March 18, 2024 Newsletter

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March 18, 2024 – Volume 18 Number 12

Highlights:

* The EDC to meet Tuesday with an executive session and no action items.

* P&Z to meet Wednesday with two SUP public hearings.

 

Taxpayers' Funds at Risk:

http://arlspectator.mysite.com/rich_text_83.html

 

City Council grades:

http://arlspectator.mysite.com/rich_text_39.html

 

AISD Board grades:

http://arlspectator.mysite.com/blank_1.html

 

Citizens Defending Freedom vs. AISD

http://arlspectator.mysite.com/rich_text_14.html

 

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Arlington is a city where citizens are relegated to being spectators, rather than players on the field. The SPECTATOR helps citizens know what is happening on the field. Only a few of the in-house team members are allowed to play ball in Arlington. The SPECTATOR helps citizens understand the game.

 

GAME SCHEDULE:

Tuesday, March 19: EDC Board meeting, 3rd floor, City Hall, 101 W. Abram Street, 4:30pm.

Wednesday, March 20: P&Z meeting, 101 W. Abram Street, 5:30pm. (Work session at 4:00pm.)

Thursday, March 21: Republican Women of Arlington AISD/MISD Candidate Forum, Skillet-N-Grill, 1801 W. Division Street, 11:00am – 1:00pm.

Thursday, March 21: AISD Board meeting, AISD Administration Building, 690 E. Lamar Boulevard, 5:00pm. (You must be signed up online by 3:00pm if you wish to speak.)

Tuesday, March 26: City Council meetings, 101 W. Abram Street, 6:30pm. (You must preregister by 5:00pm to speak during citizen participation.)

Thursday, March 28: Arlington Republican Club AISD/City Council Candidate Forum, Skillet-N-Grill, 1801 W. Division Street, 7:00pm.

Friday, March 29: Good Friday holiday.

Sunday, March 31: Easter.

Wednesday, April 3: P&Z meeting, 101 W. Abram Street, 5:30pm. (Work session at x:xxpm.)

Thursday, April 4: AISD Board meeting, AISD Administration Building, 690 E. Lamar Boulevard, 5:00pm. (You must be signed up online by 3:00pm if you wish to speak.)

Sunday, April 7: Biblical Citizenship AISD/MISD Candidate Forum, Grace Community Church, 801 W. Bardin Road, 4:00-6:00pm.

 

From THE LOCKER ROOM

Arlington City Council Update

The council did not meet last week. The next city council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 26.

 

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The Arlington Spectator's City Council grades:

http://arlspectator.mysite.com/rich_text_39.html

 

This week's question:

In 2023 the city council voted to require preregistration and reduce speaking time for citizen participation (at the end of the meeting). Do you agree with this move? Is two minutes enough time to describe a situation and make desired comments/solutions/etc.?

 

District 1

Jacob Franklin - I think it makes sense to require preregistration, but I don’t think 2 minutes is enough time for citizens to get their message across. I would like to see the time limit increased.

Tim Goss - Regarding the recent decision by the city council to require pre-registration and reduce speaking time for citizen participation, I hold a nuanced perspective. While I understand the rationale behind reducing the time allocated for public comment, I have reservations regarding its effectiveness as the optimal solution. Nevertheless, I recognize the complexities inherent in this decision and appreciate the perspectives of both the council and the mayor.

Having attended numerous city council meetings, I've observed instances where discussions veered off track, becoming platforms for advancing particular partisan or personal agendas rather than effectively addressing city business. Recognizing these occurrences, I emphasize the importance of addressing partisan matters separately from the council's core business. Maintaining a nonpartisan stance is crucial as we collectively strive to provide our constituents with appropriate governance and enhance the quality of life for our residents.

The question persists: is a two-minute time limit adequate for citizens to voice their concerns? This requirement pertains to City matters falling within the authority of the City Council but not listed on the agenda. The brevity of the allotted time might hinder substantive dialogue. The public comment session serves as a vital avenue for citizens to directly communicate grievances to the council, a cornerstone of civic participation that shouldn't face undue constraints. Certainly, there are individuals who might misuse the platform for personal or partisan gain rather than contributing constructively to community discourse. Additionally, there are instances where large numbers of people wish to express similar viewpoints, posing challenges within the time constraints of the council meeting.

Therefore, implementing measures to ensure meetings remain focused on addressing genuine city business is imperative. This may involve enforcing strict guidelines on speaking conduct or adopting mechanisms to prevent disruptive behavior, thereby safeguarding the integrity of the public participation process.

In conclusion, while I acknowledge the challenges faced by the council in managing citizen participation effectively, I urge careful consideration of the potential consequences of imposing stringent limitations on public comment. Balancing the need for orderly proceedings with the imperative of fostering genuine civic engagement is paramount in upholding the principles of governance within our community.

