QUALITY OF LIFE PROJECTS OUTREACH
Long before work begins on construction of the three biggest projects funded by the 2012 Quality of Life bonds, El Pasoans are being asked to make their voices heard about what they believe each facility should look like, feel like, and contribute to our community.
On December 17, 2013, City Council unanimously approved a contract with HKS, Inc., and a consortium of experienced local vendors to create key planning documents for a Children's Museum, Hispanic Cultural Center, and Multipurpose Cultural and Performing Arts Facility. Those facilities were included in Question No. 2 of the November 2012 bond election which was approved by 71 percent of voters.
The team has announced the following slate of public engagement opportunities:
March 26, 2014: Public Outreach Workshop. The HKS team will be introduced and will describe the process for the Master Plan Study. The site analysis will be presented along with initial findings. The public is encouraged to attend and participate.
April 30, 2014: Public Outreach Workshop. The HKS team will present comparable projects and initial ideas about venues. Again, public participation and input is desired.
May 21, 2014: Public Outreach Workshop.At this phase of the process, the HKS team will present options and go through the pros and cons of each. This is an additional opportunity for public participation.
June 25, 2014: Public Outreach Workshop. The HKS team will present the Final Plan and recommendation.
All public outreach workshops will be hosted at 6pm on the dates listed at the El Paso Convention Center. Complimentary parking will be provided in the Convention Center garage. Real-time English-to-Spanish translation services will be provided at each workshop
El Pasoans are also encouraged to provide feedback to the project team by visiting BuildingTomorrowTogether.com
and clicking on the Signature Projects link.
Website users can sign-up for electronic newsletters which will announce more information about the public outreach workshops.
The team will also conduct interviews with key stakeholders in El Paso. These interviews are intended to collect research information from community leaders which will provide valuable information for all four public outreach workshops.
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SAN JACINTO PLAZA GROUNDBREAKING
QUALTY OF LIFE PROJECT!
About a year from now, El Pasoans will be able to enjoy their lunch around the restored Los Lagartos sculpture, seek respite from the summer sun in a splash pad, or spend a relaxing Saturday afternoon playing huachas, chess, or even ping-pong on newly created playing surfaces for each – all in San Jacinto Plaza in the heart of Downtown.
The City of El Paso formally kicked-off the year-long reconstruction with a ceremonial groundbreaking on February 26, 2014.
Reconstruction of San Jacinto Plaza will be overseen by the City of El Paso’s Engineering and Construction Management Department. The $6 million project is funded primarily by the 2012 Quality of Life Bonds.
“For the past several months, contractors have been completing necessary curb and gutter work and working to expand the footprint of the plaza by 10-feet in all directions,” said city project manager Rick Venegas. “Now, contractors will start work on the reconstruction of the plaza which is at once transformational and true to the history of this important public space.”
The project includes construction of a full service café which will be located on the southwest corner of the plaza, along with improved landscaping, lighting, shade, and newly paved pathways.
CITY DEPARTMENT PHONE NUMBER CHANGES
CITY DEVELOPMENT AND ENGINEERING
Just a reminder that the City of El Paso’s Department of Information & Technology Services has been working on an upgrade to the telephone system that will allow for standardization and cost savings. As part of the standardization the City will have new phone numbers for all City departments. The process began November 8, 2013, and will continue over the next 24 months.
The new City prefix will be (915) 212-XXXX. As phone numbers change, the public will be notified and new numbers will be posted on the City’s homepage www.elpasotexas.gov
. Additionally, to allow for a smooth transition and time for staff and the public to become familiar with the new phone numbers, the old phone numbers will continue to work for another 5-6 months but everyone is encouraged to begin using the new 212-XXXX phone numbers.
NEW PHONE NUMBERS HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED FOR SUN METRO LIFT, ENGINEERING, CITY DEVELOPMENT, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.
Please don`t forget to check the City`s homepage (www.elpasotexas.gov
) for updated phone numbers!
EARTH DAY MURAL CONTEST WINNERS
Leslie Alcala, Dyani Avila, David Castillo, Jonathan Estrada, Alejandra Flores, Michelle Hernandez, Claudia Lopez, Moises Maldonado, Luis Martinez, Mariana Sigala
Julian Vidales, Arturo Villegas
The City Environmental Services Department (ESD) is happy to congratulate the winning students of its 2014 Earth Day Mural Design Contest.
The winning design comes from El Dorado 9th Grade Academy. The title of the team’s work is “El Paso Evergreen.”
The mural contest was open to all area high school students and their art teachers.
As the winner, El Dorado 9th Grade Academy will receive supplies to paint the design on a large City roll-off container, transforming it from trash bin into a work of Earth-friendly art. The students were recognized by El Paso’s Mayor and City Council.
The finished mural will be unveiled at ESD’s Earth Day Celebration on April 5 at the Municipal Service Center, part of the City’s Earth Month festivities.
•LIBRARY TO HOST CHILD AND PARENT DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP
Language Learning Just Got Easier
El Paso Public Library is pleased to announce that it now offers the Mango Languages online language-learning system to its patrons. The service must be accessed through the EPPL Website www.elpasolibrary.org
for free use.
Learning a new language with Mango Languages is free for all library patrons, and offers a fast and convenient solution for our community’s increasing language-learning needs. Each lesson combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application that integrates components of vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and culture. Users learn actual conversation, breaking down complex linguistic elements within an audio-visual framework that draws important connections and builds on information they have already learned.
Mango is available in two versions. One is Mango Complete, a 100-lesson course that is designed to provide a deep understanding of a language and its culture. The second is Mango Basic, which teaches everyday greetings, goodbyes and helpful phrases in a short period of time and is designed to appeal to a beginner in a new language. There are more than 40 foreign language courses available and 16 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.
