Glenn Norfolk

My dad sent word that one of his best friends passed away this weekend, a sad day indeed. I hadn’t seen or talked to Glenn since 1982, but dad always kept me up on where he was and what he was up to.

In 1982 my dad had an opportunity to take on a new career, and he needed that opportunity. You see, my mom was the breadwinner as a civilian employee of the US Army, which meant that we moved every couple of years to a new location. We would be forced to switch schools, and my dad to switch jobs. It was as tough on my dad as it was on us kids.

If you remember 1982, the country was in a major recession and it wasn’t an easy time to find a job, especially in NW Illinois where we landed after we moved back from Germany. The area, almost 40 years later is still a mass wasteland of depression. Most of the factories had closed, the railroad which was one of the biggest employers had moved out of town and the Army Depot where my mom was working was on it’s way to closing a few years down the road.

Not a whole lot of opportunities for a guy that was just plopped into the area with no real contacts. My dad’s hopes were on getting a job with the US Army, and due to some luck and some submitting of paperwork by another one of my dad’s friends he landed a spot in the training program…that program at Red River Army Depot outside of Texarkana.

It would mean my dad would be gone for nine months for training, leaving my mom to fend for the three of us left at home.

It wasn’t a good time for the Miller household. The stress of moving all over the world had taken its toll. Rich was off at college but not really trying and Denny had decided to take off to California to chase his dreams, he just didn’t let us know what he was up to and we hadn’t a clue about where he was.

Dad was stressed because he didn’t have a job and mom hated her job teaching at the QAS school. Me, I was plunked down to podunk Savanna, IL after being in Europe and wasn’t liking life. Having switched schools so many times that it seemed that it was a blur to where I really was.

The good thing about Dad taking the job was that he would be gone. At this point in life Dad and I didn’t see eye to eye, to put it mildly. With Rich not doing well in school, and Denny who knows where, I was the one left at home to take all of my dad’s shit, and it caused me to push back harder. The nine months apart would do us all some good.

Well, that is until when Dad left I went all teenager on my mom. I won’t go into details, but I wasn’t a good son. Mom had enough after six months and Dad came back drug me back to Texas with him.

It wasn’t pretty; we lived in a one bedroom apartment in New Boston, another hick town, but this one in deep East Texas. Yet another High School, yet another time trying to make friends. This time without mom to run interference between my dad and I, we were left to try to live together. It wasn’t easy…..in some ways it was probably the hardest three months of my life.

This is where Glenn comes in. Dad had made two good friends, Glenn (who they called Spike) and a guy named Bear (can’t remember his real name off the top of my head). Both of these guys were younger than dad (as was everybody in his class), and until my dad was saddled with me, the three of them were busy with “study group” at the local tavern playing pool.

But once I arrived, Spike picking us up at the local airport, I remember riding to my dad’s apartment in the back of his pickup, he had a camper on it and it was August, thinking I really did just arrive in HELL. My dad’s two friends ended up running some interference for me. Since they were both younger than my dad and closer to my age, they would give my dad some grief about lightening up on me, not being such a hard ass all the time.

Sometimes it worked, sometimes not. But when it did work it gave me just enough breathing room to make it another day or another week….just had to make it 90 days until we headed home…

But the whole point of this post is to say thank you to Spike, because you did make a difference, not only during those 90 days in the fall of 1982, but throughout the next 35 years, talking to my dad and giving him counsel. You were a good friend to my dad, and in ways you never understood affected my life until today.

Glenn

Because everything about New Boston wasn’t that bad, in fact it left such an impression on me that when I was offered jobs in both Texas and California, I picked Texas. I thought Dallas was just a bigger version of East Texas….boy was I in for a surprise.

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The Chain

I posted this on Facebook yesterday, thought I’d put it here as the more I think about it the more it make sense.

RNC 2016

I’ve been listening to Rumors lately, Rumors being the Album released by Fleetwood Mac in 1977. It was the first Album I ever bought with my own money.

