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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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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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Brutus

 

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Saturday

Sat, 10/12/2019 - 8:26am

Saturday is open topic day.

Let us hear from you.

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Brutus

 

 

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Declining birth rate

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

Brutus

 

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Not Brio, Adagio actually

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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Brutus

 

 

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Trust us

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?

We deserve better

Brutus

 

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Who are we giving to?

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

Brutus

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Guilty because we say so

Mon, 10/07/2019 - 5:00am

Take a look at this press release from the city:

New efficiency

We don’t know if Dr. Morgan is guilty or not.  We do know that the city’s press release says “The officers arrived and through the investigation found that Morgan had assaulted his wife”.

Didn’t it use to take a jury trial to make that kind of statement?

Someone needs to teach these people what fair is.

Maybe they don’t want to be fair.

We deserve better

Brutus

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Mushrooms

Sun, 10/06/2019 - 5:00am

Somehow members of our city council have gotten the mistaken impression that they are not allowed to talk with people  that are involved in litigation with the city.

Actually the ones that have restrictions on whom they may talk with are the attorneys involved in the case.  Those attorneys may only deal with their opponents through the opponent’s attorneys.

The actual people involved are allowed to deal with each other as they please.

The very idea that anyone cannot speak with their elected representatives is absurd, but this is another way that city staff keeps council in the dark.

We deserve better

Brutus

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Saturday is open line day

Sat, 10/05/2019 - 5:00am

It’s Saturday, tell us what’s on your mind.

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Brutus

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Give aways

Fri, 10/04/2019 - 5:00am

The city enters into “380 agreements” with various companies in order to incent a company to add more employees or move an operation into El Paso.

The city’s internal auditor wrote this about his findings related to “380 agreements”.

Note that even though the companies failed to do what they promised they still got paid.

We deserve better

Brutus

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A thought about the bicycle riders

Thu, 10/03/2019 - 5:00am

Daniel Lopez made this comment the other day:

We should register bicycle path users and charge a similar organized sports user fee like the parks department does for soccer etc.., after all there’s no such thing as a free lunch. 

Interesting thought

We have to obtain a drivers license in order to drive a motor vehicle on a public road.

Why shouldn’t bicycle riders be required to be licensed if they want to ride on public roads?

We deserve better

Brutus

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EPISD still losing students

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 5:00am

Unfortunately EPISD’s enrollment problems continue.

We’ve written before about them losing students every year.  EPISD getting smaller faster gave a recap of where they were in the 2018-2019 school year.

The first six weeks numbers are out for this year.

On August 27, 2018 they showed an enrollment of 57,103.

As of September 13, 2019 they were at 55,434 students.

This continues their loss of about 1,600 students every year.

We deserve better

Brutus

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