The most fucked up city in the country: Crystal City , Texas

Trust isn’t running very deep in Crystal City, Texas at the moment,

and now the water has been running black.

Residents in Crystal City took to social media Wednesday night to share pictures of dark-colored water running out of their taps. The city said it’s sediment that was flushed into distribution lines when the tower was drained to be worked on.

The city is advising residents to boil their water and/or let it run before using it. But an explanation for the water didn’t appear on the city’s Facebook page until Thursday morning, long after residents first noticed the problem.

“We didn’t get a proper warning,” resident Nora Flores-Guerrero said. “They didn’t post anything or sent out any type of message to warn the residents. It was pretty scary.”

Flores-Guerrero said her water just stank Wednesday night. She said others had much darker water.

“It looked like black sludge. They were comparing it to oil — that dark,” Flores-Guerrero said.

City Water/Wastewater Superintendent Carlos Ramirez said the tower hadn’t been cleaned in 20 or 30 years. Asked why they didn’t warn people ahead of time, Ramirez said they didn’t know the sediment was going to get into distribution lines.

Ramirez said only part of Crystal City was affected and that the city has been opening fire hydrants to clear the pipes. He expected the water to be back to normal sometime Thursday.

Crystal City ISD let out early on Thursday “due to low water pressure,” but the district prepared to deal with the water by bringing in bottled water and hand sanitizer, as well as 5-gallon jugs for the cafeterias.

Crystal City ISD Superintendent Imelda Allen said she first found out about the water issue Wednesday night when she was at her sister’s house. Allen said her sister had been complaining about the smell, and when they put a pitcher under the faucet, the water came out murky.

Allen said she didn’t hear anything from City Hall beforehand.

“It’s certainly a concern, but I also knew that right now, there’s not really anyone in charge to oversee and to make people aware of the condition of the water. So I wasn’t going to wait for anyone to call me from City Hall. I know that leadership is not present at the time,” Allen said.

Waiting by the school to pick up his fifth-grade daughter, parent Javier Rodriguez said, “If I had known, I probably would have left them home. I just found out this morning.”

With all but one of the Crystal City council members under federal investigation, the city is in a state of uncertainty. Three members are being recalled, and Tuesday’s council meeting ended with mayor’s arrest. After he was released from jail on Thursday, Mayor Ricardo Lopez said he didn’t plan on having anything to do with the City Council going forward.

And people in Kalifornia want to move to Texas……




By Carmen Sabatino

Reposted from

            On January 6th, 2015, The Modesto Bee’s, Kevin Valine reported  ‘Downtown mural remembers homeless man’  with highlights of ‘Painter hopes artwork sparks community conversation’ and ‘Mural lets public see homeless through portrait of one person.”

Defense attorney Martin Baker, hand painted a mural of a well-known homeless man Mr. Rick Hernstedt, a.k.a. ‘Homeless Rick’ on the exterior wall of a new downtown restaurant, Ralston’s Goat.  Valine reported it was Baker’s hopes it would create “community conversation about the homeless and homelessness.”

Under the category of being careful what you hope for, The Back Story continues.

To the dismay of Ralston’s Goat’s owners, veiled threats of possible ruination of their business if it were not taken down were delivered from the Downtown Improvement District (DID)*.

Any Modestonians that value Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Expression should shiver while being outraged at the following directives documented in the DID Minutes of their meeting of January 20th, 2016 under MATTERS TOO LATE FOR THE AGENDA**:

“The Mural on the building at 10th and J Streets was brought up, and some people are not happy with the poster child being Ricky, one of our regular downtown homeless, Ricky would be mean and nasty sometimes and would take people’s food off their plates when they were eating on the patios of our downtown restaurants.

Staff will speak with the owners of Ralston’s Goat to let them know that this unhappiness could affect their business.  Customers might choose to dine elsewhere.”

      BSN sought comment from DID but was unable to speak to any of the Board Members concerning the statement in the DID Minutes.  BSN was informed by a staff member that “She was just doing what she was told” by putting the statement in the Minutes.


“Homeless Rick”–R.I.P. (Photo Courtesy of Marty Carlson of WAZZUP DAWG)

 In fulfillment of The Back Story News’ commitment to share with The Modesto Bee information important to the community of the DID’s veiled threats impinging upon all citizens’ Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Expression, generated by the story by Valine, this article (and Minutes of the DID meeting) are being provided to the Modesto Bee’s, Mr. Ken Riddick-Publisher-President, Joe Kieta-Senior Editor, Mike Dunbar-Opinion Editor and reporter Kevin Valine for consideration of a follow up story to the public. 


*ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT DID:  To understand what the DID is, and their role in the community, you may go to their website under: “What is The Downtown Improvement District”

**DID BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT AT JANUARY 20, 2016:  David Boring, Susie Fagundes, Steve Rank, Bart Barringer, Tammy Maisetti, Tom Slater, and Don Phillips.  BOARD MEMBERS ABSENT:  Brad Morad, Norma Reed.