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
01/19/2021

City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government

Feel sick? Stay home and go get tested! Free COVID-19 testing sites are available throughout El Paso. To find a testing site near you, visit the Testing page at EPStrong.org

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¿Se siente enfermo? ¡Quédese en casa y hágase la prueba de COVID-19! Los sitios de prueba de COVID-19 gratuitos están disponibles en todo El Paso. Para encontrar un sitio de pruebas cerca de usted, visite la página de Pruebas en EPStrong.org

A great Day of Service to honor the memory and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.A big thank you and shout out to Wiggs Mi...
01/18/2021

A great Day of Service to honor the memory and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

A big thank you and shout out to Wiggs Middle School 7th grade Girl Scout troop #65904 and their troop leader Anne Giangiulio, for organizing a clean up of Billy Rogers Arroyo Park! 5 years in a row! Wow!

Thank you to EP Water as well as Nova Safety Products for donating bags and safety gloves. It was honor to spend my morning with all of you doing important service work for our community.

Peter

City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government
01/16/2021

City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government

15 deaths, 521 new COVID-19 cases, and 22 delayed test results by the State are being reported today for a cumulative total of 106,312 cases and 1,579 deaths.

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

To date 68,690 residents have recovered from the virus and 35,462 cases remain active.

For more information and other data visit EPStrong.org

The #EPDistrict1 Weekly Newsletter: Recycling Returns Next Week! #IAmElPaso #EPCity https://mailchi.mp/3a50208ef770/na-2...
01/15/2021
Recycling Returns Next Week!

The #EPDistrict1 Weekly Newsletter: Recycling Returns Next Week!

#IAmElPaso #EPCity

https://mailchi.mp/3a50208ef770/na-2583966

Recycling is coming back!!! The city of El Paso is bringing back curbside recycling pickup later this month. Recycling routes will be phased in starting the week of Jan. 18. All customers should have their curbside recycling services restored by the second week of February. You can check the updat.....

City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government
01/15/2021

City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government

In observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday, the City of El Paso administrative offices will be closed on Monday, January 18.

Administrative offices will resume business on Tuesday, January 19.

A complete list of City services and facility closures is posted on the “Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Schedule” banner at elpasotexas.gov #IAmElPaso

City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government
01/15/2021

City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government

Every other week curbside recycling is returning the week of January 19, 2021! Do you know what can be recycled in El Paso? Test your recycling IQ at elpasotexas.gov/recycle.

City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government
01/14/2021

City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government

Curbside recycling is returning! Recycling routes will be phased in starting the week of January 19, 2021. To find your NEW recycling collection date, visit https://elpasoesd.net/home/schedule.htm or download the free ESD Works for You App.

This phased approach will enable the department to get back to every other week recycling collections. Not all routes will start the same week. All recycling routes will be back in service by the second week in February.

Sister Cities International is honored to celebrate the inauguration of our new Honorary Chairman, President-elect Joe B...
01/13/2021
SCI Presidential Inauguration - Sister Cities International (SCI)

Sister Cities International is honored to celebrate the inauguration of our new Honorary Chairman, President-elect Joe Biden. We invite all global citizens to join us in commemorating this momentous occasion.

The Sister Cities International Inaugural Gala is the premier international event which launches the week of presidential inaugural celebrations in the United States. Due to the current pandemic, this year’s much anticipated gala will be held virtually on Sunday, January 17, 2021 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EST.

This event is open and free for all.

Click on the link for information and to register.
https://sistercities.org/sci-presidential-inauguration/

Sister Cities International is honored to celebrate the inauguration of our new Honorary Chairman, President-elect Joe Biden. We invite all global citizens to join us in commemorating this momentous occasion. The Sister Cities International Inaugural Gala is the premier international event which lau...

City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government
01/13/2021

City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government

Have you pre-registered to get the COVID-19 vaccine? Eligible residents who qualify under Phase 1A or 1B can reserve their spot now by pre-registering online at EPStrong.org or by calling (915) 21-COVID.

