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May 19, 2013
Ethics Complaint Filed against Chris Oliver
Here is a copy of the original complaint, it is my understanding the affidavit has been corrected and that the complaint has been refiled.
There are people looking at some of the other trustees that have failed to properly prepare their campaign reports. Complaints may soon follow.
May 16, 2013
HCC under Rene Byas is even worse than under Art Tyler
Since HCC has taken the steps to make it difficult to gather information under the open records request, I will spend more time looking at some of the highest paid employees and researching. Two fairly new attorneys Valerie Simpson and Sandra D. Garcia have recently been the ones that have responded to my open records request. Ms. Simpson received her law degree in 2010 ( U of H)and Ms. Garcia in 2011 (TSU). HCC pays them very well. Here is an order from the Attorney General admonishing Ms. Simpson for what she submitted.
Larry Marshall's Campaign Reports, Pay to Play
The last three reports were not available, will have to pick them up later. Quickly went through them and noticed some problems like a Negative amount maintain, it is not possible, a loan maybe but one is not in the negative. The numbers did not always add up too much like Chris Oliver and Bruce Austin.
From the past this Yaffee/Deutser document (HCC)
They were educating the public in the annexation and other matters.
Ben Hall Supporters
Chris Oliver is among one of Ben Hall for Mayor supporters. According to Marc Campos a post in the Chronicle indicates that there were over 100 people at the kick off for Mayor Parker's Campaign, that is not a large crowd, not good for the mayor.
May 15, 2013
The Dumbest award
There is dumb, dumber, and dumbest and the dumbest award today has to go to the Ben Mendez campaign. They put out this photo. Campos with his daily commentary left much to be desired like the photo that was in question so I went in search of answers and found it at the Houston Press.
What Campos did was leave this what the heck did the Ben Mendez campaign do? Did he out a person a la Manuel Rodriguez? Did he catch her cheating on her husband? All this evil thoughts ran through my mind so I had to go find out. No Graci Garces was eating and she is on the heavy side, so what. My mother was on the heavy side and I would give my life for her. I am on the heavy side. Most of my friends are on the heavy side. In fact if Ben Mendez would open his eyes and visit the community he wants to represent he would notice that many of the mothers and grandmothers not to mention the daughters and sons tend to be on the heavy side. Señor Mendez you claim to be this great successful businessman, well use some of that brain that God gave you and use it to tell us why you are the best candidate don't tell us that you are not fat. Are you suggesting that the people vote for you because of your good looks, tongue in cheek? I did assume that God gave you a "great brain", I could have assumed wrong. Beside Señor Mendez, I could decide to do some research on you and I already know a lot about you. Don't pick on big people!
Since I have expanded this blog to other things than HCC, I will take this opportunity to point out that Marc Campos had a chance to show solidarity with the Spanish surname individuals in Arizona by boycotting the game between the Astros and the Arizona team. I emailed him and asked him to do so as most people that know him know that he is one the Astros strongest supporters. He refused to show his support of what the Arizona state government was doing to people with blood of my and his ancestors, sangre de indios. One game, one day of not watching the Astros in person was too much of a sacrifice for Señor Campos. Too many of us worked long and hard to get some of the rights that many people now take for granted. Boycotting HISD when they decided that integration meant that people with sangre de indio and sangre de Africano would make it okay. I volunteered at one of the boycott schools, I was part of the U of H Mayo, and the barrio Mayo from North Side.
Interesting Person this Lawrence Marshall, HISD Trustee
He lives in an apartment located at 6425 Bankside, well that is where he at least claims he lives. Has some land that is for agriculture use, located at 11787 Almeda Rd. Uses a PO box as mailing address, PO Box 88082. He also has property in Ft Bend County 16422 Quail Gully DR Missouri City.
Marshall has at least one company, M Associates of Houston which is registered at the same apartment complex that he lives in but a different apartment number. The company is registered at;
M Associates of Houston
6425 Bankside Drive Apartment 1062
Houston, TX 77096-5672
Here is a list of properties that have Lawrence Marshall as the grantee, he is the owner. ETAl means "and others", usually a spouse. Here is where is the grantor, sold property. For someone that lives in an apartment he has been active. It may turnout that he is not the same Lawrence Marshall as only actual footwork will determine that. This is only for Harris County as time permits will check records in Ft. Bend County.
Larry Marshall is a life time native of Houston, don't know if he is married but there was a wedding license issued to a Lawrence Marshall who wed a Barbara Thompson, about three years after he started work as a teacher.
As time permits I will follow up on this HISD Trustee as he peeked my interest, always wonder about people that live in apartments that run for office.
May 12, 2013
Inside is considering expanding into HISD affairs, meanwhile the Lone Star bonds failed. At least there are people with common sense as the bonds go to feed the politicians and their supporters. Only one HCC Trustee stood against the HCC bonds and that was Yolanda Navarro Flores. Why in the heck are we building buildings when we have declining enrollment? Why did Carroll Robinson push so hard for the bonds? Why did Carroll Robinson lie about the enrollment?
Erica Mellon is learning and our new Trustees
Here is a recent article on HISD that she wrote, there is a disclaimer at the bottom that indicates that an "investigation does not mean any one is guilty or will be indicted". Some thing that she failed to do when she was writing about HCC. No one got indicted, if one reads the article about HISD one will notice that the FBI always denies there is an investigation because of policy. There is corruption at HCC much worse than what is occurring at HISD but for some reason the powers that be in Houston have decided to see no corruption, hear no corruption, and speak no corruption. The two recenlty appointed Trustees will also be investigated. Below what a few minute search will find, there is much more that will be printed in regards to the new trustees as time allows. Here are a few articles about Herlinda Garcia by the Houston Press.
From HoustonISD watch:
Herlinda Garcia, the perfect marionette to Grier's puppet master
Isn't HISD just wonderful? Isn't it terrific how ALL the teachers are buying into to Grier's reforms?
And that Herlinda Garcia,hasn't she always followed HISD policy? Been a real tropper?
Don't you just want to give cotton candy to the Broad bots who are walking around soaking in
the vaudeville show HISD is putting on for them?
I remember back in the day when Herlinda Garcia was a major power player in East End Latino
politics. She sat on the HCC Board of Trustees and practically split her time between her little
kingdom at J.P. Henderson and important affairs of state at HCC, fueling power struggles
between two warring factions. Those of us who have been around HISD a long time and
stories to tell, incidents to remember, that don't always put the current "saints" in a good
I remember Herlinda herding around her staff as they worked on her HCC campaign. It was
such a clear violation of HISD rules, even though it occurred almost 30 years ago, I have
never forgotten it.
Herlinda Garcia is a smart cookie. She is willing to play marionette to Grier's puppet master
just to keep him the h*ll out of her business.
Yesterday, Herlinda danced, jerked, waved, and supplicated herself to King Grier.
(Editor: Ericka Mellon mentioned yesterday in this article how good the grounds looked
at J.P. Henderson. I mention this because this past weekend I included comments about
the landscaping, tree planting, and mulching being done at Fondren. The previous weekend
the Fondren campus was inundated with yellow HISD maintenance trucks. All of this
effort, of course, was to make Grier look wonderful, and if you toured all the campuses
in HISD, you would see firsthand what a sham it was as many schools need real
maintenance work, not the time-consuming feel good cosmetic kind Grier ordered
for Broad. Please know when you blog at houstonisdwatch.com, Mellon reads your
comments. She may only write a sarcastic aside in her articles, as she is raked over
the coals by Jason Spencer when he doesn't like her coverage, but you are being heard.
You are being heard.)
May 11, 2013
Should people in purchasing have to file disclosures?
One can only hope that Houston Community College under Renee Byas is concerned about transparency. Below are some DBAs that have been filed by one of the top persons in purchasing. As time permits will look at all the top administrators. Some of the companies are still in existence, here. Mojgani is the spouse of Reynaldo Pradia.
