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Massage Therapy

Max Powers - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 7:16am
If you get a massage, and you do not look like this afterward, then you’re not doing it right: Max Powers
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Taxing our food

ElPasoSpeak - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 6:00am

The city has hired a concessionaire for the four new water parks.

Take a look at this:

Yes, now the city will get to tax you on the food you eat at a city park.

We deserve better

Brutus

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GAO Concludes Donald Trump Violated Law

EPN - Border Analysis - Thu, 01/16/2020 - 11:00pm
The Government Accountability Office is a government agency that audits and investigates government entities on behalf of the […]
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Family, food and shopping biggest reasons for El Pasoans to visit Juarez

Borderzine - Thu, 01/16/2020 - 2:44pm

Ciudad Juarez is known as a sprawling border city with a strong economy thanks to the proliferation of of over 300 hundred maquiladoras, factories that assemble parts for a variety of items from car radios to windmill blades. Less well known is that the desert city of 2 million residents draws many El Paso residents to visit each day to patronize a variety of Juarez businesses from restaurants to clothing boutiques.

These preferences are most visibly shown in the medical and retail sectors, but according to the Border Perception Index, a survey conducted as part of an initiative called Building Broader Communities in the Americas, the second main reason El Pasoans cross to Cd. Juarez is to shop for 21.5 percent of those polled. The primary reason for El Pasoans to go to Juarez, according to the survey, is to visit family or friends, as indicated by 44 percent of those surveyed.

The survey, spearheaded by the El Paso Community Foundation with participation by two UTEP researchers, is the first detailed cross-border survey of residents of both sides of the frontera. Conducted between August and September of 2018, the survey includes responses from 896 El Pasoans and 1535 Juarez residents.

Shopping

La Marquesa, a popular clothing store in Juarez, is one of the most visited stores by residents of El Paso, said Ana Cristina Acosta, an Environmental Engineering graduate student at The University of Texas at El Paso.

“I know about La Marquesa because of my friends… told me that they discovered a new store with very good prices and cool stuff, especially good jewelry for every occasion,” said Acosta, who visits at least twice a month.

“Since the first day I went there I loved everything they had… and I’ve bought many gifts for family and friends, earrings, necklaces, dresses, accessories for my phone, necklaces for my dogs and other pet supplies.”

Merchandise in La Marquesa. Photo by Grecia Sanchez, Borderzine.com

Acosta said she is especially attracted by La Marquesa’s entrepreneurial activities such as “Bazar La Marquesa,” where different concept stores from Mexico and Cd. Juarez come together often usually in front of the store’s parking lot to offer their products at cheaper prices than retail stores.

“While I used to buy all of these things at H&M, Dillard’s or Macy’s, now I definitely prefer to go to La Marquesa,” Acosta said.

Burritos Crisostomo. Photo by Grecia Sanchez

Casual dining

Claudia Hernandez, a college junior student with a double major in digital media production and multimedia journalism, has been to Burritos Crisostomo on both sides of the border as she says it is one of the best street food restaurants of the region.

“I remember in El Paso I ate the barbacoa burrito and then, the other time I went, I got the quesadilla and beans, and in Juarez, I’ve eaten like, all of them,” she says. “But I stopped going to the one at El Paso because I was always comparing the price and everything and I was like ‘ugh, they’re too expensive,’” she said.

Hernandez says there is a price difference of almost two dollars between a Crisostomo burrito in El Paso ($3.90) and a Juarez Crisostomo burrito at $1.53 or 30 pesos.

The 22-year-old says her frequent visits to Juarez are to visit her grandmother and other family that live there. She usually also spends the night at the home of a family member. And a frequent activity is to take her family out to eat.

“So it’s always like that feeling of every time I go to Crisostomo in Juarez I’m having a good time,” she said.

However, she prefers the El Paso location in the summers because of the indoor air conditioning. The Juarez Crisostomo she frequents is outdoors.

“I think Juarez doesn’t have the appropriate weather for that type of restaurant because it’s always super-hot or cold or windy,” she said.

La Choperia is a popular stop for visitors from El Paso in Juarez. Photo by Grecia Sanchez, Borderzine.com

Fine Dining

Patricia Muñoz, a 49-year-old businesswoman from El Paso who works in the construction equipment business, enjoys going to a high end restaurant in Juarez called La Choperia on Avenida Lincoln near the Cordova bridge border crossing.

At the fancy restaurant, she says, she can experience an enjoyable moment with excellent quality in everything they offer.