I was 11 years old and just dug the music. Didn’t really listen to the lyrics for the meaning. I soon moved on to my heavy rock and really never returned to Rumors, especially after the Clintons co-opted Don’t Stop for the 92 campaign.

But recently I read something about the meanings of the songs, and how the whole band was going through personal turmoil. So I gave the whole album a listen again and fell in love with the album yet again.

Now, how does this tie into the RNC 2016? Well, it seems a song from the album spoke to me today…The Chain. It kinda speaks to how I feel about the GOP.

Listen to the wind blow
Watch the sun rise
Run in the shadows
Damn your love
Damn your lies

[2x]
And if you don’t love me now
You will never love me again
I can still hear you saying
You would never break the chain.

Listen to the wind blow
Down comes the night
Run in the shadows
Damn your love
Damn your lies

Break the silence
Damn the dark
Damn the light

[3x]
And if you don’t love me now
You will never love me again
I can still hear you saying
You would never break the chain.

[5x]
Chain, keep us together
Running in the shadows

 

Added:  The bass line holds this whole song together, according to Wikipedia, the song is actually a combination of three songs into one, and if you listen carefully you can pick up on it.  The harmonies are classic Fleetwood Mac.

 

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Polasek Quits In Roswell….That Didn’t Last Long

There is so much I could say…. Steve disappointed me on so many levels that it just baffles the mind.  I hope you land on your feet Steve….never mind the folks you conned into following you.  After Steve left, he was known to cast dispersions on Keller as “people complaining but living in Disneyland”.  Yeah, how’d moving to the armpit of the world work out for you Steve?

I’m sure he will land on his feet, in some upper middle class suburb somewhere in DFW.  But to those googling his name and coming to this website, you might ask Steve about his Disney comments, and also ask him why it is whenever the shit hits the fan, he hits the road.

And as far as I know, none of Steve’s relatives live here, they are all out of state.  So transparent what the real reason is that it isn’t funny.

 