If you’ve pre-registered, please note the COVID-19 vaccine is in limited supply so it may take several weeks to get an appointment.

Staff from the Department of Public Health will contact you via phone or email once more doses become available and it’s your turn to get vaccinated.

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¿Y usted ya se registró para recibir la vacuna contra el COVID-19? Los residentes que califican bajo la Fase 1A o 1B pueden reservar su lugar ahora mismo preregistrándose en línea en EPStrong.org o llamando al (915) 21-COVID.

Si usted ya se preregistro, tenga en cuenta que las vacunas contra el COVID-19 tienen un suministro limitado, por lo que se puede tardar varias semanas en obtener una cita para recibir su vacuna.

El personal del Departamento de Salud Pública se comunicará con usted por teléfono o correo electrónico una vez que haya más dosis disponibles y sea su turno de vacunarse.

City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government
01/12/2021

City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government

4 deaths, 273 new COVID-19 cases, and 25 delayed test results by the State are being reported today for a cumulative total of 104,085 cases and 1,524 deaths.

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

To date 66,473 residents have recovered from the virus and 35,487 cases remain active.

For more information and other data visit EPStrong.org

City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government
01/12/2021

City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government

Feel sick? Stay home and go get tested! Free COVID-19 testing sites are available throughout El Paso. To find a testing site near you, visit the Testing page at EPStrong.org

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¿Se siente enfermo? ¡Quédese en casa y hágase la prueba de COVID-19! Los sitios de prueba de COVID-19 gratuitos están disponibles en todo El Paso. Para encontrar un sitio de pruebas cerca de usted, visite la página de Pruebas en EPStrong.org

Although the vaccine is slowly coming into our community we must remain vigilant and patient.  https://www.theatlantic.c...
01/11/2021
4 Numbers That Make the Pandemic’s Massive Death Toll Sink In

Although the vaccine is slowly coming into our community we must remain vigilant and patient.

https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2021/01/us-covid-19-death-toll/617544/?utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=the-atlantic-fb-test-1433-1-&utm_content=edit-promo&utm_medium=social&fbclid=IwAR1K1DiezdUTytxEcVqwUCClJL5BJ5bM-LrU79t6QhFO4aZXgHEg0ThyJTQ

Please continue to mask up, practice social distance, and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.

It’s difficult to fully comprehend the magnitude of 350,000 deaths. Other metrics can be more illuminating.

City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government
01/09/2021

City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government

6 deaths, 808 new COVID-19 cases, and 26 delayed test results by the State are being reported today for a cumulative total of 102,889 cases and 1,512 deaths.

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

To date 65,930 residents have recovered from the virus and 34,856 cases remain active.

For more information and other data visit EPStrong.org

Rep. Svarzbein Issues Statement On The Jan. 6th Attempted Armed Insurrection At The Capitol In Washington, D.C.  It’s ta...
01/08/2021

Rep. Svarzbein Issues Statement On The Jan. 6th Attempted Armed Insurrection At The Capitol In Washington, D.C.

It’s taken me awhile to compose and gather my thoughts from yesterday’s event at the Capitol building in Washington D.C, one of the saddest and darkest days in our country’s history. On reflection it made me realize that it felt very much like the day when 9/11 occurred.

It reminded me of the same sense of paralysis, sitting in front of the television, unable to comprehend the reality of the images being projected to me, to all of us, stuck looking at these images on television, hour after hour, over and over again. That is what felt so similar and the feeling of vulnerability. On 9/11 I could not comprehend that sort of violence administered on our country, the attack it was on us. Yesterday, on Jan. 6th, our country was attacked again. Images that I could not comprehend, that were too hard to see to believe, occurred in our country, an attack on our democracy, on our capitol and our rule of law. Perhaps the saddest part of all, these attacks yesterday were not from some foreign entity but by fellow Americans, deluded and brainwashed, to the point of becoming domestic terrorists, armed insurrectionists, and traitors to our country, our constitution, and our democracy.

