Mayor John Cook vetoes billboard ban

Full story: El Paso Times 37
The controversy over billboards lives on. Mayor John Cook on Friday vetoed an ordinance that would have banned new billboard construction in El Paso and in unincorporated areas within five miles of the city. Full Story
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Central EP Supports Veto

El Paso, TX

#21 Jul 18, 2009
Yes Mayor Cook please veto this so called "quality of life" ban on billboards. We're tired of silly officials like Susie Byrd along with her best buddy Veronica Escobar thinking they know better than the rest of here. Veronica Escobar nor Susie can't even get a decent paying job in the real business world. They have no freaking idea what it is to make a payroll. With people like these two ladies in public office we'll soon be one of the highest taxed communities in the country. We live by Memorial Park, smack in the middle of Byrd's and Escobar's districts and you should see what nasty and arrogant attitudes these two have when they come over to events here at the park.
More Billboards

El Paso, TX

#22 Jul 18, 2009
More Billboards...Yes. We will take all of the billboards from Phoenix, Tuscon, and all other cities that want to get rid of them.

El Paso wants to set the record for the city with the most billboards in the world and we can make it happen. Then we will be a leader in both "Most Billboards" to adore our great city and the city on the move - "a city of the 1950s".

The people of El Paso will be so proud.
Judgment

United States

#23 Jul 18, 2009
Lone Ranger wrote:
Mayor, you did the right thing. Everyone should realize that any Government regulation of any type of buisness should be considerd a potential threat to all walks of life, liberty and the persuit of happyness. Let there be signs and liberty.
Yeah, what are we thinking with regulation. Leave banks to gamble the economy away! Oops, too late.
jesus

El Paso, TX

#24 Jul 18, 2009
dont put billboards and banking in the same league. they are not even close stupid. why dont you move to mexico. you would be happy there with its regulation and 50 percent govt jobs or maybe even move to mexifornia. they are going broke.
mark benitez

Sacramento, CA

#25 Jul 18, 2009
I am dumb a fight billboards eventhough I have the most bilboards in the city and I the largest commerce.
Bill Bored

El Paso, TX

#26 Jul 18, 2009
I support Mayor Cook's veto. Driving on the freeways this past week, I've decided that it would be awful not to have something else to look at besides housetops, streets, buildings, trees, and the sky. I like to read what billboards say. They have interesting messages. Good graphics. I guess one might argue that they distract a driver, but so do cell phones etc. Billboards are good for the economy. Don't get rid of them.
Just support the Mayor

United States

#27 Jul 18, 2009
The Mayor has done a decent job so far, why not just give him a chance to show the community what "COMPROMISE" really means and how it can help our community. It took 60 years of crappy mayors to dirty this city, you can't just yank all the bad stuff out, it may kill EVERYONE's family businesses. That's right--we are all part of the problem too! It has to be a gradual correction not a wild swerve! So, give the Mayor a vote of confidence. Stop trying to be a bunch of Wednesday mayors (i.e., armchair quarterbacks) and give the Mayor some support. Stop being a crab and try to pull the top crab down!!
Ella

United States

#28 Jul 18, 2009
Just support the Mayor wrote:
The Mayor has done a decent job so far, why not just give him a chance to show the community what "COMPROMISE" really means and how it can help our community. It took 60 years of crappy mayors to dirty this city, you can't just yank all the bad stuff out, it may kill EVERYONE's family businesses. That's right--we are all part of the problem too! It has to be a gradual correction not a wild swerve! So, give the Mayor a vote of confidence. Stop trying to be a bunch of Wednesday mayors (i.e., armchair quarterbacks) and give the Mayor some support. Stop being a crab and try to pull the top crab down!!
I really don't care about the billboards. I just hope he doesn't veto the towing of uninsured motorists. He's such a Juarez kisser. He doesn't give a damn about El Pasoans.
Pure El Paso

