This week the El Paso Inc. tries to demonstrate that El Pasoans knew all along that the Multi Purpose Performing Arts Center was going to be an arena.
The crux of the argument is that the city deliberately duped the voters into voting for an arena. But was the wool really pulled over our eyes?
While opponents argue that the word arena was left off the ballot, I believe voters deserve a little more credit.
However, an April, 2006, email from Joyce Wilson, in the bond validation lawsuit that the City filed in Austin, tells a different story:
Arena: I’d downplay this as a longer term issue as it is probably the lightning rod for tax increases for folks.
Focus on how to engage and neutralize the losers.
Are El Paso Inc. readers representative of El Paso voters? Wouldn’t one of the dailies be a better source to demonstrate that the voters were informed?
Or, do articles by El Paso’s best investigative reporter (that’s you, David Crowder) that mention the “arena” several times demonstrate that the arena was not generally known, and the arena was newsworthy?
Don’t forget, when I wrote this article in December, 2013, I thought I had figured something out.
The case moves through an appeals court at this very moment. Let’s see how it plays out.
Ostensibly, the Inc.’s article this week was to highlight their new paywall. I guess they got tired of me using their old articles against the plutocrats. You’d think they’d like the eyeballs.