The City Manager protects his team.
Even when they’re wrong.
So if one of his Deputy City Managers decides to cram the Mexican American Cultural Center into the Downtown Library, the City Manager covers her back.
Even though it means stuffing resources into the sub-basement, and second sub-basement, inconveniencing library patrons and dismissing supporters of the Cultural Center.
Even if large segments of the community are opposed to the move.
And I hate to point it out, but the City staff is largely ignorant of the needs and wants of the community.
They’re carpetbaggers. The City Manager doesn’t even live in El Paso. How can you phone in that job?
City Staff has adopted a siege mentality, and, as a result, has turned local governance into a zero-sum game.
Their hubris means that they can’t even reconsider their decisions, even in the face of well-reasoned and passionate opposition.
The City doesn’t need you and they expect the same.
Except when it’s time to pay the bills they’ve run up.