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Mexico Deports Terrorist

EPN - Border Analysis - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 10:00pm
While most of you reading this today were not looking, México deported an Islamic terrorist. Many point their […]
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Vetoing the city budget

ElPasoSpeak - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 5:00am

Our mayor has vetoed the proposed city budget.

Facing election evidently can have an effect on a politician’s behavior.

Things will get interesting.

We deserve better

Brutus

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RumpToons No: 146

EPN - Border Analysis - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 10:00pm
The reality of immigration under Donald Trump…
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Open post Saturday

ElPasoSpeak - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 5:00am

What’s on your mind?

We deserve better

Brutus

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Let them know how much they are paying

ElPasoSpeak - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 6:23am

Many El Pasoans live in apartments and thus do not see the amount of property tax that they are paying because the taxes are buried in their rent.

Wouldn’t it be a good idea for the city to pass an ordinance requiring landlords to inform their tenants about how much property tax they are paying?

Maybe then we would have less voter apathy.

We deserve better

Brutus

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Immigrants Welcome As Long As They Are White

EPN - Border Analysis - Thu, 08/15/2019 - 10:00pm
Well it is official now; the United States welcomes immigrants if they are white. Some of you are […]
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EPISD–Citizens Bond Advisory Committee not representing the taxpayers.

ElPasoSpeak - Thu, 08/15/2019 - 5:00am

There is a Citizens Bond Advisory Committee that is supposed to be watching the bond projects at EPISD for the taxpayers.

Attendance at the meetings is poor.  These people are not doing their job.

From the June 17, 2019 meeting minutes:

You can see that almost half of the members did not attend.

Further:

District personnel pointed out to the board that some members have missed the last three meetings in a row.

In this meeting the minutes show multiple agenda items that could not be voted on because the committee did not have a quorum.

The minutes point out that the situation is so bad that the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will not even take action to designate a board member to represent their organization.

This board is telling school district staff to go ahead without their oversight.

We deserve better

Brutus

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An Open Letter to Democrat Candidates About Immigration

EPN - Border Analysis - Wed, 08/14/2019 - 10:00pm
An Open Letter to Democrat 2020 Presidential Candidates Dear candidates, It is heartening to hear most of you […]
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EPISD–public comment at board meetings

ElPasoSpeak - Wed, 08/14/2019 - 5:00am

The slide below indicates policy changes that the EPISD board will probably approve:

Wow!

Texas House bill 2840 requires the changes.  It is good to see the board doing what they are supposed to do.

This is better

Brutus

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Trump Exposes Dirty Secret About Immigration

EPN - Border Analysis - Tue, 08/13/2019 - 10:00pm
As you likely know Donald Trump issued an order to immigration officials to look at the economic status […]
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Ignoring the law

ElPasoSpeak - Tue, 08/13/2019 - 6:12am

The Tuesday, August 13, 2019 city council agenda includes an executive session item (closed meeting) captioned as:

“Briefing from counsel on legal guidelines for communicating with citizens about a bond election”

Why the secrets?

What could the city attorney be telling city council in private that members of the public should not know about?  Is the plan to teach council how to lie to us or otherwise deceive us?  Could it be that the city attorney is going to tell them not to make false promises?

The Texas Open Meetings Act allows council to go into closed session for the following reasons:

  • certain specific personnel matters
  • discussions about the value or transfer of real property
  • discussions about security personnel, security services, or a security audit
  • discussions about a prospective gift or donation to a governmental body
  • discussions about potential items on tests conducted relating to licensing of individuals to engage in an activity
  • discussions of certain economic development matters
  • discussions of certain competitive matters is the city owns an electric or gas utility
  • issues relating to emergencies and disasters

Schooling the council about bond elections is not in the list.

However

Certain consultations with the city attorney are allowed.

Which ones?

Take a look at this:

It looks like the proposed closed session will not be legal.

Shouldn’t the city attorney know the laws and follow them?

We deserve better

Brutus

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Doubling Down on War on Mexicans

EPN - Border Analysis - Mon, 08/12/2019 - 10:00pm
Yesterday’s post got many readers angry with me. I’ve been down that road before. Unfortunately, the truth hurts. […]
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Social media reflects community response as news of attack at El Paso Walmart unfolds

Borderzine - Mon, 08/12/2019 - 5:13pm
The El Paso Police Department received first call about an active shooter at the Walmart near Cielo Vista Mall at 10:39 a.m. Within six minutes, first responders from around the city arrived on scene. Later, the police would determine there were no shots fired at the mall and the attack was only at the Walmart.

