Over the last 20 plus years we have been developing and incubating an open and inclusive news source publication focused on important public policy issues and Hispanic-centric cultural content that does not exist anywhere else. Along the way we have seen successes and failures but the goal of building a news outlet remains the same. We have succeeded in building a publication that gives voices to those disfranchised by politics or sidelined by cultural considerations. Although we operate on a shoestring budget, we remain competitive against our well-funded competitors with a work product that informs our readers and exposes them to issues and history that is seldom covered elsewhere.
As you may have noted, the El Paso political season is about to get very interesting and is likely to evolve into a very public fight between the oligarchy trying to place candidates into office. They plan to continue to raise El Paso property taxes to fund private businesses with taxpayer funds. The battle over the city manager’s contract is a public example of this battle between property taxes and the oligarchy that benefits from it.
Scrappy low-funded businesses have demonstrated that they can compete against well-funded and well-heeled competitors by disrupting the established paradigm where they challenge the status-quo. The death of the traditional newspaper by online publications is an example of this. Likely the best example of a disruptive business model is the Uber app that decimated the taxi industry. Another example is Amazon’s encroachment into the retail industry.
Taking a page from their examples of disruptive business models challenging the status quo and our experiences over the last two decades we will be making a significant announcement as to the future of this publication and our sister outlets in the next few days. To state that we are excited is an understatement.
We will be disruptive of the model of keeping you – the reader – in the dark about public policy issues that affects your wallet. We will do so by continuing to bring you well-sourced articles transparently and openly irrespective of the individuals that do not want to be exposed.
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Starting next week you will see how we plan to become disruptive and take the lead in not only informing you but also in becoming actively engaged in the process of who makes the decisions in El Paso that makes the city the highest property taxed city in the state. In addition to our fully-sourced informative reporting, we will now do our part in helping empower the disfranchised in the community.
Stay tuned to our upcoming announcement next week and to see the changes firsthand.
In the meantime, if you want to know before anyone else, please sign up to our newsletter at El Paso Digest. An empowered voter guarantees equity in the community.
It would mean more if you lived here, Martin 🙂
Jerry, unfortunately when you challenge an entrenched status quo, first they try to buy your silence, then they attack your credibility, then they go after your livelihood. Essentially you have the choice between silence or leaving town. That is the reality of a corrupt town, unfortunately. However, stay tuned, I may surprise you with my upcoming announcement. Martin
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