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Arlington Spectator: For Mayor, Voters Must Choose Between Two Heavily Financed Establishment Tools

Common Core in Arlington Schools?

An Arlington Voice exclusive has found common core materials in use at the AISD.

 

From The Arlington Spectator, Volume 7, number 40, Monday, October 6, 2014

Richard Weber, Publisher of the Arlington Spectator

Calendar

  • 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) Wednesday, October 22, Arlington Alliance for Responsible Government meeting. Cokers Barbecue, 2612 W Pioneer Pkwy, 6:30pm.

 

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.

 

2015 Mayor’s Race

This past Monday, Jeff Williams did officially enter the mayor’s race, claiming to be a friend of Mayor Cluck. [Please see the From the Press Box section in this newsletter for an opinion on this race.]

 

AISD Update

The next AISD school board meeting is today Monday, October 6. However, do not rush to get there, as it will be in executive session to evaluate the superintendent. Will the recent exposure of common core educational materials being used make a difference? Highly unlikely.

 

In The News

UTA Blvd Bike Lanes

Out of six council members that greatly favored the bike lanes in 2011 (Cluck, Capehart, Wilemon, Wolff, Shepard, and Bennett), only Wolff had the decency to reply to an e-mail on the UTA Blvd situation. I am left to assume the mayor and the other four evidently lack the mental capabilities to even respond to e-mail questions on the subject.

 

Cowboys Update

The Cowboys won, 20-17, in overtime, topping the Houston Texans in Arlington. The 4-1 Cowboys are tied for first place in the division with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Next week the Cowboys play the defending champion Seattle Seahawks in Seattle. It is scheduled to start at 3:25.

 

From the Press Box: The Race for Mayor

Jeff Williams has now officially entered the mayor’s race. Mayor Cluck has stated he will run for reelection.

Jeff Williams actively pushed the city’s 2008 bond election. He then took advantage of that by getting several contracts (seven digits worth).

His engineering firm got the Stadium Drive contract, then got paid for additional, unnecessary work until the council finally decided they would not do the project as originally planned as the cost was now projected to be some $15 million more than expected.

Mr. Williams loves to push his agenda with total disregard to what the facts actually are. At an April 16 meeting this spring while pushing the AISD bond, he stated that this bond ($663 million was not going to cost us [the tax payers] any more than the last bond, $197.5 million).

[Please note that the proposed tax rate increase for this upcoming year is already more of an increase than the tax rate increase of the prior bond, and it is still projected to go up more in future years.]

With all this dishonesty and lack of integrity between the two heavily financed establishment tools (Cluck and Williams), I certainly hope there will be at least one more entry into the mayor’s race. [and yes, I do believe there will be at least one more hat thrown in the ring

before it is all said and done.]

 

HELPFUL CONTACTS

The Spectator ArlSpectator@yahoo.com

www.ArlSpectator.mysite.com

The Arlington Voice (online newspaper covering Arlington) www.arlingtonvoice.com

Opinion Arlington (comment on issues of Arlington) www.opinionarlington.com

The Texas Bond Review Board http://www.brb.state.tx.us/lgs_search.aspx?action=city

City of Arlington website www.arlingtontx.gov

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Richard Weber, publisher of the Arlington Spectator, is that rare citizen who devotes time to civic duty and involvement. For doing so, he receives little thanks.  Most citizens have more important things on their minds—TV, football, enjoying their retirement, etc.  Not Richard.  You’ll find him at City Council afternoon and evening sessions, at school board meetings, publishing Arlington Spectator, and helming AARG (Arlington Alliance for Responsible Government). Richard is not welcome at Mayor Cluck’s City Hall, where every effort is made to muzzle Richard and any other citizen who believes taxpayers should have a voice in government. Richard’s selfless effort is one of the things that inspired us to begin publishing Opinion Arlington.

See below for email contact links to Mayor and Council.

Ready to put your two cents in? Comment online and/or….

email the entire City Council with one click!

Or to contact individual City Council members:

Mayor Robert Cluck
(robert.cluck@arlingtontx.gov)
817-459-6121
First Elected May 2003

District 1 (north Arlington) Charlie Parker
(charlie.parker@arlingtontx.gov)
817-459-6122
First Elected May 2012

District 2 (southwest Arlington)  Sheri Capehart
(sheri.capehart@arlingtontx.gov)
817-459-6122 or 817-483-4869
First Elected May 2004

District 3 (southeast Arlington) Robert Rivera
(robert.rivera@arlingtontx.gov)
817-459-6122 or 817-557-1542
First Elected May 2005

District 4 (west central Arlington) Kathryn Wilemon
(kathryn.wilemon@arlingtontx.gov)
817-459-6141 or 817-461-9615
First Elected May 2003

District 5 (central Arlington) Lana Wolff
(lana.wolff@arlingtontx.gov)

 

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