Mayor Jim Darling, Show Us the Money!

It’s been about 5 months since McAllen’s second annual Holiday Parade, and the City of McAllen undoubtedly wanted to do things bigger and better than the inaugural year.  For the most part, the Holiday Parade and Christmas in the Park were a success in the hearts and minds of the local community, and no doubt help usher in the 2015 Holiday Season.  However, based on a simple itemized financial statement released by the city, the event all together was a financial disappointment, and netted the city, or more importantly, the tax payers, a $765,000 loss.  Despite the loss, an economic impact study was conducted on the event, and it was revealed that approximately 9.2 million was earned through local consumption associated with the parade.  With these returns, officials within city administration deemed the event an overall success. Though these same officials had an answer for the meager returns on the event, and promised better returns in subsequent years with better promotion to cut cost and increase revenues. There is one specific expense the city, especially Jim Darling refuses to reveal.  And that is the amount the City of McAllen paid Latin-pop superstar, Enrique Iglesias… Continue reading “Mayor Jim Darling, Show Us the Money!”

Cesar Chavez Would NOT Support DACA and DAPA.

On April 18, hundreds of supporters gathered in front of the Federal Courthouse in McAllen, Texas in support of the Deferred Action for Parents or Americans (DAPA) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  The event was organized by La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE), an illegal immigration advocacy group, which was founded by revered labor activist, Cesar Chavez in 1989.   His presence and influence was abundantly clear as many in the crowd had their t-shirts adorned by his image.  LUPE, who favors progressive immigration reform, made mention of Chavez connection to labor rights, and community empowerment.  However, what LUPE fails to disclose, either by way of ignorance, or intentionally revising Chavez legacy, was that Cesar Chavez was staunchly anti-illegal immigration… Continue reading “Cesar Chavez Would NOT Support DACA and DAPA.”

Hidalgo, TX is a big fat mess!

It would appear that residents in the Rio Grande Valley can’t go one week without hearing about some additional buffoonery coming out of the city of Hidalgo.  In fact, simple google searches would reveal that Hidalgo has been plagued by controversy for quite some time.  From commissioners placing restraining orders on one another, and using administrative influence to obtain business opportunities, to soliciting the services of a known drug trafficker to provide alcohol distribution, and topping off with a few knucklehead representatives embarrassing themselves and their city during a goodwill trip (ahem, vacation) in Brazil.  There has never been a shortage of shenanigans coming from the little city that couldn’t, Hidalgo, TX. Continue reading “Hidalgo, TX is a big fat mess!”

Living Wage Rage. Why $15/hr Solves Nothing.

More money.  For those with too much of it, the mainstream media, politicians, left leaning pundits, and union leaders have influenced massive amounts of Americans on who is to blame for their current economic status.  Essentially, the reason why many of us are poor is because there are few at the top holding all the wealth. This has been a prominent stump speech talking point bellowed by Senator Bernie Sanders, a Democratic Presidential Candidate in his continuing push for income equality.  Now I will say, I don’t in any way give any clemency to the major financial institutions who’s lending practices during the mortgage crisis helped cripple the middle class.  Or disastrous or unfair trade agreements that has allowed major manufacturing, which was once

Bernie Sanders has lead the charge for Federal 15/hr Increase.
Bernie Sanders has lead the charge for Federal 15/hr Increase.

the backbone of the American economy, to take their manufacturing overseas and across our borders.  Tax benefits and lower cost of wages have also contributed greatly to the manufacturing job exodus.   With a great majority of good paying jobs gone, those in the service industries, namely the fast food sector, have decided to make a stand and demand higher wages per hour, and that higher wage per hour has a sweet spot.  $15. Continue reading “Living Wage Rage. Why $15/hr Solves Nothing.”

RGC ISD Murders From An Other Angle

 

Very little information regarding motive have been released since the discovery of two Rio Grande City ISD employees, Wednesday morning, March 23. The victims, identified as Oneida Alanis Balderas Garza and Lourdes M. Elizondo(Luna) were found bound, and shot in the head “execution style”, this according from Law Enforcement officials, who arrived on scene shortly after 9:30 a.m. Continue reading “RGC ISD Murders From An Other Angle”