May 10, 2013
Is a Community College Trustee blaming ESPA and Bobby Singh for the failure of the hiring of the out of state contractors? More on this as information comes in. Is Rene Byas hiring people without job posting? Is Sandie Mullins using HCC bond money to help her in her run for a City of Houston council position? Is Carroll Robinson making deals to help with his fund raising for when he runs for City Controller? Inside will be watching just as it did when Michael Williams started his run for City Council violating City ordinances, Inside was instrumental in stopping his run. Who are Herlinda Garcia supporters and mentors? Rumors are that all Trustees up for election in November will have opponents. This Weekend who is Bruce Austin and is it time for him to go.
Is HCC hiding behind stupidity?
Inside has been publishing for close to three years now, it is not going away. It may take a break but it is not going away it is will continue to ask for information and publish as Houston Community College is the most corrupt institution in the area. The Veselka report clearly showed that Chris Oliver was engaged in at minimum unethical behavior and at worse criminal behavior. He is just one of many, Bruce Austin had no qualms about making campaign money disappear. Bruce Austin had no qualms about voting and advocating for organizations in which he was a director. Art Tyler and Mary Spangler had no qualms about making sure that the energy contract went to a particular company. While the Comical may publish stories about HISD and not HCC, HCC is where the corruption as an institution is.
Inside HCC was informed that the best way by someone who used to work there that the pay stubs would be the best way to check how much vacation time, sick time certain people have used and would be entitled to. Inside made a simple open records request that most semi intelligent people would understand what was being requested, so what does HCC do?
Below is the response from HCC.
Per the Public Information Act, the Office of General Counsel is requesting clarification as to your open records request (see email request below):
1) Please provide copies of all of Art Tyler's paychecks commencing with his first paycheck and ending with the last paycheck issued to him.
2) Please provide copies of Renee Byas' paychecks commencing with her first paycheck and ending with the last paycheck issued to her.
3) Please provide copies of Mary Spangler's paychecks commencing with her first paycheck and ending with the last paycheck issued to her
For clarification purposes, are you requesting paper checks or direct deposit advices for the individuals listed?
Upon your prompt response, the Office of General Counsel will move forward with this portion of your request.
Assistant General Counsel
Office of General Counsel
Houston Community College System
This morning the clarification was sent, let us count the days before they respond with other questions seeking more clarification.
Here is the clarification:
Please provide the "direct deposit advices" if different from the paper please digital copies of the paper checks.
I did not realize that Houston Community College still issued paper checks to full time employees. I am assuming that HCC has entered into the digital world and like other institutions has direct deposit. A digital image is usually available to the employee and some dinosaur institutions still may issue paper checks. But even they maintain digital copies. Please provide such copies, I guess HCC calls them direct deposit advices, but even the simplest folks would know what Inside HCC was requesting.
May 9, 2013
Taking a break, not much is going on at HCC at the moment but that could change at anytime. Art Tyler is at this point not getting his way, but there are some HCC employee in the purchasing department that may bear watching as their hands may be out for handouts. Have people looking into it and will get back if they are able to provide concrete proof that it is happening.
April 30, 2013
Why have a Media Department if HCC pays Yaffee/Deutser to do production?
HCC teaches production, HCC produces its' own videos but it chooses to pay over a quarter of million dollars to produce what HCC can do or should be able to do? Are HCC video and photography professors so incompetent that we cannot trust them? Is the HCC media department so incompetent that it has to outsource production? Or is HCC taking care of friends of the Board? Here are the invoices.
April 28, 2013
The fools from the Comical (Houston Chronicle) are at it again
Who are the Comical's editorial board?
- Tom Stephenson - Tom just moved to Houston.
- Jack Sweeney - Jack has been here going on 13 years, many of the trustees are live long residents.
- Jeff Cohen - Jeff is a life time resident.
- Veronica Flores-Paniagua - Brand new to Houston
- James Newkirk - James has been here for a while.
- David Langworthy - David has been with the Chronicle since the late 70s.
- Lisa Gray - Has been here since the 80s.
- Joe Holley - Joe got to Houston in 2009.
Who are these persons that use a Newspaper to spread lies. They make statements as if they were facts. Who are these person who want to control an entity (HCC) by spreading lies to the community. I challenge them and the the persons they listen to, to prove what they write.
On Sunday's editorial page they have this as the headline, "A CLOSE EYE ON HCC - Community college board is trying to back away from a necessary commitment."
Let us look at some of the so called facts:
"Richard Schechter , a strong voice for reform has resigned". Schechter got involved in reform when Carroll Robinson started pushing for reform. Give credit where credit is due to Trustee Carroll Robinson. In fact Inside HCCS has pointed out that at least three friends (and also Jewish) of Richard Schechter (Jewish) received three very lucrative contracts. Inside has pointed and proved with documentations that Trustee Flores was censored for things that never occurred, i.e., her son receiving contracts. It never happened but the Comical printed it as it was fact. The Comical's (Houston Chronicle) editorial board primarily consists of journalism majors not necessarily the stuff from where logic and analysis are found, writers (Journalism Majors) entertain. The Comical also destroyed the reputation of a very good and qualified person, Gloria Walker, by spreading rumors as truth. Here is a youtube video showing how strongly Richard Schechter believed in reform. Those three friends of Richard Schechter did not have to bid on the contracts, about 2 million dollars in one year between the three friends. Schechter is wrong about it being illegal, there is no legal obligation that a board has to accept a bid, they can vote it up or down. It is not that unusual that a bid is voted down.
"We have seen enough evidence of an appetite for mischief to have real misgivings about the current board's judgment to entrust it with a chancellor search and selection." These are the same fools who criticized the selection of the acting chancellor,the Comical preferred Art Tyler, now they want to keep Rene Bayas there for a year as they don't trust the Board. Which Board Member have they not endorsed in the past? I can think of one and she is the newest Trustee. The fools want to interject their prejudices and hate for minorities, Spanish surnamed individuals in particular. Well they are not really fools they are low price whores as long as HCC was buying thousands of dollars in advertisement from them they were happy whores willing to do the bidding of the HCC administration. At present they are unhappy low price whores as HCC has quit spending money buying ads from them. Inside subscribes to the Comical to keep track of the lies that they push. Inside is waiting for an ad from HCC so Inside can find out where the money to buy the advertisements is coming from. The comical has proven time and time again that it hates Spanish surnamed individuals, the Comical is full of bigots and racists, who but racists and bigots would print this type of headline about Spanish surnamed persons "Race may crown Houston's 1st political patrona." The comical has never done that to any other ethnic group not even the Italians (Mafia). The use of the word boss has bad concoctions.
"...Board members seeking to require contracts to give preference to Houston-based bidders on construction of new facilities and other major tasks have made an end run around the resolution by pushing for changes in state law to allow for those preferences to be created." The Comical Editorial Board is so full of it, here is the City's Houston First which the Chronicle endorsed and gave its blessing to, directly and indirectly by endorsing the Mayor Annise Parker. In the article, the Greater Houston Partnership gave the City's program its blessing. So why is the Partnership against HCC doing the same? Again it seems to be about racism and being bigots. When a White person is at the top its is okay, if a minority is at the top, well we can't trust them. Why else the double standard? Read this part of the Comical's editorial "The last time we wrote about the HCC board and its troubles, we said we'd be watching urged community leadership groups such as the Greater Houston Partnership to do likewise. We have watched, and so has the Partnership. We're not happy with what we're seeing."
"Time's wasting, and thousands of students who will become part of tomorrow's skilled work force are waiting patiently for completion of the new medical and engineering facilities to come." Where are the thousands of students that are waiting? If the Comical is so concerned with space for students why were they not upset that the President of Coleman took space from students to have a private bathroom built for herself? Is the Comical trying to whitemail HCC into buying advertisements to keep the Comical's lies out of the public sphere?
