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in Bad Bill In Hot Water Over Racial Comments
Personnel involved in public protection, military and/or police, should never be subjected to divisive comments especially anything suggestive of race. In the case of the police force, I only see one color -- BLUE. If I am not mistaken, this council member previously posted something on Facebook suggesting white privilege or no longer the need to apologize for being white. He certainly is entitled to his First Amendment rights but I would suggest he, being a public servant, should attempt to temper his speech with common sense.
The story is somewhat inaccurate regarding the recall process. To recall him the petition would require 30 percent of those voting in the last election (May 2016) for the position being recalled. In this case it appears 643 valid signatures (all from Single Member District 1) would be sufficient to initiate the recall. Since there were 1092 votes for Richardson and 1049 for Trinidad Aguirre it looks like recall is on the horizon. If recalled, there would be an election to determine his replacement.
Given the justified uproar over his comments, he could, and should, resign. That removes the cancer but does leave the option for the remaining council members, by a unanimous vote, to appoint a new person to server the unexpired term. If no unanimous decision then an election would be required.
in Local Law Enforcement Takes Bill Richardson to Task Over Facebook Fiasco
I've had several interactions with PD officers due to a certain family member with issues. Mostly good young men and women wanting to help! That being said there were two officers I didn't like dealing with, both hispanic. Does that make me a racist? No.
I tell it like I see it and have no use for PC. Filing a complaint? Complaining goes nowhere otherwise San Angelo would have excellent roads and trash service.
BTW, I believe complaints would work with body cams, otherwise the human element comes into play and we know how rotten that can be.
in Saving San Angelo Roads: A Rocky Road Ahead
Midland does this same crap every summer. It's horrible. The rock doesn't stick in some places so we wind up with tar strips that get on cars and look like hells.
in City Comes Clean on Republic Services Payments, Somewhat.
This just gets more and more ridiculous. The city keeps responding to questions about THEIR audit with "we don't have legal authority to request to documents from a private company." How can the City not have "legal authority" to request records from a private company who was under contract with the City of San Angelo at the time of the wrong charges. The whole question is regarding overcharging in violation of said contract. It would be the city's duty to investigate overcharging. It certainly would be the city's duty to NOT give them another contract until the issue was resolved, which it was certainly not when we're still talking about it two years later. Relying on an audit paid for by Republic is a complete cop-out of their responsibility.
in City Lashes Out in Angry Taxpayer-Funded Assault on San Angelo LIVE!
I listened to Turd Wilson speak to one of my college classes several semesters ago (I am a non-traditional student, late 40's, just FYI). I was less than impressed, to say the least. He is an arrogant, self-centered little turd. I also saw him yell at some high school kids that got in his way during a Central HS Band Fun Run.
The point to my ramblings? Simply this...Wilson is a shill for the city. No big surprise there. But the snarky tone he takes in this video lets me know that Joe Hyde is onto something. The way this contract was negotiated and the way it is being enforced lets me know, once again, that the good ol boy network is alive and well in San Angelo. This contract has been a disaster since day one. Many good people have, in the words of the dearly departed Jerry Reed, gotten the shaft, while Republic gets the gold mine.
So San Angelo Live, keep digging. Don't let this one go. Something is rotten at the core of all this.
in UPDATE: Motorcyclist Expected To Be Released From Medical Care Soon
Either this person is not from around these parts or just a complete idiot for approaching this S turn at any rate of speed in any vehicle.
Just some thoughts, MY property taxes have gone up the last 2 years in a row even though I have done NOTHING to the property? As for the roads, I live on Inglewood Drive, our street have turned into just "chunks" of tar and potholes, shoot, let it go back to dirt, it would be smoother! As would most of the streets in this town. City Council, I KNOW you can get state and federal grants for street repair. As for the trash issue, boy, Republic seen our city coming - "sign here please" and they did. For those of us who have alleyways behind our houses WHY can't our trash stay there? Every trash day all I see is trash blowing about in the FRONT of our houses, rather than in the alley, regardless trash blowing around is bad but if it's in the alley way, it's easier to grab and take care of rather than seeing it blow around in the front of our beautiful houses. Ridiculous. City council, y'all need to look inward, be retrospective, THINK about what you are doing with OUR money. FIX THINGS - be COGNIZANT of our issues, DRIVE around town, see for yourself. Maybe you've lost touch with the common people in town and OUR issues. Sad, the last elections should have fixed that. I also realize the bigger problem with the streets is the water distribution system (underground pipes), you pave a new street and end up digging it up because of a water leak. Well heck, start fixing THAT - I mean c'mon - what's the problem here? Where are all our taxes going? I hope the city council pays their bills and takes care of their personal business better than they do working for us. I mean really. I don't see it. Folks, get it done, make a plan, let us know, show progress. Just because you are an elected official you aren't "above" us, you are still "us", no one special - deflate the big heads, focus on your job, make things happen. Thank you.
