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What the F, Forma?

Max Powers - Mon, 02/17/2020 - 8:36am
So wannabe-State Representative Claudia Ordaz Perez is in the news again because new ethics complaints filed against her. Okay. But what I did not get is why is Perez having her attorney speak to the press? If these things are political in nature, why bother having an attorney address what... Max Powers
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Candidate Marlene Gonzalez

El Paso News - Mon, 02/17/2020 - 6:42am
Name: Marlene GonzalezOffice Sought: 388th District Family CourtAge: 65Education: Doctorate of Jurisprudence (Interamerican University of Puerto Rico); Master of Arts Labor Relations with Honors (University of Puerto Rico); Bachelor of Arts with Honors (University of […]
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Inclusive? Not at all!

ElPasoSpeak - Mon, 02/17/2020 - 6:00am

One of our readers received this via email from the city the other day:

You are invited to participate in the El Paso City Accelerator Inclusive Procurement Survey because you have been identified as a business owner/associate in the City of El Paso. The purpose of the survey is twofold. It will help the City develop a profile of regional businesses, and it will gather information on business certifications and interest in a future certification program by the City of El Paso.

This survey will also allow the City to identify and develop the infrastructure needed to establish a certification program.
The survey will take no more than 10 minutes of your time. Your answers will be held strictly confidential, and in no way affect your business’ standing. Note that if you have multiple businesses, we would very much appreciate it if you would complete a survey for each business. We encourage non-profit and for profit organizations to exclude themselves from taking the survey to ensure that each business is properly counted when developing the regional business profile and assessing certification needs.

Huh?

They encourage non-profit and for profit organizations to exclude themselves from taking the survey…

Do they bother to read what they put out?

We deserve better

Brutus

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What Does 2246 Fetuses Say About The Country

EPN - Border Analysis - Sun, 02/16/2020 - 11:00pm
Last week, according to news reports, 71 boxes filled with over 2,000 fetuses were discovered in a doctor’s […]
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Why did they publish this?

ElPasoSpeak - Sun, 02/16/2020 - 6:00am

The February 9-15, 2020 issue of El Paso Inc. had an interview with our first city manager.

They wrote:

Then came … a $44 million ballot item for a new ballpark that more than 70% of voters supported…

Not true

The voters were never asked to approve a ballpark.  They were asked to approve using hotel occupancy taxes to pay for it.  If the voters declined approval the bill would have been added to our property taxes.  This is what we voted on:

VENUE PROJECT AND HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX PROPOSITION

“AUTHORIZING THE CITY OF EL PASO, TEXAS, TO DESIGNATE THE MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL STADIUM PROJECT AS A SPORTS AND COMMUNITY VENUE PROJECT WITHIN THE CITY IN ACCORDANCE WITH APPLICABLE LAW AND TO IMPOSE A TAX ON THE OCCUPANCY OF A ROOM IN A HOTEL LOCATED WITHIN THE CITY, AT THE MAXIMUM RATE OF TWO PERCENT (2%) OF THE PRICE PAID FOR SUCH ROOM, FOR THE PURPOSE OF FINANCING SUCH VENUE PROJECT.”

Wrong amount

The Inc’s $44 million number is not true either.

Back in August of 2015 we wrote Latest ballpark numbers and showed our portion of the cost to be over $64 million.

The Inc reporter has been around a long time.

Why would he blatantly misstate the facts?

We deserve better

Brutus

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RumpToons No: 172

EPN - Border Analysis - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 11:00pm
I hope you enjoy RumpToons No: 172!
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Medusa Is My Avatar

El Paso News - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 1:01pm
Medusa on BigTree, MoonCourt, Blue Mountains – Photo by Glenys Livingstone Medusa is my avatar Her moon mouth opened in a scream, whether in agony or passion is hard to discern. The stone face is pocked with marks caused by the process of becoming. Brows writhe in rhythm with the mass of unbrushed hair. This […]
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Open line Saturday

ElPasoSpeak - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 6:00am

It’s Saturday.

What’s on your mind?