Soon after learning of the shooting, former congressman Beto O’Rourke announced he was suspending his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination to return to his hometown of El Paso.

The El Paso Fire Department shares a tweet confirming that the family reunification center for families looking for their loved ones is at MacArthur Middle School near Cielo Vista Mall.

 

At 2:10 p.m. Saturday, President Donald Trump tweeted about the shooting.

El Paso reporter Keenan Willard says water and ice are needed at MacArthur Middle School and the Pebble Hills police station.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott confirms 20 people are dead and over two dozen have been injured following the shooting at the Cielo Vista Walmart in El Paso, making it the eighth-deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

Three hours after emphasizing the need for donations, the El Paso Fire Department announces blood donation centers are at capacity.

Texas Governor Abbott, first responders and city officials conduct a briefing for the media. El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen says “right now we have a manifesto that indicates a nexus to hate crimes.”

U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar emphasizes that the suspect in custody “is someone who came from outside our community to do us harm. A community that has shown nothing but generosity and kindness to the least among us – those people arriving at America’s front door.”

 

El Paso Mayor Dee Margo reiterates on social media that the El Paso gunman was not a local and thanks El Paso’s first responders for their efforts throughout the day.

O’Rourke tweets that anyone concerned about contacting El Paso authorities to reach out to the Hope Border Institute in the wake of the shooting.

The El Paso Fire Department announces that MacArthur Middle School is at capacity for item donations.

Residents of Ciudad Juárez gather for a vigil to honor victims of the El Paso shooting.

A line of donation-laden vehicles arrived at Del Sol Medical Center, where several of the shooting victims were taken.

The gunman in the El Paso shooting is identified as a 21-year-old man from Allen, Texas, named Patrick Crusius. He is booked at the downtown El Paso jail for capital murder.

Community members continue to line up to donate blood, time, and supplies the morning after the El Paso shooting.

El Paso County District Attorney Jaime Esparza announces prosecutors will seek the death penalty for Crusius.

El Paso community members take to social media with #ElPasoStrong in response to Saturday’s deadly mass shooting.

The next days see the Borderland community coming together to process the tragedy and begin trying to heal.

 

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Words Matter

Max Powers - Mon, 08/12/2019 - 5:51am
...at least until they don't. Remember, right now a lot of you are pissed because the President uses inflammatory language and stuff. So what happens if somebody else uses "inflammatory language"? What if somebody happens to be a Republican and uses sexist and homophobic language to describe fellow members? Well,... Max Powers
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Hidden money

ElPasoSpeak - Mon, 08/12/2019 - 5:00am

This is an example of why the voters should not approve massive multi-year bond issues:

The slide shows that EPISD has been selling bonds and putting the money into interest bearing accounts.

This is money that they don’t need at the moment but they sold them early to milk some interest money out of us.  Once they sell the bonds we start having to service the debt (principal and interest).

They then park the money in an account and get a lesser interest rate then what we are having to pay on the bonds.

The result?

According to the slide they have generated 8.6 million dollars using this technique.

Other EPISD documents indicate that they intend to use the money to cover cost overruns.

If the voters decide to approve the almost half a billion  dollars in bonds that the city is contemplating they should realize that even the city will need several years to spend the money.

The city could do precisely the same thing as EPISD.

We deserve better

Brutus

 

 

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I Am A Target

EPN - Border Analysis - Sun, 08/11/2019 - 10:00pm
I have always been a target for being Mexican. Everyone is a target for being something. Bullying, racism, […]
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City bond election

ElPasoSpeak - Sun, 08/11/2019 - 5:00am

The city seems to have decided to only include police and fire requests in the upcoming bond election.

It looks like the issue will be put on the ballot as a single item (take it or leave it) totaling $413 million.

The item will be on the November ballot.

