EP District 1

EP District 1 Thank you for affording me the privilege to serve as your public servant on the City of El Paso Council. I am honored to represent District 1.
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Like many El Pasoans, my family’s journey here began far away in a foreign land. My father, Leonardo, immigrated to the United States from Argentina in the 1970s to study medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, where he went on to become a successful spinal and neurosurgeon. My mother, Sylvia, the daughter of a Czechoslovakian holocaust survivor and a Roman Catholic Spaniard who joined the French Resistance against Nazi occupation, is also an immigrant, who sought a better life in the United States from France. My parents met at the hospital where they both worked; dad performed surgeries and mom had risen through the ranks to become the head operating room nurse.When it came time to start a family, my parents searched for someplace safe, warm, and where a bilingual, multicultural community thrived. My dad chose El Paso because the friendly residents reminded him of home. They arrived in El Paso in 1978, and I was born two years later. My brother Jonny was born two years after me, and he currently lives in Los Angeles where he is a comedy writer and improv comedian. My mom continues to work in El Paso in home healthcare, and my dad is currently in his 35th year serving the community as a doctor in his private practice. I attended El Paso Hebrew Day School as a child, and graduated from El Paso Country Day High School. I earned a degree in English from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania before earning a Master of Fine Arts degree in Photo and Video from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. After graduate school, I decided to come back home to El Paso to see how far an idea could affect reality and make a difference in my hometown. And that idea and difference is becoming a reality. I led efforts to bring back El Paso’s historic streetcar and the symbol that it means to the region. The idea began as an art project, but quickly became a public works project as it evolved. I helped advocate which led to securing $97 million in state funds for the project, funds that otherwise would have gone to another Texas city. Once realized, the project will not only physically connect our downtown with the university area, but it will also reconnect our past to our future emotionally, encouraging civic pride and greater civic engagement. I also wanted to help define the visual character of the emerging Union Plaza art district. To that end, La Mansion, a collaborative, site specific art project was designed to revitalize a historic and unused building in downtown El Paso. The project brings a creative energy to the long discussion of how to use our dilapidated buildings. In addition, I served on the San Jacinto Plaza Citizen Committee, where I worked with Nestor Valencia, the city’s former Director of Planning who served our community for more than 33 years.I have been a professor at New Mexico State University and am currently a faculty member at the Texas Tech College of Architecture in downtown El Paso. I currently serve on the board of the Jewish Federation of Greater El Paso and the El Paso Artist Guild. I am also the curator and co-creator of the Purple Pop-Up Gallery, a rotating showcase of some of the best and most unique art and artists from the El Paso/Juarez border region. As an elected official in city council, I will be responsive and available to my constituents, no matter what issue arises. I will conduct meetings regularly and circulate weekly newsletters to the community as well as engage the community through social media and create new channels to better address constituents’ needs and concerns. I support responsible growth and will work tirelessly to have the city work with the community to develop parks, amenities, and other development projects that are responsive and forward looking in their ambition and design. We should strive to protect our open spaces, while developing our inner first and second ring suburbs to be open and adaptable to the future. I promise to be an advocate of the future; the quicker we can implement the 2012 Quality of Life bonds, the bigger bang we can have for our hard-earned money. We must implement the streetcar project and work to encourage its success in civic pride and redevelopment. Although my priority will be District 1, I will work for the betterment of the entire city, and work with each and every city representative to advocate and collaborate on projects that help the city move forward as a whole. A large part of my profession is good communication and the ability to get people to look at things in a different way. Part of what makes an artist’s work is to not be complacent about how things are, but rather, imagine them as they could be.

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City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government
02/27/2021

City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government

7 deaths, 446 new COVID-19 cases, and 33 delayed test results by the State are being reported today for a cumulative total of 123,445 cases and 2,058 deaths.

To date 114,869 residents have recovered from the virus and 6,126 cases remain active.

The deaths include 1 female in her 40s, 2 males in their 60s, 1 male in his 70s, 1 male and 1 female in their 80s, and 1 female in her 90s.

As of today, 226,990 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been allocated to providers in El Paso out of which 185,874 have been administered.

For more information and other data visit EPStrong.org

City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government
02/27/2021

City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government

Come out and smell the roses! 🌹 The El Paso Municipal Rose Garden is reopening on Monday, March 1. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of more than 430 different rose varieties that make up over 1,400 rose bushes.

The rose garden is located at 1702 N. Copia St. and will be open from 8 AM to 6 PM.

