Mayor Laura Miller
2/12/07 Will Dr H waive
residency requirement for City Slicker Celso?
It's hard to imagine I could think less of
DISD Asst. Supt. Celso Martinez today than I did last week, but the guy
is such a jerk. Apparently, he realized his lame "because I want
to" as an extenuating circumstance to justify a waiver to the residency
requirement of his $140 K position has been an embarrassment to somebody
at the DISD. I didn't think that was possible either. But,
wait, you are not going to believe his new heart-wrenching reason
for not wanting to live amongst us.
|City Slicker Celso does not
want his teenage son in the DISD system. You can't blame him. Most
people who can afford to opt out have. The few who have tried to keep
their kids in DISD schools are watching the turmoil at Preston Hollow Elementary
and are busy looking for room in their family budgets for private school or a
new address in the suburbs.
Can you imagine laying all this grief on his teenage son? "Gee, Thanks,
Dad!" Things weren't tough enough for the kid before. Now, City
Slicker Celso has pulled his son into the sordid mess.
City Slicker Celso has decided his public relations talking point of
exercising his right to live and work where he wants wasn't really
scoring him any points with the public -- even if thousands of men and
women have fought and died to give him that right.
2/12/7 Gehrig Saldana:
to a reporter, he lost
any kind of credibility he could
hope to have, not only with the
reporter he lied to,
but other reporters Celso Martinez will engage with in the
future. Mr. Martinez has a
long journey to regain the integrity he lost.
If it was only
his integrity at stake,
that would be on him. But,
his integrity is
unfortunately tied to the integrity of the DISD.
Time for Mr. Martinez to
humble himself, be nice, tell the truth and simply serve
DISD students, parents and
stakeholders in a manner that he
would want others to treat him.
do himself a lot of good by ordering an immediate audit on
the residency status of his remaining executive level staff
and issuing an immediate
directive that all executive level
staff (including Mr. Martinez) found not in
compliance with residency
requirements a maximum of 90 days to comply with the
district's existing residency requirements or face immediate
termination of employment or demotion.
Anything less than this show of measured leadership
will compound the public
impression of a DISD locked in an atmosphere
where announcements of forced or
voluntary resignations, terminations
and criminal referrals mirror weekly movie
announcements in our daily newspaper.
If Mr. Martinez does get his waiver,
don't be surprised if Dr. Hinojosa donates former
DISD Supt Yvonne Gonzalez's redwood furniture as a house
warming gift and then gives a blanket waiver of criminal
charges to those select DISD top level administrators who
used the district's procurement credit card for their
personal purchases at grocery stores, TJ Max, Tuesday
Morning, Barnes & Noble, countless restaurants and God only
knows where else.
Anyone has the right to live and work wherever they want. If you
want a $140 K per year job that has residency restrictions, you have to
balance which is more important to you. Where you want to live or
where you want to work.
His son goes to school in
McKinney, and City Slicker Celso says he wants to live near him. Is that
why City Slicker Celso is planning to sell his house in McKinney and move
further away from his son to Frisco? Help me here. I'm just a
political gadfly with a state school degree. But, he's moving out of the
town where his troubled son lives. Yet, wanting to live near his son is
his "extenuating circumstance" for a residency waiver. Google's map says
it's at least 16 miles between McKinney and Frisco. Of course, if the son
lives on the West side of McKinney and City Slicker Celso's new house is on the
East side of Frisco, they might be a couple of miles closer. Still, his "I
want to be close to my son" lament (that's the same as "lame excuse") doesn't
hold water -- hot or cold.
Just between you and me, City Slicker Celso is a
pretty pitiful as a PR guy.
If he can only turn up the temperature on the hot water he's already
standing in, how can he do the DISD any good with its myriad of
mistakes, frauds and general mayhem?
City Slicker Celso clearly
has got himself into some serious hot water. He lied to the media
about filing a request for a waiver. He told the media one bogus
circumstance that had us all laughing at his audacity. Now, he is
victimizing his son.
