CITY COUNCIL GRADES

Home  ============ November 12, 2018 ============ November 5, 2018 =========== October 29, 2018 ============ October 22, 2018 ============ VIA - by the numbers ============ CityCouncil Grades ============ Jeff Williams, =====Mayor===== Helen Moise, ===District1=== Sheri Capehart, ===District2=== Roxanne Thalman, ===District3=== Kathryn Wilemon, ===District4=== Lana Wolff, ===District5=== Robert Shepard, ===District6=== Victoria Farrar-Myers, ===District7==== Michael Glaspie, ===District8=== Kennedale Knowledge ============



 

 Name - Categories  Max   Pts Jeff Williams Helen Moise  Sheri Capehart Roxanne Thalman Kathryn Wilemon  Lana Wolff   Robert Shepard  Victoria Farrar-Myers Michael Glaspie
 District    Mayor  1 - N  2 - SW

3 - SE

4 - W

 5C/E

 6 - all  7 - all

8 - all

 Next Elect    2019  2020  2020  2019  2019 2019  2020  2020  2019
 communication  50 1 1  0

10

15

 0  50

1

 general other  10 4  0

6

0

 1  10

0

no accountability - 101 Center waiver

10

0 0 10 0 10 0 10 0 0

the extending downtown TIRZ

10

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Suspending the Rules

40

30 30 30 40 30 30 30 40 30

voted for 3-year terms

50

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Autonomous Vehicles RFP

5

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Cornerstone Drill Site, Again

10

  0 0 10 0 0 0 0 0

Paying CA company, vs. done in house

5

  0 0 0 0 0 2 0

Parking Lot R brdg

10

  0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Rangers Golf Club

50

0   0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Another Downtown Master Plan

10

0   0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Failed to hold accountable

10

0   0   0 0 0 0 0

More Apts?

10

0   0 0 0 0 0   0

Six-story super high density apts

25

25   25 25 25 25 25 25 25

Ride-Share Pilot

50

0   0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Five-story 848 Mitchell

20

0   0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Comfortable with Lies

30

0   0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Christian Taylor estate

5

0   0   0 0 0 0 0

New Smoking Ord

20

0   0   0 0 5 5 0

extend Viridian TIRZ

10 0   0   0 0 0 0 0

Reverse QT sign var

10 0   0   0 0 10 10 10

2017 MAX

50 0   0   0 0 0 50 0

Paying Parking Lot R

10 0   0   0 0 0 0 0

New Sapphire PD

25 0   0   0 0 0 0 0

Negotiations

10 0   0   0 0 0 0 0

TAC

10 0   0   0 0 0 0 0

financial stewards

50 0   0   0 0 0 0 0

TIRZ#44

5 0   0   0 0 0 0 0

Continued the MAX

50 0   0   0 0 0 45 0

Vehicle Replacement

5 0   0   0 0 0 0 0

Rangers Parkling Lot "R"

5 0   0   0 0 0 0 0

Underutilized Vehicles

5 0   0   0 0 0 0 1

$500M giveaway to the Rangers

40 0   0   0 0 0   0

Another Dodson Deal

40 0   0   0 0 0   0

corporate wellfare-

2909 E Arkansas Ln

20 0   0   0 0 0   0
TexasLive 40 0   0   0 0 0   0
Bowling 10 0   0   0 0 0   0
101 Center 5 0   0   0 0 0   0
ArlCommons 10 0   0   0 0 0   0
TDP-Lamar 50 0   0   0 0 0   0
DAMC contract 5 0   0   0 0 0   0
Proctor Place Townhomes 5 0   0   0 0 0   0
Renew MAX bus 25   0   0 0 0   0
Televising/Recording Citizen Participation 15 13   0

 

0

0

0  

3

DR Horton corp welf 5 0   0

 

0

0

0  

0

LoftsHigh-DenApt  10     10

 

10

0

2  

2

Secret Apt Redev

10

 

 

0

 

0

0

0

 