“I do prefer La Choperia more than restaurants at El Paso… because it is close to the bridge, it has a safe parking lot, and I just love the music there,” Muñoz said. “My family and friends love it there too. We even participate singing and playing with their musical group and one just feels welcomed there.”

Muñoz also visits Chinese restaurant Shangrila as well as other types of restaurants such as Los Arcos, Ardeo and La Cabaña. She also enjoys crossing over to assist community events, boutique stores and holistic centers at Juarez or get her mandado in stores like Smart, Costco, and Soriana.

Munoz said that she is a frequent border crosser and adds: “I live my life in both cities.”

 

 

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U.S. GAO Rules Trump Broke Law

El Paso News - Thu, 01/16/2020 - 9:28am
The United States Government Accountability Report (GAO) issued a report a few minutes ago stating that the Trump Administration violated the law in withholding Congressional appropriated funds to the Ukraine. The GAO is a non-partisan […]
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Svarz Remains Bizarre

Refuse the Juice - Thu, 01/16/2020 - 8:17am
I awoke today to the news that Rep. Peter Svarzbein was hired as Bloomberg's deputy state director for his campaign operations in Texas. Really? That's who Svarz is going with? Or did he just need the paycheck? Let's examine. First... Brad Kanus
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Has Dee Given Up?

Max Powers - Thu, 01/16/2020 - 8:08am
I did think there for a minute maybe Mayor Dee Margo had a chance to win it this November given that 20 people are running against him. But maybe Dee himself does not think so. As someone pointed out in the comments section, Dee's facebook page was last updated back... Max Powers
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No need to tell the truth

ElPasoSpeak - Thu, 01/16/2020 - 6:00am

Elrichboy over at elchuqueno.com wrote an illuminating post about changes in our city manager’s employment contract.

You can read it here.

He points out that the city manager’s original employment agreement (May 20, 2014) listed 14 reasons why the city manager could be fired for cause.  City council can fire the city manager at any time but without good cause the city would have to pay the manager an extra year of pay.

When the contract was renewed on December 11, 2018 the list of specific causes shrank to seven.

Read elrichboy’s post to see all seven of them.

One that got my attention was:

Conscious misrepresentation of material facts to the Council or other City Officials in the conduct of the City’s business.

That explains a lot.

We deserve better

Brutus

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Political Quickbytes

EPN - Border Analysis - Wed, 01/15/2020 - 11:00pm
I am so engrossed in the ongoing political shenanigans that often times I do not realize how little […]
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What Does “El Paso Strong” Mean To You?

El Paso News - Wed, 01/15/2020 - 3:45pm
“El Paso Strong,” a term borrowed from the “Boston Strong” campaign has various meanings and interpretations.  The term has become a mantra for the city and its people.  For this article, several people were asked […]
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Max's logic is lost again

Refuse the Juice - Wed, 01/15/2020 - 2:19pm
If you get Grossman's emails you'll see he's been on a tirade against Claudia Ordaz. Apparently Ordaz spent money communicating with people who were to be impacted by a literal toxic dump opening on top of them. I guess, communicating... Brad Kanus
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Not Straight Ticket

Max Powers - Wed, 01/15/2020 - 1:42pm
I know we won't have straight-ticket voting anymore, but it did not really hit me until yesterday. Yesterday I was talking to my grandmother she asked about some letter she received, and it was about absentee bailouts. Anyways in talking to her, she says she does not want to vote... Max Powers
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Win a $10 Amazon Gift Card!

El Paso News - Wed, 01/15/2020 - 7:39am
We are on a mission to create a place where regular people – the people that make the news also write the news. A place where all voices are heard. Along the way, we want […]
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Claudia Ordaz and Her Ethics

El Paso News - Wed, 01/15/2020 - 6:34am
Last night, KTSM (link) reported that another ethics complaint had been filed against Claudia Ordaz-Perez. The latest complaint is a redo of the complaint arguing that she misused about $6,000 of her discretionary monies to […]
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Gasoline prices

ElPasoSpeak - Wed, 01/15/2020 - 6:00am

I went through Alamogordo, New Mexico last weekend and paid $2.02 for unleaded gasoline.

When I returned to El Paso that same day unleaded gasoline was selling at $2.56 a gallon at the local convenience stores.

The state of New Mexico charges 17 cents per gallon in gasoline taxes while Texas charges 20 cents per gallon.

Can any of the readers explain why gas in Alamogordo was so much cheaper?

