are nothing but a low price whore that has already been bought and paid for by HCC taxpayers monies.

12.6.2012

Some one has been busy sending emails

Below is a very lengthy email that was sent to Inside HCCS. I understand that some HCC Trustees believe that is I that am behind the email, nope, not my style. I would have photos of Trustees coming out of meeting or apartments.

My gut feeling on the email is that someone is trying to get a piece of the action and if they do get contracts their concern for corruption disappears, my two cents on the email. To be more specific once they get a cut of the Program Manager they will leave it alone as their bank account will make them happy with the status quo.

For those employees that want to contact Board Trustees, trust no one.

I am curious about something that the email states that "ESPA is manipulating the Board", how does one manipulate? I guess that means that some Trustees are willing to accept something in return for their vote. I know of only one Trustee that could be manipulated as she is asleep and does not know it.

I am only printing the email as it has been made public and was sent to the trustees. I have no proof that what is on the email is true for all I know it may all be rumors. A rumor that is believable is better than the truth, my quote.

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Ladies and Gentlemen, Members of the Board of Trustees, Greater Houston Partnership, Public Media and Law Enforcement Agencies.
            This is a follow up email with additional insider information that we have received regarding the New Scandal at HCC. We  would like to thank all of you for your continued faith and support, Please come to the meeting and voice your concern at HCC Main Campus Thursday at 4:00.(Email and Phone your trustee) We are repeating our request that a lot more questions get asked before the Trustees approve a new round of alleged non-competitively priced Program Management.
            The HCC insider information alleges that  there have been multiple behind closed door meetings between HCC Board Members,  theVice Chancellor, the Chairperson, Administration and ESPA. Allegedly, ESPA is still conspiring and manipulating the Board and the Chair to award the contract to only one Program Manager, ESPA. In fact the word on the street is that even the Board Counsels participated in meetings regarding directing an effort to circumvent the competitive bid process and sole source this contract. Let us tell you that unless you plan to lie under oath, if such a thing occurs, the question will have to be answered of whether you attended such closed door meetings.            If ESPA was in those meetings with the Chair, they both should be disqualified now. Even the idea of Closed door meetings with ESPA should be considered improper because of all the allegations of improper conduct by the Board Members, and their families receiving money from ESPA.
            Allegedly, Trustee Schechtner promised that he would run a transparent and fair program. But, many allege that he has not. Why? Because his family receives money from ESPA and who knows what else? Because we have allowed past corruption, Is this why Trustee Schechtner and some of the others allegedly feel entitled to receive additional benefits or abuse their authority? Is Mary Ann Perez going to be the new Business Development Officer for ESPA? How could this be anything except improperly influencing Board Decisions?
            Come on, we know that ESPA has people on their payroll. The only other questions are how many people and how much? How many Board Members are going to stand up for their Community? How many are breaking their promises?
            At the last public meeting  the Vice Chancellor represented that the Program Manager would receive an 8 percent fee. But what he failed to tell you was that this fee is ALOT higher than what everyone else pays. For the same services many of the institutions are only paying 2-2.5 percent of only the Construction fees. (See attached) Compare how TSU just hired Hill International, one of the largest program managers in the World for 2% for $80 Million Dollars worth of Projects.  Compare " Typical construction management fees are commonly calculated about 3-5% of the whole construction cost, though it can be somehow higher or lower, depending on the aforementioned factors." (http://constructionmanagementsalary.com/typical-construction-management-fees-structure-overall-percentage) Seriously what backup have you seen regarding what others are paying for these services? Now add to these fees the additional amounts they are planning on spending on Construction Managers. Let's say they get 5 percent, now the total is 13% or $55 Million Dollars spent on What Program Management or management of what program. The Master Plan has already been completed by ESPA and paid generously. Additionally compare the fees that will be paid to the contractors to do their construction, now it will bring the cost to approx 20% out of the gate, that is almost $90 Million Dollars.
            Trustees, please ask yourself  if you know what the difference is in comparing a Program Manager and a Project Manager? Should someone ask for a detailed job description for each? Should someone document what work has already been paid for so there is no overlap between work already done and new work, and so that there is no overlap between what each level is performing? Or maybe we want to continue to pay twice for the work at twice the rate of what everyone else pays, for a total of almost 4 times the industry! This has really happened already in the past!

            Furthermore it seems like we do two steps backward for every step forward. At the last meeting, all the Board members agreed that all the comparable programs in the Houston Metropolitan Area have multiple Program Managers. The HCC Staff presenting for approving a $300 Million dollar first run of the bond said they thought dividing the work between multiple Program Managers was a good idea, in fact they said that Multiple Program Managers should be considered as part of the justification and support behind increasing the amount of the Bond funding that they were asking  to have approved. The discussion around the table was that at least three Program Managers would be needed and maybe as many as five for the whole program.
             As previously mentioned, The Program Management Community is recommending to us that the best management practice for HCC would be to consider and develop a non-bias process including but not limited to expanding and enlarging the selection committee say between 7 and 9 'qualified' people, who are required to follow the selection criteria published in advance, with specific scoring criteria which is also followed. Moreover, considering the Volume of work which HCC has available, opening the contract up to more participants would ensure more competition. Here is the Concerned Taxpayers 2013 prediction. We go through this pretend process, ESPA will be awarded the Contract. The Chancellor and Deputy Chancellor will retire, the new Chair will be working for ESPA, and there will be a few new instant millionaires on the board.

            Now, what more proof is needed? We already know that every member was agreeing with the staff's advice and the fact that multiple Program Managers are the only logical option. So anyone who reverses their decision without some really good evidence is obviously part of a conspiracy to manipulate the system. There is nothing worse than someone who has so little integrity as to agree to perform in a professional manner and then to sneak behind closed doors and try to go back on their word. If this is true, then what we have is a bunch of pretenders who are trying to misrepresent that there is a fair process being setup, when they have in fact rigged the whole process to make an award to ESPA. Are you still doubting that this process is being misused? Compare this quote from a Lieutenant Governors PEER Expenditure report to the State of Mississippi, regarding public (Construction Program Management) CPM contracts,

            Benefits of using of a CPM contractor may be compromised by weaknesses in public entities’ CPM contracts. PEER found that many local entities lack criteria and standards for using CPM contracts and have  deficiencies in their contracting process. Also, because the state has not established regulatory requirements for governing who is qualified to provide CPM services, public entities have no assurance that CPM providers meet minimum competency requirements. Such factors reduce assurance of the protection of the public interest. http://www.peer.state.ms.us/reports/rpt395.pdf.

Look how bad the result have been in some places using the current standards and criteria? How much more than industry standards do we have to pay before we wake up? Come on Trustees Do the right thing. See the attached Top 50 Program Management Firms from ENR.http://enr.construction.com/toplists/ProgramManagers/001-050.asp Where is ESPA on this list? What benefit is there in lowering our standards?

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In regards to this statement [Chief Cunningham: “Nobody ever looked because they were this little tiny community college that didn’t matter. Now they’re one of the biggest colleges in the (expletive) nation, and everybody and their brother is looking up your skirt and guess what? You ain’t got no panties on.”

