Posts Tagged ‘Fort Worth City Council’
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City Councilman Joel Burns Resigns

Jeff Prince
City Council member Joel Burns, who made national news in 2010 with an anti-bullying speech, announced his resignation at tonight’s meeting. Burns is Fort Worth’s first openly gay city council member. He’s served for...


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Act II

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Static loves the smell of democracy in the morning. As the June 15 runoffs draw near, the drama of the three undecided races is ratcheting up to Ancient Greek levels. Well, maybe not that dramatic. No one will end up marrying t...



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Shining a Light

An ex-city offical’s lawsuit shows how closed Mike Moncrief’s city hall was.
JEFF PRINCE
The Fort Worth City Council settled a lawsuit in April for $99,000 plus $1,125 in mediation costs. The decision served as a six-figure reminder of the not-so-distant reign of former Mayor Mike Moncrief, who ignored the city cha...


Mayor Betsy Price: “We don’t like other cities outdoing us.”

Ebbing Tide

Gas revenues to fund the arts? What gas revenues?
ANTHONY MARIANI
Be afraid, Fort Worth. Be very afraid. Late last year, the Fort Worth City Council decided to decrease funding for the nearly 50-year-old Arts Council of Fort Worth, a nonprofit agency that distributes funds to 45 local groups,...



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Keeping ‘Em Honest: City, County Meetings On Tuesday

Jeff Prince
Public scrutiny helps keep elected officials walking the straight and narrow line. You can let your leaders know that you’re watching by attending weekly meetings. The Fort Worth City Council meets at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Her...


Ashford: “... Putting them behind closed doors would have been disastrous.” Jeff Prince

Trusting City Hall

Opponents of the new ethics ordinance say citizens dodged one bullet, got hurt by others.
PETER GORMAN
When the Fort Worth City Council approved major changes in the city’s ethics ordinance recently, it put the city in a different camp than most other major American cities outside Texas on how to handle complaints — and in a...



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There’s Nothing Wrong and We’re Going to Fix It Right Away

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So, Fort Worth Weekly was taken to task publicly by members of the Fort Worth City Council on Dec. 4. Oh woe is us, oh … oh, wait just a danged minute. The occasion was a consent agenda item regarding the new, slightly evisce...


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Global Warning

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Don’t Let This One Pass “Go” Next week, the Fort Worth City Council may declare bankruptcy. Of the moral variety, that is. Despite virulent opposition from a small handful of citizen activists, the council will consider a...



The muscle-bound Hobbs, an avid bodybuilder, chewed out Prince in a public meeting in front of several dozen residents.

Hobbs’ Estranged Wife: He Lied

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Surprise, surprise. Former Fort Worth City Council candidate Marshall Hobbs backdated his lease in his attempt to qualify for this year’s District 8 election, according to his estranged wife, Nikee Hobbs. Marshall Hobbs is a ...


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The Right Thing

JOHN Q. READER
To the editor: Peter Gorman’s “Ethics: Chipping Away” (Aug. 15, 2012) brought back memories. I was formerly a member of the Ethics Review Committee that heard a complaint on Aug. 19, 2010, against certain council-appointe...