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Refuse the Juice - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 11:59am
The Lost Dog item was postponed by Rep. Svarzbein who was likely called every name in the book by Bonart and friends after the "back up" for the agenda item suggested they (the city) wouldn't be pursuing a conservation easement... Brad Kanus
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Award for innovation

ElPasoSpeak - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 5:00am

One of our loyal readers sent this in with the note “You can’t make this up”.

From El Paso Inc.

The National Procurement Institute has awarded the city of El Paso Purchasing & Strategic Sourcing Department the 2019 Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award. The award is earned by public and nonprofit organizations that obtain a high application score based on innovation, professionalism, e-procurement procedures, productivity and leadership. It is the sixth year in a row that the city has received the award.

Many of us can say first hand that they are innovative.

We deserve better


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Reuters Report on Broken Immigration System

EPN - Border Analysis - Tue, 10/15/2019 - 10:00pm
Yesterday we looked at an editorial by the Miami Herald editorial board arguing that the country needs immigrant […]
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Wife Beaters - The Ones We Hate vs The Ones We Love

Max Powers - Tue, 10/15/2019 - 6:42pm
Well, get a load of City Representatives Cassandra Hernandez-Not Brown and Alexsandra Annello. They were having none of it regarding their wife-beater colleague, City Representative Sam Morgan. Something about being treated different and what not. Never mind the fact, when it comes to everybody else, whether it be staff, lobbyists,... Max Powers
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Tamayo endorsed and you should be terrified

Refuse the Juice - Tue, 10/15/2019 - 9:05am
I got a campaign email from the Tamayo campaign for Rep. Cesar Blanco's soon to be emptied Texas house seat. Why they put me on these lists is beyond my comprehension... Why would you let me in? I'm not the... Brad Kanus
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False promise

ElPasoSpeak - Tue, 10/15/2019 - 6:34am

The city is adopting a new parking app named “Park 915”.

This slide is part of a presentation that will be made in a special city council meeting Monday, October 14, 2019.

Real time?

Supposedly the app will allow us to parking spaces that are available at the moment we look.

How can it do that?

If someone parks a vehicle in a spot and ignores the electronic app the spot is still going to be occupied.

We can see that the app could tell us if a spot is supposed to be unoccupied but confirming that a spot is open will require visual confirmation or electronic sensors.

Is this another case of over-promising?


We deserve better


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Miami Herald Editorial Exposes Truth About Undocumented Workers

EPN - Border Analysis - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 10:00pm
There was an interesting editorial in the Miami Herald this weekend. It has a lot of truth in […]
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Lost dog proposal

ElPasoSpeak - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 5:00am

The slide below is what city staff is recommending that the city do relative to the “Lost Dog Trail” and other land where we voted with the following language to create an ordinance:

Shall an ordinance be approved to preserve in its natural state, for all time, the 1,107 acres
owned by the City of El Paso and referred to as “Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone Number
Twelve,” which includes the “Lost Dog Trail,” and to prohibit, for all time, any private development and
any major public roadways on said 1,107 acres?

This seems reasonable to me.  I think it says that the city would not have to buy the land and that after the restrictive covenants are created the land will be preserved.

I assume that changing the covenants would require city council action and supposedly the public would have an opportunity to weigh in at that time.

What do y’all think?

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Change Is In The Air

EPN - Border Analysis - Sun, 10/13/2019 - 10:00pm
A few posts ago I posted an introduction to Adventum, (link) a new quest that I am embarking […]
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Comments don’t require sign on

ElPasoSpeak - Sun, 10/13/2019 - 7:36am

We saw some activity the other day from a reader who was complaining about his password to WordPress having to be reset multiple times.

It is not necessary to sign on to WordPress in order to make a comment.

Just follow the comments link below the post.

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RumpToons No: 154

EPN - Border Analysis - Sat, 10/12/2019 - 10:00pm
I hope you enjoy RumpToons No: 154!
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ElPasoSpeak - Sat, 10/12/2019 - 8:26am

Saturday is open topic day.

Let us hear from you.

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Inconsistent positions on strict adherence to ballot language

Refuse the Juice - Fri, 10/11/2019 - 10:57am
Read this: Shall an ordinance be approved to preserve in its natural state, for all time, the 1,107 acres owned by the City of El Paso and referred to as "Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone Number Twelve," which includes the "Lost... Brad Kanus
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Declining birth rate

ElPasoSpeak - Fri, 10/11/2019 - 5:00am

El Paso is seeing a declining birth rate like most of the nation.

The county hospital shows these numbers for their first ten months of operation each year:

2017  2,458 births

2018  2,311 births

2019  2,200 births

That’s a 10.5% drop in two years.

Yet we continue to build new schools.

We deserve better



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The Walls Are Caving In For Trump

EPN - Border Analysis - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 10:00pm
Donald Trump launched his presidential ambitions by announcing that he wanted to build a wall along the U.S.-México […]
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Not Brio, Adagio actually

ElPasoSpeak - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 5:00am

In November of 2018 we wrote about the Alameda Brio being late.

We were originally told that it would start running in early 2018.

The Sun Metro web site contained this notice in December of 2018:

The other day we saw this on the Sun Metro site:

It’s getting late in 2019 so they better hurry.

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Impeachment Is A Done Deal

EPN - Border Analysis - Wed, 10/09/2019 - 10:00pm
The country is on the way to impeachment. As I wrote earlier, (link) the Democrats have painted themselves […]
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Wash, Rinse, Repeat

Max Powers - Wed, 10/09/2019 - 8:46am
Your only major daily has not one, but TWO stories about your CongressX, Veronica Escobar. One is about the border wall. Yea, I do not care. The other is kinda interesting. The other is about El Paso's current economy. Per your Escobar: "If we don’t do something to plan for... Max Powers
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Trust us

ElPasoSpeak - Wed, 10/09/2019 - 5:23am

This is what the bond issue will look like on the ballot:

Do they know what they are going to build?

They have a list of facilities but they put this footnote on each slide:

Amounts listed are preliminary estimates subject to change. Actual use of any approved bond funds
will be determined by subsequent action by City Council.

Do they know how much each building will cost?

No, they have not gone out to bid–they are just guessing.  Many of us can remember how that worked out with the ballpark/city hall move.

Can someone send us a graphic of a blank check?

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Who are we giving to?

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

DavidK over at Refuse the Juice wrote this piece the other day.

It explains a lot about our lack of influence in congress.

We deserve better


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