Roswell City Manager Steve Polasek announced Monday he will resign in August as the city’s chief administrator to be closer to his family in Texas.
Polasek, whose city administration recently decommissioned the Cahoon Park Pool, said while the pool closure was contentious, local violent crime and the state’s economy were his top concerns as the day-to-day operational leader of the city’s 600-position workforce.
“As a city manager, you have to focus on the areas of most importance,” Polasek told the Daily Record Monday. “While the pool may be contentious for some, I get that, for me, it’s never been. I don’t get angry about people or upset about this or that. They’re entitled to their opinion. I think it’s great. What bothers me, what keeps me up at night, quite honestly, are two things: people killing each other and hurting each other and disrespecting each other and our economy in the state of New Mexico, not just Roswell.
“And how’s this state going to survive? Those are the two things that keep me up at night because I want to help people and do things to make this a better place. If we really want to get down and dirty about what’s really important, what’s really important is our crime and our economy. Those are huge issues.”
Mayor Dennis Kintigh said he will recommend an interim city manager at Thursday’s City Council meeting.
“We’re having those discussions right now,” the mayor said Monday. “We’re going to be discussing this on Thursday night. We’re going to lay out a plan. I’m working on a plan on how we’re going to recruit our next permanent city manager. So we’re working on finalizing all that.”
Polasek’s successor is expected to be discussed in executive session at Thursday’s City Council meeting, with the possibility of a public appointment afterwards.
Kintigh declined on Monday to disclose his likely recommendation, but the mayor said he will recommend a current city employee for the sake of continuity.
“I haven’t had a chance to talk to all the councilors yet, so I’d like to hold off on that,” he said. “Yes, it’s got to be a current city [auth] employee, otherwise you’d have too much turmoil.”
Kintigh also said he would recommend a fiscal hawk.
“That’s the temperament of this community,” the mayor said. “That’s the temperament of this council. We are a fiscally conservative community. We’re going to have differences on what that truly means in some ways, but, yes, we will deal seriously with budget issues. We’re not a tax-and-spend group. We’re not one of those progressive-type outfits.”
Kintigh said Polasek’s expertise in municipal government would be missed.
“I learned from Steve Polasek how incredibly complex city management is and how critical it is to have someone with a very serious background in that area, by that I mean an understanding of the complexities of cities, everything from wastewater to airports to zoos to public safety,” the mayor said. “There’s much that goes on, and understanding that dynamic, understanding budgeting, understanding public employment law, because public employees are treated differently from private employees. Whether you like that or not, it’s a fact, so understanding those aspects, there’s a lot to it. This is 550-some employees, $80 million to $100 million budget. This is the big leagues.”
Kintigh predicted hiring a new, permanent city manager would take up to six months. Polasek will remain in his post until Aug. 1.
Polasek began his tenure as Roswell city manager on Nov. 12, 2014, replacing former City Manager Larry Fry, who served for about three and a half years before resigning in May 2014. Fry is now the city manager in Clovis.
The previous city manager, John Capps, had managed the city for about 15 years, Kintigh said.
Polasek said his decision to leave his Roswell job was based on a desire to be nearer to family members in Texas.
“My decision is based primarily on family and a strong desire to be closer to them,” Polasek said in a statement Monday. “Situations have changed making it increasingly difficult to visit with, support and provide care for certain family members.”
Polasek, 47, came to Roswell from Keller, Texas, where he was city manager. He said he worked for three other cities, Hurst, Southlake and Keller, all of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, before coming to Roswell.
“It may very well be my final,” Polasek said. “I don’t know yet. My plan was to kind of make this my final city, so we’ll see. I’m still relatively young. Who knows?”
Polasek said the 10-member City Council is the largest city council for which he worked.
“It was certainly an interesting dynamic, but it’s been a really good group,” he said. “Overall, they’ve been really, really fantastic to work with.”
Kintigh said he was disappointed with Polasek’s resignation, submitted last week, but the mayor said he understands prioritizing one’s family over career. Polasek’s starting annual was $158,000. His current salary is $163,580.
“I would have liked to have had him here for three to five years,” Kintigh said. “There’s family demands that just take priority, and I get that. Steve and I talked about this. We talked and I understand why he needs to go. I wish it wasn’t the case. But he and his family need to take care of another family member.”
Kintigh noted Polasek and his wife, Maria, and son, Ethan, had planted roots in Roswell and had bought a home.
“He bought the house, obviously with the intention of staying here,” Kintigh said. “So this change in situation, it’s serious, but it’s private. It’s obvious that this was not what his original intention was.”
“It certainly wasn’t something we had planned. Otherwise, we wouldn’t have come here to begin with, to be quite honest with you,” Polasek said. “I think we got a lot done in a very short period of time, but there’s still a lot more to go.”
Polasek said his time in Roswell has been fruitful.
“It’s been a lot of fun,” he said. “It’s been a pleasure. We’ve pushed the envelope on a lot of stuff. We’re doing a lot of neat things and I think the groundwork has been laid here in Roswell to hopefully keep the momentum going. It is change. Hopefully, again, our goal is change for the better. It’s really been enjoyable and we’ve had a great time in this community and obviously we wish Roswell all the best.”
Asked about possibly being known as the city manager that decommissioned the Cahoon Park Pool, Polasek said the label wouldn’t bother him.
“No, not at all,” he said. “From my perspective, I think it comes with the territory. There are different issues and items that are certainly going to be in the minds of some individuals, areas for contention.”
Kintigh said the pool debate “doesn’t even show up on the radar scope” regarding Polasek’s resignation.
“The huge challenge from a city management perspective is the budget,” the mayor said. “The cratering in our revenues and the way he handled that in a professional manner, I’m telling you, I’m so glad we had him here through that dark time when we’re adjusting for a significant downturn in revenues. He did a great job. This is a significant downturn.”
Polasek said New Mexico’s economy lacks sufficient diversification.
“It’s not just the local, it’s the state economy, because the state plays such a big role in our economy as well because they’re in city business quite a bit, obviously,” he said. “But the economy of New Mexico is right now in a very poor state of affairs.”
Polasek said the state’s economy is too linked with oil booms and busts.
“It hurts people, it hurts families, and I guarantee it drives up crime when people don’t have jobs,” he said. “It’s not a good thing. And we have nothing in this state other than oil and gas, which is about 36 percent of our economy. The No. 2 employer in this state is government. No. 3 is probably tourism and other. The last big economic impact in this state was Intel 25 years ago, and I guarantee you within two years, Intel won’t even be here.
“The economy in the U.S. is not in the toilet. The economy of New Mexico is in the toilet. Lots of places are doing fine. Why are we not looking at what other people are doing in other states? That’s the big question that nobody seems to want to answer.”

