Running business out of town

I was saddened to hear yet another El Paso businessperson say last week that he was considering leaving town and moving elsewhere in Texas.

Evidently after recently having gone through a process that led to new regulations from the city (that control his industry) he had just learned that the city was starting a new effort to impose more regulations.

We deserve better



19 Responses to Running business out of town

  1. ripper1951 says:

    What type of business? More regulations on what?


  2. It would be a tad more helpful (not to mention believable) if you could identify the business, or the business person, or the regulations to which you vaguely refer.


    • Reality Checker says:

      Not everyone is retired and drawing a pension, so some prefer anonymity while still in the workplace. If you question Brutus’s honesty and integrity, stop reading and commenting on this blog.


      • I hate to think about what kind of job you might have that you feel it necessary to fear speaking your mind. As for the name of the business, or the type of business, or even whatever regulations he made reference to, how does your excuse apply? I am not seeking information about someone who depends on a regular job here, you know?


        • Reality Checker says:

          No, you’re seeking information regarding a person whose business might be dependent on either government contracts or contracts with entities aligned with government. Who are we to question why a person might choose to want their identity and privacy protected? I respect Brutus for not breaching the confidence of a person who spoke to him about a personal matter.


        • Anonymous says:

          Mr. Dungan, you don’t know this town. If you’re employed, it’s best to be anonymous … or face retaliation. I agree with Reality Checker.


          • Oh, but I do know this town! I have lived here and worked here since 1970! I even worked for the City/County Health Department for ten years! I would never have worked for any employer where I felt that I had given up my right to free speech (or any other right, for that matter)! As a matter of fact, I was always known to be outspoken, and I always spoke up when it mattered. Again, I do not know what kind of work y’all do, but it sure looks to me like you either need to find another line, or just keep your opinions to yourself. I also spent some years as an investigator, and I hated most of all dealing with “anonymous” complaints because they are rarely provable. If you do not have the courage of your convictions, or feel that you are denied the right to them, you have a serious problem.


          • Reality Checker says:

            I have no patience for being lectured by condescending, self-righteous people who worked for the government. Dungan has a right to his opinion, but not to the privacy of others. He says he is “seeking information”? He doesn’t have a right to the personal information of others. For him to say that people must either state their name or keep their opinions to themselves is just wrong. People write “name withheld” letters to newspapers all the time and have for years. 99% of the comments and posts on this blog are made anonymously. Now all of a sudden after all these years Dungan wants to know who everyone is? Since Dungan doesn’t respect unattributed ideas or opinions, maybe he is the one who should leave this blog. This is a local blog, not the Washington Post. If Dungan is so damned concerned about unattributed comments, let him go lecture the Post, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and all the networks. At best, Dungan reminds me of a nosey neighbor with too much time on his hands. At worst, he reminds me of Joseph McCarthy.


        • Reality Checker says:

          In the words of Mark Twain, “The more I learn about people, the more I love my dog.”


          • I think you might want to check your own reality, there Checker person! Do not twist my words, please. I may and am responsible for what I say, but I am not responsible for your own misunderstanding of my words. I did not say anything about seeking information about anyone. I said, and if you could read, you would know this, “I am not seeking information,” did I not? You’re the one who tried to turn that into me demanding information! I did not say “people must either state their name or keep their opinions to themselves.” I say, and have said many times, that I tend to give less weight to opinions or complaints expressed anonymously. As Americans, in case you never learned this in school, we have the right to face our accusers, but when a complaint comes anonymously, that right is being denied! Please stop putting words in my mouth, and look to your own backyard.


        • Gestapo Much? says:

          Why are you “seeking information” at all on anyone posting here? Are you the comments police? And you wonder why people don’t post their name, occupation, address and phone number. People like you, that’s why. You attack just about every poster on this blog.


    • Communism Sucks says:

      You find it unbelievable that the city of El Paso would regulate a business and that the city (or any taxing entity) would do such a thing as regulate a business to the degree that the business would consider looking for a more friendly city in which to move?

      As far as regulation, take your pick: lending, food trucks, anything downtown, etc. They regulate neighborhoods, adding taxes to houses on certain blocks for things the city decides to do.

      The city of El Paso in now in “new funding sources” mode due to past overspending. It doesn’t surprise me at all that they would be considering new regulations nor do I care about what industry they will newly regulate.

      People are right to be scared to reveal themselves when the government acts with impunity. You can say what you want about Billy Abraham, but if anyone thinks the city was right to engage in a vendetta against him to get his property then I hope they get the same treatment themselves. Same with Mike Armstrong.


  3. Rico Suave says:

    As above details would be most helpful….


  4. Tickedofftaxpayer says:

    Unless he is the only person working in that industry in the city (which would make it a very unusual industry to bother developing “more” regulations for), it shouldn’t hurt his anonymity to be more specific about the regulations under consideration.


  5. ??? says:

    What business? What regulations? It would be helpful to know what the city is doing but this post says nothing.


  6. good governance oxymoron says:

    Could be this.

    Proposed changes to ordinance could affect El Paso cab companies

    El Paso cab companies are not too happy with a city proposal to make changes to the Transportation for Hire Ordinance.

    In 2016, El Paso city council voted to deregulate local cab companies to level the playing field and allow them to compete with ride sharing companies like Uber and Lyft.

    Now the city wants to amend the ordinance


  7. good governance oxymoron says:

    Sounds like City Council’s Ordinance revision created more problems than it solved, apparently including not funding the inspectors to enforce the code.

    Cabbie: There’s ‘chaos’



    In the seven months since El Paso City Council largely – but not completely – deregulated the taxi business, the number of cab companies has jumped from six to 34.

    … there’s “chaos” on the streets because of the explosion of new companies, illegal jitneys and fake taxis with magnetic signs on the side.


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