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.

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 S

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 S

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"Free movie in Madeline Park this Saturday courtesy of Kern Place Association"
09/17/2021

"Free movie in Madeline Park this Saturday courtesy of Kern Place Association"

"Free movie in Madeline Park this Saturday courtesy of Kern Place Association"

Happy 915 Day!  I'm proud to have worked with Progress321 to draft this proclamation establishing 915 Day for all El Pas...
09/15/2021

Happy 915 Day! I'm proud to have worked with Progress321 to draft this proclamation establishing 915 Day for all El Pasoans near and far to celebrate our city and culture!

What is your favorite thing about El Paso?

Join Our Team! Public Health Safety Job FairLearn about great careers that make a difference at the City’s Public Health...
09/13/2021

Join Our Team! Public Health Safety Job Fair

Learn about great careers that make a difference at the City’s Public Health Safety Job Fair from 8 a.m. to noon September 18, 2021, at 9566 Railroad Dr. Job opportunities include Patient Care Technician, Licensed Registered Nurse, Public Safety Communicator Trainee, Firefighter Trainee, Police Trainee and more.

Join Our Team! Public Health Safety Job Fair

Learn about great careers that make a difference at the City’s Public Health Safety Job Fair from 8 a.m. to noon September 18, 2021, at 9566 Railroad Dr. Job opportunities include Patient Care Technician, Licensed Registered Nurse, Public Safety Communicator Trainee, Firefighter Trainee, Police Trainee and more.

Today marks twenty years since the attack in the United States of America on September 11th, 2001.  Yesterday I was invi...
09/11/2021

Today marks twenty years since the attack in the United States of America on September 11th, 2001. Yesterday I was invited to attend a memorial service by Franklin High School students. All of the students who were in attendance were born after 9/11. For them, learning about this terror attack is a history lesson. I think all of us who were around then remember precisely where we were when we heard the tragic events of that day, it is an event we still live with and recall. The horrific attacks on that day did not just affect our country, but the entire world. It is more important than ever before to never forget not only where we were on that day but the sacrifice and lives lost on behalf of our country. Two wars were fought, many people from around the world gave their lives, and we should remember and honor them. We should never forget that we are all connected in this world and have an obligation and duty to leave this world a better place for our next generations.
As the son of immigrants, who was verbally assaulted in the recent days and months after 9/11, because I appear of middle-eastern descent - I know first hand tragedy and pain can be expressed in many different ways both inspiring or hurtful. As we reflect and move forward from September 11th, let's continue to lead with the best of what it means to be human. Let’s choose to lead with light, compassion and understanding for our fellow brothers and sisters in our country and across the world.
May those who lost their lives on that day and those who responded heroically as first responders and members of our armed services and allies, may their memory forever be a blessing.

Peter

#NeverForget911

Today marks twenty years since the attack in the United States of America on September 11th, 2001. Yesterday I was invited to attend a memorial service by Franklin High School students. All of the students who were in attendance were born after 9/11. For them, learning about this terror attack is a history lesson. I think all of us who were around then remember precisely where we were when we heard the tragic events of that day, it is an event we still live with and recall. The horrific attacks on that day did not just affect our country, but the entire world. It is more important than ever before to never forget not only where we were on that day but the sacrifice and lives lost on behalf of our country. Two wars were fought, many people from around the world gave their lives, and we should remember and honor them. We should never forget that we are all connected in this world and have an obligation and duty to leave this world a better place for our next generations.
As the son of immigrants, who was verbally assaulted in the recent days and months after 9/11, because I appear of middle-eastern descent - I know first hand tragedy and pain can be expressed in many different ways both inspiring or hurtful. As we reflect and move forward from September 11th, let's continue to lead with the best of what it means to be human. Let’s choose to lead with light, compassion and understanding for our fellow brothers and sisters in our country and across the world.
May those who lost their lives on that day and those who responded heroically as first responders and members of our armed services and allies, may their memory forever be a blessing.

