My open records request asked for El Paso police internal affairs reports involving any city representative or the mayor. Truthfully, I fully expected to receive the standard “no responsive” documents had been found. Imagine my surprise when I started to read the documents. There, in those documents laid wide open the rumormongering, the backstabbing and the allegations from one city representative’s office to another. These allegations have been insinuated over the last few months by Jaime Abeytia and David Karlsruher. These same allegations were discussed in the documents as one city representative insinuated that another was using one of the bloggers to hurt the other.
The infighting evolved into at least one police investigation and the involvement of the City Attorney, the Human Resources Department, Tommy Gonzalez, the mayor and others. At least one threat was made to involve the news media if a meeting wasn’t held “immediately.”
Words such as “sexual harassment,” “inappropriate attire,” and the accusation by a staffer that the city representative they were working for “may be unethical” are part of the documents I received. That is just a taste of what is in them. One city representative argued in an email that an investigation “lacks merit” and that the investigation “was being pushed” to the news media. Was this an attempt to improperly alter the course of a police investigation?
There is even an allegation of confidential information being “leaked” to bloggers and the news media.
Caught in the crosshairs were two former city staffers.
By now you have probably figured out that the two city staffers are Taylor Cortinas, formerly of Claudia Ordaz’ office and Jeremy Jordan formerly of Cortney Niland’s office. You are also likely aware of the rumors being pushed forth by David Karlsruher about computer hacking and by Jaime Abeytia about a city staffer working dirty politics through bloggers.
Next Monday, May 2, 2016, I am going to start running a three-part series detailing what I found in the open records requests. You know some of the gossip but you haven’t seen how it was investigated by the police department and the city. You will also see that I am not the only one pointing out that Jaime Abeytia and David Karlsruher are being fed “leaks” by their respective political handlers to create political propaganda. As you will see, the “leaks” to each are part of the investigations.
On Monday, I will focus on Taylor Cortinas and her firing by Claudia Ordaz.
On Tuesday, I will focus on Jeremy Jordan and his part in the scheme. There is more about Jordan that has yet to be made public.
You may have noticed that I initially mentioned the bloggers; Abeytia, Karlsruher and Razavi but left Razavi out of my examples above. That is because, although Razavi is not mentioned in this latest trove of open records request, he showed up on another set I recently received as well.
Apparently, Ali Razavi has heard the same rumors I had heard previously about a run-in with the police by current city representative. Razavi filed an open ended open records request looking for police reports and dash cam video involving a city representative.
I have been talking to a witness about such an encounter.
On Wednesday, I will share with you what happen between the police and a current city representative.
Stay tuned, you won’t want to miss this three-part series.