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Jam the billboard poll, or, perception matters

An e-mail going around, as if the El Paso Times poll (or the NPT poll, for that matter) has any validity. But perception is 9/10 of the law, right?

I just got this word:

“The EP Times is running a poll today regarding the billboard vote that passed Council but that Mayor Cook is probably going to veto. Ann is really frustrated that he’s doing this after all the discussion and hard work that has gone into forming this billboard ban. It’s a very progressive ban and something that has been receiving national attention. If you can spread the word to get online and vote against the Mayor’s veto, please do so!”

I just voted at

Please spread the word.

Jim H. Tolbert

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

July 17, 2009 at 1:38 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. The Mayor’s veto was the “right” thing to do. As a result, Clear Channel has agreed to remove 75 more boards to compensate for the 15 digital boards that already exist. The modified resolution to ban would have hurt the Convention Center’s efforts to attract visitors, the police and fire department’s efforts to recruit new candidates from other regions of the state and the southwest. The new agreement will result in a much faster rate of board reduction than an outright prohibition and still respects the needs of the business community upon whom our economy relies so heavily.

    Richard Dayoub

    July 17, 2009 at 2:14 pm

  2. I agree with you MR. Dayoub. Good move on the Mayor’s behalf.


    July 17, 2009 at 7:51 pm

  3. How can you ignore the mis-information in the form of charts, tapes, exaggerated numbers and deceptive photographs? Strange, the normal practice of rebroadcasting the council meetings on the same evening is not being followed this time. Show the city council minutes unedited if you have nothing to hide.

    Ms Lilley, your nose is growing longer by the day. Today’s article she stated the majority of the speakers were for the ban, strange, I saw the same meeting and counted only four out of 15 in favor of the ban. Oh forgot, just like your 13200 complains that you stated as being received but YOUR staff stated only 12.

    The means does not justify the end. I dont own any billboards but based on the FIXED information the ban should have been NO.

    We cant continue with a government that will manipulate information to ensure passage of resolutions. You became enraged when the Bush administration did it, but it is ok at the local level?


    July 18, 2009 at 1:33 pm

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