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    Plaza Theatre Restoration Earns El Paso National Merit

    The City of El Paso was honored with the Entrepreneurial American Leadership Award in an awards ceremony held in Washington D.C. hosted by the Partners for Livable Communities on March 9, 2006. The award is a national recognition for the culmination of public, private, and community collaboration in the development and restoration on The Plaza Theatre & Performing Arts Centre.

    The awards program entitled, "A Celebration of Vision and Community Spirit" acknowledged communities with exemplary initiatives to acquire new or renewed assets to enhance their respective community's future. Those honored with the Entrepreneurial American Leadership Award are acknowledged for the accomplishment of their endeavors of betterment in their community.

    Plaza Theatre Restoration Earns El Paso National MeritThrough a successful partnership between the City of El Paso and the El Paso Community Foundation, as well as various funding grants, the City has recovered a significant historical landmark and important element of El Paso's unique and rich heritage. First built in the 1920's and recognized as El Paso's most architecturally grand theatre, The Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre, previously known as The Showplace of the Southwest, is set to open this month as a performing arts facility that will garner many new opportunities for public gathering in the City. The completion of this initiative is the largest private investment ever made to a public facility in the City.

    The City is proud and honored to be celebrating this honor and the reopening of the Plaza Theatre that took place Friday, March 17.

    Patricia D. Adauto, Deputy City Manager of Development and Infrastructure Services; Beto O'Rourke, City Representative (District #8); Phyllis Rawley, Executive Director of the El Paso Empowerment Zone and congressional staff attended the awards ceremony.

    Past recipients of the Entrepreneurial American Leadership Award include:
    • Janet Marie Smith, for her Field of Dreams at Camden Yards and other sports stadiums across America's cities
    • Maya Lin, for her innovative public art in urban settings
    • Deborah Szekely, for her lifetime commitment to civic capacity building and leadership training
    For more information on Partners for Livable Communities & a photo of the ceremony please visit: &

    Upcoming City Meetings & Events:
    • For a listing of City Meetings, City Council Meetings or community meetings.
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    • To find out what City events are happening in a neighborhood near you, visit the City Events Calendar.

    Major Issues:
    • There's a Better Way to Help: Police Department Enacts Education Campaign on Panhandling
      The El Paso Police Department, in an effort to address concerns from the public and help promote a positive image of our city to visitors, has begun an extensive education campaign on panhandling.
    • Special Curfew Areas Intended to Deter Underage Drinking Activity
      An amendment to the City's curfew ordinance has designated some areas around the Paso Del Norte Bridge and the Stanton Street Bridge as Special Curfew Areas. This effort is aimed at curbing underage drinking activity.

    Public Safety & Health:
    • Your Pet and the New Law: Update on Title 7
      Your Pet and the New Law:  Update on Title 7With recent changes and updates made to Title 7, here are some important questions and answers that will help you understand the new ordinance changes and what you need to do to comply.
    • Preparing for Pandemic Influenza
      Learn what you and your family can do to help prepare yourselves in the event of pandemic influenza.
    • Explorer Post 911 Offers Young Men & Women Insight Into Fire Service
      Explorer Post 911 Offers Young Men & Women Insight Into Fire ServiceThe El Paso Fire Department Explorer Post introduces youth to what they might expect in pursuing a career in fire service. To find out how you can be involved, read more...
    • Who's Our Competition?
      This memo, written by Fire Chief Roberto Rivera, was sent out to Fire staff, offering an insightful perspective on customer service and who is our competition.

