“I refuse to be part of the Moya drama show.”
GALENA PARK – In a dramatic statement made at last Tuesday’s City Council meeting, Lois Killough read her resignation message, and at the end of the meeting quit as a member of the City Commission. She held Position #2, responsible for the police and fire departments.
Killough had been elected last May 2014, along with new council members Maricela Serna and Juan Flores, Jr. with the idea that they would bring fresh ideas and changes to the city government. Esmeralda Moya also campaigned for Mayor on these ideas, but with the promise that she would change department heads and “clean up” the way the city was run. Her confrontational style was obvious after she took office, when she immediately changed locks on City Hall doors and fired the City Administrator and demoted the Police Chief, at least temporarily. The new council members and one remaining, Danny Simms, were not able to work with Moya, nor concur with her decisions and methods, and council meetings and governing soon deteriorated into chaos, according to Killough.
Her statement, as printed here in the North Channel Star, refers to the “circus” atmosphere, and the lack of progress in improving the city. Read more »
STATEMENT BY LOIS KILLOUGH:
July 21, 2015
I have lived and worked in the Galena Park and Northshore communities for 50 years. I have served on County Boards, PTA Boards, Retired Teacher Boards and many other community organizations. I led a staff of about 110 people and a student population of 1000 students. I hoped to be able to improve the city of Galena Park by serving on City Council.
All the new commissioners and the mayor were required to attend training. We were trained in how to legally run city council meetings and our charters were explained to us by legal experts.
I am not able to properly serve the people who elected me because of the actions of the mayor. She refuses to run a legal council business meeting.
During her campaign she violated many rules of the Ethics Commission. She has not filed appropriate campaign finance reports. She has threatened council members. She has illegally fired city workers.
In her hunger for power, her actions and the many frivolous lawsuits she has filed have cost the taxpayers $100,000 to date. She filed a lawsuit to freeze the city bank accounts. She refused to sign a contract that kept our sewer plant operating. She has lied to voters promising to lower their water bills. We purchase 90% of our water from the City of Houston. They can charge whatever they like and their fees will only go up. Shame on you, Mrs. Moya.
GALENA PARK – The Galena Park/Jacinto City Rotary Club held their annual Officers and Board installation ceremonies last Wednesday, July 15th.
One of the important awards was given to club member Dr. Alan Lambert, retired medical doctor, and a Paul Harris Fellow with Rotary.
Attendance is an important part of Rotary membership, but not many achieve the record that Dr. Lambert has.
Dr. Lambert is now 89 years old, and was a family doctor since 1953, practicing in Jacinto City until his retirement in 2014.
He also was affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, on the faculty and practiced family medicine there since 1976.
GP/JC Rotary was pleased to honor Dr. Lambert at their annual awards ceremony.
Sheldon ISD announced recently that Mr. John Kirchner will be serving as the Interim Superintendent for Sheldon ISD during the period of time that the District conducts a search for a new full-time superintendent.
Mr. Kirchner is the current Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services and the school district has full confidence in his ability to guide the District through this transition period.
Outgoing Superintendent Dr. Vickey M. Giles released the following letter:
June 24, 2015
Dear Sheldon ISD family and friends,
I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work alongside you in this wonderful district. When I came to Sheldon ISD seventeen years ago, I did not imagine that the path I had put my feet on would lead from the Dean of Instruction position at C. E. King High School, to the role of Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services, and finally to work as Superintendent of Schools in this great district. It is you – the people of this district – who make this a great place for our students! We have laughed together, cried together, worked together, played together, and celebrated our successes together as we have made this district stronger each year.
Now I will begin a new journey. I will be retiring as superintendent of Sheldon ISD on August 31, 2015. I am grateful for the eight years I have been privileged to serve as superintendent of Sheldon ISD. The board of trustees truly has a heart for the children of this district and they have supported our efforts to constantly learn how to better educate our students.
Channelview High School held its graduation on Sunday, June 7 at Aldine ISD’s M.O. Campbell Center. The CHS top 10 students are, from left (by rank), Valedictorian Matthew Yates, Salutatorian Kaliah Glenn, Adriana Aguirre, Erika Richey-Carson, Jay-ar Haro, Jocelyn Ramos, Mary Ontiveros, Destiny Adkins, Judy Bich-Tuyen Truong and Christina Grueso.
Houston, TX. June 4, 2015 – Texas Southern University presented a historic event with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton by bestowing on her the first Barbara Jordan Inaugural Gold Medallion for PublicPrivate Leadership Award.
The event was hosted by the Barbara Jordan Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs, Barbara Jordan Institute for Policy Research, The Thurgood Marshall School of Law, The Barbara Jordan Inaugural Gold Medallion Committee, and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.
