Friday, October 21, 2016
If you want to know just how bad YOU are getting screwed, Arlington, read the report on Reason.com with many links to the WFAA.com story. These 100 year ballparks are almost as common as the 100 year floods around here.
Just 22 years ago, Major League Baseball (MLB)'s Texas Rangers opened what was then called The Ballpark in Arlington. Now known as Globe Life Park, the "monument to baseball"—as then-Rangers owner George W. Bush called it—was touted during its opening season as a jewel of a retro stadium that could become one of baseball's eternal parks, like Chicago's Wrigley Field or Boston's Fenway Park, and last 100 years.
Texas Rangers' Proposed Stadium Deal Is Yet Another Loser For Taxpayers
Posted by The Star-Telegraph at Friday, October 21, 2016
Thursday, October 20, 2016
You know the answer, the local media. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram had a reporter front and center for the meeting Monday. (So did the Fort Worth Weekly and CBS 11. Channel 8 showed up for some footage.) Sounds like the follow up article left a lot to be desired. We know that's shocking to all. Below is the meeting presenter's (Aaron Harris) response to the reporter and a link to the story.
Anna - I general find your reporting to be fair but there is so much in this piece which is simply not true, I'm very disappointed. A simple phone call could have cleared these facts up. I made it clear last week that after Monday night's presentation I'd be willing to talk more.
Let us address several of the statements in this article which are false or bizarre: "the ongoing investigation, and Harris’s separate complaints" - separate? Who separated them? If not my complaints, then what triggered the investigation? what is your source for that statement?
Next - I love how you use presidential election stats...completely irrelevant. These activities are in primaries and municipal races, I've made that clear. Is this an intentional deflection?
Next: "an issue with mail-in ballots from the primary election earlier this year." -- what is their source on this? What direct knowledge does your source have of the investigation. This statement is factually incorrect. Utter nonsense. Accuracy matters right?
Next: "At issue is how often people may assist others" - again a complete falsehood. That IS NOT the issue here. I would like to know your source on this. This is a direct deflection created by Frank Philips, Tarrant County Elections administrator and Glen Whitley. Utter nonsense once again. What knowledge does your "source" have of the investigation? What has been their role in it? Please do explain what authority they speak from.
The rest of the article is largely based upon these mythical assumptions. Very poor reporting, very disappointed once again in the FWST. These types of things must be intentional because I simple phone call would have corrected them, yet no such call was ever made.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Now everybody knows.
Evidence Corrupt Tarrant County Political Machine Steals Elections.
Monday, October 17, 2016
We noticed this picture being shared across Facebook, and we were touched that neighborhoods are taking a stand against the ballpark deal. Here's the incredible backstory:
According to one of our volunteers, that painted fence is in a neighborhood on the south side of town. There are several neighbors with signs, but they don't have enough! Neighbors started sharing their signs....and then this appeared on one neighbor's fence after his yard sign disappeared.
Don't worry, friends! We're expecting more signs in the next few days. We'll pay a special visit to this neighborhood!
Posted by The Star-Telegraph at Monday, October 17, 2016
Friday, October 14, 2016
If the council decides to have developers pay the full amount, that would be 660 percent increase over what they pay now.
WHY, you ask?
The amount developers pay is 50 percent of what the full cost was determined to be at that time, or $1,842. But that cost didn’t include money that the Trinity River Water District and the Trinity River Authority charge Fort Worth for its portion of some projects, including the $2.3 billion Integrated Pipeline Project, which will bring water to the city from East Texas to ensure future supply.
The figure also doesn’t include interest on debt on Fort Worth’s portion of those projects. Under state law, both of those costs are allowed to be included in calculating the impact fee. Water Director John Carman wants those costs, reaching into the millions of dollars, figured in this time around.
We'd go on but we've been doing that for years and you weren't listening.
You can read the rest for yourself in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, then show up and ask YOUR council how that happened. We are sure they'd love to hear from you.
Developers could pay 660 percent more if Fort Worth raises water impact fees
Posted by The Star-Telegraph at Friday, October 14, 2016
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram (and their food critic) took a break from their full on propaganda spewing about how the Trinity River Central City Uptown Riverside Panther Island something or other Vision was the best thing since sliced bread to spew that Cabela's coming to town was the best thing since sliced bread?
That is if being the top tourist attraction in Texas is the best thing since sliced bread.
Apparently the Star-Telegram has institutional amnesia.
We saw no mention of the Star-Telegram claims that Cabela's would become the "Number 1 tourist attraction in Texas".
How much were the abatements again that Fort Worth gave Cabela's to come to town?
Who all rode in that helicopter ride to look at the patch of dirt which was to become #1?
Was it a lawsuit or an ethics complaint made by citizens concerning the sucking of more tax dollars for another sham? You'll have to remind us, as we couldn't find that info in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram either.
As usual, Durango does better reporting in a blog post titled Did Fort Worth Ever Get Payback For Being A Sucker For Cabela's Con Job? Someone hire this guy would ya? He doesn't eat much.
Bass Pro to buy rival Cabela’s in $5.5 billion deal
Sunday, October 2, 2016
How about it Star-Telegram?
Do you have any actual journalists still in your employ who might look into what's up with The Boondoggle's bridges?
Captain Andy Reports Fort Worth Boondoggle's Bridge Construction Still A Ghost Town
Posted by The Star-Telegraph at Sunday, October 02, 2016
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Nowhere in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram article (probably the bill itself either) did we see that part of the reason Kay Granger wants to keep Trinity River Vision funding in the bill is to keep her son employed.
And isn't the Trinity River Vision, formerly known as Trinity Uptown, Central City, blah, blah, now called the Panther Island District?
With an East Island, West Island and a Houseboat District?
Let's see, TRV Boondoggle vs. Flint, Michigan water crisis. These shouldn't even be in the same ballpark, let alone the same bill. We're curious as to how our frequent Washington blog visitor sleeps at night.
Flood control my Fat Aunt Fanny.
And a special welcome, Rep Veasey. We look forward to your next election!
Democrats threatened to hold up the spending bill if funding to resolve the Flint, Mich., drinking water crisis wasn’t somehow provided. Republicans agreed to let Flint funding be considered in the water bill.
The local funding appeared at risk earlier in the week because Rep. Pete DeFazio, D-Ore., was upset that a provision impacting a harbor maintenance trust fund was removed. So he asked for an amendment to cut the Army Corps of Engineers funding for the TRV because the project included recreation facilities.
This $526 million of federal funds is a key part of fully funding and completing the project. Critics maintain this project is not about flood control, but about economic development.
Fort Worth lawmakers working to protect Trinity River Vision funding