    Development & Infrastructure:
    • New Audible Pedestrian Signals Provide Essential Service
      The Traffic and Engineering Department, in collaboration with various City entities and the Accessibility Advisory Committee, has launched new Audible Pedestrian Signals (APS), providing members of the community an instrumental tool for crossing assistance at signalized intersections.
    • Major Street Improvements: Construction Update
      What construction can you expect in the downtown area? Learn more about the streets and areas that will be affected.
    • Coming Soon to El Paso…More Parks!
      Mayor and Council have approved a new park ordinance that will revitalize the quality of life in neighborhoods by increasing the number of parks 100%.
    • City Entities Working to Keep El Paso Beautiful
      Cleaning up the community helps to create a safer, healthier environment for everyone. The City, through various entities, offers options and community events to help clean up our neighborhoods.
    • Property Owners May No Longer Require Flood Insurance
      Effective February 16, 2006 changes to the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) were approved by FEMA, revaluating current areas listed in flood plain zones and possibly eliminating or adding the requirement for property owners to purchase or maintain their current flood insurance policy.
    • City to Modernize Title 13: Streets, Sidewalks & Public Places
      Amendments to chapters under Title 13 were recently introduced in an effort to renew procedures for the administrative issuance of parade, temporary event, and amplification permits and notices of picketing. A Public Hearing will take place on April 4th to provide community input on the proposed changes brought forward.

    • El Paso International Airport the First in Nation to Utilize GPS Satellite Based Airfield Inspection Program
      El Paso International Airport, as part of its commitment to safe and quality operation of the airport, is not the first in the nation to use a GPS Satellite-based Airfield Inspection Program.
    • New Day Pass Launched By Sun Metro
      As part of the effort on enhance passenger service, Sun Metro has launched a new day pass that allows passengers to use the Sun Metro fixed route bus system any time, any direction or from any bus stop all day for one low price.
    • 100-Year Celebration: Union Passenger Station
      100-Year Celebration:  Union Passenger StationThe month of March marks the 100th Anniversary of Union Passenger Station, a building that has stood tall in the City's history. A community celebration will be held to celebrate this historic landmark.

    Quality of Life:
    • Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) WEEK
      April 17-23, 2006 is known as National Community Development Week. CDBG Week is a perfect time to demonstrate and showcase the many ways in which CDBG funded activities significantly improve the quality of life in communities and, most importantly, the lives of the lower-income residents.
    • Museums and Cultural Affairs Department Embraced by Sister City's Counterpart
      Ties between the City of El Paso's Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD) and Mexican governmental arts and culture entities continue to grow fast and strong. Read more about current activities that have taken place to assist these international, cultural ties.
    • The Answer is Online @ El Paso Public Library
      The Answer is Online @ El Paso Public LibraryBesides having access to the Internet and its millions of web pages, the library also provides the public free access to specialized databases to which the library subscribes. The El Paso Public Library offers access to the TexShare, ReferenceUSA, Alldata and AccessScience databases as a resource to assist users in their search for information.
    • Comprehensive Parks Master Plan in Development
      The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department is currently mapping out a guide for the future with a Comprehensive Parks Master Plan. This 10-year plan will guide the future of various aspects and facets of the Parks Department's operations and planning for parks within the community.
    • Gus and Goldie Leagues Teach Youth Sportsmanship
      Gus and Goldie Youth sports leagues were designed to teach the children that participate to have good sportsmanship, understand fair play and also, to make sure that each and every child plays. Learn more about the program.
    • Aquatic Facility Renovations Underway
      The Parks and Recreation Department is currently performing facility renovations at various aquatic centers around the city, just in time for the upcoming summer season!
    • Lacrosse: Participate in a Match Today!
      Take part in this popular sport! Matches are now being held through the City's Parks and Recreation Department.
    • Free Copy of "World of the California Sea Lion" DVD Available For School Teachers and Librarians
      Free Copy of World of the California Sea Lion DVD Available For School Teachers and LibrariansThe El Paso Zoo World of the Sea Lion exhibit features many improvements for both sea lions and zoo visitors.
    • Habitat for Wildlife Weekend: Beneficial Information About Our Environment
      The following content is included in the brochure being handed out at the Zoo this weekend to help educate and promote habitat protection as part of the Zoo's 4th Annual Habitat for Wildlife Weekend.

    Financial & Administrative Services:
    • City Recognized With Distinguished Budget Presentation Award
      The City of El Paso was recently recognized by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) and received the GFOA's Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its budget.

    General Information:
    • Mayor's 100 Teens - Help to Recognize Our Community's Teens
      The Mayor's 100 Teens is a yearlong community collaboration that recognizes and celebrates teenagers. Nominate a teenager you know.

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