Why doesn't the Comical allude to the fact that they helped spread the lies that HCC was busting at the seams? The Editorial Board of the Comical would be hilarious if not for the fact that the lies that they publish can harm individuals. The public deserves better than the fools at the Chronicle.
"This just smells" How does it smell? Where is the wrong doing in pushing for Houston first? Where is the meddling by the Board?
Why is the Comical and its fools against trying to keep money here in Houston? Is the Comical looking for a payout to stay out of HCC's business? Houston will be a much better place when the Houston Chronicle (Comical) ceases to exist.
Who benefits at HCC by Sunday's, 4.28.2013, editorial from the comical? I can think of two persons, Renee Byas and Bruce Austin. Tyler wants out but at his price and the Board also wants him out from what Inside is hearing. So who benefits from the editorial? Renee Byas for sure as she gets a year there and Bruce Austin who is the one that promoted Renee Byas, what is their agenda? Why would Renee Byas and Bruce Austin be against promoting Houston First? One has been there too long and the other is not qualified for the position she now holds.
April 26, 2013
Who is Traveling and how much are the taxpayers paying?
Here are some invoices for travel primarily outside the country. Someone out there help me why are these people traveling there? Why is a president of a college traveling to Germany for in service? Same president was in the selection committee that selected the Program Manager (so I was informed). What does she know about Program Managers? What is her expertise. I know the person and know why she is where she is. I know who helped her and how she treated them when they were down.
From an email sent to Inside
Houston Community College IT department needs your help. Why do tax payers pay over $500,000 for maintenance of the People Soft system every six months?
WHEN WILL THE UPGRADE TO peoplesoft 9.1 BE FINISHED ARE WILL HCC FORK OVER ANOTHER HALF MILLION FOR NOT BEING ABLE TO COMPLETE THE LIVE APPLICATION PROCESS?
Is it because XXXXXX (doubt this person would be terminated as they are tight with Art) is afraid that he will be terminated for speaking up and informing Renee Byas and Art Tyler that XXXXXX (Doubt that they would be terminated as they are tight with Art) of the Human Resources department is the reason for the costly delays that will not allow the upgrades to be completed in a timely manner. The budget was approved so that the college would not have to keep paying for the live support of the system and much needed upgrades, over $1,000,000.
The statements in () are Inside's comments. Inside is aware of both persons and they are secure in their jobs as long as Art and Renee are there.
April 23, 2013
The whore of a paper, or no ethics by Chronicle reporters
Read this article, look at what stands out, read and ask yourself where is the source where is the evidence to merit such a headline. There is no evidence, however by that simple lie, it is a lie unless they can prove it is true, and they cannot prove it because it was never true. Erica Mellon, a reporter that seems to lack ethics, destroyed a person's reputation. Mellon did it without a conscious. Is it because at the time the little whore (the Chronicle, was receiving $100,000s in advertisements from HCC?) and she was told to write such stories? The only part that lends some credence to the article is the part where TSU will not release records because of a criminal investigation. Let me tell you how that works. Someone out to destroy Ms. Walker will file a complaint and the University is obligated to conduct an investigation. I could do the same thing by claiming that Renee Byas did something illegal. Once an investigation commences I could write a headline "Renee Byas is under Criminal Investigation". Is it true, yes, is it ethical no. Requests for information as to how much the Chronicle was paid has let nowhere, HCC does not have records to show how much they have paid or they are hiding the amount somewhere. Mellon, the unethical reporters, also destroyed other reputations, Yolanda Navarro Flores, Abel Davila are two others. She attempted to do the same with the writer of Inside HCCS. HCC has conducted criminal investigations in regards to some of their administrators but we all know who runs that department, HCC pretend to be cops.
The only decent reporter that the Chronicle has published his last article last week. Steffy I often wondered how long he would last at the place I call a little whore. He stepped on big toes and big toes have big heads they don't like it when people do that.
April 22, 2013
I want to again thank the persons who care about our college, thank you.
HCC may be replacing one tyrant with another, HCC Board beware.
Renee Byas has received one very large pay increase while employees are yet to be paid since January of this year (Coleman Campus). Renee Byas is not the right person for the job, she was not qualified in my opinion to have held the job she had before and certainly not qualified for this job. One of the presidents such as Zachary R. Hodges would be much better qualified to handle the job while they do a search for a Chancellor.
The following request and notifications was sent this morning.
1) Please provide copies of all of Art Tyler's paychecks commencing with his first paycheck and ending with the last paycheck issued to him.
2) Please provide copies of Renee Byas' paychecks commencing with her first paycheck and ending with the last paycheck issued to her.
3) Please provide copies of Mary Spangler's paychecks commencing with her first paycheck and ending with the last paycheck issued to her
Peoplesoft should have the digital images of all the checks available, most paychecks do not have anything that should be redacted. The above three requests should be readily available.
4) Please provide all credits that have been issued to all persons, from all banks (between February 1, 2012 through February 1st, 2013) , it has come to the attention of Inside HCCS that there may be as many of 30 credits cards out. For instance, Inside was told that Charles Cook has a credit card as do many other top level administrators. It was also mentioned that Art Tyler may have use of more than one credit card.
5) Please provide all records concerning Chris Oliver workers compensation claim. It has come to Inside HCCS that not all people with knowledge and records of his claim were notified of Inside HCCS previous request and that because some people were not notified that not all records were provided. Inside believes that Chris Oliver may have been paid an additional $20,000 that were not provided to Inside.
5a) Please provide the list of people that were notified via email on the request for information concerning Chris Oliver's worker's compensation claim (request by Inside HCCS).
5b) Please provide the the emails of the people that were notified of the request. see 5a above.
6) Please provide a copy of the job posting for XXXXXXX position.
News media, the following request should also be done by your staff, Inside will not publish the stories and will wait for the main stream media to do so. Inside has reason to believe that there are irregularities concerning payments to the above three individuals. Inside believe that Renee Byas may have authorized the payment of an additional $20,000 to Chris Oliver on the workers' compensation claim. Inside has reason to believe that Renee Byas may be circumventing HCC policy, and Federal laws in the hiring of individuals. Inside has reason to believe that payment for reimbursement without proper receipts have been made.
April 19, 2013
Out of frustration with the administration of Renee Byas and the delays in providing information requests the following email was sent to numerous news media and state officials.
HCC has been delaying the requests on purpose in has been in excess of 10 days since the original time was made. Similar to the request for job posting which was never fulfilled. It is common knowledge that your position was never advertised (no job posting), it is common knowledge that Renee Byas appointed you. There are other similar positions that were filled the same way, I am well aware that HCC believes that it can operate outside the law and quite often does. Many of the payments for the credit cards payment to vendors do not have sufficient receipts (invoices) that would justify payment but payment is made. I believe that state law prohibits public employees from flying first class (business class) but that is a too common practice at HCC. Employees have used HCC funds to take their families on international flights. Employees have used their cards for personal use, phone use among others.
A friend of mine was asked to provide information on HCC that Inside HCCS has not run. Inside has not run such stories and will allow the news media time to gather information before Inside publishes it online.
It is common practice at most business and government to maintain digital records and the receipts submitted by employees in all probability are already in a digital format (paper reduction). Instead HCC intends to burden people who request information with delays and costs to prevent the public from becoming aware of the shenanigans that is occurring at Houston Community College.
Below are the requests for invoices (what did taxpayers pay for). Numerous people have gone to Germany and Russia and staying at some of very expensive hotels. Before Inside can get into the why it needs to know who went and where was the money spent. What possible interests can HCC have in Germany and Russia? I am also curious what interests HCC has in Orlando Florida.
