Posts Tagged ‘committee’

Ethics for Me and You

Static
It seemed insignificant on the surface, just 11 little words on a piece of paper. But the sheesh hit the fan after Fort Worth city secretary Marty Hendrix posted the agenda for the Ethics Review Committee’s June 9 meeting. Li...


Joe Barton: Not Too Bright

How many energy industry lobbyists does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
E.R. BILLS
Hardly a day goes by that I don’t hear someone around here complaining about politicians who are ignoring the will of the people or not measuring up as a representative of the people. Folks are all fired up and want something...



Seeing No Evil, Re-Redux

Static
For, what, the umpteenth time, critics of the city’s actions on gas drilling and ethical issues got no respect Tuesday from the Fort Worth City Council. The council voted 6-0 to deny appeals from activists Jim Ashford and Lou...


Muzzled Watchdogs

There wasn’t much barking on the public’s behalf at a recent hearing on gas drilling regulation.
CLYDE PICHT
The headline on Fort Worth Weekly’s Static column on Nov. 17 advised “Go Get ‘em, Watchdogs,” referring to the public’s chance to weigh in on gas issues in a hearing before the Texas House Committee on Energy Resource...



Boxers for a Cause

Static
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of months, you probably know that Fort Worth City Council member Joel Burns has become a YouTube sensation and a spokesperson for the national “It Gets Better” ca...


Has Fort Worth Lost its Moral Compass?

Ethics questions seem to be a hallmark of this city administration.
Betty Brink and Jeff Prince. Photos by Jeff Prince
Politics is a messy game — you need a playbook when you’re spending more than a billion dollars a year, making rules that affect the lives of nearly a million people, and balancing neighborhoods and business interests. With...



Dirty Air

Static
Who’s number-one in Texas for ozone air pollution? Hint: It ain’t Houston anymore. Yes, folks, Dallas/Fort Worth has unseated the Bayou City to become the state leader in lung-searing, asthma-inducing ozone.


Ethics Alive

A city panel on ethical dealings shows signs of life.
Story and photos BY JEFF PRINCE
Questionable ethics at city hall have gone mostly unchallenged in recent years because residents weren’t sure how to combat them. Not anymore.



More Hell to Pay

John Q. Public
To the editor: Thank you for reporting on the payroll audit mess at the Fort Worth school district (“Payroll Hell,” Jan. 20, 2010). It’s not over, unfortunately.


Transfer from If to When

DAN MCGRAW
Five years ago, no one in Fort Worth was thinking much about public transportation, particularly an inner-city streetcar system. Real estate developers, assuming that only poor people used mass transit, didn’t want any li...