Faculty Senate Votes No Confidence
According to email that was sent to INSIDE the faculty senate voted no confidence in the president of the HCC Coleman College. I have not verified the email.
10,000 Slurs a day
10,000 racist tweets are sent ever day, a major new study into racism on social networks has discovered. Source
Ted Cruz files bill to stop Obama from forcing states to accept homosexual marriages
S. 2024, the State Marriage Defense Act, would require that the federal government give the same deference to the 33 states that define marriage as the union between one man and one woman as it does to the 17 states that recognize same-sex unions. Source
Democrat v Democrat
The Obamacare rollout has gone so badly in some liberal-leaning states that it has turned into an issue in Democratic primaries, where incumbents are under attack for botching the enrollment period that began in October. Source
Democratic Primary Voters did not come back after 2008
The Republicans held their numbers, turning out about the same number of voters in each of the two primaries that followed, but many of the Democratic primary voters who came out in 2008 never returned. In 2010, only 680,548 Texans voted in the Democratic primary. Two years after that, only 590,164 voted. In general elections, their top-line numbers also fell. Obama received 43.7 percent of the overall vote in the 2008 general election. Former Mayor Bill White of Houston got 42.3 percent in 2010 in a race for governor, and Paul Sadler lost the U.S. Senate election to Ted Cruz with 40.6 percent. Source
Garth Brooks at Jay Leno's last show
HCC Enrollment Continues To Decline
The Qatar Contract has been one of the most visited documents over the years, as I re-read the contract some of the language is a little confusing;
The language above seems to suggest that HCC may not be paid for disbursements if CCQ should decide not to.
HCC must have a performance bond
HCC had to purchase or use a cash bond of about $450,000. Every year they have to renew the bond clause 13.6. The CCQ has the sole discretion as to whether the terms have been met and they have to use Qatar law. The Bond may be about $900,000 this coming year.
HCC Degree to CCQ students
The original contract called for credit courses but that failed however CCQ students can obtain a degree or credit courses online, see below. Rumor has it that a few CCQ students have taken online courses but they did not have to pay as CCQ determined that it was included in the contract.
Below is what was originally in the CCQ student information, source;
HCC and the lies they spread with the help of the Chronicle
Back in May of 2012 the Chancellor at HCC may the following statement;
Last month HCC stated that they have made $1.1 million;
As INSIDE mentioned a few weeks ago, HCC has not made money on Qatar in fact INSIDE suspects that money has been lost. They have a contract that they may not be able to get out with forfeiting their bond.
Qatar - Qatus Advisors Contract
The Qatus Advisors Contract, here, raises another question as it seems that they had previously been part of another contract in regards to Qatar or something similar to Qatar.
It seems that Qatus was to submit quarterly reports to HCC, 10 to 1 that no HCC Trustee has ever seen a report. Heck 10 to 1 that no HCC Trustee has ever bothered to look at a contract to see what was entailed. Rumors are that when they (HCC Trustees) wanted to see the contract between HCC and Art Tyler they had to come visit this web site.
Still taking bets, 10 to 1 that the Trustees were not even aware that Qatus advisors had to submit monthly invoices and detail what they found.
Wonder who the HCC representative was that was to review invoices;
The clause below is pretty standard on all HCC contracts, wonder why they don't apply it? Boris Miles is still behind on his property taxes, here. 10 to 1 that HCC does not do anything about it, we will check next month on Mr. Miles tax records.
Wonder if Qatus Advisors have minority vendors;
From the State that Brought us President Obama - well half
This bill which the homosexual community calls "An Abomination".
Two Republicans will be on the November Ballot
Seems that the Democrat, Wendy Davis, would have voted to support the ban on abortions after 20 weeks. Here is the story.
Mr. Oberg - Channel 13 - KTRK - HISD
Channel 13 has noticed a strong correlation between the giving to campaigns and awarding of contracts. Here is the article.
Mr. Oberg needs to look at the Partnership connection as they are the ones behind the scenes. INSIDE is surprised that any news media has been allowed to look into the possible corruption. I use corruption in the sense that the method of selection of companies are mired in mystery as INSIDE pointed out months ago with the selection of the Program Managers by HISD.
