Monday, June 12, 2006

Prize Winner

Congratulations, Pharr taxpayers! Your $100,000 pays off, as Pharr earns the All-America City designation from the National Civic League.

That's right, the city spends more some $100,000 to send 81 Pharr bigwigs to Anaheim, Calif. -- a move the mayor said was unnecessary last week in The Monitor.
“I didn’t see why the city should spend money on five nights in hotel, plus flights and meals for me and my wife. I think all of us should be more concerned with how we spend our money. For $100,000, I could hire a couple extra police officers.”
Mayor Polo Palacios stays home (and he deserves a pat on the back for that), but everyone else takes off for California. And they win. Pharr is one of 10 cities picked from a list of 34 finalists. So congrats, Pharr.

And just what does that All-America designation bring to the city of Pharr? Well, there's no cash prize. No big-screen TV or any other merchandise. The National Civic League website says "NCL will provide publicity placements for finalists" -- but that's ultimately up to the media, not the NCL. So what do you get?

All-America City logos.
All-America Cities are authorized to use the AAC logo in promoting their communities. This highly visible "stamp of approval" is widely recognized as evidence of a community of caring and dedicated individuals.
That's right -- that 100 grand gives you the privilege of putting up a sign that says Pharr is an All-America City.

Who needs cops when you have that?

3 Comments:

Blogger Tino Gallegos said...

do you think that the city of Pharr will be interested in t-shirts, commemorating their selection as an All American City? How about a specially painted lowrider truck with the All-American city logo. I got this cousin...

1:27 PM  
Blogger pugsley dibrute said...

Yeras back, then "mayor" blanca vela spent over 100K for the same "designation", for Browntown,Taxes . Hell and all this time I thoght we lived in the US of A. Now we gotta spend that hard earned/easily spent taxpayers cash on a designation? Why? Who profits from this? Not the taxpayers! Just because "edinburg was first? Jeez!

8:59 AM  
Blogger Powerslave105 said...

Be proud. Edinburg has spent the dough for that sticker three times.

1:22 PM  

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