Que Pasa - Mayor Cook`s Newsletter

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Mayor John F. Cook - City of El Paso
"If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it."
-Jonathan Winters
In the long run, the pessimist may be proved to be right, but the optimist has a better time on the trip.
-Daniel L. Reardon
By definition a public servant is someone who holds a government position, either by election or appointment.  But if you break the term down further you’ll find that a servant is someone who serves others, especially someone that performs duties for a master or employer.  In my case, I have taken that definition to heart and always thought of my last 14 years as your employee.  Working for the people of El Paso has been the most fulfilling and rewarding job I have ever had!
Many of you know I consider myself to be a spiritual person.  I pray every day for three simple things; wisdom, patience, and humility.  Wisdom because the decisions I make are so important to your everyday life; patience because we all want things to happen immediately and the reality of government is that it moves slowly (not necessarily a bad thing); and humility because our human nature can sometimes make us think we, as public servants, are more important than the constituency we serve.
I have had many careers in my life and done everything from delivering newspapers as a young boy in Brooklyn, to serving my country in the jungles of Vietnam, to working as a telephone man under the streets of El Paso, to working with non-profit organizations, but can honestly say that this has been the best job I have ever had.
But all things must eventually come to an end.  It’s the nature of things.  In closing out this chapter of my life, I want to end it by saying thank you for the opportunity to serve you.  Adios!



Our sincere thanks and appreciation to all members of our community who make feeding the homeless possible by donating to the Feeding the Nation’s Homeless Foundation.
MAYOR’S TOP 100 TEENS - Civic Participation
  • The Mayor’s Top 100 Teens, in conjunction with the First Lady’s Program to Feed the Homeless, volunteered to serve meals at The Opportunity Center.

    The Opportunity Center is a ministry that helps those who want to change and overcome obstacles in their lives. 


  • Rally on the River
CHARACTER FIRST! ~ Attentiveness and Faith
by Laurie Huffman
Does it frustrate you when you are talking to someone and the person can’t or won’t give you his or her attention?
Got faith? More often than not, successful people “made it” because they persevered in faith in spite of difficulties, setbacks and other people’s opinions.
May 10, 2013 – Proclamation presentation to Mr. Ernesto Pedregon Martinez
Mayor Cook presented a city proclamation to Mr. Ernesto Pedregon Martinez.
May 12, 2013 – Mercado Paisano unveiling/grand opening
  • Several years ago, Louis Rosenbaum and his sons were leaders in a fight against a new Downtown development plan.
  • Downtown’s Mercado Paisano had its grand opening celebration Friday.
May 24, 2013 – U.S.-México Border Mayors Association meeting
Border mayors focus on trade.
June 10, 2013 – San Diego, CA
Mayor Cook traveled to San Diego to meet with San Diego Mayor Bob Filner and México Senator Ernesto Ruffo Appel, Chairman of the Northern Border Affairs Commission, Senate of México (Presidente de la Comision de Asuntos Fronterizos Norte del Senado de la Repulica) and Hector Holguin to discuss implementing Project-21 in the border to alleviate border wait times.
June 17, 2013 – Washington, D.C.
On Monday, Mayor Cook went to Washington, D.C. to attend the ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability USA, Inc. (International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives) to speak about the weather and energy challenges the City of El Paso has faced.  He also spoke about the City’s efforts for downtown redevelopment, enhancing alternative transportation alternatives and improving the City’s recreation choices. 
Mayor Cook also met with Federal Transportation Administrator Peter Rogoff to discuss the Bus Rapid Transit Corridors and TIGER Grant.  He also met with representatives from the White House to discuss issues in the City of El Paso. 
Charles Elementary School
Baskin Robbins Ribbon Cutting
April 26, 2013 – Project Amistad, Lucy G. Acosta Humanitarian Awards Dinner
The annual Lucy G. Acosta Humanitarian Awards Dinner was attended by more than 400 people at the Camino Real Hotel on Friday, April 26, 2013.
April 29, 2013 – Recognition – Plaque Presentation
Juárez Mayor Héctor “Teto” Murgía and the Juárez City Council recognized Mayor Cook for his leadership in the two-city border region.
The inscription reads as follows:
“The Honorable Municipality of the City of Juárez recognizes John F. Cook Mayor of the City of El Paso, Texas for his outstanding tenure as Mayor of the sister City of El Paso, Texas which have narrowed further the bonds of union between our border cities.”
May 30, 2013 – Regional Mayor’s Meeting and Plaque Presentation
At the May 30, 2013 Regional Mayor’s Meeting, the Mayors from the Village of Vinton, City of Horizon, Town of Clint, and Town of Anthony presented Mayor Cook with a plaque.  Throughout his tenure, Mayor Cook scheduled quarterly meetings with the regional mayors to discuss budgets, shared services and other issues of mutual interest. 
May/June 2013 Making Music Magazine
“My introduction to music was singing Gregorian Chant with the church choir.”
June 7, 2013 – Recipient of Transportation Policy Board award Board Member from October 2001 to June 2013
On Friday, June 7th, Mayor Cook received an award from the Transportation Policy Board as a member of the Board for 11 years and 8 months.

June 9, 2013 – El Paso Inc. Q&A with David Crowder
Mayor John Cook leaves City Hall on June 24 after 14 consecutive years in office, six of them as the Northeast representative and eight years as mayor, having presided over the modern renaissance of El Paso.
June 13, 2013 – United Blood Services Coordinator Appreciation Luncheon
On Thursday, June 13th, Mayor Cook was recognized at the United Blood Services Coordinator Appreciation Luncheon for all the years of quarterly blood drives at City Hall.  Mayor Cooks thanks City employees for their generosity in donating blood, could not do it without you!
As part of the Mayor’s community outreach, he is making himself available to the public with a monthly “Open Door” meeting day.  The public is welcome to visit with the Mayor and discuss concerns, ideas or just give input on how to improve our community.
It`s simple to contact City Departments, just call 311.


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