To learn more about Mango and get a preview of what the program has to offer, visit www.elpasolibrary.org
or call 543-5433.
Library to host child and parent development workshop
The Dorris Van Doren Branch Library, located at 551 E. Redd Rd., will be hosting a five-week child and parenting workshop beginning on Thursday, March 6. The five-week program focuses on providing children from the ages of 1 to 3 and their parents or caregivers with lessons on various developmental factors such as social and cognitive development, parental skills, early literacy and more. Industry professionals will speak directly with parents and will serve as onsite resources for them.
The schedule for the first workshop series is March 6 – April 3, 2014 from 10:00 – 11:15 a.m. in the Auditorium of the Dorris Van Doren Library. The workshops are free but preregistration is required. To register for the workshops parents should call Leslie at the Dorris Van Doren Branch Library by dialing 875-0700.
The workshops are a part of a larger overall program call Family Place. The Dorris Van Doren Branch was selected as a Family Place library through a grant from Family Place Library, A Model for Institutional Change. The grant also provided for special learning resources housed in designated spaces within the library designed to improve early childhood development. These spaces feature materials for children and parents including board books, picture books, toys, puzzles, blocks, and drawing stations, all creating opportunities for little ones to explore. They also help parents understand their place as the child's first and most important teacher with activities that help build early literacy skills.
During the last two decades, research has conclusively proven that the ways in which adults respond to and interact with children between birth and 5 years have dramatic effects on the brain, impacting a child’s social, emotional, and intellectual development. Researchers have also confirmed that learning is an interactive process and depends on the interwoven development of multiple abilities and skills. Resources like Family Place help foster the healthy development of these relationships.
For more information on the Family Place Library program at the Dorris Van Doren Branch Library, call 875-0700.
SUN METRO NEWS
•SUN METRO LIFT PRESENTED WITH BEST OF THE BEST SAFETY AWARD
•SUN METRO SHINES OVER EL PASO
•SUN METRO HOSTS U.S. CONGRESSMAN MOBILE TOWN HALL MEETING
SUN METRO LIFT PRESENTED WITH BEST OF THE BEST SAFETY AWARD
Sun Metro LIFT, operated by MV Transportation, was named the winner of the MV Southwest Group “Best of the Best” Safety Award in the medium size category.
The recognition was given due to a variety of significant accomplishments during 2013 to include a 42 percent reduction in total accident frequency rate, a 66 percent reduction in preventable accident frequency. In addition, the rate for third-party claims accidents was a mere 0.58. Also noted was the Drive Cam overall performance of 88 percent coaching effectiveness, exceeding MV Transportation’s standards. The Drive Cam is a camera that is installed on all buses by MV Transportation– in addition to the already-installed cameras. The Drive Cams are triggered by any sudden movement and record the incident for future review.
The MV Southwest Group “Best of the Best” Safety Award was created to recognize and reward the MV Divisions that achieved the overall best Safety performance for the 2013 calendar year.
A total of 45 MV divisions from the states of California, Colorado and Texas were in the running for one of these coveted awards.
Sun Metro Feature Story in Mass Transit Magazine Now on Newsstands
The printed edition of Mass Transit Magazine’s February edition is now out! The magazine cover features Sun Metro Director Jay Banasiak with a Sun Metro bus, while the interior magazine includes various pictures of Sun Metro employees who make Sun Metro a successes. The 8-page story outlines Sun Metro's recent achievements and future goals from a variety of perspectives. Click here to view the article.
Sun Metro Hosts U.S. Congressman Mobile Town Hall Meeting
U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke conducted a mobile Town Hall meeting via two popular Sun Metro route on February 7, 2014, in an effort to meet with constituents who might not otherwise be able to attend regular monthly meetings.
At Sun Metro’s most populated Downtown Transfer Center, O’Rourke boarded Route 42 to Northeast El Paso.
Once on the bus, O’Rourke gave a short introduction to the full load of passengers then opened the floor to questions. Passengers ask questions concerning drug laws, water conservation, healthcare, military funding and more. Upon arrival at the Northgate Transit Terminal, O’Rourke met with constituents who were curious for answers regarding legal policy and veteran affairs.
EL PASO LIVE! EVENTS
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•BREEZE THROUGH SPRING ALLERGIES
•HOW TO MAKE A RAINY DAY LAST FOR WEEKS!
Myths & Facts: Breeze through Spring Allergies
Spring is upon us! As flowers begin to bloom and our green grass begins to grow, it can also be the season for runny noses and watery eyes. Allergy sufferers may try a variety of remedies to treat those dreadful allergy symptoms, but some common misconceptions of using herbals and other products may be keeping you from getting the right relief and treatment.
Nip it in the bud this year and join us for a spring allergies workshop on Saturday March 15th from 10:30am – 11:30am at the TecH2O Center with Dr. Jose Rivera, Assistant Dean of the College of Pharmacy and Director of the UT El Paso-UT Austin Cooperative Pharmacy Program.
Dr. Rivera will help you find the best treatment to fight allergies and other ailments unique to the border region.
How to Make a Rainy Day Last for Weeks!
On average, it only rains about 48 days a year in El Paso. Did you know that you can make those rainy days last weeks – or even months?
Join us on Saturday, March 22nd, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the TecH2O Center with Texas Master Gardener and Rain Harvesting Specialist, Doc Stalker, M.S. to learn functional water-saving techniques to harvest rainwater for weeks.
Stalker will discuss the basics of passive and active rainwater collection, plus there will be a demonstration on how to build an inexpensive rain barrel out of a trash can. At the end of the workshop, you might be the lucky winner that walks away with your very own rain barrel!
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