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NPT City: Rep. Byrd beats back at builders

Build PAC, the political action committee of the builders’ association, sent a hard-hitting glossy mailer. Hard-hitting? Actually, Byrd termed it in far-less politic terms in a lengthy, very hard-hitting letter that detailed the wrongs in the mailer. You can view both the mailer and the letter via the links below.



Written by newspapertreeelpaso

April 30, 2009 at 6:06 pm

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  1. She has misled you in every aspect from the so called soldier’s stipend, landlord greed, rent rates and the soldiers plus EP families.

    She misled you on the PSB real issues by distracting you from out of control salaries and no accountability. Notice how she trys to side step the pay issue.

    She misled you with her sudden desire for fiscal responsbilty after she went crazy approving massive spending spending, taxing and fees. Now during the election and 14-20 million dollars budget shortfall, she is for fiscal responsibility.

    I could go on with more specific facts but it would be a massive blog.

    In short she IS NOT to be trusted.


    April 30, 2009 at 8:21 pm

  2. Susie is a GREAT human being, and a GREAT public servant. The builders are whining and kicking and screaming like a gang of thugs because they’re being held accountable. Their leader Bobby Bowling — of Catalina county corruption fame — is still reeling over losing absolute power under Joe Wardy.

    Rey, you haven’t cited one single “specific fact.” Look, the entire nation trusted the builders (& mortgage brokers and investment bankers) for over a decade — and they returned that trust with a global financial meltdown. Here in far East El Paso, they gave us subdivision after subdivision of congested, park-less, substandard neighborhoods — all under the contrived “affordable housing” crisis of the 1990s and early 2000s.

    Susie is one of the BEST things to EVER happen to El Paso. She’s the real deal. And I’m not spinning, and I’m not politicking. She’s a good person who deserves better than this politics-as-usual disingenuous “under the radar” direct mail crap from the Build PAC.

    And Build PAC: Spend less time gaming the system (politicking) and more time doing your job (building quality homes). Stop being greedy. Build livable neighborhoods. Get with the program!


    May 1, 2009 at 12:19 am

  3. eam must be Eliot Shapleigh….;-)

    Susie Byrd happens to be the rep right now in District 2. However, this is what she has done in reality. She has shut me (District 2 citizen) up when I, and 22 others, wanted to express our vehement rejection of the mandatory microchipping that was forced on the public. Susie has voted to increase taxes over the 4 years, gone out to support illegal immigration and crossing; supported the legalizing of all drugs; supported a ban on choice of the type of bags a consumer wants to use; supported flow control (limits to only 1 dump in the city, owned and operated by your friendly, neighborhood monopolizing government: the El paso City government); voted for impact fees, stormwater fees, and various other fees that raise the taxable amount per household; she has voted against the will of the people concerning RMA; she has voted for red-light cameras (which do not increase safety but provide more revenue for the city); she voted for more restrictions for consumers with sustainable development; voted for more cost increases by city with bike lanes (which really are not used much according to many people I have conversed with); voted for excessive costs for studies and for the people conducting them; voted for downtown redevelopment with the support of El Paso del Norte group; criminalized the right to disent against government and recall; voted for increased salaries of Archeleta and many others; voted for the very high rate of salary given to non-elected city “officials”; and approved the reckless, and unwarranted spending by the City of El Paso.


    May 1, 2009 at 4:25 am

  4. Thank you JR.

    I can cite specifics but it would be even longer than JR’s.

    Anyone can research the bullet points and read for themselves how she has misled the people and makes statements according to the audience and wind direction.

    Put down her flyers and review the facts represented by her record, votes and speeches.


