We strongly endorse Kelly Canon for City Council District 1. Ms. Canon is the only conservative candidate that will act for the citizens.
Local May 7 Elections:
Four seats of the Arlington City Council are up for election this coming May. However, only two are contested. They are city-wide, at-large District 7 and single member district of north Arlington, District 1.
Chris “Dobi” Dobson
Only one of the two AISD board positions is contested. That is Place 4.
Followed by the May 24, Primary Runoff
From The Arlington Spectator, Volume 9, Number 18, Monday, May 2, 2016
Richard Weber, Publisher of the Arlington Spectator
Monday, May 2, Early Voting for Municipal and School Board Positions Continue.
Tuesday, May 3, Early Voting for Municipal and School Board Positions End.
Thursday, May 5, AISD School Board meeting, AISD Administration Building, 1203 W Pioneer Pkwy, 7:00pm.
Saturday, May 7, Election Day for Municipal and School Board Positions.
Sunday, May 8, Mother’s Day.
Tuesday, May 10, City Council meetings, Arlington City Hall, 101 W Abram St, TBA.
Monday, May 16, Early Voting for Primary Runoff Positions Begin.
Thursday, May 19, AISD School Board meeting, AISD Administration Building, 1203 W Pioneer Pkwy, 7:00pm.
Friday, May 20, Early Voting for Primary Runoff Positions End.
Tuesday, May 24, Election Day for Municipal and School Board Positions.
Tuesday, May 24, ???City Council meetings, Arlington City Hall, 101 W Abram St, TBA.
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From the Locker Room
The city council met this past Tuesday, April 26.
Staff informed the first committee about a possible erosion program, eyeing the storm drainage funds. Council will need to set priorities regarding erosion vs. flooding spending. Future discussions to come.
The open portion of the afternoon session started late again. In fact, the whole meeting ran so long, they delayed the start of the evening meeting to 6:45pm.
NTTA did a presentation selling themselves as the good guys. Staff did a presentation on gas drilling. The council wanted one of their committees to study any changes that might be necessary.
The first informal staff report was reporting on generating more parks revenue by renting the fields at Randol Mill Park for tournaments.
The second informal staff report was on MAX ridership numbers. City Council members had no comments or questions. Staff stated, “ridership was holding steady,” which was a total contradiction to the .chart in the staff report which had a red line slanted upward suggesting increasing ridership.
So which is it, holding steady or rising??? Neither.
When you look at the last 12 months of data comparing to the same month of the prior 12 months RIDERSHIP IS DOWN. Eight months were down, three months were up, and one month was the same.
As citizens, YOU should be very concerned why staff is allowed to lie and why you city council allows them to get away with it.
I e-mailed my council woman, but once again I am left with the impression that answering simple questions greatly exceeds her capabilities.
The staff report on food trucks led to the decision to send the item to a committee.
The “using technology” informal staff report, staff did a presentation by a “for profit” organization regarding “smart cities.” The presentation had the same type of feel as Agenda-21 presentations I’ve seen. I am not sure of this purpose of the presentation, as staff did not state a price or a desire to join the organization (unless maybe they already have joined?).
The evening meeting started at 6:45pm. All of the council members were present.
The executive session item (wireless service tower), minutes, and consent agenda were all approved, 9-0. There were four non-speakers in support of neighborhood matching grants award (I’m guessing likely recipients in some form).
The first public hearing was continued again.
Rather than allowing the owner to set the zoning for office so he can sell it as such, the council wants a planned development zoning so once again they can control someone to get something approved.
The second public hearing was approved 9-0 to zone Bell and South Cooper limited office. The third public hearing to housing near Fielder and Green Oaks, across from the sewage treatment plant was approved, 8-1. Parker opposed.
There was one citizen speaker hoping for a greenbelt to get to Fort Worth.
The next AISD board meeting will be Thursday, May 5.
In The News
Arlington Spectator Recommendations
Early voting continues for city council and school board elections. Early voting ends Tuesday, May 3. Election Day is Saturday, May 7.
The Arlington Spectator strongly endorses challenger Kelly Canon for District 1. Ms. Canon is the only strong conservative running for council and easily the best candidate in this race.
In the District 7 race, we recommend Chris Dobson. He would better represent the typical resident vs. the high-roller special interests.
In the AISD Place 4 race we lean towards Luis Castillo. We believe that Mr. Castillo gives an added prospective into the board’s decisions.
City May 7 Elections
There are two contested races in the upcoming May City Elections. District 7 is an at large seat, city-wide and will NOT have an incumbent. The candidates are Victoria Farrar-Myers and Chris “Dobi” Dobson.
The other contest race is in North Arlington where incumbent Charlie Parker is being challenged by Kelly Canon.
The two uncontested races have the returning incumbents, District 2 (Sheri Capehart) and District 6 (Robert Shepard).
AISD May 7 Elections
The one position contested on the AISD Board is Place 4. The incumbent John Hibbs is being challenged by Luis Castillo.
Jamie Sullins, the incumbent in Place 5 is unopposed.
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 a citizen who believes taxpayers should have a voice in government and his selfless effort is one of the things that inspired us to begin publishing Opinion Arlington.
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