HOUSTON COMM COLLEGE SYS
HOUSTON COMM COLLEGE SYS
- DO, GIGI
Billing from 12/16/2011 to 02/15/2013
UNITED AIR 0162927260356
UNITED AIR 0167052091232
UNITED AIR 0167052091233
UNITED AIR 0167052091234
UNITED AIR 0167052091235
W DOHA HOTEL & RESIDENCES
KORSTON HOTEL PORTER
April 16, 2013
How many lawsuits have been filed against HCC?
Martin See v HCC - disability discrimination - 2013
Anil Ninan v HCC - discrimination - 2012
Coleen Adams v HCC - Sexual harassment, retaliation, hostile work environment - 2012
Lorenzo Walker v HCC - discrimination - 2012
Tammy M Anderson v HCC - discrimination - 2012
Yolanda N Flores v HCCS - discrimination - 2011
Heather Perry v HCC - discrimination - 2011
David Wilson v HCC - Other - 2011
Technical Education v HCC - contract - 2010
Fred Satchel v HCC - Defamation - 2010
Arthur Ellis - Employment - 2010
What was the purpose of the list of lawsuits that have been filed? There are rumors that Art Tyler may be considering leaving and has asked for close to a million dollar buyout. What is one more lawsuit! Rather to fire and pay a million dollars defending a firing then to pay for what Inside consider an outrageous demand by a person that Inside believes has hurt HCC. Inside is assuming that there may be some truth to the rumors. Inside maintains that there are serious financial problems at HCC and that an audit should be done of the institution. Many of the payments made for purchases by credit card have no receipts to prove that the spending is authorized by law.
April 15, 2013
Is HCC going private?
Recently received an email that suggests that Art Tyler and company may be considering turning Distance Education into a for profit ecollege,
"The HCC eCollege program is an outgrowth of the current DE program, but to be organized as a separate, for-profit entity. Its purpose is to offer complete, associate degrees and certificates for which all courses ... The HCC eCollege project requires several new positions, all of which were discussed and approved at yesterday’s meeting. Dr. Tyler indicated that he will provide for them out of his contingency funds."
What positions is the for profit ecollege looking for? 1) "The first of these positions is a new full-time/temporary Instructional Designer. 2) Since we need the same position (and skills) for the eCollege project, we simply need for you to assist us in adding one additional Instructional Designer position to the hiring process. Please advise on what we need to do to get started on that. 3) The working title of the second position is a “project manager.” This was also discussed as a FT/temporary position, but may be PT for now until the program grows."
When will the HCC Board look into what Art Tyler is doing? When will their little testicles grow? Trustees are called Trustees because they are to watch over the taxpayers' money. The HCC "Trustees" are failing in their roles. I want to point out to the Trustees that this is not being done by Art Tyler alone, he has people helping him. He rewards his friends well and punishes his enemies severely.
Here is more on Art Tyler's spending of taxpayers monies, he traveled to Phoenix (first class if the price is right), came back to Houston, traveled to Germany and then Qatar (first class) , came back to Houston and had a nice expensive dinner courtesy of Houston taxpayers. The statements states that there are $15,000 in charges but the invoice does not list them all. Previous experience suggests that HCC is paying for charges that may not be allowed by law. That is what happens when employees live in fear of losing their jobs, and they would lose their jobs if the accounting people reported what they saw. talis vita est
Why is Rene Byas protecting Art Tyler? If someone can provide information as to why Rene Byas is protecting Art Tyler it would be greatly appreciated by thousands of Inside readers.
Does Art Tyler have a doctor's degree? This article published in February of 2013 does not list it. We are still waiting to see that Medal that Art Tyler claimed he earned while in the service.
April 14, 2012
IS HCC FINANCIALLY SOUND?
I have noticed a pattern as I look at the use of Taxpayers' credit cards by top HCC officials, they are consistently late in payment of the credit cards statement. Something is happening at HCC that does not pass the smell test. Here is one example of a fairly recent card statement by Art Tyler (the card is in his name), the statement is 60 days delinquent and as a result Houston Taxpayers had to pay a penalty of over $1600. When will the HCC Board open their eyes to what is happening? When will they finally say enough. We have two new Board Trustees who should start researching the financial status of the college. I don't have much confidence in many of the others that have been there for over three years, those would be Neeta Sane, Chris Oliver, Sandie Mullins, Bruce Austin, and Eva Loredo.
Is there a fourth card out there that someone is using? The reason for the question is that this trip to Qatar via Germany by Art Tyler is for the flight only. I could not find who paid for the hotels and meals. Why is HCC constantly sending people to Germany? Inside have an open request at the moment trying to find out who has been going there as there have been numerous flight there, in time Inside will start looking at to the Why are we going there. Does the Board care how taxpayers money are spent? Rest assured that if the present board fails to start inquiring that Inside will make sure that all precinct judges know where they stood. Inside hears rumors of people running for Houston City Council, Inside hears rumors of Trustees running for Houston Controller.
Why is the Board afraid to question Art Tyler? Why won't they ask him why he went to Germany? If it was not HCC related get the money back it belongs to Houston taxpayers. Does Art Tyler have "things" on enough Board Trustees? Why are they afraid to question? Over $11,000 on flight only to Qatar via Germany by Art Tyler, viva la vida rica "live the rich live".
Art Tyler the rich traveler courtesy of Houston taxpayers and a lackadaisical HCC Board, $12,000 first class to Japan, $11,000 first class to Germany. Those are just some of the out of the country trips.
April 12, 2013
The HCC Board grows some juevos (balls), but they are still too small
The Project Manager and other bond related agenda items were tabled to a later date.
Over $12,000 on a trip to Japan by Art Tyler, why? Why two credit cards one has Gigi Do's name and the other Art Tyler's name. This is a common practice that has been noticed in the past. Why the attempt at deception (opinion), each card has $100,000 limit. Did Art Tyler sign Gigi Do's card or was it paid in advance from Houston? Why the attempt to cover up the cost of the trip?
Why would Houston Community College Taxpayers be paying first class for Art Tyler to go to Japan? What colleges do we have over there? Here is the invoice for one trip to Japan courtesy of Houston Taxpayers. Here and here are two other invoices from Japan that are on Gigi Do's HCC credit card. Art Tyler has traveled all over the world first class at taxpayer's expense while HCC has been neglected. Art is in charge and was in charge as enrollment declined. Art Tyler is and was in charge when HISD petitioned the state to partner with Lone Star Community College. The HCC board has to grow bigger balls and smarter brains so they can realize that HCC has problems and the problem begins at the top of the administration. I am assuming that it was Art Tyler that traveled, as that is what one of the invoices seems to indicate.
Art Tyler used to answer to Mary Spangler, he now answers to Rene Byas, the buck stops there. I would strongly suggest that Ms. Byas look at Art Tyler's contingency funds and what they are being used for as I am hearing rumors that projects that would require Board approval have been done or in the process of being done. There is no guard at the taxpayers' account.
Someone who lives in Neeta Sane district please sign up and run, that district is in serious need of representation.
April 10, 2013
This is the original criteria that was part of the proposal that went out with the RFP. This is the criteria used to select the winner. Who was the winner? Here is the winner and subs it seems that it is an out of state company and only one of the minority vendors is from Houston. Houston tax dollars spent on out of state companies. I was informed (not sure if true that the same winners were chosen at HISD? If that is the case then look to the state for possible influence. The winner does have an office in Austin, but not in Houston (non that I could find). Remember we don't choose the lowest bidder, we choose the best value. How can sending money out of state be best value for Houston Texas Tax payers?
I want to make it clear that the winner is a large company and certainly very qualified to do the job, so were many of the non winners, but the selection criteria change is bothersome. Why the change and were the companies that did not win notified, the way they submitted their proposal could have been changed.
