An end to transparency

April 6, 2020

The city is planning to have a city charter election this November.

Some of the things that they are thinking of changing don’t sound like good ideas to me.

Take this one for example:

They evidently want to exempt their advisory boards from the open meetings requirements.


Their slide explains it.  “Increased productivity and freedom of discussion among advisory boards”.

In other words the board members can get together and plot and scheme away from public view.

These people are out of control.

We deserve better



Request for donations

April 5, 2020

ElPasoMatters sent us this the other day:


This is what they say:

While I respect Mr. Moore personally I did not like his editorial policy while he was with The El Paso Times.  In my opinion he was an enabler of the nonsense that we saw and continue to see coming out of city hall.  It seemed to me that taxpayer  money did not matter to him.

He sees five “information needs in coming months”:

  • We are already being adequately told about how to protect the health of our families
  • Solutions-focused information–I don’t know how he could possibly help
  • Ensuring that the needs of our most vulnerable populations are being met–beyond his control
  • Accountability reporting–that would be nice
  • Election coverage–facts, or opinion?

I hope that ElPasoMatters survives.

I won’t be giving them any money unless I see them as part of a solution instead of part of a problem.

We deserve better


Open line Saturday

April 4, 2020

It’s Saturday.

What’s on your mind?

We deserve better


A wise old saying

April 3, 2020

I heard this the other day:

“We were given two ears and one mouth for a reason.  We should listen twice as much as we speak.”

We deserve better


A fair question?

April 2, 2020

Elrichboy over at published an interesting post about the the ownership of El Paso Electric and The El Paso Times.

It seems that the same investment firm has significant ownership of both companies.

We should have at least expected the Times to tell us that.

We deserve better


Power play foiled

April 1, 2020

City council rejected an ordinance that would have required three city council members to agree to put an item on their agenda.

No one would say where this came from but it is a bad idea.

Any city council member should be able to place an item on the agenda.

This is better


No competition

March 31, 2020

The city’s Emergency Measures ordinance has some unfairness built into it.

Why for example do bookstores have to close yet Walmart and Target are allowed to sell books?

How are title companies essential?

Sporting goods stores are closed but you can buy those items at Walmart and Target.

Why can you buy clothes at Walmart and Target but department stores and local shops are closed?

Should the city prohibit the sale of certain items instead of letting the big box stores do whatever they want?

We deserve better



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