This city takes the cake. Streets are horrible, tax money is spent on who knows what, water (that destroys everything in your house) costs a small fortune, etc. I've been here for 8 years and they love to do that coating process. It doesn't fix the holes in the street and it's extremely loud to drive on. It falls apart quickly and is only a short term "solution". Here's a thought....actually bring viable industry to the area that requires a higher education than a GED, or nothing for that matter, and then you will have more tax money to properly fix the city with as opposed to a nomadic population. Or I guess we can continue to rely on the oil industry and the ups and downs and constantly live paycheck to paycheck. Get with the times SA! There's plenty of better, long lasting industry out there. Take a step forward instead of two backwards for a change.
the ridiculously loose gravel makes it unsafe for motorcycles, and causes far too many rocks to fling up from the tread of vehicles in front of you and could cause window damage.
“Tax rates have not gone up,” he said. But what he didn't say, is that appraisals have once again gone up, therefore causing taxes to rise! Nothing gives a better foundation than a thin film of oil and a bunch of pea gravel. Just like the "loose rocks", the city is trying to sweep away a raise in taxes and the responsibility for poorly maintained streets. But once the dust settles, both are still there and more evident than ever!
"No one wants a Bell Street in front of their house." What about those who live on Bell Street, and the dozens of roads in San Angelo just as bad. The way I figure it, the city of San Angelo owes its taxpayers about 3-4K apiece, for the damage to tires and suspensions the lack of maintenance to roads over the years has caused. Bell street was bad 15-20 years ago; it's now a safety hazard for anyone whose willing to drive the 40mph posted. The roads in this town are some of the worst in the state, and along with the Republic trash debacle, are part of why our city leaders need to be replaced with some folks with some integrity and common sense.
in Looking for Love in Varied Places
A/I electronic virgin love dolls arriving next year for Valentines Day(:
Seal coating may work if you are putting it on top of something worth saving...... In our case, they just shot a coat of oil mixed with some gravel onto the wore out to begin with streets. The same old pot holes are there, the same old dips are there, the same old humps are there, your fenders still get beat off your car driving on there and all there is, is just a new coat of oil and gravel on the roads.........
Drive down Grape Creek road by the coliseum. A few short years ago, this road was torn up for a year while a cement roadway was poured that was supposed to last 30 years without maintenance. Drive down it today.... It might be 5 years old and there are hundreds of patches that have already been made, and yet many unpatched areas where the cement has broken apart and pot holes are present...... We took a good screwing on this road rebuild too.......
"many people are scrambling to find their loved ones". There are they hiding?
Aside from poor sentence construction, this article would be best left unwritten. Fenced off , tucked away in an area
off 87, curtained cubicles, fetish-y (?) products. Outside city limits, no city property or sales taxes; not to mention SAPD
jurisdiction. Nice promo.
There seem to be some errors or maybe incompleteness in the information about road maintenance. San Angelo has been using seal coating of one form or another for a long time. In fact they are still in litigation with the seal coat contractor that made a mess of the project several years ago. The 2013 sealcoating contract caused lots of citizen complaints that sound almost exactly like what we are hearing today. After inspectors and city engineers investigated, it was determined the sealcoating was not done properly, and the city sued. That lawsuit is still ongoing. Last I heard of it was on the executive session agenda of the Feb. 7 City Council meeting. Hopefully the contractors are using an improved process since the fiasco that started in 2013 but City Hall has been using sealcoat for many years as part of its street maintenance and repair program.
This years sealcoat is probably different than what they did in the past. They are probably using one of the advanced seal coating processes that was discussed before council before the contract was let but this is still a sealcoat process. The one I remember them discussing uses some existing street material that's added to the mix (way over simplified I know) as part of the process to reduce material costs and theoretically increase street durability. It's still a seal coat process and from the feed back we're hearing from the citizens and local residents, still has many of the same seal coat problems we saw with the last seal coat project.
Hope they fix the problems and don't end up with another endless litigation. We need good streets and fewer lawsuits.
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