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NPT Media: Troubled Times?

Brace yourself, Times. You’ve got visitors. We are prepared to feel your pain. Seriously, I know we don’t always play nice with each other. But the better you are, the better we are, and the better off El Paso is. Best of luck, folks. I got my fingers crossed …

Sito Negron

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Written by newspapertreeelpaso

March 3, 2009 at 11:05 am

NPT Drug War: Suddenly, the border exists, and everyone’s writing and broadcasting about us

On and off, major news organizations such as television network news and major papers like the NY Times write and broadcast stories about the border. In the past week, the LA Times, New York Times, CBS and many others have written and broadcasted about the Drug War and the violence in Juarez and Mexico. Somehow, the old adage, just make sure the name is spelled correctly, doesn’t seem like much comfort:

CBS News: The War Next Door

LA Times: The war we gave Mexico

Time Mag: “One of the world’s most militarized borders.”

NY Times: ‘We could still rescue ourselves.’

LA Times: Columbus’ view on the ‘bloody brawl’

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

March 3, 2009 at 10:28 am

NPT: El Paso? Poor, but not cheap, comparatively speaking.

According to the National Association of Home Builders and Wells Fargo, El Paso ranks near the bottom of cities in the U.S. for home affordability. According to their survey, El Paso median income and home prices went from $38,600 and $117,000, respectively in 2005, to $37,200 and $131,000 in the fourth quarter of 2008. By their measure, El Paso ranks as number 213 in the nation for affordability. Here’s the news release about the list. Here’s the explanation of how they arrive at the numbers: The NAHB/Wells Fargo HOI is a measure of the percentage of homes sold in a given area that are affordable to families earning that area’s median income during a specific quarter. Prices of new and existing homes sold are collected from actual court records by First American Real Estate Solutions, a marketing company. Mortgage financing conditions incorporate interest rates on fixed- and adjustable-rate loans reported by the Federal Housing Finance Board.

For the spreadsheet with the numbers, go here and click on the third item (“The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index: Complete History by Metropolitan Area (1991-Current”).

Sito Negron

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Written by newspapertreeelpaso

February 23, 2009 at 10:46 am

NPT: Mayor Cook firing a warning shot?

Yesterday this blog noted that Gus Haddad is announcing his campaign for mayor against current Mayor John Cook. It should have been noted that Cook did something interesting on the agenda for the last City Council meeting — he threw up a list of heavy-hitters who donated to him. The item was pulled from the agenda, which raises the question of why it was there in the first place. Warning shot? Here is the agenda item, followed by the city rule referred to in the item.

From the Tuesday (Jan. 27, 2009) agenda

NOTATION OF CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTION

For notation pursuant to Section 2.92.110 of the City Code; receipt of campaign contributions by Mayor John Cook: Stanley Jobe, $1,000; El Paso Sheriff’s Officers Association, $1,000: Harold and Beth Hanh, $2000; Paul Foster, $1,000; Robert and Sherry Brown, $1,000; The El Paso Association of Firefighters-Local 51, $1,000; Ike Montey, $1,000; Noel Rosenbaum, $500; Andrew and Leslie Cook, $500; Hector and Debbie Gutierrez, $500; Ainsa & Hutson, $500; James and Samantha Singelyn, $500; Delgado, Acosta, $500; Marty Martin, $500; Elaine Barron, $500; Gary and Leanne Hedrick, $500; Sam Legate, $500; Eliot Shapleigh, $500; Margarita and Gerry Licon, $500; El Paso Electric PAC, $1,000; Robert and Paulette Wingo, $750; Randy and Margo Kuykendall, $500; Bill and April Terrell, $500; Rachel and Gregory Harracksingh $500; Irene Epperson, $500; James F. Scherr, $2,000; Leonard A. Goodman, $500; J.A. Cardwell, $1,000; Henry Ellis, $500; Ginger Francis, $500; L. Fredrick Francis, $500; Adam and Dana Frank, $500; Carlos and Irma Garza, $1,000; Robert Hoy Hill, $500; Woody and Gale Hunt, $500; Michael and Sydney Jelinek, $750; Travis Johnson, $1,000; Linda Jordan, $500; C.F. Jordan III, $500; Susan Mendez, $500; Michael and Clara Miles, $500; Jim Phillips, $500; K. Alan Russell, $500; Cita Sanders, $500; William Sanders, $500; Leo Schuster, $1,000; Scott PAC, $1,250; Lou and Laura Alpern, $2,300; Moore, Nordell, Kroger, $500; Kenneth Gezelius, $500; Ann Morgan Lilly Campaign, $500. [Mayor John F. Cook, (915) 541-4145]