It is not the college that has no panties it is the taxpayers, the students, and some employees, they have been fucking them for years and don't even know it. One ex employee JJ was royaly fucked by HCC, I am convinced that they fabricated evidence to get the DA to indict him on a bogus charge.(one some times has to use strong words)

Trustee Flores, attempted to tell the Board that the administration was not on the up and up and they spent millions attempting to get her indicted. The problem was that she had done no wrong.

Hell I have been deposed, and followed, they will spend millions to try to cover what they are doing at HCC. They and their friends are getting rich and when media attempts to expose them they start paying them off not to report, by buying millions in commercials. While the student enrollment continues to go down.

 

 

11.20.2012

Happy a happy Thanksgiving

It is never to late to warn you that we have given out your social security and employment information, two months?

Pdf of letter sent to employees, here.

2n email...11.19.2012 from Concerned Taxpayer

                Thank you for your humongous support and feedback. The amount of emails that we have received has been overwhelming. We are overwhelmed with your responses and additional information that you have sent us. We are still sorting through all those responses. We will review and update everyone. We want to especially thank the faculty and staff who are providing us additional information such as those referenced above, which by doing so, they have taken a great risk of retaliation from the Board and the upper administration. After all, it is not a secret that a member of the Board, The Vice Chancellor  allegedly worked for the intelligence community and they know how to retaliate just like they retaliated against one of the senior staff recently.


                Yes, we know that over $50 Million dollars of Institutional Money was spent on the Qatar campus, without approval of the Board to build a campus in a foreign country, and now there is a dispute between HCC and the Qatar government. I guess the in-house counsel and the Board fell asleep at the wheel. I guess they think they would have got fired if they disagreed with the Administration or the Board.


                Yes, we also do know about the Chevron Contract and how they were allegedly  friends of the current administration, coming from California for the contract.


                Yes, we know that the institution has allegedly spent a lot of money with Chevron and they allegedly have not saved a single dime they said they would. They have  gone to many Engineering firms to try to get them to validate and to say that there was savings, but no one will do that.


                Yes, we know that allegedly ESPA has not performed any Program Management services for anyone else except HCC, nor do they have the expertise to do so, and that allegedly HCC was their first and only such contract. Now ESPA are allegedly trying to say that they are owned by a Big out of town company. I guess that also makes them an out of town company and not a Houston Company anymore.


                And Yes, we have sent copies of these letters to everyone at Greater Houston Partnership and their members. They are on our email list.


                We will sort through the rest of the responses that we have received and update everyone. Please continue sending information. Please take the time to show up at the Meeting at 3100 Main Second Floor, the main administration building  at 1 PM. In the meantime please contact your trustee and tell them to stop wasting your tax dollars, there will be another election soon.

11.18.2012

I have been hearing rumors of millions of dollars of kickbacks based on what is on the email. The FBI the DA, Channel 13, 11, 2, and the Chronicle are failing the community. HCC needs to be investigated but everyone seems to be on the take. State Agencies have been forwarded information of the corruption but they seem to lack interest and/or desire to conduct an investigation. State Senators were asked to request an audit, they refused. The Trustees are the problem as they are lining their pockets with silver, execptions of course but they are exceptions.

I can not vouch for the email, but for the part about the Program Manager being the same one for about 7 years, about the Chevron contract, and one not mentioned the contract for insurance, that one was left out for some reason. At one time ESPA was owned by El Franco Lee and was sold, to the present owner. Not sure if they are still paying for the company or it was a one time payment. If they are still paying than Bruce Austin has a conflict and has failed to file a disclosure.

If I had to guess as to the author or authors of the email, I would guess that there are venders that are unhappy that they will not get a chance to bid on the process.

I have been informed that the email has been sent to all the media and that it will or has been sent to all elected State and Senate Representatives. The fight did not end at the ballot box but just got bigger as we work to stop the corruption at HCC.

From: Concerned Taxpayer <concernedtaxpayer42@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Nov 2012 20:53:22 -0500
To: <wayne.dolcefino@abc.com>; <Ericka.mellon@chron.com>
Subject: New HCC Scandal

This email has been sent to thousands, please help by forwarding this to anyone you feel may share the same concern or would like to have this information. Please also come to the meeting November 17, 1 PM, this Monday at HCC.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Members of the Board of Trustees, and Community of Houston,

We would like to bring your attention to an urgent matter that we feel requires immediate attention and planning in order to maximize the benefits of the expenditure of the bonds that have just received approvals by the taxpayers. This letter is just the first of many wherein we are asking that a lot more questions get asked before the Trustees approve a new round of alleged non-competitively priced Program Management.

We are extremely concerned because the HCC Administration is proposing to have only one Program Manager to manage all Construction and the $425 Million Dollar Bond Management. This is a very unusual process considering that in comparison HISD hired a minimum of 5 Program Managers to manage their $700 Million Dollar Bond Program, which allowed the creation of additional competition, diversity, and fair business practices. We are confused by HCC Administration's conflicting positions. First, at one moment, Administration claims not to have the expertise in-house to determine what is the best way to run the bond program. And in the next moment, Administration is claiming that they know what is the best structure, and therefore they are recommending a proposed structure of single sourcing one Program Manager for the whole Bond, and creating additional multiple layers of Additional Management. Approximately 15-20% of the total bond, more than $100 Million dollars will be wasted on unnecessary extraordinary soft costs that will not benefit the HCC System, the students, nor the community.

With the amount of money that HCC has spent on program management, HCC could easily develop their own program management team and save money which could be used to improve HCC's infrastructure. In the alternative HCC could leverage this amount of Volume for even more competitive fees with multiple Program Managers instead of relying on one Program manager who may have incentives to overinflate the budgets for greater fees. Additional Program Managers allow for alternatives if one Program Manager does not perform as well as expected.

In fact, HCC has been paying 7 to 10 percent of the total project to the program manager. This means 10 percent of the planning fees, 10 percent of the Architectural and Engineering Fee, 10 percent of the Total Construction Fees, 10 percent of the Furniture, Fixtures, and Equipment, 10 percent of the Technology, etc... For the same services many of the institutions are only paying 2-2.5 percent of only the Construction fees. Thus the percentage that HCC has paid for Program management, in the past, sometimes was double and even triple the average costs of the industry. As HCC begins a new selection process for the expenditure of the Bonds, Bond Management, Program Management and Construction Management, we have serious concerns that process needs to be watched to minimize the potential for abuse and overpayment.

Because of this history, we know why there is a large potential for abuse in a Program Manager Contract. ESPA Corp, and the fees they have charged, these have led to the numerous allegations of improper conduct surrounding the award of their Program Manager contracts.

As most of us know, it has been repeatedly alleged that ESPA has managed to keep the contract with HCC without going through the competitive process. Time and again, for more than 7 years, ESPA Corp has been awarded the Program management contract and received over $30 Million dollars in fees without going through a formal competitive and fair selection process. It is not a secret that this company is connected to one of the State Representatives and was previously owned by one of the Harris County Commissioners. Furthermore, the ESPA principal is also known to have extremely close relationships with the current Chairperson, the Vice Chancellor/ Chief Operating Officer, and several of the board members.

