A lot of people don't understand what and why the Jane Shang thing happened. Some of you just assume everything is a plot by the progressives to screw over the taxpayers. Often it's much more simple than you are willing to accept.
I've poked around a lot trying to get the inside info at the city and I can tell you that they've gone into lock-down mode over the Shang issue. From what I can tell - Shang was probably railroaded out of there because she knew too much. Maybe something at city hall wasn't what it was supposed to be and she had/has the truth to share. And like one commenter said yesterday... the government only has two options to shut people up - kill them off or pay them off. Obviously the City of El Paso isn't murdering folks... yet.
What I have learned from some people I consider "City of El Paso historians" is that strong mayor form of government kept a lot of people on the payroll who did nothing. The stories about family members of mayors that were paid and never showed up to work are numerous. Little golden parachutes were dealt out to favored employees who got new jobs and getting vested in the pension was pretty easy if the mayor liked you.
When you have a dictator at the helm, there's not much you can stop him from doing. And with the crowd who reads this blog - that sounds pretty damn good to you guys. Which is El Paso's biggest problem. You guys still think the crooks are cool and the heroes are squares.