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EPCC to Host Texas Tribune’s ‘A Conversation with Mayor Dee Margo’

Community members are invited to a Conversation with Mayor Dee Margo, hosted by EPCC and moderated by Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith on February 7th.

The discussion will be followed by an audience Q&A session, and the entire conversation will be livestreamed at and The video will be available for viewing afterward at the Texas Tribune site.

Margo was elected mayor in May 2017. Previously, he represented District 78 in the Texas House and served as chairman of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce. Margo also helped found the Regional Economic Development Corporation and served as president of the El Paso ISD Board of Managers.

Complimentary visitor parking is available in the parking lot adjacent to the building.

This event is supported by the Texas Municipal League, Pearson, the Law Office of Carlos Eduardo Cardenas, P.C. and Southwest Airlines, the official airline of Texas Tribune Events. It is hosted by El Paso Community College. Foundation support is provided by the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation.

This event will be held in the Building A Auditorium at the El Paso Community College Administrative Service Center (campus map). The event is free and open to the public and includes a light lunch.

WHAT: A Conversation with Dee Margo, Mayor of El Paso, hosted by The Texas Tribune

WHO: Dee Margo, Mayor of El Paso and Evan Smith, CEO of The Texas Tribune

WHERE: 9050 Viscount Blvd., Building A Auditorium at the EPCC Administrative Services Center.

WHEN: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 7. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Conversation and livestream begin promptly at noon.

Tribune events are also supported through contributions from our founding investors and members. Though donors and corporate sponsors underwrite The Texas Tribune events, they play no role in determining the content, panelists or line of questioning.

Community and Human Development to host Neighborhood Summit

The City of El Paso Community and Human Development Department invites neighborhood associations and the community to attend the 13th Annual Neighborhood Summit from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 9, at the YISD Central Office, located at 9600 Sims.

The free event, hosted in partnership with the El Paso Neighborhood Coalition, provides educational workshops focused on how to improve neighborhoods. Residents have the opportunity to build networks among neighborhood associations from across the city and gather inspiration to help improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods.

The keynote speaker for the event will be City of El Paso Mayor Dee Margo. Guest speakers include El Pasoans Fighting Hunger CEO Victor Nevarez and Chief Development Officer Terri Wyatt.

The summit will include educational workshops and an information fair with vendors from various City departments and local organizations.

Workshop topics:

  • How to Run Effective Meetings – Dale Carnegie Training
  • Neighborhood Association Taskforce Panel Discussion
  • Planning for a County-Wide Linear Trail – Paso del Norte Health Foundation
  • Youth Engagement – We (FillintheBlank)

For more information on the Neighborhood Summit, call (915) 212-1682.

Website Names El Paso ‘Second Safest City in America’

The City of El Paso is pleased to announce that El Paso came out as the second safest city in a “50 Safest Metro Cities in America – 2017” report published by SafeWise.

“We are proud to be recognized as the second safest city in the country. It’s a testament to the excellent work by our police department and first responders. We must support their efforts,” said City of El Paso Mayor Dee Margo.

To compile the report that was released August 14, SafeWise used the most recent FBI crime data from 2015 to analyze and rank cities that have a population greater than 300,000 residents. New York City came out on top as the safest city.

According to SafeWise, the rankings are based on an aggregation of violent crime and property crime. Both property and violent crime were equally weighted and city ranking was determined by the per capita rate of crime. SafeWise also evaluated overall improvement in crime rates from previous years.

In part, the site states, “Because El Paso is a border town, its low crime rate may surprise you, but it shouldn’t. Officials say that this community is made stronger by the hard-working ambition of immigrant families and individuals who make border towns their home.”

“This recognition clearly reflects that our police safety initiatives are working well for our diverse community. We will continue our 10 year staffing plan of 300 new officers so we can continue to lead our country in public safety,” said El Paso City Manager Tommy Gonzalez.

SafeWise is a home-security and safety brand committed to increasing safety education, awareness and preparedness in American communities. SafeWise has been recognized by The Huffington Post, AngiesList, Mashable and for their home security-brand comparisons and safest-cities reports.

The complete list of the “50 Safest Metro Cities in America – 2017” is available online.