One of the more recent allegations is that ESPA just bought a residence in Midtown for the Chairperson, who was recently elected to the house of representatives. This may explain why some of the committee and Board are pushing so much to get this new Bond Management Program awarded to ESPA before the Chair leaves office in early January 2013. Considering that the new Bond program will be administered by a new Chair, considering that by HCC's own admission this is supposed to be a 4 year contract, why not take a few extra days, to allow a professional and fair process. Maybe there are alternative motives?

We think that it is only prudent for the Board of Trustees as Stewarts of the Public's money to re-evaluate the process and make a decision to use a selection process that focuses on the best practices which can easily be defended in the public eye. A fair process could counter the alleged word on the streets that HCC and the Board will go through the motions of a competitive process and direct the contract award to ESPA, by manipulating the RFP and selection committee, again circumventing the proper practices in the same method of operation as was done for Qatar and Chevron Corporation Projects.

As another example of how the old process has increased the costs for HCC, per the HCC webpage, ESPA was awarded the project for San Jacinto Renovation for $3,000,000 in Fees. Keep in mind that the total project is only $31 Million dollars and HCC is spending over $3 Million, more than 10 percent just for Program Management. Yet, the webpage shows ESPA has already been paid $3,500,000, this is $500,000 more than their original contract. How could this happen when the project is less than 10% complete? Maybe it is a clerical error? Maybe there are more questionable activities occurring? Compare the fact that as Program Manager, ESPA has input or influence over who is selected to perform the contract, and on this San Jacinto project, where their fee has grown by $500,000, they selected Skanska. Compare also that Skanska and ESPA share the same lobbyist. ESPA was instrumental in Skanska getting this contract. This is just one of several conflicts of interest which have been alleged to occur with ESPA. In fact ESPA is also on the Architectural Team. How can a firm be both the Program Manager and on the Architectural Team selecting contract awards? Is the Fox watching the Hen House?

At the recent Board Meeting despite HCC Staff Purchasing Director recommendation, The Board and the Administration insisted to get a RFP out during Christmas Holidays in order to expedite the process and award the contract on or before the 5th of January 2013. This would be before the Chair who is supporting ESPA leaves office. The Procurement Director represented to the Board that he recommends against the process due to the fact that there would be insufficient Staff and time to prepare the RFP and review all of the responses given the fact that there is a lot of Staff time off for the Holidays. At this time the Vice Chancellor or Chief Operating Officer volunteered to cancel his vacation and assist with the selection process. (how funny) Naturally, he has already made his selection. The chair of the Finance Committee irresponsibly directed the Chancellor to hire some Temporaries to come and evaluate the proposals. Obviously, you cannot have Temps come on and evaluate a Large Bond Project with $425 Million dollars for a 4 year duration.(What would be the qualifications of these folks, what would they care if money was wasted?) The procurement director further stated that this would not be fair to the Vendors due to the short response time and the Holiday Season. At this point, the Finance chair, Richard Schechter said he did not care if these folks were Christians, Muslim, Jewish, or Buddhists if they want to do business with HCC they should skip the Holidays, and work on the response. How insensitive is that Dick? What is the rush? The community already knows who you want to get the contract, who you are pushing it for. Next he said that most of them already have their response prepared. We disagree, we feel that the only person who has had access in preparing the RFP is ESPA. All of this together clearly gives ESPA an unfair advantage over the rest. Mr Schechter could not be influenced by the fact that his daughter is consulting for ESPA. Maybe they want to repeat the scandal the resigned commissioner Jerry Eversole caused before, oh wait Mr. Eversole is also working for ESPA.

The Program Management Community is recommending to us that the best management practice for HCC would be to consider and develop a non-bias process including but not limited to expanding and enlarging the selection committee say between 7 and 9 'qualified' people, who are required to follow the selection criteria published in advance, with specific scoring criteria which is also followed. Moreover, considering the Volume of work which HCC has available, opening the contract up to more participants would ensure more competition. Another consideration is that these programs need the boards oversight. The Board should have a process to have input on the RFP and the weights that will be applied to each factor, such as price range and budget, to make sure that the process is set up correctly. This process should be set up so that the Board can monitor who is on the selection committees and make sure that none are being unduly influenced or otherwise tainted.

Another possible long term choice available to HCC, is to have the design teams self perform or follow the example of University of Texas, Texas A&M, and University of Houston. These Universities spend this amount of money every year. They do not have contract program managers. Consider what a budget of $50 Million dollars could do, and the type of staff you could hire to run this program? At a certain point the volume of projects reaches the point that alot of money could be saved by self performing. Think of all the facilities that could be upgraded or built if just 10% of this money was saved from the program management budget.

As a final example, please revisit the price HCC is paying in relation to the standard industry and the average Program Manager fees from the top 50 firms from ENR. Their standard competitive fee is generally between 2 and 3 percent based on the construction fees of the project.(The bigger the project the lower this fee can get) In fact, for some projects a flat fee is paid instead of a percent, that way there is no incentive for the Program Manager to inflate the budget.

Please review this information and call your Trustee, or Trustee representatives and ask them what their answers are to these questions:

1. The Administration claims that they do not have the expertise to manage this large of a program. Did the Administration seek feedback from the board or the Program Management Community?

2. How did the administration develop the proposed plan to seek only one program manager and 3 construction managers?

3. Did the Board influence the decision of the Administration in any manner?

4. Did the Administration look at any of the successful Bond Programs around the Country and how they were managed?

5. Did the Administration let the Board know what the average costs of these services are at each level? If not, how could the Board vote on this?

6. Did the Administration seek input from the board or other outside experts for input on developing the RFP Process;

7. Did ESPA provide feedback on this RFP process?

8. Did ESPA influence the decision of the Administration in any manner?

9. Did the Administration advise the Board that by making a short fuse on the turnaround for the RFP that this would give an extreme advantage to the incumbent Program Manager and disadvantage to all others?

10. Did the Administration receive any input on the design of the RFP?

11. Did any of the Board Members receive any calls from ESPA pushing for just one Program Manager?

a. We know of at least 5 Board Members who have acknowledged receiving calls from ESPA to try to influence them to support limiting the RFP to one Program Manager because ESPA feel like they already have the contract wrapped up and in the bag.

12. Has the Board provided any input on how the selection process should be done?

13. Has the Board provided any input on how many people will be on the selection committee and their qualifications?

14. Has the Board provided any input on how many people will be on the scoring process?

15. Will all the detailed scores be shared with the Board Members?

16. How will the Administration determine what is a fair price to pay for these services?

17. Has the Board considered an open forum for other program managers to provide feedback for the process?

18. Is ESPA the only one who has provided feedback?

19. What is the responsibilities and duties of the Program Manager?

20. What is the responsibilities and duties of the Construction Manager?

21. What is the responsibilities and duties of the Project Manager?

22. What is the responsibilities and duties of the Architect?

23. What is the responsibilities and duties of the Engineer?

24. In what areas do one or two of these groups have overlapping responsibilities?

25. Come on Ladies and Gentlemen, the ink for the Articles on the RHJ and the Fort Bend Mechanical Scandal is not even dry yet. Is that the position you want to put yourself and Houston Community College in again?