0

TRE Bus Pilot 10     0   0 0 0   0
Stafium Drive 20     10   0 10 10   10
Citzn Participation 30     0   0 0 0   0
Anti-Litter 5     0   0 0 0   0
 Center Crt Apt 25     25   10  10     
Recycle Carts 35     0   0 35 0   0
Free Speech of Citizens 25        0  
PD12-16EstateZon 5     0   0 5 5   0
TRE payment 5     0   0 0 0    
Hike & Bike 10     0   0 0 0    
Renewable Energy Certifs 5      0   0 0 0    
Downtown BID

10

  0   0 0 0   0
                     
 TOTAL  1150 69 35  110

91

85

120 108  237

82

 Percentage  100

7

19  10 23

7

10

 9

 34

7

 Grade   F-  F  F

F

F- 

F

 F-  F

F-

    950 185 1150

395

1150

1150

1150 695

1100





















 

 

communication. The ability for elected members to communicate and reply to e-mails of the citizens.

general/other. Our staff awards points based on general feelings and integrity.

no accountability 101 Center waiver - on August 21, 2018 they continued the public hearing to waived the requirement that work/live units be required to have the commercial piece. on September 4, 2018 they voted 6-3 to not need to have the commercial development for five years.

the extending downtown TIRZ - the downtwon TIRZ has been siphoning funds off the top of the general fund for almost 20 years, and on August 21, 2018 they voted to start the process to extend the time period.

Suspend the Rules - at a hastily called SUNDAY evening meeting, August 19,2018, the council, with their panties in a wad because of a citizen driven petition for term limits, called to suspend the rules of the city, so they could add items to the ballot.

voted for 3-year terms - August 14, 2018, the council with their panties in wad because the citizens generated a petition for term limits decide to also try to add 3-year terms as part as their proposal.

Autonomous Vehicles RFP - June 12, 2018, as part of the consent agenda, the council approved going out for RFPs for Autonomous Vehicles.

Conerstone Drill Site Again. May 22,2018, after denying the request for additional wells in February, the council approved the additional wells, 7-1, with minor differences.

Paying CA company, vs. done in house. March 20, 2018 the council approved two contracts, well over half a million, 9-0, to do computer work which could have been done in house. Invest in Arlington.

Parking Lot R brdg. March 20, 2018 the council approved over $1.7 million for a bridge for Parking Lot R. They already paid over $1.3 million for engineering and paving all so the Rangers can pay $10/year (as in less than $1/month) to lease. As if the first Ballpark, $500,000,000 towards a second ballpark, $500,000 for Texas Live plus all tax revenues for many years, just isn't enough.

Rangers Golf Club - January 9, 2018, the council approved more free Texas Rangers give-aways as if stadiums, parking lots, Texas Live was not enough. Now they got free naming right at the Ditto Golf Course that the taxpayers are in the process of spending close to $20 million to make a new and improved course and club house.

Another Downtown Master Plan - January 9, 2018, the approved $200K (most master plans clost about $50K) even though the last one was less than 14 years old.

Failed to hold accountable - January 9, 2018, the council approved to hold AmeriCredit Financial accountable to the signed 380-agreement, deciding the corporation only need to generate $3.5 million instead of the contracted $5 million to get benefits.

More Apts? - On December 12, 2017, the council voted, 8-0, for a continuance on a "No Opposition" Tax Credit in East Arlington. On January 3, the council appoved the "No Opposition" at that site for senior housing, now the developer only wants to do 25% senior housing.

Six-story super high density apts - On November 7, 2017, the council denied, 8-0, super high-density apartments at the southeast corner of Center and 3rd.

Ride-Share Pilot - On November 7, 2017, the council approved, 8-0, $922K extremely limited, ride-share program ($600K federal dollars).

Five-Story 848 Mitchell - On October 10, 2017, the council approved more high-density apts at 848 Mitchell St.

Comfortable with Lies - On June 27, 2017, Council woman Wilemon stated at the official afternoon meeting that attendance of the TAC meetings were averaging 90-95%. After the first introductory meeting, the committee had never reached 80% attendance (with 1 meeting to go) and when informed with this information, there was no great concern of the lies being expressed at the official meeting, nor if staff was responsible, why staff did not correct, etc.

