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El Paso Mayor John Cook Okays Downtown Ballpark

Well, he had us on pins and needles for a couple of days, but Mayor John Cook finally answered the ‘will he or won’t he’ question about the Downtown Ballpark.


On Tuesday, 114 people signed up to talk to El Paso City Council about why they felt the ballpark should be shot down, or built on the site of the current City Hall.  Six and a half weeks later – really about six hours(!) – a vote of 4-3 in favor of the ballpark had the pro-ballpark faction jumping for joy, but that joy was short-lived.

Just a couple of hours after the vote, El Pasoans found out that the vote on the ballpark could still be overturned by the Mayor because he had a five day window of opportunity to veto Council’s decision.



For a day and a half, there was wild speculation about what he would or wouldn’t do, crazy conspiracy theories about what was going on behind the scenes, and just some general craziness.

But, last night, just before midnight, Darren got a text message from the Mayor about the hundreds of emails and text messages about the veto decision he had gotten since the vote on Tuesday.  On the Noon Show on KVIA, the Mayor told Darren that he had decided against the veto.

It was a long, ugly battle to get to this point.  I know there are going to be a lot of people who are unhappy with the decision, but hopefully, we can just get back to normal and worry about Salma Hayek’s boobies being oogled inappropriately on the Hollywood Dirt!


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