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April 18, 2014

Express-News Public Comments – Henry Cisneros on the hot seat

Henry Cisneros and Countrywide Financial

How much do you think Henry Cisneros is responsible for the plight of Countrywide Financial, its shareholders and its customers?

Comments:

I remember that patti randle, the woman with the grey hairs, wanted san antonio to be the haven for all the illegals in america, they would be safe here ha ha ha.
henri is the one who gave and still gives a bad name to the mexicans, he cheated on his wife, had problem with IRS, KB homes and the list goes on, why this town still employs him is a mystery
Posted by: jennifer at February 22, 2008 08:52 AM

Incase you don`t know there is a group called the WDC Westside Development corporation that Pattie Radle form,and it has eminent domain powers over 12.1 miles, which is i-10 to 35 s. to 90 west to acme to commerce to 36 north to cincinnati east to i-10.

Well guess who is on that board!!!!!!

President of the WDC–Christopher Martinez-zonning commissioner-and owner of central electric-the one that has the Electric Contract with Edgewood ISD.for the school on 36th street.

Board member-Rod Radle-developer
” “–Robert duron-SAISD superintendent
” “–Bocanegra-Edgewood ISD-superintendent

” “–American sunrise-own by Your very own HENRY CISNEROS–

and who sits on the Council-MARY ALICE CISNEROS
and long friend of Pattie Radle – Lourdes Galvan
I wonder what they are up to this time!!!!
Posted by: abel at February 21, 2008 09:04 AM

“If my memory serves me correctly, foreclosure is what happens when someone doesn’t pay their mortgage loan and the house is repossessed…. duh! How can Henry Cisneros be blamed for Countrywides’ problems when foreclosures are all around. Sounds like the economy, to me. But no one really likes Henry Cisneros, so what’s the big deal, right!” Posted by: martha at February 18, 2008 01:30 AM

Hey Martha, do some research, Henry was responsible for instituting these types of loans to bottom feeders who are equally guilty. The e conomy has been good and the unemployment rate at historic lows, so get off that BS!
Posted by: JDANDY at February 20, 2008 09:15 PM

Our government was complicit in what is now called mortgage fraud. You rarely saw it called fraud until banks and investors lost money. If only the govt had put the money it used to promote the “dream of homeownership” with these zero down toxic liar loans, into a campaign to educate consumers about lending scams! Then no buyer could use the excuse of ignorance. One thing’s for sure; no one in the industry can or ever could claim they were ignorant of what they were doing.
Posted by: Jane Doe at February 20, 2008 05:01 PM

Henry Cisneros is a person or should I say Human Being and people make mistakes and are forgiven such as those that kill an innocent girl and the parent forgive them. This World is going to the Dogs and maybe the Dogs have better sense because I’ve seen them look both ways before crossing a street. Forgive and forget is my Motto because Life must go on and people need to Forgive the Bad and Forget the Good.
Posted by: FORGIVE & FORGET at February 20, 2008 09:32 AM

Henry Cisneros only care about 1 thing “Henry Cisneros” and san antonio and the hispanic, NADA, ZERO, ZILCH, NILL…….he looks slimy, do not understand how women can get attracted to him, his morals are….well he does not have any, he broke his marriage vows, wonder why his wife stayed with him unless she liked the title of Mrs. Mayor, the smell of money…………
Get rid of henry, he has no business in this town, he is an ex-mayor, that means nothing.
Posted by: julian at February 20, 2008 07:40 AM

How stupid they think we are!! Henry, the philander mayor of Los Angeles and Slick Willie..all screwing us more than just sexually. Yet, we turn over and let them do it over and over again. March 4th…let’s rid ourselves of this bunch one and for all.
Posted by: Screwed at February 20, 2008 06:15 AM

