The Ouija Speaks

Why, you are probably asking yourself, would El Paso need a downtown arena? I mean we’ve got the Don Haskins Center, the Coliseum, and the Civic Center in El Paso. So why on earth would we need to spend $180 million to duplicate those facilities?

I was curious myself, so I asked my Ouija board.

“D League basketball,” the Ouija said to me.

D League basketball?

“The NBA’s developmental league.”

But wouldn’t the Don work for D League?

“Concessions. MountainStar needs the concession money to make money off of D League.”


“Who else?”

But where will they put the arena?

“You haven’t heard? Behind City 1. In the railyard.”

What about parking?

“Are you kidding me?” I sensed that the Ouija board thought I was dense. “Didn’t you see that RFP for a Public Private partnership for a parking garage in front of City Hall? What did you think that was all about?”

A Public Private partnership? I asked.

“You know,” the Ouija said, “where the public gets the costs, and the private sector keeps the profits.”

So why are we doing it? Economic development?

“Economists agree that stadiums and arenas don’t have a significant economic impact.”

What about all that development downtown since they built the ballpark?

“Bars and apartments? You think bars and apartments are economic development? If they weren’t built there, they’d have been built someplace else.”

Hmm. But won’t City Council do what’s right for all El Pasoans? Surely they won’t cave to their campaign donors.

“Man,” the Ouija said. “You really are a dumbass.”


  1. Another good post. Read my lips: We, the citizens and residents of El Paso, Texas, do NOT need another undersized, overpriced and publicly funded sports arena, period! We do not need more bars and apartments downtown, partly because, just as sure as I’m sittin’ here, they will be abandoned bars and apartments just as soon as the novelty wears off. Fix our streets, please.

  2. I’m sure your familiar with those clay marranito piggy banks they sell in the cheap tourist shops for Americans in Juarez. Well, we have our version here in Chuco. It’s the City/County of El Paso. Have you seen the signs on so many of those so-called QOL and roads to “progress” projects? Notice who’s the construction company for so many of them? Hint: it’s a major political padrino/donor to the same politicians raising our wallets under the guise of progress. Batter up!

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