Please forward this to anyone you fell may share the same concern.

We elected you and put our faith in you to be representing the taxpayer and not to be rolled over by the influence of the Chancellors, Vice Chancellors, and Vendors like ESPA.

Please do the right thing.

Sincerely,

Concerned Taxpayer

 

11.2.2012

Khou and polls, Channel 11 has a poll that was conducted before early voting started. The poll suggests that the Democrats will carry Harris county by a small percentage, that is probably true based on the data they have. The bonds and metro, however, are another story. The problem with the projections is that nearly 70% of the people did not respond to the questions. Stein has made similar projections in the past where there is insufficient data to determine the probability of the question. Stein used to be a decent poll taker but I am not sure what has occurred recently. He made the same type of projects during the Mayor's race and he was off by nearly 10 points, that is unacceptable when doing polls. He would have a better chance of predicting a winner by tossing a coin.

The interesting part of the poll is Metro as the poll has the NO vote at nearly 70%, if that is correct there will a lot of cities hurting when they lose the Metro money.

My prediction based on informal polling is that the bonds will fail (some exceptions on the City) and the NO vote on Metro will win (by a very small margin). Why I predict that the bonds will fail; The reason that all the bonds are up this year is that it is a Presidential election year and there is much higher minority voter turnout. Bonds pass with the minority communities supporting them (caveat; the minority politicians normally do quite well financially themselves). The extremely high turnout and long ballot will be working against the bond proponents. About 70% of the voters are voting straight party and not voting on the bonds. People are waiting in line and most people will not stand there and read the bonds while they have people waiting and they may have already spent an hour waiting themselves. Not a scientific poll but I believe I have a better chance of being correct than Stein.

Here is the data on the polls.

Me thinks the politicians and the people that run the City and live of the public trough got too greedy. They should have prevented all the entities from placing bonds on the ballot and concentrated on educating the public on the Metro vote.

 

10.30.2012

Why is HCC paying the Foundation? And How Much?

"In consideration for Foundation services including but not limited to fund-raising for the benefit of the College, the College will provide the Foundation with fair and reasonable compensation including in-kind services and payment for services. The amount of compensation will be negotiated on an annual basis in conjunction with the College budget process and prior to the beginning of the ensuing fiscal year."

HCC seems to be creative in ways to spend taxpayers monies. Richard Schechter signed the contract. This is would be similar to forming shell corporations to hide transactions. He who pays gets to dictate, contrary to anything the contract may say. Richard Schechter, Mr. Transparency, what does HCC have to hide?

Here is the contract, page 3 number 6. How much are they raising and how much are we paying them. Why is HCC paying? Stop the corruption at HCC.

Stop the corruption, Vote no on the HCC bonds. All HCC employees who care about HCC should be working toward sending the California Mafia away.

Polls and Bonds

Early is September the bond promoters all those contractors, lawyers, and companies that live of the public trough paid some people that used to be trust worthy to put out a poll that showed that the bonds had strong approval. The scums, that did the poll, did as they were told and came back that the bonds would pass and that they had 69% approval (from registered voters). Registered voters are not the people that are polled, likely voters are polled. What the pigs that live off taxpayers were doing and are doing is trying to influence the mind set of voters. The bonds will fail, the lack of new polls prove the point. If the bonds were enjoying strong support they would be announcing it. The poll takers, however, do have a reputation that they want to maintain so they have to be careful if they want to keep that reputation.

How Wasteful is HCC? Below is how much they spent treating themselves to first class trips and hotels, one event.

$150,000 is how much the taxpayers paid for the Administration and Board to travel for one event, it is our money they are wasting! This is only part of that trip, HCC spent in excess of $200,000 of our hard earned money. We don't even know if they ever got reimbursed as I could never get them provide proof of reimbursement. Reimbursement was not in the contract they had with the Qatar government. The part that is black out has the names of minor children as some employees and administrators took their families with them on the trip. HCC (Us) paid for their trip.

Stop the Waste, Stop the Corruption, Vote No on the HCC Bonds.

Qatar Billing

Is HCC using taxpayers money to promote the bonds?

My son received a mailer from HCC promoting the bonds, "With the funding from the bond referendum, HCC will be able to build a new medical center..."

HCC seems to be targeting the mailers, that is a no no!

Carroll Robinson continues the lies "HCC is currently educating 75,000 students" Not true!

Coleman building added the O'Quinn building which was pushed as walking distance from Coleman, it is not within walking distance, but the building is sitting there empty and can be used by Coleman students.

Community College of Qatar, how successful were the first two years?

"The Community College of Qatar has awarded the first Houston Community College diplomas to eight students. The eight diploma recipients are all members of CCQ’s first graduating class. A college statement said all 11 members of CCQ’s first graduating class are now attending various universities in Qatar and in the United States including Qatar University, Carnegie Mellon University-Qatar and Woodbury University in Los Angeles, California. While congratulating students, CCQ’s acting president,..." HCC spent millions of dollars to graduate 8 students.

 

 

VOTE NO HCC BONDS

HCC Trustee Yolanda Navarro Flores - Against HCC Bond Proposal

 

From the minutes of HCC

Mr. Schechter made the following statement regarding the proposed bond program:

"HCC Board and administration have always been fiscally responsible and noted that the college is bursting at the seams and may be unable to meet the demands of students and businesses."

Below is Richard Schechter's idea of being fiscally responsible, need to mention that three of Schechter friends received millions of dollars in contracts from HCC. Mary and Art Tyler have no qualms about spending ten of thousands of our taxpayers dollars on trips for themselves. Below is the invoice for $35,000 for just one trip for two people. They spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on one trip. Board Members traveling first class, administrators traveling first class and all of them staying in first class hotels. First Class travel by the administration and Board Members. I want to mention that Mary Perez is running for State Representative, I normally support Democrats but she is not the right person for that position. Do not support her.

VOTE NO ON THE HCC BONDS - STOP THE CORRUPTION AND WASTE

Art Tyler and Mary Spangler

Re-circulated Promise or how to pay twice for the same thing, the HCC way

Reason for Bond election: The decision for the bond referendum is based ....exceeding capacity ....Since 2007, the college has grown by 40%, and is currently operating at 92% capacity. As enrollment continues to increase with the area’s population growth, HCC must grow and expand to meet the expected demand. The college needs additional buildings to keep up with that growth. Most of HCC’s facilities are either near capacity or have exceeded capacity. Source is HCC, here. The reason that HCC uses 2007 as a starting point is because enrollment is not increasing it is decreasing, it decreased by about 10% from last year. Source, Texas Association of Community Colleges, here.

