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This is your Friday update, which takes a quick look at the week ahead and some developments that El Paso Matters is following.
Duranguito Discussion with County Commissioners Court: The El Paso County Commissioners Court on Monday will receive a presentation from a new organization named Paso del Sur regarding the restoration and reactivation of the Duranguito neighborhood. The group will ask commissioners court to help explore possible options to restore and reactivate the Duranguito neighborhood. The plan calls for the County to help “create a unique mixed-use environment with the provision of standards and guidelines designed to encourage the preservation of existing building architecture.” The proposal calls for establishing a Chinese American Heritage Center, a Mexican Revolution Museum and a Duranguito Health Center. The agenda item, which was posted by Commissioner David Stout, does not include specifics on funding or a detailed restoration plan.
EPISO Going to Austin: Ten members of the El Paso Interreligious Sponsoring Organization will be in Austin next week to talk to legislators about tax abatements, adult education programs, gun control and medicaid expansion. On gun control, EPISO and its sister organizations want the age limit to purchase a gun raised from 18 to 21. The group will be at the state Capital on Tuesday and Wednesday and will have a press conference with other Inter-American Foundation organizations on Tuesday.
New Chief Border Patrol Agent for El Paso: The U.S. Border Patrol announced this week its selection of Anthony “Scott” Good as the new chief of the El Paso Sector. Good, a 22-year veteran of the U.S. Border Patrol, replaces Chief Gloria Chavez, who was transferred to the Rio Grande Valley Sector in South Texas in October. Good previously served as sector chief in Grand Forks, N.D. He began his career in 2001. He took over the El Paso sector this week.