No one should be ok with what happened yesterday. No one who loves our country, our constitution and our democracy should be ok with what happened yesterday. Regardless of who you voted for, nothing justifies the violent actions of an attempted coup yesterday. Neither party or candidate should ever advocate or encourage armed insurrection or sedition, to do so is treason against our United States of America, plain and simple. Silence in the face of these actions by domestic terrorists is not acceptable from leaders and elected officials of either party.

Like 9/11 our country was attacked yesterday by people who do not understand or respect what makes this on-going and not always perfect, experiment called the United States of America so great. We were attacked because of our values, our constitution and our democracy and it is up to all of us who truly love and respect our home to move forward together, to cherish and protect our democracy, from enemies both foreign and domestic, with love, compassion and justice. Apathy has no place anymore.

City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government
01/06/2021

City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government

The City of El Paso has received an additional 1,100 Moderna vaccinations as part of the Phase 1 distribution for those at highest risk for contracting COVID-19.

Beginning tomorrow, January 6, 2021, the Department of Public Health (DPH) and El Paso Fire Department will continue administering the Moderna vaccine to priority groups in Phase 1 Group A and Group B who have pre-registered and have been given an appointment time.

The doses will be dispensed to:

• First responders as part of Phase 1, Group A
• Elderly care facilities as part of Phase 1, Group B
• Community members who have pre-registered and part of Phase 1, Group B

As the City of El Paso waits to receive more COVID-19 vaccines, residents who are eligible as either Phase 1 Group A or Group B can pre-register to receive the vaccine with the City of El Paso by visiting EPStrong.org. Once pre-registered, residents will be notified about the availability of the vaccine and be provided with the next steps. Other local providers can be found on the State Department of State Health Services’ map: http://bit.ly/3okYlF4

Vaccine availability at the State and National level will continue to be very limited for the next several weeks. Once vaccine production increases vaccines will be available for a larger number of persons.

For more information about the COVID-19 vaccination program, visit EPStrong.org and click on the vaccination page.

Proud to lend my voice in support of this important community project  for further restoration of Rio Bosque Wetlands Pa...
12/31/2020

Proud to lend my voice in support of this important community project for further restoration of Rio Bosque Wetlands Park.

City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government
12/30/2020

City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government

26 deaths, 267 new COVID-19 cases, and 40 delayed test results by the State are being reported today for a cumulative total of 98,017 cases and 1,452 deaths.

The deaths include 1 female in her 20s, 1 male in his 30s, 1 male and 1 female in their 40s, 1 male in his 50s, 1 male and 7 females in their 60s, 3 males and 4 females in their 70s, 2 males and 2 females in their 80s, and 1 male and 1 female in their 90s.

To date 61,620 residents have recovered from the virus and 34,372 cases remain active.

For more information and other data visit EPStrong.org

While it is comforting to know a COVID-19 vaccine is on its way, it is important to know more about the roll out of the ...
12/30/2020

While it is comforting to know a COVID-19 vaccine is on its way, it is important to know more about the roll out of the vaccine and how to sign up if you are eligible for the first rounds for immunization.

For more info, go to http://epstrong.org/vaccine.php

City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government
12/28/2020

City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government

28 deaths, 226 new COVID-19 cases, and 5 delayed test results by the State are being reported today for a cumulative total of 97,409 cases and 1,425 deaths.

The deaths include 1 female in her 30s, 2 males and 3 females in their 40s, 1 female in her 50s, 5 males and 4 females in their 60s, 2 males and 3 females in their 70s, and 4 males and 3 females in their 80s.

To date 60,282 residents have recovered from the virus and 35,122 cases remain active.