It is truly a shame that San Antonio is known for having one of the first hispanic mayors and then Secretary of Housing and that this person is immoral and has little or no integrity. I remember when Mr. Cisneros put on a mariachi hat and sang with mariachis at the Arneson river many years ago. The hispanic people went crazy believing he was just an ordinary citizen of San Antonio. He is a disgrace! He belongs with the other policiticans who play dirty. I am embarrassed he calls San Antonio home.
Posted by: MG at February 19, 2008 04:22 PM

I just wanted to repost what Janet Ahmed posted. For anyone who wants to forgive Henry’s sins because he has a house on the West Side and still goes to the same church, please reread the below post. What you will find is an outline of his many misdeeds and this is only what we know about. This man has used his power to exploit those he claims to protect. He has spent his entire professional life looking to make a buck, not worrying about who he hurts. Anyone who defends this man is not doing so on the basis of reason.

What a great article and comments!
It is not the economy that is to blame for the current housing crisis it is simple greed that caused the current economic mess.

Henry Cisneros can hardly claim innocence in the predatory lending scandal. Predatory Lending was devised in the 90’s and implemented by the homebuilding industry (NAHB) and Cisneros as Secretary of HUD.

In ’93 and ‘94 Cisneros made significant policy changes at HUD to deregulate lenders which became the foundation for the homebuilding industry’s massive predatory lending. The plan gave the Homebuilder owned lenders like KB Mortgage and affiliate lenders like Countrywide independence to approve their own ‘pulse’ loans. If person had a pulse they had a loan and a house was thrown up in a few days.

It was Cisneros that approved the infamous KB Home Mirasol, HOPE VI project that was to become one of the biggest HUD homeownership scandals ever perpetrated on those who could least afford it.

After leaving HUD Cisneros not only became a Countrywide board member but a KB Home board member as well. He created American City Vista, an affordable housing joint venture with KB Home and KB began constructing defective Mirasol houses that cost taxpayers millions, of which $4M is still missing.

Whenever there is a federal program for those in need you can be sure that big business will find ways to make a fortune on the disadvantaged and middle class taxpayers. Posted by: WD at February 19, 2008 10:05 AM

As far as your related story, “minorities feel mortgage crisis the most” – who are you talking about? White people? Because they are the minority in this town. What’s going to happen when all of the USA has a white minority but other races still can’t get their act together? Whose to blame then?

Good point…well said Karma. I was wondering the same thing…..
Posted by: Raul Rios at February 19, 2008 01:06 AM

Imagine, Henry in the Hot Seat again. No one seems to remember the Savings and Loans going bankrupt in the late 80′s due to bad commercial mortgage loans. Alot of property in San Antonio and surrounding areas were purchased and then the deals fell through leaving the S & L’s and several investors, holding the bag. I had a cousin who invested with Cisneros, they lost quite a bit of money and had to start over; not Henry, he eventually moved on to the White House and then still continued to wheel and deal…
And What about the Pink Elephant that had to be built where the now UTSA Downtown Campus is??? that cost taxpayers to build and then to demolish… no one seems to remember that far back, they just want to praise him for being an important hispanic figure in Texas
Posted by: Julie at February 18, 2008 08:01 PM

Nice post Janet Ahmad:
I wonder how all the happy jack Cisneros supporters are going to react to that informative, factual post. Another prime example of liberal democrats screwing their ignorant, uneducated followers.
Posted by: JDANDY at February 18, 2008 06:41 PM

Bob said it:

Henry is just like the Clinton’s and the Edwards, to name a few. They consistently align themselves with the “little guy” and “the middle class,” while they line their pockets at their expense. I wonder how the blacks feel now that their hero, the “first black president,” (Bill Clinton) showed his racist, ways in South Carolina. He cared for them only when their votes were needed.
Posted by: JDANDY at February 18, 2008 06:33 PM

I met Mr. Cisneros while he was working for KB Home. I wouldn’t trust him to with any oversite responsibility. He is one slimy creature, a duplicate of Mr. Mozilo. Together they seem like two very good candidates that would likely loot their own company.
Posted by: Roger Anderson at February 18, 2008 04:33 PM

Cisneros (name means swan herder), a convicted perjurer adulterer felon who was pardoned by Impeached Perjurer Clinton, did what Countrywide CEO Mozilo paid him to do: Countrywide increased borrowing and (temporary) home ownership by illegals as, per Sunday’s news story, Countrywide “expanded its financial literacy initiatives, mortgage education, and lending to minorities and lower-income borrowers during Cisneros’ term.”

