City Representative Cissy Lizarraga, District 8

City Representative Cissy Lizarraga, District 8 Representative Cissy Lizarraga
El Paso City Council District 8

City Hall - City 1 Building
300 N. C Campbell
El Paso, TX 79901

Phone: 915-212-0008
Email: District#[email protected]

Web Page:
https://www.elpasotexas.gov/district-8

Operating as usual

10/21/2021

Ride the Streetcar this Saturday, October 23 on your way to the Dia De Los Mu***os festival and enjoy a meet and greet with La Calaca Maldonado from 4 PM to 5PM.

La Calaca Maldonado will be at the Convention Center Stop (Santa Fe and Henry Trost) and board and ride around the streetcar from 5 PM - 6:30 PM.

See you there! #DiaDeLosMu***os #Streetcar #IAmElPaso

Masks are required on the streetcar per Federal Transit Administration policy.

Photos from El Paso Museum of History's post
10/21/2021

Photos from El Paso Museum of History's post

10/21/2021

The El Paso City Council voted unanimously to deny El Paso Electric’s (EPE) proposed rate increase.

“The City has been a strong advocate for its residents, and that advocacy in the previous five rate cases filed by EPE since January 1994 has resulted in nearly $155 million in savings, or an average $31 million per rate case,” said City Attorney Karla Nieman.

In June, the City Council voted unanimously to suspend the rate increase proposed by EPE for its Texas retail customers. The suspension provided the City time to review the proposed rate change and prepare for the public hearing to determine if the proposed increase is fair, just and reasonable; while allowing the utility to be financially healthy and invest appropriately in its infrastructure to ensure safe and reliable service.

The City will next negotiate a settlement and if a settlement is not reached the case will go before the Public Utility Commission of Texas in January.

By State statute, EPE is required to file its comprehensive base rate case every four years. In this case, the filing was required to be made no later than mid-December 2021. In its application, EPE cites the need to recover costs associated with over $953 million in investments made into its generation, transmission and distribution system, since its last base rate case filed in early 2017. To recover costs associated with these investments, EPE is proposing an annual net increase to its base rate of $41.8 million.

According to EPE’s application, the majority of the $41.8 million increase will be borne by residential customers, EPE’s largest customer class. Under the proposed rate increase, the typical residential customer would see an average increase of about $10.54 a month.

This proposed rate increase is in addition to the increases associated with the proposed Advanced Metering System filed on April 19, 2021; the Energy Efficiency Program filed on May 3, 2021; and the recent adjustments for fuel costs under collection made effective during the first billing cycle of May 2021. Furthermore, EPE recently filed an additional fuel surcharge on September 15, 2021, in an effort to recover an under collection of fuel costs of nearly $45 million. Together, and once fully implemented, these rate adjustments could result in an average monthly bill increase of approximately $25.03.

Join me this Saturday morning at Armijo Park and get a free costume for your little ones!Thank you to Marathon Petroleum...
10/20/2021

Join me this Saturday morning at Armijo Park and get a free costume for your little ones!

Thank you to Marathon Petroleum Corporation, the Aguilar Family Foundation, and Technimark for sponsoring and to El Paso Parks and Recreation for hosting!

👻Costume Giveaway‼️👻

Come out to Pavo Real Recreation Center (9301 Alameda Ave) or Armijo Park (710 E. 7th Ave) to get a free costume for your child this Saturday at 10 AM! 🎃👻

The free costume giveaway is made possible thanks to donations from both Districts 6 and 8, Technimark, Marathon Petroleum and the Aguilar Family Foundation.

See you there! #EpHalloween2021 #IAmElPaso

At the direction of City Council, the City of El Paso has intervened in the proceeding and will represent the interests ...
10/19/2021

At the direction of City Council, the City of El Paso has intervened in the proceeding and will represent the interests of the City and residents. As an intervenor, the City has filed testimony asserting that El Paso-based customers are effectively subsidizing costs incurred by gas utilities in other parts of Texas more severely impacted by Winter Storm Uri.

A hearing on this matter is scheduled before the Railroad Commission of Texas, the body that regulates gas utilities, on November 2-3, 2021. El Paso residents are encouraged to contact TGS and the Commission to ask questions and voice their objections and concerns regarding the potential price hike and its disproportionate impact on El Paso customers.