The Truth: In 2012 the head count for students is 47,928 - In 2007 the head count for students was 36,786 = a 30% increase, there has been an increase but since then several campuses have been added; in the East Side Campus two additional buildings were added; Stafford campus had an additional building added, 120,000 square feet- source here; The Alief campus has been added, source here; A new Northline campus was built doubling the capacity for students. The O'Quinn building, also, came online which is part of the Coleman campus, so why do they need to buy another building? A total of 16 new building have been built since 2007, source, here, I won't vouch for this source.

All of the new buildings were built with bond monies from 2007 - the increase for enrollment has been taken care with the 2007 bonds. HCC is lying about the need for new buildings? I maintain the books have been cooked and if the bonds fails HCC may fail to meet its debt obligations. STOP CORRUPTION, VOTE NO ON THE HCC BONDS.

Question, are the HCC trustees dumb or are they crooked? I vote for crooked, well at least the six of them who voted to support the bonds.

October 3, 2012

Chevron Energy Solutions - The Chevron Contract

The most outrageous conduct (in all probability illegal) by the Administration and other top level officials occurred in the solicitation and award of the Energy Contract to Chevron Energy Solutions. The top people stated to Veselka and provided proof of their activities to Veselka of the conduct that occurred before and after the awarding of the contract. The top people involved were;

  1. Mary Spangler (Chancellor)
  2. Art Tyler (Vice Chancellor)
  3. Jarvis Hollingsworth (Board Attorney)
  4. Abel Davila (Chair)
  5. Chris Oliver (Trustee)

Before the Energy Contract which cost the taxpayers nearly $20 million, the above people met and discussed which minority vendors were to be used in the contract.

Ask yourself how would they know before the bid went out for bidding who was going to get the contract? How could they be so sure? They knew because the entire bidding contract awarding at HCC has been rigged. It was and may still be a common practice to award contracts to certain people. I have documented it during the last two years and is available here at this web site.

STOP THE CORRUPTION AT HOUSTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE - VOTE NO ON THE HOUSTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE (HCC) BONDS.

Circulate this web site to your friends, neighbors, and other concerned taxpayers, stop the madness.

 

October 2, 2012

A friend of mine who went to the HCC finance committee with another old friend for the Property Rights days informed me that HCC is considering borrowing up to $125 million (commercial paper) because rates are low. Those people that we vote for Trustees are suppose to make sure that we the voters (taxpayers) are not taken advantage of by the Educational Bureaucracy. The "Trustees" are failing they get an F. They want to borrow money to spend because interest is low, that is a stupid reason. HCC does not need more money they need honest Trustees and an honest Administration. Get rid of the corruption by voting NO on the HCC Bonds. Tell your neighbors, tell your friends, spread the word to vote No on the HCC bonds.

The reason (my opinion) for the need to borrow is that HCC is almost out of money and may not be able to meet its' obligations. I maintain that money is missing and there is a great need to cover it up quick. If the bonds fail I expect that there may be some people that could go to jail and I sure hope that the Trustees that have been implicit will be there next to them wearing pink undies.

First class trips to Qatar via Paris by Mary Spangler and Art Tyler, taxpayer financed.

First class trips to France and Qatar by an HCC employees for herself and her family, courtesy of HCC taxpayers, one of the trips was supposedly reimbursed by the Qatar government.

Trips to India by another employee to solicit foreign campuses a la Qatar, Cook was the employee.

Thousands of dollars on food and drinks for Mary Spangler and Art Tyler, courtesy of HCC taxpayers.

Hundreds of thousands of dollars on limousines for Mary Spangler and her escorts.

Employees running businesses out of HCC with the permission of the Chancellor Mary Spangler.

Trustees going to Vendors and soliciting jobs for themselves, Chris Oliver per Veselka Report.

Minority vendors pre-selected before the main bids goes out for bidding (Means that they knew who they were going to give the contract to), The Chevron Contract.

Moving vendors up on the list for selection, those vendors provided jobs and money to numerous trustees, Ft. Bend Mechanical - was done twice.

All of the above and much more has been documented by Inside HCCS.

STOP THE CORRUPTION, VOTE NO on the HCC BONDS.

Westheimer Property

They paid a lot of money - 10 times what the owner said it was worth- that is a lot of SHIT, Westheimer Property.

This Group is working against the bonds, they need help.

Passage of the Bonds will result in $10,000s increase on small businesses, stop the madness. Vote No

September 27.2012

The Lies Never Cease - Say No to the HCC (Houston Community College) Bonds

Busting at the Seams - they scream, the board, the news letters, the administration - lies, lies, and more lies.

The chart below as reported to the State indicates that contrary to the lies that HCC is spreading, enrollment is not going up, it is going down.

From HCC web site here "More than 14 percent of HCC’s student population, of over 75,000 students, is of Asian American and Pacific Islander" LIE we don't have 75,000 students - Never have

Richard Schechter (HCC Trustee) spreading the lies, here - this is what he stated "The bottom line is, we’re busting at the seams,” Schechter said. “Without further authorization, we cannot expand classroom space, and we need the classroom space." LIE we have buildings that are vacant or have not been built out to capacity, the Alief Campus, the O'Quinn Building, those are but two examples. Richard Schechter lied about the Westheimer Property; Schechter lied about the O'Quinn Property; Schechter lied about the enrollment; Schechter lied about Yolanda Navarro Flores; Schechter lied about Abel Davila. The media, however, especially the whore that calls itself "The Houston Chronicle" makes him out to be an outstanding Trustee.

There are other Trustees out there spreading the lies about enrollment, if you don't want your name here on Inside HCCS stop the lies. I hear that enrollment may actually be down by 10%.

Here is another link to more lies about enrollment "HCC educates and trains over 75,000 students each semester, a 40% increase in the past five years." LIES, LIES, LIES, AND MORE LIES

SAY NO TO THE LIES VOTE NO ON THE HOUSTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE BONDS.

I maintain that they need the bonds to cover up the money that may be missing from their ventures to the Middle East (Qatar and Saudi Arabia) , to the Far East, To Mexico, To Brazil, To Vietnam. We are educating everyone but the children of Houston Community College. HCC has nearly 50 ventures outside our country. Say No to educating foreigners in foreign lands.

HCC Lies on Bonds

September 28.2012

Houston Community College Dirty Little Secret

The Chart (2010 much higher debt now) below indicates why the tuition at HCC has gone up so high in the last few years. HCC has been borrowing money like drunk sailors using student tuition and fees as collateral. The students at HCC are mostly poor students coming from homes where parents struggle from pay check to pay check but the drunk sailors that call themselves Trustees have no trouble taking from the poor to give to the rich (the contractors that keep them in power and ply them with gifts).

The drunken sailors (Trustees) have created a big problem, as the number of students goes down the tuition and fees will have to go up to cover the Revenue Debt. VOTE NO on the Houston Community College (HCC) Bonds

Since the present Administration arrived, the tax rate has gone up, the tuition and fees have gone up, the contracts to friends and supporters have gone up (many to California Companies), the advertising has gone up (over a $million a year), and what have we gotten? Low graduation rates, no accountability, less counselors per student, and now LOWER ENROLLMENT. Stop the madness, vote No and expose the corruption at Houston Community College. Read the statements from HCC employees and contractors to get a sense of the corruption that is prevalent throughout the system, here.