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SMH

SMH, slang with the kids these days…it means Shake My Head.

Sometimes you come across people in this world where it’s best you don’t respond….that’s when you just SMH. But this time I think I will actually respond to the latest and greatest slur coming from the mouth of Marie Howard.

First, a background on the election going on now in Keller. Both Candidates are friends of mine. I served with Mitch on Council for a time before he had to quit because the massive recession caused him to relocate to West Texas. Ed Speakmon is my Precinct Chair here in Keller, I also appointed Ed to the Transportation Advisory Board here in Keller. After he served for months on the board, hearing from citizens and from staff members, he approved of going to an election and to raise taxes.

When I appointed Ed, I told him, don’t go along to get along. Ask the tough questions. Make sure this is what the city actually needed. He came out of the process agreeing that the tax rate needed to be increased and the bond needed to be passed.

It was only after the Board served their duty that he changed his mind. It was because Marie was buds with Debbie and they wanted to defeat the bond for their own reasons, so she got into Ed’s ear and he refused to support the bond that he had voted to approve while on the committee.

Now lets get to Marie. While I was on Council, she published that I had a huge campaign war chest, and inferred that I must be on the take, because why would a local councilman have something like $75,000 in my campaign fund. Well, seems she was searching State Rep Doug Miller’s ethics report without even reading the first page, which lists his office (which should have been her first clue) and his address (not in Keller)…good research there Marie.

Now tonight I was forwarded her latest missive:

Ed Speakmon, Precinct Chair #3554, is in a runoff for Keller City Council. He received 45% of the vote in the May 23rd election with four people in the race. Ed needs your support to win. If any of you have some spare time, he would appreciate your help. If Keller were still using plurality, he would have been the winner. Unfortunately, former City Council Doug Miller changed the rule when he was elected after losing twice in his runs for Keller City Council. Hope with new leadership coming in that will change and save our City Taxpayers thousands of dollars. The former City Council went along with the change and it has created chaos for every election since.

First, she is the Area Leader for District 98…it’s a fancy term for running an email list to other precinct chairs. (That is who this email was addressed to)

Second, she failed to mention that Ed is running against a fellow precinct chair…yeah, that’s right. Mitch is a precinct chair.  She’s using her position to advocate for one precinct chair over another.  That’s just slimy.

Third, lets delve into her falsehood. The decision to have the City of Keller elections decided by a majority of the vote goes back to the very first City Charter in Keller. It was adopted long before I ever moved to town and I certainly did not have any part of changing the rule, in fact, the RULE HAS NEVER CHANGED. As a matter of record, a City Councilman does not just up and change the Charter….the citizens of the town VOTE in a democratic fashion to change it.

Yeah, just another slur from Marie who has no idea what the hell she is talking about. Again, if it wasn’t so important to get this out there, I’d just SMH.

I call on Jen Hall, current Tarrant County GOP Chair, and Tim O’Hare, incoming TCGOP Chair to get their “Area Leader” under control. District 98 deserves better than this crap.

