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NPT Capitol: Tigua women explain “self-determination”

tigua-women2Tigua women had a meeting today with women lawmakers concerned over the lack of voting rights women have in the Ysleta del sur Pueblo community. The meeting took place after state Rep. Valinda Bolton, D-Austin, spoke out last week. Bolton, not a big fan of gambling in general, talked to reporters after the closed door meeting.

“It was a fascinating meeting. I learned a lot. I feel very much more informed. They are bright accomplished articulate women who really did an excellent job of conveying their tradition, there place in their tribe, their economy, there culture,” said Bolton. “I think I realize it is a lot more complex than I properly appreciated.”

Edna Sierra, a member of the tribe who spoke at the meeting, said she was happy to share her culture and clarify the role of women within it.

“We wanted to share a little bit of our cultural aspects with respect to our tradition and how they play into our political structures…We don’t vote on election night but that doesn’t mean we don’t have a say,” said Sierra, who described how women hold top management positions handling millions of dollars and have a say in the removal of tribal officers. Bolton seemed impressed.

“In our culture, voting is such a basic human right and so connected to self-determination that it is very hard for a lot of us to think about it differently. But certainly what I heard from these women was that within their culture they have a great deal of self-determination for themselves and for their family,” said Bolton.

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March 30, 2009 at 2:24 pm

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NPT Capitol: PSB almost certainly getting bigger

psb-el-pasoThe House committee on Border and Intergovernmental affairs just held a public hearing on HB 4004, a bill authored by state Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, which would increase the board membership of the PSB from 5 to 7 members.

Pickett said that he filed the bill after a request by City Council. (Interestingly, the city’s legislative agenda expressed the desire to increase the board to 9 members, not 7.) The bill passed out of committee unanimously and will now go to the Local and Consent Calendars committee. That means, the bill would hit then House floor on a day set aside for local and uncontested bills, meaning it would almost certainly pass. Shapleigh has filed an identical bill in the Senate.

So is it a done deal? Probably…

–Ben Wright

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March 30, 2009 at 2:00 pm

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NPT City: Another reason to be mad at the PSB

psb-el-pasoSee how you are? Anyway, this is an old one, and you don’t hear folks grumbling so much. But you should have been here when it started. Here’s the announcement from the PSB:


(El Paso) — The time-of-day watering schedule for outdoor landscape irrigation goes into effect Wednesday. From April 1 through Sept. 30, watering is permitted before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m. on designated days.

Properties with addresses that end in even numbers may be watered on Tuesdays, Thursdays or Saturdays. Those with addresses that end in odd numbers may be watered on Wednesdays, Fridays or Sundays. The watering days for parks, schools, cemeteries, golf courses and industrial sites are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

El Paso’s landscape watering regulations are outlined in the City’s water conservation ordinance. Failure to comply is a Class C misdemeanor and can lead to fines of up to $500.00.

Sito Negron

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March 30, 2009 at 11:43 am

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NPT City: Meet the mayor

News release from the office of Mayor John Cook. Now, before you get all conspiratorial, note that the mayor has been doing this regularly. It’s not like there’s a big billboard on the freeway announcing an event two days before the election or anything …

Mayor Cook Opens His Door to the Public

WHO: Mayor John Cook
WHAT: will hold his monthly “Open Door” meeting
WHEN: Wednesday, April 1, 2009
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: City Hall, 10th Floor
2 Civic Center Plaza
WHY: As part of the Mayor’s community outreach, he is making himself available to the public with a monthly “Open Door” meeting day.

The public is welcome to visit with the Mayor and discuss concerns, ideas or just give input on how to improve our community.

Sito Negron

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March 30, 2009 at 11:37 am

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NPT City: Lozano forever

“How do we know you won’t abandon us again?” former District 3 city Rep. Alexandro Lozano was asked at last week’s East Side Civic Association candidate’s forum.

Lozano, who quit his city representative job last year to run for a better paying job as county commissioner and lost, assured those at the forum that he will keep that seat and then keep on running for new posts if he defeats incumbent Rep. Emma Acosta and takes back the position he surrendered.

“Am I going to run something else? Of course I am,” he said. “After I get done with four years, I will run for mayor and then for state rep.”

He also said he didn’t see resigning as a mistake but as an unsuccessful attempt to represent even more constituents in which he “learned a lot.”

David Crowder

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March 30, 2009 at 11:33 am

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