Christian Taylor estate - On May 23, 2017 the council passed, 8-0, $850,000 to the Christian Taylor estate

New Smoking Ord - On May 9, 2017 the council passed,7-2, a new smoking ordinance, stomping on the property rights of business owners.

extend Viridian TIRZ - on March 28, 2017, the council voted 9-0 to extend the TIRZ and siphoning right off the top of the general fund from 30 to 35 years for the Virdian project.

Reverse QT sign var (iance) on the second reading on December 13, 2017 because Mike Morris (COG) thinks he might be able to get Pathfinders on HWY360 toll lanes.

2017 MAX - approved Dec 6, 2016, annother year extension passed 6-3.

Paying Parking Lot R - on Nov 29, 2016 - using taxpayers' street funds for over $1.5 million to pay for Parking Lot R construction and engineering contract for bridge.

New Sapphire PD - On Sept 20 the council approved the even higher density for the new Sapphire Plan Development, 8-1.

Negotiations - Sept 20 the council voted 9-0 to the payment of Bracewell for the Texas Rangers contract. And also approved 2nd contract modification to Parking Lot "R", now nearly 5 times the original contract.

TAC - Sept 6, 2016 -Transportation Advisory Coucnil created filled in one vote with no opportunity for ordinary citizens to apply.

Financial Stewards - August 2, 2016 rather than to act as the financial stewards of the taxpayers assets, the council voted 8-0, to place the extremely poor, one-side Texas Rangers deal on the ballot. 2nd reading on August 9 passed 9-0.

TIRZ#44 - August 2, 2016, the council voted 8-0 to set up the TIRZ for warehousing and corporate welfare for 48 acres at southwest corner of I-20 & Hwy-360.

Continued the MAX - June 28, 2016 the council voted 6-2 (Capehart absent, Parker voicing NO opinions, and Farrar-Myer just voting NO)

Vehicle Replacement - the next meeting after a citizen voiced concerns of replacing low mileage vehicles, the council get downtime instead of mileage, and approves the replacement of vehicles that would appear not to be missed based on their downtome, 8-0.

Rangers Parking Lot "R" - June 28, 2016 the council votes 8-0 for a contract modification, more than tripling the orig contract. Rangers gave the city the land so they would not have to pay property tax, the city then is to build a $1.4 million parking lot, and lease back to the Rangers for $10/year (yes, as in less than $1/month).

 underutilized vehicles - June 7, 2016, citizen brings to the attention of the council that 2 new vans are being purchased (capital outlay and future maintenance) for 2 vans that have averaged < 300miles and < 500miles per month. Council still approves 9-0. Glaspie gets a point for at least asking the city manager, who did not know the specifics.

 $500M giveaway to the Texas Rangers - May 24, 2016 council agrees to deal to give Rangers $500 million and put taxes in front of the citizens.

Another Dodson Deal, On March 22, 2016,  the council approved another Dodson Corporate Welfare Deal, $846K for less than one downtown block. Glaspie absent, but undoubtly was also for deal.

Corporate welfare for 2909 E Arkansas Ln - On Feb 23, 2016 they approved the TIRZ and Mar 1, 2016 they approved the deal for Southwest Restaurants and all those high-paying, degree-required jobs.

TexasLive, On Dec 15, 2015, the council voted 9-0 to approve corporate welfare deal of TexasLive, $50 million of Arlington Tomorrow Funds, where all the taxing revenues (the city's main benefit) goes to the developer, not the city.

Bowling. Bowling corporate welfare is continued although they cannot meet their end of the bargain (employment). Oct 13, 2015.

101 Center. 101 Center corporate welfare is continued without 101 Center people getting required bond. Oct 13, 2015.

ArlCommons. Arlington Commons Phase I approved with its 63 units/acre. Oct 13, 2015.

TDP-Lamar. Special Interest Buddy request to turn Lamar on the TDP from 6 lanes to 3 lanes, not caring what happens to the citizens passed 5-1. Oct 13, 2015.

DAMC contract. Sept 15, 2015, the council voted 8-0 (Parker absent) to renew Downtown Arlington Management Corporation's contract even though it's most major expense is to pay the salary of a special interest buddy.