And I call on my fellow Keller citizens to get to the polls and vote.

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Total Transparency… for Special Interest

This week Star-Telegram editors recognized Keller’s “petty political factions that have left the city deeply divided and almost unmanageable.”

It’s no coincidence that about the time Beyond Right Field retired from covering Town Hall a couple years ago, things began to deteriorate to the point that 20 or so of our high level city employees began to “find opportunities” elsewhere. How’s that? It’s not likely they enjoyed knowing that any blunder of bureaucracy was fair fodder for all Keller citizens to read and comment on. The answer is BRF was accessible to all, and many followed it, so it commanded a transparency on council that just didn’t take well to anything akin to a hidden agenda (its archives bare out plenty of examples). So it’s not a stretch to say the watchdog that BRF was, indirectly attracted a pretty healthy culture of service minded council members, and in turn, employees from the city manager on down. And the power at Town Hall resided not in any faction of council, but the people. All the people.

Today that power is all but gone. From the people, anyway. It’s shifted to a behind the scenes smoke filled e-room. A quiet club whose membership is drawn up from those old neighborhood gas well email lists. And its voice is now louder than Keller’s typically low voter turnout. Only its members on council know for sure, and they’re not talking, but their invitation-only club is speculated at over a thousand when measured by how quickly they can fill a council chamber on any given night, night after night, saturate half of Keller with yard signs of previously uninvolved candidates, or their council cronies fall in line on a vote against a landowner. Or an ethics policy. Or, as the S-T comments reflect, organize a recall and pack the petition to do it.

They pick council candidates whose code language of “quality, controlled development” is their pledge to one special interest… low density, 1-acre lots, all cost. When I knocked on their doors, the common response was, while pointing over to some else’s pastureland, “so you’re the guy who wants to build zero lot line houses over there.” They’d been sold a whopper about me and would not let it go.

I have nothing against low density. I love low density. I’ve owned low density. Nothing wrong with acreage if that’s what YOU want. The problem is, who is YOU? Is YOU the property owner, or a secret email group? Whoever YOU is, there’s one YOU that the Fifth Amendment intended to protect from all levels of government, including Keller Town Hall…

No person shall be . . . deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

… and if you’re a Constitutionalist, you respect that right. Yet I’ve watched the behind the scenes group, via their cohorts on city council, deny this very right many times, on both sides of Keller Pkwy. Last year they denied a land owner that cost the people of Keller a heavily wooded 35 acre park, a $2M gift that had been his dream to donate to the people for decades. All that fuss over 8 Medium Density lots, and a beautiful park that had actually been planned for years in our Parks & Trails Master Plan… lost. They say it was planned Low Density in the Future Land Use Plan. Not even close; a good piece of it was planned for Medium Density. The landowner just asked to shift it around to a part of the site where it made most sense with the park he’d wanted to donate. And therein lay their technicality on which to oppress both quality development and the intent of the Fifth Amendment at the same time. All for their special interest… Low Density, all cost. Every time they get together with their council partners to tell another property owner they can’t sell Medium Density lots, they, by definition, “take” some of their property in the form of value, call them greedy, and give that value collectively to their club.

And, for as many of them who, themselves, live on Medium Density lots (most lots north of Keller Pkwy are medium density), their agenda is just as hypocritical. Because they are denying other property owners the same right to divide, that they themselves enjoyed when they bought in Keller. I’ve watched in utter disbelief as they deny property owner after property owner the same high quality growth they themselves enjoy.

Unscrupulous. Oppressive. Hypocritical. So what’s their motive? It’s really pretty simple. They love being able to live near, drive by, look at and enjoy other people’s open green pastures, without having to buy it. And for as long as they can keep landowners from realizing the same full market value they gave their own sellers, they know they can suit their special interest.

