Another great honor

October 18, 2019

Our readers pointed out to us the other day that the purchasing award the city recently got involved the city paying a fee of either $400 or $600 depending upon whether the city is a member of the organization.

Following up on that thought the city also receives a “Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting”.

Maybe the certificate is designed to make us feel better about what the city is telling us.

As it turns out the Government Finance Officers Association is the group awarding the certificate of achievement.

The city uses our tax money to pay for their submission:

Would the city tell us if they failed to get the certificate that they bought?

We deserve better

Brutus


Double negatives

October 17, 2019

The city hired an out of town firm to conduct a study of our downtown parking situation.

You can read it here.

The print is very light and difficult to read.

We did find this gem:

The consultants wrote:

We found numerous instances of overly worded and bureaucratic language  throughout all sections of the El Paso Code of Ordinances.  The use of double negatives and confusing language makes reading and understanding the code very difficult for the average citizen.

According to plan

This is part of how the functionaries down at the city maintain their power.

Will this out of town firm ever be hired again?

We deserve better

Brutus


Award for innovation

October 16, 2019

One of our loyal readers sent this in with the note “You can’t make this up”.

From El Paso Inc.

The National Procurement Institute has awarded the city of El Paso Purchasing & Strategic Sourcing Department the 2019 Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award. The award is earned by public and nonprofit organizations that obtain a high application score based on innovation, professionalism, e-procurement procedures, productivity and leadership. It is the sixth year in a row that the city has received the award.

Many of us can say first hand that they are innovative.

We deserve better

Brutus


False promise

October 15, 2019

The city is adopting a new parking app named “Park 915”.

This slide is part of a presentation that will be made in a special city council meeting Monday, October 14, 2019.

Real time?

Supposedly the app will allow us to parking spaces that are available at the moment we look.

How can it do that?

If someone parks a vehicle in a spot and ignores the electronic app the spot is still going to be occupied.

We can see that the app could tell us if a spot is supposed to be unoccupied but confirming that a spot is open will require visual confirmation or electronic sensors.

Is this another case of over-promising?

 

We deserve better

Brutus


Lost dog proposal

October 14, 2019

The slide below is what city staff is recommending that the city do relative to the “Lost Dog Trail” and other land where we voted with the following language to create an ordinance:

Shall an ordinance be approved to preserve in its natural state, for all time, the 1,107 acres
owned by the City of El Paso and referred to as “Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone Number
Twelve,” which includes the “Lost Dog Trail,” and to prohibit, for all time, any private development and
any major public roadways on said 1,107 acres?

This seems reasonable to me.  I think it says that the city would not have to buy the land and that after the restrictive covenants are created the land will be preserved.

I assume that changing the covenants would require city council action and supposedly the public would have an opportunity to weigh in at that time.

What do y’all think?

We deserve better

Brutus


Not Brio, Adagio actually

October 10, 2019

In November of 2018 we wrote about the Alameda Brio being late.

We were originally told that it would start running in early 2018.

The Sun Metro web site contained this notice in December of 2018:

The other day we saw this on the Sun Metro site:

It’s getting late in 2019 so they better hurry.

We deserve better

Brutus

 

 


Trust us

October 9, 2019

This is what the bond issue will look like on the ballot:

Do they know what they are going to build?

They have a list of facilities but they put this footnote on each slide:

Amounts listed are preliminary estimates subject to change. Actual use of any approved bond funds
will be determined by subsequent action by City Council.

Do they know how much each building will cost?

No, they have not gone out to bid–they are just guessing.  Many of us can remember how that worked out with the ballpark/city hall move.

Can someone send us a graphic of a blank check?

We deserve better

Brutus

 


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