San Jacinto getting worse

Item 6.1 on the Tuesday, February 23, 2015 city council agenda is:

Goal 4: Enhance El Paso’s Quality of Life through Recreational, Cultural and Educational Environments

That the City Manager be authorized to sign the Second Amendment to the Agreement for Professional Services by and between the City of El Paso and SWA Group, a California Corporation, for a project known as “San Jacinto Plaza Redesign”, to add additional professional services for construction services in the amount of Fifty Thousand and No/100 Dollars ($50,000.00) thereby extending the contract amount from $550,000.00 to $600,000.00.

The agendas now tie each agenda item to the city’s published goals.

My preference would be that the item be listed as:

Goal 6: Set the Standard for Sound Governance and Fiscal Management

Fire everyone involved with the project and get our money back.

Then again I guess we have different goals.  The fact that this item is on the consent agenda speaks volumes.

We deserve better



8 Responses to San Jacinto getting worse

  1. I agree with reality checker. I still do not understand why our streets continue to deteriorate while money is flowing down the drain on all these worthless “projects.”


  2. Chas Thomas says:



  3. doubter says:

    According to the Engineering Department, the palm trees in the plaza were given to the construction company in exchange for a deduction of $50,000 from their contract. The trees were valued at $5000 each. I would like to see that paper work on that. My supposition is that Engineering just gave them away to the contractor, then tried to back peddle by saying their contract would reflect the credit.


  4. Haiduc says:

    The rotating art on airway are not all spinning in the wind….
    is there a warranty ?


  5. Reality Checker says:

    This park remodeling project requires a California company?

    If you want to talk about fiscal responsibility, let’s talk about the $7 million spent on the Airways egg-beaters. The artwork budget for that little art project was $7 million. The construction and installation was done by Jordan Foster. ECM International, the architects for the airport, also got a piece of the pie. What’s not clear is whether the Jordan Foster and ECM costs are part of the $7 million or if their fees make the total cost even higher.

    Vicki Scurri, the Washington state artist who did the egg beaters, also got two other big contracts for all the overpass and freeway art on I-10 and Loop 375.

    It’s interesting that we can afford millions of dollars of artwork on the freeways and hundreds of thousands of dollars of artwork on bus shelters, but we can’t repair the streets.


  6. Jerry K says:

    City employees are 6,000 votes and CC doesn’t like to embarrass them by calling out their failures. Really, there are some very well managed departments. It’s the few that keep mucking things up, like Engineering, that need attention.


    • Reality Checker says:

      Yes, and don’t forget that the big managerial change in engineering happened in conjunction with the ballpark. Just one more hidden cost related to the ballpark.


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