Here is a petition for a Charter Amendment, six months to gather signatures.

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IMMIGRATION OBAMA'S EXECUTIVE ACTIONS

I will attempt to post things as AILA updates information. AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association)

Yesterday I saw commercials from attorneys, suggesting that it is time to start the process. Wait till the details are out before you go pay an attorney for information. I, also, want to remind people that because of the Democrat Sheriff Adrian Garcia many parents of children that are citizens may not qualify as he had them deported, often for as little as driving without a license. There could be thousands of such persons that lost the opportunity. Remember that Adrian Garcia is not a friend of the Immigrant Latino community. Tell your friends and family pass the word and register to vote so we can vote him out in 2016.

From the Department of Homeland Security we have this web site.

We have this fact sheet from AILA.

Here is the memo as to Apprehension, Detention, and Removal of Undocumented Persons.

Remember stay informed, both Univision and Telemundo are doing a good job of informing persons.

Get your friends and family that are citizens to register to vote and get involved, we have to send a message to those who will try to stop this.

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AILA's 8 Points on the President's Immigration Accountability Executive Actions

Based on a briefing today at the White House, the following elements are expected to be part of the Administration's announcement on immigration executive actions, also known as the President's Immigration Accountability Executive Actions. Our understanding is that details (and memos) are still being finalized, and will be released in the coming hours, days, weeks, and months.

Below is a summary of some of the changes expected to be announced tonight at 8pm ET or tomorrow in Las Vegas. AILA will continue to analyze information as it is released and provide updates on AILA InfoNet. Also, visit AILA's Administrative Reform 2014 for updates.

  1. Enforcement Priorities
  1. Many of the existing ICE memos on enforcement priorities and prosecutorial discretion will be replaced by a new memo with three priorities: (1) Suspected terrorists, convicted felons (including aggravated felonies), convicted gang members, and persons apprehended on the border; (2) Persons convicted of serious or multiple misdemeanors and very recent border crossers (those who entered after January 1, 2014); and (3) Those who, after January 1, 2014, failed to leave under a removal order or returned after removal. The memo will contain strong language on the use of prosecutorial discretion.


  2. Deferred Action Benefiting Approximately 4.4 Million Undocumented Individuals

    Two deferred action initiatives will be rolled out that are estimated to benefit 4.4 million undocumented individuals: (1) Deferred Action for Parents (DAP): Parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (of any age) who have been continuously present since January 1, 2010, and who pass background checks and pay back taxes; and (2) DACA Expansion: The age cap on DACA will be removed and the date when continuous presence must have started will be changed from June 15, 2007 to January 1, 2010. Both of these initiatives will provide deferred action for three years. The expanded DACA should be up and running in 90 days and deferred action for parents in 180 days. Note: no initiative specifically for parents of DACA recipients was included.


  3. I-601A Waiver Expansion

    The I-601A provisional waiver will be expanded to include spouses and children of lawful permanent residents. An expansion and clarification of the definition of "extreme hardship" is also expected.


  4. Timing of Filing for Adjustment of Status

    The ability of individuals with an approved employment-based immigrant petition who are caught in the quota backlogs to file for adjustment of status will be advanced to permit them to obtain the benefits of a pending adjustment. This is expected to impact about 410,000 people. This will be done by regulation.


  5. Business Immigration Changes

    A number of business immigration improvements are to be announced. For example, certain investors will be eligible for parole into the U.S., or for parole-in-place, and national interest waivers could be available for entrepreneurs, researchers, inventors, and founders. Also, the term "same or similar" for AC-21 purposes will be clarified, L-1B guidance will be released, the H-4 EAD regulation will be finalized, and the length of time permitted on OPT for STEM graduates will be expanded. Additionally, the rulemaking process will be undertaken to modernize the PERM labor certification program and may include a harmless error provision.


  6. Visa Modernization

    There will be a Presidential Memorandum directing the various immigration-related agencies to look at modernizing the visa system, with a view to making optimal use of the numbers of visas available under law. Issues such as whether derivatives should be counted towards the visa quota and whether past unused visa numbers can be recaptured are expected to be included in this effort.


  7. State and Local

    Secure Communities will be discontinued and replaced with a new initiative, the Priority Enforcement Program (PEP). Details are still forthcoming on what PEP will entail, but in certain circumstances, detainers may be replaced by requests for notification to ICE when a law enforcement entity is about to release an individual.


  8. Parole-in-Place

    Parole-in-place will be expanded to include families of individuals trying to enlist in the armed forces, as some branches of the military ban applicants who have undocumented family members.

