Sunday, November 22, 2015


SAN ANTONIO – Workforce Solutions Alamo released information today indicating that the Bexar County unemployment rate increased to 3.8 percent in October, up from 3.7 percent reported in September. 

     Bexar County’s unemployment rate registered equal to the overall jobless rate of 3.8 percent for the 12-county Workforce Solutions Alamo area, which includes Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Frio, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Medina and Wilson counties.  Gillespie County registered the lowest unemployment rate in September amongst the counties at 3.0 percent while Atascosa County registered the highest rate at 4.9 percent.

Comparing the Workforce Solutions Alamo workforce development area (WDA) to the state and nation, the Texas unadjusted (actual) unemployment rate increased to 4.5 percent in October, up from 4.4 percent in September.  The nation’s unadjusted (actual) unemployment rate decreased to 4.8 percent in October, down from 4.9 percent reported in September.   Comparatively, the state and nation release seasonally adjusted unemployment rates with Texas increasing to 4.4 percent, and the nation’s unemployment rate decreasing to 5.0 percent.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Von Ormy Special Election Recount Results

VON ORMY--A recount of the November Von Ormy Special Election was conducted today at the Bexar County Election Administrator's office.  The election recount was a result of a petition filed by 27 registered voters requesting a recount of Von Ormy Proposition 1, which proposed a change to a Type C form of government.  Pursuant to the State's recount procedure the recount supervisor appointed a committee of four registered voters to conduct the recount.  Former Alderman Leonard Ruiz, Angie Ruiz, Former Mayor Pro Tem Sammy Martinez and Connie Martinez comprised the Recount Committee.  Former Councilwoman Jacqueline Goede and former City Administrator Everett Hernandez appeared as poll watchers for the petitioners. 

The recount resulted in the same results that were announced on election day.

FOR . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
AGAINST . . . . . . . 115
Over Votes . . . . . . . . .0  

Under Votes . . . . . . . . 6                   

The petitioners were required to pay a $200.00 deposit which is now forfeited to the City to cover the expenses of the recount.   The City Commission is required to canvass the results of the recount and report the official result to the Texas Secretary of State.   The City of Von Ormy changed to a Type C City on November 9, 2015. 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Recount Petition Filed in Type C Special Election

VON ORMY-- A petition has been filed by 27 Von Ormy voters requesting a recount of the November 3 "Type C" Special Election.  The petition will trigger a recount of the electronic voting machines by the Bexar County Elections Department.  Following the outcome of the recount the Von Ormy City Commission will re-canvass the election.   A detailed overview of the recount process can be found on the Texas Secretary of State's website here:

Von Ormy Gets Restraining Orders to Recover City Property

VON ORMY--On Thursday, November 5, 2015, the City of Von Ormy was granted a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against then City Marshal Heron Vidales and City Administrator Everett Hernandez for the return of city records, keys and property. The application states that Vidales and Hernandez ignored several orders to return the city property in their possession from Mayor Trina Reyes.  The application for TRO states that the property was taken from the City's storage pods and moved to the MGM Party House on I-35 without authorization from the Mayor or a vote of the City Council.   The Order to immediately return the property to the City was issued by District Judge Sol Cassob of the 73rd District Court.
       On Tuesday, November 10, the City filed a Motion to Enforce and Contempt against Vidales and Hernandez stating that they had failed to comply with the order to return city property. 
    A second Restraining Order was granted the same day authorizing the City to enter the MGM to retrieve its property.   The property was inventoried and returned to the City's storage unit. 

   A Temporary Injunction hearing is set for next Monday, November 16, which will allow the Defendants to claim any property that was removed and to account for missing property.   The Motion for Contempt is set for Nov. 30th.


Friday, November 6, 2015

Von Ormy Indictments Update

VON ORMY-- On November 6, 2015, the Bexar County District Clerk erroneously reported to the Von Ormy Star and other news outlets on the status of Verna Hernandez's case.  The Court Clerk erroneously confirmed via telephone and reported on its website that Hernandez had accepted a plea bargain in her case involving alleged open meetings act violations.  On Monday November 9, the Court Clerk clarified that no plea bargain had been entered and that the case was still pending. 
   Attorney Brian Hamner, who is representing all three Councilwomen, confirmed that the report of the Court Clerk was in error.

