You can read the convoluted El Paso Times piece HERE.
Jim Scherr was at one time El Paso's own little version of the Koch Brothers. A money provider and gatherer for local Democratic candidates. No doubt he's got the ear of the people who have Bob Moore by the balls... if you know what I mean. This is probably why the nothing story is story today.
If you can't read the link, I'll summarize:
The arena that you have no business building because you have no events to hold in it is now being built on, in or around the current convention center. Why? Because the current council is made up of people who have higher political aspirations and will fall to the push from any group whether they are a capable group or not. (Bad precedent was set down during this whole arena location thing and now any jackass with a few millennials in tow can completely shut down city government without even using a single fact as a weapon.)
It's election season and city council has gotten cold feet when it comes to doing anything of any significance or making decisions that have any significance. That includes giving details about how the arena is going to fit on, in or around the current convention center (that has next to zero conventions). This leaves the newspaper to make wild ass assumptions like the ones they make in the article. They assume the whole thing will be torn down and replaced with an arena (that will be as empty as often as the building it replaced). And if you go with that assumption there are a few problems to be caused.
The biggest problem would be that a few hotels were given money to build/renovate based on that fact they were within a certain distance of a "convention center." Legislators like to make these stipulations so that they feel the hotels will be successful because they are close to all that action that takes place at the convention center (you know, the christmas ripoff fair the Junior league ladies put on). If the city erases the convention center in order to erect the arena, those state monies for those hotels could go away because they are no longer near a "convention center."
OH THE HUMANITY!!!! THE HORROR!
Not really. Any idiot with half a brain knows that in order to comply with the rules for receiving that money, all you have to do is call the new building a "convention center." So, it could be the El Paso Arena and Convention Center. Boom done. Problem solved. Hell, they could call the park that took a decade to build a "convention center" and not even worry about messing with the arena's name. There is no problem here at all - other than the fact your newspaper likes to make up bullshit in order to carry narrow interest's water on certain issues.
What you have to wonder is what Scherr is angling for . Your guess is as good as mine. I think he has a great hotel, so I'm not sure what the angle is. Also, remember he's a lawyer, so don't say mean things about him.