As politicians try to buy votes by bailing out/subsidizing the “free lunch” crowd via printing more Federal Reserve notes and shifting default risk to Federal Housing Administration (FHA)-guaranteed mortgages – meaning to the US taxpayer-slaves, the value of the dollar will continue to fall harming everyone, including responsible homeowners who have been minding their own business and trying to save for a self-reliant future.
Posted by: Billary at February 18, 2008 03:16 PM

It would interesting to read similar comments about all the local officials who are promoting Toll Roads initiatives. Better yet, let’s hear some comments about the City Hall people who purchased illegal Southwest Airlines tickets.How about comments about the city officials who were gambling with Mr. Lee? What about the city officials who were on Madam Brown’s list of customers? As a minimum, we should take a closer look at our personal values and beliefs.
P.S.: What are all those cars doing parked in front of local motels? Are they tourists or locals?
Posted by: Jose Trevino at February 18, 2008 02:07 PM

People, this isn’t about Henry fooling around (I would have too if I was married to Mary Alice – and it isn’t about his being Hispanic. It’s about Henry as a businessman and an opportunist. Get a grip.
Posted by: Get a Grip at February 18, 2008 12:30 PM

Hey Joe Sanchez! What in the world are you talking about ths “hisp”? Hee,hee!
Posted by: d at February 18, 2008 12:11 PM

What the hell is wrong with you people, jealousy I presume. Any man who has the opportunity to get panties thrown at them will cheat and that goes for women also. If you had the means 9.9 out of 10 men (because it’s the way men are built) will cheat so get over it it has been going on forever. And I believe the ? was if Mr. Cisernos was responsible for the mortgage crisis I have a loan from countrywide that I am about to lose and I blame myself, realtor & Loan officer not Mr. Cisneros it’s not his fault for not explaining it to me. So go tell it to someone who cares because at this point in my life I want my children safe from gunman when I send them to college & have a as good as life as I possible can. That is what Jennifer what’s her name should have put on the front page not the crap that EN has been reporting year after year get over it So he cheated I believe it’s his wifes problem not everyones. If she could forgive him let it go. LOOK IN YOUR BACKYARD YOUR HUSBANDS FATHERS MOTHERS BROTHERS SISTERS PROBABLY HAVE CHEATED.
Try and have a better life and not judge
Posted by: get a life at February 18, 2008 11:00 AM

Express News endorses Barack Obama. Henry Cisneros endorses Hillary Clinton. Now, EN will punish Henry by splashing his picture & name on Sunday’s (paper) front page section like a convicted crimminal. Hmmm………

RENE; Get a grip! What does this story have to do w/wife cheating?
Posted by: d at February 18, 2008 08:54 AM

What a great article and comments!
It is not the economy that is to blame for the current housing crisis it is simple greed that caused the current economic mess.

Henry Cisneros can hardly claim innocence in the predatory lending scandal. Predatory Lending was devised in the 90’s and implemented by the homebuilding industry (NAHB) and Cisneros as Secretary of HUD.

In ’93 and ‘94 Cisneros made significant policy changes at HUD to deregulate lenders which became the foundation for the homebuilding industry’s massive predatory lending. The plan gave the Homebuilder owned lenders like KB Mortgage and affiliate lenders like Countrywide independence to approve their own ‘pulse’ loans. If person had a pulse they had a loan and a house was thrown up in a few days.