Proctor Place Townhomes. 6-16-2015 voted 9-0 to turn vacant lot not zoned mult-family into 3-bedroom apts for special interest buddy.

Renew MAX bus. DART contract up for renewal where service has failed to meet expectations and has been a gigantic failure. 6-16-2015. Rivera&Bennett asked to show a no-vote after the vote, did not pull from consent, did not make any comments.

Televising/Recording Citizen Participation. Williams sole decision maker, others voiced opinions. (May/June 2015). finally on Aug 4, 2015 citizen participation was recorded/brocasted again. Williams lost points for delay. Glaspie never stated a position.

DR Horton corp welf - Aug 4, 2015 DR Horton awarded $5.5 million corporate welfare for $20 million campus, 8-0, liberal-spending Wilemon absent, but would have supported.

LoftsHigh-DenApt - Arlington Lofts High Density Apts were denied 3-6 on August 20, 2013. Then also denied a reconsideration vote Aug 27 that failed 4-5. 10pts for two "no" votes, 2pts for one "no" vote.

Secret Apt Redev - all done in exec session, no public info avail at vote, $10.5 million and 30-year, 90% tax abatement, plus millions in fees for redevelopment of some Lamar Blvd complexes (June 18, 2013).

TRE Bus Pilot - on June 4, 2013 the council voted 8-0 (Parker absent) to start TRE Bus Pilot no matter how ridiculous the subsidize value/rider was.

Stadium Drive - The council will instruct staff how to procede on the $35 million Stadium Drive underfunded project. Ms. Wilemon is vocally for the spending. The others refuse to stand up and say no, there are far many needs that could be accomplished with the funds this one project would pull. Months later, and tens of thousands of design consultant $s later, the council finally decides not to procede.

Citzn Participation - The city stopped [live and replayed] broadcasting of the citizen participation portion of council meetings. This was never discussed in public. Mr. Rivera asked for discussion as a future agenda item. Only Mr. Parker joined in voting for that item.

Anti-Litter - on March 19, 2013 the council voted 9-0 to contribute $50,000/year to Tarrant Regional Water District's anti-litter campaign.

Center Crt Apt were approved despite many variances to city standards (including density of 97 units/acre, std is 22; and over 100 parking spaces short). Bennett absent, passed 6-1. 2nd vote LeBlanc changed to no, Bennett present. Then on Nov 6, 2012 the council approved $2.2 million of corporate welfare for the Center Court Apartments on the consent agenda 8-0. Then 3 members wanted the city secretary to record a 'no' vote on this item, stopping the changing 1 vote short of not approving, and lacking the backbone to actually pull the item from the agenda to have a real vote.

Recycle Carts - Aug 7, 2012, all about getting Republic millions of citizens' money in a very one-sided deal

Free Speech of Citizens - May 2012, the mayor announced new guidlines regarding speech of the citizens at city hall. None of the council members stood up for the citizens. The mayor has turned the mike off on citizen speakers, again with no reaction from the council members.

PD12-16 Estate Zoning for property approved by P&Z is denied by the council, 6-3. Estate (highest zoning) was just not good enough. Property owner can't sell property.

TRE payment. On Sept 13, 2011 the council voted 8-0 to pay $237K to NCTCOG for the TRE for each of three years. Patrick was absent. On September 26, 2017, the council again voted to pay over $200K

Hike & Bike. On June 28, 2011 the council voted 5-4 to approve the Hike & Bike Master. For fighting and voting against the plan council members score 20. Cluck for voting against the plan out of the blue, with no fight or help scored 3 points.

Renewable Energy Certificates from Norcross, GA were approved by the council in Dec 2010. They use taxpayer money to basically donate money (buy a worthless piece of paper) for renewable energy in Georgia.

downtownBID vote. September 14, 2010 creating the downtown BID. On June 16, 2015 the council renewed for 10 years. nothing more than legalized bullying as the majority of the people forced to pay do not wish to be included.

Total Points out of a possible 1150 points.

Percentage: Total Points divided by the max possible points

Grade: as a result of the percentage.