The New Westheimer Campus - Discrimination a la HCC
HCC is removing a successful program from the Northeast (Black) part of the District and moving it to the Westside (White). We have HISD moving campus to White areas and now a similar pattern is emerging at HCC. Description of the new campus follows;
Below is an article that was recently published by HCC.
More on HISD and Discrimination
An article in today's chronicle newspaper, here (must be subscriber to the Chronicle), indicates that one of the main reasons that Whites are coming back to HISD are the magnet programs.
Magnet programs when located in areas such as Jones High School or Booker T. Washington, Engineering Magnet, add a barrier that many White, Hispanic, and Black families are hesitant to cross. That barrier is fear of the surrounding area and the students that are zoned to that school. So the alternative is to build magnet programs in White areas such as Montrose. Public education as we knew it is dying here in Houston, the Magnet Programs, the Charter Schools are all pulling the brightest and most importantly the most competitive students away from the schools where the majority of the children attend. The only"special" school that seems to be lacking is a superb school for the mentally disabled.
In 2010 HISD had 79 schools that were considered small the most heavily subsidized was Woodson Middle School, source.
One Million Dollars Per Student
The comment above is in reference to this article that was posted by Texas Watchdog, here. The comment above is still very true as HISD considers closing small schools they are supporting creation of new small schools. The most obnoxious is HSPVA in 2011-2012 HSPVA had less than 700 students but HISD will spend nearly $100 million on building them a new school.
FROM TEXAS WATCHDOG
It’s unclear when HISD began doling out the extra money to the small schools. Garrett said Tuesday that the subsidy has come and gone a few times over the years.
CLOSURES MAY BE COMING
From the Comment section
HCC should be committed to maintaining the highest standards of conduct and ethics by the Board of Trustees and Administration. What is HCC's Whistle blower Policy, it should reflects the practices and principles of behavior that support this commitment. HCC should expect every employee, student, vendor/contractor, volunteer, and trustee to read and understand the Policy and its application to the performance of his or her responsibilities.
All members of the HCC community should be encouraged to report possible fraudulent or dishonest conduct without fear of retribution or harassment. So, my question is do HCC employees, students or vendors feel empowered to speak out or bring issues forward that could involved decisions or actions by the Board of Trustees, College Presidents or District Administration?
INSIDE appreciates all comments that help make Houston Community College a better place for everyone.
Not sure what the person is referring to when he states that "Several bad or ineffective Board of Trustees and highest administration members are gone, so why is it business as usual?" Who is gone as Trustees, Bruce Austin, Yolanda Flores, and Herlinda Garcia. The only two administrators that are gone are Mary Spangler and Art Tyler. The Houston Partnership is running the show and has been for years. They just got four trustees elected, Adriana Tamez, Zeph Capo, Robert Glaser, and Neeta Sane (re-elected). So why would anyone expect things to change immediately?
How many of HCC employees knew that the colleges had use of two credit cards? The normal credit card and one they referred to as purchasing card? INSIDE just became aware of such a week ago. According to the source some COOs are using the Purchase Card to buy breakfast, lunch, and dinner for themselves and their staff. If anyone knows of such abuse of taxpayers money let INSIDE know and open records requests will be made.
Money is very important at this point as HCC will be probably be about $20 million dollars short. INSIDE has reports that enrollment has continued to decline which is not good as that places a further burden on the budget. HCC has hundreds of millions of dollars tied to revenue bonds which will likely result in tuition and fee increases.
HCC has the highest student debt ratio (2012) of any similar size college in Texas, here.
I do want to warn any persons that report abuse that the State Comptroller will not keep your name secret and HCC has in the past removed employees for reporting abuse. It is a catch 22 if one reports they run the risk of losing their jobs. I for one lost my job because of this blog, but I knew that was a possibility when I first start writing it and had prepared for the possibility. If you have any information send us an email or post online, but please do not use names as INSIDE will remove those comments. Once something is verified names will be used.
More on HISD Discrimination
HISD claimed the following;
Let us look at Montrose (zip 77006) and compare it to two areas that are losing schools. Dodson Elementary boundary covers two zip codes 77004 and 77003 the birth rate at those two zip codes in 2009 were as follow;
zip 77006 Women who had a birth in the past 12 months: 182 (134 now married, 48 unmarried)
zip 77004 Women who had a birth in the past 12 months: 310 (228 now married, 82 unmarried)
zip 77003 Women who had a birth in the past 12 months: 252 (198 now married, 54 unmarried)
Jones High School
Source of birthrates, here.
