This week saw two new challengers enter District 7 race. Chris Dobson and Dan Wojcik entered before this past Friday’s filing deadline.
Dobson has run several times in the past, as recent as last year. He is a substitute teacher.
Wojcik has not run before. He is a police sergeant in Dallas about to retire.
Early voting for the primaries ends Friday, February 26
Four members of the Arlington City Council are up for reelection this coming May. They are city-wide, at-large members Jimmy Bennett and Robert Shepard, and single member district representatives Charlie Parker (north Arlington) and Sheri Capehart (southwest Arlington).
In the fall of 2014, RINOs Bennett and Parker both campaigned and signed their names in full support of the Democratic challenger to conservative State Representative (District 94), Tony Tinderholt.
All four of these council members greatly prefer the special interest buddy over the citizens in their votes. The Lamar Blvd road diet is just one example.
From The Arlington Spectator, Volume 9, Number 8, Monday, February 22, 2016
Richard Weber, Publisher of the Arlington Spectator
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From the Locker Room
The city council will meet for its regular meetings on this Tuesday, February 23. Committee meetings start at10:45am. The afternoon session starts at 1:30pm in executive session. The open session will start the later of 3:00pm or whenever they decide to let the public listen. The evening meeting starts at 6:30pm.
The first committee meeting is actually a board meeting of the Arlington Housing Finance Corporation. It starts at at 10:45am, and is expected to last only 15 minutes.
The second committee starts at 11: 15am, and is expected to last for 45 minutes. They will discussion the right of way management ordinance and strategies to improve single-family and commercial properties. Their last discussion was mostly about donation boxes
The last committee meeting will discuss the HUD Plan Year 2016 Action Plan. According to the HUD website, they will see a slight increase over last year (just over $4 million).
This week’s afternoon session starts in executive session at 1:30pm. The executive session agenda hss six items, including yet more business proposals…
The open session that starts at the later of 3:00pm or whenever they decide that the public is welcome to listen. The agenda includes NO work session items and five informal staff reports.
The Arlington Police Department’s Racial Profiling Report ( http://www.arlington-tx.gov/citycouncil/wp-content/uploads/sites/18/2014/06/Afternoon-02-23-16_.pdf , page 3) will probably take a lot/most of time.
The last informal staff report is two pages in regards to animal on animal attacks. The city’s ordinance mirrors state law, but staff is willing to send the issue on to the animal advisory board of potential future action. ( http://www.arlington-tx.gov/citycouncil/wp-content/uploads/sites/18/2014/06/Afternoon-02-23-16_.pdf , page 99)
There is the Capital Improvements Program Advisory Committee Semi-Annual Report ( http://www.arlington-tx.gov/citycouncil/wp-content/uploads/sites/18/2014/06/Afternoon-02-23-16_.pdf , page 83), the Champion of Great
Neighborhoods Update ( http://www.arlington-tx.gov/citycouncil/wp-content/uploads/sites/18/2014/06/Afternoon-02-23-16_.pdf , page 90), and the six months anticipated bids report ( http://www.arlington-tx.gov/citycouncil/wp-content/uploads/sites/18/2014/06/Afternoon-02-23-16_.pdf , page 95).
The 6:30pm evening meeting has an agenda that includes the approval of two sets of minutes, 17 consent agenda items, two public hearings, two ordinances, and two resolutions.
One consent agenda item is for a fire ladder truck for $931,784.
One consent agenda resolution is to get funding from the state for the hosting of WrestleMania 32. Another is to agree to the electricity contract discussed at the last meeting.
Yet, another agrees to an amendment to the HUD Title 3 Neighborhood Stabilization Program Plan (the summary of the 30-day written comments–no comments received). The program takes credit for the building of two homes, one on Browning and one on Selfridge.
Another resolution (not to the public hearings, yet is for the approval of planning area 2 of Viridian Village. The owner is now Johnson Development Corporation (no more Robert Kembel?) and the Engineer is the mayor’s Graham Associates.
The first public hearing is the continued one from the last meeting for zoning at 7415 S Cooper. P&Z only approved the case 5-3, not showing a solid support, suggesting some of the council members may oppose.
The second public hearing is for the establishment of another TIRZ to establish another corporate welfare/tax abatement at 2909 E Arkansas Lane. They wish for a mixed-use development to be established on the almost threeacres of land. The actual deal will be voted on at a future meeting. No details of the deal were supplied.
The first ordinance is for the no-free-speech-area around the stadium for WrestleMania 32.
The final ordinance is for the funding of an Arlington Building Rehabilitation Fund. Each citizen found liable for applicable code violations will now face a fee $25 higher to be added to this fund. The crooks on the council want to dig deeper and deeper into your pockets. There is no satisfying their thirst…
The resolutions are the approval and several factors concerning the capital improvements budget.
The next AISD board meeting will be Thursday, March 3.
In The News
City May 7 Elections
There are only two contested races.
District 7 (city-wide, at large) has Victoria Myers, Chris Dobson, and Dan Wojcik battling for the seat Bennet is leaving.
District 1 (north Arlington) has the incumbent Charlie Parker and challenger Kelly Canon.
District 2 (southwest Arlington) and District 6 (city-wide, at large) has only the incumbents, Sheri Capehart and Robert Shepard on the ballot.
AISD May 7 Elections
The AISD Place 4 race has the incumbent John Hibbs vs. challenger Luis Castillo.
Jamie Sullins, the incumbent in Place 5 is unopposed.
Republican Primary Races
The Arlington Spectator endorses TONY TINDERHOLT in the Texas State District 94 Representative race.
The Arlington Spectator endorses BILL ZEDLER in the Texas State District 96 Representative race.
AARG Meeting – Polly Walton
AISD Board of Trustee member, Polly Walton is to be the guest speaker at the next Arlington Alliance for Responsible Government meeting. The meeting is Wednesday, February 24, 6:30pm at Cokers Bar-B-Q, 2616 W Pioneer Pkwy.
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