Visitors will be required to follow all current health and safety COVID-19 guidelines that include wearing a face covering and maintain six feet of physical distance from each other.

For more information on the El Paso Municipal Rose Garden, visit the El Paso Parks and Recreation website at www.elpasotexas.gov/parks-and-recreation.

02/26/2021
City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government

City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government

Jack Galindo, Customer Relations Coordinator for the El Paso Public Library, joins us on this edition of #FactFriday​ to tell us about all the digital services the library has to offer. Also, curbside pickup is back! Find out how to checkout all your favorite books and other materials. #IAmElPaso​ #Covid19

#FlashbackFriday: The Mexico-U.S. Sister Cities Mayors’ Summit in El Paso from February 26-28, 2020 where discussions oc...
02/26/2021

#FlashbackFriday: The Mexico-U.S. Sister Cities Mayors’ Summit in El Paso from February 26-28, 2020 where discussions occurred about border issues such as international trade and the global economy while sharing best practices for measurable outcomes.

#FlashbackFriday: The Mexico-U.S. Sister Cities Mayors’ Summit in El Paso from February 26-28, 2020 where discussions oc...
02/26/2021

#FlashbackFriday: The Mexico-U.S. Sister Cities Mayors’ Summit in El Paso from February 26-28, 2020 where discussions occurred about border issues such as international trade and the global economy while sharing best practices for measurable outcomes.

The Mexico-U.S. Sister Cities Mayors’ Summit is a bi-national summit hosted in both El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, and is designed to strengthen sister city relationships in key countries. The summit connects Mayors, municipal officials, business leaders, academics and civic leadership to engage each community’s citizen diplomats.
The summit also featured several speakers and special guests from the United States and Mexico including Texas Secretary of State Ruth R. Hughs, President and CEO of the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce Al Zapanta, Consul General of Mexico in El Paso Mauricio Ibarra, and keynote speaker, Undersecretary for North America for the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jesus Seade.

The collaboration between all parties locally to centralize the El Paso vaccination registration efforts has been an iss...
02/26/2021

The collaboration between all parties locally to centralize the El Paso vaccination registration efforts has been an issue I have long communicated as a priority to ensure our most vulnerable are able to gain access in an equitable manner.

I am please progress is being made.

The City and County of El Paso are preparing to centralize the registration process for the COVID-19 vaccine.

The centralization process may take some time, requiring UMC to continue opening its registration portal a few more times until the process is finalized.

Once the mechanism to share data from the City’s list is established, UMC will no longer open its online registration system but will collaborate with the City of El Paso to administer vaccines to those on the comprehensive pre-registration list.

While the process continues to be refined, UMC will request a specified amount of registrants from the City of El Paso’s pre-registration list. UMC will then contact the individuals from the pre-registration list, schedule, enter data and administer 1st/2nd doses to those individuals at the County Coliseum site. Similarly, the City will continue to administer 1st/2nd doses at one of the three City vaccine sites (George Perry, High Ridge and the Convention Center).

UMC will maintain a small portion of its weekly allocation for new healthcare personnel, patients that fall within Phase 1A or 1B, its clinics and/or for use by its single mobile unit.

For more information about data, testing and other COVID-19 information, visit EPStrong.org.

02/26/2021
City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government

City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government

The 82nd Airborne Chapter of El Paso needs your help to keep from having to close its doors to the public. Per City Code, parking lots must be paved, and the local Airborne unit is raising the required finances to pave the lot, which lies adjacent to the main facility structure.

To support the 82nd AirborneChapter of El Paso visit gofund.me/5e150b80

City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government
02/26/2021

City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government

15 deaths, 112 new COVID-19 cases, and 80 delayed test results by the State are being reported today for a cumulative total of 122,966 cases and 2,051 deaths.

To date 114,432 residents have recovered from the virus and 6,086 cases remain active.

The deaths include 2 males in their 50s, 1 female in her 60s, 5 males and 3 females in their 70s, 1 male and 2 females in their 80s, and 1 female in her 90s.

As of today, 226,990 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been allocated to providers in El Paso out of which 180,904 have been administered.

For more information and other data visit EPStrong.org

GREAT COMMUNITY CLEAN-UP THIS SATURDAY!#loveyourcommunity #Iamelpaso
02/26/2021

GREAT COMMUNITY CLEAN-UP THIS SATURDAY!
#loveyourcommunity #Iamelpaso

The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation will host AARP TaxAide to offer free income tax preparation at Memorial Senior ...
02/25/2021

The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation will host AARP TaxAide to offer free income tax preparation at Memorial Senior Center, 1800 Byron St., beginning March 3 to April 14 by appointment.