 

Satire

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled his party’s long-awaited plan on immigration on Wednesday, telling reporters, “We must make America somewhere no one wants to live.”
Appearing with House Speaker John Boehner, McConnell said that, in contrast to President Obama’s “Band-Aid fixes,” the Republican plan would address “the root cause of immigration, which is that the United States is, for the most part, habitable.”

“For years, immigrants have looked to America as a place where their standard of living was bound to improve,” McConnell said. “We’re going to change that.”

Boehner said that the Republicans’ plan would reduce or eliminate “immigration magnets,” such as the social safety net, public education, clean air, and drinkable water.

The Speaker added that the plan would also include the repeal of Obamacare, calling healthcare “catnip for immigrants.”

Attempting, perhaps, to tamp down excitement about the plan, McConnell warned that turning America into a dystopian hellhole that repels immigrants “won’t happen overnight.”

“Our crumbling infrastructure and soaring gun violence are a good start, but much work still needs to be done,” he said. “When Americans start leaving the country, we’ll know that we’re on the right track.”
In closing, the two congressional leaders expressed pride in the immigration plan, noting that Republicans had been working to make it possible for the past thirty years.

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Annise Parker The Worse Administration in Recent History

For some time now, INSIDE has maintained that Annise Parker has been hiding things to cover up _____? Why else would the administration of Parker become the least transparent administration in the history of Houston?

 
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IT IS NOT ILLEGALS or IMMIGRATIONS ONE HAS TO WORRY ABOUT - IT IS THE ROBOTS

(CNN) -- Tech visionary Elon Musk made headlines when he said recently that artificial intelligence is like "summoning the demon" and may well be humanity's "biggest existential threat." Just this month,


The Terminator

researchers in Japan announced they had created a software system that could outperform the average Japanese high school student on a standardized college entrance exam. In other words, the machines are catching up to humans in intelligence.

Concerns about A.I. and robots can be divided into two broad categories and framed as questions. First, will the machines take our jobs and destroy our livelihoods? Second, do we have to worry that advanced artificial intelligence could truly threaten humanity, perhaps by acting to destroy us (as in the "Terminator" movies) or enslave us (as in the "Matrix" series).

The evidence suggests that, at least for the foreseeable future, the impact on employment is what should worry us. Source

What need for most humans will there be? Stop and think about that. It really is not that far fetched. Here is a report from MIT.

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One Down - Who is Next

INSIDE made it no secret that this election cycle that the Latina in name only, Maryann Perez, was the person we wanted gone. She is gone. Next election cycle we will target at least one other Latino or Latina in name only, but this time the focus will probably be in the primary. Just to give you and idea of what was accomplish:

 


Gilbert Pena on right

"... In House District 144, Democrat incumbent Mary Ann Perez, backed by a slew of progressive groups who had helped her raise more than $250,000, lost to a Republican who had raised about $15,000, espoused no clear campaign strategy and was dismissed by the power structure as an uncredible, perennial candidate: Gilbert Pena.

"We know how hard the road is really going to be," said Ginny Goldman, the executive director of Texas Organizing Project, which organized for Perez. "But that doesn't mean we're not going to get on that road."

'It just wasn't there'

Texas Organizing Project made Perez its top legislative protection target this fall even with a weak opponent, but TOP's field program was unable to deliver the same results that lifted her to a victory in 2012. The district is one of Texas' most competitive, and there are signs that Pena out-hustled Perez despite running a shoestring, old-fashioned campaign. Observers also say Pena, who talked about social issues as he led grueling daily, four-hour walks through his district, may have been helped by how the GOP mobililzed voters after Annise Parker subpoenaed local pastors in defense of a lawsuit regarding Houston's controversial equal rights ordinance.

Perez strategist Robert Jara, however, attributed the incumbent's ouster to national attitudes.

"The mechanics don't draw turnout as much as the emotion," Jara said, noting campaigns can only capitalize on national mood. "It just wasn't there to capture this year."Source

We will also will make sure that we have a good candidate running in the Democratic primary for 144. A Latino/Latina that will work toward the goals and beliefs of the Latino community in Harris County. None of those Latinos in name only like, Adrian Garcia, Sylvia Garcia, Jessica Farrar, Ana, we know your secrets, Hernandez. Walle, we are leaving you alone because thus far you had enough sense to not work against the Latino community. Robert Gallegos may also be a person that needs to be replaced as his loyalties and work are geared toward the homosexual community. Gallegos, a word of advice, one can be a homosexual and be proud, but you were Latino before you realized that you were a homosexual.

Typical for consultants to blame other events or things for the loss by their candidates. Jara was also the consultant for Bruce Austin who lost Dave Wilson.

