Coincidence, or Maybe Not: Follow up on Karlsruher

The thing about pattern analysis is that sometimes a piece seems unimportant and because of this it is quickly forgotten. However, the small piece may be the item that connects all of the dots in the future. Because of this, it is sometimes very difficult to make a determination if an action warrants further study… Read More Coincidence, or Maybe Not: Follow up on Karlsruher

Last Minute City Maneuvering Delays Court Hearing Until September 30

Late on Wednesday, at last minute, the city filed a motion that effectively stops the judge from taking action on the pending motions before the court on the Stephanie Townsend Allala’s open records request. Because one of the motions made by the city alleges that the judge no longer has jurisdiction on the case, the… Read More Last Minute City Maneuvering Delays Court Hearing Until September 30

Another Example of El Paso News Media Incompetence

As usual, the local English media does not completely inform the community about the ongoing issues at city hall. Even issues that are controversial and important to the community go unreported because the local reporters are too lazy to sit through the city representatives’ meeting to properly inform the taxpayers. Last Tuesday, September 10, 2013,… Read More Another Example of El Paso News Media Incompetence

How Useful Idiots Manipulate Public Perception: Case Study David Karlsruher and MaxPowers

As a blogger, I’m well aware of the opportunity blogging has given to those intent on manipulating political outcomes and how they abuse the blogging community in order to fulfill their agendas. Blogging has evolved into a platform from where political operatives create political undercurrent from where they create and manipulate public perception. For the… Read More How Useful Idiots Manipulate Public Perception: Case Study David Karlsruher and MaxPowers

City Council to Issue $68 million in Certificates of Obligations and Fund DIMS and Project Arriba

Next Tuesday, August 27, 2013, city council’s agenda includes two annual controversial topics and the issuance of $68 million in Certificates of Obligation. Annually the three items have brought forth controversy and therefore it will be interesting to see how the dynamics of the new city council handles them. The first item is the controversial… Read More City Council to Issue $68 million in Certificates of Obligations and Fund DIMS and Project Arriba

Texas Leadership Group Held Quarterly Meeting on August 8 in Marfa

The Texas Lyceum, a self-styled association of Texans who, according to their literature “identify and develop the next generation of top leadership in the State of Texas” held their quarterly meeting in Marfa a few weeks ago. Their literature states that the “Lyceum acts as a catalyst to bring together diverse opinions and expertise to… Read More Texas Leadership Group Held Quarterly Meeting on August 8 in Marfa

City Council Releases Emails and Asks Ortega For His Emails

After an approximate one and a half hour executive session, city council voted unanimously to release the previously unreleased emails that were collected pursuant to Stephanie Townsend Allala’s open records request. They also voted to have the Public Information Officer formally request that those current, and immediate past city representatives that have not already given… Read More City Council Releases Emails and Asks Ortega For His Emails

City Council Revisits the Emails and Here’s What Standard & Poor’s Thinks of the El Paso Ballpark Bonds

Today, city council is once again expected to revisit the continued saga of their refusal to release the emails requested by Stephanie Townsend Allala. As is normal for the city, who continues to ignore the will of the voters, the session will both be behind closed doors, in Executive Session, and it will cost the… Read More City Council Revisits the Emails and Here’s What Standard & Poor’s Thinks of the El Paso Ballpark Bonds

City Tells Investors It Needs to Offset HOT Tax and Team Payments Shortfalls

As you will recall, in a previous post I attempted to dissect the city’s bond documents called the “Preliminary Official Statement”. This document, basically, is a loan document explaining to the investors how they will be paid by the city. As you will also remember, the city had to go back to city council and… Read More City Tells Investors It Needs to Offset HOT Tax and Team Payments Shortfalls

Open Meetings; Bob Moore and Journalistic Ethics, and, oh yea Susie Byrd Did the Right Thing

Correction, August 18, 2013 at 9:00am: Yesterday it was brought to my attention that I had inadvertently removed some journalists from the discussion thread during my transcription. It was also pointed out to me that the executive session was called by Dee Margo based on “personnel matters”, which is a permissible use of the executive… Read More Open Meetings; Bob Moore and Journalistic Ethics, and, oh yea Susie Byrd Did the Right Thing

Orlando’s Soccer Stadium, A Comparison to El Paso Baseball Stadium Fiasco

Last Friday, August 9, 2013; Orlando business owners’ email boxes received an email from Orlando’s Mayor Buddy Dyer regarding a deal he had worked out with Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs to fund a soccer stadium for Orlando. As a relative new resident to the Orlando area, having arrived about two years ago, I do… Read More Orlando’s Soccer Stadium, A Comparison to El Paso Baseball Stadium Fiasco

Update on Email Gate

Yesterday, city council discussed the ongoing withholding of emails in executive session. As you may remember, the city, under the John Cook administration decided to sue the Texas Attorney General’s office because the State Attorney had directed the city to release the emails under the open records law as requested by Stephanie Townsend Allala. For… Read More Update on Email Gate

FX’s The Bridge is Developing a Good Indicator of the El Paso Undercurrent

Like many people I have been watching The Bridge and like many who have lived and experienced El Paso there are many things in the television show that are obviously literary licenses taken by the network. But there is also much underlining truth that many in El Paso ignore, or conveniently turn a blind eye… Read More FX’s The Bridge is Developing a Good Indicator of the El Paso Undercurrent