Mauricio Galante I am not familiar with the reasons council had to create preregistration rules and shorten the time for citizens participation to agree or disagree. I support citizens participation in an orderly and respectful manner with sufficient time allocated to get their point across.

 

District 2

Raul Gonzalez - I voted against preregistration and reduced speaking time at Council meetings. Oftentimes, constituents simply want to have their voice heard in the public forum of a City Council meeting. Sometimes the content of a meeting prompts the desire to comment. Preregistration takes away this option. A time limit can be difficult for some people. Those who are concise and prepared can certainly finish in the allotted time, however I do not believe the previous three-minute limit presented enough of an issue to shorten it. I hope that the matter can be addressed again in a future council session. Please remember that council members cannot comment or respond to persons making public comments at the end of the meeting.

 

District 6

Long Pham Did not respond.

 

District 7

Bowie Hogg - Citizen participation in the governing process is critical. No changes were made for agenda items that citizens want to speak on, as citizens are not required to pre-register and still have three minutes as previously allowed. The change occurred for non-agenda speakers at the end of the meeting. I do believe for non-agenda items, pre-registering helps actually produce solutions to residents, as it allows staff to potentially assist speakers with information before or after the council meeting. I would be open to the proposal of potentially going back to the previous time of 3 minutes for non-agenda item speakers. Observing citizens these last few months it does seem residents are able to get their thoughts and opinions out in the time frame allotted and the preregistration has allowed staff to provide better information to council and speakers about the items they are speaking about.

Chris “Dobi” Dobson – Did not respond.

 

Economic Development Corporation (EDC)

The next EDC Board meeting will be this Tuesday, March 19. The agenda/packet can be found at: https://www.arlingtontx.gov/common/pages/DownloadFileByUrl.aspx?key=sQvI5MICf6gNjtl6LsyrHXRercoQjJPqKrV1f5vBp9Iifjni0uBtqQSymWO4tdCApE3H00mXXvmiP7Ylf7XH9Qui%2fHFvLMQfp7wbbwrK0Kjd1NdNMMceqBgajtUpIkmuWJmsA%2ba17EK6fEvBK5SmayIT3F16x7YwrZyrtCiuNE7Kd1SPwNDXt1MLfm9ewk%2frCwhkvA%3d%3d . There are no action items on the agenda. They will go into executive session to discuss offers of incentives to business prospects and deliberating real property.

Arlington’s EDC is easily the largest sales tax supported EDC in the state. This gives spending addicted politicians greater than $20 million annually with which to fund their buddies.

 

Upcoming Public Hearings

On Wednesday, March 20, P&Z will hold a public hearing on SUP24-1, on the 1.424 acres at 3400 S. Watson Road where they wish to allow for a private club in 961 sq. ft. of the existing building. If passed, it will go to the city council on April 23.

On Wednesday, March 20, P&Z will hold a public hearing on SUP22-3R1, on the 1.63 acres at 2118 E. Abram Street where they wish to allow vehicle sales. If passed, it will go to the city council on April 23.

On Tuesday, March 26, the city council will hold a public hearing on more UDC (Unified Development Code) updates.

On Tuesday, March 26, the city council will hold a public hearing on PD23-18 (the old Lincoln Square, now Anthem) on 45 acres.

On Tuesday, March 26, the city council will hold a public hearing on ZA24-2, on the 0.196 acres at 2010 Duval Drive where they wish to change land zoned for single family to townhomes (RMD-12).

On Wednesday, April 3, P&Z will hold a public hearing on PD24-8 (6907 Joplin Road) wishing to change RS-7.2 to a planned development for RM-12. If passed, it will go to the city council on May 7.

On Tuesday, April 9, the city council will hold a public hearing on more UDC (Unified Development Code) updates for hotel standards.

On Tuesday, April 9, the city council will hold a public hearing on the 0.964 acres at 1850 Park Springs Boulevard where they wish to change zoning to more major auto repairs.

On Tuesday, April 9, the city council will hold a public hearing on ZA24-1, on the 6.91 acres at 100/120/150/200 Stephens Street where they wish to change land zoned for general commercial to light industrial.

 

P&Z Commission

P&Z will meet this Wednesday, March 20. There are two special use permit (SUP) cases on the agenda for the 5:30pm meeting.

The first zoning case is SUP22-3R1 (2118 East Abram Street) - Application for approval of a revision to Specific Use Permit SUP22-3 for Used Vehicle Sales, on approximately 1.63 acres, currently zoned General Commercial (GC), to amend restrictions on assignability and transferability or other conditions (staff report).

The second zoning case is for SUP24-1 (3400 South Watson Road) - Application for approval of a Specific Use Permit (SUP) for Private Club, in a unit with an area of approximately 961 sq. ft. within the existing building on the site approximately 1.424 acres, currently zoned Community Commercial (CC) (staff report).