It was Cisneros that approved the infamous KB Home Mirasol, HOPE VI project that was to become one of the biggest HUD homeownership scandals ever perpetrated on those who could least afford it.

After leaving HUD Cisneros not only became a Countrywide board member but a KB Home board member as well. He created American City Vista, an affordable housing joint venture with KB Home and KB began constructing defective Mirasol houses that cost taxpayers millions, of which $4M is still missing.

Whenever there is a federal program for those in need you can be sure that big business will find ways to make a fortune on the disadvantaged and middle class taxpayers.
Posted by: Janet Ahmad at February 18, 2008 08:22 AM

Yes, all on the board are partly to blame for the subprime mess for approving mortgages for people who did not qualify & could not afford them. The borrowers are also to blame for not reading their contracts but the sad part of all this mess is how it has affected all of us whether it is in our retirement accounts, 401K, etc. Thru no fault of our own we are the big losers while they bailed out and took their profits.
Posted by: Marie Medina at February 18, 2008 08:22 AM

RENE WROTE:

Henry has no morals, those that defend him need to realize that. he is a miserable creature that can attend church in his inner city home, but can’t be faithful enough to a wife whom he swore in a church to be faithtul to. him and billy clinton are sub-prime. throw in billy swaggart and jesse jackson and you have a fine group of losers.
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Uhm…It’s Jimmy Swaggart….not Billy and what different does it make to you if someone is not faithful to their spouse? Does that really make a difference on whether or not he’s capable of doing a good job? Clinton may have done the dirty deed, and who knows with how many women… he sure cleaned up the Whitehouse mess that Daddy Bush left behind. If we can be lucky enough to vote Hillary into office, maybe Bill, Hillary and what’s her name can have a three-some while Hillary’s trying to straighten out the mess that Dubya created! Who cares? Get a life!
Posted by: Martha at February 18, 2008 01:38 AM

I am no fan of Henry Cisneros. It’s funny how everyone is quick to point fingers when something doesn’t go right. If you want to point the finger at Henry Cisneros for what’s wrong with Countrywide, that is so wrong. We’ve been hearing for a year now, how bad the economy is and how foreclosures are at an all time high. If my memory serves me correctly, foreclosure is what happens when someone doesn’t pay their mortgage loan and the house is repossessed…. duh! How can Henry Cisneros be blamed for Countrywides’ problems when foreclosures are all around. Sounds like the economy, to me. But no one really likes Henry Cisneros, so what’s the big deal, right!
Posted by: martha at February 18, 2008 01:30 AM

It looks like what comes around, goes around. I’m very impressed that the express news published this story where it belongs – front and center. Henry Cisneros has offended me for quite some time and just because he’s hispanic shouldn’t mean he gets off the hook. As far as your related story, “minorities feel mortgage crisis the most” – who are you talking about? White people? Because they are the minority in this town. What’s going to happen when all of the USA has a white minority but other races still can’t get their act together? Whose to blame then?
Posted by: Karma at February 17, 2008 11:30 PM

My faith in the Express-News has been restored. I am so pleased about Jennifer Hiller’s story and the fact that she was allowed to tell the sorry dark truth about San Antonio’s favorite son. He’s been a con man for years and has been teflon coated for too long. Great work Jennifer and thanks E-N.
Posted by: Ya gotta love it at February 17, 2008 09:39 PM

Your hit job on Henry Cisneros is disgusting. Go back to journalism school, and learn something about fair reporting.
Posted by: MP at February 17, 2008 08:47 PM

Poor Henry Cisneros. Like so many Clinton cronies, he had a vision but poor eyesight.Posted by: Don at February 17, 2008 08:30 PM

Henry has no morals, those that defend him need to realize that. he is a miserable creature that can attend church in his inner city home, but can’t be faithful enough to a wife whom he swore in a church to be faithtul to. him and billy clinton are sub-prime. throw in billy swaggart and jesse jackson and you have a fine group of losers.
Posted by: Rene at February 17, 2008 08:10 PM

