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NPT City: Lobbyist Gutierrez explains the PSB review contract

Hector Gutierrez, the lobbyist and consultant who was hired to do a study of the Public Service Board, is being paid $46,000 for the work, he said during a brief interview in Austin. [Click here for background] He said that the two-and-a-half month job includes a must-call list of 110 people, including elected officials, former PSB members, and El Paso residents. Those include fierce critics Jimmy Janacek and city Rep. Eddie Holguin, he said.

He also responded to two questions of potential conflict: He has represented the El Paso Water Utilities, which is governed by the PSB, in the past. And, he heads the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce’s Governmental Affairs Committee, which likely will end up taking a position on the issue of what to do with the water, sewer and stormwater utility governance and management. He said he last represented the utility five or six years ago, and that if the chamber takes a position, he will recuse himself from discussions on behalf of the chamber.

Comments, anyone?

Sito Negron

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Written by newspapertreeelpaso

February 20, 2009 at 10:55 am

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  1. At $418 per call and just over one call a day to make, not a bad job to have.
    If you have to “recuse” yourself there is already a conflict existing. one or the other but you cant have it both ways, or is that 46,000 ways?

    Aggie Math

    February 20, 2009 at 11:46 am

  2. It gets deeper and deeper and we all just stand by.

    Find the Truth

    February 20, 2009 at 12:50 pm

  3. isnt that like investigating yourself ? who hired him to do the study ? the psb ?

    deepthroat

    February 20, 2009 at 2:11 pm

  4. Perhaps he can hold up a mirror and look at it as he investigates. With the correct angle he will be able to see the CEO-President standing behind him and the
    Mayor.

    And people still claim there is transparency, no out of control salaries and accountability is ajoke at best.

    Did they use the PSB method of determining salaries, you know, what are they paying in let’s see NY. Yes, that’s an excellent salary so that’s what he will get paid. Wouldnt you like the experience of choosing a city and having the boss pay you what they pay in other cities?

    It’s time for a real change in the Mayorship, this one doesnt even try to be discreet anymore. He’s so sure of the re-election, he is transparent about his questionable decisions.

    Rey

    February 20, 2009 at 3:26 pm

  5. well, i guess it could be worse. red oak, cdm, or urs could be doing the study.

    deep

    February 20, 2009 at 4:16 pm

  6. Mr. Gutierrez is an outstanding, honest & hard-working individual. People who know him and his work hold him in high regard. We’re lucky to have him.

    eam

    February 20, 2009 at 4:42 pm

  7. Yes, we are lucky to get cast offs from Austin. El Paso is full of honest, hard working and outstanding individuals that do the right thing for alot less than that amount. That is what is wrong with this country today, these outrageous salaries paid to cronies and yes men. Im glad Obama won so we can get rid of this “business as usual” mentality.

    VIdeo Killed

    February 20, 2009 at 10:58 pm

  8. jesus, this guy has so many connections to psb in the past along with the chamber of commerce. did anyone really think we would get a good report from this guy with all the conflicts of interest. to find problems you need someone who is gonna look for it. someone like jim janacek or the fbi.

    http://archives.newspapertree.com/july2007/Resume7.pdf

    http://fundrace.huffingtonpost.com/neighbors.php?type=name&lname=Gutierrez&fname=Hector

    http://www.elpaso.org/executiveCommittee.html

    look how many psb board members are on the chamber boards and even wives and relatives serve committees.

    deep throat

    February 21, 2009 at 11:25 am


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