United States

#29 Jul 18, 2009
Ella wrote:
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I really don't care about the billboards. I just hope he doesn't veto the towing of uninsured motorists. He's such a Juarez kisser. He doesn't give a damn about El Pasoans.
You should write to the Mayor and tell him what you think about an issue. Fully think it through and give him your logic. In fact, you can even visit him if you want. He is that accessible and that interested in El Paso. Give the man a fair shake and I think you'll change your opinion of him. Additionally, it will show you that your thoughts do count. What we need is for people to share their fully thought-through ideas to our leaders, so that they can assimilate the data and thoughts and make more resolvent decisions. Please bear in mind that if your thought is not the best that day, or it is not fully thought-out, or it is the basis of a bigger and better thought, don't get discouraged and become negative. See where the thought can be improved and incorporate that process into all of your suggestions. Seek a board appointment and then seek a commission appointment to learn more about our government and how to improve it. Make sure to tell on the folks that are abusing their appointments by trying to manipulate the system for their benefit. Most importantly, be positive. More can be down when people are positive and search for solutions than when people start whining more about the problem. Just food for thought.
Gunslinger915

United States

#30 Jul 19, 2009
More Billboards wrote:
More Billboards...Yes. We will take all of the billboards from Phoenix, Tuscon, and all other cities that want to get rid of them.
El Paso wants to set the record for the city with the most billboards in the world and we can make it happen. Then we will be a leader in both "Most Billboards" to adore our great city and the city on the move - "a city of the 1950s".
The people of El Paso will be so proud.
Well consider the possibilities. El Paso could become a TOURISTS ATTRACTION. The city with the MOST billboards. Normally El Paso is just a "drive thru" on the way to somewhere else, ie; Phoenix, Las Vegas, San Antonio, Dallas. But here's the thing. If we put up thousands and thousands of billboards, people who normally just zip thru El Paso, will have to slow down so much and take so much time to read all of them, you got to figure they will have to stop for lunch, dinner or even spend the night in a motel. Then we could also have more police on I-10 to give them tickets for driving too slow. And then consider the numerous traffic accidents, cars in body shops, people at Thomason. Im telling you, this "Worlds greatest billboard City" could be a virtual gold mine for El Paso politicos.
Gunslinger915

United States

#31 Jul 19, 2009
Pure El Paso wrote:
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You should write to the Mayor and tell him what you think about an issue. Fully think it through and give him your logic. In fact, you can even visit him if you want. He is that accessible and that interested in El Paso. Give the man a fair shake and I think you'll change your opinion of him. Additionally, it will show you that your thoughts do count. What we need is for people to share their fully thought-through ideas to our leaders, so that they can assimilate the data and thoughts and make more resolvent decisions. Please bear in mind that if your thought is not the best that day, or it is not fully thought-out, or it is the basis of a bigger and better thought, don't get discouraged and become negative. See where the thought can be improved and incorporate that process into all of your suggestions. Seek a board appointment and then seek a commission appointment to learn more about our government and how to improve it. Make sure to tell on the folks that are abusing their appointments by trying to manipulate the system for their benefit. Most importantly, be positive. More can be down when people are positive and search for solutions than when people start whining more about the problem. Just food for thought.
Don't spose you are on the Mayor's payroll?? YOUR Mayor has done nothing for the people of El Paso. He and his minions have NEVER had an idea to cut taxes, budgets, spending and waste. The ONLY ideas he ever has, is how to INCREASE taxes. And then we wonder why this fool can't understand the number of home foreclosures, the high unemployment, constant INCREASE in home values and DECREASE in home sales. We find it amazing that approximately 18,000 total REGISTERED voters out of about 350,000, actually voted for him.
shut your ignorant hole

United States

#32 Jul 19, 2009
jesus wrote:
dont put billboards and banking in the same league. they are not even close stupid. why dont you move to mexico. you would be happy there with its regulation and 50 percent govt jobs or maybe even move to mexifornia. they are going broke.
You low level corporate grunt, shut your sewer. You don't know anything about mexico, california, or anything of anything. All you can do is be a good little low level pup for your corporation. Roll over and play dead, heyzeus.
Ella

