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NPT City: The Jaime Perez slate?



So, city elections are supposed to be non-partisan, but according to this posting in Gustavo Reveles Acosta’s blog over at the El Paso Times, there’s a slate of folks running as part of the JOP.

Bear in mind we haven’t confirmed the authenticity of this yet. Working on that.

Follow the jump to read the letter.

You can read this in its original form here.

Dear Taxpayer:

You are receiving this letter because you are a taxpayer and a voter. My name is Jaime O. Perez and I am writing on behalf of Americans for Energy Independence (AEI PAC). Americans for Energy Independence is dedicated to promoting renewable energy and fiscal conservatism. The upcoming election on May 9th is very important. There are many issues that confront taxpayers and consumers of public services, not the least of which are efficiency in energy use and in the provision of basic services.

When AEI PAC asked for me to participate in the selection of candidates to endorse for the May city election, I was happy to do it. More than anyone, I understand the cynicism of those that would paint all politicians as corrupt, ego-driven incompetents. The truth is not far from this description. I work daily with many of them. Yet, on occasion, some candidates rise up beyond the stereotype and offer something worthwhile to the citizens of El Paso. Al Catucci, Howard Barton, Jose Alexandro Lozano, Melina Castro and Robert Larson Barron are such people.

Mayoral candidate Al Frank Catucci is a successful entrepreneur and athlete. Howard Barton is a disabled veteran and a journalist who is a fierce fiscal conservatism; Jose Alexandro Lozano is a successful businessman with an inordinate amount of horse sense; Melina Castro has been a staunch voice for fiscal prudence; and Robert Larson Barron is a working man, a welder who is tired of out of control spending and taxation at city hall. All of these candidates are worthy models of what is possible with dedication and a sincere and honest work ethic.

The AEI PAC respectfully requests you vote for the entire Reform Slate. Only by electing all of them, at the same time, can we hope to bring about the changes they propose. Otherwise, the tax and spend majority will continue to squander the city’s and your prosperity.

What do they want to do for you and the City of El Paso? The slate has endorsed a significant and sweeping overhaul of city government. They are not satisfied with touting the same tired slogans of tax and spend. They are unified in their commitment to cut spending and reduce taxes. They are committed to seriously consider budget reductions next year.

El Paso has not been able to overcome its ‘old boy network’ system of decision making. Cronyism is the disease that has destroyed economic initiative and entrepreneurship in our city. For too long, local government officials have consistently taken care of their friends. If you are not a part of their network, you need not apply for jobs, contracts or incentives.

This type of corruption is not necessarily criminal but equally, if not more, destructive. Cronyism destroys the competitive nature of the free enterprise system and sends a terrible message to the outside business world. It makes hard working entrepreneurs think twice about doing business here. They know there is no fair and competitive playing field and this ensures they will not locate their company here. Adding to this problem is the fact El Paso’s tax situation is out of control. Out of 788 counties with 65,000 people or more surveyed by the Federal Tax Bureau in Washington D.C El Paso ranked 33rd highest.

The four candidates for representative agree. They want to cut spending and reduce property taxes by creating prosperity through economic and corporate growth in El Paso. This can happen by working aggressively and proactively with area business leaders. El Paso needs to recruit American companies that match the needs of our community. We must move away from the tax and spend philosophy our local government has adopted over the past few years. We have got to be more responsible with tax revenue and firmly oppose any debt without voter approval.

One immediate policy that can benefit the downtown is the relocation of city and county related agencies to the downtown. Returning the El Paso Water Utilities, agency headquarters to the downtown can revitalize it. This will also support businesses that are struggling with an economy in recession and the devaluation of the Mexican peso. The AEI Slate promises to:

1. Increase energy efficiency and promote renewable energy;

2. Set an immediate target of budget reductions across the board of 5 percent in the first year and 3 percent thereafter over the next three years. Economic development is a result of growing prosperity in the private sector not raising taxes;

3. Stop issuance of Certificates of Obligation. If anything has been learned from the national recession, it is that excessive spending leads to public bankruptcy;

4. Gain control of the Public Service Board (PSB) and land and storm water utility policies. Storm water fees must be in line with short term needs and address long term needs consistent with what the community can afford.

