Representative Susie Byrd has sent this update:
Wanted to check in and give a quick update on all things District 2.
Drug War. Recently in anticipation of President Obama hosting Mexican President Calderon community leaders from
The Drug War has not achieved its goals of reducing drug consumption and drug access, and narco-related violence along the U.S.-Mexico border is raging at unprecedented levels with no end in sight. (See recent article on Drug War failure at: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37134751) The Declaration asks for reform of current drug laws and drug enforcement policies as a way to help curb violence related to drug trafficking in
Professor Oscar J. Martinez started out the press conference. His statement can be found on my blog at www.notesfromdistrict2.blogspot.com.
If you are interested in signing on to the Declaration, you can do so by going to: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/13/declaration-in-support-of-cuidad-juarez
Community Planning. We are finally launching our effort to rewrite the City’s Comprehensive Plan. The Comprehensive Plan is the community’s consensus document about how we want to grow as a community. The Comprehensive Plan is then used to develop regulations that set that vision in motion and to inform decisions about zoning changes, development applications, transportation investments, etc. The last time the Comprehensive Plan was updated was in 1995.
We are starting out the planning process by developing area plans for Asarco and for the areas surrounding new investments in transit terminals (Five Points Terminal,
You have a choice to go to any of the planning sessions or if go to the Open Design Studio to provide one on one input to the design team.
Trowbridge Fire Station. Quick update on the proposal by the Fire Department to consolidate the Trowbridge Fire Station (#13) with the one on
Bridge Operations. If you have ideas about what we can do to improve bridge operations, making the secure movement of legal goods and people more efficient, please be sure to get involved. There will be a series of public meetings to solicit input and concerns from the public. If you are interested, check out the schedule at: www.elpasoborderplan.org.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Looking for Big Brothers Big Sisters for 25 kids who live in the Triangle. Often referred to as the Devil's Triangle, this is a tough neighborhood. We are trying to build up social cohesion in the neighborhood, mostly by giving kids more things to do. We have added a Midnight Basketball program, a Basketball in the Barrio program and are rolling out some block parties. Big Brothers Big Sisters have 25 kids in this neighborhood who are on the waiting list for mentor and friend through this program. It is a twice a month commitment for a year that can mean a world of difference for a kid who is struggling to find a good path. If you are interested, contact Rosalinda Natividad at 546-2275, ext 4342. Tell her that Susie sent you. To get more information about the program, go to: www.bbbsofep.org.
Well, I’ve probably loaded you up with too much information and too many things to do. Let me know what you need me to be working on and what are some issues that you think I should be paying attention to.
City Council Representative, District 2