Friday, August 17, 2018

Ranch on the Rock to go solar

God is good, actually he is amazing and never lets us down.  I am proud to announce that we are now officially working with a Solar Energy Company that will be training EX-OFFENDERS and giving the a new start.  We are getting a $50,000 dollar solar set up for the farm and the facility.  The Vice President of the company will be coming down from Phoenix to attend our ribbon cutting ceremony tomorrow.  We are not stopping there, we are working with some other major companies to make Sierra Blanca the first city in the United States to be of the grid.  The best part of it is that this will help us provide food for El Paso Fighting Hunger.  We will share more amazing news with you as it becomes available.   

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Press Release for Immediate Release

Director of Public Information: Chief "Jesus Campa"
August 15, 2018

For Immediate Release

Residential and Commercial Solar energy company, ErusEnergy, with regional offices in El Paso, to provide 50kW of onsite renewable energy for Ranch on the Rock’s 4-acre organic recovery farm and hotel in Sierra Blanca Texas. The project will showcase Ranch on the Rock’s commitment to sustainability while providing its recovering, formerly incarcerated men and recovering addicts, an opportunity to be trained on maintenance and operation skills at a functioning solar plant. The installation will offset roughly 90% of the operations yearly utility cost which will divert much needed capital to other initiatives at the Ranch. 

“Providing a non-profit like Ranch on the Rock with an opportunity to reduce their operating costs via solar energy and provide a training opportunity for their program is an investment in the community that we simply feel great about” said James Holmes, Erus Energy’s Vice President, Commercial. Mr. Holmes added “Solar energy is more than just about reducing utility expenses, it’s a vehicle for social impact and we’re excited to use this project as a platform to raise awareness of the many long-term benefits installations like this create in communities throughout the nation” 
Founded in 2005, Erus Energy is a leading national developer and installer of residential and commercial solar energy systems. With operations in 6 states: Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina, Erus has successfully served over 8,500 customers. With plans to expand its operations in 2018 to California and Louisiana, Erus continues to grow and deliver its world-class service to customers across the country. 

The Ranch on the Rock Initiative is a comprehensive solution that will provide holistic support to give emerging adult men the opportunity to achieve economic independence. Within the 4-acre farm, participants will experience a living learning lab as they work together to run a small business enterprise, gain key life skills, and build personal resilience. The organic ranch will function as a social enterprise that employs formerly-incarcerated men and recovering addicts. Ranch on the Rock aims to break the cycle of re-offending and challenge perceptions about ex-offenders, achieving real and long-term benefits for society.  One social intervention for this systemic problem is coming from innovative farms.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Serial killer ‘El Mano Negra’ gets life without parole

November 02, 2015 08:13 PM
Updated August 14, 2018 09:54 AM
El Chuco, Texas

Jose Manuel Martinez, 53, the self-described drug cartel hit man and debt enforcer, was sentenced Monday to nine consecutive terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole for slaying nine people in California between 1980 and 2011.

Known in southern Tulare County as El Mano Negra, or The Black Hand, he may be responsible for more than 30 murders nationwide.

He is expected to be extradited to Florida, where he is accused of a double murder and could face the death penalty.

Tulare County Superior Court Judge Brett Alldredge sentenced Martinez for the California murders – six in Tulare County, two in Kern County and one in Santa Barbara County – to which Martinez pleaded guilty last month.

Martinez also received a life sentence for an attempted murder.
Before the judge announced the sentence, family members of some of the victims tearfully addressed the judge. Martinez showed no obvious emotion.

Asenneth Moreno, 18, said she was 9 when her father, Juan Bautista Moreno, 52, of Bakersfield, did not come home. His truck was abandoned and he was found shot to death in an orchard.
“Our family lost its income,” she told the judge. Neighbors brought groceries to her, her mother and four siblings, but they couldn’t afford to pay the electricity bill and the power was cut off.

Moreno said after Martinez was taken away that her mother started cleaning houses to support the family.

As a girl, she missed her father’s presence, she said.


Asenneth Moreno, daughter of murder victim

“I wrote letters to him for two years,” she said. “I still have them.”
Martinez’s image as a drug cartel enforcer made it seem as if her father, who had started his own produce sales company, was involved in drugs, she said.
“I wanted to clear my dad’s name,” she said.

Martinez, who lived in Richgrove, had gone to Alabama to kill a man who made the mistake of speaking ill of his daughter. He got away before Alabama authorities could arrest him but was nabbed at the border crossing in Yuma, Ariz., coming back from Mexico.
While in jail in Alabama, a detective from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department, who he asked to speak to, went to Alabama and got his confessions to the nine California homicides, including one in Tulare County in 1980 in which there were no suspects. He confessed with details only the killer would know.

