Archive for April 24th, 2009
This week’s arrest of arrest of KVIA-TV’s reporter Darren Hunt and photographer Ric DuPont by a police officer as they were reporting on Interstate-10 traffic accident got many people talking about the El Paso Police Department’s interactions with the news media and the public as well.
The El Paso Press Club has arranged a Meet the Press program this Saturday to explore questions the arrests raise about law enforcement procedures, training and discipline, and what working journalists and the public should expect from police on the city’s streets.
The panelists will be police department spokesman and former reporter Javier Sambrano, KVIA’s news director Brenda DeAnda and George De Angelis, a former assistant chief of the El Paso Police Department. De Angelis, the department’s No. 2 officer until 2002, teaches criminal justice at El Paso community College and holds two masters degrees, including one in criminal justice administration and security. He has also testified as an expert witness on police matters.
The panel will be open to questions from members of the news media and the public. Saturday’s event begins at 10:30 a.m. and will end about noon at Kinley’s House Coffee & Teas, 2231 N. Mesa St. at Kerby Ave.
The county ethics bill is to be discussed at two City Council community meetings, on Saturday and Monday:
– El Paso County Commissioner Anna Perez will speak at city Rep. Emma Acosta’s meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday at Chihua’s Restaurant, 9135 Gateway West. The scheduled topic is the county ethics bill.
– County Attorney Jose Rodriguez will speak city Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s meeting at 7 a.m. at the UTEP Village Inn. The scheduled topics include the proposed gang injunction and the county’s ethics bill.
– Sito Negron
This month’s Texas Monthly cover bills itself as “The Ideas Issue,” with 82 people writing about 100 words each on how to make Texas a better place. More ideas are featured on the web only. [link]
El Pasoans Tony Payan (let the border have authority to solve its own problems), Diana Natalicio (value education and diversity, understand interconnectedness), Alfredo Corchado (El Paso ought to secede to New Mexico), and David Romo (move the capitol, continually, and get rid of representatives) are in the magazine. On the web, Beto O’Rourke (decriminalize, regulate and tax pot) and Bobby Byrd (the drug war elephant is smelling up the room).
– Sito Negron
Politics is a 24-7-365 deal. So while El Paso’s mostly (relatively) low-key elections are around the corner, folks are gearing up for the next round. For the U.S. Senate, while there are horses in the race, nobody’s quite sure about the start time.
One candidate to take the Senate seat that apparently will be vacated by U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison when she takes on Texas Gov. Rick Perry in 2010 is Houston Mayor Bill White. He’s going to be in El Paso for a little confab with Democratic Party officials and anybody who wants to attend the gathering, which is at 5 p.m. at IBEW Union Hall at 6967 Commerce Street. At 9 a.m. tomorrow, White will be at the Ray Pearson Forum, 214 W. Franklin.
Some background reading to get up to date:
– His website. [link
-- White made his intentions clear in December. [link]
– There is confusion about when the election would take place. White’s campaign has requested an opinion from the federal election commission on how to take donations under such unclear circumstances. [link]
– The investigative Website Texas Watchdog is looking into White’s calendar and correspondence with a developer. [link]
– Sito Negron