Dear Media and Friends:

I have just learned that an item has appeared on the City Council agenda for April 28, co-sponsored by Rep. Alexsandra Annello and Rep. Claudia Lizette Rodriguez, which will suspend (without expiration) the Multipurpose Performing Arts and Entertainment Facility as well as the Cultural Heritage Center in order to reduce the financial burden on the City by hundreds of millions of dollars in the wake of this pandemic. These are two of the three “signature” projects of the 2012 Quality of Life Bond Election. Agenda item 19.1 reads as follows:

“Discussion and action on suspending the construction of a multipurpose and performing arts and entertainment facility and of a cultural heritage center, authorized by the ‘Museum, Cultural, Performing Arts, and Library Facilities’ ballot proposition of the 2012 Quality of Life bond election, including but not limited to archaeological surveying, demolition, and design work, in order to diminish the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and reduce the debt burden.”

I sincerely hope that it will have the backing of our City Manager and CFO, who understand the urgent need to make deep budget cuts, and that it will win the support of all eight City Council representatives.
Please call your City Council representative in order to support Reps. Annello and Rodriguez in their effort:
District 1, 915-212-0001District 2, 915-212-0002
District 3, 915-212-0003
District 4, 915-212-0004
District 5, 915-212-0005
District 6, 915-212-0006
District 7, 915-212-0007
District 8, 915-212-0008
After you have made your phone call, please write to them also: <>; <>; <>; <>; <>; <>; <>; <>; <>;

This comes on the heals of today’s oral argument in the 8th Court of Appeals in El Paso.

Enjoy your day!