Services will be available every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. To make an appointment, residents should call (915) 212-0391. Drop-ins will not be accommodated.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the tax preparation site will be drop-off only. The taxpayer will make the appointment and arrive at the location. The taxpayer will receive an intake form to complete and be interviewed by a certified tax preparer who will review their documents. The taxpayer will then leave the site and called once their tax return is complete. They will arrive for a final interview to review all documents and sign the return.

What to bring:
· Photo ID of the taxpayer(s)
· Original Social Security cards or social security statement (SSA-1099) of the taxpayer(s) and all dependents
· All W-2s, 1099s for interest and dividends, broker statements, 1099-MISC, 1099-NEC, 1099-R, CSA 1099-R, SSA-1099, 1099-G (unemployment) and other 1099s or W-2G (gambling winnings) that you received for the 2020 tax year
· The amounts received for the two stimulus payments
· Any records to support deductions if resident plans to itemize or claim the charitable deduction (this year only, up to $300 in cash donations with receipts or cancelled checks)
· Last year’s tax return for comparison

AARP TaxAide is a free service provided by AARP and the IRS. It is open free of charge to all persons and you do not have to be an AARP member to participate.

For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at (915) 212-0391.

City of El Paso residents with and without dental insurance are encouraged to consider scheduling an appointment at the ...
02/25/2021

City of El Paso residents with and without dental insurance are encouraged to consider scheduling an appointment at the Department of Public Health’s Rawlings Dental Clinic, 3301 Pera Ave.
The clinic offers pediatric dental services to individuals 6 months to 21 years of age. The dental services available are as follows:
• comprehensive dental exams;
• diagnostic X-rays;
• preventative treatment including cleaning, fluoride application, sealants, oral hygiene instructions with products provided;
• restorative treatment including fillings, pulpotomies, stainless steel crowns, space maintainers, root canal therapy and extractions;
• nutritional counseling.
Medicaid, CHIP and private insurance is accepted. Families without insurance may qualify for program assistance outlined below:
• family must reside in El Paso county;
• must provide proof of current address (Texas ID or utility bill);
• proof of relationship to the patient (patient’s birth certificate, legal guardianship, or Medicaid form);
• provide verification of most recent Gross Income for the household (3 check stubs, employer letter, social security, or SSI).
Patients without other resources may pay on a sliding-fee schedule based on family income.
Appointments for routine and emergency treatment are available. Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, daily appointments are limited in order to keep patients and employees safe.
For more information on qualification or to schedule an appointment, please call 915-212-8000.

El Paso Museum of Art
02/25/2021

El Paso Museum of Art

Spring Camps for Kids at El Paso Museum of Art

Introduce your child to the endless possibilities of self-expression, and let them discover the artist within.

Painting class led by Teaching Artist Criselda Lopez
March 15th-18th, from 10am -11am (Ages 6-9)

Sculpture class led by Teaching Artist Angel Peña
March 15th-18th, from 1pm -2pm (Ages 10-13)

Follow the link https://epma.art/art-school/classes-and-registration/children for registration.

Registrants will receive a free art kit with all materials needed to complete the activities.

[Image description: Text in in front of a white square on a gray and blue background reads: “Virtual Spring Camps For Kids". Second image, text in front of a gray square on a blue and white background reads 'Virtual Painting Class, March 15th-18th, (Ages 10-13). Third image, text in front of a blue square on a white and gray background reads "Virtual Sculpture Class, March 15th -18th, (Ages 10-13)"]

#MyEPMA #ExploreEPMA #VirtualEPMA #VirtualSpringCamps2021 #EPMAFromHome #VirtualSculptureClass #VirtualPaintingClass

City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government
02/25/2021

City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government

12 deaths, 303 new COVID-19 cases, and 23 delayed test results by the State are being reported today for a cumulative total of 122,774 cases and 2,036 deaths.

To date 113,924 residents have recovered from the virus and 6,404 cases remain active.

The deaths include 1 male in his 40s, 1 male in his 60s, 1 male and 1 female in their 70s, 3 males and 4 females in their 80s, 1 female in her 90s.

As of today, 226,990 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been allocated to providers in El Paso out of which 177,885 have been administered.