HCC student Debt

HCC Bonds

August 2012

Noticed all the Ads?

Have you all noticed that HCC is all of a sudden spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on advertisement? If you haven't do so. It is part of circumventing state law of using taxpayers monies to promote bonds or annexation. Is it legal yes. Is it ethical, no! There is nothing ethical about the administration or Board of the Houston Community College. Vote NO on the HCC bonds.

Alief opposition To HCC Bonds

The proposed allocation for westside construction does not sit well with some groups in Alief, which was annexed by HCC's taxing district four years ago.

The Alief ISD board of trustees and the Alief Super Neighborhood Council passed resolutions opposing the bond proposal, saying HCC has failed to complete projects promised under the annexation agreement. The groups said the $10 million allocated for the Alief campus in the bond proposal is insufficient.

Not yet finished

Only one floor of a four-story Hayes Road building on the Alief campus has been completed. That building, which is used by the Alief ISD Early College High School, also lacks a library and science labs, according to Sarah Winkler, an Alief school trustee.

"I don't see how that (the westside campus) should be a priority compared to existing facilities that should be finished," said Winkler, who noted that the first Early College class may graduate next year without having had access to a library or science labs. "We've never had campuses without a library. That's just not acceptable to me." Houston Comical, here.

 

July 19th 2012

The Board voted to place the bonds for a vote, even Carroll Robinson who once claimed that he would not support a bond proposal that raised taxes is on the HCC needs more money train. HCC needs more money like Warren Buffet needs more money. HCC needs new leadership that will not waste millions of dollars buying property at three time market value while they let it sit there, the Westheimer Property and the John O' queen Property. Qatar is a disaster and reports indicate that HCC is at best is breaking even but accounts suggest that they are losing money there. HCC and its' Board members have a history of corruption, Veselka interviews, Chevron Energy Contract, HCC money used for personal items (Qatar). Employees having contractual dealings with HCC at taxpayer's expense. HCC is the most corrupt institution in Houston.

HCC employees who feel that it is time for a change need to work against the Bonds. The administration cannot survive without additional money being pumped in. Once new leadership emerges hopefully all the corruption will come to light and people will go to jail for their part.

HCC counselors what happened to the deal with Perez, you got shafted and you deserve it.

Stop the HCC bonds.

 

May Agenda

I told you folks that it ain' t happening (counselors), I keep the site up not because of the employees because they deserve what they fight for (not much). It is the taxpayers that need to know how much corruption and ineptitude exists at Houston Community College. Stop the Bonds and get rid of the corruption at HCC.

The Chronicle and Richard Schechter

For six years Richard Schechter has set on the Board of the Houston Community College, the last year as Board Chair. Carroll Robinson is on his first year and immediately started working to clean up the image that Schechter and the rest of the clowns had allowed HCC deteriorate into, one of corruption and graft with a mediocre educational product. Carroll Robinson had to work to gather sufficient signatures to get an ethics item on the agenda. He had to get sufficient signatures from other Trustees to place on the Agenda as the present chair Mary Ann Perez would not place it on the agenda. Richard Schechter working with Perez and the administration did not want the item on the agenda. When that failed, Schechter immediately went into a mode of sending the item to a committee. In Schechter's tirade against Robinson, Schechter failed to mention that his daughter had a contract with a major HCC vendor. The Chronicle, however, makes him out to be facilitator and advocate for ethics reform, here. The Chronicle has become a little whore that has sold its journalistic integrity for a few pieces of silver by way of Yaffe/Deutser, in this case. The Chronicle has every right to praise Robinson but it should not give credit where non is due.

Off Course the Foundation is no different than HCC - A recent request cc: Little Dwayne at 13 - Not I

The letter below was sent to the HCC Foundation (by two individuals, not associated with Inside HCCS) , this was done after the Foundation had thrown all kind of obstacles in the way to prevent providing information as to how it was using funds for the minority male initiatives. For the record that is one of the things that Yaffe/Deutser is suppose to do as part of the $1.5 million annual contract it has with HCC. Have they succeeded? NO! STOP THE CORRUPTION AT HCC! Work to stop the HCC bonds. Remember Yaffe/Deutser in particular Deutser is a friend of HCC Trustee Richard Schechter.

Dr. Kelly Zuniga
HCC Foundation Director 
Dear Dr. Zuniga,
      As per Internal Revenue Service public disclosure requirements for tax-exempt organizations, we are requesting time to inspect, in person, all HCC Foundation records/documents allowed by IRS on Monday, May 7, between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., whatever time is convenient for you or your staff.  We don’t anticipate requiring copies of the documents to be inspected, but understand that if we request copies, a minimal charge, per copy, allowed by the IRS may be imposed.
     We will be inspecting the following records/documents for the past three years, including any amendments, additions, or changes made up to and including May 7, 2012: 

  • Exemption application, Form 1023 with each of the following documents:

1. all documents submitted with Form 1023;
2. all documents the IRS requires the organization to submit in support of its  
    application; and
3. the exemption ruling letter issued by the IRS.   

    • Annual information return, Form 990 series with:

1. schedules;
2. attachments; and
3. supporting documents filed with the IRS. 

    • Form 990-T with:

1. schedules;
2. attachments; and
3. supporting documents filed with Form 990-T. 

    • Form 990-EZ, Form 990-PF, and Form 1065 with:
    •  
    • 1. schedules;

2. attachments; and
3. supporting documents files with each form.

     Please email your preferred time, between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. that is most convenient for our in-person inspection.

Richard Schechter's Daughter has or had a contract with ESPA, an HCC vendor

No wonder that Richard Schechter all of a sudden seemed to think that campaign contributions were the boogeyman and fought to keep the ethics agenda item from getting to a vote. It was only a year ago when he seemed to go berserk with hate toward a Latina. Richard Schechter believed that the Latina's son had a contract with an HCC vendor. Her son did not have a contract with any vendor that did business with HCC but Richard Schechter's daughter sure does. What else is Richard Schechter hiding? Here is the proof of his daughter's contract with ESPA. Here is a little history on ESPA, notice the names and how much they give to the HCC Trustees. ESPA probably gets more work from HCC than any other vendor. The campaign reports for the Trustees can be found here.

Richard Schechter on Carroll Robinson or is it for Richard Schechter's daughter?

 

Chris Oliver has a Tamper Tantrum

Watch the very short video clip below and see how Chris Oliver gets up, kinda throws his chair around and walks out of the meeting, stating in a very loud voice "Call me when you want to have a meeting". What precipitated his actions? Chris Oliver had just been denied his little toy, a three (3) million dollar facility at a campus in his district.  It is common knowledge that Chris can often be found playing golf. HCC is going to build him a driving range and a putting range for his own personal use ( I guess the students will be allowed there also?).  Don't be surprised to find that Art Tyler out there with him as they are golfing buddies, Trustee Bruce Austin's interview. The rest of the Board later backed down (and gave Chris his little toy) after they agreed that they could all get little toys for their districts. We don't want the babies to go around pouting, do we? Counselors didn't they cut your salary by about 20%? Stand up work against the Bonds.


