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McAllen Monitor (Newspaper) - March 21, 2015, McAllen, Texas 4A The Monitor, www.thenionltor.coiii | SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 201S LONGORIA !-rom Page lA of the Texas Code of Judicial (T)iiduct,” the document reads. ‘TTirtliermnre.” it continues, "the judge's conduct during the traffic stop, her [irrest for driving wliile intoxicated, and her subsequent plea of no contest to a speeding charge received widespread media attention which cast pubiic discredit upon tiie judiciary and the administration of justice, in violation ... of the Tiexas Constitution." On Feb, 26, the commission sent Longoria anti her attorney a letter informing her of a tentative admonition, records show. It was finalized earlier this month, Siie could have appeared before the commission to plead her case, or accept the decision, which she did, said Seana Willing, the commission’s executive director. The commission issues three levels of punishment, and a pubiic admonition is the lowest one available. Willing said. The admonition allows Longoria to remain on the bencii. In a statement, Ix)ngo-ria apologized for her conduct on luly 12, 2014. "That night, die one year anniversary of a great personal loss, ! did rtot conduct myself according to my own standards and values, or according to the level of conduct the public should expect of ail public officials, especially the judiciary,” it states. ‘T apologize to the public, to my fellow judges, and to the law enforcement personnel who were involved. I have learned a great deal from this experience and pledge to uphold the high standards that the public is entitled to e.xpect of all judges." After being pulled over for speeding, Longoria refusctl to take a Breathalyzer test, L’irst-tiine offenders who refuse the test are supposed to have their licenses suspended for 180 days, unless they apply for an occupational license. Then-Hidaigo County District Attorney Rene Guerra said McAllen police had not submitted suffirient evidence to pri)secute l.ongoha, and that dash camera foot age vvas not convincing, to him. That fttotage was published online by several media outlets, including Ihe Monitor, collectively gathering hundreds of thousands of views. "When looking at the video it doesn’t sound to schadiie^Hhernofi i i or. com CIELO BANQUET HALL 1101 W. FM 495 • SAN JUAN 78589 Coin Collections '/ G Harvey BRONZE 2 CRANE FOUNTAIN BRONZE BOY & GIRL ON A BENCH Rustic & Western Furniture & Accessories Rugs • Art • Reclaimed Furniture • Bronzes DIRECTIONS FROM San Juan, TX 1) Head north on S Nebraska Ave toward W 5th St 2) Continue onto N Raul Longoria Rd 3) Turn right onto TX-495 I...    832t-2!'7"I-0OS3 C ¡-iARL es GRCCH3 fU 5f > WAY N E WHE AT Í11004    &Mli.    Clwci    W4    0 mm    rnmrn    rntmmn FOi FUTyRE AUCTIONS FINO ÜS OH FACEOOOK me like she iiad sluircd speech,” Guerra s nd m December. Longoria's lawyrer, State Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hino- i josa, D-McAIlen, had sub- * mirted a motion to dismiss Longoria's case, saying officers lacked probable cause to .stop Longoria and she vvas not read her Miranda Rights before police questioned her. Occupational licenses have a limit of foür hours per day, but, after Hi- ' dalgo County Court at | ÍJ1W No. 8 Judge Rolando | ('aritu signed off on such j a license, Longoria was | allowed to drive between | 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. every \ day. He also signed the | dismissal of Longoria's | DWl charge, which pros- ; ecutors wrote was "in the interest of justice,’ ac- | cording to a court filing. | 8-LINERS Froiri Piigt’ IA the city coukl have made upward of $3.7 million per year in permit fees if 12 permits were issued for 100 mad lines, Sullivan City Manager Judy Davila said the 12 permit holders who have already paid those registration fees will be credited for the next quarter when the next round of fees is due. Tlie city has is.sued 12 permits hut only two game rooms are actuaJly t>pen, Davila said. City commissioners increased the nuinlxir of permits from 12 to 13 at the ITiursday meeting. The yearly permit fee is $3,0()U, Permit holders will still also pay a $750 monthly fee for city inspections. (x)m iTi i ssio ner Ad ria na Rodriguez said iie has no concerns about the ordinance and the changes were made in part to make the ixmiits mort* affordable. "I agree with monitoring the game rooms,” Rodriguez said, "ludy and another city employee will be monitoring. It's obvious that they have to keep doing it, to make sure everv'thing's up to date and they’re going by the ordinance.” Comini'sinner Joel llores, who was absent from meeting, said STEROIDS From Pagi* 1A money or too poorly designed to = dtch the drug u^-crs some insist are slipping through the cracks 1 believ- vvf= rnaíL« a huge mistake .aid Don Hooton, who aa-='d the lUylor Hoo-ton F'-uudation for steroid dhu‘.