Public comments to the Texas Railroad Commission will only be accepted in writing and must be submitted by Monday, November 1 —the day prior to the hearing—by mail or e-mail to:

Hearings Division (Docket OS-7061)
Attn: Sharon Koren
Railroad Commission of Texas
1701 N. Congress
Austin, Texas 78701
[email protected]

For more information, please read the full post from City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government.

Texas Gas Service (TGS) customers located in the El Paso and the surrounding West Texas region may soon see a significant increases to their monthly bills to pay for the natural gas used during the February 2021 Winter Storm Uri, which hit Central and East Texas.

As a result of an unprecedented increase in demand for natural gas during the storm, and the subsequent spike in natural gas prices, Texas gas utilities supplying consumers and businesses experienced significant cost impacts. In response, the Texas Legislature passed legislation (HB 1520) to allow gas utilities to recover costs associated with the storm by way of adding extra charges on customers’ bills.

TGS and 11 other gas utilities filed a joint application with the Railroad Commission of Texas that would allow TGS to recover costs associated with Winter Storm Uri which could result in an average monthly bill increase of approximately $4.33 per month or $52 per year for the next ten years.

At the direction of City Council, the City of El Paso has intervened in the proceeding and will represent the interests of the City and residents. As an intervenor, the City has filed testimony asserting that El Paso-based customers are effectively subsidizing costs incurred by gas utilities in other parts of Texas more severely impacted by Winter Storm Uri.

A hearing on this matter is scheduled before the Railroad Commission of Texas on November 2-3, 2021. El Paso residents are encouraged to contact TGS and the Commission to ask questions and voice their objections and concerns regarding the potential price hike and its disproportionate impact on El Paso customers.

Public comments will only be accepted in writing and must be submitted by Monday, November 1 —the day prior to the hearing—by mail or e-mail to:

Hearings Division (Docket OS-7061)
Attn: Sharon Koren
Railroad Commission of Texas
1701 N. Congress
Austin, Texas 78701
[email protected]

The State Legislature tasked the Railroad Commission of Texas with determining total costs recoverable to Texas gas utilities and the appropriate customer surcharge to ensure those costs are recovered within a reasonable timeframe.
In addition, the application proposes a uniform recovery surcharge for ratepayers across Texas. The proposal fails to recognize that TGS customers, including City of El Paso residents, experienced significantly lower costs than the costs experienced by customers of other gas utilities in Central and East Texas where the weather was most severe.

According to the City’s witness, David Garrett of Resolve Utility Consulting, Oklahoma City Oklahoma, “TGS customers across the State of Texas are being asked to pay over $500 million for TGS’ claimed costs of $256 million,” and further, “…even within the company’s service territory, West Texas customers, which include El Paso customers, are being asked to pay more than double the gas costs incurred to provide them service during that storm.”

10/12/2021

Beginning Monday, November 1, The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department will fully activate 10 Senior Centers to pre-pandemic operating hours and days.

The Senior Centers will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday with full reactivation of programming and activities that include the return of senior dances on select occasions.

To reactivate Senior Centers back to pre-pandemic operating hours, the Parks and Recreation Department recently added staff and will be reorganizing staff to make the reactivation possible beginning this November.

“We want to thank our seniors for their ongoing support by helping the community achieve a high vaccination rate, especially among our most vulnerable residents, those 65 and older,” said Cultural Affairs and Recreation Managing Director Ben Fyffe. “Being able to reopen our Senior Centers is an essential goal because the centers provide an avenue for physical health and mental wellness for our senior population.

The following is a list of reactivating Senior Centers in the City:

· Eastside Senior Center, 3200 Fierro Dr.
· Pavo Real Senior Center, 9311 Alameda Ave.
· Grandview Senior Center, 3134 Jefferson Ave.
· Happiness Senior Center, 563 N. Carolina Dr.
· Hilos de Plata Senior Center, 4451 Delta Dr.
· Memorial Senior Center, 1800 Byron St.
· Polly Harris Senior Center, 650 Wallenberg Dr.
· San Juan Senior Center, 5701 Tamburo Ct.
· South El Paso Senior Center, 600 S. Ochoa St.
· Wellington Chew Senior Center, 4430 Maxwell Ave.