We deserve better

Brutus

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Twitter Has No Clue

EPN - Border Analysis - Tue, 01/14/2020 - 11:00pm
Twitter and other social media have been in the news lately because of the threat of voter suppression/manipulation […]
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Water Utility Price Hike

El Paso News - Tue, 01/14/2020 - 2:14pm
As a long time El Paso taxpayer I am sick of the high taxes. We all gripe about them but few of us do anything about it. We simply do not vote. The City knows […]
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Crisis of confidence

ElPasoSpeak - Tue, 01/14/2020 - 6:00am

Take a look at this chart taken from a report about  a March 2019 survey of EPISD personnel.

The report shows that at the time of the survey the district had 8,307 employees.  Evidently 3,371 elected to participate in the survey.  According to the report the survey responses went directly to the Texas Association of School Boards.

Only 36 percent of the respondents agreed with the statement “I believe that district leaders are honest and trustworthy”.

Whoa!

We deserve better

Brutus

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It Is Back!

EPN - Border Analysis - Mon, 01/13/2020 - 11:00pm
Readers constantly ask me to write more about the ongoing controversies in El Paso. Others ask me to […]
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The Rarámuri experience in Ciudad Juárez

Borderzine - Mon, 01/13/2020 - 6:48pm

One of the main indigenous groups in the state of Chihuahua is known as the Tarahumada. They recognize themselves as Rarámuri. Most live in the mountains, but they also have colonies within Ciudad Juarez exclusively for them. Adriana Garcia, a Mixteca Juárense, interviewed Rosalinda Guadalajara, the local governor of the Rarámuri.

Transcript (English translation below)

INTRODUCCION: Este verano las universidades de UTEP y UACJ colaboraron para grabar historias personales de ambos lados de esta frontera. Uno de los grupos indigenas principales en el estado de Chihuahua se conocen como los Tarahumada. Ellos se auto-reconocen como Rarámuri. La mayoría viven en la sierra, pero también tienen colonias dentro de Ciudad Juárez exclusivamente para ellos. Adriana Garcia, una Mixteca Juárense, entrevisto a Rosalinda Guadalajara gobernadora local de los Rarámuri.  

ADRIANA: Sabes porque los Rarámuri son famosos alrededor del mundo?

ROSALINDA: Nosotros los Rarámuri caminamos mucho ósea para sobrevivir, para alimentarse para dar a su comunidad. Si mas recuerdo Lorena, corredora a nivel mundial, Lorena dijo, ‘Yo corro por hambre, corro por hambre porque así solamente puedo ayudar a la gente si gano esa carrera.’ 

ADRIANA: Platicanos cómo llegaste a Ciudad Juárez?

ROSALINDA: Tenia como siete años más o menos. Mis papas fueron los que vinieron primero. Después mandaron por mí. Ellos vinieron por la necesidad, por tener, por buscar trabajo. Y desde ahí cuando ellos me trajeron,  yo no me sentía pues así augusto. Era para mí, era otro mundo. 

ADRIANA: Y como que experimentaste aqui, cómo te trataba la gente?

ROSALINDA: Por primera vez que llegue aquí en la ciudad yo desconocía, desconocía cuales eran mis derechos si podia entrar en tiendas grandes o no. O hasta incluso hasta subirte en un camion te sentías que no tenias ese derecho para subirte en ese camion. Por no saber leer si el camion era el correcto al que tenias que agarrar pues parabas a un camion para preguntar, no, a un chofer que muchas de las veces sí paraban y sí te decía. Pero muchas veces no, no se paraban. Y teníamos que durar horas y horas ahí esperándolo hasta que pasara otro camion. 

ADRIANA: Una vez te paso algo con el bar Kentucky, salió mucho en las noticias nos podrías hablar de eso?

ROSALINDA: Pues era mi primera vez, no, de ir a ese lugar para convivir con unos amigos que ellos me habían invitado, no. Siempre yo lo veía que era mas así como que para gente turística. Entonces ya ahí cuando llegamos en efecto pues pasa que el guardia que estaba ahí nos dice de que no había lugar, que el lugar ya estaba todo reservado, no. Empezaron a decir los compañeros, ‘Pues si el lugar esta vacío.’ Entonces ya empieza decir que era por mí que porque yo traía guaraches o porque no podia pasar por si cae algún botella ahí que tuviera un accidente no. Entonces fue cuando ya le digieron no, mientras vengas con ella pues no entran y si van entrar que se cambie primero. Y realmente yo ahí le dije al muchacho, ‘Te dije que no nos iban a dejar entrar. Bienvenido al mundo de los Rarámuri que eso es lo que enfrentamos día a día.’ 

ADRIANA: Qué piensas de lo que paso en ese momento?