 

AISD School Board

The next scheduled AISD Board meeting is this Thursday, March 21. The agenda should be posted on Monday.

 

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The AISD will have three seats available up for election, Place 1, Place 2, and Place 3. All school board places are district wide. Ballot order has been set.

The Arlington Spectator's AISD Board Grades:

http://arlspectator.mysite.com/blank_1.html

 

This week's question:

Is having the highest teachers' salaries in the north Texas area a good thing? Why or why not?

 

Place 1

Sarah McMurrough – Did not respond.

 

Place 2

Kendall Orr – Did not respond.

Melody Fowler – Did not respond.

 

The Arlington Report did a report on this race. The Fort Worth Report story: https://fortworthreport.org/2024/03/12/qa-arlington-isd-board-presidents-competitor-is-business-administrator-district-mother .

 

Place 3

Larry Mike – Did not respond.

Kathi Arocha – AISD teachers should be compensated competitively. They are the backbone of the academic goals. That said, we must provide the resources to support them in achieving these goals. The good news is that SB2 will give a pay increase beginning in the 2024-2025 school year. It is a good start; however, with increased inflation, we must consider this and find creative ways to retain our great teachers.

April Williams Moore – Having competitive salaries is important for teachers, however, it is crucial that we also prioritize our workplace culture. Studies have shown that people leave bad bosses not companies. As a result, it is imperative that we strive to enhance our workplace culture and make accountability a top priority in order to prevent negative experiences. While the principals already have professional development meetings throughout the year, we must also place a strong emphasis on improving the culture. In addition, providing resources for team-building activities before the start of the school year can help foster trust and collaboration among staff members. We must also ensure that our teachers have a voice and feel appreciated. To further promote a positive culture, we can seek assistance from companies like Partners in Leadership or BI Worldwide to improve employee engagement and retention.

 

TEA Accountability Data:

2022 Accountability

2021 Accountability

2019 Accountability

 

In 2020, the AISD was tied for the highest M&O rate of all the school districts in Tarrant County. Since then, there has been NO tie. The AISD HAS the highest M&O rate in Tarrant County. [school district tax rates]

 

Top 5 of Tarrant County's 21 ISDs M&O Rates

1. Arlington ISD $0.824900

2. Fort Worth ISD $0.790400

3. Mansfield ISD $0.789200

3. Birdville ISD $0.789200

3. Everman ISD $0.789200

 

Of Tarrant County's 21 ISDs - Lowest Tax Rates

1. HEB ISD $0.921100

2. Burleson ISD $0.924700

3. Carroll ISD $1.002500

4. Azle ISD $1.025000

5. Fort Worth ISD $1.062400

6. Keller ISD $1.087500

7. Northwest ISD $1.090200

8. Everman ISD $1.094146

9. Arlington ISD $1.115600

10. Lewisville ISD $1.130100

 

Press Box

Old Lincoln Square

The old Lincoln Square, now called Anthem, will have a zoning case public hearing before the city council on February 26. The Arlington Report reported on this project. The Fort Worth Report story: https://fortworthreport.org/2024/03/06/arlington-council-members-hopeful-lincoln-square-overhaul-will-spark-rebirth .

 

More Apartments – City Officials Love It

Of all the cities in the North Central Texas Region, Arlington has one of the highest densities; I believe it is second highest, only behind Bedford and far greater than Fort Worth and Dallas. It is NOT our responsibility to supply more housing. City officials talk out of one side of their mouths speaking of affordable housing. Yet they also speak out of the other side and discuss super-luxury apartments. Apparently, these officials love over-crowded, under-developed infrastructure. The Arlington Report reported on this story. The Fort Worth Report story: https://fortworthreport.org/2024/03/13/arlingtons-goal-for-apartments-housing-for-everyone .

 

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e-mails of mayor and council

.................... first.last@arlingtontx.gov

mayor = jim.ross

district 1 (north) = helen.moise

district 2 (sw) = raul.gonzalez

district 3 (se) = nikkie.hunter

district 4 (west) = andrew.piel

district 5 (central/east) = rebecca.boxall

district 6 (all) = long.pham

district 7 (all) = bowie.hogg

district 8 (all) = barbara.odom-wesley

 

AISD website ....................... www.aisd.net

McMurrough............ - sarahforaisd@gmail.com

Fowler ................... - fowler.aisd@gmail.com

Reich......................... - areich.aisd@tx.rr.com

Wilbanks .......... - david@wilbanksforaisd.com

Chapa ...................... - chapa.aisd@gmail.com

Richardson ... - brooklyn.richardson.aisd@gmail.com

Haynes ................... - haynes.aisd@gmail.com

 

TEA Accountability Data:

2022 Accountability

2021 Accountability

2019 Accountability

 

Opinion Arlington

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