Roland Gutierrez’ Secret: Payday Loan Industry Profiteering from Coronavirus While Secretly Funding Gutierrez’ Campaign for Senate
Payday Lenders/Republican Donors Behind Attacks Against Xochil Peña Rodriguez
Roland Gutierrez’ Secret: Payday Loan Industry Profiteering from Coronavirus While Secretly Funding Gutierrez’ Campaign for Senate
Payday Lenders/Republican Donors Behind Attacks Against Xochil Peña Rodriguez
“Roland Gutierrez’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad bill” is what the San Antonio Express News called State Representative Roland Gutierrez’ House Bill 3292, a bill that made it easier for payday lenders to take advantage of vulnerable consumers and active duty members of the military. The Express News coverage added, “This bill is bad for Texas consumers. It’s bad for San Antonio. It should not be supported by any member of the Bexar County delegation.”
A year later, during a global pandemic, the Wall Street Journal reports the predatory payday lending industry is actively circumventing state laws to profit off of consumers struggling as a result of the biggest job loss in U.S. history.
“As the number of coronavirus cases in Texas skyrockets, Texans who need financial help -- because they are working fewer hours, have lost their jobs or have gotten sick -- are being targeted by predatory payday lenders. Payday loan companies stand to make millions by trapping people in a cycle of debt during a global pandemic. Profiteering from coronavirus is disgusting corporate behavior, worse than price gouging during a natural disaster,” said Xochil Peña Rodriguez, Gutierrez’ Democratic opponent in the July 14th Senate District 19 run-off election.
Peña Rodriguez added, “Representative Gutierrez should be speaking up to stop these financial predators from preying on people during a pandemic, but he’s been suspiciously silent. Maybe it’s because Roland’s campaign is colluding with out-of-state payday lenders and Republican donors who want to influence a Democratic Primary election in Texas. They’ve bought his silence through years of political donations and by funding his mysterious PAC. Roland has been their champion in the House and now they want their puppet in the Senate.”
In their endorsement of Democrat Xochil Peña Rodriguez for State Senate District 19, the San Antonio Express News noted that Roland Gutierrez’ unwavering support of predatory lenders was “impossible to ignore” and that “strangely, Gutierrez has yet to explain who asked him to carry this bill (HB 3292).”
The connection between Roland Gutierrez’ campaign and predatory payday lenders, as well as Republican donors, is glaringly obvious in Vote Texas PAC state filings.
Gutierrez’ connection and collusion with payday lenders and Republican donors via the Vote Texas PAC is made even clearer in state filings from his last failed run for State Senate in 2018.
It is unclear if Vote Texas PAC exists to do anything other than be a front for payday lenders and a slush fund to support Roland Gutierrez. One thing is clear though -- according to campaignmoney.com, in 2016 alone, Carey Adams and Trevor Ahlberg -- funders of the Vote Texas PAC who has relentlessly attacked Xochil Peña Rodriguez’ campaign -- donated nearly $250,000 to elect Donald Trump and other Republicans.
The Democratic Primary Run-Off Election for State Senate District 19 is on July 14. Early Voting is June 29 – July 10.
Pd. Pol. Adv. By Xochil Rodriguez for Senate, Rueben Archield Jr., Treasurer.
The reports just keep coming in every day. The numbers of new infections with Covid 19 keep going up as Texas like many other states at the direction of our president and their governors have decided to re-open after a quarantine that had all but stopped the Coronavirus in it’s tracks.
So now what do we do. Some cities are already starting to scale back on their re-openings and many states are wondering if they’ve done the right thing but signals are mixed. Many retailers have announced that you no longer have to wear your masks in their stores or businesses and that they have increased capacity to 75%.
Everywhere we look, there are people gathering in droves and no one seems to be keeping their social distancing anymore. So what do we do?
In San Antonio, at least, the Metro Health director and the mayor are pleading with area residents to wear face coverings when social distancing is not possible and if you’re in a high-risk category, stay home as much as possible. All this as the number of hospitalized patients continues to climb.
Yes, we all have a personal responsibility to make our own educated decision as to if, we want to go out, how much, and how much we want to risk putting ourselves at exposure to this pandemic?
Do we decide to keep wearing that mask or not?
The real issue is not your choice it is that if your one of those people that just aren’t for being told what to do, if you make the wrong choice and expose yourself how great is the possibility that you unknowingly may expose some unsuspecting person as well?
What if that does happen and that other person or persons you infected by your wrong choice happen to die? So you see, if it was only your life you were putting in danger that would be ok but that’s not the case.