HISD either misspoke or spoke in a manner to deceive the public. The statement about Montrose having a higher birthrate may be true if they are comparing Montrose in 2009 to Montrose in 2000. But it is certainly not true that there are more children being born in the Montrose area as compared to the Dodson or Jones area.
INSIDE will again repeat the assertion that the Partnership, HISD, and other influential persons are willing to destroy low income neighborhoods to promote development in certain areas. Are they doing it for the benefit of the City, who knows as too many of the people involved also have their hands in the kitty.
Did not use data for Heights or West End as the majority of new schools are going in or near the Montrose area.
Is HISD Discriminating
Several days ago HISD announced the possible closing of five schools, here. As INSIDE was looking at where the money for the 1.2 Billion Dollar bonds was going INSIDE noticed that schools were being built in an area where the population would not dictate that schools were needed, the Montrose and Mid-town area. One school in particular brought it all into perspective, Wilson Montessori, here. The closing of Dodson Elementary would send the students now attending the Montessori Magnet program there to Wilson.
High School for the Performing Arts will be located downtown, here. HISD states that they already own the city block at the location a look at Harris County Appraisal District indicates that they have owned it since 1988. Getting to that area of town in the morning is a hassle and so is parking.
Gregory Lincoln is located in the Montrose area.
HISD is not building to suit student needs but the needs of real estate developers and business groups. They are sacraficing minority neighborhoods to help rich people get richer. Destruction of neighborhoods by clsoing schools should never be the goal of a school district. Here is map of where the elementary schools are located, middle schools are here, and here are the high schools.
If you want to know to know where some of your bond money is going here is the place to visit. HISD like HCC will spend about half of the money on overhead, engineers, architects, program managers, project managers, etc. Think about that half of the money does not go to building buildings. It goes to the people that pay to play.
They Care About Their Post Office
The African American community cares more about its' post office than it does about its' children (schools). But at least they care about something which is more than the Latino elected officials care about their neighborhoods.
Dan Patrick - a Man who walks away from debts
Here is what one of Dan Patrick's opponent has to say about Dan Patrick;
Below is an exert from the story as told by Texas Monthly.
Translation, Dan Patrick would steal from the NFL, that is what it means. If you take something that does not belong to you without paying that is stealing in my book. I guess God gave Dan Patrick the green light to steal according to him;
Here is the Texas Monthly story in full.
There is one good thing about Dan Patrick running for Lt. Governor we get to see how many Latino haters exist in the Republican Party. Dan Patrick is a liar that panders to people who are afraid of a changing world. Source as to pandering
The other thing we will find out how absent minded or stupid the Tea Party people are, they were furious over Dan Patrick's endorsement of David Dewhurst over Ted Cruz, here.
Transparency Transparency Transparency
HCC would not know what transparency was if it hit it on its' big collective face. According to various emails that INSIDE has received the short list of candidates will remain anonymous to all but the trustees.
HCC and the Janitorial Contract
The more INSIDE looks into the recent janitorial contract that HCC voted in favor the uglier it looks. Serious questions have to be asked as to who may be benefiting from the contract.
The two subcontractors may both pass through companies. TMG has serious financial problems there is an IRS lien. Have not had time to go to the court house to pull the data as to the amount. However there are two recent judgments against TMG the Moore Group. Here is one of the default judgments over $100,000, Chase Bank. Here is the other from Comercia Bank about $50,000. This is just Harris County who knows what would find in Texas and especially Louisiana, that is where they are from.
The other sub-contractor serious questions have to be asked if it really operates as a minority vendor. Here is an article that indicates that the owner a minority female indicated that she was with Jan PAC. Jan PAC is not a minority vendor.
Rumors are that at least one maybe two current Trustees are part of the contract and one former Trustee is also involved.
Four Indicted for Signature Forgery
Here is the story from Channel 2 Houston. One of the persons Ralph Garcia has been active in the political scene either putting signs up or taking them down for about 30 years. The question is should the person who hired the consultant, Fred Blanton he hired the signature gathers, be barred as a candidate?
