The City of El Paso, the El Paso Chamber of Commerce, and MountainStar Sports group are waging a class war against El Paso’s working class, small businesses, and people who live on fixed incomes.
City Council’s five year extension of the City Manager’s contract is the latest salvo in the prolonged battle to put taxpayers’ money into the pockets of El Paso’s wealthiest citizens.
The principals of MountainStar Sports Group have been the biggest campaign donors to the five City Council Representatives who voted to extend Tommy Gonzalez’ contract until 2029. By my (probably faulty) ciphering, the owners of the the El Paso Chihuahuas and Locomotive have contributed at least $23,500 to the campaigns of Peter Svarzbein, Isabel Salcido, Cissy Lizarraga, Cassandra Hernandez, and Henry Rivera since 2017. That’s not counting any money that the sitting council members have received for November’s election. Or tips.
Some of MountainStar’s surrogates – Rick Francis, Dee Margo, and Ted Houghton – also kicked in to the tune of $17,500.
There are probably not a lot of cities where you could buy a City Council for less than $100,000. Maybe that’s what Cassandra Hernandez meant when she said that El Paso was affordable.
The extension also caps the City Manager’s salary at a ludicrous $450,000 a year, while continuing to kick in an additional $20,000 a year to his retirement fund.
If you’re making more than $400k a year, do you really need the taxpayers to kick in for your retirement fund?
If the City Manager needs more money, we should try to raise it for him the old-fashioned way. We should host an enchilada dinner for him, and maybe raffle off a bicycle.