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Archive for June 18th, 2009

Another judge’s fund-raiser: County Atty Rodriguez for Judge Yvonne Rodriguez

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County Attorney Jose Rodriguez will introduce Yvonne Rodriguez
You are cordially invited to attend
a fundraiser in support of
Probate Court No. 1
Thursday, June 18, 2009
101 S. El Paso Street
El Paso, Texas
Contributions Welcome

Political Advertising paid for by Yvonne Rodriguez
Harvey Wilson, Treasurer, 4315 Park Hill, El Paso, Texas 79902
In Compliance wih the voluntary limits of the Campaign Fairness Act

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June 18, 2009 at 2:07 pm

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Bridge over the River Grande becomes, stop if you’ve heard this, part of the City Council divide

The idea of a new international bridge is a real bone of contention now, and like so many other issues that ought to be about what makes the most sense for the city of El Paso as whole, it’s getting thrown into the hopper of economic interests, political tribalism, and the class and culture conflicts that are always lurking below the surface here in the Sun City. City Rep. Eddie Holguin is trying to kill the idea of a new bridge between Zaragoza and the Bridge of the Americas, and city Rep. Steve Ortega is trying to save the idea, or at least the possibility of the idea. The agenda items speak for themselves. Can anyone say, 5-3? Or was that the old math, and now it’s 6-2?

TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2009
9:00 A.M.

The following is added to the City Council Agenda of Tuesday, June 23, 2009, at 9:00 a.m.:



Luis M. Ruiz to the Open Space Advisory Board by Representative Eddie Holguin, Jr., District 6. [Representative Eddie Holguin, (915) 541-4178]



2A. Discussion and action that the City Manager be authorized to abandon the project known as “New Commuter Port Of Entry between the Bridge of the Americas and Zaragoza Ports Of Entry.” [Representative Eddie Holguin, (915) 541-4178]

2B. Discussion and action that the City Manager be authorized to change the scope of the agreement signed between the City of El Paso and Structural Engineering Associates Inc. to look into the expansion and improvement of the Zaragoza Port of Entry. [Representative Eddie Holguin, (915) 541-4178]

2C. Discussion and action that the City Manager be authorized to work with the City Representatives on the Metropolitan Planning Organization so that the City can speak in one voice regarding the abandonment and change of scope of the project known as the “New Commuter Port of Entry between the Bridge of the Americas and Zaragoza Ports of Entry.” [Representative Eddie Holguin, (915) 541-4178]

2D. Discussion and action concerning reaffirmation of the City of El Paso’s commitment to protecting existing neighborhoods and existing arterials as the feasibility study for the potential new commuter port of entry continues. Additionally, discussion and action directing City of El Paso staff to work with relevant entities in order to amend and expand the scope of the study to include the feasibility of expansion of the existing Zaragoza Port of Entry and the Bridge of the Americas Port of Entry.
[Representative Emma Acosta, (915) 541-4572] [Representative Steve Ortega, (915) 541-4108]

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June 18, 2009 at 2:03 pm

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Don’t forget ‘The Disappeared,’ who are still disappearing in the new dirty Drug War

For background on the reference in the headline, click here for a specific story and click here for a list of related stories.

Please join us for the opening reception for our newest exhibit:

“The Disappeared”
June 18, 2009 thru September 11, 2009
OPENING RECEPTION: June 18, 2009 5:00 to 7:00 pm
The University of Texas at El Paso:
The Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts,
The Centennial Museum, and the Union Gallery

The Disappeared brings together the work of thirteen artists and one artists’ collective from Latin America who have lived through the horrors of the military dictatorships that disrupted life in their countries in the latter years of the twentieth century. Many civilians were disappeared by these governments. The exhibition showcases artwork that addresses the political and social turmoil in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Guatemala, Uruguay, and Venezuela and in doing so speaks to violence and repression of all kinds. The Disappeared will be displayed jointly by the Rubin Center, The Centennial Museum and the Union Gallery, on the campus of The University of Texas at El Paso.

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June 18, 2009 at 1:49 pm

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You got furloughed, they get vacations. You wish you worked for the county.

Bitter much? Check out this press release:

County Building to Close for Holiday Juneteenth Celebration Day Observance

(El Paso, TX) – In observance of Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States, the County Courthouse will close for business on Friday June 19, 2009.

On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, a document which stated that “All slaves held in States or parts of States engaged in war against the Federal Government shall be then, thenceforward and forever free!”

Two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued, on June 19, 1865, the Union soldiers led by Major General Gordon Granger arrived to Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the then enslaved were now free.

Juneteenth became an official Texas State holiday in 1980 and it is celebrated in 126 cities across the state, including El Paso.

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June 18, 2009 at 11:33 am

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