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Archive for March 19th, 2009

NPT City: Ever wanted to sit at the mayor’s desk?

Ok, maybe his desk isn’t for sale. But a whole bunch of city stuff is at the City of El Paso General Auction Saturday at 7969 San Paolo. Get there at 7:30 a.m. and start bidding at 9 a.m. Thanks to city Rep. Emma Acosta’s office for sending out the notice of auction. Bring cash or credit cards, and don’t bring your kids. Click on the link below for more details.

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March 19, 2009 at 2:04 pm

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NPT Capitol: Press and press releases on Shapleigh, Marquez bills

Some press and press releases from state Sen. Eliot Shapleigh and state Rep. Marisa Marquez.

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March 19, 2009 at 2:00 pm

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NPT City: Jaime v. Jaime

ITEM UPDATED 2 p.m. March 19, 2009: Abeytia announced that he is filing an ethics complaint against Perez.

Jaime Abeytia, aka The Lionstar, has an interesting post on his Lionstar Blog.

He is raising issues about Jaime O. Perez, the chief of staff for County Judge Anthony Cobos.

He refers to blog postings with Perez’s name on them, as well as Perez’s appearance at City Hall recently to help a candidate file paperwork, and writes:

There is a strong appearance, at least in my humble opinion that Mr. Perez is conducting campaign activities while on the clock.

Given the internet activity and the appearance at city hall, both during normal work hours, it entirely reasonable to ask for an accurate account of Mr. Perez’s time. Especially given the amount of money tax payers spend on his salary and several nagging reports of Mr. Perez being at The Hush Bar and other locations during regular county business hours.

Read the posting here.

I’m sure there is more to come on this. They’re both smart, aggressive and not about to back down from a challenge.

Sito Negron

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

March 19, 2009 at 10:47 am

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NPT Drug War: Obama to visit Mexico

How’s the water? or, Does anyone feel like a frog yet?

From Reuters, Obama to visit Mexico amid drug war, trade dispute: The high-level meetings come as the Obama administration is drafting a plan to address Mexico’s escalating war with drug traffickers, blamed for some 6,300 murders last year, most of them near the shared border. U.S. officials fear the violence could spill over into the United States, while their Mexican counterparts want stricter controls of U.S weapons smuggled into Mexico. Obama and Calderon will “discuss how the United States and Mexico can work together to support Mexico’s fight against drug-related violence and work toward effective, comprehensive immigration reform,” the White House said in a statement. The visit precedes the Summit of the Americas being held April 17-19 in Trinidad and Tobago.

Sito Negron

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March 19, 2009 at 10:24 am

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NPT Biz: NY Times: Let Mexican truckers in

In the scheme of things, not the biggest issue, but definitely resonates in El Paso. On Monday, the Associated Press reported, Mexico “put in place tariffs on 90 U.S. products after Washington canceled a program that allowed some trucks from Mexico to operate in the U.S. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says the administration wants to work with Congress to come up with a plan that would restore that program.”

Today’s New York Times has an editorial strongly criticizing the failure to allow Mexican truckers to work in the U.S.:

An arbitration panel ruled in 2001 that the United States was in breach of its Nafta obligations on Mexican trucks. But thanks to the Teamsters union and its allies in Congress, all but a small number of Mexican carriers are restricted to operating within a 25-mile band from the border.

The truck drivers’ argument that Mexican trucks are unsafe is spurious — a flimsy cover for protectionism. Data from the Department of Transportation show that Mexican trucks and drivers operating in the United States — along the border and in the pilot program — have a better inspection record, with fewer violations, than their American counterparts.

We understand the White House did not want to threaten the passage of the spending bill by raising a ruckus over Mexican trucking, a comparatively minor issue. But it is time for Mr. Obama to put some political muscle behind his declared support for open trade.

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March 19, 2009 at 10:19 am

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NPT DC: Reyes fetes Cook, Reyes, Sarukhan at Border Issues Conference

A news release from Wednesday (March 18, 2009) from the office of U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes, with his prepared remarks introducing Mexico Ambassador Arturo Saruhkan, El Paso Mayor John Cook, and Ciudad Juarez Mayor Jose Reyes Ferriz at 13th Annual Border Issues Conference in Washington, D.C.:

“Good Evening. I’d like to welcome you to the 13th Annual Border Issues Conference reception. For the past 13 years, the US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, and my office have organized this event to bring together scholars, business leaders, advocacy groups, and legislators to address some of the most pressing issues on the U.S.-Mexico border.

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March 19, 2009 at 10:15 am

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NPT Biz: Meatpackers and immigrants

A news release regarding a study titled “Immigration Enforcement in Meatpacking”:

WASHINGTON, March 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — On December 12, 2006, Immigration and Customs Enforcement personnel raided six meatpacking plants owned by Swift & Co. in the largest immigration enforcement action in U.S. history. The plants are located in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Texas, Colorado and Utah. A new report from the Center for Immigration Studies examines the raids and their aftermath. It notes the historical context of an industry whose workers have seen a dramatic decline in wages over the past 30 years as well as the raids’ economic effects. The report also discusses both positive and negative reactions in these six communities.

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March 19, 2009 at 10:10 am

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