El Paso City Council Votes Down City ID Program

The El Paso City Council narrowly voted against creating a municipal identification card program amid concerns that the measure would lead to the border city being perceived as the kind of “sanctuary” jurisdiction that has been the target of President Donald Trump and Texas’ Republican leaders.

In a 5-4 vote, the council voted down funding the program, which immigrant rights groups and advocates for the poor have called for since 2014 as a way for those unable to obtain a driver’s license or other state-issued identification sign up for bank accounts and access city services such as libraries. Applicants would have had to prove they reside in the city to obtain the card.

Mayor Dee Margo cast the deciding vote against the measure, explaining that he didn’t want El Paso to be perceived as “sanctuary” city – the common term for a jurisdiction that doesn’t enforce state or federal immigration laws.

In May, Gov. Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 4, which punishes elected and appointed officials for enacting policies that ignore federal immigration laws. The punishment for doing so could be jail time and the denial of grant funds from the entity in violation. Opponents of the measure have filed a lawsuit to halt the law, which takes effect Sept. 1. A federal judge has yet to rule on that case.

The Trump administration has also spoken in recent months about cutting off some federal funds from “sanctuary” jurisdictions.

“I do not want to give the inference that we are a sanctuary city, as we are not,” Margo, a former Republican state representative, said in a statement. “Redevelopment grants are critical to the economic development of our community, and we cannot afford to put those funding opportunities in jeopardy.”

Margo added that the cost of the program was too high when he considered the city’s other pressing needs like public safety. The city was debating a potential match of $320,000 with the county for the identification program, according to the city council agenda.

In a statement, the Border Network for Human Rights, which launched the petition in support of creating the program in 2014, said the city gave in to political pressure.

“Fear mongering ran deep in today’s discussion. SB 4 was invoked — even though it does nothing to prohibit a Community ID program,” BNHR spokesperson Gabriela Castaneda said. “The Council was threatened, intimidated, and bullied by racists, and, ultimately, it worked. This bodes ill for our city.”

The vote shouldn’t be a complete surprise after the council expressed concerns as early as April 2016 over how the ID card would be viewed by state leaders, according to a city report issued then.

In the past year, there has been legislation filed at both the state and federal level regarding ‘sanctuary cities.’ These bills seek to prohibit local government entities from having policies, ordinances, and rules that prohibit or interfere with the enforcement of immigration laws,” the city’s report states.

Proponents of the measure cited similar projects in Oakland and San Franciscoas examples of where the municipal ID program has worked. They also made clear that the card wouldn’t have the same benefits as a Texas driver’s license and couldn’t be used for travel or to get through a TSA checkpoint.

El Paso County is still considering an ID card for its residents.

Disclosure: Dee Margo has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune. A complete list of Tribune donors and sponsors is available here.

Read related Tribune coverage:

  • An El Paso-based immigrant rights group could see its hopes for a municipal ID card dashed after leaders there determined that issuing the card could prompt immigration hardliners to label the town a sanctuary city. [Full story]
  • A standardized ID would aid the homeless, indigent and help undocumented immigrants prove they qualify for relief from deportation under the president’s recently announced executive action, an immigrant rights group says. [Full story]

Author:  JULIÁN AGUILAR – The Texas Tribune

Patricia Martinez: Open Letter To Former Mayoral Candidate David Saucedo

Politics is an odd thing. People run for office by making uuuuge promises – looking at you, President Trump – and they make allegations against the current administration and the way elected officials are mishandling their offices.

Often, allegations of corruption are thrown around. Such was the case with the most recent El Paso mayoral election.

David Saucedo lost his bid for the office of El Paso mayor to Dee Margo in a runoff election. During the race, Saucedo made a lot of noise about information he said he had on corruption at City Hall.

When Saucedo was on the Mike and Tricia Morning Show before the election, he said on the air that he would get me in contact with the people at City Hall who were willing to talk about corruption there, but Saucedo never got back to me with that information. He also has not come forward with that information to either the local media nor, as far as I know, to law enforcement.

Saucedo said that if he got elected that he would clean out City Hall of the people that were forcing City employees to sign loyalty oaths, and get rid of so-called ‘pay-to-play’ in which contracts and permits were given to people who paid to get City business.

