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City Flower Shop ordered to pay for peddler permit

City Flower Shop owner Gloria Guerra received a visit from a city of Mission employee ordering her to pay a permit fee for selling easter eggs in her shop. After some back and forth and refusal to pay the $150 fee, Gloria reached out to Mayor Armando O’Caña who eventually told her it must be…

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Trial in Weslaco water treatment plant bribery case delayed until September

A federal judge on Thursday rescheduled the Weslaco water treatment plant bribery trial for September. Concerned about the prospect of bringing together three defendants, a half-dozen attorneys, federal prosecutors, witnesses and jurors for a high-profile trial in the middle of a pandemic, U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez delayed jury selection until Sept. 8. In January,…

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Former Customs and Border Protection officer pleads guilty to bribery

A former U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer pleaded guilty to bribery on Thursday, when he confessed to accepting $17,000 during a federal sting operation. Oziel Cantu, 47, of Alamo — a former Customs and Border Protection officer assigned to the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge — pleaded guilty to bribery on Thursday morning. During a federal…

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Mission firefighters warn about ‘toxic and hostile’ work environment

The Mission Fire Fighters Association warned the City Council on Tuesday that Fire Chief Gilbert Sanchez had created a “toxic and hostile” workplace — and requested an investigation. Firefighters are frustrated with Sanchez and Assistant Fire Chief Rene Alvarez, according to a letter from association President Robert Lopez to members of the City Council. The…

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City passes no parking on grass ordinance

As of March 22, Mission residents will no longer be allowed to park their vehicles on the grassy areas of their property. Violation of this new law could result in a fine of up to $500. Mission City Council passed ordinance No. 5001, detailing that vehicles must be parked in the designated driveway area. Planning…

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Mission City Council highlights

This week, city leaders discussed potential amendments to inspections and planning fees, more modifications to COVID guidelines and the $24.3 million stimulus funds the city will receive from the Department of Treasury. City staff compared inspection and planning fees with other municipalities and determined the City of Mission needs to make adjustments to certain services…

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