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July 31, 2014

Matranga denies harassment allegations

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  • bvresident posted at 9:05 am on Sun, Mar 23, 2014.

    bvresident Posts: 910

    Well Paula, evidently Ms. Matranga didn't understand they had no idle time because she was wasn't minding the citizen's business. The jury obviously didn't take her harassment of Mr. Gist as lightly as you think we should. $550,000 in back pay and damages and $97,000 in legal fees. Bam!

     
  • hoss posted at 8:36 am on Sat, Mar 22, 2014.

    hoss Posts: 39

    I'm trying to get "Duck Taco" and "Pussy Riot" in the same sentence. Any suggestions?

     
  • Paula_Smith posted at 7:34 pm on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    Paula_Smith Posts: 2

    Idle time? Really? This J.P. Court, located in the largest unincorporated area of the county has no idle time I assure you. Redistricting makes it more intense. We need laser focused intense professionals. The past is some big tough law enforcer offended by an advance. What? That's never happened to you? Or it just never equalled settlement before?

     
  • bvresident posted at 3:51 pm on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    bvresident Posts: 910

    Well Robert, maybe some LE personnel have elevated levels of stress in their daily work but I'm not sure I'll apply that to a Constable's Office in Galveston County. Sounds to me like they had too much idle time on their hands what with all the horseplay and conference attending.

    Regardless of what comprises their daily work, sexual harassment should never be a "stress reliever". That sounds a bit like making excuses for bad behavior and I think you may be trying to attribute certain opinions to me that I don't have about LE and public officials. Mr. Shelby asked to be enlightened about the abuse I suffered at the hands of our DA and I obliged him. Simple enough.

    It seems to me that the ones who are having "chill problems" are Shelby and truthserum. Whether Ms. Matranga's alleged harassment was directed at solely Mr. Gist or included others isn't something I know. However, those accused of sexual harassment don't often target every individual under their supervision but rather single out one or two.

    My opinion about Ms. Matranga is just that and isn't any more or less valid than any others on here. If someone wants to try to attack me because my opinion is different from theirs then I'll respond.

     
  • Robert Buckner posted at 2:27 pm on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    Robert Buckner Posts: 647

    bvresident, of course you are entitled to your opinion and we're all aware of your displeasure with local law enforcement and the DA's office and I do not blame you if I'd been in your shoes. I'm still a strong backer of public servants in general and feel most are very good at what they do. In this case, what supposedly occurred was in the office and not in public for the most part. Law enforcement personnel experience a lot more in their daily work than most of us do in a decade that builds a lot of inner stress. They may find outlets to relieve some pent up emotions that many may find to be bizarre or at least abnormal. I'm not going to judge Matranga or Gist, that is what this trial is about. I'm not about to speculate on Matranga's reason for quitting a job either as I wasn't there. Whatever happened in that office wasn't in the public. If what she did was so horrible then why isn't several deputy constables complaining? I just don't know but I think the term "duck taco" is hilarious. Have a nice day sir and chill out some

     
  • bvresident posted at 2:19 pm on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    bvresident Posts: 910

    Correction:
    Obviously you're not used to having your opinions challenged and the only way you know how to respond is to offer threats from a profession or background (that you have absolutely no expertise) in.

     
  • bvresident posted at 2:17 pm on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    bvresident Posts: 910

    You know Little Ron, I always seem to get under your and truth(less)serum's skin when I refuse to fall for your bloviating comments. Obviously you're not used to having your opinions challenged and the only way you know how to respond is to offer threats from a profession or background in. Why is that?

    Since it's obvious you have little or no insight into how employers hire I'll try to help you out. I'm pretty sure any future employer considering making a job offer to Ms. Matranga is going to look at her background and employment history and how she conducted herself in her various positions-no pun intended. Hire/Don't Hire decisions are usually made on quantifiable information in that person's background-any criminal history, any drug use history, any lengthy gaps in employment that could be a cause for concern, in what manner did they leave their last position; ie: terminated with cause, quit with notice, quit without notice, inability to get along with other employees, etc. I wouldn't think too many employers are trolling public forums for comments and then making decisions based on those comments but maybe you're smarter than you sound.

