Rep. Jim Tolbert (close Karlsruher family friend) is in the news again. I'll tackle the police thing and then I'll talk about budget vote.
I'm not sure what Tolbert's angle is on the police staffing issue. You can read about it HERE.
Let me defend the police department with some commentary sent to me last night. Two separate people have written to tell me that the patrol staffing numbers could easily reflect the 60 percent mark if they wanted to be fast and loose with the definition (like the department used to be). It's unclear when the decision was made to tell the truth about which officers were doing what duty, but it was a while ago. My sources say that it's actually a good thing when it comes to having an accurate accounting of your manpower on the street. It was negligent to do it the way used to do it.
Bottom line - because they are honest, the numbers don't look good. If they were dishonest they could get the elected officials off of their back.
One could say that Tolbert is actually throwing them a bone hoping to encourage the city to hire more cops.
One could say that Tolbert is trying to embarrass the chief in an attempt to settle the score for Byrd and Escobar on the Black Lives Matter comment.
I guess only Tolbert can say.
Tolbert has to vote for the budget presented. It was careless for anyone in his race to claim they were going to vote against raising taxes. You just can't do it. The voters voted for a tax increase when they rescued the police and fire pension and went to the candy store on the QOL bond.
Tolbert needs to get out in front of this by stating the facts. Start with how his district voted on the pension and the QOL bond. Point the finger at them and then promise to steward both issues more closely in the future so that the money is spent with the taxpayer in mind.
When his opponents claim they would have not raised taxes he can simply ask them - "How many policemen, firemen, food inspectors and other city staff do you want to fire? How many streets do you want to turn into bombed out relics where city buses can not pass? Please give me a list of names of employees you want to fire and streets you want to have destroyed."
EPISD Bond folks are off to a bad start. First, they hire an out of town firm to run the issue... Yes... You read that correctly. This gives you an indication that should they get the bond passed, they will just hire companies from somewhere else and give them all of your money. In their dreams they see spending almost a $1 billion of your dollars and not a single dollar going to hire an El Pasoan. There are many ways to say "I hate my community," but making sure none of your neighbors gets paid to build their own schools with their own money is the clearest way I know to say it.
The out of town consultant they hired came up with this logo:
Morris Pittle created this image months before
That's just insult to injury - the El Paso way. EPISD hires an out of town firm to steal a local guy's work. It's such an El Paso move that it should be the city's official parable. Shame on the EPISD school board for letting this happen.