With every passing week, people are getting more informed about the “multi-purpose sports arena” and the devastating impact it could have, if built, on El Paso’s already over-taxed citizens.
City leaders have been involved in an orchestrated campaign of deception surrounding the arena and Duranguito since 2012.
And now they have a new BFF in their manipulative efforts to fool El Pasoans — the MountainStar Sports Group.
Remember them? They are the ones who teamed up with city leaders to sneak the baseball stadium past citizens through a variety of backdoor moves that pleased wealthy downtown investors and special interests who gained while we lost. Taxpayers are paying for a good chunk of this baseball stadium, even though they promised we wouldn’t have to pay a dime.
Now they are investing big money into trying to overturn a legal decision by Judge Amy Meachum of Travis County who determined that the city engaged in a deceptive bait-and-switch campaign to affect the outcome of the bond vote, and clearly stated that the City CANNOT build a multi-purpose arena equipped for large scale sporting events such as basketball, soccer, indoor football, hockey, etc.
They want us to tell our mayor and city reps “Hell yeah! We want you all to spend over $200,000,000 of our hard-earned tax-payer dollars so that these rich property owners and powerful special interests can make their money while we financially-stressed citizens continue taking the risks for them.
Please, take my taxes and give the wealthy investors all the corporate welfare they need. By all means, destroy El Paso’s historically priceless Duranguito neighborhood and remove all traces of our heritage so that you can drop in your gargantuan arena and have a home for your indoor soccer team.”
No. NO. NOOOOO!!!
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This arena which is guaranteed to cost tens of millions more than advertised to build and maintain; which will require more taxpayer funding to provide adequate parking and traffic accommodation; which will sit idle for over 300 days of the year; which will compete with local venues for events; which will adversely impact surrounding businesses and people in the downtown area by sheer will of its size; this arena is simply a mistake.
Don’t buy the LYING ARENA ADVERTISING BLITZ that these selfish and greedy million and billionaires are putting out to the public.
Remember what happened the last time we bought the lies of a media blitz trying to make us believe that the $670,000,000 EPISD bond was “for the kids”?
We and our children are now stuck with tax increases for the next 30 years to pay off this bond that has done nothing to actually improve the quality of the #43 ranked Texas education our kids are getting. Nothing to improve the support for their educators.
All we got was Superintendent Cabrera who always seems to be getting massive salary increases with each year that passes while bumbling along and Dori Fenenbock, the board president who bailed on EPISD halfway into her term for a destined-to-fail, ego-boosting run at Congress.
Don’t let lighting strike twice in the same place.
Most of our city leaders and MountainStart Sports Group are in the process of putting the screws to us once again and we have to see right through their lies.
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If we all do our parts to stay informed and to let our leaders know our stands on the issues, we can influence their decisions.
Here is one easy thing you and your family and friends can do very easily.
EMAIL our MAYOR and ALL CITY REPS
MSSG is trying to get people to email Mayor Margo (who is part of the effort to culturally cleanse the Duranguito barrio) and city reps to continue their effort to destroy Duranguito, build an unnecessary arena at tax-payer expense and to subvert Judge Meachums decision prohibiting sports as part of the Multi-purpose entertainment facility.
Take the time to write up a quick email explaining WHY YOU ARE AGAINST THE ARENA being built in Duranguito or being built at all.
Make it a personal email because it IS PERSONAL and affects us all.
Send your email to the mayor and ALL REPS (not just your district rep) because they are all responsible for El Paso.
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Here is a list of emails for all of them. Share this with your friends and encourage them to email.
Let’s beat MOUNTAINS STAR and the CITY at their own game.
Mayor Dee Margo
D1 Peter Svarzbein
D2 Alexsandra Annello
D3 Cassandra Brown
D4 Sam Morgan
D5 Michiel Noe
D6 Claudia Ordaz
D7 Henry Rivera
D8 Cissy Lizarraga