5. El Paso must again believe in itself not because we are “full of it” as the infomercial playing on television spouts but by regaining a sense we can help ourselves and do better.

Our slate of candidates agrees — we must overcome mediocrity and challenge those assumptions that for too long have stifled our city. We have to demand leadership and hold people accountable. Your desire to make a difference is all that is needed to work together towards a far better community.
Please vote on May 9th and give these worthy candidates and our city an opportunity to create sustainability and prosper. Thank you for your kind attention. Please feel free to contact AEI PAC at

Warmest Regards,
Jaime O. Perez


Written by newspapertreeelpaso

March 13, 2009 at 10:31 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Now I know who not to vote for.


    March 13, 2009 at 10:58 am

  2. can you believe jaime perez is lecturing us on cronyism?! do you think these candidates actually WANT his endorsement? if i were running, i would stay as far away from him as possible.


    March 13, 2009 at 11:01 am

  3. What a loser. Those poor candidates are toast if they continue to hang out with that freak!!

    I tell ya, El Paso politics are a trip…there is a huge division in this community and until the right mix of people realize that all of these factions are the death of us, we will always be chasing our tails. But I love El Paso still…we’re just a bunch misfits trying to out do eachother..


    March 13, 2009 at 11:20 am

  4. I call bullshit. I looked up Americans for Energy Independence and found that it has merged into the Apollo Alliance. The Apollo Alliance is pressing for $50 billion a year in federal investments in clean energy, not fiscal conservatism. I can only assume this some kind of cynical attempt by Perez to attract environmental voters to his slate of candidates. Good luck to him – I doubt that many such voters are so low-information as to fall for it.


    March 13, 2009 at 12:41 pm

  5. This letter started out as an anti-stormwater diatribe but JOP has added his characteristic lunacy. Touting Lozano, El Paso’s own tonto del pueblo, Castro (equally tonta, complete with Luther Jones pulling the string at her back), and the others is classic JOP. JOP would endorse a chihuahua if it served his ends.



    March 13, 2009 at 12:42 pm

  6. JOP has a right to his opinions but his slate of candidates do not represent ‘fiscal conservatism.’ A true fiscal conservative does not oppose spending and necessary taxes to support that spending. A true fiscal conservative wants his tax dollars spent wisely and effeciently. The shadow of Luther Jones seems to hang over the candidate list.

    Ken G

    March 13, 2009 at 1:25 pm

  7. Forget, please, “conservatism.” It has been, operationally, de facto, Godless and therefore irrelevant. Secular conservatism will not defeat secular liberalism because to God both are two atheistic peas-in-a-pod and thus predestined to failure. As Stonewall Jackson’s Chief of Staff R.L. Dabney said of such a humanistic belief more than 100 years ago:

    “[Secular conservatism] is a party which never conserves anything. Its history has been that it demurs to each aggression of the progressive party, and aims to save its credit by a respectable amount of growling, but always acquiesces at last in the innovation. What was the resisted novelty of yesterday is today .one of the accepted principles of conservatism; it is now conservative only in affecting to resist the next innovation, which will tomorrow be forced upon its timidity and will be succeeded by some third revolution; to be denounced and then adopted in its turn. American conservatism is merely the shadow that follows Radicalism as it moves forward towards perdition. It remains behind it, but never retards it, and always advances near its leader. This pretended salt bath utterly lost its savor: wherewith shall it be salted? Its impotency is not hard, indeed, to explain. It is worthless because it is the conservatism of expediency only, and not of sturdy principle. It intends to risk nothing serious for the sake of the truth.”

    Our country is collapsing because we have turned our back on God (Psalm 9:17) and refused to kiss His Son (Psalm 2).

