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NPT City: Two PSB nuggets: Transparency, quietly; Chamber meeting with Archuleta

psb-el-pasoThe Public Service Board, which oversees the El Paso Water Utilities and has taken heavy fire for its secretive dealings, has taken a few under-the-radar but fundamental steps toward opening up.

No. 1

— The agenda has more detail on the description of Executive Session meeting items. This is important because previously the items would simply state discussion of land issues or some other very general non-informative statement. Now the agenda has a description of the land under question, for example. Why is this important? Because things like this used to happen, and the public would never know.

— In addition, some agendas have actual backup info attached. Click here for the meetings page, which also has podcast and MP4 audio of the meetings. The Feb. 11 meeting, for example, has a few attachments.

— They are working toward streaming live video of the meetings some time in March.

I’m going to give myself a slap on the hand for not paying more attention to the fundamentals of open government, which includes access to meeting information.

No. 2

From the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, regarding a first-of-its-kind event:

Ed Archuleta, El Paso Water Utility CEO, will present to The Chamber at what will become an annual public review of the Stormwater Utility management and operations’ financial statements and operating budget as part of an accountability and oversight process. The utility will provide information to help you gain a clear picture of what improvements the utility planned, what resources were expended to achieve completion of those plans, what projects are planned for the future and what funds will be necessary to fulfill obligations.

— What:Stormwater Utility Update provided by Ed Archuleta, EPWU CEO, and Ruben Guerra, Chairman of the PSB
— When:Thursday, February 26th at 12 Noon Where:Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce

Sito Negron


Written by newspapertreeelpaso

February 24, 2009 at 11:01 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Before you pat yourself on the back, Patron, isnt tansparency supposed to be automatic, not forced on you? Upcoming election and the Mayor taking heat have something to do with it?

    Now we should keep the pressure on, lest it the PSB revert to its old ways after the election.

    Now we need pressure for accountability and out of control salaries. Let’s take a hard look at the salaries and see how many are based on San Antonio wages not El Paso Border Town wages, where El Patron lives and works.


    February 24, 2009 at 3:27 pm

  2. the chamber is a joke. they should call “the chamber of the guerra family”. he is on the board while either the wife or kids serve on a committee. if you notice they say what they want to do but give no amount of how much thsi or that project will cost. they can say it will cost this and we have to accept it. how do we know they are not over charging for the digging out of the drainage ditches in the valley right now. they could say it cost this and how can we argue ? this stormwater utility is the cash cow so they wont have to charge impact fees to developers. the businesses and homeowners get screwed and this fee will go on forever. if you will notice cook side stepped the issue of impact fees.
    this is all total bullshit along with the future report from gutierrez.

    rey is completely right in his statements about the upcoming election being the only reason the chamber is acting along with many businesses quitting the chamber. i will never be a member again.

    oh yeah, one other thing. anybody but byrd.


    February 24, 2009 at 5:17 pm

  3. Clarification. How are the mysterious but powerful PSB members selected. Previous articles in the EPT made it sound as if the Mayor was automatically a member and he appointed the other four, similar to other City Boards and Commissions. This is not so. The Mayor can nominate a candidate and the Board Chair can nominate others. The Board then decides which candidates to submit to City Council and they make the final choice.

    Ken G

    February 24, 2009 at 11:01 pm

  4. The Mayor and others have repeatedely stated that city council doesnt know how to manage the Stormwater system and is the blame for all those failures. Then why is he on the board? He is part of city council.

    I guess he is saying he is the only smart one or he is a just a PSB prop?


    February 25, 2009 at 8:55 am

  5. […] sure has been busy. In addition to being host to a new annual event, the PSB public review (click here for more), it today is organizing a higher education address by UTEP President Diana Natalicio, […]

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