He also confessed to homicides in other states, according to news accounts. Based on statements to investigators, he may have committed as many as 34 slayings in 12 states.

Martinez claimed to be a debt collector for a drug cartel that he wouldn’t identify, but the story could not be confirmed, according to local authorities.

But news accounts said he admitted to killing two people in Florida and told Florida authorities he collected debts and kept 25% of what was owed to the cartel. 

We caught up with Jesus Campa a former Police Chief in Texas who at one time was said to be La Mano Negra by a far right wing blog site that went on the record in a reckless manner to disparage the Chief.   

How does it feel to have this finally of your back Campa?  Jesus Campa stated “First of all if your stupid enough to think that I was the Mano Negra then you are really stupid.  Secondly If I was the Mano Negra given the reputation of this man it would be safe to safely assume that the writer and those that spread that rumor would have not been able to say it as they would more than likely be dead.”

Of the nine murders in California, five were for financial gain, prosecutor David Alavezos said.
The Tulare County District Attorney’s Office could have prosecuted the murders as death penalty cases, but Martinez told his lawyers he wanted to plead guilty, and families of victims said they would accept life in prison without parole.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Officer Slain in Baltimore County

Slain Baltimore County police officer identified

as four-year veteran of the department

The Baltimore County police officer who was killed on duty Monday was Amy S. Caprio, a four-year veteran of the department.
In Fallston, a man who answered the door at the officer’s home Monday identified himself as a family friend but declined to comment. A next-door neighbor said she didn’t know the officer and her husband, except for the occasional wave hello.
The officer, identified in court documents Tuesday, was assigned to the county’s Parkville precinct.
Officer Amy S. Caprio (Baltimore County Police Department)
Police would not confirm what types of injuries Caprio suffered. A witness saw her get hit by a vehicle.
Caprio solved a series of package thefts that occurred in Baltimore County in December and January. The investigation began when Caprio was assigned to handle a report of a stolen package in Nottingham and then a report of empty boxes tossed in bushes along a roadside in Parkville.
Caprio pieced together evidence from security cameras, interviewed witnesses, tracked a vehicle and compared notes with other officers investigating package thefts in the area. She ended up linking two suspects to dozens of stolen package cases in the Parkville, White Marsh, Dundalk, Towson, Cockeysville and Essex precincts. When officers found the suspects’ hotel room, it was loaded with stolen goods, including a brightly colored handmade quilt with “a heartfelt inscription” that a woman had shipped to her granddaughter. The quilt eventually was returned to the family.

Caprio was named the officer of the month for the Parkville precinct for December.
The police department praised Caprio for “the lengthy investigation and hard work that Officer Caprio invested into what she could have simply considered a trash complaint.”
A man who identified himself as the officer’s husband spoke on 105.7 The Fan, The Norris & Long Show on Tuesday morning.
“I’m just still grieving. I don’t know, I just feel like talking about it is definitely better than not,” Tim Caprio told Ed Norris, a former Baltimore city police commissioner.
Caprio joined the county in July 2014, according to a database of county employees. She graduated with the department’s 140th recruit class in December 2014 and was initially assigned to the Essex Precinct.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Minority Report

 I was asked by a police chief the other day why it was so hard to gain the trust of minority groups. He seemed a little stunned when I asked him what he had done to gain their trust. He had no answer other than to say “I do my job and make sure that they have police protection.” I asked him if the community members believed that they were equal and true stakeholders. I told him that we need to stop looking at minorities as minorities. Yes, they are different, we are different, I am a minority. I am a Hispanic Police Chief in East Texas.  Look at each community member as a stakeholder, not as a color, or race. Yes, you will have to relate to the culture, but have you shown a vested interest in their communities? The following is what I shared with him, and I hope that it helps anyone else out there that may be having the same issue.

     It is apparent that research shows that minorities are more likely to view law enforcement with suspicion and distrust. Minorities report that the police inexplicably single them out because of their race or ethnicity. Is this a fact or a misconception?

     It goes without saying that the public’s opinions about the lawfulness and legitimacy of law enforcement are an important gauge for judging policing in society. 

     Racial and ethnic minority perceptions that the police lack lawfulness and legitimacy are based mainly on their dealings with the police, and can lead to distrust of the police. Distrust of police has serious consequences. It destabilizes the validity of law enforcement, and without legitimacy, police lose their ability and authority to function successfully.

