“Card Tricks: How El Paso’s 2012 ‘Quality of Life’ Bond Election Got Riddled With Flimflam”

Here’s a piece on Medium.com written by veteran reporter Debbie Nathan, chronicling the run-up to the election.

. . . El Pasoans who attended the city’s Quality of Life community meetings were not enthusiastic about funding major-league soccer or Triple-A baseball. Rather, many seemed indifferent, if not hostile.

Yet, at an April City Council meeting at which the November Quality of Life ballot was rehearsed, City Manager Joyce Wilson presented a list, prepared by professional stadium promoter Rick Horrow. Its heading was “What El Pasoans Told Us They Want and Need.” The list which followed included a $150-to-$180 million downtown arena, a $45-to-$55 million downtown Triple-A baseball stadium, and a $100- to-$200 million downtown Major League Soccer stadium.

One is that the Paso Del Norte Group (PDNG) has for long wanted to build a downtown arena and fund it with public and private money. In fall 2011, the PDNG hired Rick Horrow, a nationally known sports stadium and arena fixer, to develop a plan to win the 2012 El Paso bond election. PDNG member Tripper Goodman, who’s also a member of the Downtown Management District, then chose willing government officials and businesspeople to form the private, PDNG-heavy group El Paso Tomorrow. That group’s purpose has since been to oversee Horrow’s proposals and promote them to the city. Working mainly with City Manager Wilson, who is also a PDNG member, Goodman’s group has created a buzz about the community supposedly wanting stadiums and arenas downtown.

More shenanigans detailing the City’s disdain for the common citizen are described in the piece.

And the beat goes on.

One comment

  1. I forgot what a great writer Debbie is. Turns out the Newspaper tree was just controlled opposition. The Bernie Sanders of publications.

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