Local lawyers have entertained, perplexed and informed residents for many years with advertisements that range from the quirky to the political. Who can forget commercials by Robert Brunkenhoefer, giving his phone number in Spanish: "Ocho, Ocho, Ocho-Ocho, Ocho, Zero, Ocho."
Attracting clients isn't always the goal, some attorneys say.
"I have all the business I need. It's about making a point," said lawyer Dan Alfaro, who has a half dozen billboards up in the Coastal Bend, including those of the past saying such things as: :"If your child is in a gang it's your fault," and "Abused by the IRS? Write your U.S. Senator."
"It's better saying that than 'Hire Dan Alfaro' and showing a wrecked car," Alfaro said.
An advertising campaign by Perry & Haas, LLP, accentuates social change resulting from its victories, rather than the accompanying big-money awards. One commercial features cars and trucks whose dangerous designs were changed in later models because of litigation. Another points out that the ordinance requiring fencing around swimming pools resulted from court cases.
"Most advertising is to raise the profile of the advertiser," said Pat Shackleford, a partner in the firm. "Ours also raise the awareness of what can come from litigation."
Alfaro said every once in a while someone will call after reading on of his signs.
"Some call because they think I'm egocentric and some call because they think I'm an S.O.B. But either way, I make my point."
Staff writer Stephanie L. Jordan can be reached at 886-3724 or by e-mail at email@example.com
Friday, December 29, 2006
Posted by CC Watchdog Authority at 9:18 PM
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Gene Seaman Carlos Valdez Rose Vela Rebecca Stutts Manuel Banales Carl Lewis Pete Alavarez, Jr. Solomon P. Ortiz Jr. Joe Gonzalez Randy Wright H.C.
|GOVERNMENT||Gene Seaman||Texas State Representative|
|GOVERNMENT||Carlos Valdez||District Attorney|
|GOVERNMENT||Rose Vela||State District Judge|
|GOVERNMENT||Rebecca Stutts||Interim Sheriff|
|GOVERNMENT||Manuel Banales||State Judge|
|GOVERNMENT||Carl Lewis||Juvenile Court Judge|
|GOVERNMENT||Pete Alavarez, Jr.||Police Chief|
|GOVERNMENT||Solomon P. Ortiz Jr.||County Party Chairman|
|GOVERNMENT||Joe Gonzalez||Justice of the Peace|
|GOVERNMENT||Randy Wright||Police Chief|
|GOVERNMENT||H.C. "Chuck" Cazalas||County Commissioner|
|GOVERNMENT||Henry Garrett||Mayor of Corpus Christi|
|GOVERNMENT||Betty Jean Longoria||County Commissioner|
|GOVERNMENT||Mary Kay Fischer||City Attorney|
|George Hodge||City Program Director|
|Armando Chapa||City Secretary|
|Angel Escobar||City Engineer|
|Mark Scott||Council Member|
|Bill Kelly||Council Member|
|GOVERNMENT||Jesse Noyola||Council Member|
|GOVERNMENT||Brent Chesney||Council Member|
|GOVERNMENT||Diana Barrera||County Clerk|
|GOVERNMENT||Jerry Garcia||Council Member|
|Georgia Neblett||City of Port Aransas Mayor|
|Ramiro Canales||Tax Assessor- Collector|
|Rex Kinnison||Council Member|
|Ruben Bonilla||Port Commissioner|
|George "Skip" Noe||City Manager|
|GOVERNMENT||Herbert Canales||Director of Libraries|
|GOVERNMENT||Terry Carter||President and Chief Executive Officer|
|GOVERNMENT||John Hornsby||Forensic Investigator|
|GOVERNMENT||Marty Johnson, Ph.D.||Chairman|
|GOVERNMENT||Danny Adams||Aransas County Commissioner|
|GOVERNMENT||Oscar Martinez||Assistant city manager|
Posted by CC Watchdog Authority at 9:48 PM
Monday, December 25, 2006
Should step down
We know that Del Mar College President Carlos Garcia is responsible to the Board of Regents. However, President Garcia should be more responsible to the public. His actions are compromising education at Del Mar.
Del Mar President Garcia should relinquish his position until the present investigation is completed.
The board is doing a disservice to the public by keeping Del Mar President Garcia as president while there is a cloud of suspicion and his integrity is being questioned and investigated.
(Civil Rights Director,
National GI Forum)
Posted by CC Watchdog Authority at 11:51 PM
Saturday, December 9, 2006
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