City Meetings Every Other Week is a Corruption Tool

As you may have noticed recently, I haven’t been writing much about local El Paso politics. In regards to county issues, the children’s hospital continues to be burden upon the taxpayers. That will not change in the near future and therefore there is nothing more I can add to that dialog. Veronica Escobar and cohorts… Read More City Meetings Every Other Week is a Corruption Tool

City Council Requires Three Representatives to Post Agenda Items

City council yesterday discussed and approved a request for the city attorney to draft a change to the process by how city representatives put items on the agenda. Item 23.2 “Discussion and action to give direction to the City Attorney to develop a resolution changing the rules concerning placing an item on the agenda” was placed by Ann… Read More City Council Requires Three Representatives to Post Agenda Items

Veronica Soto’s Appointment: Bungle One Job and Get Another?

How is it that those involved in the ballpark debacle seem to be able to land lucrative jobs in government work even after bungling their previous job? Last week, the city announced the appointment of Veronica Soto as the new Community Development Director. The city issued a press release announcing the appointment. I immediately posted… Read More Veronica Soto’s Appointment: Bungle One Job and Get Another?

Is Oscar Leeser Beginning to Question Joyce Wilson’s Sincerity?

For many years now, Eddie Holguin has publicly complained that Joyce Wilson and her staff have provided incomplete or erroneous information to city representatives on action items before city council. My own recent experience with my open records requests has forced me to question whether city staff has purposely providing me the wrong information or… Read More Is Oscar Leeser Beginning to Question Joyce Wilson’s Sincerity?

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

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

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

New Batch of John Cook Emails Show More Uncertainty Over Ballpark Deal

Mona, a member of the Quality of Life Voters for Democracy group, forwarded me the following three email exchanges between herself and John Cook. She contacted me via the El Paso News Facebook page after reading the John Cook open records requests that I posted last week. As you read these three email exchanges you… Read More New Batch of John Cook Emails Show More Uncertainty Over Ballpark Deal

Open Records Confusion and is the City About to Release the Private Emails?

Later today, city council is expected to discuss the status of the lawsuit the City of El Paso filed against the Texas Attorney General’s Office after it opined that the city should release the private emails requested by Stephanie Townsend Allala and others. There is no question that the Chucoleaks website has provided enlightening information… Read More Open Records Confusion and is the City About to Release the Private Emails?

Veronica Escobar and Joyce Wilson further exemplifies why corruption continues to be rampant in El Paso

I have been busy finalizing my book; “NarcoWar; the Rise and Fall of the Mexican Cartels” which is scheduled to come out next month and therefore I have been neglecting my blog. But unfortunately for my friends in El Paso the corruption continues to perpetuate across the city rather than it being eradicated. So, although… Read More Veronica Escobar and Joyce Wilson further exemplifies why corruption continues to be rampant in El Paso