City District 1 and 5 Election Results for 2011

Last Saturday, June 11, 2011 city voters in District 1 and 5 went out to vote for their representatives in a run off because a clear victor was not able to muster enough votes in these two districts in the May elections. District 1 had an incumbent defending her ability to lead the district for… Read More City District 1 and 5 Election Results for 2011

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Analysis: Political Posturing in the mayoral race

Although still a couple of years to go until the city’s next mayoral race, political posturing is starting to materialize as to whom the contenders might be. The nexus driving the posturing within the city’s political circles is the perceived re-materialization of the Ray Caballero centric politics of the “progressive” mentality of reinventing the city… Read More Analysis: Political Posturing in the mayoral race

Domestic Partner Benefits back on Agenda: Possible city subterfuge?

The partner benefits issue is back at city council. On tomorrow’s city council (June 7, 2011) agenda, item 8F, “an ordinance amending Ordinance No. 017456”, was put on the agenda by Mayor John Cook. Ordinance No. 017456 is the result of a November 2, 2010 election where El Paso voters voted to eliminate health care… Read More Domestic Partner Benefits back on Agenda: Possible city subterfuge?

Are there Honduran anti-tank weapons and grenades in Cd. Juarez?

According to an October 2, 2008 US Diplomatic Cable recently released by WikiLeaks (08STATE105491), at least 16 American made light anti-tank weapons (LAWs) are unaccounted for. The US government has acknowledged that at least one was recovered in Cd. Juárez, from the original 26 that went missing in Honduras. The light anti-tank weapon, also known… Read More Are there Honduran anti-tank weapons and grenades in Cd. Juarez?

Commentary: Freedom of speech and the Internet – Twitter & the UK

Freedom of speech, more specifically the ability that denies the government the right to keep certain things secret, is sacrosanct to a free democracy. The Internet has given the people new tools by which to limit the government’s ability to keep secrets meant for public consumption. And this power has many governments looking for ways… Read More Commentary: Freedom of speech and the Internet – Twitter & the UK

Commentary: Judge Montalvo rules city expanded intent of voters

On May 20, 2011, Judge Montalvo ruled that the citizen mounted petition denying taxpayer funded health benefits to domestic partners must be honored. In his ruling, Montalvo wrote that the city took it upon itself to expand the intent of the voter. Montalvo wrote, “[o]nce the Ordinance passed, the City, however interpreted the statue to… Read More Commentary: Judge Montalvo rules city expanded intent of voters

Commentary: Abysmal voter numbers is a reflection of government indifference

The recent municipal elections once again displayed a complete lack of community involvement in the electoral process. Government and political pundits decry the low voter turnout and pontificate new and improved plans to engage the voter. But, I think they secretly congratulate themselves in the manipulation of low voter participation to further their goals. Of… Read More Commentary: Abysmal voter numbers is a reflection of government indifference

Commentary: Mediocrity is the way to go according to the El Paso Times

On May 17, 2011 the El Paso Times editorial board stated through their newspaper that Arditti’s defense team was an embarrassment to El Paso. According to their reasoning, the actions of the Caballero-Leeds team in zealously defending their client before a tribunal that can deprive Arditti of her freedom is somehow an aberration and an… Read More Commentary: Mediocrity is the way to go according to the El Paso Times

Commentary: Bill Clinton’s internet agency is a real bad idea

Fox News reported on May 14, 2011 that former president Bill Clinton would like to see an Internet agency under the hospices of the United States or the United Nations to control “malicious rumors”. According to the news report, Clinton foresees an agency, with “transparent” funding, and if under the umbrella of the United States… Read More Commentary: Bill Clinton’s internet agency is a real bad idea

El Paso News Organization to offer $50 stipends for published work

The El Paso News Organization is dedicated to becoming the alternative news vehicle for El Paso and the surrounding area. As we strive to reach that goal we are looking for writers interested in writing news items, investigative reports or analysis and commentary on the issues facing our community. For anyone interested in getting published… Read More El Paso News Organization to offer $50 stipends for published work

State, Defense Rest Cases

Prosecutors rested their case Tuesday against accused Judge Regina Arditti, who has been indicted on allegations she used her position as an elected official to benefit herself, her family and others. Defense attorneys, after returning from a lunch break, promptly rested their case without calling a single witness. The defense has repeatedly turned prosecution witnesses… Read More State, Defense Rest Cases

State’s Key Witness Returns

Attorney David Beagas was called to the stand Tuesday to again testify in the trial of Judge Regina Arditti. Beagas testified he had personal knowledge of the alleged agreement between the two judges. He said convicted Judge Manny Barraza’s sister revealed the plot at a meeting.

State Bogs Down Trial With Paperwork

The state introduced more than 25 documents Moday in the trial of Judge Regina Arditti. The paperwork is mainly job applications and job openings the court’s Human Resources Department needs to fulfill its policies. The state appears to be laying the groundwork for Judge Arditti hiring staff improperly.

Social Media challenges traditional news organizations

How you get your news is exponentially changing on a daily basis. This change threatens traditional news outlets while making access to the news that interests you better. As Napster changed the music industry, FaceBook and Twitter are forcing the news media to change or be left behind. President Obama’s announcement that the United States… Read More Social Media challenges traditional news organizations

Judge’s Son To Take Stand

The prosecution called accused Judge Regina Arditt’s son to the witness stand Friday but he was not present. Defense attorney Theresa Caballero explain in court that Judge Arditti’s son was asked to appear in court on May 2, but served the document on May 3. The trial of Judge Arditti is on its 4th day.

Courthouse Culture

Judges are afraid of the District Attorney’s Office, a prosecution witness testified Thursday in the trial of Judge Regina Arditti. That alleged power to intimidate is part of what a defense attorney described as the culture of the courthouse. “It is a cesspool,” she said, adding that gossip runs rampant and often innocent people are… Read More Courthouse Culture

Testimony Dishonest, Riddled with Hearsay

Witnesses for the prosecution in the Judge Regina Arditti trial stumbled under hard-nosed questioning from the defense, admitting to lying to law enforcement officials and alleging sworn affidavits were incorrect. David Beagas, who testified in federal court against convicted former Judge Manuel Barraza, admitted during questioning Wednesday in the District Courthouse that he lied to… Read More Testimony Dishonest, Riddled with Hearsay

Prosecution Witness An Enigma

The prosecution’s key witness in the Judge Arditti trial has twice admitted he lied to law enforement officers. The witness, who testified in the federal trail against convicted Judge Barraza, continues answering questions under cross examination. The trail is expected to continue until 6:30 p.m. according to the judge handling the trail.  

Prosecutors Request Defense Removal, Sanctions

The defense in the Judge Regina Aditti trial almost wasn’t. Following a bitterly contested opening statement from the defense Tuesday morning, prosecutors from the District Attorney’s Office made a motion to have defense attorneys Theresa Caballero and Stuart Leeds removed from the case. Joe Monsivais, assistant district attorney, described the trial thus far as “quickly… Read More Prosecutors Request Defense Removal, Sanctions

In the news this week: May 2, 2011

Today, the State of Texas versus Regina Arditti trial starts. The El Paso News Organization will cover the trial from the beginning until the verdict is read. Stay tuned for regular updates from Sonny Lopez. Also, early voting starts for city and school elections. Exercise your right to vote and make your voice heard!