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Archive for April 16th, 2009

NPT Biz: According to feds, El Paso just doesn’t pay

The entire news release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics is after the jump, but here’s the thing that jumps out as far as El Paso: four of the seven lowest-paying large counties in the United States were located in Texas — all along the border with Mexico. These four counties included Cameron ($538, 333rd), Hidalgo ($549, 332nd), Webb ($559, 331st), and El Paso ($601, 328th).

You can access labor statistics here.

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April 16, 2009 at 1:51 pm

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NPT City: Three weeks left. Does anyone care?

If you do, go here tonight (complete list here):

April 16, 7 p.m.
Mayoral Forum, West El Paso Tejano Democrats
West Side Command Center, 4801 Osborne
– Confirmed: Mayoral candidates John Cook, David Henderson, Carlos Rivera, and Lee Mendez.

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April 16, 2009 at 12:34 pm

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NPT City: Party at Acosta’s house

City Rep. Emma Acosta is going Obama on the election, using e-mail and internet to update folks on her doings, such as this one:

You’ll See Old Friends and Meet New Friends!

This week, the weekly meeting will take place on Thursday, April 16th at 6 p.m. at my house at 8904 WH Burges. My house is located a few blocks north of Cielo Vista Mall on Hawkins. I invite you to come and have dinner, meet the other volunteers, and help me get re-elected.

The emphasis was added. Lozano accused Acosta of being ineligible to hold her seat because she claimed residency for six months when she filled out her ballot application in February 2008. She bought the home in November, giving her three months there, and the city is reviewing the issue. [link]

Acosta also has a nifty Web site, where she does a few typical political things, like list accomplishments. Because I’ve paid attention to this particular issue, I take issue with this claim:

One Billion Dollars in Transportation Projects were Approved with only a 10 % matching amount.

In fact, it’s not clear what the city’s matching commitment will be, but based on the last report by David Crowder, it’s looking more like upwards of 30 percent. [link]

Acosta also gets in a nice swipe at Lozano, who left the seat so he could run for the County Commissioners’ Court.

I am currently serving the unexpired term of the previous representative, who resigned last January 2008, to seek another political office. The district was without representation for approximately 6 months until I took office in June of 2008.

The pledge that greets visitors to her site: “I will not abandon you.”

Sito Negron

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April 16, 2009 at 12:31 pm

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NPT Capitol: Moody Minute on the budget

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April 16, 2009 at 11:21 am

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