Since Jim Tolbert took office on May 17, 2016, I have noticed a few constituency requests being made of him through Facebook. These requests got me thinking about government transparency and social media channels. Do not get me wrong, at this point, Facebook requests and most other social media channel requests seem to me to… Read More Jim Tolbert Open Records Requests and Social Media Channels
You may have noticed something missing in my write up yesterday about Miguel Fernandez. It is that, other than the individual making the complaint, there is not any corroborating evidence. The problem with corruption is that fear is usually a tool used to silence dissention. The court system is heavily manipulated on both sides of… Read More The Fresas are Here
This past weekend a frequent reader to my blog pointed me to an online petition by a group calling themselves the “ELP Tax Guardians.” I am not sure who they are but their petition had close to their stated goal of 200 signatures yesterday morning. This is about three days after the petition had been… Read More Change.org Petition to Commissioners Court and Others
As I have been showing you for a number of years, there are two classes of people in El Paso. You have the well-connected individuals that receive special treatment from law enforcement and the judiciary and the rest of the citizens. Ann Morgan Lilly is an example of the special class of citizen. As you… Read More The Miguel Fernandez DWI Arrest
Of course, they are leaving! As you likely already know, Bloomberg reported on how El Paso leads the nation in residents abandoning the city for greener pastures. You also likely saw that Bob Moore’s newspaper mentioned the exodus as well. He had to because it was trending on social media. As is common with the… Read More The El Paso Exodus
This post was updated on June 25, 2015 at 08:46am ET. There are some of you who still wonder about what political faction Peter Svarzbein belongs to. As soon as it became evident that District 1 would be represented by either Al Weisenberger or Peter Svarzbein, I knew that the tax spenders were still firmly… Read More Veronica Escobar’s Newest Team Member: Peter Svarzbein
It is a funny thing that the more things change the more they stay the same. Today city council is going to embark on the city’s latest fiasco by appointing a city board to oversee the development of a Latino/Hispanic/Mexican-American/And God Knows What Other Name It’s Going To Get Cultural Center. The conversation is an… Read More The Hispanic Cultural Center Isn’t For Mexicans
Today the city is abuzz about the upcoming Latino cultural center that city council discussed yesterday ad-nausea. Parading before the cameras were many “El Paso Hispanic leaders,” as the local paper labelled them, imploring city council to make the Mexican-American Cultural Center a reality. After all, it was promised to the community by the politicos.… Read More Notice Who Was Absent on the Cultural Center Discussion
“There is something in the air.” A conspiracy was created in 2000 to drive El Paso into bankruptcy. It is the public policy agenda that is driving El Paso into bankruptcy. As promised earlier this year I am going to start making more use of other multimedia materials. As such, today I bring you the… Read More The It’s All Good El Paso Conspiracy
Each year, online magazine Roll Call publishes a list of the 50 richest members of Congress. This year the magazine published its list on September 7, 2014. CQ Roll Call states that it is committed to covering Congress from “inside and out”. In its September 7, 2014 listing of the 50 richest members in Congress,… Read More Comparing Beto O’Rourke to 50 Richest Member of Congress
With the primary elections less than seven days away, we will soon know who the next county judge will be. Will the incumbent, Veronica Escobar remain in office or will someone new take over? As there is no Republican candidate in the race the primary will determine the next county judge. Many political pundits are… Read More County Judge 2014 Election Posturing
Before the FBI investigation into public corruption became public, a growing political faction within El Paso led by Eliot Shapleigh decried how Luther Jones ran candidate slates. As you all know Luther Jones is currently in prison for public corruption. Shapleigh’s “click” as some referred to the group was comprised by Susie Byrd, Veronica Escobar,… Read More Luther Jones and The Forma Group
Apparently I hit a nerve with some of you in regards to my post on Oscar Leeser canceling TVO’s real estate contact with the city. As usual your comments, suggestions and leads are not only useful but also much appreciated. As you already know through my Tweet on Tuesday, city council voted unanimously to terminate… Read More Russell Vandenburg Follow Up
Something that I noticed about the political undercurrent, once it became obvious that the public corruption investigations were throwing a wider net then the Luther Jones’ political faction, that has been bothering me for a while now is why did Eliot Shapleigh stop being a politician. In the various political functions, as the rumors simmered… Read More Why Did Eliot Shapleigh Suddenly Go Politically Quiet?