Stop the madness at HCC vote no on the HCC bonds, go out and work against it.


In February the Board voted to spend an additional $800,000 to educate the community about HCC. I have noticed that every time they want to annex or pass bonds they find a need to educate the community. They already spend close to two (2) million dollars a year on advertisement. Lone Star puts out an excellent product so they don't have to advertise like HCC to increase enrollment, in fact between 2010 and 2011 they went up 18%, HCC 3.4%, San Jac up 4% (Here). That advertisement money is to buy little whores like the Houston Chronicle. The Chronicle will not come out with negative stuff on the administration of Mary Spangler, they will grind through the mud individual trustees, however. The tuition and fees are now higher at HCC which in my opinion puts out a much poorer product than Lone Star Community College, (Here). It costs almost the same to go to San Jac, out of district, as it does to go to HCC, in district. The persons that run the City need to open their eyes as to what is happening at HCC, if Houston wants to remain competitive. We just lost ExxonMobil to the community to our north.

Enrollment increased by less than 1,700 students at HCC, we spent nearly 2 millions dollars on enrollment increase, that is nearly $1,200 per student. A waste of money. Vote no on the HCC bonds. Last time they, the clowns that run HCC, met they were trying to vote for another student tuition increase, luckily there were enough smart people to vote it down. Remember that the person (company) that get thats advertisement contract is a close friend of Richard Schechter.

 

 

Who Killed the Ethic Reform Agenda item?

Richard Schechter has been a Trustee at HCC for over six years, the last year he was Board Chair. Six years to do something about the lack of ethics at HCC and now when Trustee Robinson gets enough vote over the objections of Richard Schechter and Mary Ann Perez to get the item on the Agenda Richard Schechter works behind the scenes to kill it. His ruse, the real issue is campaign contributions, where have you had your head at Richard Schechter for the last six years. What are you scared off? What are you hiding? Are you making money from HCC? I know you are not really worried about TSU or Carroll Robinson.

 

Chevron (Viron), Mary Spangler, HCC and Corruption by Board Trustees and Administration?

I was able to piece together how the Administration of Spangler and the HCC Board has manipulated the system to enrich friends, contributors and in all probability themselves. It was because HCC made a mistake that allowed the Veselka Report to become public that I was able to piece together how they are manipulating the system. How many other times has it occurred? Who knows as every thing is done behind closed doors.

Please bear with me as corruption is not always so simple that it can be explained in simple terms or few words. I will begin with Mary Spangler and her ties to Chevron via Viron going back to when she was at Los Angeles Community College. The sole source contract that Mary Spangler awarded Viron (now Chevron) was investigated by State and Federal Officials, here. Mary Spangler was hired as Chancellor on March 2007, by June of the same year HCC had a proposal out for utility audit and conservation management, here. One can tell that the administration wanted this passed, see discussion, here. One of the vendors, Legacy, was sufficiently upset that Chevron got the contract that they inquired as to what occurred by filing an open records request. Here is the response from HCC. HCC did not want to give out information as to the selection process. HCC will seek to delay providing information and way too often will ask for an AG opinion.

I will in chronological order show how the Administration and some Trustees manipulated the system to reward friends and possibly themselves to provide Chevron Energy Solutions a 16 million dollar contract. The following documents have been submitted to various federal, state, and local agencies. The District Attorney's office refused to prosecute claiming that the statute of limitations had run. I found that unusual as even misdemeanors have longer statute of limitations. The other agencies I believe may still be investigating.

4.19.2012

The last of the links were added today. The purpose of these links are to show that it was not Davila, Flores, or Olmos that were pushing for the Chevron contract. This was the administration of Mary Spangler pushing for Chevron Energy Solutions. Chevron is a California company. To get link roll mouse over name, e.g. Art Tyler will take you to the interview (pdf). I highlighted the part that pertains to Chevron but the interviews make for interesting reading. I have noticed that the interview of Hector Perez has had quite a few hits lately, so here is the interview. Hector Perez according to my sources is no longer with HCC. Here is Chris Oliver's interview, Art did it according to Chris. I maintain that if Chris falls they all do.

4.18.2012

Exhibits for item 8 were added today. The purpose of the exhibits are to verify that "illegal" activity was occurring prior to the posting of the RFQ for the energy contract. The administration was meeting with Board Trustees and selecting vendors that would work with Chevron. It did not matter whether Chevron had been sixth (they were second, remember that they were already there since 2007 gathering data) on the list they were going to get the contract, just like Ft. Bend did when it came in sixth. HCC Trustee Chris Oliver was already a vendor for FT. Bend, one of the sub-contractors pre-selected for the Chevron contract (exhibit 8_5). One can see that Trustee Oliver (T. Oliver) was actively involved in the matter including voting on selecting Chevron. This contract is a prime example of how Houston Community College conducts business. I have heard from numerous sources that one has to "grease the palm" to play at HCC. The only reason that I can show how corruption works at HCC is because they messed up and the Veselka Report became available. Mary Spangler, Art Tyler, Michael Williams, and Richard Schechter were so gung ho on going after the Latinos that they took the report to the District Attorney. By sharing the report it became available via the open records act. One of the things that HCC does is use lawyers to hide things. It is my understanding that the lawyers will always come out with the conclusion that HCC wants and if they don't they do not allow the report to become public, e.g. here. It is a joking matter among the Trustees as they know how to protect themselves and the employees that they like or in bed with them, literally with some of the employees, Trustees, and Administrators. I hear that some secretaries work very late and are getting a lot of overtime, that is what I heard.

I keep forgetting that not every one is computer savvy, Mouse Over exhibits or number i.e. 8 mouse over 1) February for links

 

4.16.2012

On May 21, 2009 HCC selected Chevron to perform the energy contract, notice that this the same amount that was supposedly written in January 2008 over a year before the Request for Proposal went out for bid. How would Chevron know a year ahead of time what they were going to bid? Notice that the bid has two dates one when written and one when signed after the contract was given to Chevron. Since HCC borrowed money to pay Chevron the total amount that was paid was in excess of $18 million dollars. This contract was a done deal before the RFQ went out, it was signed sealed and delivered including who the sub-contractors and minority contractors were going to be.

State Auditor, Chevron Energy Solutions, Mary Spangler, Art Tyler, HCC, Corruption Exhibit 1 Exhibit 2 Chevron Energy Solutions Exhibit 3 Chevron Energy Solutions HCC, Chevron Energy Solutions Chevron Energy Solutions, HCC, Mary Spangler, Art Tyler Chevron Energy Solutions, HCCS, Mary Spangler Chevron Exhibit 8-1 Chevron Exhibit 8-2 Chevron Exhibit 8-3 Chevron Exhibit 8-4 Chevron Exhibit 8-5 Chevron Exhibit 8 - 6 Chevron Exhibit 8 - 7 Chevron Exhibit 8 - 8 Chevron Exhibit 8 -9 Chevron Exhibit 8 - 10 Chevron Exhibit 8 - 11 Art Tyler interview nterview Renee Byas Interview Abel Davila Interview Neeta Sane Interview Jay Aiyer

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Exhibit 1 - Exhibit 2 - Exhibit 3 -

I have heard that Honeywell Energy Management had considered bidding but did not like the slant of the RFQ - Chevron already had the inside information and a very short time (less than the state permits) was allowed to submit proposals.