I have a trip planned for Las Vegas in August but am still a little concerned that a second wave may put and end to it. I’m just as concerned about getting on a plane, side by side others and having to wear that dang mask for several hours until we reach our destination.
It’s obvious, for now all we can do is try to make the best choices as much as possible. Keep washing our hands often. Keep wearing that crazy mask out in public with others and keep social distancing as best we can.
As for us, we’re going to try to stay home a little bit more again and only go out when absolutely necessary. We only have one life and we should try to do everything we can to protect ours and that of others. Be Safe and GOD Speed.
Just Another Point of View.
La pandemia está afectando fuertemente la frontera de Ciudad Acuña al sumar un total de 287 casos positivos y activos de coronavirus y un total de 17 muertes, siendo el índice más alto en todo el Estado de Coahuila.
El índice de casos positivos de covid 19 incrementado de manera considerable durante el mes junio causando pánico a los residentes de Ciudad Acuña Coahuila especialmente quienes trabajan en la industria maquiladora ya que son en las fábricas donde se ha tenido el mayor número de contagios en las últimas semanas.
Durante el mes de junio Ciudad Acuña tenía el índice más alto de muertes a consecuencia del coronavirus las víctimas han sido de entre los 20 y 60 años.
Otro de los impactos negativos que ha tenido la vecina ciudad de Acuña fue la pérdida de 1600 empleos en tan sólo un mes debido a qué empresas tuvieron que recortar su personal al tener que trabajar solo al 50 por ciento, debido a la pandemia ya que las industrias en el extranjero no han solicitado material para exportación.
El alcalde Roberto De los Santos, decreto que el uso de cubrebocas fuera obligatorio en lugares públicos con la finalidad de proteger a la comunidad de un posible contagio como también evitar la propagación de este virus.
Centros comerciales locales han tomado medidas de seguridad de salud Cómo evitar Qué personas de la tercera edad ingresen a los establecimientos Asimismo se han colocado filtros en las entradas de estos negocios donde se está sanitizando a las personas antes de ingresar al edificio y se les proporciona desde gel antibacterial como también se le revisa la temperatura.
Asimismo el personal médico está enfrentando otro reto debido a la pandemia no cuentan con suficientes camas para los pacientes de covid 19 para ser atendidos así mismo no se tiene suficiente respiraderos para las personas que han sido diagnosticadas con éste virus.
Las autoridades del municipio de Ciudad Acuña al igual que el sector salud piden el apoyo de la comunidad para tomar las medidas de seguridad para evitar contagios a la vez evitar que este virus se siga propagando Y si es posible y cuentan con la posibilidad que se mantengan en sus hogares para que no se arriesguen ni a contraer el covid 19 al salir a la vía pública sin no es prioridad.
El conocido Joseph Vargas ganador del “Microfono de Oro” en Miami, esta recorriendo el Estado de Texas para hacer presentaciones sobre como funciona la política, según estudios del comportamiento humano.
Joseph Vargas nació en San José California, hijo de Octaviano Vargas y su madre Dolores Vargas, donde estuvo hasta los 12 años de edad, acudió a la escondía durante nueve meses a la escuela y el resto de los tres meses de verano iba a la escuela en Guadalajara México de donde era originaria su mama, tiene dos hermanos Octavio y Jesse.
Se mudaron a esta población y en 1991 graduó de la Del Rio High School, pero desde los 16 años estaban tomando cursos Universitarios, y fue la razón por la cual logro trabajar para el Municipio a la edad de 19 años, a tan solo un año de haber terminado Preparatoria, siendo el empleado mas joven y estuvo en la administración del Mayor Alfredo Gutiérrez.
Hay fue cuando se intereso en la política, mas que nada de como los políticos manejaban sus campañas, sus estrategias como influir en las personas, como las personas dependiendo de su nivel intelectual y económico tenía una percepción diferente del político, y fue cuando empezó a estudiar el comportamiento humano.
Al retirarse del municipio en 1995, trabajo como asesor de políticos, ayudándolos a salir con el triunfo a base de estudios y estadísticas, ya que dependiendo sus cultura nivel económico, su clase, para así presentar al político.
Se mudo a San Angelo Texas en donde retomo sus estudios, tiene una licenciatura en administración de empresas, una licenciatura en comunicación, tiene certificaciones en computación, programación, diseño grafico, y en otras carreras y esto lo ayudo a trabajar en medios de comunicación.
Ayudo con la plataforma de puroparty, promoviendo agrupaciones mexicanos, y con el éxito que tuvieron, ayudaron a iglesias, orfanatorios, escuelas de diferentes comunidades, en todo el país.
