It is hard to ignore the fact that to this day the El Paso Times and the City of El Paso share a building.
The part of the building that used to be the administrative offices of the Times was sold by the newspaper to the city. Some of us think that the price the city paid was significantly higher than would have been paid in an arm’s length transaction.
The Times wanted to get out of their building so they sold part of it to the city. Moving the production facilities was evidently deemed to be too expensive.
So now we have a situation where city executives work with Times personnel in the same building on a daily basis.
If the opprobrium of the many current city scandals ever goes away we will still have to see our city government and what should be an independent newspaper residing in the same building sharing common financial goals.
We deserve better