As to the Republicans

You miscalculated as to Pena and there was one other district that may have been within your grasp. Maybe because they are minority candidates you don't put much stuck in them, who knows. Maybe you do want the Republican Party to be a Whites only club?

TUESDAY WAS NOT A MESSAGE TO OBAMA IT WAS A MESSAGE TO THE COURTS

The message was heard very loud and very clear already as the 6th Circuit, on the day after the election, stopped the lower courts from allowing the marriage of homosexuals, here. Next year when people start paying those penalties for not having insurance expect the anger to rise another degree. Democrats you screwed it up, you had a chance to do something positive for the working people and instead you act like Bush in supporting all the large companies while the working men and women were left to fend for themselves.

DEMOCRATS TAKE A HINT FROM

 

I could remove the ad in front by starting video later, but they pay so they deserve the time.

November 5th - Great Election Results

There was one race in particular that was important to me and my friends and that was for State Representative District 144. That district was held by former HCC Trustee Maryann Perez. As an HCC Trustee, she was the equivalent of the Wicked Witch of the East. Well former trustee and state representative, how does it feel to find that the Munchkins can fight back against you and the people that supported you. You were the first, we are already looking for the second target.

Based on the numbers that were posted Latino voting was down and according to people working the polls many were crossing over to vote for Greg Abbott.

For those of you that breath and eat Democrat don't worry the world will not end. Those of you that breath and eat homosexual rights and abortion on demand, time to worry. Time to start thinking how you are going to attract people to your party. That is right, as in Harris County, the Democrats have become the party of homosexual supporters and abortion supporters.

Want to thank Annise Parker, you sealed Maryann Perez's lost, as your stupidity may have made the difference as people found out that what the Democrats stand for here in Harris County is the destruction of religion.

Since Renee Byas brought up the Veselka Report - let us look at that briefly

The Veselka result was the result of two things, 1) Some trustees tried to remove Mary Spangler and Art Tyler and 2) The Chevron Energy Solution contract.

The Veselka report was never to have become public just like the Kathy Butler report on HCC police Chief Greg Cunningham. Here is the Houston Chronicle on the report. The Houston Press is always a little bit more colorful and had the following to say;

Butler interviewed HCC police officers, conducted her investigation, and wrote up her report. Officers who claim that Butler interviewed them believe that the report is quite damning to Cunningham, but when one of them asked to see a copy of it under the state open records law, the college refused, claiming attorney-client privilege, a decision later upheld by the Texas Attorney General. Source and here is another article on the matter.

By the way, HCC told the Chronicle that the Board had seen the report, that was a lie, the only known Board member to have seen the report was the Chair Michael Williams. In fact one or several trustees asked to see the report and they were not allowed to see a report that they had paid for. What was on the report, makes one wonder.

The Veselka result was also meant to be an attorney client privilege, but someone failed to read the notes associated with the report and submitted the report to the District Attorney in an attempt to get some trustees who did not toe the line indicted. The District Attorney said we don't see anything criminal and did not indict anyone. But because they shared the report with the District Attorney it became a public record according to the Attorney General. Here is an article from the Houston Chronicle where they asked for the report and it was denied.

HCCS may or not be more transparent under the new chancellor but I don't think so based on their responses to open records. There have been rumors of attorneys telling HCC personal to destroy records that may damaging to the college or to certain persons, that would be under the administration of Spangler and Renee, mind you those are rumors but one has no reason to believe that an organization so corrupt would not do something like that.

Back to the Veselka report and Chevron Energy Contract. What occurred there was that Mary Spangler wanted to give Chevron Energy Solutions a contract but there was no support on the Board. So the administration went vote hunting and started making promises to trustees. INSIDE has written extensively on the matter and has always stated that the administration violated numerous state laws in regards to bidding. A Google search of INSIDE HCC + Veselka will get you most of those articles.

Here is a more extensive analysis of what happened with the Chevron Energy Solutions contract including former ties between Spangler and Chevron.

Here are interviews that Veselka did with numerous HCC employees and vendors. Included in there is the Renee Byas interview.

The history behind the selection of Jacobs - Or where does corruption begin

Below is what was on INSIDE almost a year ago, here. One cannot look at Jacabs alone without considering the history of the bonds and the selection of the companies. One cannot forget that the Greater Houston Partnership invested nearly $100,000 in selecting two trustees that would vote their way. Those two have been towing the line, those two are missing from the corrupt list, wonder why? If not mistaken Renee Byas was at the helm when Jacobs who initially was 10 points lower than the first place company, but amazingly won the third time the selection was considered.