    May 1, 2009 at 6:47 am

  5. oh yeah, and she gets thrown out of soccer game by the refs when she doesnt get her way. if you look up in websters dictionary for “anti-business bitch” you will find her picture as an example.

    citizen kane

    May 1, 2009 at 7:18 am

  6. “eam must be Eliot Shapleigh….;-)”

    JR must be Jaime Perez and Rey must be Anthony Cobos. If that sounds ignorant, imagine how your own comment sounds — yes, absolutely ignorant. If you can’t attack the argument, attack the individual.

    Susie does her homework and cares about this city. You may disagree with her on issues, but that doesn’t give you or Build PAC a license to distort the truth and drive the debate straight to the gutter (with personal attacks).

    From impact fees to drug policy, from transportation funding to downtown development, there are well-reasoned arguments and facts to support this City Council on every issue.

    Just four years ago, city business was based on relationships, favors and contributions. Not anymore. Something I know for a FACT. If you want to go back to dog killer Robert Cushing or the effectively absent Chuy Terrazas, more power to you.

    Just know what you’re getting into and what you’re asking for. Anthony Cobos and his Energy PAC have the candidate just for you!


    May 1, 2009 at 8:01 am

  7. Correction: Just six (6) years ago, not four (4).


    May 1, 2009 at 8:03 am

  8. Citizen Kane — Misogynist much?


    May 1, 2009 at 8:07 am

  9. city business is still based on relationships, favors, and contributions. can you say “paul foster and regency” ? look who contributed to susie. paul foster and the rest of the pdng. need some tax rebates to help rebuild you downtown properties and a guaranteed profit in the future. just vote for byrd.


    May 1, 2009 at 8:48 am

  10. It is misleading to suggest that Byrd’s opponents have ties to either Cobos or Perez. That’s a pat response targeted to avoid looking at her history of representation in her district. Residents who live in her district have chosen to speak out against the recent interest she has shown in them and it’s about time.

    She has spent the better part of her time and “representation” catering to special interests and now she doesn’t want to be reminded of that because it’s election season! You don’t have to be connected to a PAC to see what isn’t there: Byrd’s interest in her own constituents when she doesn’t stand to benefit.

    On a side note, we are amused to notice that all of a sudden, the city crews are re-paving and taking better care of alleys and streets in that area. How interesting. Especially since some of the street crews are working into the night to get streets re-paved…that means overtime, doesn’t it?

    In these tough times, a shortfall in money and we are paying overtime to get work done. What will the response be here: it wasn’t “scheduled” to be completed until just before election time? The city employees out with weed eaters all of a sudden, taking care of the alleys that went all summer and winter without any interest! Because Byrd wants to show people she suddenly cares about her district more than she cares about staying in the “Caballeros Clique” with her “honest” friends Beto O’Rourke and Veronica Escobar!

    Look at her: She supports William Sanders and HIS developers, not the Bowling Developers! Que chiste!


    May 1, 2009 at 9:17 am

  11. kane isnt afraid of women eam, just butt-ugly ones like byrd,wilson and the rest of council excluding melina.


    May 1, 2009 at 9:43 am

  12. Eam….get a new life. Notice how these Byrd supporters attack using scandal than answering to the public about real issues. If you are weak and against the public’s desire for government you develop a stupid scandal to get your way.


    May 1, 2009 at 10:42 am

  13. Susie and crew plan on spend an additional 300-500 million dollars next year if you believe their propaganda. Thats on top of the 300+million they have spent this year. Not counting all of the agreements where we have to match.


    May 1, 2009 at 2:30 pm

  14. Carol, there’s a great publication called Newspaper Tree. You might check it out some time:

    Barton and Larson are Cobos’ candidates. Finance reports speak for themselves. I don’t need to suggest anything.


    May 1, 2009 at 3:07 pm

  15. Actually, eam is not shapliegh himself but its a former shapliegh staffer, and if I’m right on who it is, he lead the 2nd caballero campaign –

    Susie and the rest of the Shapleighites have disappointed me not because of their grand vision that they have for our city, but its their arrogance. It seem that they have a problem listening to others. It’s always their way or the highway, and if you’re not with them, you’re just dumb.