Utilizo el mismos sistema de mercadotecnia de asesoría a políticos, asi apoyaron a las agrupaciones, y que sabía a que público dirigir cada grupo para que pudiera tener éxito a nivel internacional.
En el 2015 en la ciudad de Miami recibió el “micrófono de oro” por su contribución a la industria de la comunicación, ya que el empezó lo que fue las E-Cards, que era para descargar música, antes de Itunes y otros programas.
Sus planes a futuro es seguir educando a la comunidad hispana ya que cree que tienen mucho que dar tanto en este país como en México, y para el es importante que las personas conozcan las estadísticas correctas y que no se dejen influir por sus emociones por nadie y que investiguen las respuestas correctas.
Todos los seres humanos hemos sido hechos del mismo barro y por la misma mano creadora; entonces si en lo más profundo de nuestro ser, la materia constitutiva es la misma, no debemos fijarnos en las diferencias externas como el color de la piel, el país de origen, la clase social, el credo, la política, el ser alto o bajo, gordo o flaco, rico o pobre, muy intelectual o poco preparado, porque todos tenemos la misma dignidad y tenemos todos un mismo origen y un mismo fin; la muerte no hace diferencia de personas y en la sepultura corre la misma suerte el rey que el mendigo, el blanco que el de color, el rico que el pobre. “Es algo triste e irremediable que pasar por podredumbre es una etapa y que al llegar a la bóveda in amable ninguno de descomponerse se escapa”.
Todos los seres humanos tenemos la misma dignidad en cuanto que hemos sido rescatados al precio de la Sangre preciosa de nuestro Señor Jesucristo, para quien valemos mucho y en quien no hay acepción de personas. Nuestro cuerpo vuelve a la tierra y lo único que perdura hasta la eternidad es el amor que le hayamos ofrecido a nuestro prójimo, por eso santa Teresa de Calcuta decía: “Voy a pasar por esta vida una sola vez. Cualquier cosa buena o amabilidad que yo pueda hacer a alguna persona debo hacerla ahora, porque no pasaré de nuevo por aquí”.
El Apóstol Pablo en la carta a los Gálatas nos dice: “Porque todos los que fuisteis bautizados en Cristo, de Cristo os habéis revestido. No hay judío ni griego; no hay esclavo ni libre; no hay hombre ni mujer; porque todos sois uno en Cristo Jesús. Y si sois de Cristo, entonces sois descendencia de Abraham, herederos según la promesa” (Gal 3, 27- 29).
Los seres humanos hemos creado estratos, fronteras, etiquetas y diferencias, pero ante Dios todos somos iguales; en 1 Samuel encontramos: “Pero el SEÑOR dijo a Samuel: No mires a su apariencia, ni a lo alto de su estatura, porque lo he desechado; pues Dios ve no como el hombre ve, pues el hombre mira la apariencia exterior, pero el SEÑOR mira el corazón”. (1 de Samuel 16, 7). Y Nelson Mandela nos dice: “nadie nace odiando al otro por el color de su piel, su origen o su religión. El odio se enseña, y si se puede aprender a odiar, también se puede enseñar a amar”.
Al hablar de una sociedad moderna y de avanzada, con grandes adelantos de la ciencia y de la técnica, donde los medios de comunicación, las redes sociales y la tecnología de punta han llegado a su máximo auge, no se entiende como no podemos trabajar cada día por hacer que la libertad, la igualdad, la equidad, la justicia y las posibilidades para todo sean una realidad. Debemos convencernos que la igualdad puede lograrse y debemos luchar por ella en procura de una vida digna para todos los seres humanos. Reflexionemos al respecto de lo que nos dice Jean Jacques Rousseau: “La igualdad en la riqueza debe consistir en que ningún ciudadano sea tan opulento que pueda comprar a otro, ni ninguno tan pobre que se vea necesitado de venderse”.
No podemos ser tan ciegos como para no ver y tan sordos como para no oír que el mundo grita sin cesar que nos urge empeñarnos por reducir la desigualdad social y que esta solo se dará en la medida en que trabajemos por cambiar y transformar realmente los sistemas económicos, con justicia y equidad; las políticas migratorias con solidaridad y pensando en favorecer, no perseguir ferozmente a los que buscan salvaguardar su vida y vislumbrar mejores posibilidades; ofreciendo posibilidades de empleos dignos, no a través de la burocracia sino de la competitividad; inyectando recursos en programas sociales, en educación y salud.
Es vergonzoso que en pleno siglo XXI, cuando todos nuestros países celebran las fiestas de la independencia y la declaración de los derechos humanos, queramos retroceder implementando políticas represivas, de desigualdad y discriminación. Frances Wright afirma: “La igualdad es el alma de la libertad; de hecho, no existe libertad sin ella”. Ojalá comprendamos que no hay libertad sin igualdad, como no hay paz sin justicia ni auténtico desarrollo sin verdad. Dios los bendiga, Sady Pbro.
