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    2008 Citizen Survey

    2008 Citizen SurveyCitizens' surveys have been conducted by UTEP's Institute for Policy and Economic Development for the City of El Paso in the past several years with the goal to identify areas of focus for targeting improvements in City services and customer relations and to track progress and improvements made after previous surveys. The 2008 Key Survey Findings, and the survey in its entirety, may be found on the City's website at and clicking on the 2008 Customer Service Survey links. Here are a few of some of those key findings:
    • The top positive image for citizens about the City of El Paso is the climate and weather.
    • The most important strategic initiatives for the City to work on and improve are:
      • Economic and business development
      • Community development and quality of life
    • 28 percent are somewhat interested in a revitalized downtown while 47 percent are very interested.
    • The most important City departments for quality of life are:
      • Community Development
      • Parks and Recreation
    • 59 percent believe that El Paso is getting better as a place to live.
    • Two-thirds believe that the City is a good or excellent place to work or do business
    • One-half are somewhat or very satisfied about the City's use of their tax dollars.
    • The most satisfactory areas funded by the City are
      • Fire
      • Airport
      • Recycling
      • Police
      • Libraries

    Upcoming City Meetings & Events:
    • For a listing of City Meetings, City Council Meetings or community meetings.
      Read more....

    • To find out what City events are happening in a neighborhood near you, visit the City Events Calendar.

    Major Issues:
    • Help Us To Help You!
      The City of El Paso Environmental Services Department is committed to safe, cost effective and efficient trash and recycling collection service.
    • City Persists in Opposition
      Mayor John Cook has said the city will continue its efforts to prevent Asarco's smelter from restarting, despite the decision by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to renew the smelter's air permit.
    • District 3 Special Election
      The Special Election for City Representative, District No. 3 filing period for the candidates seeking election is now open through March 4, 2008 at 5:00 p.m.

    Public Safety & Health:
    • El Paso Fire Department
      Managing overtime is a constant challenge for any organization tasked with service delivery.
    • Adult and Child Immunizations Are Available At Neighborhood Centers
      The City of El Paso Department of Public Health Immunization Program provides immunizations to both children and adults who are uninsured or underinsured.
    • Pet Care-A-Van Coming to a Location Near You
      Pet Care-A-Van Coming to a Location Near YouThe Pet Care-A-Van is a mobile van operated by the City of El Paso Department of Public Health’s Animal Services, which provides free spay and neuter surgeries, low-cost microchipping and rabies vaccinations.

    Development & Infrastructure:
    • Capital Improvement Program Update: Reprogramming Approved
      In an effort to maximize current bond funding available in the Capital Improvement Program (CIP), City Council recently authorized the reprogramming of approximately $28.2 million to address new emerging unfunded priorities citywide.
    • Joyce Circle Improvements Begin
      A project providing various drainage improvements on Joyce Circle mobilized on February 11, 2008 as part of the Storm 2006 Capital Project addressing the critical infrastructure priorities that have been identified citywide.

    • Coach Operator Recognized for Heroism
      Coach Operator Recognized for HeroismDuring a recent Mass Transit Board Meeting, Sun Metro recognized one if its' professional Coach Operators, Henry Jones, for his heroic efforts.

    • New Route to Shoppes
      New Route to Shoppes Take a ride on Sun Metro to get to the Outlet Shoppes at El Paso!

    • The El Paso International Airport and Foreign Trade Zone No. 68 invite you to be part of the U.S.-Mexico Trade and Logistics Conference March 20 & 21, 2008.
      The El Paso International Airport and Foreign Trade Zone No. 68 invite you to be part of the U.S.-Mexico Trade and Logistics Conference March 20 & 21, 2008.This conference will provide the opportunity to learn more about trade and the rapidly emerging commerce between the United States and Mexico.

    Quality of Life:
    • Arbor Day Celebration
      The State of Texas will have their Arbor Day Celebration on April 25, at Veterans Park in Northeast El Paso (5301 Salem).
    • El Paso Zoo Launches "Drop it in the Blue, Sunny!"
      El Paso Zoo Launches 'Drop it in the Blue, Sunny!'On February 6th, the El Paso Zoo officially launched the new Sea Lion Recycling Program with our Partners in Education: The El Paso Zoo, Keep El Paso Beautiful, & the City of El Paso Environmental Services Department.
    • Groundhog… Er, Prairie Dog Day at the El Paso Zoo
      Groundhog… Er, Prairie Dog Day at the El Paso ZooWho says you need a groundhog to pop out on Groundhog Day? The El Paso Zoo says our Prairie Dogs are the next best thing.

    • El Paso Zoo Event Calendar - MARCH 2008
      El Paso Zoo Event Calendar - MARCH 2008See what is happening at the El Paso Zoo!

    • 2008 Senior Games on the Horizon
      The Parks & Recreation Department has been the proud organizer of the El Paso Senior Games for the past 25 years.
    • Carolina Recreation Center Class Offerings
      The Carolina Center offers numerous classes for the public.
    • Parks & Recreation Updates
      Learn more about what is happening in the Parks & Recreation Department.
    • Lighting Schedule Adjustments Made to Improve Service to Community
      As the Parks and Recreation Department prepares for the upcoming sports season and to better serve the users, the staff has made some changes to the lighting schedule for the lighted sports fields in the city.
    • Seniors – Take a Dip!
      Individuals 55 and over can swim for free from 6:00 a.m. to 12 noon on Fridays only at any of the nine City Parks and Recreation indoor swimming pools
    • Which Book Would you Save?
      Which Book Would you Save?In a society where critical thinking is challenged, learning is suppressed, the government burns all books and everyone is indifferent, one woman decides she would rather die than give up her books.

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