Things may be different between
City Slicker Celso and his ex-wife (his son's mother) than most divorced
couples. They may be best of friends and she still likes him a lot, but I
doubt it. City Slicker Celso is not a very likeable guy. If they
have the normal divorced couple relationship -- strained but civilized, his
son's mother cannot be happy that her son is being so ill-used by his father.
If they already had an unfriendly relationship before he dragged their son into
his mess, she is probably ready to cause Martinez some serious bodily harm.
It just may be that City
Slicker Celso's current wife set her foot down and refused to live amongst
lowlife DISD taxpayers. So, City Slicker Celso had to decide who to make
mad, his ex-wife and son or his current wife. Wouldn't you love to be a
fly on the wall in any of the Martinez households just now? If he doesn't
get his waiver of residency requirement, everybody is going to be mad.
Why is Dr. Hinojosa allowing this fiasco to continue to fester? Why hasn't
he just told City Slicker Celso to get his high dollar rear into a house inside
the DISD boundaries, like Martinez knew he had to do when he took his $140 K
job? Does City Slicker Celso have some pictures of Dr. H or
something? That's what we used to wonder about why former City MisManager
Ted Benavides delayed firing former Chief of Police Terrell Bolton for so long.
Did the ex-Chief have something on Ted?
The print media and video media can only cover a story so long, and their
editors/managers make them move on to something else. That's the fun of
having my own website. I can stick with an issue long as I want.
Dallas school district spokesman Celso Martinez will find out Monday whether he will need to leave his home in McKinney.
DISD policy requires that all executive employees "be bona fide residents" of the district, and it gives them six months from the date of appointment to comply. Mr. Martinez became an associate superintendent seven months ago.
The superintendent can grant employees a waiver from the policy or extend the residence requirement beyond the six-month period for newly employed personnel when there are extenuating circumstances.
... Mr. Martinez said he had requested the waiver before news reports made his residency status public.
... Trustee Jerome Garza said he feels the district should do away with allowing waivers to the policy and should give administrators who are not complying six months to do so. He said a district official told him that about five other employees besides Mr. Martinez are not abiding by the residency requirement.
Mr. Garza said it's good for the district when top administrators live within its boundaries.
"They hear first-hand what's going on in our schools," he said. "I want them to hear from their neighbors." ...
Guess what! Martinez lied
to Tawnell Hobbs. He did not request a waiver before the media exposed
him. It's pretty stupid to lie to the press when your job is to be buds
with them, so they will write nice stories about your boss and employer.
... On Tuesday, four days after Unfair Park broke the news that the DISD spokesperson was in violation of the board?s residency rules by living outside the district, Martinez told The Dallas Morning News that he had applied for a waiver to be exempt from the policy. And he said he had done it ?before news reports made his residency status public,? wrote Tawnell Hobbs.
But when we sent a public information request yesterday to find out when exactly Martinez asked for the exemption, a district lawyer wrote back, ?Please note there is no record of a waiver on file.?
Please note there is no record of your spokesperson telling the clear and complete truth about any of this....
I am pleasantly surprised that
Trustee Garza wants City Slicker Celso to live in the DISD boundaries.
Garza has played pretty fast and loose with the rules himself when the district
lines were being redrawn after assimilating Wilmer-Hutchins into our troubled
school district. Talk about going from the heat to the frying pan, but
that's a whole other story.
If Garza is publicly calling for City Slicker Celso to live within DISD
boundaries, then things don't look so good for Martinez. I cannot imagine
Dr. H wanting to offend Trustee Garza.
The School Board members cannot be happy to be
dealing with this Martinez mess.
Dr. Hinojosa must be really annoyed that his PR guy is giving him more
City Slicker Celso's ex-wife and son are probably less than happy with
ex-hubby and Dad.
The current Mrs. City Slicker Celso must be most displeased at the
thought of moving South to live amid the unwashed masses who pay DISD
All in all, I think what
started out as a little e-mail of information has blossomed quite nicely into a
kettle of hot water for a very deserving jerk.