DEL RIO, TX- The Will Allan Law Firm has now opened its doors at their new location at 1201 East Gibbs in Del Rio to help home and business owners get paid fairly for their property insurance storm claims, and to help people injured by other’s negligence recover the compensation they deserve.
Will Allan, a 21-year trial attorney who, as a first chair, tried more than 40 civil jury cases to verdict, and has successfully settled more than 1,000 cases, started his law practice in San Antonio and has now opened a new location in Del Rio at 1201 E. Gibbs St.
“After helping numerous home and business owners with their 2016 storm claims, I answered the repeat need for help by opening a new office in Del Rio,” said Mr. Allan. “While we trust our insurance provider to investigate and pay us fairly after a claim, oftentimes they don’t properly investigate or pay claims. This year, due to concerns about COVID 19, many insurance companies had their customers, who are not experts in finding storm damage, take pictures as a means to evaluate and pay the claim. This has resulted in more inadequate investigations and even more damages not paid.”
Mr. Allan recently helped Mr. Venegas, a Del Rio client whose home was damaged in an April hail storm, secure sufficient payment from an insurance company.
“I was a little reluctant to hire a lawyer to help with my storm claim at first because I was worried my insurance company would raise my rates or drop me if I did,” Mr. Venegas said. “Instead of dropping me, they paid us a total of three times the amount of our initial claim payment. I’m glad I trusted Mr. Allan.”
Mr. Allan and his team are committed to fight for people to right wrongs and recover the compensation they deserve. They aim to accomplish this goal by specializing in property insurance and personal injury claims. Give them a call at (830) 290-9455. ###
The weather is Hot and what better than a refreshing Avocado-Corn Salsa.
The great thing about this salsa is that you can eat it alone with chips or you can use it on things like a saute’ed fish, in a quesadilla or over your beans and rice or what about on that plate of huevos rancheros. Yum and so easy to prepare.
Here’s what you’ll you’ll need. 1 Medium Avocado, diced. ¾ cup corn. ½ cup grape or cherry tomatoes, 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh Cilantro, ¾ cup diced onion (your choice white, red or vidalia) 2 teaspoons of Lime Juice, tomatoes and Himalayan Seal Salt to taste.
If your feeling a little frisky you might want to at some chopped jalapenos to taste.
When and if I add Jalapenos I prefer pickled jalapenos like the ones that come in the cans from Mexico with the onions and carrots mixed in. Dang, those are good, even by themselves.
Ready? Here we go.
Toss All the ingredients, the avocado, corn tomatoes and cilantro with the lime juice and sea salt, etc in a medium bowl. Cool for an hour or longer in the fridge or serve as is.
A fresh, summer Avocado-Corn Salsa you’re going to truly enjoy.
Now that’s, Happy, Healthy Eating.
This past June the seventh I turned 78 years old. Looking back at my life there has been some good times and bad times.
I recall how I got my class A driver’s license and started driving a dump truck for Val Verde County pct.2 at that time I recall that Thomas Rose was the County Commissioner had a place where we stayed during the week. It was located about a mile past the store at Loma Alta Tx. You could not really call it a house, there was no inside plumbing, no water inside, there was only two rooms. One was the kitchen area with a table with six chairs and a wood stove. The other room was wide open
with cots where we slept.
In the summer time you would sweat so bad and be so hot you could not sleep and then in the winter it was so cold at night you had to sleep with your clothes on and with all of the quilts and blankets you could stand. If it was 30 degrees in Del Rio it was 20 degrees in the area where we were. Outside the kitchen door which by the way was the
only door it had there was a faucet where you could drink water or wash up whatever the case might be.
We worked on county roads from what they called the lower county road all the way up to the county line going towards Sonora Tx.
I enjoyed working outside and I enjoyed learning to drive the dump truck but I hated the place where we had to stay.
I would argue with the foreman that the county should be ashamed of themselves allowing those living conditions.
Years later they built a new place up off of the highway and although I never saw it, I heard it was really set up good.
I started off as a dump truck driver but later on the county bought a Caterpillar front end loader and the person that was the operator did not follow instructions and got hurt. When we got him to the hospital here in Del Rio, he told the foreman he would not go back. They offered it to me and I took it. Once I learned the do’s and do nots it was a hell of a machine it was fun.
