There has been a lot of controversy over the Shawver Park lights display that was pushed through El Paso City Council by City Rep. Eddie Holguin.  Holguin was warned that it was too late to put on a good display, but he called City Manager Joyce Wilson and City Reps 'grinches' when they said it would be best to wait until next year to put together a good display.  Ultimately, he got his lights.  Well, the fun is coming to an end, and it's coming to an end on Friday.


Eddie was on our show last week, and told us that the 25k project was actually going to end up costing a few thousand dollars less because the City's Parks and Rec Department brought the project in under budget.  The lights display went up November 29th, and it will end this Friday with live entertainment, and then the whole thing will come down and be shipped back to Winterland, Inc., the company the lights displays were rented from.

Yes, rented.

The City doesn't own the lights display.

Your tax money rented the displays for 22 days.

That works out to about a thousand dollars a day.

I think it's safe to say the Grinch in this scenario is Eddie Holguin for pushing through a project that he didn't bother to follow through on to make sure it was worth the investment, and because he continues to pat himself on the back for bringing rented lights to us, lights that will go dark 5 days before Christmas.

Way to go Eddie!!  Thanks for your Christmas present to the City!  I can't wait to see what you come up with if you're elected County Judge!