You have no doubt seen this
news story press release. Via KRWG:
Commentary: El Paso, TX – MountainStar Sports Group announced today it will help fund an advertising campaign in support of the City of El Paso’s efforts to build a downtown multipurpose facility that can host a variety of entertainment, including sporting events. The campaign is scheduled to begin September 3.
The ad campaign is geared to generate support for the City’s efforts to get the arena built, and to encourage 2012 Bond voters to make sure their original vote in favor of a downtown, multipurpose arena is honored. The ad effort was initiated by MountainStar because a small group of activists has tried to stop the arena from being built, and MountainStar says it’s time for El Pasoans to speak up against the delays and expense and finally get what they voted for – a multipurpose entertainment facility.
“When we learned the funding of a legal strategy for a small group who oppose the arena was coming from outside El Paso, we felt it was time for El Paso’s residents and taxpayers to speak up. We want to help El Pasoans do that, and give them a voice in this matter,” said Josh Hunt, CEO of MountainStar Sports Group. Hunt said the delays and legal tactics by the opposition are costing taxpayers. “We know that the longer construction is delayed, the more it will cost. We want to see the City proceed to get the facility built, and we believe voters knew what they wanted when they voted for the proposition.”
I guess the Mayor and City Council got tired of carrying MountainStar’s water. Maybe our elected officials realized that backing the arena would lose them votes in any future election.
How about this part: “The ad effort was initiated by MountainStar because a small group of activists has tried to stop the arena from being built. . . .”
Actually there aren’t a lot of people trying to stop the arena from being built. Maybe it’s just me. Most of the arena opponents are only against the arena being built in the proposed location. They’re trying to preserve our architectural patrimony, and protect the dwindling number of residents who don’t want to leave.
And that “small group of activists” includes our State Senator and the County Commissioner who represents the affected precinct. And probably the 2,500 people who signed the petition to preserve the historical buildings.
Now I’m thinking that the real reason for the arena is because those fat cats don’t want to sit with the
riff raff common man to watch a basketball game. What’s the point of being a billionaire if you can’t watch a basketball game or a Justin Bieber concert from a luxury suite?
At least now we know who’s pulling the strings.