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Gadflies, “ankle biters” making public watchdog new game

El Paso's Southwestern University Park, home of the El Paso Chihuahuas just a few weeks before it opened. And site, too, of the former city hall building. Did the city own all the land before it voted to tear down the building for a ball park? Did it promise the railroad too much in exchange for the one part of land it didn't own and were anxious to cover an embarrassment? Gadflies are talking. (Photo by Brian Kanof, El Paso Times)

El Paso’s Southwestern University Park, home of the El Paso Chihuahuas, seen just a few weeks before it opened last month. And the site, too, of the former city hall building. Did the city own all the land before it voted to tear down the building for a ball park? Or was there a problem? Did the city, indeed, promise the railroad too much in exchange for the one part of land it didn’t own? But were in a real rush to get to cover an embarrassment? Tales from Dick Tracy Live? No, just gadflies talking. And the atmosphere is abuzz. (Photo by Brian Kanof, El Paso Times)

 

By Dan Bodine

 

 

(Note: This is 2,000 words. Some would say two posts. I’ve kept it as one though for convenience. Hang in there with me!)

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There’s an El Paso gadfly (ankle biters, they’re called here) who blogs often as a critic of the deal that brought the new Chihuahuas baseball team to town. Another kind of public watchdog, he is. The internet multiplies us! Among other things.

Recently, “Brutus” at elpasospeak.com, is alleging a major legal snafu concerning ownership of the old city hall land where the downtown baseball stadium was built.

This error supposedly spurred subsequent rushed deals by city officials with a railroad company so they could meet stadium construction deadline. Fiction writers take heart! Continue reading