I hate the Chronicle, they are a low price whore who print lies and destroy people simply because they can. Here is an article published on Trustee Yolanda Navarro Flores by the lying whoring Chronicle. I challenge the whores from the Chronicle to produce a single piece of evidence that Trustee Flores' son did work for HCC. They can't produce it because there is no such evidence, the Veselka report proved that. The lies were based on information provided by the present acting chancellor Rene Byas. Disclaimer, trustee Flores is a friend that I have known for over 20 years. The Chronicle's editorial staff is just as responsible for the lies as the reporter and reporters that spread filth. They are protected by the US constitution but they should be responsible advocates for truth.
April 9, 2013
Is the selection process tainted? Did someone manipulate the winners and losers?
Here and here are the criteria used for selection. Why two criteria? Is someone or someones doing something, illegal? Unethical? There could be a good explanation two people could probably answer the question. Why would they do such things? There are two persons responsible for the agenda, Renee Byas and Bruce Austin. Call them, email them, contact them and ask them why two criteria were used to select the winner and losers.
I have been in committees to select vendors and the process can be tainted by the selection of the "judges" or the criteria used to select the vendor, I have been pressured to change scores during the scoring and after. I have been wined and stuffed before the process even begins. This is not a low bid this a best value but they do prefer that "their guy" get the best score.
Bond oversite committees, they are a joke. I have been a member of such committees as has Carroll Robinson, we served in one such committee together.
April 8, 2013
Why the Rush?
HCC has called a special meeting and they have a ton of material there, what is the rush? Some thing does not smell right, for instance, The Program Manager and Project Manager have been a source of irritation for HCC, where is Concerned Taxpayer? Did he or she get a large part of the action? Collections is there, that is a lucrative contract and the minority vendors normally do well by it, who are the minority vendors? At least two of the real estate deals or on Bruce Austin's district, there are two vacant properties now, the campuses that are located in Mr. Austin's district are the most under utilized. At the verge of sounding racist why are we not building more campuses or purchasing property where the White folks live? Why is Bruce Austin pushing for the purchase of land? Bruce Austin's district is 90% minority, here (go to the bottom on right hand side and choose proposed districts, those are the new districts. HCC has not update their website). Both the Fannin and Westheimer properties the amount paid were questionable? This agenda does not pass the smell test!
HCC needs to quit being a college that primarily caters to the African American Community and start being more inclusive, especially when it comes to the White community. The Southeast Campus is not near capacity, and had one of the largest enrollment declines of all the campuses why is HCC purchasing property there? Were there deals made with the newly appointed trustee?
April 7, 2013
HCC spends hundreds of thousands of dollars to promote enrollment and fails & who is Byas-Smith?
Attached are two invoices, here and here, on expenditures by HCC community college during the summer and spring enrollment, via their $1 million dollar a year advertising firm. What did all this spending get? A decline of of 7.1% enrollment, Houston we have a problem. Compare that to Lone Star which has almost Zero dollar advertising budget, which had a 14.3% increase in enrollment. Even our acting Chancellor (she is only acting like she is a chancellor, an opinion based on her job history online) should be able to figure out that there is something seriously wrong with HCC. HCC should immediately form a committee to consider bringing someone in that knows what they are doing. The present acting Chancellor has been a lawyer since 1983 and may not have any administrative experience to fall back on (I don't know). Houston Community College has some serious problems and they are going to start the new College year with people that are inexperience (the chancellor) and a person (Art Tyler) that in my opinion cannot be trusted to do what is right for the Houston taxpayers, Houston students, and the faculty (with some exceptions, I hear that one person will be paid full salary while they are out getting their Doctor's degree).
The internet is scary here, here, here, here, here and here is some information that I found in a 10 minute search for information on the acting chancellor. Here is where Ms. Byas "resigns from Lone Star" page 78. This is supposedly the reason that Ms. Byas "resigned" from Lone Star Community College, bad legal advise is what the rumor is, page 6 is where Ms. Byas-Smith request AG ruling on information. It seems that Ms. Byas-Smith does not like to inform the public even when it concerns elections, or at least that is the impression that this writer gets based on all the requests from the AG.
How to start a search, first we have to get their full name, for instance everyone knows Carroll Robinson as Carroll Robinson but his complete name is? The reason that one needs the full name is that some times people will use their middle name to throw people off. Don't know if Mr. Robinson has as Inside has not done an extensive search on him.
I have heard rumors that some high positions have been filled without advertising or posting the job openings. I have made an open records request for that information and thus far HCC has failed to provide most of the information requested. If and when I get the information it will be posted.
April 5, 2013
Extremely busy at the moment, should be back posting on an almost daily basis in about two weeks. Chris Oliver's worker's compensation payment has been the most view attachment with nearly 10,000 hits since posting, see March 26 posting. Channel 13 has a replacement of the Wayne Dolcefino a milder version of what they used to have, here. If you are one of the employees that has not been paid give him a call maybe he can help. Maybe not because they are looking for exclusives, that means Inside did not publish first.
The Board is finally getting some balls and saying no to the Tyler administration. It is amazing that the Tyler administration is still running the show. Ms. Byas has turned out to be a weak replacement with what seems to be very little ability to run the college, she needs to get going if she wants to stay where she is as a new Chancellor will not like having her around, that is what normally happens. Get rid of the old kings and queens and their blood lines. I suggest that Ms. Byas read Game of Thrones to get an idea of what is required of kings and queens. I hear that she is a very nice person but nice persons do not last long. Ms. Byas keep your friends close and your enemies closer (but not in charge) and that is what is happening. If Tyler ever gets back on top you will probably be one of the first persons fired, keep that in mind, especially when one is the main provider in the house.
If you look at all those HCC bill boards you will notice that the message has recently changed, with what HCC is paying for those bill boards they could give back the money HCC took from the counselors and even hire some more. Board trustees do you need a million dollar PR firm when your enrollment is declining? Why are you posting at the Airport? Your solution to a declining enrollment is to hire a firm that will give you a beautiful interactive website, do you think that will increase your enrollment? Idiots.
April 1, 2013
While the King (Art Tyler) plays games and listens to music
I keep hearing rumors that some faculty members have gone without pay for two months, they have not been paid from the beginning of the semester. If true HCC should be ashame of itself and remedy the situation immediately. The King has his HCC credit card that seems to treat him well (He makes over $250,000 a year). I spent the weekend trying to figure out how games and music were for the benefit of Houston Community College, I could not think of anything that was not personal to the King. If I am wrong let him correct me and I will publish it.
How did the King become King? A weak Chancellor and a board consumed with greed and corruption allowed it to happen. What the King did was consolidate his power by having all vice-chancellors report to him. He has made himself in-disposable. HCC needs to immediately hire someone familiar with HCC to see what he has done to our college.
Thank you again, Inside had over 60,000 hits last month and is starting the new month well with over 2,000 hits thus far.
March 29, 2013
HCC Tax Dollars For Music and Games
A reader of Inside sent me the following, I have not had a chance to study it, so do not stand behind it but I would not doubt that it is true. How Art Tyler spends HCC tax dollars music and games. Please feel free to go over his credit card and let me know at Inside HCCS, email- email@example.com
"Seems Tyler likes games and music. These are some of the sites and games he plays at taxpayer expense. He makes over $250,000.00 a year. The games cost 99cents up. Must be too expensive for him so he puts the charges on the HCC credit card, 99 cents to 15 dollars for his entertainment. This is not to mention the thousands he spend traveling around the county and the middle east." from a reader of Inside HCCS
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March 28, 2013
Here is the Lease agreement with the Foundation, they were suppose to pay rent (pg 2 items labeled 4), do they? Here is a link to their IRS returns where it shows it as in-kind contribution from HCC? If one were to look at their income tax returns the answer is no, they have as in kind contribution by the College. The College could rent the space out and quit paying the salaries of the staff at the foundation and probably help more students, at least we would know that the foundation is giving out scholarships in a diverse manner. As it is now they won't tell and they don't print that information nor will they make it available for the public. HCC would have to.
