Garrett Harris 10:11 p.m., May 23
It's a Small World After All...Another Gandara, the Same GCR
In the early months of 2012 Jesus Gandara, former superintendent of Sweetwater Union High School was charged with perjury, bribery, and other charges. In February, El Paso Commissioner Willie Gandara, Jr, nephew to Jesus, was charged with drug trafficking.
Now, the El Paso Times again informs us that on July 2, Gandara's son, Jesse, who serves as a council member in Socorro, has had his home and office searched by the deputies of El Paso County Sherriff's Office.
According to the El Paso Times report, authorities "exited the home soon after carrying a laptop computer.""'The warrant is in connection with a criminal investigation,' said city information officer Dave Garcia."
The name Garcia rings another bell and some have wondered if Garcia might have been the former spokesperson for GCR law firm. (An email requesting information was sent too late for the mayor to repond.) Bonifacio Garcia and other principals from GCR formerly served the Sweetwater board as general counsel with a $1.4 million contract until January 2011.
Whether it's the right or wrong Dave Garcia, GCR was connected to Socorro. An April 20 2011, entry on GCR's website reads, "GCR's presence in Texas continues to expand with the successful representation of the small city of Socorro in Western Texas. The city recently found itself in a David and Goliath battle over the proposed dumping of more than three million gallons per day of sewage effluent from another community directly into an irrigation canal in the city."
Jesse Gandara has served on the Socorro city council since 2004.