Cisneros is a typical rich democrat who has relied on the impoverished to finance his prosperity through taxes and now mortgage payments. He will move on because in THIS town..he can do NO wrong…
Posted by: Bob at February 17, 2008 07:52 PM

What we here is a failure to communicate. Some one should have warned Henry to get out of Dodge sooner and get his name out of the spot light. He continues to look worse and even worse than that. He is not the only one responsible for where this country is as far as financials go. Corruption is ok as long as it protects and aides those that aide illegals and the poor and the defenseless and yes, even the ignorant. The politicians and business leaders and those that dupe the common citizen or illegal into boying or signing away there future. Interest rates should be capped nationwide on any sale or loan at 18% and if the person does not qualify for the low low rate of 18% then they should not receive the loan. This really is the fault of all the persons involved in financing and sales that require loans including payday loans and Icome tax loans. It also can be attributed to those that profit in other ways such as that of the appraisal district, home builders and anyone that is a middle man sending documents to the lenders that have been doctored or signed by those other than the buyer. Henry is just a small fish in this major problem.
Posted by: pafaery at February 17, 2008 07:22 PM

Slick Henry might not be truly at fault for the circumstances he finds himself in. However, he does have a tendency to be in the area when things blow up. Criminal maybe not, unethical very much so. He had a great mentor in Slick Willie.

As one of your readers wrote ” San Antonio sets the bar really low”. How true that is. The Cisneros clan needs to be banished from S.A. politics.
Posted by: Robert Castillo at February 17, 2008 05:35 PM

The San Antonio Express News reached a new low with its front page UNFAIR coverage of Henry Cisneros and his board position at Countrywide Financial. You fail to recognize that the San Antonio reader is educated and understands how you craft articles to communicate your much bigger message in your agenda (of course, you know what that is), how you put less than noteworthy articles on the front page, yet bury others that should be front page material. The selection of people and businesses you highlight in a very positive light (usually ones with a particular religious affiliation), and the ones you bash, are obvious. Your bias is reaching an unprecedented level of transparency. It’s coverage like this that irritates the San Antonio population. Business people throughout the city voice this irritation at breakfast meetings, luncheons, and social gatherings. In fact, in a social gathering just this weekend, a businessman said “I don’t even want to subscribe to the SA Express News anymore – all the paper does is irritate me. It upsets my day.” With your dwindling newspaper sales, recent lay-offs and diminished market, your paper will certainly cease to exist unless its coverage returns to what it should be: Fair, unbiased and meaningful. The irritation within the San Antonio community is snowballing, and it definitely won’t be stopped anytime soon.
R.
Posted by: R. at February 17, 2008 04:55 PM

Yes, he is partially responsible. However, the folks who agreed to the terms are also responsible. One should always read and understand contracts that they sign since most of the time they are legally binding. I wish that I could screw something up in MY LIFE and have the government to bail ME out. Unfortunately I stupid enough to always assume personal RESPONSIBILTY for my OWN actions. I lay the majority of the responsibility on the irresponsible homeowners! (Also, before you make any assumptions I don’t give a rat’s you-know-what about Mr. Cisneros! In this country, it’s every person for themselves. If he actually did something ILLEGAL then he should go to jail. It doesnt sound like he or CW did. It sounds like the potential homeowners played themselves. Before buying my home, i researched different loans for a yer and even took a personal finance course at SAC. I had the paperwork to buy the home for about 30 days so i had plenty of time to review it and contact my realtor or lender w/any questions. These homeowner just screwed themselves.)
Posted by: ANTHONY at February 17, 2008 04:48 PM

Everything Cisneros has his hands on or in, blows up. Face it, he’s only for Henry and no one else.
Posted by: JC at February 17, 2008 03:29 PM