They know chats that decide other property owners’ fortunes… chats that include their select council members and their chosen candidates running for city council… aren’t the kind of chats council members ought to be part of. So they keep it all under wraps of a private email group. Not in open forum where everyone in town can read, decide, comment and vote. A venue with no secrecy. No exclusivity.

A venue like Beyond Right Field.

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New Author at BRF

Today I had a long chat with former City Council Member Mitch Holmes. I invited Mitch to be an author here on the site.

You should be seeing posts from time to time from Mitch going forward as he has carte blanche to post what he wants, when he wants.

If you would like to be an author, send me an email doug at rdasolutions dot net

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Update From My Visit To City Hall

First, I did receive a phone call from Trina Zais, Director of Public Services/Economic Development for the City to apologize for her phone call the other evening and to apologize for not getting a return phone call. Funny how that happens when called to the carpet by the City Manager.

Second, I have been contacted by a number of readers stating that they also have been not getting a response when emails or phone calls are made to City Hall. I have passed along Mark Hefner’s email and phone number to them, told them to top. Most felt that overkill, I told them do that, or show up at City Hall and tell Libby (the front desk receptionist) to go get the person they are looking for so that could actually see if this person actually exists.

Third, a former Councilman texted me the other night that it’s time to remind the folks at City Hall who they work for….and I agree 100%.

Fourth, no, I do not have any immediate plans to run for office. That could change if things at City Hall do not change…and change in a hurry.

Fifth, thanks to all the readers of the blog. I had over 1000 hits in two days. I love to write, even though I’m not very good at it, but real world issues like running three different companies take priority.

Sixth, thanks to all the former Keller employees that reached out to thank me for the post. I had almost forgotten how large that number was.

And finally, I had Big Bob place a bet on the Rangers to win the west when he was in Vegas last week….six days to opening day! Never ever quit!

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Return to City Hall

I haven’t been to City Hall but a few times in the last 23 months, and most of the time I was inside the building it was to vote. I don’t watch Council meetings or P&Z meetings, I had turned into the regular unaware Keller Resident.

Last week two things happened that changed that. I received an email from a friend that lives in Hidden Lakes:

 

Hey Doug,

 

I know this is out of the blue, and inappropriate given I never reach out to you. But I’m emailing you to see if you could give me some guidance?

 

My neighbors behind me constantly drain water into my yard. It has horrible natural drainage. I can’t get anyone at the city to return my call.  I’ve already spent over $4500 putting in my own drainage and it still looks like this. 

 

Who can I contact?

 

I called him up to find out this situation has been going on for a year, and he has made repeated attempts to get somebody to call him back from the city with no success.

 

Then on Monday of last week I received a call from a neighbor stating that she received a zoning change notification for a property to the rear of Sarah Brooks Estates. She sent over a copy via email and I made a call to City Hall on Tuesday and left a message for a staff member whom I know pretty well. Not receiving a return call, I called up to Community Development and left another message after hours in the general mail box that evening. Wednesday I called during the morning to the specific person handling the Zoning Change….crickets.

 

Wednesday after work I sent the city manager an email, asking for some help nudging the folks in community development to return my call. Later that evening I did receive a call from the new head of that department, a very non apologetic phone call with nary a worry that her staff hadn’t returned my call. Stating, well they are busy.

 

That didn’t go over well. I have also made a few phone calls about the street lights being out on the corner of my street, never receiving a return phone call over the last few months. So this is becoming a pattern. I reached out again to the City Manager to set up a meeting to discuss the situation.

 

I met with Mark Hafner, whom I have known for 15 years or so, and he was apologetic, stating his policy is that City Staff return phone calls within 4 hours. He would address the issue. We will see.

 

So why the long blog post over such trivial matters? Because if a guy that knows how to work the system is not getting return phone calls from City Hall, it is just the tip of the iceberg. I know from the stats from when the blog was active, that over 20% of the hits to this page are from within City Hall. As a former staff member told me last night, maybe it’s because there isn’t a watch dog anymore in Keller.

