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Archive for May 13th, 2009

NPT City: Insisting that Houston school benefits the neighborhood

A statement from the Newman Park Neighborhood Association regarding the Houston Elementary issue:

The Newman Park Neighborhood Association opposes the closing of Houston Elementary School, but does not want to see the status quo continue. Currently, Houston is in need of improvements to the school building, surrounding grounds and the level of services offered to the student body. Rather than close the school, the association would like to see EPISD invest in the school to make it a neighborhood gem. Strong local neighborhood schools, make strong neighborhoods. To attract a larger student body, EPISD can initiate a dual language program like the popular program at Mesita Elementary on the Westside. An attractive, vibrant Houston elementary school, will not only benefit the students currently enrolled and but will support and further efforts already underway to energize older central neighborhoods.

If EPISD ultimately decides to close Houston, the Association will insist that EPISD join forces with the city of el paso, neighborhood associations, individual residents, the business community and other stakeholders to implement a use for the property that strengthens the surrounding neighborhood.

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May 13, 2009 at 4:50 pm

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NPT Media: Strelzin is back on AM

Posted on The Strelz forum: Paul Strelzin will be back on the air from 4-6 p.m. on 1150 KHRO, replacing Ken Hudnall.

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May 13, 2009 at 1:13 pm

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NPT Biz: Chrysler dealers on the chopping block?

Someone sent NPT a link and a note that there are three Chrysler Dealers in town: Mack Massey, Viva Chrysler, and Dick Poe Chrysler.

Here’s the story: AP Source: Chrysler to cut 800 dealers on Thursday:

DETROIT – Chrysler LLC plans to fire up to 800 of its 3,200 dealers on Thursday, a lawyer seeking to represent the dealers said on a conference call.

The lawyer, Stephen Lerner, who heads the bankruptcy and restructuring practice of the law firm Squire Sanders, told dealers on the Tuesday call that the automaker plans to reject at least 800 franchise agreements, according to a dealer who listened to the call.

Chrysler will file a list of dealers it wants to retain with the U.S. bankruptcy court, said the dealer, who asked not to be identified because the call was confidential.

A Chrysler spokeswoman said Tuesday that the automaker is working to reduce the number of dealerships along with other restructuring actions. Spokeswoman Kathy Graham said the 800 number was just speculation.

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May 13, 2009 at 12:47 pm

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NPT Capitol: Pickett’s state transportation rewrite

As written in NPT yesterday, state Rep. Joe Pickett’s amendment to HB 300, the TexDOT reauthorization, was a small El Paso piece of a much larger transportation war being waged at the state. Here’s an excerpt from an editorial in the Fort Worth Star-Telegramtitled “House committee chairman takes control of transit bill”:

State Rep. Joe Pickett, the House Transportation Committee chairman, has been a busy man. Besides shepherding a review and remake of the Texas Department of Transportation through the House, the El Paso Democrat has decided to rewrite in just a few days a regional rail and roads bill that Dallas-Fort Worth leaders spent six years crafting.

If he can come up with a better bill, good for him. But until we see it, we’re skeptical. And we don’t like it that local legislators have been edged out.

This legislative session ends in just 22 days, and deadlines for certain actions on bills start kicking in Monday. We’re nervous, so we want to help Pickett by telling him some elements that we consider crucial to the bill.

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May 13, 2009 at 12:30 pm

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NPT Biz: Bourjalais burns

From a nosy parker … err, citizen journalist, who saw the fire this morning at the former Bourjalais, an El Paso institution that went night club a few years back. Visible in the picture is Sinbad, a Middle Eastern restaurant. NPT called the restaurant at noon and got a busy signal. Here’s hoping they’re not affected (and we’ll update this post soon as we find out). Also of note, our friends at ABC-7 have this tease to their news tonight: Bourjalais Fire ‘intentional.’

5.13.09 bourjalais burning

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May 13, 2009 at 12:03 pm

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NPT City: Castro: ‘Warm congratulations’ and a ‘look forward to debating the issues’

City Rep. Melina Castro issued a news release this morning in response to the news, broken on NPT, that Carl Robinson is getting the endorsement of the other candidates in the Northeast El Paso city rep race.

Press Statement

The media has informed me that unsuccessful candidates that had wanted to represent our district in the general election are endorsing my opponent, Mr. Carl Robinson. I extend my warm congratulations on this achievement and look forward to debating the issues with him between now and the run-off election.

Message to Northeast Voters

The Northeast voter has a great deal of pride, knows the issues and demands solid and ethical representation.

It is up to Northeast voters and taxpayers to decide whether they want me to continue to represent fiscally conservative values or whether they will unleash a Council majority that favors unstoppable spending of tax dollars without voter approval.

I will continue to represent a responsible stewardship of your tax dollars.

This is Rep. Melina Castro and I ask for your vote on June 6th

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May 13, 2009 at 11:36 am

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