David K wrote a piece on Refuse the Juice that hits the nail on the head about the ballot initiative meant to "save city hall".
There's nothing I can really add to what he wrote so why bother. Go read it if you haven't.
But I do have some comments for the Save City Hall People. For God's sake, take the hint...you lost.
It was a fair vote. There was no conspiracy. El Pasoans, by HUGE margins voted in favor of the propositions. Its a freakin' mandate. They want baseball and they want it downtown. The stadium discussion, from day one, has always been about a downtown location. No other site has been floated around by the city. Its been about downtown from the start.
The fact that there is likely to be a dug-out near the current spot where city reps actually cast votes has also been discussed from day one.
I know in that little echochamber most of you exist in you think you are some sort of heroes but you aren't. You're about to waste tax-payer money on yet another ballot initiative that was probably hastily and incorrectly written...again.
When I was a kid and you got in a street fight, you took your ass whoopin' like a man. If you fought hard and did your best you could still hold your head up because you didn't back down. Once it was over, it was over.
I don't know when exactly it was in this country that it happened but for some reason we now live in a country where when you lose, you no longer "take it like a man". Now, you stomp your feet, cry, threaten to secede, or try to get a court to give you what you want because the people said NO!
When the news broke about the petition the other day there was one sound you could hear across the city. The sound of people rolling their eyes all at once.
At what point will you realize that the people of this city want to go in a certain direction. No one took your vote away, no one took your voice away, no one took anything from you. You just lost.
Personally I really wish a certain few city reps would stop encouraging these people. The election is over. Ya! Let it go. You lost, get it through your head.
And stop acting like you really care about that city hall building. You don't. No one does. There isn't some historical value or significance to the structure. Its not a signature building. Its neither particularly beautiful or ugly. Its just a building.
You don't like how the deal was done. I get it. I didn't either. But there was a vote and El Pasoans voted overwhelmingly in support of the propositions. Its time to move on.