 

Well, I might have went away for a while, but I will reengage. The first thing that needs to be changed is the way the city now allows staff to “recommend” approvals of items before P&Z and Council.

 

This was the standard procedure when Lyle Dresser was the City Manager. This put staff in a position of deciding, rather than the appointed and elected representatives of the city. These staff members do not even live in Keller, what makes it right for them to say that they recommend a project? It also sets a bad precedent, as then the staff is up there defending their decision to the P&Z or Council. Staff should be up there presenting facts, with no opinion.

 

I attended the P&Z meeting last night and spoke in opposition to the zoning change that was presented. The project as a whole is a good concept, but they are trying to shoe horn a large project into a small lot. When a commissioner asked the Planner II that works for the city if she felt the lot size was appropriate, the answer should have been “Mr. Commission, that is what your job is to determine” rather than the answer that was given.

 

The city employee stated that yes, she felt the lot size was appropriate. Why would she say that? Because she is up there having to defend her recommendation that the project be approved. When I approached her after the meeting and asked why she would make such a statement, when in fact if the lot size was appropriate, the applicant wouldn’t be asking for any variances encroaching on the landscape buffer, she had a deer in the headlights look. By the way, this staffer lives in Denton, not Keller.

 

So you ask, why did the city change it’s policy on recommendations? It’s simple; the new director for the department is also the head of Economic Development. So she only looks good if these projects get approved.

 

Let me be clear, this is wrong, it sets a bad precedent, and I will continue to push to have this changed. It is not in the best interest of the tax paying citizens to have government bureaucrats cheerleading zoning changes, which should be left entirely to the developer to defend their position and the appointed and elected officials to make their decision based upon their own independent thought process.

 

And if it takes that for me to reengage, so be it.

 

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Mayor Mark Matthews Recall Effort

I was in China when I received a text from a TV reporter asking if I knew any information on this, of which I didn’t. So I asked around, talked to some folks and found out what is going on.

Seems the folks that supported Matthews’ election are now pissed that he isn’t a blind believer in their mission statement, and to punish him, they are going to pass a recall petition.

They have some complaints about his ethics on voting for some items that his wife/uncle/friend of a friend had interest in. Folks at City Hall tell me that he precleared those relationships with the City Attorney Stan Lowry before he voted.

Funny, how the same folks can’t be saddled with signing an ethics policy are now pushing the mayor to be recalled over the same policy. But, hey, it’s politics.

As I told someone yesterday, I enjoy seeing the infighting in their wing. It only weakens them, and turns all those new voters they brought to the polls off of ever voting in a City Election ever again.

Bring on the recall, and hey, you need me to sign the petition, give me a shout. I think he should be recalled just because of the way he treated all the board and commission members he so unceremoniously kicked out, without so much as a thank you hello, goodbye. Hundreds of years of experience kicked to the curb because he wanted only “true believers” in those positions. How’s that working out for you now, Mr. Mayor?

When Tom Soulsby is there on the 2nd, you need to personally thank him for pushing for a higher threshold for petitions and referendums. It’s the only thing that may save you.

Bitter? You bet. As I’ve stated before, once he publically apologizes for the way he treated those board members, then maybe I’d give him a chance.

Until then, where do I sign?

 

 

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Talladega

Yes, it’s been months since I’ve really even thought about writing on the blog…..priorities have changed over the last couple of years, and while I have begun a couple of posts, nothing seems to get published.

I’m in China yet again, third trip this year and this is the first one that I was really not looking forward to. The newness of the far east has worn off, this is all about work and getting some of my factories sorted out.

I’m thankful that oil is still above $40, that the construction company is having its best year on record and that all is well in the Miller Household. We are in the process of starting yet another business and hence my trip to China. Reagan also has started her own little company selling some items on Amazon, her first product should hit the shelves before the end of the month.

