Saturday, January 20, 2018

Fort Worth Underwater Again

With Mary Kelleher keeping a watchful worried eye on Fort Worth: Part 2. DR Horton's Dirty Drainage Deed---

On December 19, 2017, I took this picture and sent it to the City of Fort Worth's Storm Water Management Division.....if you look at your water bill, we pay some pretty hefty fees for storm water drainage fees.

This is a photo of one of DR Horton's "retaining" walls located on the same property where DR Horton violated their Urban Forestry permit and destroyed over 100 mature, protected trees.  The "retaining" walls are supposedly designed to promote effective drainage of storm water.  I think the engineers may have underestimated the power of water. 

Despite the recently cleaned out drainage ditches on Randol Mill Road, the storm water drainage overflowed DR Horton's "detention" pond and covered Randol Mill Road which made it impossible for motorists to tell where the road ended and the drainage ditches began. Very dangerous and a huge liability for the City of Fort Worth. 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Dumb and Dumber

We’ll let you decide WHO is WHO.

From the People Who Brought Us Dallas' Fake Rapids, Collapsing Concrete Trails

At some point after Dallas recovers from the current crisis of life-threatening 40-degree temperatures and snow dustings, work should begin on removing the fake kayak rapids that the city built in the Trinity River near downtown in 2011 at a cost of $4 million. And our struggle to figure out exactly where we are on the planet shall continue.

Oh, sorry, no, I didn’t mean to say the removal will cost $4 million. That was the cost of building the fake kayak rapids in the first place in the middle of the Trinity River near downtown in 2011. This year’s removal, which will be only partial, will cost a mere $2 million.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Now you see it, Now you don't

Mary Kelleher has something to tell you about---

Fort Worth: DR Horton's dirty tree deed.

DR Horton is the greedy developer in this case.  Ironically,  DR Horton named this development Trinity Oaks, perhaps as a memorial to the over 100 trees DR Horton bulldozed violation of their Urban Forestry permit.   

DR Horton destroyed more trees than they were permitted and got busted when a concerned citizen called Urban Forestry and complained (and no, it wasn't me).  And in the typical Fort Worth Way fashion, the developer appeared before the Urban Design Commission in November 2017, after-the-fact, asking for a waiver of the requirement to preserve 25% of the existing canopy of trees they already destroyed.   

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

WHO in their right mind?

WHO would try and cheat during an election  when many cases of election fraud are being investigated in your county?  We can’t wait for a TRWD election.


Water Monopoly

About the TRWD Water Monopoly Mr. Durango had a few words---

Fort Worth's Perplexing High Water Bills & Possible Bypass Ditch Bond Vote

Regarding the TRWD's defense of its water billing problems there is this paragraph in the Star-Telegram article...

“We want to be fair about this,” said Fran Peterson, the Water Department’s customer relations manager. “You always want your customers to feel that we’re not a monopoly. We want to have a good, respectful relationship. This is a way to show we’re there for them. If there’s a problem, we need to identify the problem.”

The TRWD wants its customers to feel they are not a monopoly? But, the TRWD is a monopoly. And the TRWD acts like a monopoly with no competition. The TRWD imposes upon its customers things like the Trinity River Central City Uptown Panther Island District, also known as America's Biggest Boondoggle, without its customers allowed to vote on whether they want to support this pseudo public works project touted as a much needed economic development flood control scheme, where there has been no flood for well over half a century, due to levees already preventing such from happening.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Who did YOU vote for?

What did it cost YOU?

Mr. Durango asks questions about who you are paying how much to do what? And why?

Anonymously Wondering If J.D. Granger Is Paid Enough To Direct America's Biggest Boondoggle

The salaries of the public servants working for the public on the TRWD (Tarrant Region Water District) are surprising, at least to me. As in I am surprised at how many public servants are being served so well, salary wise, by the public employing them to run this public agency which delivers water to the Tarrant Region.

The top salary earner in the TRWD, Jim Oliver, earns $304,990.40 a year....

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

No More Tolls!

Save the Date
Our next meeting is Nov. 30 

If you're near San Antonio, be the first to get an up-to-the-minute report on Texas toll road developments, who needs to be held accountable at the ballot box, and how you can engage to hold their feet to the fire!

Next TTH Meeting
Thurs., Nov. 30
Chester's Hamburgers
16609 San Pedro
San Antonio, TX 78232
6:00 PM
(Order dinner on your own)
6:30 PM
(Meeting begins)

Spread the word and bring a friend!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Different verse, same as the first

Remember what these folks wanted to know about their 'leaders'...what they knew and when they knew it.

Now that the reservoirs have done what they were built to do, and houses built in those reservoirs have flooded, insurers and homeowners are reading through the fine print and trying to sort out who knew what and when they knew it. Some are suing the government for flooding their houses by letting the water back up.

That government action — or inaction, if you prefer — artificially increased the value of the land. The developers were able to price reservoir land like the high ground nearby.

Analysis: It was a "taking," but who got taken?

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Someone tell Dallas you're still downstream!

Durango concerns about what Fort Worth's favorite son is sending to Dallas.

J.D Granger Wears T-Shirt Anonymous Finds Incomprehensible

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Amazon HQ2 on a Fort Worth island?

Former Seattlite Durango's advice to Amazon about their possible decision to locate their 2nd corporate headquarters on Fort Worth's imaginary Panther Island.

Look At Fort Worth's Industrial Wasteland Boondoggle Location For Amazon HQ2.