Jim Tolbert Open Records Requests and Social Media Channels

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

The Fresas are Here

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

The El Paso Exodus

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

Notice Who Was Absent on the Cultural Center Discussion

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

Why Did Eliot Shapleigh Suddenly Go Politically Quiet?

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?

The Legacy of Shame

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

Taxpayers Funding Political Agendas: Veronica Escobar, A Case Study

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

Guest Editorial: Taking Back our School District– The Job of the Community and NOT an Exercise in Politics

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

Guest Editorial: Political Candidates Working for Themselves… Indeed?

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?

Guest Editorial: Beto O’Rourke’s Problematic View on Legalization of Marijuana Use: Money Laundering

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

El Paso is the second safest city in the nation…. Wink, wink

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

The trouble with politicians is their actions: Beto O’Rourke exemplifies

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