    And then look at her district. Carol is right that of all times NOW is the time that city crews are repairing streets. The only part of Susie’s district she’s cared about is Manhattan Heights, where she lives. It made me laugh because she placed in her mailer that historic districts received new looking street signs, but what about Austin Terrace, I thought that was an historic district too? Go to other parts of her district, like the north part, there are streets that are not paved, parks dirty, and then there is Dyer, just one giant mess.

    Sadly though, I had to vote for the Byrd because looking at the others, we are going back to the Wardy, Francis, Rodgers way of government. So its either going back to how we were, or just have some people who supposely know everything. I can deal with arrogance… but its wearing very thin.

    And EAM – you should know better than to say “city business was based on relationships, favors and contributions.” That’s what politics is ALWAYS and WILL ALWAYS be about, it just depends which clique is in and which is out. You of all people should know that.

    eam identity

    May 1, 2009 at 4:05 pm

  16. How about the ties to Miss Byrd, Ortega, O’rouke, Escobar, and Cook to Mr. Shapliegh. Mission accomplished Aye, Aye Sir.

    big ed

    May 1, 2009 at 5:41 pm

  17. I’m using the initials in my name, so congratulations in figuring that out … I suppose (I’m also dorky enough to use words like “I suppose” — so that’s not so hard to figure out either).

    I’ve lived in District 2 and I’ve walked District 2. I’ve known Susie for a long time. She’s a good person. You can disagree with her positions, but the venom in the debate is ridiculous. Sometimes the problem in politics is in the mirror. Take a good look. I have.

    All I can suggest is you work on what you like and work to change what you don’t.


    May 1, 2009 at 8:38 pm

  18. I’ll show you real progress, give me your and your grandchildren’s credit card.

    I will build you the most beautful home in the world and then present you with the bill. Then you can me tell me how your and the family progress.

    Amazing you become furious at Bush for the National economic problems but are totally accepting of the LOCAL admisntration’s tax,spending and massive debt.

    She is a strong proponent of the tax and spend mentality. But now that the debt has been exposed, she is suddenly for fiscal control.


    May 2, 2009 at 10:54 am

  19. Having read the Builders PAC message I got my voting card and went to Bassett Center to vote for Suzie Byrd, John Cook and against moving the responsibility of setting storm water fees to City Council from the PSB. Moreover, I am now inspired to convince my family members and friends to do the same. The Bowlings and their propaganda have fired me up to work on voters in central and northeast hard to beat the builders and the car dealers as if they were “rented mules.”


    May 2, 2009 at 6:50 pm

  20. Not a single person up for re-election is worthy of being re-elected. They have spent so much that children born today owe the City nearly 2,000 dollars.

    And after soending 300 million dollars this year they are coming back with about 500 million dollars in bonds for next year. Just remember that your City taxes are going to double in the next 5 years and you heard it here first.


    May 2, 2009 at 11:31 pm

  21. “Eam”, thank you for being as informative as NPT is. You say you don’t need to “suggest” anything, but you are pointing to one band of hypocrites and leaving those you support out

    What’s clear here is that Cobos has dug his own grave, and he did that a long time before Crowder and NPT came along to “expose” the obvious.

    I’m with “pol” here. We should clean house but there’s money to be had and made, so come election time, it will be business as usual. And we have no one to blame for this but ourselves, because we keep rewarding these misfits by putting them into office


    May 3, 2009 at 10:06 am

  22. I don’t live in the district, but I know people who do. And the Susie they walked for isn’t the same one they met when she first ran. So they aren’t walking for her this time, and many are voting against her. That is what looking in the mirror also can mean: admitting it was a mistake and not making the mistake again

    I have always believed she and her clique interests are bad for her district and bad for El Paso. The fact that she threw her weight around doesn’t help her, it hurts her. People remember.


    May 3, 2009 at 10:14 am

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