Forum: City’s Plan to Take Nearly Half of the Main Library for Cultural Center: Good Idea or Bad

Photo thanks to El Paso Times

Photo thanks to El Paso Times

Sunday, March 3rd 2:30-4 pm

El Paso Public Library downtown, 501 N. Oregon

Speakers:

*Jaime Esparza, DA; representing the Mexican American Cultural Institute
*Marsha Labboda, President, Friends of the Main Library
*Gretchen Trominski, Member, Friends of the Main Library
*City Council Rep? TBA? Cissy Lizzaraga--declined; *City Council Rep Peter Svarzbein—declined;

*City Council Rep Claudia Ordaz Perez--invited, has not responded

The City Council/Mayor's plan to take nearly half the space of the downtown library to make room for the Mexican American Cultural Center is highly controversial.  Apart from the widespread objection to the diminishing of the library, Mexican Americans strongly object to not having a separate building for the Center.  Community consultation on this matter has been minimal, and Council representatives who voted for the plan last September have thus far ignored opponents of the plan.  This meeting offers both supporters and opponents of the plan to explain their positions.


Parking Note:  Best bet to find free parking is to park somewhere north and east of the library and away from the ballpark.