New elections for the same old mayors….

So the results are in. Across the province, the PP lost control of the county council (Diputación) to the PSOE: 41 townhalls to 39. In Mojácar, RosMari returned with a landslide, and let’s be honest, even if postal votes are discarded she still won (7 councillors against UM’s 2, PSOE’s 2, Somos Mojacar’s 2). Small towns such as Bédar, Los Gallardos etc returned the same old institutionalised mayors as they always have: they usually belong Continue reading New elections for the same old mayors….

So what’s a nómina?

Anyone who works in Spain is used to getting a nómina. It’s the sheet of paper that you get at the end of the month specifying your wage, and all deductions – what we call a paysheet. “Just off to get me numana” cry the happy Brits on the 31st of the month, rubbing their hands in anticipation. Or is it? The word is actually far more fascinating than that, and the RAE (Real Academia Continue reading So what’s a nómina?

County Council presents hundred million euro plan for Almería

The Diputación (County Council) has published its advance draft of the 2016-2020 development plan for Almería, which attempts to unify all local development plans into three master plans. It has also announced that it will ask the EU for 110 million euros of FEDER funds to invest in the province. The Dip. doesn’t actually have any income. Instead, it gets cash from other parts of the government and spends it as it see fit. Frankly, Continue reading County Council presents hundred million euro plan for Almería

Two Garrucha Guardia Civil officers jailed for punchup

The Supreme Military Court has confirmed jail sentences of eight and six months for two Guardia Civil officers from the Garrucha post after an altercation descended into fisticuffs. Both men were in full uniform and the fight happened in public around the back of the barracks in 2012. The two men were off different ranks. One has been done for assaulting his superior officer, the other for hitting a subordinate. The offence was of sufficient Continue reading Two Garrucha Guardia Civil officers jailed for punchup

Bond girl fights for Albox seat in election

A former Bond girl is leading a group of British expatriates who hold the balance of power in a Spanish village before its elections tomorrow. Valerie Leon, 71, who had parts in The Spy Who Loved Me and Never Say Never Again, has lent a dash of Hollywood glamour to an election campaign that could be decided by 600 British residents of Albox in Almeria, southern Spain. The main point of contention is which party Continue reading Bond girl fights for Albox seat in election

Arturo Grima caught in alleged postal vote fraud

The Mayor of Turre, Arturo Grima, has been allegedly caught out by the opposition PSOE party in a postal vote scam. According to a complaint filed today with the electoral board and the Guardia Civil by the PSOE, they not only have witnesses who say they were approached by Grima with offers to buy their postal votes, but they also have pictures of Grima posting some 80 votes in the Mojácar post office. The PSOE Continue reading Arturo Grima caught in alleged postal vote fraud

PP buying votes in Almeria say PSOE in a criminal complaint

The PSOE have filed a criminal complaint today against the PP in Almería for allegedly buying votes ahead of Sunday’s elections. The complaint, filed directly with the Public Prosecutor, says that a number of citizens across Almería have come forwards to say that they have been offered favours or money in exchange for giving their PP rep their blank postal vote. The PSOE in the capital city say that the PP have been telling stall Continue reading PP buying votes in Almeria say PSOE in a criminal complaint

Albox mayor asked for expenses despite using his official car

The Mayor of Albox has been denied the travel compensation of €7,000 he asked for, as he had been using his official car. Rogelio Mena (PSOE), who is also a local MP, had put in travel expenses for the last three years. However, an internal investigation by the Junta discovered he always used his official Audi for these trips, instead of a personal vehicle. Rogelio asked for €4.000 for trips between Albox and Almería, and Continue reading Albox mayor asked for expenses despite using his official car

Castellon FC boss in hot water after witch makes him a fake love potion

José Laparra was a man in love. He was an important man, the boss of Castellon F.C., businessman and local cacique, but all this was insufficient to attract the amorous attention of a local Lady. And so José decided to go to the Dark Side. He ignored his Catholic upbringing, he rejected his Holy Communion and denied his Baptism into the One True Faith – instead, he found a local witch, and bunged her €165,000 Continue reading Castellon FC boss in hot water after witch makes him a fake love potion

Albox music school to be evicted as townhall hasn’t paid rent in 5 years

The music school conservatorio in Albox is to be evicted on the 25th on June at 10am if the townhall doesn’t stump up the 5 years back rent it owes the owners of the building. Trouble is, the rent on the building is €7,500 a month, so the townhall owes almost half a million euros . Huercal Overa courts have agreed with the owners of the building that the townhall has never paid a single Continue reading Albox music school to be evicted as townhall hasn’t paid rent in 5 years