Henry Cisneros is a crook, and has always been a crook.He should have gone to prison, instead his mistress went. I wonder if she still thinks he’s worth it. He and the Clinton’s are just alike, I hope I live love enough to see them punished.
Posted by: Jan at February 17, 2008 03:14 PM

I’m sure many citizens remember when “slick Henry” was pushing the Alamodome as the answer to having every sport being able to be played there. He said it would only cost you as much as a six pack of beer a week. By jeebers, voters bought his line. As soon as he had an okay from the voters, he announced that “he made a mistake” and it would not be suited for every sport – just some. He is so slick the truth could never stick to him or even near him. Keep on keeping on Henry. You are getting older by the minute. There is a God and there is a life hereafter. Maybe you can set up some sort of “deal” to buy the devil off.
Posted by: Arlene at February 17, 2008 02:25 PM

Henry and Bill..what a pair. Both unfaithful husbands and, in their divine arrogance, have screwed more of us taxpayers than we will ever know. Can you imagine another presidential term of these crooked cronies? We, seemingly, are so stupid and blind (which is what they depend on) to keep believing their crap.
Posted by: Gus at February 17, 2008 01:59 PM

The director of ETHICS – DUH!!!!!!

How did that ever happen?? Everyone knows that Henry is a little bit short of ethics!! Besides that, anybody ever take a look at his business experience?? I bet that he has been a part of just as many broken and corrupt companies as our current president – Georgie Porgie the 1st.
Posted by: Georgie at February 17, 2008 01:49 PM

Cisneros is a crook, plain and simple.
Posted by: RA at February 17, 2008 12:44 PM

I used to have a lot of respect for him. Now I have none.

He did some good in the 80s, but all that cannot make up for all the bad things that he has been involved in since.

He was the hope of San Antonio and now he is a cautionary tale. He should be ashamed of himself.
Posted by: Scott Enix at February 17, 2008 12:41 PM

I know these people throwing negative remarks about him are plain JEALOUS of him. Henry Cisneros is your ” DADDY “, so learn to accept what he does for a living. People would jump at the chance to be in his shoes, but they lack the knowledge and common sense he has had ever since he was elected the Best Mayor we have ever had here in San Antonio. I don’t know him personally, but he’s what he is and he’ll never change for you or me.
Posted by: CITIZEN at February 17, 2008 12:31 PM

Well here we go again leave the man alone. He has done nothing but good for our city. There has to be something more important to talk about. You can’t blame everything that goes wrong on one person. No your wrong JDANDY He is able to have anything he wants but he drives your middle class jeep, he wears a plastic runners watch, lives in the west side, gives to young school kids I know because my niece wrote to him and needed funds for a school trip (she’s an honor student) and was not able to pay for it he sent her what she needed without knowing her.
He has earned everything he has because he educated himself & he cares about all of us including you people who think they are perfect.
NOBODY IS WITHOUT FAULT LEARN TO GET PAST IT.
Posted by: david at February 17, 2008 11:29 AM

A fellow union member mention his wife was dying to be on the fire and police pension board and thanks to our board they stopped her. We all know Henry’s company does business with pensions like our. If she was selected, we would of witnessed another CISNEROS SCANDEL. We have had enough embarresment with Him in San Antonio. No wonder his children have left, they are humiliated as we all are. GO AWAY
Posted by: Ron at February 17, 2008 11:16 AM

Its Ok, Henry learned the game is played,THUS. However. Henry has always been like “Sheets in the Wind”! I wouldn’t buy a “Used Car” from HIM!
Why is He, Now Chasing around Hillary?
Posted by: James at February 17, 2008 11:15 AM

Its Ok, Henry learned the game is played,THUS. However. Henry has always been like “Sheets in the Wind”! I wouldn’t buy a “Used Car” from HIM!
Why is He, Now Chasing around Hillary?
Posted by: James at February 17, 2008 11:13 AM

This just highlights the need to keep term limits and not allow the “powerful” to gain more power and influence.
Posted by: Reason for term limits at February 17, 2008 11:08 AM

