Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Friday, February 10, 2017

WHO's their bitch?

You are.

You better hope like hell it never happens in your hood. Do they drill in the hoods where the RRC's and their donors live?

Notice a Dallas jury, the city who banned this crap, sided with the family. Then it was overturned and the attorneys have dropped their clients and moved on.

There's a special place in hell...

Read more in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Wise County family won’t appeal loss of $2.9 million judgment against driller

The Parrs presented medical evidence that the drilling activity caused nose bleeds, irregular heartbeat and muscle spams, among other things.

In 2014, a Dallas County jury found that Aruba did indeed create a nuisance that substantially interfered with the family’s use of the land and awarded them $2.4 million for mental anguish, $275,000 for lost property value and $250,000 for pain and suffering. The appeals court decision wipes out that judgment.

There was ample evidence that the family was having problems and it is all documented, Lisa Parr said. Since the case when to trial, Aruba has shut down the well site, so there isn’t any additional contamination. But she said her family will “never be the same.”

The family spent $350,000 for medical treatments and testing of their property, and also invested some of the money it received in its other settlements to pursue the Aruba case, Parr said. Now, that’s all over.

“It is going to make it harder [to challenge the industry],” Parr said of the court’s ruling. There was ample evidence her family was having problems, but this ruling makes it hard to see what it will take to prove it.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Urgent Fort Worth

If you're okay with having a concrete recycling operation near your home, there's no need to do anything.

A message from Mary Kelleher -

Attention Fort Worth east side!

CONCRETE RECYCLING ON ZONING COMMISSION AGENDA!

In July, I posted about illegal concrete recycling operations on the east side. Here's an update! 

The operations were stopped by the City of Fort Worth and the developer is currently being investigated by the City, USACE, and EPA for his illegal operations. Now he's trying to make his concrete recycling operations legal by requesting a zoning change. Somehow, the notice fell through our cracks and this is being presented at zoning tomorrow at 1 PM. 

I have attached a link below with information about the potential dangers of having concrete recycling operations near neighborhoods. 

If you're okay with having a concrete recycling operation near your home, there's no need to do anything. If you're not okay with this, please email Jocelyn.Murphy@fortworthtexas.gov  first thing in the morning. It can be an email as simple as "My name is ------ and I am opposed to ZC-17-016. I do not want concrete recycling in my neighborhood." 

If anyone is available to speak at the hearing tomorrow, please message me.

EAST FORT WORTH...NOT JUST DUST IN THE WIND

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Fort Worth Way

After you read the article on what Judge Glen Whitley is up to this time, think about WHO do YOU want representing YOU.

Read the comment left from Tarrant Regional Water District candidate below---

Another Example of Cronyism?

Andra Estes Beatty I have been attending the TRWD Tarrant Regional Water District meetings for the past 2 years. I was at a meeting that happened right after the election where they awarded their accounting contract to Whitley-Penn. Mary Kelleher questioned the other board members about the ethical implications and how this would appear. They truly had no problem with moving forward to change the accounting firm from one that had been with them many years to one that helped them campaign. I was very proud of Mary for asking the tough questions. It was a difficult meeting but she stood strong.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Nothing was ever done, it just got worse

That should be Fort Worth’s motto.  It would apply to flooding as well as their local “news” paper.  In the latest Fort Worth flood puff piece, not one word in it about the Trinity River Vision (Or Panther Island or whatever the call the World’s Biggest Boondoggle these days).

 Wouldn’t a real reporter ask – Which of the areas in red on the map will the Trinity River Vision save us from?  A real reporter would…but we don’t have any allowed to ask those questions here.  A real reporter might also ask, if it is going to cost a billion to fix our flooding, and it’s going to cost a billion for development (which in previous examples, exacerbates the flooding) WHY wouldn’t we fix the REAL flooding?  Feel free to ask YOUR congresswoman.  It is YOUR money after all.

Speaking of YOUR money.  They are using it to do yet, ANOTHER study.  Are you surprised?  No, we didn’t think so.  It’s what we do.  We spend lots of time and lots of money on “flood” studies.  They all say the same thing.  If you continue to build and produce more run off, while not fixing any current issues or your aging infrastructure, water rises.  Properties will be destroyed and lives will be lost.

Also, wasn’t the Fort Worth flooding price tag at a billion dollars in 2009?

More Water Whoa's

Where were the quotes from the Tarrant Regional Water District? You know, that agency responsible for “flood control”?

The only quote we saw from any TRWD water board member from Mary Kelleher who is running for the water district again this May.  Remember her name.

A current TRWD Board Member would love the opportunity to tell y'all just how our taxes are being wasted...

My name is Mary Kelleher and I'm currently on the Board of the TRWD (Tarrant Regional Water District). I'm frequently criticized by my fellow board members (Victor Henderson, Jack Stevens, Jim Lane, and Marty Leonard) for fighting for people like us against wasteful spending by people like them....career politicians and Fort Worth Way Good Ole Boys and Girls. I could really use your help. Here's just an example:

In 2004, the citizens of Fort Worth voted for Proposition 1; the ballot read, “The issuance of public securities for street and storm sewer improvements in the aggregate sum of $232,000,000.” What the people didn’t know was this money was going to be used for the design and construction of the Trinity River Vision. 