Here is contract that is fairly recent, when Richard Schechter signed where the foundation is given the authority to purchase real estate (pg 3-4). A deal that certain people working with to what could have circumvented state law fell through as it required that HCC be the co-signer. One can only wonder what the administration at that time was up. The present Chancellor needs to rein in the foundation and the amount of money that it sucks from the taxpayers. That money would be better spent by giving back the salary they took from the counselors and hiring more person to guide the students through the system. It is a nightmare as the parent of a child that attended there I can vouch for that.
Thanks to Chris Oliver and his worker's compensation claim Inside will get 60,000 hits this month. Thank you for visiting, pass out the word that there are serious problems at HCC that need addressing. Don't let the PR from HCC about how great they are deceive you.
March 26, 2013
Chris Oliver gets Workers Comp
Attached is a very long document regarding workers' compensation and accidents that Chris Oliver has sustained. Chris Oliver has received workers compensation related to his position as trustee. Boggles my mind how a trustee is considered an employee. On page 53 is the notice that Chris Oliver will start receiving workers compensation. The entire document is worth reading. Chris Oliver has twice made workers compensation claims one was denied, one was paid.
March 23, 2013
Mary Spangler is now history, the HCC Board voted to buy her contract out.
The cost was slightly more than what her contract called for but when you add all the meals, limos, and extras the cost is less than what it would have cost to keep her.
Who was there for the vote and who was not? From a reliable source the following three trustees were not there, Carroll Robinson,(original flip flop man according to the article) Chris Oliver, and Neeta Sane (pg 7 of interview). Why am I not surprised that two of the trustees were not there, as they have been featured in Inside HCCS in the recent past. I have been informed that someone is taking a package to the new DA on one of the Trustees and or administrator, whether they will accept charges is any body's guess. Deadlines seem to not matter to some of the Trustees, I am sure that the Texas Ethics Commission would like to know why they are filing late, there is a hefty penalty for each day late.
Who Is Carroll Robinson, Who are his supporters?
Who is Carroll Robinson? Here is an article on Carrol Robinson written by the Houston Press. Is he a man of his word, the artice seems to suggest that he is not. Read the article and make your own decision.
Here is his last campaign report filed by Carrol Robinson read the names to get an idea of who he works with. The other reports are listed above on the menu bar.
Carroll Robinson does have a company here and there, one such company was formed immediately after he became a Trustee (obtained a dba), here is the link to the company.
Rumors are that Carrol Robinson has quietly been making sure that his friends and supporters are being taken care off, nothing illegal, or against HCC policies, but sure would hate for the Houston whore (chronicle) to get a wind of that as they make a big deal about it when it happens to be "mexicans" and "blacks" helping qualified friends out.
HCC Meeting today - retreat
On the agenda is this item,
Consider Employment Contract of Houston Community College Chancellor Dr. Mary Spangler and Any Other Related Authorization Necessary for Further Action
Rumors have been spreading like crazy in all likelihood by the favorites of the administration, too many rumors to even print them as they have no basis for even being a rumor. As long as Mary Spangler and Art Tyler are there Inside HCCS will keep posting and investigating. There are several trustees who do not seem to take their positions seriously as they will be no shows today. I will post tomorrow who they are so you can remember them and vote and work against them in any future elections.
Here is the request for FMLA filed by Mary Spangler. Seems she made the request in early December to be effective on January 2, 2013, wanted to use vacation time first?
Tyler seems to have a quite few requests for personal reimbursement, here, need to check on what those are.
Spangler and Tyler seem to enjoy flying first class, but have no qualms about raising tuitions and fees or screwing the counselors when it comes to pay. If one looks at their credit card buys it seems that they enjoy their lunch and dinners at the expense of the taxpayers. They are paid very well and still that is not sufficient, they are truly the "entitled" class.
March 22, 2013
Who has been using Spangler's HCC credit card? Is it her while on FMLA?
Here is are some invoices that were submitted for payment with Mary Spangler's credit Card, so is she using it or did someone else use it? I apologize for the PDF but I could not get it to open properly, rotate clockwise (right click) on your computer.
Here are all her credit card uses for a year (big file).
Here are Art Tyler's credit card uses for a year (big file).
Will present more specific uses of how they use the cards in the near future.
I want to keep repeating that the Houston Chronicle is a racist newspaper that singles out minorities to ruin their reputations, they have barely out of college writers that are racist and bias toward minorities. They have unfairly targeted Hispanics and Blacks, I dare the Chronicle to produce a single piece of evidence that shows that Gloria Walker, Abel Davila, or Yolanda Navarro Flores did anything that was illegal or unethical or that they violated any policies. Over the past three years I have pointed out and supported with facts improprieties by non minorities and have given the Chronicle the facts before I published them and they have yet to print a single article. The Chronicle is a cheap price whore that will do the City a favor when it fails and goes out of our lives.
I dare the racist Chronicle writers to check who is using Spangler's credit card, if it is her write an article on how someone on FMLA may be abusing the taxpayers? They won't because Spangler is not a minority.
March 7, 2013
While not posting Inside have been busy requesting information from HCC, the following was requested on February 9, 2013.
On Feb 9, 2013 a request for information was made, today is March 6, 2013 almost 30 days later and the information has not been provided. I am again asking the Houston Community College to provide the information as is required by law to. Houston Community College has a history of lacking transparency and one can only wonder what it is that they are hiding. The following was requested on the 9th of February;
Please provide the date, day, month, and year, in which Mary Spangler (Chancellor) requested FMLA;
Please provide all transactions or invoices, in regards to any credit card issued to or used by Mary Spangler, from January 1, 2012 to February 1, 2013.
Please provide all transactions or invoices, in regards to any credit card issued to or used by Art Tyler (Vice Chancellor), from January 1, 2012 to February 1, 2013.
Please provide all transactions or invoices, in regards to any credit card issued to or used by Gigi Do, from January 1, 2012 to February 1, 2013.
Please provide all transactions or invoices, in regards to any credit card issued to or used by Bruce Austin, from January 1, 2012 to February 1, 2013.
Please provide all transactions or invoices, in regards to any credit card issued to or used by Renee Byas, from January 1, 2012 to February 1, 2013.
Please provide the rankings of the bidders for the following request;
Date: December 5, 2011
Project Title: Security Guard Services
Project No.: 12-16
Please provide the name, address, and person to contact of the company that was awarded the bid. Please the names of all subcontractors that are being used by the company.
Over the years several things have been consistent, screw the faculty, screw the students, screw the taxpayers, and avoid providing the citizens of HCC information as to how their money is being spent.
March 1, 2013
Will take time to post today as March 1, 2013 is the first day that HCC counselors will begin their pay cuts. HCC could have avoided the pay cuts by cutting down on their advertisement. In 2012 they paid over $4 million to one company to promote Houston Community College. If you cannot increase enrollment, if you cannot do something to increase retention and graduation, do what you can do baffle the taxpayers with how great you are. Counselors should be up in arms.
Here is document that shows how much they spent in 2012.
Here and here are two documents that were sent to Inside (via open records request) by HCC. HCC may have purposely left out many of the invoices to deceive the public as to how much they are spending in advertisement.
Dismantle HCC and Merge it with Lone Star Community College
Will be on a one month vacation, Inside is a one dog, not even a pony, show. After 2.5 years will take a month vacation (Spring Break). Sorry for all the counselors that will be losing as much as $20,000 in salary starting in March, may the next year bring better news.
From the Chronicle, Saturday edition, the following HISD wants to team up with Lone Star College. It seems that HCC cannot meet the standards that HISD requires. HCC can send some of its' top talent to Qatar but it cannot find time to take care of our children here. HCC is a disgrace to our community our elected officials should consider dismantling HCC and letting Lone Star Community College take over.