For more information on the City’s Parks and Recreation Department, visit elpasotexas.gov/parks-and-recreation.

10/01/2021

The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department will be reactivating additional service to its 10 Senior Centers twice a week with full programming beginning Tuesday, October 12.

All the City’s Senior Centers will be open from 9 a.m. to noon every Tuesday and Thursday with full reactivation of programming and activities that include the return of senior dances on select occasions.

“Being able to phase back services at our Senior Centers has been a priority for the City of El Paso because the centers provide an avenue for health and wellness activities and socializing for our senior population,” said Cultural Affairs and Recreation Managing Director Ben Fyffe. “The City has listened to our senior community, and with the help of staffing additions and by reaching a high COVID-19 vaccination rate in our community, we are now able to reopen all centers twice a week with full programming.”

The following is a list of all the Senior Centers in the City:
· Eastside Senior Center, 3200 Fierro Dr.
· Pavo Real Senior Center, 9311 Alameda Ave.
· Grandview Senior Center, 3134 Jefferson Ave.
· Happiness Senior Center, 563 N. Carolina Dr.
· Hilos de Plata Senior Center, 4451 Delta Dr.
· Memorial Senior Center, 1800 Byron St.
· Polly Harris Senior Center, 650 Wallenberg Dr.
· San Juan Senior Center, 5701 Tamburo Ct.
· South El Paso Senior Center, 600 S. Ochoa St.
· Wellington Chew Senior Center, 4430 Maxwell Ave.

For more information on the City’s Parks and Recreation Department, visit elpasotexas.gov/parks-and-recreation.

09/25/2021

Take our Recycling Challenge! Help reduce El Paso’s recycling contamination rate to 𝟮𝟯 percent by 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟯 by learning about which materials belong in the blue bins.

Earn exclusive promotional items as you level up on your journey to earning a Black Belt in recycling. Sign up at elpasotexas.gov/recycle/recycling-challenge/. #ESDRecyclingChallenge #EPTX

09/15/2021

¡Viva la Vida! For the first time ever, the US Postal Service is launching Dia de los Mu***os stamps and will hold the national unveiling ceremony at our El Paso Museum of Art September 30th. This in recognition of the scope, quality, authenticity and community-connection of MCAD’s annual Dia de los Mu***os parade and celebration. This is great news as we launch the El Paso Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC), which will be the natural lead in Dia de los Mu***os events moving forward!

Photos from City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government's post
09/13/2021

Photos from City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government's post

09/08/2021
Timeline Photos
09/04/2021

Timeline Photos

Have you received something like this in the mail? It is not affiliated with El Paso Water. Typically, the notice urges you to call a listed phone number, a company will offer to test your water, and often try to sell you a water filter. EPWater is NOT part of such tests and we can't speak to the validity of the tests. We can tell you your water is safe to drink!

If you have questions about your tap water, please call our International Water Quality Lab at (915) 594-5733.

Timeline Photos
09/01/2021

Timeline Photos

With more than 1,400 Afghan refugees at Ft. Bliss this past week, at least three local nonprofit organizations are accepting donations of items and gifts to provide care and support for the refugees.

The Paso del Norte Community Foundation has established the Afghan Refugee Support Fund to facilitate donations, which will be distributed to the nonprofit organizations providing refugee support and care. To donate, please visit https://pdnfoundation.org/give-to-a-fund/community-response-fund.

To learn more about how you can donate to the Armed Services YMCA El Paso, Red Cross West Texas Chapter, and YMCA of El Paso, please visit https://pdnfoundation.org/news/supporting-afghan-refugees-at-ft-bliss

The Washington Delta Neighborhood Association in District 8 is working with the The Salvation Army El Paso Texas to hold...
09/01/2021

The Washington Delta Neighborhood Association in District 8 is working with the The Salvation Army El Paso Texas to hold an undergarment and sock drive to benefit the shelter's residents. They are asking for new packages of underwear and socks for women, men, and children. Please consider helping with whatever you can!

