This is from Helen Marshall:
Joe Muench posted a fawning essay about Joyce Wilson in the El Paso Times print edition of January 11, 2015 http://www.elpasotimes.com/opinion/ci_27296772/joyce-wilsons-current-role-may-be-bigger-than
saying that Ms. Wilson stuck around in El Paso after she left her nurturing role as the first City Manager, rather than retiring in Florida (I thought she had a job possibility there?) or taking other high-paying jobs elsewhere. Instead, she is running the “public employment agency” in order to work with the real “bigs” in town to “build us a better place to live.” No underlying reason is giving for her decision to “be a big player in dragging us, like it or not, to a position where we like it a lot.”
As they said in the elite schools in England, Bend Over and Take It Like a Man.
Muench then moves on to tell us that we have to get cracking on the three BIG quality of life bond projects, and slams Rep. Limón for not getting on the bandwagon. Perhaps Joe did not notice that it was Council, not Limón by herself, who asked current City Manager Gonzalez to provide a new list of site and financing options, “possibly within the next three months.” (http://www.elpasotimes.com/News/ci_27277606/City-does-not-disclose-potential-sites-for-El-Paso-bond-issue-projects)
That would be in response to the options briefed to council in closed session by the outside consultant, HKS Urban Planning. This firm has obviously done a bang-up job of assessing El Paso, which its written report states is 43% percent “Latino.” Destination El Paso manager Crowe said he was sure that was a typo, but as we are also told by the Times that the HKS briefer at the closed session said the “Latino” component was “40%,” it would appear that the typo has some deep roots. But gee, what can you expect when you only pay $500,000 for advice?
Perhaps Joe was miffed by Limón’s statement that “I want to make sure that there is full disclosure on all the projects, and that there are no hidden costs.” Sounds like a reminder of the Stadium Caper to me, how dare she?
Mr. Gonazalez noted that staff would have to figure how to get these projects built and sustained, as “the bond issue planners failed to factor operations and maintenance costs into the bond issue calculations ” That would be Saint Joyce and her team… Joe Muench notes that Joyce coined the best name for those who opposed her plans to remake the city – the “Crazies.” I’d have said that it’s a pretty good name for a team of Bigs who can’t even remember that once built, you have to operate and maintain something. I wonder who’s paying those costs at Southwest University Park? Meantime, let’s not forget that Wilson also presided over a city bureaucracy that failed to get the paperwork done on time, losing some $5.1 million in funding for street projects such as bicycle lanes, and $14.2 million in federal funding for other projects. The incoming City Manager asked the citizens of El Paso to remain calm despite the delays. (Keep calm and carry on, anyone?) We can only hope that Ms. Shaung is contemplating these delays calmly as she waits for her pension rights to kick in. http://diario.mx/El_Paso/2014-08-02_7b433fcd/se-pierden-$51-millones-de-cuatro-proyectos-viales/