Court to Hear Email Scandal on Monday

As most of you already know the city filed a series of motions on September 18, 2013. One of the motions filed by the city was one asking the judge to rule whether the court still has jurisdiction over the matter. According to the city, the city has already complied and done everything it can… Read More Court to Hear Email Scandal on Monday

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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

Where Are Steve Ortega’s Emails and Why Answer Tough Questions Verbally?

In reviewing the recently released emails I came across an exchange between John Cook and Joyce Wilson where the notion that the process needed to be rushed was questioned by both. I discussed that in yesterday’s post. Today, I focus on an exchange between Emma Acosta and Dan Barrett. This exchange provides an insight on… Read More Where Are Steve Ortega’s Emails and Why Answer Tough Questions Verbally?

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?

El Paso’s Visionaries Mantra of Not Willing to Take Risks and Investing

The so-called El Paso visionaries always rely on the notion of the community’s unwillingness to “invest” in itself and “take risks” to make El Paso a better city. In fact the whole public debate about the fiasco that is the ballpark is centered on the notion that the community must “invest” in itself and if… Read More El Paso’s Visionaries Mantra of Not Willing to Take Risks and Investing

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

Courtney Niland Makes A Move, Media Manipulation and the Cabal’s Useful Idiots

Watching El Paso politics for the last 14 years I sometimes feel like I’ve seen it all. And lo-and-behold a new politician steps up and leaves me dumbfounded once again. The latest political idiocy is Courtney Niland. I guess one requirement for El Paso politics is to forgo common decency in the quest to serve… Read More Courtney Niland Makes A Move, Media Manipulation and the Cabal’s Useful Idiots

The Dee Margo Affair

On May 8, 2013, KVIA reporter, Matt Dougherty shed more light on El Paso Police Officer Alberto Machorro’s road-rage incident with Dee Margo back in September of 2012. Some have speculated that this incident led to Margo’s reelection loss to Joe Moody. Was this incident a conspiracy? As with all conspiracies the evidence is circumstantial,… Read More The Dee Margo Affair

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

Et tu, Susie Byrd and Veronica Escobar? What “s—“ did Medina do under your watch?

During Larry Medina’s sentencing some Information was revealed that should be of interest to those who follow the political shenanigans of El Paso politicians, especially today’s debacle concerning the downtown arena. According to the El Paso Times report on February 19, during Medina’s sentencing his attorney tried to minimize Larry’s criminal participation. To which Judge… Read More Et tu, Susie Byrd and Veronica Escobar? What “s—“ did Medina do under your watch?

Once again, the legal shenanigans conceal the city’s corruption

As if the stench of corruption were not so overpowering in El Paso, the city government has decided that the rulings of the Texas Attorney General’s office are to be ignored. The city, as in Joyce Wilson, John Cook, Ann Morgan Lilly, Susie Byrd, Emma Acosta, Michiel Noe, Steve Ortega and Courtney Niland have decided… Read More Once again, the legal shenanigans conceal the city’s corruption

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

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