I don't know if you've heard anything about this, but apparently, there is a plan to build a Downtown El Paso Ballpark, and some people are a little upset about it.  Oh, and they also think that El Paso City Manager Joyce Wilson hates 80% of the citizens of the city.

The El Paso Times broke the story yesterday that former El Paso mayor, Ray Salazar, and two others, have filed a lawsuit in federal court, to stop the demolition of City Hall.  Salazar was mayor from 1977 -1979, and has said he doesn't want to see the building, which was built while he was mayor, torn down.

When Mayor John Cook decided not to veto the ballpark, Salazar said he was, "prepared to go a little further", to prevent City Hall being torn down.



The "little further" is, apparently, a lawsuit that says, "(El Paso City Manager Joyce) Wilson, (City Rep. Cortney) Niland and (City Rep. Steve) Ortega connived, conspired, counseled with and willfully acted in concert with each other, specifically to deny, abrogate, diminish or otherwise impair, the plaintiffs' liberty interest and right to effective suffrage under the Voting Rights Act."

courtesy: el paso times

Translation - they didn't give people the chance to vote on the ballpark.  Problem with this argument?  If the lawsuit wins on this point, you will see literally every single issue brought before voters.  Imagine the time and cost of having to vote on a stop sign just because someone doesn't want one in their neighborhood.  I've said it before and I'll say it again, we elected officials to make decisions for us.  If you don't like their decisions, vote them out.



The other part of the lawsuit says Joyce Wilson's, "personal and political activities are grounded in animus which she feels and displays toward Mexican-American-Chicano members of the city's population."

Translation - Joyce Wilson hates - because that's what 'animus' means - Mexican Americans, or 80% of the population of El Paso.  Um, if she hates "Mexican-American-Chicano members of the city's population", why the heck has she bothered to stay here all this time?  It can't be because she's making a good salary, because she could probably do that anywhere, and do it in a city that doesn't have an 80% population base of people she can't stand.

I know this is a contentious issue, I just didn't think it was going to get overtly racial.  What do you think?  Is this a racial issue?