Democrat state representative Alfonso “Poncho” Nevarez from Eagle Pass, TX, announced on Thursday morning, Nov. 21, that he was not running for reelection. This announcement came just hours after news broke that he had been accused of dropping an envelope of cocaine at an Austin airport. Later that same day, a warrant was issued for his arrest for felony drug possession, and the Texas Department of Public Safety confirmed that Nevárez had turned himself over to a Maverick County jail Thursday night and posted a bond of $10,000.
Nevárez announced the week before that he would not seek reelection in 2020 because he was going to put his “family and health” first. The news immediately raised questions about why the four-term state rep would step aside.
The Republican Party of Bexar County has expressed concerns about the recent spike in San Antonio water bills and the SAWS rate structure called “equity lens.” They feel this "equity" approach is nothing more than a radical “redistribution of wealth” rate structure that uses “conservation” as an excuse to punish some ratepayers.
Under this equity system, SAWS has an eight-tier rate pricing structure based on how much water a homeowner uses. Anne Hayden, the SAWS spokesman, says, “Water in the eighth tier (mostly the northside of SA) is 6.5 times more expensive than water in the first tier.”
SAWS uses water conservation to justify the SAWS rate structure. Hayden says SAWS can’t charge everyone the same rate because “that will go against our conservation ethic.” What about the “fairness” ethic?
SAWS admits the bulk of customers affected by the higher water bills are on the north side where there is more water use because of more private property and more affluence. The “equity” approach is designed to redistribute the wealth by punishing some for their use with higher rates.
Sadly, this is the same approach the City of San Antonio is using to give more money for streets and sidewalks in lower-income areas. Instead of providing equal services to all communities, these agency bureaucrats are favoring some over others.
The new SAWS rate structure is a socialist billing system that punishes some ratepayers unfairly. SAWS should use a fair billing where everyone pays that same rate for whatever water they use.
The Republican Party of Bexar County has rejected this tiered rate structure as unfair and they demand SAWS return to a system where all ratepayers pay for what they use. SAWS should serve the public, not control, punish, and reward ratepayers.
Homeless has become a hot topic in many communities from Charleston, WV to Los Angeles. However, the discussion does not appear as honest as it should be.
I served as HUD special assistant to Jack Kemp and as HUD director in Houston and in West Virginia, and I became very familiar with the "homeless" issues. A small percentage of homelessness results from economics, while the vast majority is caused by drug abuse and mental problems.
Drug abusers and the mentally ill are in a "recycling" nightmare caused by liberal politicians and leftist lawyers. These homeless people are regularly picked up by police, placed in rehab, and then released only to fall back again.
Congressman Joaquin Castro’s hypocrisy and lack of judgment have shown through again. He criticized President Trump’s trade adviser, Peter Navarro for saying the impeachment inquiry is an attempted coup d’etat. He conveniently forgets his recent irresponsible behavior when he “outed” local San Antonio business for contributing to President Trump’s election campaign.
Castro told CNN those comments are highly irresponsible. He said, “That’s the kind of language that can lead to civil unrest in this country. Those are false claims, but for him to be talking like that is highly irresponsible.”
However, Castro’s outing of businesses that supported Trump placed some of them in danger. Crazed liberal/leftist Castro followers threatened the business-owners.
Navarro’s comments are factual. Democrats have never accepted Trump's election, and they have always sought to nullify a legitimate election. Congressman Joaquin Castro has once again shown his hypocrisy. It’s time to replace him.
Liberals and leftists are winning the public relations and legislative battles against law enforcement officers, and the worst victims are going be law-abiding citizens and public safety. Race-baiters and liberal/leftist politicians are defending criminal behavior in the name of “civil rights,” and endangering police officers with ridiculous requirements and restrictions.
NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo was fired by the NYPD in the matter of the death of Eric Garner, even though Pantaleo went through two judicial reviews and was found innocent. Liberal/leftist NY mayor Bill di Blasio reacted to the demands of angry emotional race-baiters, rather than respect the legal system.
Also, the liberal press and leftist politicians ignore the facts that Garner was breaking the law, that he refused to follower requests to leave, and that he resisted arrest. They also overlook that Garner was a large, heavy man who outweighed any of the officers involved.