United States

#33 Jul 19, 2009
Pure El Paso wrote:
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You should write to the Mayor and tell him what you think about an issue. Fully think it through and give him your logic. In fact, you can even visit him if you want. He is that accessible and that interested in El Paso. Give the man a fair shake and I think you'll change your opinion of him. Additionally, it will show you that your thoughts do count. What we need is for people to share their fully thought-through ideas to our leaders, so that they can assimilate the data and thoughts and make more resolvent decisions. Please bear in mind that if your thought is not the best that day, or it is not fully thought-out, or it is the basis of a bigger and better thought, don't get discouraged and become negative. See where the thought can be improved and incorporate that process into all of your suggestions. Seek a board appointment and then seek a commission appointment to learn more about our government and how to improve it. Make sure to tell on the folks that are abusing their appointments by trying to manipulate the system for their benefit. Most importantly, be positive. More can be down when people are positive and search for solutions than when people start whining more about the problem. Just food for thought.
I've got a better idea. Why don't you just share with him this thread and let him read it for himself! Letter writing? An appearance? I don't think so. Some of us work. Not all of us have time to be carrying around a guitar singing against the death penalty for days on end on taxpayers money...know what I mean?
Pure El Paso

United States

#34 Jul 19, 2009
Ella wrote:
<quoted text>
I've got a better idea. Why don't you just share with him this thread and let him read it for himself! Letter writing? An appearance? I don't think so. Some of us work. Not all of us have time to be carrying around a guitar singing against the death penalty for days on end on taxpayers money...know what I mean?
Ok, I will.
Pure El Paso

United States

#35 Jul 19, 2009
Ella wrote:
<quoted text>
I've got a better idea. Why don't you just share with him this thread and let him read it for himself! Letter writing? An appearance? I don't think so. Some of us work. Not all of us have time to be carrying around a guitar singing against the death penalty for days on end on taxpayers money...know what I mean?
Ok, I will, but just bear in mind that you didn't give me your logic. I'll just fill in the blanks for you.
Pure El Paso

United States

#36 Jul 19, 2009
Gunslinger915 wrote:
<quoted text> Don't spose you are on the Mayor's payroll?? YOUR Mayor has done nothing for the people of El Paso. He and his minions have NEVER had an idea to cut taxes, budgets, spending and waste. The ONLY ideas he ever has, is how to INCREASE taxes....
GS915, you are way off. I'm probably the last person on earth that would be on the Mayor's payroll!!! Our Mayor HAS DONE A LOT for El Paso. He doesn't control the central appraisal district, he controls the City. The City lowered it's tax rate--remember??? You of all people, need to think before you write. While your thoughts are hits off the bat, its a darn shame that they are only soft groundballs to the pitcher. Easy Out Man!!! You're hoping to get on base by a pitcher's error. Your thoughts suction like a Dyson vacuum cleaner. You are negative. You are the problem in El Paso, not our Mayor. At least he's trying to improve our quality of life, all you do is poison other people's minds with your filth and negativity. Too bad, because it almost appears that you read the issues. Get positive, get behind the Mayor--whoever it is, always give your leaders some latitude. Give them your thoughts and give them some latitude.
WHo knows

United States

#37 Jul 20, 2009
Pure El Paso wrote:
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GS915, you are way off. I'm probably the last person on earth that would be on the Mayor's payroll!!! Our Mayor HAS DONE A LOT for El Paso. He doesn't control the central appraisal district, he controls the City. The City lowered it's tax rate--remember??? You of all people, need to think before you write. While your thoughts are hits off the bat, its a darn shame that they are only soft groundballs to the pitcher. Easy Out Man!!! You're hoping to get on base by a pitcher's error. Your thoughts suction like a Dyson vacuum cleaner. You are negative. You are the problem in El Paso, not our Mayor. At least he's trying to improve our quality of life, all you do is poison other people's minds with your filth and negativity. Too bad, because it almost appears that you read the issues. Get positive, get behind the Mayor--whoever it is, always give your leaders some latitude. Give them your thoughts and give them some latitude.
The mayor is always quite irrelevant when dealing with these problems. I'm afraid Hell Paso's fate is sealed, esp. in the economic crisis. City Hall could at best slow down the process, but it can't transform Hell Paso into a rich city with significant or interesting economy. There is no magic bullet and not even a group of super geniuses at city hall could change that. The infrastructure sucks, that's the problem and all there is to it. Tearing billboards down wouldn't even matter anyways, and they're such a minor issue that only a shut in would believe it's a worthy issue. But of course, that is most people. Pretty much the only people around here who aren't shut ins are dumb kids who out to get high on meth at clubs.

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