There were a few things that happened during the time I worked there. One time we were eating lunch along side of a county road and a group of men that were not here legally stopped and ask for water. We gave them water and gave them food. They talked among themselves that they were going to rob us and take one of the dump trucks. I understood what they said and made some excuse to get something out of the truck and went and got a 22 rifle we carried for snakes. They
took off running and I shot up in the air and let them go.
One time I was loading the dump trucks with caliche and I dug up a nest of copper head snakes, they started crawling up on the machine and I had to get off of the loader and get inside a truck. We had to use gasoline to get rid of them and we quit using that pit. There was another time we came to work and when I opened the cab to get inside the loader there was a bobcat. He jumped at me and I moved and he hit on my shoulder and kept going.
On every other Friday we would work until 3 o’clock and then drive in to Del Rio and sit on the grass at the court house and wait for the foreman to come out with our checks. It was not a lot of money but I was young and thought I was rich. I was off every weekend to play music and live life such as it was.
I have lived in Del Rio all my life and as my life is coming to the end. I feel it more every day I give thanks to god that I was born and raised in Del Rio Texas. How much more time do I have only god knows but I am
proud to say that Del Rio Texas is my home town. Stay safe and take care of yourself and your family. God bless. Thanks to the Val Verde County Library and Victor Cirilo.
It would appear that in this age and time of the Global Pandemic local theaters are just now starting to open their doors and then ever very so cautiously.
This being the case we still can’t give you an exact idea as to what movie is showing where but, with any luck, we might be back to that by next month.
So all we can do is tell you about the latest movies that have been released into the Stream-O-Sphere and here we go.
A great little movie for youngsters of all ages is recently released from Disney+ and it’s you may have heard about it.
Artemis Fowl is Rated; PG and Runs:1hr 55min.
A film based on the first two books penned by author Eoin Colfer and from her wildly popular children’s fantasy series. From Walt Disney Studios, Artemis Fowl tells the story of adolescent criminal genius Artemis, who captures a vicious fairy, and attempts to harness her magical powers in a bid to rescue his family.
Artemis, a 12-year-old genius and descendant of a long line of criminal masterminds. He soon finds himself in an epic battle against a race of powerful underground fairies who may be behind his father’s disappearance. A good movie for the entire family.
NEXT, From Universal Pictures and streaming on both Apple TV and VUDU is You Should Have Left with Kevin Bacon in the lead.
Strange events plague a couple and their young daughter when they rent a secluded countryside house that has a dark past.
Theo Conroy (Kevin Bacon) is a successful middle-aged man whose marriage to his much younger actress wife, Susanna (Amanda Seyfried) is shredding at the seams, frayed by her secretiveness, his jealousy, and the shadow of his past. In an effort to repair their relationship, Theo and Susanna book a vacation at a stunning, remote modern home in the Welsh countryside for themselves and their six-year-old daughter, Ella (Avery Essex). What at first seems like a perfect retreat distorts into a perfect nightmare.
You Should Have Left is Rated:R and Runs:93mins.
Other movies now streaming that you might want to check out Da 5 Bloods and The King of Staten Island.
Like I said with any luck there should be quite a few more releases coming next time so stay tuned. For now hit up your Big Screen HD TV and stream a good movie or two while you’re At The Movies at home.
If people were to understand more about music of the 1970’s, they would know that it was an era of either some great music and a bunch of one it wonders. The 1980s were full of one hit wonders and a lot of re-makes of music from the 60’s. Although many bands in the 70’s had good music, it was still being made by left over members from other groups of the 1960’s and although several of these bands had many good songs, there just isn’t anything interesting about their career.
Example, Chicago, Elton John, David Bowie, Paul McCartney and any of the Disco groups ect. you would have to go to their beginnings in music and you end up right back into the 1960’s. Those are the people who gave us some decent music and that was it. In this case another group that fits into that category, the group “America”, thats right, starting out in 1967 in London they were the sons of U.S. Air Force officers stationed in the U.K..
Starting out into the music business with borrowed acoustic guitars and taking their name from the “Americana” jukebox that was in their local mess hall and the name was chosen because they did not want anyone to think that they were a British band trying to sound American. “A horse with no name” was an instant hit in the U. K. in 1972. Their first concert appearance as in an Ontario Collage supporting the Everly Brothers. While this song only made it to #3 in the U.K.,it made it to #1 in the U.S. taking over Neil Young’s song “Heart of Gold” and sadly the rest of their career is the same as a lot of other bands, how many gold records, how many platinum records,and of course as always there’s the “The Greatest Hits” album.
Tune in to the “Little Red Rooster Show” on KWMC’s 1490 AM Classic Hits Station and enjoy the laid back music of “America”. All known facts and stories are by Wendy Johnson and all shows are produced by Javier Martinez.