> t’dui Mtion after his 17 c!d -on’s 2iK)3 suicide vva, linked to the drug’s use, and was one of the key advocates in creating Ihe lexas program. Hooton believes the kw nurnher of positive tests doesn’t mean Texas athletes are cleafi, only that they’re not getting caught because of inadtscpjate testing and loopholes that allow them to cheat the proc'ess. "Coaches, schools, and politicians have used the abysmal number of posi tive tests to prove there’s no steroid problem," Hooton said. “What did we do here? We just lulled the pubiic to sleep.” Texas wasn’t the first state to test high sc hoolers. New Jersey and Florida were first and iiUnois staru»d aixtiit the same time as Texas, But the ixjiie Stat State employed its typical bi|^er-is-tH*tter swagger by pumping in millions to sweep the state for cheaters, At the time. Texas had fncMe than 780.000 public high school athletes, by far the most in the nation. A positive test would kick the star quarterback or point guard out oí the lineup for at least .10 days. Schools acro.ss the country closely watched Texas, said Don (iolgate, director of sports and sports medicine at the NutionaJ Federation of State High School Associations, "Texas was going out In front in a big way,” Cxilgate said. "(But) it’s not a cheap proces.s and they knew there were not going to do it on the scale of what Texas did." New Jersey and Illinois each spends about $100,000 annually testing a few hundred athletes. Florida foideti its $100,000 program in 2im, There were questions from the start whether Texas should go so big. The University interscho iastic League, the slate's governing body for high school sports, surveyed its member public schools m 2002 and the va.si majority said testing should be a local decision. By 2007, headlines of perfo r manee-enhancing drug abuse in profe.ssional sports and a push from advocates like Hooton prodded lawrnak- over the phone Friday that the ordinance only regt» lates entertainment, not gambling, He said the three raitk by Hiilalgo County Disirit ’ Attorney's office at gam^ rooms in loya are main ly concerning for busi^it^ owners. "I’m not naive," he said "WTiat they want to d-' with their establishment is what they want to tlo. if they want to get raidc (hey will, it's cuteríaití mein    establish ment*. that’s what vve did wit the ordinance, not as gam hling or nothing else.” City    commissiottri also díH'reased the k'O (■ change the game room location frtmi $1,000 ic $250. Davila said the cif-. commission reduced tic fee to change addrcssc because at least two ojaa ators already want to mov their game room's iocaiio' to elsewhf're in the city. She said the city addei the extra permit hecaust permit applicant who lia a lease for a building wa ready to open. The small towns Ma\ election was cancele' since there were no op ponents to (mmmission ers Adriana Rodrigue/ ;md Daniel iloies. Rodrigue will begin her second teir and l lores will begin hi third term. esidesi^’ihmwm'ior. roi' ers to forge ahead attd the' puniped in SB nuliion f** the first two yean., lexas hired Drug Ire. Sport, wliich conducts test ing fot the ,NCAA, the ,\T ! Major League Baseliall am the NBA, to randomly st-lect students, pull then out of class and have tlien supply a urine sample. Tin first 19,iXX) tests produce; just nine confirmed cavt*-of steroid use, v^ith anottic* 60 “protocol violaiifms" to; skipping the test. lew saw those numhei" as gíKuJ news oí dean alh letes or even a.s proof the program could he a suet ess tui deterrent. Most saw it as fodder for criticism that ttn state was wasting its money. And national momentum was ehbing. The ecoiiomi« downturn pinched state budgets. Other health is sues, including heat-relat ed deaths and head sak tv jumped to the forefront. Anti doping pioneer Don Catiin, who spent ye.os conducting the NC.AA’s lab oratory tests at UCÍA, sakl the lexas plan was well in teniionerl hut didn’t test lor enough drugs in the early years and had gaps in pro tocols tliat cheaters coukl exploit, lexas tested for only about 10 drugs in die first wave, a fraction of the ana bolic agents on the market, vvhich Gatlin warned would be easy to avoid detection festers also can lose the element of surprise because they have to tel! school of ficials when they'!! be on cant pus. While that Is supposed to t>e confidential, the news can slif) out and HIT has punished schools for violations. Althmigii Students are re quired to empty thetr pockets and lift shirts above Ihcu waste band, testing officia.N also aren’t allowed to physi caily watch the person pro viding a urine sample. Fri vacy for under-age athletes is a potentially huge loop hole for cheaters. The testing protocols, including which drugs were tested for, were tleveloped by the Ull. and Drug Free Sport. “ Hie program they dc veloped was bound to ful Gatlin said. "Í told them years ago to put the money into something else.” State lawmakers have been scaling down the Texas program almo,St since it Itegan. It was trimmed to $2 million iTy 2010 and ha.s con tinned to shrink to about $500,000 a year. I hat re quired testing fewer athletes and Targeting specific sports such as football, wrestling and baseball. tí

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