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Archive for July 8th, 2009

Will the $100M Fort Bliss mall kill its civilian competitors?

Well, this raises all kinds of questions. While the news release notes that the project will put more than $5.5 million in sales taxes into the city budget, it also quotes project officials as saying that shoppers benefit from a “tax-free” environment, and that retailers will have an advantage because they’re not paying property taxes. Wonder how the folks fighting over the Farah building proposal feel about this. While it will provide 900 civilian jobs, one assumes those will be mostly retail jobs. And since the project is so big, will it swallow most of the retail boom folks were hoping for once the post gets up to full ramp? How will this affect Dyer Street, or Northeast El Paso retail development? What about plans for the Farah Building, or Downtown?

This is just one aspect of the impact Fort Bliss will have on the community as it continues to grow. While all the elements of whether it’s a net benefit to the community or not can be debated, one thing cannot be debated: The folks who have the contracts to build the stuff on post are making boo-coo bucks. All the rest of it, well, we’ll have the next few generations to debate.

Here’s the news release:

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July 8, 2009 at 1:25 pm

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Calling political animals and party people for EPTV taping

News release from our friends over there; if events allow, I’ll be there as a guest as well:

July 9, 2009


The crew of EPTV would like is requesting 200 extras for the shooting of Episode 3 of the TV show. The show’s taping will be at Club 101, 1348 Airway. Confirmed guests: City Representative Beto O’ Rourke, and Musical Guest Jayden’s Playground. For more information call Luis Ruiz at 915-226-3482.

Sito Negron

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July 8, 2009 at 1:09 pm

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EPISD Superintendent Garcia didn’t do it, grand jury decides

News release from the El Paso Independent School District:


The District Attorney’s Office received the case and the Grand Jury, which consists of 12 impartial citizens, has reviewed and declined an allegation of assault against Dr. Lorenzo Garcia, superintendent of EPISD.

The allegation was made after Dr. Garcia was giving high fives to principals who were accepting the recognition and congratulations for their achievements on the TAKS test at an end of year principals’ meeting.

One of the employees refused the high five and Dr. Garcia touched her on the head. Photographs taken of the public event show the accuser laughing and clapping during and after the congratulations ceremony.

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July 8, 2009 at 12:00 pm

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CAD protest grows; Socorro to consider budget Friday

News release from the city of Socorro:

The City of Socorro will address the issue of the CAD budget for 2010. On Friday at 2 p.m. a special council meeting has been called by Mayor Trini Lopez. The purpose is to give the City Council of Socorro time before the June 11th deadline to address the CAD budget. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

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July 8, 2009 at 10:46 am

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City Rep. Quintana gives her hair to ‘Locks of Love’

Press release from the office of city Rep. Rachel Quintana. It was sent to various media about 10:15 or so — AFTER the event. Any pictures will have to come from her office. Maybe she’s learned a thing or two about managing her image. Now she controls the story, whereas if folks were there taking pictures and video it could be used any number of ways. And maybe she was trying to prevent a stampede at the salon. Or maybe her office just screwed up … either way, it is a good deed. She ought to challenge the entire council (JK, mayor!). Ok, enough, here’s the release:


Who: Representative Rachel Quintana
City Councilwoman – Dist.5
El Paso, TX

When: Today, July 8, 2009, 10:00 AM

Where: Foliage Hair Salon & Day Spa
745 S. Mesa Suite C
“Locks of Love”

What: Representative Rachel Quintana is donating her hair to Locks of Love. Locks of Love is a not-for-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children 18 and younger with medical hair loss. For more information on this esteemed organization and how you can help, go to

Sito Negron

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July 8, 2009 at 10:37 am

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