We deserve better

Brutus

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RumpToons No: 145

EPN - Border Analysis - Sat, 08/10/2019 - 10:00pm
This is America under Donald Trump.
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El Paso native reflects on mass shooting from Austin

Borderzine - Sat, 08/10/2019 - 1:49pm

It seemed incomprehensible at first to understand or express my thoughts and emotions after last week’s mass shooting at the Walmart new Cielo Vista Mall. Now that a few days have passed and we can reflect on what’s happened.

 I was washing dishes in my Austin home the morning of Aug. 3 when my boyfriend texted me. He sent me a screen shot from Twitter, soon followed by a CNN alert: “Police … El Paso… Cielo Vista Mall … active shooter … lockdown.”

He asked me if my family lived in that area – they don’t. I immediately sent a group text to my loved ones to make sure they were safe. None of them were in the area and all were safely at home. However, my relief quickly turned to horror as details emerged.

The next few hours were nothing short of a nightmare as I anxiously scrolled through social media and watched the national news outlets.

Pain set in as additional details unfolded —a lone white gunman, 20 Hispanic victims, six from nearby Ciudad Juarez; about two dozen injured men, women and children at the busy Walmart near the city’s largest mall; an anti-immigrant manifesto released by the suspect on a social media web site.

 I muted the TV and sobbed into my hands. I felt as if I had been violated; as if my hometown and all my Hispanic brothers and sisters across the nation had been violated. I was angry and I felt helpless. I wasn’t just watching breaking news anymore; I was watching terror unfold in my hometown.

 

Grief Comes in Waves

Day two after the shooting was the hardest. The victims’ names were being released, photos were appearing on news channels and social media, and interviews with the victims’ families were airing. The faces of the innocent people who lost their lives flashed through my head like jump cuts in a film. I didn’t know any of them personally, but they might as well have been my abuelo, my tia, my prima, mi hermano. Tears welled up and rolled down my cheeks in waves. I would regain my composure for a minute or two. Then my chest would begin to heave as I wept again, asking myself “Why hurt my people? Why El Paso?”

I later watched CNN’s Anderson Cooper interview Octavio Lizarde, a victim shot while inside the bank at the retailer. His nephew, Javier Amir Rodriguez, was killed. Lizarde said he was opening an account to cash his paycheck, and went to the to buy clothes and shoes. As he stood in line, the gunman walked in and opened fire. The power of that image brought me to my knees – the injustice. I then prayed for some sort of hope to emerge from these ashes of hatred.

 

El Paso is United

Since the shooting, the news has been filled with more gruesome, horrendous details of the mass shooting at the hands of a young white man from Allen, Texas, who posted a white supremacist diatribe shortly before opening fire. I’ve seen the political articles flood my news feeds since the shooting, but they pale in comparison to the many stories I’ve heard and read centering around how El Pasoans are uniting to care of one another. El Pasoans watch over each other; it’s what we do and who we are. 

Blood donation centers were packed. People brought water bottles to those waiting in line to give blood. Crosses were placed along the fence of Walmart as the names of the now 22 victims were released. Vigils were held with hundreds of people gathering to mourn and remember those who lost their lives. GoFundMe accounts surpassed their goals by thousands of dollars to take care of the expenses for victims’ families Over and over, the resounding message was something like, “This is my El Paso. This is what we do. We are united. We’re familia.” It is true.

 

What Makes Us Strong

The thread I’ve seen woven throughout each interview and story is forgiveness. Some family members of the victims have said: “We forgive (the shooter). We don’t hate him.”

Or, in Lizarde’s words: “If God was able to forgive. . . then I forgive as well.” This is what makes the people of El Paso unique—they do not repay evil for evil. Instead, they forgive. Even as they mourn, they forgive.

What happened that Saturday morning was atrocious — there are no words to describe the evil that took place. I’m still heartbroken, angry and confused. But we are not without hope and we are not without strength. I think the way forward has already been shown to us by these brave men, women, and families who are still grieving. To me, they are an example of resilience, love, and all that is good in the face of adversity. 

This is what I believe, El Paso — the shooting is not what makes you. Your love, unity, forgiveness, bravery, and strength are what you are and will continue to be known for. Let’s press on to find hope. Let’s grieve together. Let’s heal together. Let’s be #ElPasoStrong. 

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Open line Saturday

ElPasoSpeak - Sat, 08/10/2019 - 5:00am

What should we be talking about today?

We deserve better

Brutus

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