From an email this interesting connections of Michael P Williams (former trustee). Will spend some time researching what some of the companies are and if they are connected in anyway with HCC. Want to thank the person that send the link. One of the persons connected, Al Kashani, is a major contributor to numerous HCC Trustees. HvH Regency Park LLC was formed six years ago.
Off the Kuff take on the editorial regarding Trustee Garcia, here. Kuff normally parrots what other people writes, but Inside does visit Kuff occasionally. In the comments Inside will give Kuff credit that he poses the question why didn't the media investigate or elaborate. The problems with blogs like Off the Kuff and even Texas Watchdog is that they themselves do not investigative work but rely on the so called main stream news media. Anyone interested in chairs go to channel 11 (Mary Spangler and Art Tyler spents hundreds of thousands of dollars eating and drinking on taxpayers credit cards) at least the City has something in return for the money spent. Houston does not have investigative reporting.
Anyone want to find out where there is "Slime in the ice machine", go here.
The Internet is a treasure trove of valuable information if one learns where to go and invests some time doing searches.
Carroll Robinson will not be able to accomplish what two prior HCC Trustees did
Here is what Michael Williams did.
Both Williams and Moore lost a church, Carroll is no pastor so he will not be able to accomplish that;-)
Text of newly appointed Trustee Feldman on KUHF radio
Thank you again for visiting my site, yesterday we had over 4,000 hits.
Who said, "One of trustees said they talked to Dr. Tyler about who did work for college (after Ike), then this contractor (Fort Bend Mechanical) who came up very low on the score list (No.6), was brought up into the "body of the other contracts." Trustee Austin found out later it was the same trustee (Oliver) who actually worked for that company and should have recused himself from voting on the issue."
Who "said Dr. Tyler is an avid golfer who plays with Trustee Oliver, which may lead Dr. Tyler to favor a company who has a relationship with that particular trustee.
Who provided Chris Oliver Super Bowl tickets and when asked about the matter consulted with their attorney and terminated the meeting? This is the same person according to Bill Carter who was also soliciting money for a trustee.
Who stated that they provided clean up work for Chris Oliver including cleaning the house of the owner of the company?
Who said "there is some relationship between Trustee Chris Oliver and Fort Bend Mechanical."
Who said "Trustee Oliver asked to do clean-up work for G&G while G&G was working on HCC West Loop Project.
Chris Oliver makes money disappear he did it recently and he did it before, here.
How does Chris Oliver make a living? Why has Chris Oliver been allowed to get away with the things he does? Why has the Mary Spangler administration protected Chris Oliver? It does not take a genius to figure out that something is not right at HCC. When will the few trustees that have clean hands take a stand and remove the cancer that has infected Houston Community College? They have a Board Chair that may be tainted and an acting Chancellor that may be tainted as she knew or should have known what was happening, what duty does a lawyer have when they see that some thing illegal may be occurring?
Information that will help expose what is happening at HCC and will be greatly appreciated. There are a number of ex HCC employees that have sued and have depositions that may help us get rid of the cancer.
HCC continues it practice of going after employees that report wrong doing.
Anin Ninan recently filed suit against HCC claiming retaliation for reporting activities that could be harmful to students and employees. Here is the lawsuit that was filed last month, the FACTS begin on page 3 of the petition. Last year three other lawsuits were filed.
Adams, Colleen v Houston Community College - cause number 201267611-7
Walker, Lorenzo v Houston Community College - cause number 201245866-7
Anderson, Tammy v Houston Community College - cause number 201240596-7
Did the US Treasury take back Grant Money?
Inside received the following email:
"Please investigate the US Treasury taking 108K from different grants impacting other departments due to the failure of HCC District Office of Veterans Affairs failing to refund the Department of Veterans Affairs. I thought that was the reason for hiring a Compliance Officer a year and half ago."
The easiest way to investigate is to ask the readers for more information as to the request. Inside has numerous request for information pending. If the requests are not accurate two to three weeks will be lost as HCC is not known for being a transparent Government agency. HCC will do whatever is necessary to prevent information from being available to the public. While there is an interim Chancellor, things have not changed, She was there and was probably aware of much of what was and continues to happen at HCC. Many of the Trustees are either lost or involved or part of the problem.
Why was HCC Trustee Neeta Sane never investigated by Veselka in light of the following?
From the Art Tyler interview (pg 7)with Veselka;
"Bobby Singh's company, GTI or Global Times, Inc., was a sub to another HCC vendor. Dr. Tyler hired Bill Carter to join HCC as Vice Chancellor of Information Technology, who wanted to start making some changes. When Dr. Tyler got to HCC, he met with Bobby Singh to find out about his business. Mr. Singh told Bill Carter many times that he had connections with Trustees and that he could get the votes. Dr. Tyler went to Dr. Spangler about getting Mr. Singh out. He met with Dr. Spangler and Mr. Singh in this office. This effort started backlash with trustees. Neeta Sane became very concerned and "threatened" Dr. Spangler and Vice Chancellor that if some things didn't happen, they might be fired. There were some very difficult Board meetings but Mr. Singh got the contract anyway. Dr. Tyler raised serious concerns about it (the contract was added to the budget for $1.5M) and the issue almost got Dr. Spangler fired."
From the Bill Carter interview with Veselka:
"In 2006, Campus Works was hired as an outside IT consultant to assess IT staff, reorganize IT department and make new assignments, and re-do all infrastructures in network planning, etc. Global Times, owned by Bobby Singh, was a subcontractor to Campus Works. Mr. Singh, however, wanted Global Times to be the primary contractor. He was friendly with the board and Mr. Carter felt that Singh insinuated that he had contacts on the Board of Trustees that would help him. Campus Works filed a cease and desist order against Global Times, alleging that Singh had asked for donations from Campus Works on behalf of a board member, insinuating that it would be necessary if Campus Works wanted to continue as the primary contractor.
With respect to construction projects, Singh has two companies: Isani and Asani. Isani is a subcontractor under PGAL, contracted to do classroom technical and network equipment. Singh also has contracts with HCCS for intranet work. Mr. Carter has heard rumors about Singh providing kickbacks, but nothing specific."
If Bobby Singh was soliciting money for a trustee which Trustee was It?
Neeta Sane is now one of Art Tyler strongest supporter on the Board, what changed? Why the turn around from threatening to get them (Art Tyler and Mary Spangler) fired to being a strong supporter of the administration?
Chevron Energy Solutions (Chevron) was a contract in regards to energy savings. Chancellor Mary Spangler had a long history with Chevron going back to her years in California. Spangler awarded Chevron (at that time it had another name) a sole source contract that was later investigated for failure to request proposals. The finding indicated that she had error in awarding the contract as a sole source. Spangler wasted no time in getting Chevron into HCC, complaints were filed but the contract continued. In 2009 with the help of Vice Chancellor Art Tyler they managed to get another contract for Chevron. This time thanks to the incompetence of the attorneys and a vendetta conducted against two trustees, Abel Davila (former trustee) and Yolanda Navarro Flores the report (Veselka Report) was made public. The Report shows that the Spangler administration engaged in manipulating the process whereby Chevron was guaranteed that they would receive the contract. What will follow is a time line showing the corruption that exists and continues to exist at Houston Community College.
Who said they felt pressure from Dr. Tyler? Here
Which trustee solicited work from an HCC vendor while the vendor was working at HCC? Here
The Chevron contract is the contract that no one would touch. The DA claimed that the statute of limitations had run, nonsense the shortest statute of limitations is two years and it was submitted within two years. In my opinion some assistant DAs may be compromised, strictly an opinion. Certainly two of the investigators are under investigations for alleged wrong doing, one for stealing comic books.