For more information and other data visit EPStrong.org

The NIP provides the opportunity for Recognized Neighborhood Associations and Civic Associations to request small-scale ...
02/24/2021

The NIP provides the opportunity for Recognized Neighborhood Associations and Civic Associations to request small-scale permanent physical improvement projects to enhance the quality of life in their neighborhoods.

Live Active EP
02/24/2021

Live Active EP

Join the El Paso Complete Streets Coalition for a virtual community forum on Thursday, February 25th from 6-7 pm via Zoom to learn more about efforts to improve pedestrian safety and the health of our community and how you can get involved in supporting a complete streets policy for the City of El Paso!

RSVP: https://act.yourethecure.org/A2EoKGT

City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government
02/24/2021

City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government

10 deaths, 307 new COVID-19 cases, and 75 delayed test results by the State are being reported today for a cumulative total of 122,448 cases and 2,024 deaths.

To date 113,405 residents have recovered from the virus and 6,600 cases remain active.

The deaths include 1 male in his 50s, 5 males and 3 females in their 60s, and 1 female in her 70s.

As of today, 226,990 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been allocated to providers in El Paso out of which 176,178 have been administered.

For more information and other data visit EPStrong.org

02/24/2021
El Paso Chamber

El Paso Chamber

Join us today for Rebuild & Reimagine: Transportation & The Road Ahead!

City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government
02/23/2021

City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government

Updated Feb. 23 at 6:03PM: After reviewing today’s data, one hospital advised of a human error in the number of patients on ventilators. The correct number of patients on ventilator for today, February 23, 2021, is 84 and not 137. The graphic in this post has been updated to reflect the correct data.

22 deaths, 247 new COVID-19 cases, and 54 delayed test results by the State are being reported today for a cumulative total of 122,066 cases and 2,014 deaths.

To date 112,835 residents have recovered from the virus and 6,799 cases remain active.

The deaths include 1 male in his 20s, 1 male in his 30s, 1 male and 1 female in their 40s, 1 male and 1 female in their 50s, 4 males and 2 females in their 60s, 5 males and 1 female in their 70s, 1 male and 2 females in their 80s, and 1 female in their 90s.

As of today, 226,990 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been allocated to providers in El Paso out of which 174,541 have been administered.

For more information and other data visit EPStrong.org

CDC
02/22/2021

CDC

DYK? COVID-19 and flu can both cause fever, cough, and body aches. However, shortness of breath and loss of taste or smell are more common with COVID-19 than with flu. Use this chart to learn some more similarities and differences of COVID-19 and flu.

For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/2LxknGF .

Live Active EP
02/22/2021

Live Active EP

Join Paso del Norte Trail and Celebration of Our Mountains for some outdoor time and a fun walk at the Playa Drain Trail segment of the Paso Del Norte trail on February 27.

The walk will begin at Hidden Valley Park and go to Ascarate Park, a round-trip distance of less than 3 miles.

Furry friends welcome as long as they’re on a leash!

For more information visit https://fb.me/e/n8mbcECKK.

El Paso Parks and Recreation
02/21/2021

El Paso Parks and Recreation

Starting Monday we've got new hours and days for Youth Outdoor Sports Permits!

City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government
02/21/2021

City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government

6 deaths, 519 new COVID-19 cases, and 2 delayed test results by the State are being reported today for a cumulative total of 121,503 cases and 1,980 deaths.

To date 112,226 residents have recovered from the virus and 6,862 cases remain active.

The deaths include 1 female in her 60s, 2 females in their 70s, and 1 male and 2 females in their 80s.

As of today, 194,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been allocated to providers in El Paso out of which 167,731 have been administered.

For more information and other data visit EPStrong.org

University Medical Center of El Paso
02/20/2021

University Medical Center of El Paso

UMC of El Paso is now allowing limited visitation. Please follow the guidelines below before coming to see your loved ones.
• Visitation will be allowed seven days a week from 4 - 6 p.m.
• Visitation is allowed only for non-COVID patients
• There will be only one visitor allowed per patient
• All visitors must wear a mask
• All visitors must pass screening procedures at entrance

El Paso Parks and Recreation
02/20/2021

El Paso Parks and Recreation

“Know Your Parks Day”
Today’s featured park is Mary Frances Keisling Park. Located at 651 Gomez Road at the Westside area.