Peter

#NeverForget911

Please join us for a special in-person community meeting with El Paso Electric to discuss the proposed rate increase thi...
09/08/2021

Please join us for a special in-person community meeting with El Paso Electric to discuss the proposed rate increase this Thursday, September 9, 2021 @ 6:15 pm at Mesita Elementary School, 3307 N Stanton. As the City of El Paso are the regulators for El Paso Electric, it is important and vital that the company hear directly from residents about your concerns. I hope you will attend.

P.S. - Meeting will be streamed live through Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/epdistrict1

Please join us for a special in-person community meeting with El Paso Electric to discuss the proposed rate increase this Thursday, September 9, 2021 @ 6:15 pm at Mesita Elementary School, 3307 N Stanton. As the City of El Paso are the regulators for El Paso Electric, it is important and vital that the company hear directly from residents about your concerns. I hope you will attend.

P.S. - Meeting will be streamed live through Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/epdistrict1

Happy Rosh Hashanah!
09/07/2021

Happy Rosh Hashanah!

Happy Rosh Hashanah!

Happy Labor Day! A BIG thank you to the El Paso Central Labor Union for hosting the 2nd Annual Labor Day Caravan! We sta...
09/07/2021

Happy Labor Day!
A BIG thank you to the El Paso Central Labor Union for hosting the 2nd Annual Labor Day Caravan!

We stand with workers and those that continue to make our country great!

Thank you!

Greetings District 1,This week in city council was important as some of the discussions were related to our ongoing rela...
09/03/2021

Greetings District 1,

This week in city council was important as some of the discussions were related to our ongoing relationship with El Paso Electric. For those that may not be aware, the City of El Paso are the regulators for El Paso Electric which is and always has been, a regulated monopoly in our community. The City of El Paso does not, or never has owned El Paso Electric. In 2019, El Paso Electric was no longer a publicly traded company but purchased by IIF in the form of a merger. I voted against the merger and purchase for many reasons.

However, as part of the merger negotiations and new franchise agreement between El Paso Electric/IIF and the City of El Paso, there was a commitment from EPE to create and present to the city council a Renewable Generation Study. Some of the purposes of this study as defined by the franchise agreement, was to identify how El Paso Electric could adopt more renewable energy such as solar, increase solar adoption in El Paso, especially in low-income areas and clearly state what legislative hurdles there were on the state level and others that needed to be changed in order to increase solar energy in the El Paso region, arguably the Saudi Arabia of Solar Energy.

I as well as others on council had some significant concerns with the work EPE presented for this Renewable Generation Study and will be following up to hold El Paso Electric accountable to the franchise agreement and the Renewable Generation Study deliverables. I encourage you to view the study and let me know your thoughts as well. You can find the study by clicking this link below:

https://issuu.com/pgsvarzbein/docs/2021_renewable_generation_study_draft_city_of_el_p

Finally, please join El Paso Electric as they will have a meeting for District 1 to discuss their proposed upcoming rate increase. The meeting for District 1 will be Thursday, Sept. 9th, 6:15 p.m, at Mesita Elementary School, 3307 N. Stanton.

This meeting is one of eight scheduled by El Paso Electric at the request of the El Paso City Council, who requested the utility host one in each of the City's eight districts.

If you have any questions or concerns, you can always reach out to our office by email at [email protected] or by phone at 915 212 1002.

I hope you all have a great and safe weekend.

Peter

Greetings District 1,

This week in city council was important as some of the discussions were related to our ongoing relationship with El Paso Electric. For those that may not be aware, the City of El Paso are the regulators for El Paso Electric which is and always has been, a regulated monopoly in our community. The City of El Paso does not, or never has owned El Paso Electric. In 2019, El Paso Electric was no longer a publicly traded company but purchased by IIF in the form of a merger. I voted against the merger and purchase for many reasons.