Who chose the method? Who chose the evaluators? Who changed the criteria? It was not the Trustees it was the administration and that would be have been Renee Byas or Art Tyler. The corruption begins or at least at that time begin at the top of the food chain that being the people that control the bid process.

On December 22, 2013 the Houston Chronicle had this headline, HCC probe:" Did trustee steer work to friend?"

Unfortunately the reporter failed to do research or to logically think through the statement above. How did Carroll Robinson try to steer work to his friend?

Was it after the HCC Board voted in favor of Jacobs as Program Manager? The Answer is no. Five Woods and IDCUS, INC were listed as the subcontractors for Jacobs when the HCC Board approved the Program Manager on June 25th 2013. If HCC is serious about looking into possible corruption they should look at the Program Manager and the two sub-contractors that were selected. Here is the agenda item.

Program Manager (Bond Program Manager)

One has to go back to early January of 2013 at that time it was believed that ESPA was going to be given the contract. There was enough suspicion that ESPA was going to be chosen with out an RFP that at least one unidentified person was sending letters like this.

For whatever reason ESPA did not get the Program Manager job. HCC went out for RFP and when the evaluation team came back the winner was, Broaddus & Associates with a score of 83, far behind at 71 was Jacobs. So why didn't Broaddus & Associates get the job? There were claims that HCC did not properly send out the RFQ and so they re-posted the RFQ. Here, page 26, is the agenda item that shows Broddaus received 83 points compared to 71 for Jacobs. Here is where the argument is that it was posted as an RFP when it should have been and RFQ. What is the difference and should it matter? Here is an explanation, notice that an RFP is a more formal RFQ. I believe that they could have accepted the Broaddus proposal, but some people must have wanted another bite at the apple.

The Second time around Jacobs received a score of 80 and Broaddus a score of 78. How did that happen? It is very easy if one wants to manipulate in favor of a company one does it with a committee.

The first committee that chose Broaddus consisted of the following: Here is the information in PDF.

 Dr. Tod Bisch, Faculty Senate President
 Winston Dahse, Chief Administrative Officer
 Warren Hurd, COO NE College
 Dr. Fena Garza, President SW College
 Dr. William Harmon, President Central College
 Dr. Zachary Hodges, President NW College
 Dr. Irene Porcarello, President SE College
 Dr. Betty Young, President Coleman College

The second committee consisted of the following; Here is the information in PDF.

 Michael Edwards, Executive Dean Coleman College
 Julian Fisher, COO SW College
 Kathleen Fleming, COO Central College
 Avis Horde, COO SE College
 Abe Bryant, Campus Director NE College
 Glenn Jarrett, Construction Project Manager
 Virginia Parras, COO NW College

Neither Carroll Robinson nor any other trustees evaluated the companies, so if one wants to accuse anyone of corruption one has to begin to look at the persons that did the evaluation and the persons that chose the evaluators.

That means that the administration must have been involved in the process. Which administrators only a thorough investigation could get to the bottom of it. Why did the administration wait until December to leak possible corruption? What changed? Who got burned on the deal? How many people were involved? There are too many unanswered questions, but one answer is that if Carroll Robinson did steer work to his friend he did not do it without help from others.

One possible way it could happen;

An administrator or more decide that they want a piece of the action so they approach trustees asking them who they would want as sub-contractors (that happened in the Chevron Energy scenario). The Trustees do have friends they would like to help (nothing wrong with that) so they recommend one or two subcontractors. The administration which has access to the evaluators then plants a word or two in the ear of one, usually more, and tells them what a great company ABC company is. The evaluators are employees at HCC they know who has the power to hire and fire or demote as in the case of Dan Arguijo (not sure who was behind that demotion). The Company that will get the contract has to agree to the sub-contractors for this to work. The sub-contractors may or may not have a deal going with their trustee friends.

What HCC has done is wrong, they are not interested in weeding out corruption they want to teach someone a lesson it may or may not be Carroll Robinson. The Administration may want to use it as a way to keep the other trustees in line.

If one wants to stare at the face of corruption one but has to look at the June 25, 2013 agenda. HCC used evaluators to select companies for construction. The best method to select such companies is to ask for bids, low bid gets the job. The work is guaranteed as a bond has to be posted.

HCC is so corrupt that it has come to INSIDE's attention that they are about $150,000,000 short on the construction projects. They don't have the money for the work they promised. Where did the money go? By they INSIDE does not mean just the little people from HCC, it means that the big wheelers and dealers from Harris County are manipulating the system. The only question is who is involved and what county elected officials may also be involved.

 

 

 

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