Juarez killings

July 14, 2018

A loyal reader tipped us off to the fact that 22 people were killed in a 24 hour period in Juarez just a couple of weeks ago.

https://www.breitbart.com/texas/2018/06/26/22-murdered-in-single-day-throughout-el-paso-juarez-metropolitan-border-area/

El Paso suffers from the perception that the violence might spill over to the United States side.

Certainly the violence does not make it easy to recruit new businesses.

We deserve better

Brutus

 

 


Consistently losing

July 13, 2018

The May 2014 third quarter operating report for Sun Metro showed that they reported 12,471,000 riders so for that year.  They computed each ride as costing $2.73 and told us that they were recovering 30.34% from the fare box.

This year’s May 2018 third quarter operating report has them reporting 9,928,000 for the same period of time as the 2014 report.  Each ride cost $3.63 and they reported fare box recovery of 15.67%.

That means that they have had a 21% drop in ridership, a 33% increase in costs, and are recovering at half of their 2014 percentage.

It is time for them to consider new approaches.

What they are doing is failing and we are paying for it.

We deserve better

Brutus


Extra capacity?

July 12, 2018

We have been told that the rationale for closing ten EPISD elementary schools is that they are not being used to capacity.

In the case of Rivera elementary we have been told that the school is operating at 51 percent of capacity.

Why then does Rivera have six portable classrooms?  Isn’t there enough room in the permanent classrooms for the children?  Or is it possible that the six portables have been used to add “capacity”?

According to the Times the other schools are Moye, Beall, Bonham, Rusk, Alta Vista, Hawkins, Johnson, and Roberts.

If any of our readers pass by these schools we would appreciate hearing from them as to how many portables (if any) the schools have.

We deserve better

Brutus


Who should the planners be?

July 11, 2018

This came in from Max Grossman:

Dear Friends,

The Texas Attorney General is a busy man. He just announced that he is seeking to remove 8 of 13 members of the Planning Commission of Austin for being “directly or indirectly connected to real estate and land development,” in violation of the Austin City Charter.

QUESTION: Do we in El Paso have any folks on our Historic Landmark Commission, City Plan Commission or El Paso County Historical Commission who are connected to real estate and land development? Absolutely yes! Anyone on City Council? Yes. Are there any entangling connections between the real estate/development community and our City Government?

Mr. Paxton, please come to El Paso and help us break out of this death grip…

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Our city charter does not have a provision like this.

Should it?

We deserve better

Brutus

 


City council pay raises

July 10, 2018

No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened.

Amendment XXVII to the United States constitution.

Even members of congress seemed to have known that giving themselves a pay raise was wrong.

City council is going to put the question of their potential pay raise to the voters.

This will be a chance for you to tell them what you think.

We deserve better

Brutus


Wait for the bill

July 9, 2018

Well, they’re doing it again.

It is time to start the budgeting process for the city’s next year.

Instead of holding their budget meetings in the regular city council meeting place they have chosen to have a series of meetings in a much smaller room.  They could have the meetings in their regular place but evidently holding them in the smaller room will help to keep the public out.

They will hold such meetings July 9, 10, 11 and 12.

There is no backup material posted with the agenda item so you will just have to wait until they send you a tax bill.

We deserve better

Brutus


EPISD teacher cuts?

July 8, 2018

Many of the EPISD employees are afraid to speak up in public.

This note came in from one of them:

Rumor is that tenure/seniority are out the window and principals are getting to “pick” which means if you challenged your principal in any way, you are in danger of getting cut.  Each secondary campus estimated to lose 6-10 teachers.  The reason they might be getting away with it is because we are a District of Innovation BS.

I know…was displaced at my Elementary campus and I know I was not the last one in.
Can’t seem to get a position in another district because I have many years of service and my salary is too high….hmmmm.  If I could retire, I would.
Question:  What happens to the teachers on the “displaced” list if they don’t find a position for them?
They used to be sent to the Science Resource Center and now that’s a goner too.
I smell a RIF in disguise or a bigger one in the future.  We had one about 5 years ago with central office staff getting slips to either accept a demotion or leave.
We deserve better.
Garcia is looking really good again.
Dissappointed in the system

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