However, as part of the merger negotiations and new franchise agreement between El Paso Electric/IIF and the City of El Paso, there was a commitment from EPE to create and present to the city council a Renewable Generation Study. Some of the purposes of this study as defined by the franchise agreement, was to identify how El Paso Electric could adopt more renewable energy such as solar, increase solar adoption in El Paso, especially in low-income areas and clearly state what legislative hurdles there were on the state level and others that needed to be changed in order to increase solar energy in the El Paso region, arguably the Saudi Arabia of Solar Energy.

I as well as others on council had some significant concerns with the work EPE presented for this Renewable Generation Study and will be following up to hold El Paso Electric accountable to the franchise agreement and the Renewable Generation Study deliverables. I encourage you to view the study and let me know your thoughts as well. You can find the study by clicking this link below:

https://issuu.com/pgsvarzbein/docs/2021_renewable_generation_study_draft_city_of_el_p

Finally, please join El Paso Electric as they will have a meeting for District 1 to discuss their proposed upcoming rate increase. The meeting for District 1 will be Thursday, Sept. 9th, 6:15 p.m, at Mesita Elementary School, 3307 N. Stanton.

This meeting is one of eight scheduled by El Paso Electric at the request of the El Paso City Council, who requested the utility host one in each of the City's eight districts.

If you have any questions or concerns, you can always reach out to our office by email at [email protected] or by phone at 915 212 1002.

I hope you all have a great and safe weekend.

Peter

Join Our Team! Sun Metro is HiringPublic Invited to Job Fair on September 9, 2021Great careers in public transit are wai...
09/01/2021

Join Our Team! Sun Metro is Hiring
Public Invited to Job Fair on September 9, 2021

Great careers in public transit are waiting for job seekers who attend Sun Metro’s Job Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, September 9, 2021, at Sun Metro’s Transit Operations Center (TOC), 10151 Montana Avenue.

Join Our Team! Sun Metro is Hiring
Public Invited to Job Fair on September 9, 2021

Great careers in public transit are waiting for job seekers who attend Sun Metro’s Job Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, September 9, 2021, at Sun Metro’s Transit Operations Center (TOC), 10151 Montana Avenue.

CITY STAFF UPDATE ON ROBINSON RESTRIPINGAs Per City Staff: "There was a misinterpretation of the plans and the contracto...
08/30/2021

CITY STAFF UPDATE ON ROBINSON RESTRIPING

As Per City Staff:

"There was a misinterpretation of the plans and the contractor did not stripe the corridor correctly for the sharrow bike program. The contractor will be correcting this mistake this week. They will also be adding the shared bike lane Decal (sharrow lane) that will visually denote that the traffic lane for vehicles will also be used for cyclists."

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach out to our office at [email protected]

CITY STAFF UPDATE ON ROBINSON RESTRIPING

As Per City Staff:

"There was a misinterpretation of the plans and the contractor did not stripe the corridor correctly for the sharrow bike program. The contractor will be correcting this mistake this week. They will also be adding the shared bike lane Decal (sharrow lane) that will visually denote that the traffic lane for vehicles will also be used for cyclists."

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach out to our office at [email protected]

Volunteers Needed NOW!!! August 2021  Demand for assistance is off the charts as thousands of El Pasoans are still out o...
08/26/2021

Volunteers Needed NOW!!!
August 2021
Demand for assistance is off the charts as thousands of El Pasoans are still out of work or are not earning enough to make ends meet.
Over the last year, because of the demand for food assistance, the need for volunteers at El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank has grown by 500%. To maintain the programs and services we offer, we need on average 120 volunteers per day.
Volunteers are scarce as the Borderland continues to see spread of COVID-19 especially with the Delta Variant. People are nervous about serving, even though El Pasoans Fighting Hunger has taken every precaution and has had no COVID-19 outbreaks at any of our service locations.
Youth who were volunteering in the summer months have gone back to school and with more in person learning at universities, this population of volunteers has diminished.
Combine that with the National Guard drawing down their operations and the difficultly to get AmeriCorps members at the numbers needed, El Pasoans Fighting Hunger needs volunteers more than ever before.
Volunteering at the Food Bank is so easy! It takes about 5 minutes to sign up on our website: : https://elpasoansfightinghunger.org/details/donate/volunteer. There are opportunities to serve Mornings, Afternoons, and Evenings six days a week. We have opportunities that are perfect for everybody, every age and every ability level. You can volunteer for as little as an hour or the whole day.
Your neighbors need your help today! Please Volunteer!

