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
For years we have always heard how corruption in El Paso is rampant and the corruptors always seem to get away with it. Some celebrated when the much touted public corruption cases were launched in El Paso in 2004. Many celebrated as politicians and businessmen were handcuffed and led off to jail. And when the… Read More The Anatomy of the Corruption Con Job
There has been a lot of activity on the ongoing email scandal between the city and Stephanie Townsend Allala. With the city’s sustained campaign of disinformation and the El Paso Times continued journalism dysfunction I thought it important to set the record straight on a few issues and fill in some blanks. First and foremost… Read More The Latest on the Email Scandal
As much as El Paso’s city government tries to create the illusion that it’s all good, the fact is that; “El Paso.It’s Not all good”. On one hand we are led to believe that the city is transparent and releasing all of the emails as requested by citizen activists, and then just as quick we… Read More Email Scandal: It’s Not All Good
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
I often write about how the public is deceived by the horde, often times through manipulation and other times through incompetence and sometimes through both. Ask the people on the street and most, if not all, would tell you that the city has released the emails sought by Stephanie Townsend Allala and others. The truth… Read More The Email Scandal Facts the Local Media Continues to Obfuscate
The city has moved to quash the oral depositions of Susie Byrd, Cortney Niland and Joyce Wilson in regards to the ongoing email open records request. Yesterday, I speculated about what might happen and today we learn the city doesn’t want certain people deposed. On Monday, I’ll be looking into this latest action in depth.… Read More City Moves to Quash Depositions of Byrd, Niland and Wilson
As with all litigation, it is common practice for all involved parties to keep publicity of the ongoing events as quiet as possible in order to retain the upper hand in the proceedings. It is therefore difficult to discern what exactly the next step is in regards to the ongoing battle between the city and… Read More Email Gate: More to Come?
As is the modus operandi of those trying to hide in darkness, the truth about the open records request has been distorted in the public consciousness by useful idiots and a complicit news media. It is obvious that the distortion is designed to silence those trying to shine transparency on government. As much as the… Read More Clearing Up Disinformation on the Open Records
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
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
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
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
Correction: Yesterday’s city council action was a resolution, not an ordinance. I have changed the word ordinance to resolution. (August 14, 2013 08:38am) Oh, wow it’s been a busy week for political shenanigans. I have many issues to discuss and very little time to do it in. It’s amazing how the telenovela that is El… Read More City Council Ordinance is More Smoke and Mirrors
According to the city council agenda for Tuesday August 6, 2013, the city representatives are expected to discuss the city’s lawsuit against Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. Discussion item EX-5, under the Executive Session portion was put on by the city attorney’s office. Although there is no back up material or more information on this… Read More Email Disclosure Back on Agenda
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?
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?
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
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
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
I have to give credit where credit is due. Steve Ortega hates the essence of El Paso. Unlike Susie Byrd who embraces her El Paso heritage publically but turns around and votes against it, Steve Ortega has consistently been open about his disgust for his El Paso heritage. In a paper Steve Ortega presented to… Read More Steve Ortega Hates El Paso
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
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
Although the media-spin machine has created the perception that El Paso is solidly behind the Tucson Padres making El Paso home there are indications that not all is what the spin meisters would have us believe. Although the baseball stadium is well on its way, after City Hall was recently demolished, there are still several… Read More The Foster and Hunt economics of Triple-A
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
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?
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
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
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
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
Written by: Martin Paredes Early, in August 2003 it showed up quietly in e-mail boxes across the city, unobtrusive at first but nonetheless it came out of no where, or so it seemed. A new online publication, the Newspaper Tree, which, according to its editor Emanuel Anthony Martinez is modeled after an 1800’s tree that had a board… Read More El Paso Spam: the Newspaper Tree