Amenities include:
•Open park space
•Playground
•Shade picnic tables
•Benches
•Walking path
•Swings
#EPTXRec #iamelpaso

Remember to practice social distancing and wear your mask at all times. Stay safe and active El Paso!
Pictures show amenities from the park

City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government
02/20/2021

City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government

12 deaths, 179 new COVID-19 cases, and 34 delayed test results by the State are being reported today for a cumulative total of 120,982 cases and 1,974 deaths.

To date 111,753 residents have recovered from the virus and 6,817 cases remain active.

The deaths include 1 male and 1 female in their 50s, 3 males and 2 females in their 60s, 2 males and 2 females in their 70s, and 1 male in his 80s.

As of today, 194,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been allocated to providers in El Paso out of which 165,790 have been administered.

For more information and other data visit EPStrong.org

The Weekly #EPDistrict1 Newsletter: Funding for Round 5 of the  Neighborhood Improvement Program Announced#IAmElPaso #EP...
02/19/2021
Funding for Round 5 of the Neighborhood Improvement Program Announced

The Weekly #EPDistrict1 Newsletter: Funding for Round 5 of the Neighborhood Improvement Program Announced

#IAmElPaso #EPCity

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Greetings District 1, At this week’s City Council meeting, the Community Development department presented on the 5th round of the Neighborhood Improvement Program (NIP) funding. The NIP provides the opportunity for Recognized Neighborhood Associations and Civic Associations to request small-scal....

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Peter, We have a barking dog issue in our neighborhood. It’s a large German Shepard that literally barks all day and night. The owners have been asked about taking the dog in and they refuse. I called 311 and they aren’t responding to barking dogs “until further notice”. I called the police department and they said it’s a civil matter, which it’s not as it falls under the noise ordinance. What’s up with the city?? No recycling? No response to barking dogs? These are basic services that we are no longer receiving. What can be done about it?
Hello Peter, Can you look over this story about beavers in our waterways and help find out what happened and what can be done in the future to protect rare animals in El Paso like the beaver? https://ricklobello.wordpress.com/2020/08/08/who-will-speak-out-the-american-beaver-in-el-paso/ Thanks,Rick
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I have called and emailed your office numerous times this past week regarding the police aggression and unnecessary tactics used both on Sunday and Tuesday against peaceful protesters this week. I haven’t received any response or acknowledgement my message was received. What are your thoughts on their actions and what do you plan to do about them?
Hi I was wondering when the dog park will open. I still go to the trails, but the security guard won't let us on the grass, or run free. The only place we can be off leash is inside the dog park. So please consider opening the enclosed dog park area PLEASE. Thank You.
Rep. Svarzbein will you be asking for the organizer for the protest outside police headquarters to be cited and for facial recognition to be used to identify those present? You advocated for Mr. Sammy Carrejo to be cited for his Open Texas rally a few weeks ago. He was cited for no picketing permit and for violation on the number of his group present.
Any nurse/medical staff are looking for housing in El Paso, Texas. Please let me know I have two Marriott Hotels available at DEEPLY DISCOUNTED RATES during the crisis. Please inbox me if interested. TY
Peter please ask city council to dedicate a memorial to the man who made all the crosses for the AUGUST 3rd murders at WAL MART.. also, he should be designated as a first responder... I am starting a movement to have these things done.. LET US HONOR HIM AS HE HONORED US......
Sir, you conduct today was shameful at best. Your attempt to berate Chief of Police Gregg Alan missed. Mostly because of your ignorance of police procedures. I recommend that you do two things immediately. 1) get training on criminology and learn from the city attorney. That way you won’t look as ignorant as you did today. 2) take the advice of Mr. James Peinado and ride with police officers to learn the delicate balance that police officers have to do every shift. You might even get an understanding of the very people you represent. Now for your idiotic attempt to compare Israeli protesters with El Paso protests this past Saturday. The picture you showed is Israeli protesters was from above. That gave okay spacial distances. The picture you showed of El Paso protesters was from the ground. If you do not understand 2 demential concepts, it basically shows no true spacial distances. Especially when the photo is taken from a distance. You would need to know the parameters to even begin to get distances. I do not know the Israeli mandates, but El Paso’s mandate allows for family units to be together in a public setting if the chose to go out. I recommend you clime off your high horse, God man you remind me of Chairman Kim, Jung Un. Get your head out of your fourth point of contact, get your act together and represent us, not your personal desires.
With all the stricter stay at home mandates can we work on getting recycling pickup back to once a week in order to keep keeps homes cleaner and more sanitary since they are probably creating more waste and recycling from being home more often? Just a thought.