About Me

I bought a new home back in 1989. It was pretty exciting until the Tropical Storm Chantell hit just 4 months later. Water poured through the windows causing considerable damage to my home and about 400 others in the neighborhood. This event and the lack of consumer protection in the State drove me to my first meeting of the Bay Area New Democrats (BAND).

Over the next few years I became involved with an organization called Homeowners for Better Building (HOBB) and Homeowners Against Deficient Dwellings (HADD). Both were volunteer organizations. Over a period of about 10 years I became a self proclaimed consumer activist. On my own time and money I attended many hearings in Austin and took time to meet with elected officials and their staff concerning consumers rights and defects in new homes. Later we expanded into home insurance, the abuse of arbitration, and electricity deregulation. Over the years I have written many Op-Eds for papers across the state on consumer issues.

In the late 90's I attended by first BAND meeting and became a Democratic activist. I later became Vice President then President of the organization. In 2008 I worked extensively on a local State Representative race. I have been active in the Democratic Party since.

I began blogging over 10 years ago. Since I have recently retired I intend to pick up the pace of my posts and restart my "Raising/Spending Campaign Cash" series. In the past I had filed about 50 ethics complaints which eventually resulted in changes to the Texas Ethics Commission's handling of reporting expenses on charge cards. I have many interesting stories to tell about elected officials spending habits. Ask if interested,

I will continue to blog on politics, consumer issues, ethics, and since I am retired, NASA issues also. Enjoy the reading and thanks for following!

John R. Cobarruvias


Unknown said...

I'm impressed, John. SO GLAD you continue the good fight! Judith No-Blog

Anonymous said...

Liked your Texan’s advice to new residents letter that appeared in the Voice of the People section of today’s Chicago Tribune.