    John Lofton, Editor,
    Recovering Republican

  8. What kind of fools would believe the lunacy that comes from the mouth of Jaime Perez? These are merely aparatchics for the Troika of Luther Jones, Martie Jobe and David Escobar. There is not a serious candidate among this group and the biggest clown of the bunch is Howard Barton. Even the tonto tag team of Lozano and Castro cannot match the kind of inept recall campaign that Barton ran against Suzie Byrd. Keep the progressives in office and send Jaime Perez the Ceresso Prison in C.D. Juarez.


    March 13, 2009 at 10:34 pm

  9. Jamie Perez is a light weight, phoney, scumbag NOTHING !!! Cautucci just lost my vote!!


    March 14, 2009 at 8:43 am

  10. Thank God for that pain-in-the-neck Jaime Perez!
    What would our progressive, forward-thinking,
    quality of life-minded incumbents do without Jaime Perez to blame for the fact that they can be
    challenged on election day!

    Could any one or all of these city councilors, whom I trust, simply because “they’re them”,retain an elected
    seat without branding their opponents “Perezites”? Sometimes I really wonder!

    While I truly admire the city councilors that have struggled to find a way to break the cycle of
    poverty, and build a better El Paso over these past four years; I have to wonder why “someone” or “everyone” needs a scapegoat.

    Why can’t we ever negotiate to get what we want in this town? Speak our own minds and organize our thoughts to work together until we find a middle-of-the-road solution?

    At the end of the day, when we didn’t go to the meeting to express our opinions, or forgot to vote,
    why is it always Luther Jones’, The Jobe’s or Jaime’s fault that we failed to take control of our own fates?

    God bless the people who dare to challenge the majority by saying “NO”, even if they’re wrong.

    I’d love an El Paso that looked more like Chicago, New York, or Boston; but I’m not living in a citizenry of me, myself, and I! Everyone deserves a voice in local government.

    If progress can’t “hold it’s own on election day”,
    maybe our city manager form of government with
    it’s four year terms ain’t all it’s cracked up to be!

    Deborah DeVincent

    Deboarh DeVincent

    March 14, 2009 at 6:43 pm

  11. Conservatism, Ken G? Are you the foremost authority on the subject? Do you attend City Council meetings and budget hearings? Are you involved in the decision making for items on the agenda to spend more and more and more and more money which this city doesn’t have? Where is your letter, or that matter the rest of you, about controlling the out-of-control spending into major debt? I applaude Jaime for making an effort to support candidates that want to go against “The Progressives”. Incidentally, the name “Progressive” gets its roots from Communism, which is the philosophy the existing “Progressives” follow.


    March 16, 2009 at 1:28 am

  12. I’m delighted to see that Deborah DeVincent hasn’t forgotten to stay on top of the politics of El Paso. I still follow the happenings in my home town, San Antonio, and it’s amazing to see the major changes to the political landscape that can be instigated by a “scapegoat” like Mr.Perez. I’d love it if Ms. DeVincent would contact me to discuss these political ramblings sometime. I may be hard to find since my job has changed, but if she calls my old job, they can tell her where I am. I look forward to the dialogue!

    John Atkisson

    March 23, 2009 at 2:20 pm

  13. We need more people like Mr. Atkisson who take a genuine interest in El Paso….share my point of view …and vote the way I tell them to.

    Thanks for your post, John, Please keep reading
    Newspaper Tree!

    Deborah DeVincent

    April 18, 2009 at 4:45 pm

  14. I was interested to see Ms. DeVincent’s comments about El Paso being more like Chicago. It is serendipitus that I will be in the Windy city in late June and would appreciate some tips on things to see there from Ms. DeVincent….she might even be willing to offer a personal tour if her schedule would permit her to visit the city at the same time. I’d love to discuss the details if she could contact me with a viable email address when it’s convenient. I’m already planning a visit to the keeper of Midwest Virtue, “The Chicago Tribune”.

    John Atkisson

    April 27, 2009 at 10:37 am

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