I have been writing consistently about the people who are driving public policy in El Paso and how they have been relying on various levels of useful idiots to manipulate public perception with the help of an incompetent news media. The political undercurrent they create is designed to manipulate the electorate into voting into office those who… Read More The Motives of Useful Idiot David Karlsruher
As the Steve Ortega for Mayor shellacking winds down it is time to tie up some loose ends. I’ll take them one at a time and reveal who I really think is leading the cultural annihilation of the essence of El Paso and it’s rich history. But first a few loose ends. The Forma Group… Read More Tying Up Some Loose Ends
In a corrupt-ridden city like El Paso the ability to attain the highest levels of shamefulness is extremely difficult, yet the following outgoing elected officials were able to attain the highest levels of infamy reserved for very few. The Shameful Trio held their last meeting yesterday but their actions and inaction will hurt the city… Read More The Legacy of Shame
Last Sunday, as I prepared to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, far from my beloved Mexico, I took some time to contemplate the Cinco de Mayo holiday. I have always argued that the fascination with Cinco de Mayo in the United States derives from a clever beer marketing gimmick that was used to market beer sales… Read More Cinco de Mayo and El Paso Downtown Redevelopment
My recent blog began the process of connecting the dots between individuals and non-profits being used to push forward a specific public policy agenda. It is important to note that public perception needs to be managed by the political cabal in order to keep the rabble-rousers at bay. As part of their modus operandi they… Read More Connecting the Dots; Keep an eye on Newspaper Tree
A public policy agenda has been in the works in El Paso since at least 1998, if not before. The case Study of Veronica Escobar’s entrance into the political scene demonstrates this. There are two ways to make public policy. The first, the one envisioned by the democratic process, requires building and cultivating political alliances… Read More Taxpayers Funding Political Agendas: Veronica Escobar, A Case Study
There are two weeks left until El Pasoans make one of the most important decisions of the decade. Early voting has already started. Within two weeks, the destiny of El Paso and the nation is in the hands of the electorate. Are you registered to vote? Check your voter status here. For those fortunate enough… Read More Are you registered to vote?
Those who advocate drug legalization only need to look in the eyes of my six-year old step-son when he realized that his iPod Touch had been stolen. For almost two years, he contentiously took care of his device only to have it stolen by a thief. That sadness was heartbreaking to see. Drug legalization will… Read More Advocating marihuana legalization is supporting thievery
For years now the mantra has been that if we only had a viable downtown all of El Paso’s problems would magically just go away. Forget the inconvenient truth that the educational system in El Paso, as evidenced by the continued failure of the El Paso Independent School District (EPISD), is nothing more than a… Read More El Paso Downtown Stadium: Just more corruption
Editor’s note: The following was submitted by: Ursula Buenaventura “Talk is cheap.” So goes the cliché, which in the case of the recent letter to the El Paso Independent School District Board penned by the El Paso County leader and a number of politicians and prominent business leaders seems most befitting. Over the past few… Read More Guest Editorial: Taking Back our School District– The Job of the Community and NOT an Exercise in Politics
El Paso just doesn’t get it. It is simple but the El Paso hierarchy wants you to stay placated. It is actually very sad, hardworking El Pasoans are decimated by the corrupt elite. El Paso does not deserve a boxing match! That’s it. Forget the indignant attitude and the allegations of collusion. It comes down… Read More The El Paso Nexus; Corruption and Drugs, No boxing for UTEP
Editor’s note: The following is a guest editorial by: Ju Teixeira Sigh. Just when one thought that the El Paso Times in the midst of a dying industry had discovered the true meaning of journalism with powerful investigative pieces like this one by the journalist Diana Washington Valdez, it takes three steps back and practically… Read More Guest Editorial: Political Candidates Working for Themselves… Indeed?
Note: This is a guest editorial submitted electronically. By Ursula S. Buenaventura Beto O’Rourke, candidate for the Democratic Party nomination for the 16th Congressional District finds himself in a dilemma. He recently stated that he will not return $3,100 in campaign donations from his mother, Melissa O’Rourke, despite her having pleaded guilty on behalf of… Read More Guest Editorial: Beto O’Rourke’s Problematic View on Legalization of Marijuana Use: Money Laundering
Yesterday evening, current County Commissioner and candidate for State Representative, Willie Gandara Jr., was arrested by federal agents. According to media releases, the arrest and search warrants are drug related. At this point, besides the “wink, wink” government relations pronouncements, the investigation is being led by federal agencies with local police and prosecutors nowhere to… Read More El Paso is the second safest city in the nation…. Wink, wink
Politics makes for strange bedfellows, todays amigos are tomorrow’s enemies. Keep your friends close and your enemies even closer. My enemy’s enemy is my friend. I could go on and on with clichés that all end up with the fact that politics is just about the dirtiest and grimiest endeavor anyone can get involved in.… Read More The El Paso Forum is Back!
During the last couple of years I was in El Paso Texas, one of the most vocal public policy arguments was the notion of infill development and downtown revitalization. Wrapped around the nostalgia of yester-year walk able communities, the notion of “new urbanism” seems to have manifested itself across various communities, including El Paso. As… Read More The Myth of New Urbanism
Former city representative Beto O’Rourke recently confirmed that he will be challenging US Representative Silvestre Reyes in the March Democratic Primary. Although recently confirmed, there have been months of speculation on his intent to seek the 16th Congressional seat. Both the incumbent and the challenger have plenty of actions to create the necessary record for… Read More The trouble with politicians is their actions: Beto O’Rourke exemplifies