The first three exhibits show that only seven days were allowed to submit for proposals, some vendors complained so they extended the submission by a week, still a few days short of the minimum required by law. The third exhibit shows that even with the advantage of already being there Chevron was not ranked number 1, but they still got the contract.

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Question, does the Board Attorney work for the Board or individual trustees? Here is a short video where the Board Attorney warns Chris Oliver that he should not be involved in the discussion.
Chris Oliver was a sub-contractor for Ft. Bend Mechanical at the time and getting monthly checks.

 

This took place at a Houston Community College Board Meeting. The discussion is a change order worth about $200,000. The company that is involved is Ft. Bend Mechanical. Chris Oliver is a sub contractor with Ft. Bend Mechanical and as such should not even be in the room. Listen to him make a motion to move the item for discussion and speak in favor of it, that is a big No. Later watch as Jarvis Hollingsworth goes and tells Chris Oliver something and escorts Oliver out of the room just before the vote.

Ft. Bend Mechanical within weeks distributed checks and cash amounting to $10,000 each to almost all the trustees. Some of that money was reported some of it was pocketed by some of the trustees. Can I prove the pocketing no, but the fact that some of the trustees did report it in their campaign reports gives some validity to what I was told. The other thing that I believe occurred is that money was needed for the campaign to annex Spring Branch so they got Ft. Bend Mechanical to agree to channel much of that money to the annexation committee for use in the campaign. So was the change order a ruse to get money to the trustees and the campaign?

Why do they protect Chris Oliver?

From what I have heard he has threatened to take everyone with him, and Chris Oliver knows where the money came from and where it went, so I have heard.

4.7.2012

Mary, Mary quite contrary who does your spendin go?

With Silver Cards and pretty BOOs all in a row.

Central Market - $195.30

Polo's Signature - $ $75.70

Brennan's $122.00

Post Oak Grill & Cafe - 218.54

Does Mary Spangler really have all those important luncheons that merit the taxpayers paying tens of thousands of dollars for her meals? She asks the staff, the faculty, and the students to sacrifice but where is her part of the sacrifice? Best I can tell she has limited her out of town trips. There simply is not enough time to follow through on a lot of leads, e.g., some trustees have the Presidents pay for their lunch or dinner way too often, Presidents use the credit cards issued to them. There is so much corruption at HCC and thus far the people that run the City are turning an eye away from it. But the little bigot from Channel 13, keeps going after minority elected officials with petty little stuff. Why is HCC paying the City to post its logo on the water bill? What can you do to get rid of the present administration and maybe bring some ethics to the elected Board? Stop the bonds. No money no corruption or at least less of it. The way the system is setup, true in almost all government agencies, people who get contracts shower the elected officials with gifts, been there to see it. Tickets to the Super bowl, no problem; tickets to the Rodeo, no problem. Money for campaign can be used in almost anyway legally, remember Jon Lindsay bought a dive boat for his son, here.

Here is the campaign report of Mary Ann Perez of July 2011. Look at who is giving and you get an idea who is feeding at the public trough. One can find the campaign reports for all trustees here. Mary Ann Perez's Campaign report for January 2012 is not online as of today at this time, but other trustees do have them online. Who is at fault? HCC or has Ms. Perez failed to file a report? Ms. Perez does have her State Campaign report up, here. We need to keep track of both reports as it not uncommon to use funds from one campaign for another campaign.

Stop the HCC Bonds!

4.6.2012

From a reader of Inside HCCS

"The Chancellor who makes $330, 000, has said the the Professors who teach Labs don't earn their money! So, this summer she is cutting the classes  to 8 weeks so she can pay Professors 20% less, who on the average make $15.000 a year. You can not teach a 16 week class in 8 weeks! You wonder why education is declining in America. HCC has 6-Presidents who make $200,000 a year for doing nothing.  I have seen ours once in 3 years."

Chancellor additionally has house and car allowance in the tens of thousands.

4.5.2012

Why go to the puppet, go to the puppet master for your request and get two votes

Below is an email that is circulating, ask yourselves why would someone that voted to cut your pay and has always supported the administration of Mary Spangler do anything differently? She got to be chair by being such a strong supporter of the administration and a strong supporter of the former Chair " Richard Schechter". The only trustee that did not vote for the administration on the issue of the counselors was Trustee Yolanda Navarro Flores. It is my understanding that both Trustee Flores and Robinson have requested that the item be placed on the April agenda. If I were you I would be out helping one of her opponents and would start working hard to remove her from the office she holds now.

By the way I am hearing that Perez intends to hold both positions simultaneously if elected to State Representative. If Mary Ann Perez is promising certain things in return for help she may violating election laws. She would not do that would she? I say yes, what say ye? So by going to the puppet master you avoid the election laws problems that prohibit promises to help for support. So go to the puppet master, he is a man that does keep his word, that I know about Senator Gallegos.

Please do not forget that the other puppet, Eva Loredo, also follows orders from the same master, so you get two votes by going straight to the puppet master.

Since the two new Latino Board members have come aboard certain segments of the minority community have done well concerning contracts but most small Latino vendors seem to at best only get crumbs that fall from the table from the other minorities.

I intend to do some research as to whether a Trustee can be recalled, I believe I know some people that would pay to get the signatures.

 

Hi Folks:
Things are really moving and it's time to put action into words.

Trustee Perez is running for a State Representative position (District 144) and needs our help, (and if we help her, she's likely to help us as well with the Board and voting to return us to faculty status, salary, etc.).

Please go to her campeign website http://votemaryannperez.com/ and sign up to volunteer.  The sign up link can be found very easily on her site, (I just did it so it must be easy).

Also, Senator Mario Gallegos (who pretty much runs the show and tells Trustee Perez what to do in order to be elected) has an interest in the election of Victor Trevino for Harris County Constable Precinct 6.  Mr. Trevino is Senator Gallegos' brother-in-law.  There is a campeign kickoff event taking place at the El Jardin restaurant on 7849 Harrisburg in Houston beginning at 5:00 PM on Wednesday the 4th.  Anyone able to go and represent HCC Counselors and our Local 100 ULU please do so.

Also, we will be having a Board of Trustees Meeting in May that we need to start thinking about.  We're doing incredibly well so far with lining up the Trustees to vote in our favor but I'd like to drive it home completely during that meeting by having students and some parents at the Board meeting to stand in favor and lend their support.  So please, please, please start thinking of students and/or their parents who would do this for us.  Just think, most Board of Trustees meetings are sparsely attended by the community.  If we could show up with 30 Counselors, 30 or more students and parents that would make a huge impact and negate any activity to shut us down.  So PLEASE start working on this.  If every counselor was able to secure at least one student or parent to attend the Trustee meeting and have a few of them speak in our favor, it would be very difficult for a Trustee, (an elected official) not to take serious notice.