This is your Friday update, which takes a quick look at the week ahead and some developments that El Paso Matters is following.
Duranguito Building Repairs: In March, El Paso City Council set aside $29,000 to repair two buildings within the Duranguito neighborhood that were damaged in 2017 during the initial demolition of the neighborhood to make way for a proposed arena. When the funds were set aside, the city asked for an engineering report on how to protect and repair the buildings. That report is now complete and repair work may start as early as Monday, or as soon as all permits and permissions are secured. The two buildings that will be repaired are the Chinese laundry, 212 W. Overland Ave., and the former Flor de Luna art gallery, 300 W. Overland Ave.
Constitutional Amendment Election Is Saturday: Saturday, May 7, is election day. Two Texas constitutional amendments are on the ballot that, if approved, will provide school district property tax relief for homeowners. The Texas Tribune has a helpful explainer of what each measure would do. Voters living in Anthony and San Elizario will also be able to vote in city races. County polling sites will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Polling locations can be found here.
City May Establish Women’s Commission: In response to national news that the U.S. Supreme Court may overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that established the right to abortion, four city representatives on Tuesday will try to protect women’s rights in El Paso. The El Paso City Council meeting agenda calls for the establishment of the City of El Paso Women’s Commission, or board, focused on protecting women’s rights, including “the right to make a decision about their bodies.” City Rep. Henry Rivera is the sponsor and the co-sponsors are Reps. Alexsandra Annello, Peter Svarzbein and Cassandra Hernandez. The details of how the commission will operate and help women will be discussed during the meeting.