Butterfield trail

April 23, 2020

This came in from a loyal reader:



I see this as another Great Wolf Lodge deal where we pay this developer to open up the Butterfield Gold Course.  He wants the city to pay him  $2 Million a year plus extras to do it.  Read the link to see the proposal.  Made me sick to even think the city would even consider it.


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Sharing recreation facilities

April 21, 2020

This item was on the Tuesday, April 14, 2020  EPISD board of trustees agenda:

Administration is recommending an Interlocal Agreement with the City of El Paso for an existing ball field located at Washington Park (Hugo Meyer). The District would commit to improving a baseball field, improve/construct parking, and related facilities. The District will coordinate use with the City, but at a minimum will have exclusive use for baseball games and practices.


The District would be responsible for the design and construction.  Maintenance will be shared with the City, and each entity will provide general daily baseball field maintenance during their respective periods of use.  EPISD will be responsible for the baseball netting.  The City of El Paso will be responsible for the care of the turf, irrigation, fencing, lighting, and all structural baseball components.


The initial term would be for 30 years, with two 10-year automatic extensions.

Shared use

What they are talking about doing is sharing a city owned ball field with the school district.

This is better


Drowning in debt but not at the waterpark

April 20, 2020

The $100 million give away to the proposed water park seems to be dead.

The city has been negotiating with the company for over five years.

The company recently announced that they would not build the project.

They seem to be blaming the COVID-19 situation.

We were committed to giving them over $100 million to help finance a $150 million project.

Do they think that our economy will not recover?  Or is the reason they have not moved forward after five years of negotiating that they were never convinced that the deal made sense?

How much money have we spent getting this deal set up?

Will the land transfer still take place?

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Stop the spending, please!

April 19, 2020

Two city representative had this item on the Monday, April 13, 2020 special city council agenda:

Discussion on renovating the Abraham Chavez Theater and/or the civic center with funds authorized by the
“Museum, Cultural, Performing Arts, and Library Facilities” ballot proposition of the 2012 Quality of Life bond
election rather than building a new multipurpose performing arts and entertainment facility in the Union Plaza

If you read the emails between the city’s bond counsel and various state officials this is pretty much what the original idea was.

The project morphed into an “arena” with an unknown cost.

Isn’t it time that we stop all city spending except what is absolutely necessary?

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Don’t cut sound governance

April 16, 2020

Do they think about what they are saying?

This slide comes from a presentation to city council:

The slide shows proposed reductions in spending by category.

Do we really want them to spend less money on “Sound Governance”?

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