I have disliked Henry Cisneros since he was mayor, from “build the Alamodome and a football team will come”, to when he got off scot free while his mistress was sent to prison, to KB Homes falling apart and the City is stuck with reimbursing the low income substandard housing, now to the increase of ARM loans, which he probably learnedall about while he was in California. I worked for World Savings and Loans, from California, which thrived of preying on poor people with the ARM loans, I could not stand hearing these poor people losing their homes when the interest rates when way up, day in and day out. My personal ethics would not allow me to work for this type of company I quit my job, and had no other waiting, told them I considered them no better than a loan shark; and wrote a letter at that time to the banking commission, to my Congressmen and Senators, and to AARP, outlining how this industry was praying on the poor, elderly and people from foreign countries, this was back in 2000. AARP investigated it but that is the only people who took notice. So if I knew what they were doing, a lowly underpaid peon, there is no way Henry didn’t know and didn’t care as long as it was lining his pockets!Posted by: Lindiane at February 17, 2008 11:00 AM

I personally am sick and tired of the Henry Cisneros bashing by the media and others.When he was affluent he didnt run out to live in the DOMINION..he still lives inner city and goes to church on the west side of town.He does not forget his roots.American Sunrise helped move the dilapidated Carol Burnett home to make it a study place for kids.They also offered free house painting and repairs to the elderly in the neighborhood.Why cant people get past his previous life and affair.**Henry haters** take some tums after all the hate acid you just churned up in your stomachs..
Posted by: get a grip at February 17, 2008 10:42 AM

It’s amazing how vicious the trolls can be when the subject of Henry C is brought up. Come on people, your mamas raised you better than this didn’t they?

By the way, someone on the board of directors cannot set marketing strategies and loan underwriting criteria and guidelines, and they do not hover over the finance people on a daily basis making sure that the books aren’t being cooked, so pinning CW’s problems on on any board members is sheer ignorance. The worse that can be said is that the board didn’t try to push Angelo Mozilo out sooner.
Posted by: Reason at February 17, 2008 10:35 AM

Henry is not even a good Marxist. Since the ’80′s, he has even made a mockery of the “chicano victimhood movement” by only enriching Henry for ony Henry’s cause.

When the City demogogues elected him as Master of Ceremonies for the Veterans Day parade (after the first Gulf war), his presence and his deferment status was irrelevant and insulting for any veteran of any war in any country at any time.

I am not surprised at his latest debacle involving ethics, or lack thereof. The man belongs in jail.
Posted by: Roy Zeravla at February 17, 2008 09:56 AM

Yes, Henry is partly responsible. Everything he touches turns to @#%*; the Clintons, KB Homes,Countrywide (in charge of ethics , HA!)and on and on. He was a loser as Mayor and still is a loser. The jerk should be behind bars.
Posted by: Robert Alvarez at February 17, 2008 09:07 AM

Credit your subscribers with a little insight, please! Could you have timed this better? Yes You Could! Like when Hillary was at Saint Mary’s. Negative Cisneros=Negative Hillary.
Posted by: john at February 17, 2008 09:06 AM

Henry Cisneros, like his close friends the Clintanos should be in federal prison. Perhaps he can get a pardon from Hillary to match the one he got from Bill. This is truly a great country if you are an elite white collar democrat criminal. I just love it.
Mark Rich
Posted by: Mark Rich at February 17, 2008 08:36 AM

It’s true what Old Codger says, the bar is set really low in San Antonio. This town is awash in inferiority complex and Cisneros has been there every step of the way to exploit that.

He’s a failure and a con.
Posted by: Steve Peralta at February 17, 2008 08:24 AM

Henry spoke at my graduation at Texas Tech University. At this time his star was rising in politics. He was the Hispanic golden boy.

