September 27, 2018

What The People Want

I’ve lived in District 8 more than twenty years. I’ve talked to the constituents of District 8. District 8 runs from up by the El Paso County Club, to down by Ascarate Park. From the Willows to Segundo Barrio. Despite their differences, the constituents of District 8 want pretty much the same things. Basic city services. They want their streets …

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September 25, 2018

I Need Your Help!

I’m an old Code of the West kind of guy. Independent. A straight talker. You know who I am and what I stand for. I don’t like to ask for help. But I need your help to win this election in November. The truth is that elections cost money. For signs. Banners. Flyers. Events. Advertising. You can’t build a campaign …

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September 11, 2018

We’re Fighting For the Soul of El Paso

The Riches (God bless them) think they know how to make El Paso better. But the Riches (God bless them) didn’t get rich because they know how to enjoy life. The got rich through hard work. Nose to the grindstone. Sacrifice. Sacrifice is a hard sell. Since 2012, El Paso’s population has only grown by one and a half percent. …

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September 3, 2018

Open Government

According to Wikipedia, Open government is the governing doctrine which holds that citizens have the right to access the documents and proceedings of the government to allow for effective public oversight. In its broadest construction it opposes reason of state and other considerations, which have tended to legitimize extensive state secrecy. The origins of open government arguments can be dated …

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September 3, 2018

We’re Number 1!

On the ballot for District 8, at least. Last Wednesday they had the drawing for ballot position at City Hall. I was the last to pick. Of all the candidates. District 1 went first, and then the rest of the districts, in numerical order. District 8 drew last, and I was the last candidate to draw for District 8. Apparently …

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August 28, 2018

Now, Or Later?

Let’s take a stroll down memory lane. El Paso used to be a growing city. From 2010 to 2012, El Paso grew 3.5 percent. Rampant violence drove juarenses here. Base realignment brought troops. But that was then. This is now. From 2012 to 2017, El Paso’s population has grown by less than 1.5 percent. In 2012, El Paso passed the …

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August 15, 2018

Reasonable People

I think reasonable people will agree that El Paso’s property taxes are too high. El Paso’s property tax rates are among the highest in the nation, and City Council is proposing another rate hike on top of increased property tax valuations that raised many people’s property taxes more than ten percent. I think reasonable people can agree that for what …

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July 25, 2018

El Paso’s Comparative Advantage

Development economists like to talk about an economy’s comparative advantage. Investopedia says this about Comparative Advantage: Comparative advantage is an economic term that refers to an economy’s ability to produce goods and services at a lower opportunity cost than trade partners. A comparative advantage gives a company the ability to sell goods and services at a lower price than its …

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July 14, 2018

The Mercadito en Duranguito Today

I will be at the Bluebird Running Table at the Mercadito en Duranguito today, and I hope you will get a chance to stop by and say hi.  From the Facebook post: Hello everyone! We have organized an evening Mercadito en Barrio Duranguito for Saturday July 14th 2018. The Mercadito serves two important purposes: 1. BUILDING COMMUNITY by celebrating our …

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July 6, 2018

Love Is In The Air

I had the honor of attending Gene and Jenny’s wedding this afternoon.  Gene and Jenny are District 8 constituents, and the love they share is palpable. I wish them a long life together in wedded bliss.

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