Bexar County Case Info:

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Voters Approve Type C City; Elect New City Commissioners

By Staff Writer
VON ORMY-Von Ormy voters approved the change to a Type C City. The change removes the five member City Council and replaces it with a two member City Commission.  Sally Martinez was elected City Commissioner Place 1 and Alex Quintanilla was elected City Commissioner Place 2.  Sally Martinez is a current Von Ormy City Councilwoman and a former Mayor Pro-Tem who has served since 2009.  Alex Quintanilla is also a former Von Ormy Councilman and Mayor Pro-Tem.  Quintanilla currently serves as a Commissioner on Bexar County ESD No. 5.   
     The election was triggered by a petition containing signatures of 82.  Supporters of the petition told the Star that they are seeking to hold three members of the current city council  accountable for their recent criminal indictments and actions since the May 2015 election.  Councilwomen Jacqueline Goede, Verna Hernandez and Carmina Aguilar were indicted in May on charges of violations of the Texas Open Meetings Act.  The case is still pending in the 144th District Court with an upcoming hearing date of November 6, 2015.   In addition to the indictments, tensions have been ongoing on the City Council since the May election.  Among the biggest points of contention have been personnel matters, spending and attempts by Goede, Hernandez and Aguilar to strip Mayor Reyes of certain powers and the arrest of Councilwoman Verna Hernandez at a September council meeting. 

     The new City Commission will begin functioning following the canvassing of the election.  Mayor Trina Reyes told the Star, "We have a lot of healing to do in our city.  I hope we can move forward from this election in a productive manner, focusing on city issues and put these personal issues behind us."

Von Ormy Special Election (Nov 3, 2015) Vote Totals:

City of Von Ormy Prop 1 Type C City
FOR . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
AGAINST . . . . . . . 115
Over Votes . . . . . . . . .0  

Under Votes . . . . . . . . 6

City Commissioner, Place 1 CITY OF VON ORMY
Sally Ann Martinez . . . . . . . 134
Danisha M. Hernandez. . . . . . 25
Lillie Raelynn Goede. . . . . . . 49
              Over Votes . . . . . . . . . 0
             Under Votes . . . . . . . . 42

City Commissioner, Place 2 CITY OF VON ORMY
Alejandro Quintanilla . . . . . . 115
Sharon Rocamontes. . . . . . . . 77
            Over Votes . . . . . . . . . 0
           Under Votes . . . . . . . . 58

Modular Housing Consultants Holds Grand Opening

By Staff Writer
VON ORMY— The newest addition to Von Ormy’s business community Modular Housing Consultants held their grand opening on Friday, October 16.  A ribbon cutting ceremony took place as residents, employees the Southside Chamber of Commerce and members of the local business community helped Mayor Trina Reyes and proprietor Moe Lemos and GM Cesar Mascorro Jr. cut a ribbon. The turn out was overwhelming!
     Modular Housing Consultants is a retailer of affordable pre-fabricated modular homes. Modular homes differ from manufactured homes in that modular homes are designed to be attached to a permanent foundation like that of a site built home.
     Modular homes come complete with engineered skirting, decks, driveway and all utility connections. Another huge advantage to modular home buyers is that modular homes compare and appraise with site built homes in the neighborhood in which they are placed. For these reasons VA, USDA, FHA and conventional mortgage programs apply and customers can even qualify for zero down if they own their own land or have their VA eligibility.
    The new show room is located on the corner of I-35 and Quarterhorse Road.  The new location contains three show model homes, landscaping and fencing.  Owner, Moe Lemos told the Star, “We invested over $100.000.00 in improving the lot and making it look professional.  We love being located in Von Ormy and wanted to show off the community by building a top quality sales center.”      
     Homes sold by Modular Housing Consultants range from the high 80's to mid 100's.   There are 100's of floor plans available and Modular Housing Consultants can also assist customers in designing their home from scratch. 
    The new business location brings 7 new jobs into the City of Von Ormy. Modular Housing Consultants has three openings for sales consultants. Qualified applicants are encouraged apply!