     The question is then how do you gain the trust of the minority community? While there is no true simple solution to winning over the minority communities, there are plenty of things that one can do to bridge the gap.
1. Be genuine with the minority communities that you serve.
2. Understand the culture of the minority communities that you serve. The better you understand and can relate to their culture the more you will gain their trust.
A. Traditions and values will be different, understand them.
B. Vocabulary and language will be different, learn it.
3. Keep your word: Look into it or return a call if you said you would.
4. Be visible in the different parts of your community. Visit, eat and attend events in the different minority communities.
A. Don’t just show up for a photo opportunity or with a news crew.
B. Don’t just show up when incidents happen. Show your face all the time; let the minority community get to know you.
5. If you say, you embrace community policing then make sure the entire department embraces it.
6. Be transparent, not because it is the current trending word, but because that’s who you are. 

     This has been the secret to my success and a creed to live by in any profession, not just policing. The job of a police chief is not easy by any stretch of the imagination; however, some of us make it harder than it needs to be. Understand that we are all different, but we all just want to be treated with respect. This is the profession we were called into, so no matter how bad things get out there, hold true to your integrity.

What is "Leadership" and what makes a Good Leader?

What is Leadership?

What is "Leadership" and what makes a Good Leader?
Have you ever noticed that people who have never held a leadership role in their life are the first ones to tell leaders that they have no idea what they are doing? What makes a leader? There are so many ideas of what a leader is or does. There are many definitions of leadership. The Collins English dictionary defines leadership as “the leader(s) of a party or group.” Yet true leadership is much more than that. A leader can be the CEO of an organization or a first-year employee who leads his or her team to success behind the scenes. A leader might lead through official authority and power. Yet, just as often great leaders lead, through inspiration, persuasion and personal connections, and accountability. 

So what is leadership? One great definition is:

Leadership is the art of leading others to deliberately create a result that wouldn’t have happened otherwise.”
It’s not just the creation of results that makes good leadership. Good leaders are able to deliberately create challenging results by enlisting the help of others. They can single-handedly turn failing companies into Fortune 500 organizations. They can change company cultures. Good leadership is an essential key to corporate success.

What makes a good leader? Here are some of their most important characteristics:
Self-Awareness. You have an intimate knowledge of your inner emotional state. You know your strengths and your weaknesses. You know when you’re working in flow and you know when you’re overworked. You know yourself, including your capabilities and your limitations, which allows you to push yourself to your maximum potential.

Self-Direction. You’re able to direct yourself effectively and powerfully. You know how to get things done, how to organize tasks and how to avoid procrastination. You know how to generate energy for projects, to calm yourself when angered. You can make decisions quickly when necessary, but can also slow to consider all the options on the table.

Vision. You’re working towards a goal that’s greater than yourself. It could be something small, like the success of the team, or a larger vision of world peace. Working towards a vision is far more inspiring than working towards personal gain.
Ability to Motivate. Leaders don’t lead by telling people what they have to do. Instead, leaders cause people to want to help them. A key part of this is cultivating your own desire to help others. When others sense that you want to help them, they, in turn, want to help you.

Social Awareness. Understanding social networks and key influencers in that social network is another key part of leadership. Who in the organization has the most clout, both officially and unofficially? Who moves the hearts of the group?
These are some of the most important characteristics of good leaders.

Emotional Intelligence and Leadership

Most of these traits tie directly into emotional intelligence (EQ). Leaders with high EQ are intrinsically more self-aware. They understand their mental processes and know how to direct themselves. They’re more in touch with what they’re deeply passionate about. They naturally care more for others and receive more compassion in return. They’re more socially in tune.

Leadership is more often than not about “soft skills” rather than hard skills. Yes, a leader who understands what drives the bottom line is valuable. Yet, it’s the leader who can get others to perform at their best who ultimately creates winning organizations.
What are some of the main ways you see your leadership skills impacting your workplace performance?

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Martin Luther King Jr - Award

MARSHALL, Tx. - Across the country, tensions have been high between citizens and law enforcement.

Marshall, Texas is no different.

"When I first got here, I was advised we had some external issues that we had to mend. And that was the relationship that we had with the community and the preconceived notion that the community had of the police department," said Chief Jesus "Eddie" Campa, Marshall Police Department.

To break down those barriers, Chief Campa started the "No Colors, No Labels" initiative.

The police department hosts events aimed at ending hate by promoting understanding between different races.

For his efforts, Chief Campa earned the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian award from Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church in Marshall.

"This award means a lot because I've always been a fan of Martin Luther King and his vision and his dream," shared Campa.

Chief Campa says he will continue strengthening Marshall's community policing efforts.

"I'm just very happy I got the opportunity to come to Marshall and had the vision to start No Colors No Labels initiative.... rebuilding the dream and continuing to move forward."