Wayne Dolcefino was about to run the Chevron story, he was in the process of interviewing Inside when he left Channel 13. Sources tell Inside that threats of lawsuits if the story aired would be filed, unconfirmed.
to be continued
On May 1, 2009 Houston Community College posted the request for proposal (RFP) for the energy savings.
Prior to the posting not only had HCC selected the vendor it had also selected the sub contractors for Chevron. This email from Chris Oliver to Vice Chancellor Art Tyler names the subs for Chevron. The date of the email is April 7, 2009 almost two months before the posting for RFP. Not only was HCC circumventing the bidding they were allowing Chris Oliver, who had a contract with FT. Bend Mechanical (Ft. Bend Mechanical is listed as a sub contractor on the email) to engage in the circumventing of the law.
Even with inside information and help from the administration, Chevron was unable to come out on top. Chevron came in second, fourteen (14) points behind Siemens. When the administration and certain trustees wanted to push for someone they sure do. Look at the video that follows. In the case below the winning company was one point ahead of the second company.
2.12.2013 - 2.13.2013
Trustee and Board Chair Bruce Austin can also make money disappear and some times reappear
January 2010 CFR: Will go over the campaign reports one by one starting with the January 2010 campaign report, here. On the second page of the report Trustee Bruce Austin lists $300 in expenditures. The report is not even close to the amount of expenditures that are listed. There are 48 expenditures listed for a total of $2,604.96. One reports discrepancies like this to the Texas Ethics Commission. Ethics is in bold as elected officials should be transparent as to how they are spending and raising money. Ethics and transparency is something that is lacking at HCC. For thirty years they have operated under the radar doing as they wanted to without any attention being paid to them. Those days are over as Inside is here to stay.
One has to ask themselves how can people with so much disdain for reporting at best or complete incompetence at worse be in charge of one of the most important educational institution in Houston. The present Board is destroying HCC, while many of the trustees concentrate on contracts that may be enriching some of them they have lost sight of the mission of HCC? Students are dropping out because they can no longer afford HCC. The one group of people that may have helped them obtain grants, scholarships, or loans has been reduced, the counselors. Navigating through HCC and obtaining a degree can be extremely difficult. Students have to shop campuses trying to find the right course that they need for graduation. With the reductions in classes the task has been made more difficult for students. People like Bruce Austin have been there too long, he failed when he was in charge of housing at the county and he has failed as trustee at HCC. Please consider retiring Mr. Austin.
I want you to notice that Trustee Bruce Austin swears that there are zero dollars maintained, page two of the campaign report. It is important because in the next campaign report Trustee Austin pulls money out of thin air as he again has expenditures but no contributions listed.to be continued
Part II continued:
July 2010 CFR: Trustee Bruce Austin again manages to make money appear out of nowhere. We all need some one of those magic money hats. Trustee Bruce Austin list $100 total for expenditures. However when one looks at the total of the expenditures listed he lists 27 expenditures for a total of $1,429.99. Among the list of expenditures is "Software to Track College Revenue and Expenses". If Bruce Austin can not manage something fairly simple as a campaign finance report how the world will he be able to track HCC revenue and expenses? Houston we have a problem.
If one recalls Bruce Austin had zero dollars in his campaign account based on the January 2010 campaign report, so where did the money for expenditures come from? This is a question that probably the Texas Ethics Commission will have to answer. Thus far we have seen Bruce Austin spend money that is not listed in his campaign report. We again find that there is zero (0) money maintained listed.
January 2011 CFR: Trustee Bruce Austin gets really creative in this campaign report. He has zero (0) dollars listed as contributions, he has zero (0) dollars listed as expenditures (Bruce Austin does have 27 expenditures listed for a total of $656.29). Now the real magic Bruce Austin now has $1,9038.09 maintained as political contributions. Where did the money come from? How can a person that is unable or unwilling to deal with simple accounting be entrusted with hundred of millions of dollars?to be continued
In case Bruce Austin or Chris Oliver happen to run across this article here is a link on how to file campaign reports.
Some of the remaining reports have the same problem, a complaint to the State Ethics Committee is being prepared.
From the past - Chris Oliver throws a temper tantrum
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 addition to 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. Don't be surprised to find that Art Tyler out there with him as they are golfing buddies, Bruce Austin interview. In fact Chris Oliver did get his toy not that vote but later. HCC raises tuition and fees to students and Trustee Chris Oliver gets to play golf for free.
Apologize for no news today as I spent the weekend preparing a document to take to the DA. Tomorrow do any of the HCC Board Trustees know how to add or file a proper return?
Is the HCC Foundation in danger of losing its' 501 (c) (3)
Compliance with federal and state law is a responsibility of 501 (c)(3) status. An organization’s size, in terms of income, assets, and expenses, determines its level of complication for compliance. Aside from its finances, an organization must adhere to the rationales for exemption, as stated in its bylaws and articles of incorporation. For example, if an organization’s purpose is to provide job training, but it instead provides after school service, the organization is not in compliance with the law. Additionally, an organization is only allowed to engage in activities that promote its tax exemption, such as applying for grants to operate its programs. Failure to adhere to these rules places an organization at risk of losing its 501(c)(3) status .Source
The mission statement of the foundation is "to provide scholarships to needy students" see page 5 of the IRS return. Recently the Foundation agreed to accept a donation of $150,000,000 to build a campus (according to reliable sources), the campus is to be built by a specific contractor. The acceptance of such funds to what is probably a method to circumvent the bidding process falls outside the mission statement for the Foundation. Why would the Foundation risk losing its non profit status on such a venture?
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Senate District 6, who will win?
Was looking at the election results this morning and I would have to state that the advantage goes Sylvia Garcia, there are about five precincts that were highly supportive of Carol Alvardo, they are all on her present State Representative District. If Ms. Garcia campaign concentrates on going negative on those five precincts while working to bring out her voters, Ms. Garcia should win with a comfortable margin. I would suggest that she use the tactic of Karl Rove, create a PAC that would do the negatives as negatives also hurt the candidate doing the negative campaigns. I have no dog in the fight and know them both and think they will both do a great job as State Senators. Ms. Alvardo needs some help in the northern part of the district.
BBB warns about email scams, from ABC 13
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Black workers employment gap, from CNN Money
Five colleges misrepresented data to U.S. News, from the Washington Post
While Inside waits for information that it have requested, Inside will post articles that may be of interest.
HCC FOUNDATION (Foundation)
Is not a private 501 c(3), here
Rules on private and public supported foundations, here
2011IRS Return filed by the Foundation
2010 IRS Return filed by the Foundation
2009 IRS Return filed by the Foundation
After numerous years of not providing information to the BBB, the Foundation has finally done so.
Another take on HCC by the Big Jolly, here.
Rumors are that a recent former HCC Trustee has been calling trustees and staff and bad mouthing certain trustees for looking at the recent Security Contract. It seems that at least one recent trustee has his hand in there and is receiving a substantial amount of money for people without guns to secure the buildings. HCC needs to reconsider that contract, it is up for review.
When one does not know how much one spends, one cannot know if a profit was made. Houston Community College does not know how much it spends when it comes to Qatar and to this day they have failed to provide information that would allow one to ascertain if they are making a profit. They did graduate eight students from the Community College there. Qatar is now looking else where for expertise, here and here.
Rumors are that the Project Manager and Program Manager RFQ has been compromised as several top level administrators have met with at least one of the Companies and that they have pre-selected the Project Manager. That is the word out on the street according to vendors that were interested in submitting their RFQs. The rumor is that at least two board trustees have also been in communication with a certain vendor.
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Neeta Sane Campaign Reports
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Liela Feldman, here
HCC Trustee Chris Oliver has not lost his magic, he still knows how to make money disappear
here is where you would file ethics complains
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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.