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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?

ADDITION TO THE AGENDA FOR
REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL
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.:

CONSENT AGENDA

1. BOARD APPOINTMENT:

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

REGULAR AGENDA – OTHER BUSINESS

2. MAYOR AND COUNCIL:

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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Written by newspapertreeelpaso

June 18, 2009 at 2:03 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Let’s look at the increase and/or decrease in International Bridge traffic. I drive by the bridges quite frequently and now that the two way inspections and the passport requirement has been implemented there has been a dramatic decrease which leads one to believe that we now have an adequate system in place. Is Mr. Ortega attempting to be a Federal Lobbyist by introducing a ‘pork barrel’ project for himself and the engineering firm? We have enough corruption in El Paso as it is.

    R

    June 18, 2009 at 3:36 pm

  2. This is a first step of an analyse/study to see if such a bridge is needed and feasible. The Mob is reacting as if construction has already started. A location, if any, has not been selected. The are studying something that may happen in ten years not tomorrow.

    Eddie ‘The Fool’ Holguin wants to lead the idiot brigade.

    Ken G

    June 18, 2009 at 4:45 pm

  3. ken, is this study gonna cost us 600 k like the upper valley traffic study ? who would do it ? one of ortega’s or beto’s crony consulting firms ? dont cuss holguin. he knows the people in that area dont want it and he knows what these studies cost. he is one of the few on council who actually has a business. its just like yours.

    citizen kane

    June 18, 2009 at 5:05 pm

  4. All the bridges in the world is not going create more revenue, the south of the border folks are broke, too.

    This is nothing but a scam to create money for the the chosen trio.

    The “STUDY” is just a smoke screen to say the public was “consulted”. Studies are not free. The mayor and his trio have already decided.

    Rey

    June 18, 2009 at 7:31 pm


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