Mitchell Ferman

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Mitchell Ferman covers the city of McAllen and cross-border trade and politics for The Monitor. He can be reached at mferman@themonitor.com or (956) 683-4474.

Drainage work prompts road closure in McAllen

McAllen city officials have sought to use citizen surveys as a guide to conducting city business. Atop the concerns for McAllen residents in the 2015 and 2019 surveys: drainage and traffic. McAllen voters stuck to their word in 2018, when they voted in favor of a two-proposition bond election, with $22 million toward drainage projects and $3 million for traffic improvements. But those projects have a cost beyond the money. From Monday to Sunday, Harvey Avenue between 23rd Street and Bicentennial Boulevard will be completely closed. The city has encouraged motorists to visit the website https://mcallen.net/bondupdates for the latest drainage project updates. Construction crews will be installing new storm sewer infrastructure as part of the drainage improvement project in the Westway Heights neighborhood, just north of McAllen High School and south of Nolana Avenue. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Binational meeting highlights ideas, issues on border

Traffic has been backing up at the international bridges on the border for months; border towns and non-governmental agencies have racked up immigration costs for years, with hardly any reimbursement from the federal governments; and thousands of migrants seeking asylum in the United States have recently been sent back to Mexico. These are but three of the major issues discussed Friday by dozens of officials from Mexico and Texas inside a McAllen hotel ballroom where those in attendance hoped to join in a united voice to better display the issues in the border region for the leaders in Mexico City and Washington, D.C. “Coming together and having conversation is important,” said Steve Ahlenius, McAllen Chamber of Commerce president, kicking off the two-hour session at the Double Tree Hotel in McAllen, with chambers of commerce leaders from the Mexican states of Nuevo Leon, Coahuila, Chihuahua and San Luis Potosi, the Tamaulipas Secretary of Tourism, Mexico’s National President of the Federation for Chambers of Commerce, and mayors from Tamaulipas and South Texas. Visit themonitor.com for the full story.

McAllen officials question their Austin consultant

After the 86th State Legislature came and went earlier this year, McAllen did not see the return it would have preferred from its Austin lobbying consultant. This summer, representatives from the firm, which the city is paying $6,500 per month, presented a summary of the legislative session to city commissioners.

McAllen grants permit to migrant facility; likely leading to new building ownership

McALLEN — City commissioners on Monday approved a permit for Sister Norma Pimentel, on behalf of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, to...

Nancy Pelosi, members of Congress visit McAllen, listen to migrants’ stories

McALLEN — The day after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was greeted to a late-night arrival at her hotel by a handful of people holding...

Commissioner Zamora holds town hall; carrying on a new trend in McAllen

McALLEN — Past the pan dulce and the coffee, City Commissioner Joaquin “J.J.” Zamora spoke over the humming ceiling fans and began the second town...

As mass shooting anxiety mounts, McAllen braces for busy sales tax weekend

McALLEN — Shoppers are expected to flock to La Plaza Mall for the annual sales tax holiday this weekend, and most stores are hoping...

Speaker Pelosi to visit McAllen this weekend

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is scheduled to bring a bipartisan Congressional delegation to McAllen this weekend following the group’s trip to three Central...

McAllen begins $388M budget process

McALLEN — City commissioners here have kicked off what is expected to be several weeks of deliberations over how to allocate the city’s $388...

McAllen, others can begin applying for reimbursement

McALLEN — Applications have become available for governments and nonprofit organizations to apply for federal reimbursements for specific migrant care costs that those entities...