Volunteers Needed NOW!!!
August 2021
Demand for assistance is off the charts as thousands of El Pasoans are still out of work or are not earning enough to make ends meet.
Over the last year, because of the demand for food assistance, the need for volunteers at El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank has grown by 500%. To maintain the programs and services we offer, we need on average 120 volunteers per day.
Volunteers are scarce as the Borderland continues to see spread of COVID-19 especially with the Delta Variant. People are nervous about serving, even though El Pasoans Fighting Hunger has taken every precaution and has had no COVID-19 outbreaks at any of our service locations.
Youth who were volunteering in the summer months have gone back to school and with more in person learning at universities, this population of volunteers has diminished.
Combine that with the National Guard drawing down their operations and the difficultly to get AmeriCorps members at the numbers needed, El Pasoans Fighting Hunger needs volunteers more than ever before.
Volunteering at the Food Bank is so easy! It takes about 5 minutes to sign up on our website: : https://elpasoansfightinghunger.org/details/donate/volunteer. There are opportunities to serve Mornings, Afternoons, and Evenings six days a week. We have opportunities that are perfect for everybody, every age and every ability level. You can volunteer for as little as an hour or the whole day.
Your neighbors need your help today! Please Volunteer!

NEW NEWS!Here is some new news for you! The final pass of asphalt pavement on the northbound lanes of North Mesa is set ...
08/23/2021

NEW NEWS!

Here is some new news for you! The final pass of asphalt pavement
on the northbound lanes of North Mesa is set to begin this week, as early as tomorrow, starting at Baltimore. The details of the plan are in the flyer below, but the upshot is they plan to work 12 hours a day – daytime so they can better see for an improved outcome – from 6AM to 6PM. Traffic will be down to one lane, the inside, as they are going to start with the outside half which will fix those uneven driveways.
It is a moving operation, involving a convoy (to include PD), which will impede access to driveways for up to one hour at a time as it rolls by. It is not going to be convenient, but if they can get it done in a short period of time, we can all stop losing our minds over this project.
In light of these developments (and the start of classes today at UTEP), the pedestrian project I told you about last week that was to start today at Cincinnati District has been pushed back a week. Meanwhile, diamond grinding has started on the southbound lanes. Please stay “Work Zone Aware” and find an alternate route when possible.

NEW NEWS!

Here is some new news for you! The final pass of asphalt pavement
on the northbound lanes of North Mesa is set to begin this week, as early as tomorrow, starting at Baltimore. The details of the plan are in the flyer below, but the upshot is they plan to work 12 hours a day – daytime so they can better see for an improved outcome – from 6AM to 6PM. Traffic will be down to one lane, the inside, as they are going to start with the outside half which will fix those uneven driveways.
It is a moving operation, involving a convoy (to include PD), which will impede access to driveways for up to one hour at a time as it rolls by. It is not going to be convenient, but if they can get it done in a short period of time, we can all stop losing our minds over this project.
In light of these developments (and the start of classes today at UTEP), the pedestrian project I told you about last week that was to start today at Cincinnati District has been pushed back a week. Meanwhile, diamond grinding has started on the southbound lanes. Please stay “Work Zone Aware” and find an alternate route when possible.

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What are you doing to stop Biden from inflitrating El Paso with Jihadist from Afghanistan? he claims they are refugees but every solder I know from Afghanistan says you can trust NO ONE. Now we have this embicile packing El Paso with Taliban in disguise as "refugees?" Stop this nosense, Walmart was bad enough, we are about to become the pipe bomb capital of the United States.
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.