In a recent case the Supreme Court of Texas refused to remove a person from the ballot, here, for insufficient signatures.
Wendy Davis sues Disney, here
Here is the lawsuit.
Wendy Davis is a complicated person she has voted in Republican Primaries;
Here is the story in full.
Play Sherlock Holmes - why did Jacobs win the second time around
Below are the individual evaluations for the Program Manager;
Broaddus & Associates - here are the scores - they won the first time
Jacobs - won the second time - here are the scores
See if you can figure out why Jacobs won the second time- HCC went with different persons and different criteria the second time. Do you think that the system was manipulated. Carrol Robinson has been accused of manipulating the system to get Five Woods as a sub-contractor. Ask yourself who chose the evaluators? Why did they use different evaluators the second time around? Was the fix on for the first time and the second time the honest version? Was the second time the honest version? Were both of them rigged?
Evaluators when Jacobs won - 13-39
Michael Edwards, Executive Dean Coleman College
Evaluators when Broaddus won - 13-09
Dr. Tod Bisch, Faculty Senate President
Here is a PDF comparing the 1st and 2nd side by side - Jacobs
Here is a PDF comparing the 1st and 2nd side by side - Broaddus
Here is Jacobs and Broaddus side by side when Jacobs won
One has to wonder why the fee score was removed for the second round? That was the reason Broaddus won the first time. Is HCC getting a good value on the fees? The fee was worth 30 points. Who determined how many points to give on the fees and financial strength? That person or persons yields the ability to determine who wins and loses.
Why were different persons used to do the evaluation?
The Real State of the College (HCC)
by Carroll G. Robinson, Trustee, District IV
On Friday, January 31, 2014, the Acting Chancellor of the Houston Community College System (HCC) will report on the “State of the College”.
Unfortunately, the “State” of HCC is declining and the System needs stronger oversight from the Board of Trustees and greater accountability from the administration.
Before I was elected to the Board of Trustees and since I joined the Board in January 2012, a majority of the Board has been unwilling – and has failed – to hold the administration of the System fully accountable to prevent mismanagement, wasteful and unnecessary spending.
A majority of the Board and the administration have spent millions of dollars in taxpayer money without awarding a contract or using data to measure performance and evaluate results. This should be unacceptable to all of us.
Return on Investment (ROI) has not been a part of the budgeting process at HCC. It’s been a non-existent concept for the administration and not enough Trustees have been willing to require it.
The culture at HCC needs to be changed.
Oversight and Accountability
During my two years on the Board of Trustees, I have offered numerous proposals for improving and increasing the finances and fiscal accountability of HCC. They have almost all been blocked, ignored or rejected.
During my first year on the Board, a majority of the Board and administration refused to adopt a policy that would require all HCC contracts be reviewed by the System’s lawyers. I proposed this policy after I found out that the System’s contract with Qatar and the contract the former Chancellor gave her Deputy Chancellor had never been reviewed by any lawyer before they were signed.
That first year, I also supported establishing campaign contribution limits at HCC like those now in place at the City. That policy proposal was also opposed by a majority of the Board. Campaign contribution limits at HCC still needs to happen.
Last year, I offered a policy proposal that would have required contracts be suspended if there were any allegations of impropriety related to a specific contract until such time as a full and fair investigation could be completed.
That proposal was never placed before the Board for our consideration. The then Chairman of the Board refused to do so. This policy also needs to be adopted.
Part of the fiduciary duty of the Board of Trustees is to establish policies to protect the taxpayers’ money.
Student Success Needs Work
HCC has no real Strategic Business Plan that ties spending to outcome based metrics in the areas of student Enrollment, Retention and Increasing the System’s Graduation Rate and Workforce Certificates Awarded – Student Success.
HCC’s enrollment is declining. Raising the tuition rate and fees will only make a college education and workforce training more expensive and less affordable for more Houstonians.
HCC is Our Community College. Its focus should be educating people in Our Community; not building community colleges in foreign countries while HCC, in Houston, is declining and hundreds of thousands of people in Our Community need it to be working, affordable and effective.
The administration is now reporting that HCC has a multi-million dollar budget deficit that is only going to get worse in the coming years. Their only recommended solutions are raising the System’s property tax rate and increasing tuition and fees.
