Repeat after me–It’s all good

Item 5.4 on the Tuesday, February 7, 2017 city council agenda was posted as:

That the City Manager be authorized to sign an Advertising Service Agreement by and between the City of El Paso and The Laster Group, Inc. dba Culture Span Marketing a Texas company, to conduct an advertising campaign to attract public attention to the El Paso Quality of Life projects and projects associated with improving the quality of life of the citizens of the City of El Paso, for an amount not to exceed Two Hundred Twenty-One Thousand One Hundred Sixty Dollars ($221,160.00).

Someone evidently feels that the taxpayers need some education.

Some of the members of city council will stand for re-election this May and probably think that some advertising could help their chances for re-election.

We doubt that the campaign will draw public attention to the cost of the projects.

Spending a quarter of a million dollars to help their campaigns is shameful.

No Bids

Once again the city seems to be trying to stretch the rules.

From what we can see the contract was not put out to competitive bid.  The agenda posting included this note:

This is a purchase pursuant to the General Exemptions advertising, other than legal notices, Section 252.022(a) (16) under Chapter 252 of the Texas Local Government Code.

Section 252.022(a)(16) exempts advertising from the state’s competitive bidding requirements.

This contract was for advertising services–deciding what advertising to do, not advertising itself.

We deserve better


12 Responses to Repeat after me–It’s all good

  1. Tickedofftaxpayer says:

    Or maybe it is just damage control because too many of us are looking at potholes and high taxes and saying rude things about the intelligence level of our city leaders. Imagine if El Paso actually spent this money on tourism or economic development advertising instead?


    • Reality Checker says:

      The City and groups like Redco, PDNG, and Borderplex have spent lots money over the past 20 years to promote economic development and we have little to show for it. The City has deferred and outsourced economic development to these groups, which are controlled by a few individuals who have their own personal agendas.


      • Tickedofftaxpayer says:

        They spend money, but it isn’t on advertising. I see other cities promoting themselves in economic development magazines and trade shows when I travel, but not El Paso. Same for tourism. The only serious PR campaign I’ve seen them do at a national level was focused on glorifying the ballpark back when they were trying to pretend it would drive economic development. Money is spent on slogans like It’s All Good, El Paso and there is a lot of advertising in airport boarding areas here, but those folks are already here.


  2. More waste. Instead of pushing forward with these ridiculous and unnecessary projects, why not grow up – as in, become adults – and look into canceling the remainder of the uncompleted projects?! Especially that unnecessary arena! And, save us the cost of your even more ridiculous advertising campaign!


  3. Reality Checker says:

    Did you mean to say March 7?


  4. Reality Checker says:

    This is a perfect example of the pervasive stupidity and self-serving wastefulness at city hall. They and their special interest friends spent big money to promote the QOL bond, they have delivered only a small part of what was promised, most of the projects completed are probably over budget, and now they want to spend more money to brag about what they have done. You’re right. This is simply free campaign advertising for the incumbent members of council.


  5. Lily Limón says:

    Please note that this item was deleted from the agenda. Lily Limón.


  6. Garcia says:

    To me, the big point here is that it was not bid out. Inside influence finds a way to get money to insiders, i.e. themselves, in a round about way.


  7. Lily Limón says:

    It came from the city manager. We did not even discuss it because it was deleted prior to agenda review.


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