Thursday, April 13, 2017
This is the drinking water for half a million people.
This forum will be the only chance to raise our concerns in front of the Railroad Commission.
Please attend this forum being organized for the community by Rep. Nicole Collier.
Learn more about the plan to put an injection well for toxic gas drilling waste right by Lake Arlington at SAVE LAKE ARLINGTON.
Fort Worth, your pants are on fire.
And what's Betsy running for?
Vote Kelleher & Beatty To Stop Another Stolen TRWD Board Election.
Saturday, April 8, 2017
We're voting for Mary Kelleher and Andra Beatty.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
What was surprising (laughable, really) was their Tarrant Regional Water District race endorsements.
There are currently 3 seats up for election.
No one was surprised they picked the two establishment puppet candidates, but some were surprised they didn't pick a third candidate. Not the establishment incumbent (not a big surprise as he doesn't speak) but they didn't pick one of their own! Not just a Fort Worth realtor, but the - Fort Worth Texas Magazine top realtor.
Sound fishy? Almost as fishy as that Trinity River smell.
We'll be taking a closer look at this board of 17 'realtors' and getting back with you. Maybe we'll be seeing them at their candidate fundraiser hosted by Mike Moncrief. Smell that?
Texas Lone Star will be endorsing Mary Kelleher & Andra Beatty, two citizens who will work for YOU, not the FW establishment or their kids.
Join us. YOU can't afford not to.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Last pitch for LaGrave Field? Fort Worth baseball park falls into disrepair
“So much is going on, but right now it can’t be shared,” Presswood said.
Shingleton and other Fort Worth leaders said there is a plan in the works to possibly swap land owned by the Tarrant Regional Water District, but he couldn’t provide details.
Whether the water district is willing to engage in such a swap isn’t clear. An arm of that agency known as the Trinity River Vision Authority is building an ambitious, $900 million-plus project known as Panther Island, which includes the re-channeling of the river and development of surrounding area into a high-end, mixed-use commercial and residential neighborhood.
LaGrave Field was built on land that would become part of Panther Island once the river is re-channeled. And the Trinity River Vision Authority has many acres of land that — theoretically, at least — could be swapped.
Fort Worth lawyer Jim Lane, a member of the Tarrant Regional Water District, is among the believers. But he said the key is for the city, Tarrant County and the water district to work together and find a solution that puts the ballpark in public hands. That way, he said, the Cats can return to play without worrying as much about whether their lease will be renewed.
“Not a day has gone by since the Cats last played that I haven’t tried to figure out how to bring them back,” Lane said. “We’re working on a couple of things right now — the city, the county and the water district. The Cats are the oldest baseball team in Texas. They are part of Fort Worth’s heritage. Here we are spending all this money on the Stockyards and Panther Island and the ballpark is deteriorating. It shouldn’t happen. A lot of us are just not going to let it happen.”
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Some can’t be bothered for a town hall and some can’t keep it together.
'You sir, shut up!' Texas Republican Joe Barton tells town hall audience member
The GOP representative was heckled for his response to a question on women's rights.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Monday, April 17
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Texas State Capitol
1100 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701
(meet on the South Capitol steps)
Concerned citizens from across the state will gather in Austin to interact with lawmakers on transportation-related issues. We've seen a massive increase in our cost to drive through tolls, handing control of our public roads to private foreign corporations, and unsustainable debt sweep the state, with more to come unless we make our voices heard.
This is a day when CITIZEN lobbyists come to the Capitol to advocate on what matters to grassroots Texans -- like getting an affordable, pro-taxpayer transportation policy in place.
Lots of activities planned:
- a press conference,
- have our group recognized from the House and Senate floor,
- visit offices and speak to legislators,
- lawmakers address TURF group in special 'Legislative Hangout' Q&A
- breakout sessions including: 'Social Media 'how to'', 'Follow the Money', 'Voter Fraud'
- and a lot more!
Posted by The Star-Telegraph at Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Monday, March 13, 2017
Friday, March 3, 2017
You can read about the Dallas disaster here-
If You’re City Hall and You Get Caught, Get the Law Changed. You’re That Cool.
So if you want an example of why people resent and mistrust government, take a look at what Dallas City Hall is trying to do with the botched concrete kayak park the city stuck in the river years ago at a cost to taxpayers at the time of somewhere between $4 and $5 million. Even though the city admits the whole thing is now worthless and even though they admit it screws up the river, City Hall wants to use its clout as a government entity to get out of doing anything.
And you can watch the Fort Worth fiasco here- (the question/answer repeat starts about 1 hour, 18 minutes in)
You can’t make this stuff up.
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Dallas wants feds to declare Trinity River 'unnavigable' so City Hall can keep its $4 million mistake
Posted by The Star-Telegraph at Saturday, February 25, 2017
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
So we can find it when Texas needs it soon.
California dam managers dismissed flood concern 12 years ago
California dam managers dismissed flood concern 12 years ago
Posted by The Star-Telegraph at Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Friday, February 10, 2017
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.
Posted by The Star-Telegraph at Friday, February 10, 2017
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
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
Posted by The Star-Telegraph at Wednesday, February 08, 2017
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
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
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.
Posted by The Star-Telegraph at Monday, January 23, 2017
Friday, January 13, 2017
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
Posted by The Star-Telegraph at Friday, January 13, 2017