For more information and other data visit EPStrong.org

Live Active EP
12/28/2020

Live Active EP

Join us at the start of the new year by participating in a special Live Active EP event.

Scenic drive will be closed New Year’s Day from 8 a.m. to noon to allowing everyone a healthy start to 2021 by walking, running, jogging, or cycling. 🏃🏻‍♀️🚴🏼‍♂️🚶🏻‍♂️

The first 300 people who take the pledge to Live Active will receive a free, special face mask.
#LiveActiveEP

City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government
12/27/2020

City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government

5 deaths, 114 new COVID-19 cases, and 11 delayed test results by the State are being reported today for a cumulative total of 97,178 cases and 1,397 deaths.

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

To date 60,028 residents have recovered from the virus and 35,153 cases remain active.

For more information and other data visit EPStrong.org

Happy Kwanzaa to all our neighbors  beginning their celebrations today!Although this holiday season looks different this...
12/27/2020

Happy Kwanzaa to all our neighbors beginning their celebrations today!
Although this holiday season looks different this year, may this day of Umoja bring your family happiness, love and unity.

City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government
12/26/2020

City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government

331 new COVID-19 cases and 5 delayed test results by the State are being reported today for a cumulative total of 97,053 cases. The total number of deaths remains at 1,392 deaths.

To date 59,815 residents have recovered from the virus and 35,242 cases remain active.

For more information and other data visit EPStrong.org

City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government
12/25/2020

City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government

21 deaths, 264 new COVID-19 cases, and 30 delayed test results by the State are being reported today for a cumulative total of 96,722 cases and 1,392 deaths.

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

To date 59,815 residents have recovered from the virus and 34,911 cases remain active.

For more information and other data visit EPStrong.org

City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government
12/24/2020

City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government

13 deaths, 319 new COVID-19 cases, and 31 delayed test results by the State are being reported today for a cumulative total of 96,428 cases and 1,371 deaths.

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

To date 59,499 residents have recovered from the virus and 34,945 cases remain active.

For more information and other data visit EPStrong.org

City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government
12/23/2020

City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government

The City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) announces the next priority groups to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus are people 65 years of age and older and those 16 years of age and older with at least one chronic medical condition that puts them at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

The Texas Department of State Health Services has determined the next COVID-19 priority group will begin receiving the vaccine within the next few weeks.

Under Phase 1B the Texas Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel (EVAP), has identified the next high-risk groups to receive the vaccine. Groups identified include essential workers with the specified underlying medical conditions.

Those critical populations referenced by EVAP are:

• Communities disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and other chronic diseases;
• Teachers and school staff, to ensure that Texas children can learn in a safe environment;
• Social services workers, to ensure that those in need receive care and support;
• Workers who maintain critical infrastructure, to support the Texas economy; and
• Other frontline workers who are unable to work remotely and are, therefore, more likely to be exposed to COVID-19.

DPH will work with local vaccine providers and partners to ensure that individuals who are 65 years and older, those with the medical conditions listed below, and frontline workers in critical industries have access to the vaccine so they will be protected from COVID-19, while on the job.

The community will be advised once the COVID-19 vaccination is available for the new priority groups in Phase 1B. Information on how to schedule an appointment to get the COVID-19 vaccine will also be provided. Individuals under 65 years of age with underlying medical conditions will be required to provide an eligibility statement from their medical provider, in order to receive the vaccine.

Texas Phase 1B Vaccine Priorities:

• People 65 years of age and older
• People 16 years of age and older with at least one chronic medical condition that puts them at an increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19, such as but not limited to:

• Cancer
• Chronic kidney disease
• Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
• Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies
• Solid organ transplantation
• Obesity and severe obesity (Body Mass Index of 30kg/m2 or higher)
• Pregnancy
• Sickle Cell Disease
• Type 2 Diabetes

For more COVID-19 information about the community’s vaccine plan as well as testing, data and prevention, visit EPStrong.org

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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.