$10-Million Lawsuit Against City Moving Forward

$10-Million Lawsuit Against City Moving Forward

POSTED: Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 5:14pm

UPDATED: Sunday, August 28, 2011 - 6:06am

EL PASO - $10-million. That's how much of your money is at stake in a lawsuit against the City of El Paso. We first told you about the story a year ago, and now there's a major development in the case.

The 10 families suing the city say they won the right to present their case in front of a jury.

As we reported, they're suing the city because a water retention pond broke at the Clint Landfill and caused a landslide during the 2006 floods. The families say the City of El Paso managed the landfill at the time.

The landslide caused devastating problems for all the families, including local pecan farmer Guadalupe Ramirez.

"There's no giving up on this farm for me. I retired and sunk everything I had into this farm," Ramirez said.

The landslide sent tons of dirt onto his pecan farm, and the dirt fully covered the trunks of the pecan trees. Today, more than five years later, Ramirez is still trying to cleanup. He wanted to pay a professional dirt-removing company to do the work, but it would have cost $1.2-million.

"We spent a lot of money buying tractors and getting people to hall dirt out and trying to get this back up to speed, but we're not even close yet. We're not even close," Ramirez said.

After the landslide, Ramirez and the other families tried to get the city to send man power to help them cleanup.

"Initially we just wanted them to help us out, but they've ignored everything and didn't want to help us out with nothing," Ramirez said.

That's why they're suing the city in a case that an El Paso jury will soon hear .

"The business has not made any money. We haven't made any money. We've been making ends meet with me, my son and my wife working, doing other things to bring income," Ramirez said.

Not only is it hard to make money when you're spending it to cleanup, it's so dry the ground is cracking. The farm hasn't seen any good rain, and irrigation ditches are dry because Ramirez says the water district told him there's no more water for farming. Ramirez says the trees aren't getting enough nutrients, and leaves that are supposed to be dark green are more yellow. Some trees are also dying, and under-developed pecans are falling to the ground.

Ramirez says he's now praying for rain, and for an El Paso jury to understand his case.

"We'll keep fighting to the end. We'll never give up," Ramirez said.

Normally the city won't discuss pending litigation, but we asked for comment anyway. So far, we've heard nothing back.

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I hope that doctors and scientists cure the mentally/sexually challenged gays, they simply weren't born normal. I wish them well. The mayor and his "Legal Staff" need to be removed because, lately, they have made terrible legal decisions.

Nadodave dont judge because you'll have children someday or if you have children they could be gay then what??

Mayor Crook wasn't Mayor in 2006. But the City could show good faith now and send some manpower and equipment to help him dig out. Might save a very expensive lawsuit.
On the gays issue: Mayor Cook should never have reversed the voters' majority. Instead, he could send another ordnance to the polls for another vote, worded to prevent the loss of benefits to those groups that were wrongly affected last time. In a democracy, leaders should NEVER ignore the voters.

Who was the Mayor during this time? Let's see. Fund healthcare for gays? Yes. Fund help for taxpayers in dire need? No. Now you know where this Mayor Crook stands.

ignorant people think they know it alll.....your gonna be cursed with a gay son or daughter, and that is gonna make you shut your mouth ignorant nadodave

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