Foster also said he has been involved in remodeling Downtown buildings and has worked with the City on San Jacinto remodeling and other projects. He added that true Downtown revitalization started when the El Paso Art Museum was built and with the restoration of the Plaza Theatre and that neither was approved by voters.
Not everyone attending the City Hall meeting was for the stadium. Stephanie Townsend Allala, a local attorney and member of Quality of Life Voters for Democracy, questioned the City's authority to make the decision to build a ballpark without a funding source before Nov. 6.
She then asked if MountainStar Sports Group's decision to donate all of its profits from the Triple-A team to local charities was in the contract with the City and how people would know the money was really being given to charity.
"Are they going to open up their financial records for us to review publicly?" Allala asked City Council.
Foster was then given the opportunity to answer Allala's questions.
"As we've stated before we did make a decision for at least 10 years, which doesn't mean it ends at the end of 10 years, it's just the amount of time Woody (Hunt) and I felt going out on a commitment like this," Foster said. "But we will commit 100 percent of the profits of this enterprise to charitable causes in the El Paso area."
While members of the audience applauded, Allala asked Foster "how will we know?"
"My answer to how you'll know is simply to look at our track record," Foster said as Allala appeared to smirk at him. "As Woody and I were talking about (this) he said 'you know, if we were trying to put more money on the bottom line, wouldn't we just quit giving money away?'"
That got a laugh from some in the crowd and even Allala, who was standing next to Foster.
"No, we will not put it in the contract because we are not interested in being audited by naysayers out there and you can take our word for it," Foster said before being interrupted by Allala, who asked Foster not to call her names.
Foster finished by saying "if you don't believe us then don't take it into account.
There were a couple of moments of levity from speakers, including when KISS-FM morning show co-host Tricia Martinez said, "People say El Pasoans won't support a losing team but how many El Pasoans own a Dallas Cowboy jersey?"
Earlier in the meeting, before the ballpark discussion was taken up, members of the public cheered when one of the speakers called for City Manager Joyce Wilson's job.
Shortly thereafter, cheers rose again when a member of the public came to the defense of Niland. Former Mayor Ray Salazar is attempting to recall Niland for her part in supporting the Downtown ballpark.
"This is about our right to vote, stupid," said one member angrily.
While the mayor has the power to veto a vote by City Council, if he did so, it would have to come back to a vote by City Council at a later date. If this occurs, six city representatives will have to vote against the mayor to ensure a ballpark is built in Downtown El Paso.
On Monday, Wilson tried to get ahead of questions about the ballpark by holding a news conference. In that conference a lengthy discussion, Wilson and staffers talked about funding.
According to the city's chief financial officer if the Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT tax) passes in November the ballpark would be paid off within the 25 years if their predictions hold true.
According to the documentation the City's total debt would be around $96 million, but in a 25 year span using HOT tax money, ticket surcharge money, rent from the ballpark and parking fees the city could see a return of $121 million.
Without the HOT tax, however, the City would be on the hook for around $79 million that would have to come out of the general fund.