Did you see this story in the El Paso’s English language daily today concerning the retirement of City Engineer Irene Ramirez?
City Engineer Irene D. Ramirez, the first woman to hold the job and who oversaw the San Jacinto Plaza renovation, plans to retire at the end of the month, city officials said Tuesday.
Officials said her retirement will not cause further delays in the plaza’s renovation.
Can you say scapegoat?
The Times, or perhaps the City, wants to link Ms. Ramirez’ retirement to the delays in the San Jacinto Plaza renovation without coming right out and saying it.
It may well be that Ms. Ramirez was induced to retire. A consistent rumor at the City holds that the relatively new City Manager Tommy Gonzalez wants to replace all the vestiges of the last regime. The San Jacinto Plaza debacle may not have had anything to do with Ms. Ramirez’ career plans.
It would be interesting to hear what Ms. Ramirez had to say about the Plaza project. Maybe she could talk about Country Club Road, too.
Here’s another nugget from the piece in the Times:
The status of the San Jacinto Plaza and Barron Park in Northeast El Paso were on the executive session of Tuesday’s City Council agenda.
It’s hard to see where those projects fall into these guidelines for discussion in Executive Session, from City Council’s agenda:
Section 551.071 CONSULTATION WITH ATTORNEY
Section 551.072 DELIBERATION REGARDING REAL PROPERTY
Section 551.073 DELIBERATION REGARDING PROSPECTIVE GIFTS
Section 551.074 PERSONNEL MATTERS
Section 551.076 DELIBERATION REGARDING SECURITY DEVICES
Section 551.087 DELIBERATION REGARDING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT NEGOTIATIONS
Maybe it falls under the secret sections, SAVING US FROM EMBARRASSMENT and GETTING OUR LIES STRAIGHT.
I admire the El Paso taxpayers and voters for their magnanimous tolerance and equanimity in the face of such blatant ineptitude on the part of both City Council and the El Paso Times. I guess after a while, it doesn’t hurt anymore.