Saucedo also said that he was all about helping out the citizens of El Paso, but if he is, why hasn’t he outed the people who are allegedly fleecing taxpayers?

If he is so worried about how taxpayer money is being mishandled, why would he withhold that information because he lost an election?

David Saucedo, if you really know who is corrupt at City Hall, you need to come forward to the citizens of El Paso so that our tax money isn’t squandered and mishandled. You also need to come forward to law enforcement because what you are alleging is a crime.

I know you didn’t win the election, but be a friend to El Paso and let us know what you know so that our City can run free of corruption.

Voters in San Antonio, El Paso Choose New Mayors in Runoff Elections

The city of San Antonio is poised to usher in new leadership after a Saturday runoff election that saw incumbent mayor Ivy Taylor defeated by city council member Ron Nirenberg.

And in El Paso, former Republican state Rep. Dee Margo  defeated businessman David Saucedo in the race to replace outgoing Mayor Oscar Leeser.

Nirenberg won 55 percent of the vote to Taylor’s 45 percent, ending Taylor’s three years as mayor. A former city council member, Taylor ascended to the mayor’s office in 2014 after former Mayor Julián Castro stepped down to become U.S. housing secretary. She won a full term the next year after a blockbuster race against former state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte.

Nirenberg had beaten expectations in the first round of the race last month, finishing 5 percentage points behind Taylor. A third serious candidate — Manuel Medina, chairman of the Bexar County Democratic Party — missed the cut for the runoff.

While the race was nonpartisan, Taylor’s campaign used the runoff to deride Nirenberg as “Liberal Ron,” an attack that emerged after he won the endorsement of Castro, a national Democratic star. Nirenberg cried hypocrisy, pointing out that Taylor had the support of Van de Putte, the 2014 Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor.

Toward the end of the night, two of Texas’ progressive organizations, Progress Texas and the Texas Organizing Project, issued statements celebrating Nirenberg’s victory.

“This election is a lesson in base vote 101 — if you want to win progressive voters, candidates need to demonstrate that they share progressive values,” Progress Texas’ executive director, Ed Espinoza, said in a statement.

In El Paso, Margo, who served in the House from 2011-13, won 57 percent of the vote to defeat Saucedo, a newcomer to city politics. During his campaign, Margo touted his time on the El Paso Independent School Board, when the body ushered the district back to accreditation and financial solvency.

Margo came just shy of an all-out victory last month after receiving about 45 percent of the vote to Saucedo’s 24 percent. Also in the running was city council member Emma Acosta, who finished third with 16 percent and was thought by some as Margo’s main competitor.

The state’s new “sanctuary cities” law played a prominent role in both mayoral races. In San Antonio, Taylor disagreed with the city council’s decision to join a lawsuit against the law, calling it “premature” and voicing concern that Gov. Greg Abbott could retaliate by vetoing funding for the Alamo. Nirenberg supported the lawsuit and argued Taylor was trying to have it both ways on the issue.

In El Paso, both Margo and Saucedo said they would defer to El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen on the issue. That represented an about-face for Margo, who voted for the Legislature’s 2011 version of the bill. The responses from the candidates prompted criticism from the El Paso Times editorial board, which said last month that the candidates seemed “unwilling to stand up for the city.”

Disclosure: Progress Texas has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune. A complete list of Tribune donors and sponsors is available here.


Dee Margo kicks off Campaign for Mayor

In a news conference set overlooking the city he wishes to run, El Pasoan Dee Margo kicked off his campaign for mayor Wednesday afternoon.

“I believe I speak the language of experience and know the people of El Paso are the greatest asset. I’m committed to lead El Paso.” Margo tweeted out shortly after his announcement.

Margo joins a fairly large and diverse group of candidates running for mayor this year.  Current City Rep Emma Acosta, as well as member of the El Paso Historical Commission Charlie Stapler have both officially filed the required paperwork to run for the city’s top spot.

Other residents who have stated their intent to run for mayor are Jorge Artelejo, David Rodriguez, David Saucedo, Jameel Toombs, and Ana Romero Zaidle. Early voting starts April 24th, with Election Day set for May 6th.

For a complete list of all candidates, click HERE.

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