I will not support raising tuition and fees or increasing the HCC property tax rate. Neither needs to be done to fix HCC’s budget problems.
We Can Fix Things
HCC can increase its enrollment and fix its financial problems. To do that, HCC must:
HCC can no longer keep doing the same old things and expecting a different result.
This year, the Board of Trustees must begin holding the administration fully accountable based on performance data and outcomes.
It’s no longer good enough for a majority of the Board of Trustees to be a Rubber Stamp for the administration. The Board should not allow outside groups and individuals to dictate what happens at HCC. Allowing this to continue to happen is not in the best interest of the System, our students or the taxpayers.
It is the fiduciary duty of the Board of Trustees to protect taxpayer money while ensuring that the residents of our community have access to a quality, affordable college education and workforce training.
Proper Board oversight is the foundation for making the State of the College – HCC – Stronger.
This is what is needed to ensure that everyone in Our Community has An Opportunity To Do Better.
From THE Inbox
INSIDE received a copy of an IRS tax lien that has been filed against one of the candidates for County Commissioner, Precinct 4, Montgomery County. There are two candidates running for the position, David Miller and Jim Clark. Here is the IRS lien (Jim Clark). I have redacted some of the information in particular the tax payer's tax id. It is a small business and the tax id may or may not belong to the individual but a social security number should not be posted online.
HCC has excellent programs
Someone suggested that INSIDE write something nice about HCC.
The HCC Police Academy has an excellent reputation. I have a nephew who graduated from there several years ago and is currently a constable Pct 4. Lone Star recently lost its accreditation for a year so HCC is the place to go to. Most if not all of their graduates find careers after graduating.
Adriana Tamez should Do The Honorable Thing And Resign
During her campaign Adriana Tamez mailed at least two mailer where she accused Herlinda Garcia and Dave Wilson of spreading "LIES, AND DECEIT INTO OUR COMMUNITY." Below is part of one mailer.
What she claimed as FACT "This occurred in the summer of 2003 and the teacher was not teaching summer school." That was an outright lie by Adriana Tamez. Here is the summer school roster of all staff for the summer of 2003. INSIDE did an open record request and the list is from HISD. INSIDE has highlighted the two names, one is of Adriana Tamez the other is of the teacher that raped the little boy. Here is the Chronicle story on the rape.
As one can see by the Summer School Roster that Juan Cerda was teaching summer school.
So who is the liar? Adriana Tamez.
Adriana Tamez also lied about;
Inappropriate images were found on the computer. Ms. Tamez NEVER notified the parents about what had occurred. The parents will never know if that teacher may have molested their children or if he had images of their children.
The only person who should be ashame is Adriana Tamez, she knew that when she sent out those mailers that she was lying about what occurred that summer of 2003. The child's mother called the school and informed Adriana Tamez about Juan Cerda. Adriana Tamez ignored the pleas of the mother and allowed Juan Cerda to continue teaching. It was only after Juan Cerda was arrested and charged that Adriana Tamez do anything about it. Adriana Tamez allowed Juan Cerda to continue teaching without looking into the matter. She may have notified higher ups but the typical way that HISD handles things is to cover it up.
Adriana Tamez should do the honorable thing and resign after winning by lying, by deceiving the community, and dragging Dave Wilson into her deceitful and dishonorable campaign.
Adriana Tamez also lied about where she lives. She does own a house in the district but she does not spend time in the district. Tamez lives elsewhere, either the Allen Parkway address that she listed as living in 2011 or the Condo she owns in Greenway Plaza. Her parents reside in the house where she claims she lives.
Below are a list of some of her supporters, call them insist that they tell Adriana Tamez to resign and let an honorable person represent the district.
INSIDE has learned that former Trustee Herlinda Garcia will be filing a formal complaint with County Attorney Vince Ryan concerning the fraudulent representation by Ms. Tamez about where she resides. We know that Adriana Tamez is a liar and will lie about anything to get elected or keep her seat that she won by lying and deceiving the constituents of District Three.
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December 2013 State Representatives Borris Miles and State Representative Harold Dutton owe property taxes. here. Why hasn't the County Attorney Vince Ryan started the process to foreclose on their property?
Hole Eats Corvettes