Another Park Property Shuffle

In its November 24, 2014 email blast, the Richardson Coalition praises expansion of transiet residential development while the City Council executes another secret real estate purchase.  In a less than fully disclosed swap arrangement with a group identified as the Hill family, the property on the southwest corner of Renner and Plano Roads was apparently acquired by the City Council as park land.  In the process, the "rights" to build as many as 2,267 apartment units on the property was "reduced 18%", amounting to some 1,859+ units...on the newly acquired city park land.  High praise was conferred upon this deal by the Richardson Coalition, as the "right" to build the remaining 18%, some 408+ units, was somehow transferred to undisclosed locations under ownership by the Hill family.  The "concern about the appartment issue" expressed by the special interest group was less than forthcoming about the impact of the 18% reduction, or on the neighborhoods where the other Hill family parcels are located.  Many other questions remain unanswered.  Like, how are decisions regarding the municipal government engaging in real estate trading made without public input.  And, in this case, what interest does the people of Richardson have in owning an undeveloped, overgrown parcel of land that has "rights" to build 1,859+ apartments while claiming the acquisition "doubles the size of the Spring Creek Nature Area".  As many transactions by this secretive municipal government and its special interest cohorts go, the truth may never be known.

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City Council Preserves Old Hardwood Forest 

(And cuts apartment allocation 18%)


Multiple goals were achieved by the City Council recently when they acquired the hardwood forest from the Hill family commonly known as The Woods on the southwest corner of Renner and Plano Roads.

  • An old-growth forest will be preserved instead of being cut down and replaced with apartments.

    Many of us have walked in those woods and even had scout campouts there.

    The Richardson Coalition is delighted that this transaction is underway.  The City Council and staff who worked so hard to make this happen are to be congratulated.
  • An important side benefit will also be consummated with this transaction.  The forest had been zoned with rights to build 2,267 apartment units on the land.  Those rights have been reduced 18% and transferred to other parcels owned by the Hill family.  Like many citizens in our city, the Coalition is concerned about the apartment issue and sees this as a step in the right direction.

This action will double the size of the Spring Creek Nature Area.

For those wanting more information, the city's website has full details:

 http://www.cor.net/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=11332 

 

2015 Hero Search

The Richardson Coalition kicks off its annual civic service award program calling for public attention to recognize their Real Heroes.

Richardson Real Heroes will launch its search for 2015 Real Heroes with a kickoff party on Tuesday, November 18. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of the search for Richardson's "unsung" volunteer heroes and to encourage nominations for the honor.

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Trading Partners

Scarlet LetterThe swirl of stories on the street about the newest revelations in public private partnerships have people blushing more than that of the last mayor and legendary tales of secure parking lot lunch hour social intercourse in the RV.  It's not likely a mayor will lose the job over personal proclivities but somebody needs to tell this one that public private partnerships should not to be mistaken as an opportunity to exchange body fluids.  The term "trading partners" is a phrase describing respectable members of society who engage in business, not to be confused with the act of betraying a betrothal to a dearly beloved or violating a solemn oath of public service for the pleasure of consorting with a developer engaged in city business.

Once upon a time those who were known to engage in indescreations were greeted with rejection.  In this post-modern, tin star society, where everyone from city hall to the country club finds their own morally relative balance of reality, there does not seem to be anything more personally pleasurable to take the edge off of public service than servicing the public. 

There's a contrived award for any conceivable happenstance trumpeted by publicly compensated commerce operatives as if the center of the universe orbit is here.  Perhaps the sun should shine here and convey recognition for the oldest of offensive acts.  There is an award for that.

In the absence of a tatoo on the forehead, a flighty tennis skirt trollop may as well be donned with an invisible scarlet A.  It's hard to mistake a prancing cheerleader flagging come hither in a short skirt or tight fitting silky see through dress.  A heads up for all the hound dogs who pick up on that scent, the word is the position enjoyed the most is that of mayor, one not portrayed in the Kama Sutra.

The poor schmucks who make the mistake of entrusting a cheater deserve what's cumming.  All the accounts ever recorded in ancient texts about this kind of personality didn't end well.  This one probably won't either.  Hundreds of thousands in cash pay off for silence and public record obscurity will not blindfold the children or remove that uncomfortable feeling of everybody seeing you as unchaste.

When legislative words and phrases chosen by good people are misconstrued by lesser men to equivocate a justification for misdeeds, the community suffers by tolerating their presence, and even more by their acceptance.  The choice is yours.  Choose your friends wisely.  It is unlikely that the city hall horseshoe consorts will do anything but laugh about it.

Quick Breakfast Taco

A smaller cousin of the breakfast burrito, the breakfast taco made with reduced-fat Cheddar and egg substitute is a satisfying and healthy breakfast option.

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