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NPT City: Rep. Quintana’s got Rep. Castro’s back

Yesterday, the city attorney’s office issued an opinion that stated city Rep. Melina Castro owes the city a debt and thus cannot legally take office. The opinion shortly was reported in the media. You can read the NPT story here/

The speed at which the opinion was reported did not sit well with city Rep. Rachel Quintana, who questioned the release in an e-mail to multiple city officials. Below is the e-mail, and a response from City Attorney Charlie McNabb.

From: Quintana, Rachel
Sent: Wednesday, April 29, 2009 5:23 PM
To: Wilson, Joyce A.; McNabb, Charlie Cc: Mayor and Council
Subject: Times Article

Please advise why this information was posted on the El Paso Times website and not communicated to my office prior to releasing this statement. Was this a press release? I am not certain whether my colleagues have been informed. I don’t appreciate learning such vital information from internet, especially when it’s legal advice. Respectfully, Rachel Quintana District 5 Representative

From: McNabb, Charlie
Sent: Wednesday, April 29, 2009 5:29 PM
To: Quintana, Rachel; Wilson, Joyce A. Cc: Mayor and Council
Subject: RE: Times Article

This was legal advice to the Mayor not to the Council. It is the Mayor that has to rule on eligibility at the time of canvas. As such, the Mayor apparently made the choice to release legal advice given to him. I do not know whether the Mayor issued a press release.

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

April 30, 2009 at 12:13 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. It is no surprise that Rep Quintana has Rep Castro’s back since they still conduct their “secret” meetings with Luther Jones. One should wonder what Luther Jones holds over their heads that makes them into his puppets.


    April 30, 2009 at 2:34 pm

  2. The question of Ms. Castro’s ability to take office while owning the City money is not new. The charter does not prevent her from running but it does speak to her taking office.

    Ken G

    April 30, 2009 at 3:31 pm

  3. Let the voters decide. Castro has not proven herself to be a leader and as such will probably replaced by a more qualified candidate. Anyone who knows El Paso politics knows Jones pulls a lot of strings and preys on the unknowledgeable young politicans to do his dirty work. She is just one of them. The problem I see is how she is going to pay back the money either in or out of office. She has a problem and it is sad that she is continuing to run without political expertise. Maybe Jones can bail her out, although doubtful that he will. These young politicans are disposable to him.


    April 30, 2009 at 6:59 pm

  4. Castro posted a bond and the release by cook was bad faith.


    Billy Bob

    April 30, 2009 at 7:51 pm

  5. This is nothing but dirty politics no matter how they spin it. The Mayor and the City Atty should not be re-elected or reappointed.

    14-20 milion dollars budget shortfall and borrowing 500 million in future debt, nice try at distracting.
    40,000 dollars is nothing compared his city debt and his ptiful savings of 47,000 dollars in utilities during one summer. LOL


    April 30, 2009 at 8:25 pm

  6. I wonder if Figures and letitbe have real jobs? Do they enjoy a city attorney who has violated his code of ethics? Do they say thank you to Castro for questioning the concealed records of the Rita Rodriguez case? Do they enjoy corruption by the City of El Paso? Do they relish in excessive spending by the El Paso City government? Rather, I think they like to indulge themselves by spreading rumor and unsubstantiated proof about Castro.


    May 1, 2009 at 4:39 am

  7. 40 grand ? how about the million cook wasted on the asarco fight along with the border wall ?


    May 1, 2009 at 9:46 am

  8. Ms. Castro was asked on air (Barbara P) if she had in posted as bond and she ducked the question. Has she postd a bond for the full amount of the judgement against her?

    Ken G

    May 1, 2009 at 8:04 pm

  9. That FIGURES, just like Ouintana and Castro are in L. Jones pocket. I guess it FIGURES Cook, Byrd, Ortega and O’Rourke are in Caballero’s pocket via Mr. Shapliegh, uh? Wake up every body we traded white good ole boys for semi brown good ole boys and gals and that’ the way the pickle squirts.

    big ed

    May 17, 2009 at 12:00 pm

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