ROSALINDA: Hemos vivido mucha discriminación, no. Siempre desde pequeña e vivido lo que es así en las calles, no, veían algún indígena pues siempre te decían ‘indios’, ‘patarajada’, o incluso pues te arremedaban cuando hablabas, no, o se reían viéndote. Pues muchas veces nosotros de lo que vivimos lo normalizamos y es por eso que la gente siguen haciendo porque piensan que al final no hacen nada, no pasa nada, no saben dónde acudir, no saben, ellos son muy resistentes, aguantan lo que les decimos, no. 

ADRIANA: Pero en realidad en Ciudad Juárez hay muchas comunidades no solo la Rarámuri, la Mixteca. Hay Zapotecos, Otomi, Chinantecos, Mazahuas, Huicholes, Purépecha. En cierto momento las comunidades como son migrantes se sienten como un poco mas abajo porque vas a una, hacer cuál quiere cosa, les dicen, ‘No, es que no eres de Chihuahua, no perteneces aquí, ve te a tu pueblo. Aquí no te vamos a ayudar.’ 

ROSALINDA: Como comunidades indigenas creo que la única manera de resolver si seria como que unirnos. Muchas veces vas a decir pues como yo no lo vivo pues no me voy a ni a ponerme a trabajar ni mucho menos a opinar. Y aunque no lo hayas vivido, pero siempre hay un día que te puede pasar, no. 

Transcript in English

INTRODUCTION: This summer the universities of UTEP and UACJ collaborated to record personal stories from both sides of the border. One of the main indigenous groups in the state of Chihuahua is known as the Tarahumada. They recognize themselves as Rarámuri. Most live in the mountains, but they also have colonies within Ciudad Juarez exclusively for them. Adriana Garcia, a Mixteca Juárense, interviewed Rosalinda Guadalajara, the local governor of the Rarámuri.  

ADRIANA: Do you know why the Rarámuri are famous around the world?

ROSALINDA: We Rarámuri walk a lot to survive, to feed, to give to their community. If I remember correctly, Lorena, a global runner, Lorena said, ‘I run for hunger, I run for hunger because that’s the only way I can help people, if I win the race.’ 

ADRIANA: Tell us, how did you get to Ciudad Juárez?

ROSALINDA: I was about seven years old or so. My parents were the ones who came first. Then they sent for me. They came for the need, for having, for looking for work. And from there on, when they brought me, I did not feel so comfortamble. For me, it was another world. 

ADRIANA: And how did you experience it here, how did people treat you?

ROSALINDA: The first time I arrived here in the city, I didn’t know what my rights were, if I could enter large stores or not. Or even to get on the bus, you felt as if you didn’t have that right to get on that bus. Beacuse of not knowing how to read if the bus was the one you had to take, you would have to stop a bus to ask the driver, who often stopped and told you. But many times they wouldn’t stop. And we would have to last for hours and hours there, waiting until another bus would pass. 

ADRIANA: Something happened to you once at the Kentucky bar, it came out a lot in the news, could you tell us about that?

ROSALINDA: Well, it was my first time going to that place to hang out with friends who had invited me. I always saw it was more for tourists. When we arrived, the guard who was there tells us that there was no more space, that the place was already reserved. My friends began to say, ‘But the place is empty.’ Then he starts saying that it was because of me, that it was because I had brought sandles, I could not pass because if a bottle fell, there could be an accident. That was when they told us no, “As long as you come with her you do not enter,” and if they were going to enter then she had to change first. And there I told the boy, ‘I told you they weren’t going to let us in. Welcome to the world of the Rarámuri, this is what we face every day. ‘

ADRIANA: What do you think of what happened at that time?

ROSALINDA: We have experienced a lot of discrimination. Ever since I was little and lived what is like in the streets, they would see someone indigenous and called you ‘Indians’, ‘patarajada’, orbthey would mock how you talked, or laughed at you. Well, many times what we lived, we normalized it, and that is why people keep doing it, because they think that in the end “nothing happens, they do not know where to go, they are very resisilient, they can take what we tell them.”

ADRIANA: But in reality in Ciudad Juárez there are many communities, not only the Rarámuri, the Mixteca. There are Zapotecs, Otomi, Chinantecos, Mazahuas, Huicholes, Purépecha. At some point, communities that are migrants feel less than, because you go to do whatever and they say, ‘No, you’re not from Chihuahua, you don’t belong here, go back to your town. We are not going to help you here. ‘ 

ROSALINDA: As indigenous communities, I think the only way to resolve it would be by coming together. Many times you will say, “because I do not live it, I am not going to work, or much less, give my opinion.” And although you have not lived it, there can always be a day where it can happen to you. 

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