As I wiped the sleep from my eyes this morning, I fully expected to see those damning emails in today’s paper. You remember. From KVIA:
[District 8 Representative Cortney Niland] made the accusation after the Railroad claimed, in a recent article in the El Paso Times, it has not had any discussions with the city on the sale of a rail yard for a potential arena site.
Niland said the city has recorded calls and emails proving the city did reach out to Union Pacific.
Emails travel at close to the speed of light, or at least 60 mbs, whatever that means.
So, if they’ve been doing their due diligence, your City Rep has probably seen those emails. They’ve heard those recordings.
If those emails and recordings exist.
Union Pacific disputes the City’s account. From the El Paso Times:
However, Union Pacific spokesman Jeff DeGraff on Tuesday reiterated that railroad officials did not have discussions with the city regarding the sale of property for the arena.
“I have confirmed with our team working in El Paso that we have not had discussions with the city regarding the sale of property for the arena. We regularly communicate with the city and their representatives on a number of items and issues in El Paso, but the conversation regarding the arena has not happened,” DeGraff said in an email.
So far, only City Attorney Sylvia Borunda Firth and Representative Cortney Niland have publicly claimed that the City talked to Union Pacific about the rail yard site.
What does your representative tell you?