We wanted him to succeed. But we didn’t realize, and he may not have realized, that he would become a marionette for unscrupulous treasure hunters.
Posted by: Lindsey Randal Potts at February 17, 2008 07:56 AM

Absolutely, Henry is responsible in part. A board member is “directly” responsible for the performance of the corporation. He can be held accountable and they can be “punished under state and federal law.
Amazing !!!!! or ?????
Other post nailed, Henry’s trail of dirt; Alamodome, his marriage, his tenure as mayor of SAT, etc.
But he is another poor Mexican that came too America and made the big times. It is real “sad” that his trail was not marked with Ethics’, Morals and Integrity rather than “dirt”. Henry is a typical “liberal-to-the-bone” with, give away…give away…. give away or taxpayers money to the lazy and not productive citizens in SAT
This time Henry wired the “give away money” for mortgage loans, the hook was the loans had to be “REPAID”.
What did he discuss at the board meetings? Evidently it was not aging of notes for 30, 60 and 90 days PAST DUE!!!!!! Countrywide did not get into this position overnight, or in a month…it took more than a year.
Yes Henry is responsible and the SEA, IRS and FBI should investigate his business conduct as a board member for Countrywide.
Now his wife is getting into politics????? But, I am sure she did not pick up any dirty tricks from Henry…..Right?????…..Yea, I have a bridge for sale in northern CA
Posted by: Pablo at February 17, 2008 07:22 AM

It’s really hard to phathom why this guy has all
the support that he does in this community considering his history. Either this city has a really short memory, or the bar’s just set really low.
Posted by: The Old Codger at February 17, 2008 06:38 AM

Cisneros was a crook when he was mayor, and STILL IS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by: Linda at February 17, 2008 06:32 AM

Well history repeats itself again with good old boy henry. seems everyone wants to forget his alamo dome money make, after being told sa would not get an expantion team, we build a football dome anyways. did we every get all that leaded dirt taken from that dome site or is it still being hauled around in trucks looking for a place to dump.

then i remember a housing deal on the east side of houston, closer to the lousina border. If i remember it was Rose, Tx or Vider been awhile where a man was going to live there in goverment housing, man got shot for tryingto live there.

i dont think i would want to be in realstate with good old boy henry c.

not sure i want to stand on the same side of the street. he might try to sell the sidewalk to a friend.
just the way i see it.
Posted by: jw bukoqwski at February 17, 2008 06:30 AM

Even though Board members may not be directly responsible, they do have responsibilities in making sure polices and procedures are followed by the Executive Director. I have been on boards and expectations are to make sure the consumers are receiving the expected service in an optimal manner. The responsibilities listed in the article make me believe that he should have monitored the ethics and promoted some sort of “best practices” of the organization. It’s interesting that he bailed out right before the company announced their biggest loss. It’s too bad where ever he goes or what ever he gets into, politics and personal gain supersedes good will. Maybe he should switch to being a Republican!
Posted by: RAM at February 17, 2008 04:51 AM

I know Henry did not make crooked profits with that company, Countrywide…
Posted by: give the man a cigar at February 17, 2008 12:20 AM

So it happens in all levels: Where Money is involved the Church and the business World in the Church we have Mr Rick Godwin its obvious he took the churchs money,and what, nothing will happen people will continue giving.Not even a slap on the Hand: And then Sr. cisneros it all will come out in the wash,another Martha Stewart situation give these outstanding Men of God and outstanding men of the community enough time and they will hang themselves. and the little people will go to Jail if their stopped for a Taffic violation if they have Primer on their car,for probalble cause. WoW
Posted by: san Antonio Papparazzi at February 16, 2008 11:56 PM

Henry Cisneros is a socialist who thinks everybody deserves the better tnings in life without having to work for them. Just look at the Mirasol homes disaster, and the sub-prime situation.
Posted by: JDANDY at February 16, 2008 10:09 PM

http://blogs.mysanantonio.com/weblogs/feedback/archives/2008/02/25005.html

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