In 2008, citizens of Fort Worth voted for another Proposition 1. The ballot read, “The issuance of public securities for street improvements in the aggregate sum of $150,000,000.” What the people didn’t know was this money was going to be used for three bridges over the TRV bypass channel. The bridges are to be built over dry land and the water will come later IF federal funding is still available by then.

So....while millions of our tax dollars go to this frivolous economic development project disguised as flood control....parts of our city are truly suffering unprecedented flooding as the city has failed to plan for the spike in development and its effects on our now-inadequate infrastructure. 

I will soon be posting more information you really need to know. If we're not already friends on FB, please add me. Thanks.

And if you think Durango has something to say about American’s Biggest Boondoggle being MIA from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Fort Worth Flooding article, you’d be correct –

How About Fixing Real Fort Worth Flood Issues? 

The Boondoggle wants to remove those levees and replace them with a flood diversion ditch. However, the inept Boondoggle has been stymied for a long time now by being unable to figure out how to build three simple  little bridges over dry land to connect the Fort Worth mainland to an imaginary island.

Today's Star-Telegram article about flooding issues has nothing to do with the Trinity River Vision Boondoggle's inept flood control project. The article is about actual flash flooding which has repeatedly occurred in other areas of Fort Worth.

Many have long opined regarding the ridiculous wastefulness of throwing money away on an un-needed flood control project where there are no floods, while Fort Worth and Tarrant County have actual serious, deadly flash flood issues.

Such as the deadly flash floods which have occurred in Haltom City. 

The Haltom City flood issues have largely been ignored, including being ignored by Congresswoman Kay Granger, who surveyed the Haltom City floods, but did nothing. 

Kay Granger's efforts have gone into securing federal funds for America's Biggest Boondoggle, where there are no floods, but is a project which was able to give her son, J.D., a job for which he was totally not qualified, for which he has been paid well over $1 million during his reign of incompetence.

There are so many things you can’t afford to miss in this article, we will try and just leave you with a few.  That way in a few more years, when this article is chopped up and reran, with the same numbers and the same neighborhoods under water, you can see just how little was ever done.

Fixing Fort Worth flooding issues could top $1 billion, report says
(the Star-Telegram article link may be blocked by their paywall, if so, go incognito)

But, Greg Simmons, manager of the city’s stormwater management program, now says, “What we’ve learned in the time since then, is the $500 million backlog is really a lot bigger” and that the figure only represents the most critical projects. All told, fixing the city’s storm-water problems could top $1 billion, he said.

Looking at fixing the single-worst flooding issue in each of the eight council districts alone adds up to as much as $170 million, Simmons said.

Worst Fort Worth flood areas
Fort Worth could spend up to $170 million to fix the worst flooding issue in each city council district and as much as $1 billion to fix all issues citywide. The city's stormwater utility has mapped where the top flooding issue in each district is located.

Flooding in the Arlington Heights neighborhood, which has gone on for years, has received a good deal of attention recently. In the past few months, several residents addressed council members during the public comment portion of council meetings, showing brief videos and pictures of the streams of rapid waters near homes and down streets. And the damage in their wake.

The residents told the council they have patiently waited their turn for help on the issue.

“We west Arlington Heights property owners believe that we’re perfectly within our rights to expect to have a working underground stormwater infrastructure, even if it is expensive,” said Teri Kramer, who lives on Pershing Avenue. “It’s a terrible precedent to say it’s too expensive. That’s what scares me the most.”

And many other locations in the city have similar problems, but most of the serious problems are in the central city, or within Loop 820, where Simmons said the drainage system is below current standards.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Well that can't be good

Mayor Price did not make a good impression at the community meeting.

Price was scolded by the Rev. Michael Bell after she cautioned the crowd that the meeting could not turn into “just a bitch session.” Bell said that the residents were not children and that she could not talk to the community in that way.

Tense Discussion In Fort Worth Over Controversial Arrest

Monday, January 9, 2017

YOU are invited…



Find out where YOUR money is going…

Health Care Delivery System to be Discussed

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Colleyville Resignation


Guess who? Yes, you guessed it. The City manager is out. Who's next?

City Council accepts city manager’s resignation effective April 2

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Duh…Fort Worth edition

Remember, when nothing ever gets done, it just gets worse.  Also called, kicking the can.  The Fort Worth Weekly checked in on the Arlington Heights flooding issues.

Stop us when we get to something you haven’t heard before -

….that “the pipe system that was installed 80-plus years ago is not large enough to keep rain runoff underground” all the way to the Trinity River.

The solution, as everyone is aware, would be to tear up the streets in the flood areas and put in large storm-water drainage pipes that would carry the floodwater to the Trinity. But, as Simmons noted, the cost makes that unfeasible.

“You know,” said one resident who did not want her name used, “the city has funds for their Trinity [River] Vision project, and they have funds for their bridge to nowhere, but they don’t have money for this very important infrastructure issue. I don’t buy that.”

“Essentially,” she said, “the city has allowed over-building on an under-served community.”

“What we really want,” Helmer said, “is to have the city fix the problem upstream. You can’t just allow people to overbuild continually without having a problem in the lower areas.”

Read about how the city doesn’t have the money to fix issues it has helped create in the FWW -

Arlington Heights Flooding too Costly?