Allan and Linda Jamail of Jacinto City were on the Barbara Jordan Inaugural Gold Medallion Committee who helped plan the event.
Before entering the building, each of the four thousand plus attendees had to go through the Secret Service’s security process of metal detectors and bomb sniffing dogs, Allan Jamail said.
Clinton, the former first lady and wife of President Bill Clinton, is an announced presidential candidate seeking the nomination of the Democratic Party.
According to Allan Jamail this was to be a nonpartisan event, not a campaign event, and Secretary Hillary Clinton, after receiving the award, was to give a Policy Speech on Voting Rights. However, Jamail says Clinton, after praising the late Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, a former TSU student, then fired up her speech and went into an attack mode, blaming some of her Republican rivals for the new laws that are making it more difficult for minorities and college students to register and to vote.
She called for universal and automatic voter registration for all citizens reaching the age of 18, and a 20-day (or more) period of early voting in every state, before every election. Clinton’s speech identified the work of protecting and expanding voting rights as a critical part of her campaign.
HOUSTON – Dr. Charles Grant, San Jacinto College graduate and former president of the North Campus, holds four college degrees and is a firm believer in the value of education.
In fact, he has spent almost all of his 35 professional years in the field of education. For San Jacinto College, Grant served as a professor and administrator for 25 years before changing careers. He then worked for three years as education and special projects liaison for Harris County Pct. 2 before joining the North Channel Area Chamber of Commerce as its president and CEO. Dr. Grant returned to the education field, launching his own organization – Continuing Education Association International (CEAI), an association that provides training and certification services for continuing and professional development educators.
“I launched CEAI because I feel there is a real need to improve the quality of continuing education worldwide,” commented Grant, who worked at San Jacinto College from 1983 to 2008. “Most continuing education teachers are proficient in their career fields, but many have little or no formal training as educators. It’s one thing to know a subject, but it’s another thing to be able to convey and impart that knowledge to students.” During his tenure at San Jacinto College, Grant served as a director of continuing education, and later as a dean of continuing education. The College’s continuing education division is now called the Continuing and Professional Development division to more accurately reflect its wide range of training and education services.
Grant is not only a former employee of San Jacinto College, he is a San Jac Certified alumnus, having earned an associate degree in general studies in 1967. He then earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Stephen F. Austin State University, a master’s degree in education administration and supervision from Sam Houston State University, and a PhD in higher education from Texas A&M University.
The Galena Park/Jacinto City Rotary Club celebrated 28 Galena Park High School graduating seniors by presenting them with college scholarships ranging from $500.00 to $1,500.00.
Small Club President of the Year for Rotary District 5890, Maria D. Rodriguez, and Club Secretary Ibrahim Abou-Awdi were joined by District Governor Lisa Faith Massey, GPHS Principal Tony Gardea, and GPISD Superintendent Dr. Angie Williams in presenting each student with monetary recognition of their determination and hard work.
The Galena Park/Jacinto City Rotary Club is open to membership from business owners and other interested community members. They meet weekly at 12 noon for lunch at the Alvin D. Baggett Community Building, 1302 Keene St., Galena Park TX 77547. Lunch is $10.00. The fundraising work of the small club of Galena Park/Jacinto City is reflected in the awarding of these 28 scholarships. Congratulations to all involved.
GALENA PARK – Early on the morning of Friday, May 29 a police task force from the Houston Police Department raided a house on 9th Street, They arrested the occupant, Sergio J. Moya, and confiscated several computers, according to authorities.
The Galena Park Mayor’s son, Sergio J. Moya, age 26, was charged with three counts of possession of child pornography, and housed in the Harris County jail. His bail was set at $70,000 for the three counts, and on Monday morning he had a hearing before Judge Brock Thomas in Criminal Court No. 338. At that time, represented by attorney Chip Lewis, he was released on bond and ordered to appear at the next hearing on Friday, July 17th.
Moya had been employed for about a month, as a dispatcher for the Precinct 2 Constable’s office, and as an unpaid Reserve Deputy Constable, but after the arrest he was fired by Pct. 2 Constable Chris Diaz. Ironically, Moya had completed police training at the Academy, where Diaz had presented him his certification.
No details of the charges have been made public at this time.
In an interview with the media on Friday, May 29, Mayor Esmeralda Moya emphasized that her son was cooperating with authorities, and that some details of the public charges were not correct. She claimed he did not own any computers and questioned the charges against her son. She pointed out that the raid was not at her house, contrary to some reports, and that her son lived in a house next to hers.