Section 2.92.110 of the City Code

2.92.110 Disclosure of campaign contributions.
A. If a member of the city council has received campaign contributions from a contributor totaling five hundred dollars or more subsequent to the date that the member last filed a campaign finance report pursuant to state law, such member shall disclose the receipt of such contributions to the council before any deliberation or vote of the city council regarding any matter on a meeting agenda which concerns or relates to the contributor, a business entity owned in whole or in part or operated by the contributor or which employs the contributor, or any other time that the contributor appears to address the council during the meeting.
B. This requirement shall apply to all meetings of the city council.
C. Such disclosure shall be orally made by the member and shall be recorded in the minutes of the meeting.
D. If a member of the city council accepts a campaign contribution from a contributor of five hundred dollars or more, he shall report the amount and the donor by an item for notation on the consent agenda of a city council meeting within thirty days of the date of such contribution.
E. No action of the council which is otherwise legal shall be invalidated merely by reason of the disclosure of a campaign contribution by a member of the city council or the failure of a member to disclose a campaign contribution. (Ord. 16301 § 4, 2006)

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

January 29, 2009 at 5:16 pm

NPT: Haddad announcing for mayor

Gus Haddad is making it official. He’s announcing for mayor at noon tomorrow (Thursday Jan. 29) at Irwin J. Lambka Park, 6600 Cloudview. Stay tuned for more and the race for mayor heats up.

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Written by newspapertreeelpaso

January 28, 2009 at 11:28 pm

NPT: Marquez in the house

Note: This item was posted Wednesday (Jan. 28). Marquez sent a news release Friday (Jan. 30) correcting the time to 9:30 a.m.

afternoon State Sen. Eliot Shapleigh hosts “Coffee with Eliot” in his office. State Rep. Marisa Marquez is taking it to the house with “Cafecito community meetings.” Here’s the news release:

Rep. Marquez to Host the first of a series of Cafecito community meetings beginning this saturday

EL PASO, TX—State Representative Marisa Marquez (D-El Paso) will hold the first of a series of cafecito community meetings on Saturday. Marquez will provide an update on the legislative session and issues relating to District 77 in central El Paso, as well as, receive vital and necessary feedback from her constituents. The meeting is open to the public and there will be a segment for questions and answers.

WHO: Open to the public
WHAT: Community meeting hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Acosta
WHERE: Residence of Mr. and Mrs. Acosta
2203 Grant Ave
WHEN: Saturday, January 31 at 10:30 AM

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

January 28, 2009 at 10:56 pm

NPT: Social Byrd

A note from the office of city Rep. Susie Byrd:

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Rep. Susie Byrd is pleased to announce the new schedule of community meetings for 2009 through the month of May. The meetings will be held every first Thursday and third Saturday of the month, and each meeting will feature a guest speaker to give constituents insight and information on what is happening throughout the Sun City.

Between now and May, constituents will have the opportunity to hear from several community leaders. Mayor John Cook, City Manager Joyce Wilson, PSB Vice President of Marketing Cristina Montoya, Environmental Services Director Ellen Smyth, County Commissioner Veronica Escobar, and County Sheriff Richard Wiles are all scheduled to speak at upcoming meetings. To view the meeting schedule and to see who will speak at which meeting, please go to Susie’s blog, Notes From District 2, and please print out the attached meeting schedule for easy reference

The location of the Thursday morning meetings has changed, and they will now be held at Tierra del Sol Restaurant, 4201 Alabama, at 7:30 a.m. This move was done to make the meetings more accessible to a wider range of District 2 constituents. The Saturday morning meetings will continue to be held at the Memorial Park Library, 3200 Copper, at 10:00 a.m.

Be sure to include the District 2 community meetings in your calendars as we hope to reach out to and hear back from as many residents as we can so that we can continue to make District 2 one of the best places to live and work in El Paso.

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

January 28, 2009 at 12:18 am