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Now on to the news.
2022 was about elections and politics for the El Paso region. These are the top news items for 2022.
The El Paso Children’s Hospital started the year and remained in the news throughout most of the year. On August 10, 2020, the Saucedo family filed a malpractice lawsuit against the El Paso Children’s Hospital alleging the hospital failed to provide proper care in the death of their daughter.
Among the evidence filed by the family included an affidavit by an El Paso Children’s Hospital doctor alleging that the doctor who cared for the little girl was a “real danger to his patients.” The doctor remains at the children’s hospital today.Lawsuit affidavit
In January, lawyers for El Paso Children’s Hospital successfully argued for the removal of the affidavit, in effect hiding it from public view. The hospital’s lawyers argued that the document should not be seen because it contains “peer review committee” information. According to the children’s hospital, peer review committee details should not be released to the public. The judge agreed in an order on January 19. Because El Paso News published the affidavit before it was taken off the public record, it is still available to read in our publication. View the affidavit here.
In March we had the first of two elections.
By late February, the first of the two contentious political races for 2022 was held. Both contentious races involved Art Fierro and two Claudia’s. The first was Claudia Ordaz Perez and the second was Claudia Rodriguez.
In the March primary, the Fierro-Ordaz Perez race for the Texas House 79 seat became controversial when Ordaz-Perez changed her address to run against Fierro. In response, Fierro filed a lawsuit against Claudia Ordaz Perez to have her removed from the ballot. Fierro lost the lawsuit and Ordaz Perez went on to win the House seat in March with 65% of the vote.
In May, the city manager’s pay became controversial at city council. The mayor, Oscar Leeser vetoed a contract extension and pay raise for the city manager, Tommy Gonzalez. City council failed to override the mayor’s veto but agreed to extend the city manager’s contract by five years and allow for pay increases.
In June, El Paso News broke the news that the University Medical Center of El Paso (UMC) planned to issue $400 million on non-voter approved debt known as certificates of obligations.
By July, Art Fierro was in the news again, this time running against Claudia Rodriguez for Rodriguez’ El Paso city council district 6 seat. However, the county hospital’s request for $400 million in non-voter approved debt dominated the news cycle for July with two civic groups organizing to oppose the proposed debt.
On September 9, El Paso News again broke news by reporting that the Libre Initiative, led locally by Karla Sierra, successfully stopped the county hospital from issuing $345 million in certificates of obligation by submitting 35,000 signatures to the county commissioners.
In yet another breaking news item, we reported that a complaint was filed with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in September alleging that the non-profit El Paso Matters had improperly engaged in political activity that nonprofits are prohibited from engaging in. The complaint was filed as part of an ongoing controversy involving allegations of misconduct by district attorney Yvonne Rosales. A petition to remove Rosales from office for incompetency was filed by Omar Carmona on August 24.
While the Rosales controversy continued to erupt on the news, another election was held to fill four city council seats. By the time the election ended in December, Brian Kennedy had been elected for the district 1 seat, Art Fierro for the district 6 seat and Chris Canales for the district 8 seat. Isabel Salcido kept her seat.
However, the year ended with the biggest story of the year, the resignation of Yvonne Rosales on December 15.
And that is our news headlines for 2022.
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Regarding the decision to remove Dr. Mayes’ affidavit from the public record, I can only conclude that the judge involved was a chump who didn’t understand either the peer review process or what is or isn’t privileged. Much of what was in Dr. Mayes affidavit described hallway conversations, not what was discussed in committee. Those discussions are not protected and should not have been removed. It is actually pretty surprising that 1. the hospital hasn’t settled what appears to be a pretty open and shut case, 2. Cindy Stout remains CEO after making a foolish decision to let Dr. Canales practice critical care at EPCH, and 3. the Board of Directors has escaped any kind of accountability for this stupid decision that they were no doubt aware of.
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