Did they do this purposefully?

January 19, 2020

This chart is part of an upcoming presentation to city council:

What is the funding source of the green 53%?

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Taxing our food

January 17, 2020

The city has hired a concessionaire for the four new water parks.

Take a look at this:

Yes, now the city will get to tax you on the food you eat at a city park.

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No need to tell the truth

January 16, 2020

Elrichboy over at elchuqueno.com wrote an illuminating post about changes in our city manager’s employment contract.

You can read it here.

He points out that the city manager’s original employment agreement (May 20, 2014) listed 14 reasons why the city manager could be fired for cause.  City council can fire the city manager at any time but without good cause the city would have to pay the manager an extra year of pay.

When the contract was renewed on December 11, 2018 the list of specific causes shrank to seven.

Read elrichboy’s post to see all seven of them.

One that got my attention was:

Conscious misrepresentation of material facts to the Council or other City Officials in the conduct of the City’s business.

That explains a lot.

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Hurry up and wait.

January 12, 2020

I went to pick up someone from the airport around 8 PM the other night.

The lighting and holiday decorations were beyond nice–they were impressive.

Unfortunately my passenger and his fellow travelers had to wait 55 minutes to receive their luggage.  When he asked why he was told that the airport had only one baggage crew on duty that night.

There was a time when your bags would be on the conveyor before you could walk from the gate to the luggage area.

That left a favorable impression on people about El Paso.

I don’t know who the baggage handlers work for.  If they work for the airlines the airport should require them to staff adequately.  If they work for the airport then the airport managers should see to it that passengers get their bags quickly.

Airplanes arrive on a schedule.  This should not be hard to figure out.

It is hard enough for us to get out of town business people to come to El Paso.

This would be a step that would help.

We deserve better


More disrespect from city council

January 7, 2020

Aaron Montes of El Paso Times recently wrote this article about the district 6 city council representative.

It has been a while since we have seen this kind of reporting in the Times.

Thank you Aaron.

None of us can know what the city representative’s motives were.

From the outside it does look like she was using city money to promote both her and her husband’s political careers.

There evidently is a long standing city council rule that requires city representatives to get city council approval before spending their “discretionary funds” and in this case it appears that she spent the money without approval.

Some questions come to mind:

Why the heck do city representatives get any discretionary funds?

Does she have a city credit card and can thus spend money without going through purchasing?

If she did go through purchasing why wasn’t this caught?

Why doesn’t council do something about this?

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Sun Metro continues to shrink

January 6, 2020

Sun Metro has not been publishing their quarterly fixed route numbers so I made a public information request.

Their response was quick, the service was good.

They provided me with their year end report for FY2019 as I requested:

They claim having more than a million riders for the month of August 2019 and more than 12 million for all of FY 2019.

Unfortunately their records show another 6% decrease in ridership between 2018 and 2019.

Also please take a look at their cost per trip.  In August 2019 they show it as $5.00 per passenger trip.  The most a passenger can pay is $1.50.

Their records show that passengers paid $11.59% of the cost of operating the service in August 2019.

We deserve better


Stop the spending

January 5, 2020

Here’s another idea to reduce city expenses:

Don’t do this:

Discussion and action on the award of Solicitation No. 2019-909 Bicycle Connectivity Infrastructure, Phase I to Horizone Construction I, Ltd for a total estimated award of $1,898,160.80. The project consists of the re-striping of Alabama Street, Viscount Boulevard, Resler Drive, Robinson Avenue, Fort Boulevard, and Los Angeles Drive. The project also includes roadway improvements at the intersection of Alabama and Fred Wilson.

They propose to create bicycle lanes on Alabama from Atlas to Arizona.

Do they plan to have an EMS truck nearby?

Robinson is already a nightmare.

These are luxuries.  We need to pay our past bills.

We deserve better


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