We deserve better

Brutus

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Candidate Iliana Holguin

El Paso News - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 6:30am
Name: Iliana HolguinOffice Sought: County Commissioner Precinct #3Age: 43Education: J.D. from UT Austin School of LawCurrent Occupation: AttorneyPolitical Experience: Democratic Party Chair elected in 2016 and 2018 In a concise sentence please explain to the […]
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Penny plan

ElPasoSpeak - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 6:00am

In 2018 local voters approved a “penny swap” program for EPISD that transferred money from the debt service budget into the operations and maintenance budget.

What would happen if we implemented a “penny plan” with our city budget?

Such a plan would cut real spending by one penny out of every dollar that our city government spent the year before.

We deserve better

Brutus

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A Blow by Blow Example Of A Cyber Crime

EPN - Border Analysis - Thu, 02/13/2020 - 11:00pm
Someone tried to scam me out of $18,840. They failed but I played with them so that I […]
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Texas - We Can Win It For Trump This March.

Max Powers - Thu, 02/13/2020 - 3:08pm
Primary Early voting is nigh upon us. So wut do? It is time to help out El Generalissmo Donald-o Trump. How you ask? Well, we gotta vote in the Democratic primary. But for who? Hmmm. We will not know until a day before election day. And the "who" would be... Max Powers
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Vince Perez Employee May Be in Violation of County Policy

El Paso News - Thu, 02/13/2020 - 1:00pm
A frequent reader recently pointed me to a county employee that works for Vince Perez that may be in violation of County policies on outside work. According to the May 21, 2018 El Paso County […]
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Candidate Ivan Niño

El Paso News - Thu, 02/13/2020 - 6:30am
Name: Ivan NiñoOffice Sought: El Paso County Tax Assessor CollectorAge: 28Education: Graduated from El Dorado High School.Current Occupation: Small Business Owner.Political Experience: My political experience started at a very young age. I have been involved […]
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Spread the wealth–locally

ElPasoSpeak - Thu, 02/13/2020 - 6:00am

In Thinking that money grows on trees we saw that the city spent $750,000 on those things that have sprouted up on Airways.

They call it public art.

Without getting into a discussion about whether we should spend money on public art, or another discussion about how much we should spend (currently 2% of city capital spending), maybe we should talk about how we spend the money that we have allocated for public art.

Wouldn’t our community have been better off if the $750,000 had been broken apart into smaller projects commissioned with local artists?

Let’s say they had broken the money up into ten $75,000 projects.

We would have public art in more places and we would have supported ten locals.

We deserve better

Brutus

 

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Can Pete Buttigieg Beat Donald Trump

EPN - Border Analysis - Wed, 02/12/2020 - 11:00pm
Make no mistake, the 2020 presidential elections are about beating Donald Trump. Trump has proved that he has […]
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Vince Perez: Much Worse Than I Thought

El Paso News - Wed, 02/12/2020 - 10:03am
I have been tracking the political shenanigans of Vince Perez ever since he ran for office. In that time there have been many controversies surrounding him and his wife, Claudia Ordaz. When I exposed the […]
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Candidate Yvonne Rosales

El Paso News - Wed, 02/12/2020 - 6:30am
Name: Yvonne RosalesOffice Sought: District Attorney of El Paso, Hudspeth, and Culberson CountiesAge: 48Education: Doctor of Jurisprudence, St. Mary’s Law SchoolCurrent Occupation: Co-owner of the Al-Hanna and Rosales Law FirmPolitical Experience: 2016 candidate for District […]
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Call for articles

ElPasoSpeak - Wed, 02/12/2020 - 6:00am

In the past readers have sent us articles that they feel deserve the attention of the followers of this blog.

We take this opportunity to remind everyone that we would enjoy posting guest articles as long as they are civil and are not personal attacks on individuals.

We deserve better

Brutus

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US Border Patrol and Customs Hotbed Of Corruption

EPN - Border Analysis - Tue, 02/11/2020 - 11:00pm
It is generally understood that the US-Mexico border is the source of the drugs entering the country. It […]
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