You can check out her website at www.teatyl.com

Since my last post, we lost Beyond Right Field’s prolific commenter….and local political expert Randy Leake. Randy was a good friend and a great citizen of Keller. A former Councilmember, KYA board member, father to two sons and one hell of a salesman. Randy was also the one that spent many phone calls and emails explaining the dos and don’ts of a business trip to China, as he visited often. Randy is missed, and I think of him every time I drive down Rapp Road which is nearly every day. Cancer is a mother fucker…..he was way too young.

Wing and a prayer down 65,
Five best friends on four bald tires,
I can still see Billy smiling
When we finally made it.

With the death of somebody so close to the blog and my political involvement, it makes it difficult to even think about local politics much anymore. But who knows, once it’s in your blood it’s always in your blood. It was 15 years between my first two terms of serving on a Council, it may be another 15 or it may come as soon as next May…..only time will tell. Right now my priorities are helping Gio if he gets an opponent and Ted Cruz for the March primary.

We saw two local kids play in the big leagues this year, I think that’s a first for Keller. Jonathan Edwards and Max Muncie both spent time up with the big league clubs and both have great futures ahead of them. Edwards was traded to the Padres from the Rangers, and I hope he gets his shot there. At one time this summer he led the minors in saves and ERA. He has the stuff, he just needs the opportunity. Max just has to find his stroke….and with that swing it’s just a matter of time.

Like a stone, time rolls on,
You can’t hit pause, that’s just the deal,
Most days in life don’t stand out,
But life’s about those days that will all like

Two of the best employees Keller had moved out to New Mexico to go to work for former Keller City Manager Steve Polasek. Jonathan and Deanna Phillips were married and now are expecting their first child. I couldn’t be more happy for them….well, other than having to live in New Mexico and having to work for Steve…….. just kidding Steve…well, maybe not.

When the winds grow cold and it blows October,
I think about us shoulder to shoulder,
Like those cars, my thoughts roll over and over and over,
In my mind

Former Keller Deputy City Manager Chris Fuller is now the Deputy City Manager in Colleyville…as the long time readers of the blog know, I’ve always had a man crush on Fuller. I think he is one of the brightest guys in municipal government that I’ve ever met. I still text back and forth with Fuller, but it seems to be more about the Chicago Cubs than anything municipal related. Speaking of the Cubs….tough loss this year, but this is a young team and will be a force for years to come. And your Texas Rangers? Loved the fight from the boys this year.

Speaking of young, it makes me proud every day when I look at my youngest….Reagan, what a fine young woman she’s turned into. She is thriving at Booker T, just as my wife told me she would. She will be one of the leads in a Opera in December and her voice has matured so much that sometimes I have to pinch myself to make sure that is really her singing. She fell in love with University of Utah when we visited this summer, and she still wants to become a biomedical engineer….so we will see where that leads her.

Nicholas got a job for a great company up in North Dakota after graduation from University of Houston in May. His first winter up there will be a challenge; God I hate the cold. So proud of him though, as he beat the odds. Left school for a couple of years, changed his focus and major and powered through it and graduated with honors. Much smarter than his old man.

To Talladega, boys raise the
Whiskey in your glass, here’s to turn it up,
Slowing down and cars that go real fast,

For those of you in Keller that know Tom Soulsby, take the time to give him a call or text him. Tom isn’t getting any younger and I’m sure he’d love to hear from you. Mr. Soulsby served longer on boards or commissions than anybody in the history of Keller, he truly is an icon in the city. I am proud to call him my friend.

We were laughing and living, drinking and wishing,
And thinking as that checkered flag was waving,
Sure would like to stay in, Talladega.

This song that I posted today isn’t about NASCAR racing, but about life and the memories you make. Take some time and go make some memories, or take a moment to remember the memories in your life.…put some whiskey in your glass…

I keep telling Shannon that when we buy our sailboat in the Caribbean….when we push off from the dock for the first time I’m going to drop my cell phone and laptop in the water as we get under way……sooner than she thinks!

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