I will always advise citizens to do their own homework when voting on anything - whether it be people or bonds or proposed law changes or their favorite pizza place. Voting is a privilege a lot of great people have died to allow you. The least you could do is spend a little time to figure out what exactly you are voting for... or against.
Some issues that end up on the ballot are vetted through your elected officials and it's their job to stop something stupid from appearing on the ballot way before you have a chance to vote on it. Case in point - the proposed downtown arena in the most recent quality of life bond election.
City Council never solicited opinions from the other venues in town and in the region as to the viability of adding another sports/concert/entertainment venue to the area. In fact, they only called upon the very people who will run the new arena for advice. The people who will have no investment in the project, but will receive millions in management fees advised council that the arena is a good idea. That's like asking your 14 year-old son for his advice on whether or not he should have free access to your new corvette.
Had council simply obtained a booking schedule for the Pan Am Center, Don Haskins Center, the County Coliseum or Abraham Chavez Theatre, they'd see there's not a lot going on. There's an argument that there are too many venues in the region already.
A $180 million arena is going to cost a few million a year to keep up with - and that's without anyone ever walking inside and enjoying a concert. City Council should have been aware of this fact and axed the arena from the list of projects.
Some on council,who have zero promotions experience, are taking the "build it and they will come" approach. Anybody who has been in the promotions business knows that is not how it works. If you don't have the audience, then it doesn't matter what facility you have. The big acts don't sit around looking at pictures of venues to choose the ones they want to play. Nope, they look at the numbers - they find the cities that have the people with the money to come to their concerts. El Paso has proven time and time again that it's not a live entertainment city. Everybody in the industry knows this.
A wise council would have protected voters from themselves by trimming the arena from the quality of life bond. They were in a position to get the facts - the numbers - the sober truth. They chose not to and now there's this mandate from voters to build something that is going to turn out to be a $180,000,000 high school graduation venue.
As for turning it into a soccer stadium... good luck. The ankle-biters will sue the city if it doesn't have a roof and I think they'll win. And if you don't think they are already pivoting from baseball to soccer, you're insane. They know the Lincoln Center will be a pile of dust in October, so they're seething about that and soccer will be their new outlet. Council should not give them any ammo.
What council should do is pursue a legal opinion to opt out of certain bond projects due to budget shortfalls.