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Arlington Spectator: Mayor Plans to Run Again but May have a Challenger

2014-10-03-1

Arlington Transportation Priorities

http://www.opinionarlington.com/?p=6413

At the last council meeting Council Member Parker asked what was the breakeven point. Staff danced and could not directly answer the question because mathematically, THERE IS NO BREAKEVEN POINT. MAX is a failure.

Officials hope by telling everyone it is wonderful, many times, maybe you will eventually believe them. First year numbers: DART is subsidized over $10 per one-way trip, over $21 per round trip.

 

From The Arlington Spectator, Volume 7, number 39, Monday, September 29, 2014

Richard Weber, Publisher of the Arlington Spectator

Calendar

  • Thursday, October 2, AISD School Board Meeting, AISD Administration Building, 1203 W. Pioneer Pkwy, 7:00pm.
  • Thursday & Friday, October 2 & 3, AISD stakeholders planning meetings, time TBD.
  • Monday, October 6, Arlington Town Hall Meeting, Arlington City Hall, 101 W. Abram St., 6:00pm.
  • Monday, October 6, executive session AISD School Board mtg-evaluate superintendent. Public not invited.
  • Tuesday, October 14, Arlington City Council meetings, Arlington City Hall, 101 W. Abram, various times.
  • Thursday, October 16, AISD School Board Meeting, AISD Administration Building, 1203 W. Pioneer Pkwy, 7:00pm.
  • Monday, October 20, early voting begins (ends October 31, election day November 4)

 

Arlington is a city where citizens are relegated to being spectators rather than players. The SPECTATOR helps citizens know what is happening on the field. Only the few on the in-house team are allowed to play ball in Arlington. The SPECTATOR helps citizens understand the game.

City Council Updates and Actions

There was no city council meetings this week. The next city council meeting is Tuesday, October 14.

 

Downtown Arlington Management Corporation

There was a Downtown Arlington Management Corporation (DAMC) this past Wednesday. Lana Wolff was there for the meeting. The mayor did show up late and also left early. It was stated that DAMC gets $50,000 per year from the city (hotel occupancy tax) for the greatly subsidized arts. Also stated was this was the last year for the BID (Business Improvement District) and you know they will try to have a vote to renew it (currently an additional 15cents to the tax rate).

They have also adjusted their budget compared to last year. They will have one less staff member to pay, trying to fill the void with UTA interns. (I guess they are trying to look more efficient.) Please note they still grossly overpay Tony Rutigliano.

They also voted to adjust their charter in the area of board member rules. One of the new board members is to be AISD’s Bowie Hogg. Note that board membership is voted upon by the board, and has nothing to do with the citizens paying the extra BID fees having a say.

 

Town Hall Meeting

There will be a red-light camera town hall meeting Monday, October 6, 6:00pm, Arlington City Hall, 101 W Abram. Do city officials really want you to know? I could find absolutely nothing on the city website.

 

2015 Mayor’s Race

This week the Arlington Voice received notice of a Monday event where it was speculated that Jeff Williams might be announcing his run for mayor in 2015. ( http://www.arlingtonvoice.com/story/politics/09/24/2014/civilengineer-about-announce-mayoral-campaign ) As a result, the mayor announced that he would be running for reelection.

 

AISD Update

The next AISD school board meeting is this Thursday, October 2.

 

UTA Blvd Bike Lanes

UTA’s newspaper, The Shorthorn, ran a short article and poll on those bike lanes. It appears UTA students are not real thrilled about them either. They even ran an editorial opposing them and requesting the road be returned to its original format. ( http://www.theshorthorn.com/opinion/editorial-city-should-rethinkbike-lanes/article_dca713c2-3e2c-11e4-babd-001a4bcf6878.html ) The mayor in the wrong again, as usual, refuses to respond to e-mail questions on the subject.

 

Cowboys Update

The Cowboys won, 38-17, topping the New Orleans Saints in Arlington. The 3-1 Cowboys are tied for first place in the division.

Next week the Cowboys play the 3-1 Houston Texans in a noon game in Arlington.

 

Rangers Update

The Rangers long season has come to an end.

 

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