We are collecting new packages of socks and undergarments for women, men , and children for our neighbors the Salvation Army!
Contact our Co-Chair Brian Lopez

El Paso Electric has filed with the City Council and Public Utility Commission of Texas (or PUCT, the State regulatory b...
08/31/2021

El Paso Electric has filed with the City Council and Public Utility Commission of Texas (or PUCT, the State regulatory body) to increase their rates. So far, I along with my colleagues on the City Council have UNANIMOUSLY OPPOSED El Paso Electric’s request, and we have filed as intervenors in the Rate Case to be heard before the PUCT to continue to oppose the rate increase.

At the request of the El Paso City Council, El Paso Electric will host several community meetings--one in each District--to discuss the utility’s proposed rate increase for its Texas retail customers.

The next one will be hosted by District 8 and it will be virtual. Here are the details:

Wednesday, Sept. 1 at 5:30 p.m.
Virtual Meeting Link: https://bit.ly/380V6fJ
Or call in (audio only): (915) 213-4096
Conference ID: 488 476 307#
Hosted by District 8

If you're unable to join this meeting, you have several more opportunities:

District 6 will host on Thursday, Sept. 2 at 6 p.m.
Virtual Meeting Link: https://bit.ly/2WfpEI7
Or call in (audio only): (915) 213-4096
Conference ID: 277 114 547#

District 7 will host on Wednesday, Sept. 8 at 6 p.m.
Virtual Meeting Link: https://bit.ly/3AVUOmC
Or call in (audio only): (915) 213-4096
Conference ID: 648 579 174#

District 1 will host on Thursday, Sept. 9 at 6:15 p.m.
In-Person Meeting at Mesita Elementary School
3307 N. Stanton

District 2 will host on Monday, Sept. 13 at 6 p.m.
In-Person Meeting at Memorial Senior Center
1800 Byron

District 3 will host on Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 5:30 p.m. In-Person Meeting at Carnitas Queretaro
9077 Gateway West Blvd.

District 5 will host on Thursday, Sept. 16 at 6 p.m.
Virtual Meeting Link: https://bit.ly/3sz1STm
Or call in (audio only): (915) 213-4096
Conference ID: 703 135 764#

You can attend any of the meetings, not just the one for your district.

Don't know what district you belong to? Not to worry, check out this interactive map, just enter your address: https://gis.elpasotexas.gov/districting/index.html

El Paso Electric has filed with the City Council and Public Utility Commission of Texas (or PUCT, the State regulatory body) to increase their rates. So far, I along with my colleagues on the City Council have UNANIMOUSLY OPPOSED El Paso Electric’s request, and we have filed as intervenors in the Rate Case to be heard before the PUCT to continue to oppose the rate increase.

At the request of the El Paso City Council, El Paso Electric will host several community meetings--one in each District--to discuss the utility’s proposed rate increase for its Texas retail customers.

The next one will be hosted by District 8 and it will be virtual. Here are the details:

Wednesday, Sept. 1 at 5:30 p.m.
Virtual Meeting Link: https://bit.ly/380V6fJ
Or call in (audio only): (915) 213-4096
Conference ID: 488 476 307#
Hosted by District 8

If you're unable to join this meeting, you have several more opportunities:

District 6 will host on Thursday, Sept. 2 at 6 p.m.
Virtual Meeting Link: https://bit.ly/2WfpEI7
Or call in (audio only): (915) 213-4096
Conference ID: 277 114 547#

District 7 will host on Wednesday, Sept. 8 at 6 p.m.
Virtual Meeting Link: https://bit.ly/3AVUOmC
Or call in (audio only): (915) 213-4096
Conference ID: 648 579 174#

District 1 will host on Thursday, Sept. 9 at 6:15 p.m.
In-Person Meeting at Mesita Elementary School
3307 N. Stanton

District 2 will host on Monday, Sept. 13 at 6 p.m.
In-Person Meeting at Memorial Senior Center
1800 Byron

District 3 will host on Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 5:30 p.m. In-Person Meeting at Carnitas Queretaro
9077 Gateway West Blvd.

District 5 will host on Thursday, Sept. 16 at 6 p.m.
Virtual Meeting Link: https://bit.ly/3sz1STm
Or call in (audio only): (915) 213-4096
Conference ID: 703 135 764#

You can attend any of the meetings, not just the one for your district.

Don't know what district you belong to? Not to worry, check out this interactive map, just enter your address: https://gis.elpasotexas.gov/districting/index.html

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