     
  • bvresident posted at 1:40 pm on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    bvresident Posts: 910

    Robert, I've always considered myself wise in gutter-speak vernacular but the Duck Taco bit was something I'd never heard of. You gotta admit this whole thing sheds light on the unprofessionalism evident in many areas of law enforcement.

     
  • Robert Buckner posted at 1:22 pm on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    Robert Buckner Posts: 647

    Maybe so bvresident but the "duck taco" still makes me laugh.

     
  • bvresident posted at 1:09 pm on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    bvresident Posts: 910

    Robert, maybe Ron has you convinced of his legal prowess but someone with his alleged background can't even complete a grammatically correct sentence so maybe he's venturing beyond what little expertise he actually has when he talks about libel and slander.

     
  • bvresident posted at 1:03 pm on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    bvresident Posts: 910

    Ron, since you also think you're an attorney be sure to send Ms. Matranga your legal referral. You're as much a buffoon as truthserum.

    Ron (aka, truthserum), I'm always happy to oblige those who are "challenged" in their ability to gather all the data before opening their mouths.

    http://www.galvestondailynews.com/news/article_8c06d920-da8f-50a3-8e87-9a47e39830fa.html

    http://www.galvestondailynews.com/news/article_9eb828cb-6402-5202-9715-a9b69533207d.html

    Let me say this again and I'm going to be really simple in my wording so that even you can understand it.

    District Attorney Jack Roady charged me in retaliation for forcing the facts on him about the fraud and misconduct in Bayou Vista involving FEMA monies and current and former elected officials and law enforcement.

    He then lied to the AG's Office in order to keep from having to give me my file info and to cover up for his misconduct. Of course he had help in his act of retaliation from Sgt. Bruce Balchunas of the GCSO. I dare either one of these individuals to sue me civilly. They know the last thing they want the public to know is that I'm telling the truth and that they lied.
    ChrisGimenez
    Bayou Vista

     
  • Robert Buckner posted at 12:10 pm on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    Robert Buckner Posts: 647

    BV resident, Ron may have a point about the comments. miceal, the new term "duck taco" may be the new rage soon since "twerking" is already getting old, I'm still laughing too. I am also interested in the final outcome of this case.

     
  • RonShelby posted at 11:35 am on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    RonShelby Posts: 445

    http://www.khou.com/news/local/Ex-Bayou-Vista-councilman-charged-with-deadly-conduct--119921149.html

    Enlighten us.

     
  • RonShelby posted at 11:23 am on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    RonShelby Posts: 445

    BV, your realize that the statement you put on yesterdays and on todays could be considered slander and could be sued for it. After leaving office, she is no longer returns to being a private citizen, not a public figures.

    -Yesterday you implied you knew what she was thinking and that you knew her motivations.
    -Today you implay you know her state of mind and health situation.

    Both days offensive, very derogatory, and possibly liabolous as it might impact the way a future employer looks at her.

     
  • bvresident posted at 7:53 am on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    bvresident Posts: 910

    You mean he's asking his employees if they want some "Duck Taco"? How do you get much more crude than that?

     
  • bvresident posted at 7:50 am on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    bvresident Posts: 910

    Matranga's a scary "woman". Quit during the middle of her shift in Bayou Vista because she had some kind of menopausal moment. Not someone who should be in law enforcement much less in a supervisory position.

     
  • justaman posted at 7:12 am on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    justaman Posts: 118

    Gist put on a dress? Sgt. Sissy at Clear lake Shores.LOL

     
  • miceal o'laochdha posted at 7:09 am on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    miceal o'laochdha Posts: 493

    “None of us had any secrets,” Davis said. “We were like family.”

    This individual must have quite an interesting concept of what families are like.

    But, thank you for one more day of "Duck Taco" in print; it is just too good for adequately express.

     
  • truthserum posted at 1:28 am on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    truthserum Posts: 445

    And may I add there are other law enforcement offices that don't tolerate that old school sexual harassment behavior.