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City of El Paso debt=$2,670,400,000, county and school district debt=$1,600,000,000. Total $4.27 billion. Your share $19,350
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Constitution day

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 5:00am

Today is Constitution day.

Our governing document was signed in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787.

Thirty nine men signed the document.

I thank them.

There is a link at the top of this page that will take you to an electronic version.

I can’t help but wonder how much better off we would be if some of our legislators actually read it.

We deserve bettre

Brutus

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Traffic jam

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 5:00am

Are our El Paso police instructed to not direct traffic at accident scenes?

The was an accident on Mesa the other day that brought the roadway down to one lane from three.  The police that were on scene did not direct traffic.  Instead they allowed the traffic lights to control the intersection.

The result was a long line of cars waiting to get through from one direction and no cars from the perpendicular direction.  The police stood around waiting for a wrecker.

Hopefully our readers can let us know what the city’s policy is in this regard.

We deserve better

Brutus

Categories: Local Blogs

Water park not decided

Sun, 09/15/2019 - 5:00am

The water park/hotel people were given 18 months to decide whether to take our $97 million dollar gift that they can use to build a $100 million hotel.

See Water park incentive totals.

The clock started ticking in November of 2018.

Could it be that they want more?

We deserve better

Brutus

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Saturday

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 5:00am

It’s Saturday.

Tell us what’s on your mind.

We deserve better

Brutus

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Overpaid?

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 5:00am

Our county commissioners evidently want to raise their pay to $115,000 per year each.

For what?

We deserve better

Brutus

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UTEP football financials

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 5:00am

In responding to our inquiry about what the readers suggest we do about UTEP football this comment came in:

“Yawn. If it pays for itself, OK. If it doesn’t, get rid of it.”

We found this web page published by the Texas Tribune:

https://college-sports.texastribune.org/colleges/university-of-texas-at-el-paso/

According to the web page during the 2015-2016 school year UTEP spent $9,699,853 on their football program.

Ticket sales amounted to $582,469.

The rest of the shortfall came from student fees, university funds, NCAA fees, and contributions.

We deserve better

Brutus

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18 years ago today

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 5:00am

Let us pause to remember September 11, 2001.

Are we better prepared today?

We deserve better

Brutus

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P-Tech

Tue, 09/10/2019 - 5:00am

Dan Wever recently pointed out to us that P-Tech is coming to EPISD.

I’m finding it hard to figure out what this really is but I found this from the Texas Education Agency:

Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools (P-TECH) is an open-enrollment program that provides students with work-based education. P-TECH programs:

    • Provide students grade 9 through 12 the opportunity to complete a course of study that combines high school and post-secondary courses.
    • Within six years, enable students to earn a high school diploma, an associate degree, a two-year post-secondary certificate or industry certification, and complete work-based training.
    • Allow students to gain work experience through an internship, apprenticeship, or other job training programs.
    • Partner with Texas Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) and regional businesses and industries, giving students access to post-secondary education and workforce training opportunities.
Help wanted

We would appreciate input from any of our readers who are knowledgeable about the topic.

We deserve better

Brutus

 

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UTEP football

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 5:00am

What are your thoughts about what should be done with the UTEP football program?

We deserve better

Brutus

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Politics as usual

Sun, 09/08/2019 - 8:36am

I can’t help but wonder how much money the city is going to spend for outside lawyers because of city council’s decision to call a special election to replace one of the city representatives.

Our mayor seems to be leading the charge on this.

Will he and his group come up with a candidate to fill this seat.

Is this about what’s right (did she commit an act that caused her automatic resignation) or about getting a supporting vote on city council?

Or is it about both?

Either way it looks like this will cost us more money.

We deserve better

Brutus

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Saturday

Sat, 09/07/2019 - 5:00am

It’s Saturday.

What’s on your mind?

 

We deserve better

Brutus

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Remember this in November

Fri, 09/06/2019 - 5:17am

Well they got us again.

In Maximum tax increase from the city we pointed out that while city council took a preliminary vote to increase our property tax rate to 88 cents per hundred dollars of valuation they simultaneously published notice in the Times that they would increase the rate to 90.73 cents.

When it came time to finalize the budget they used the 90.73 cent rate.  Three of the members that are up for re-election voted against or vetoed the increase.

Note that we did not hear much explanation as to why they voted against the increase.

It seems that they were only concerned with what their vote would like to the voters.

We deserve better

Brutus

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Right in front of their faces

Thu, 09/05/2019 - 5:00am

From a recent presentation to city council:

Let’s see:

  • Local manufacturers buy $39 billion of goods and services each year
  • Local suppliers provide 2% of that
Duh

If city council thinks it is responsible for economic development why don’t they focus on finding ways to raise the percentage above 2% instead of giving money away for water resorts and sports stadiums?

We deserve better

Brutus

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Not doing her job

Wed, 09/04/2019 - 5:00am

At the August 6, 2019 meeting of city council our city attorney spoke about ethics training as well as council members having a better understanding of Roberts Rules of Order.

Then astoundingly she indicated that having a more robust understanding of Roberts Rules would help even her.

Doing her job

Unfortunately this council as well as past councils has appointed the city attorney to also be the city parliamentarian.  This job should be done by someone who is not dependent upon the good will of city council.

She should know the rules backwards and forwards.  She should see to it that council meetings are conducted using those rules since council has voted to use them.

The job of city parliamentarian has been assigned to her.  She should have learned the rules before the very next council meeting.

While we’re at it

She should also see to it that council takes no action that is illegal.  She should be completely familiar with the Texas Open Meetings Act and see to it that the act is obeyed.

Further

She should also see to it that the rules about providing backup material when items are placed on the agenda.  Too often presentations are made at council meetings without them having been made available for viewing by the public 72 hours before a meeting.

If she doesn’t have time to handle these things she might assign one of her ample staff to do them for her.

Otherwise she should resign as parliamentarian.

We deserve better

Brutus

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Historic designation not voluntary

Tue, 09/03/2019 - 5:00am

This slide came from a presentation to city council:

It appears that other people can collectively vote to take your property.

We deserve better

Brutus

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Labor Day 2019

Mon, 09/02/2019 - 5:00am

Happy Labor Day!

What are your thoughts about the future of labor unions?

We deserve better

Brutus

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Didn’t work out that way

Sun, 09/01/2019 - 5:00am

Remember that ball park that would be paid for by hotel motel occupancy taxes?

That did not quite work out.

Take a look at the column on the far right of this chart:

In 2019 they project that 27% of the debt service will have to be paid with other sources of revenue.

We deserve better

Brutus

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Saturday

Sat, 08/31/2019 - 5:00am

It’s Saturday.

What’s on your mind?

We deserve better

Brutus

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Police back out on I10

Fri, 08/30/2019 - 5:23am

Great news!

I’ve actually seen motorcycle policemen with radar guns working interstate 10 recently.

This is better

Brutus

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EPISD–initial enrollment numbers 2019

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 5:00am

Things are not looking good at EPISD when considering enrollment numbers.

Last year in EPISD getting smaller faster we wrote about the district losing about  1,400 students between the 2017 and 2018 school years.

The district evidently tracks these numbers in two hour increments.

Here is the latest report:

As of August 27, 2018 the district showed enrollment of 57,103 students.

As of August 20, 2019 the district was showing 54,813.

We should expect the 2019 number to rise a bit but as of August 20 they are down 2,290 students.

I don’t know how much the state plans to pay the district for each student this year.  In past years it has been over $5,000 per student.

If they end up with a loss of 2,000 students and the state pays $5,000 each they will have a $10 million drop in revenue.

We deserve better

Brutus

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by Dr. Radut