My desire long before being elected to the Council was to see the city more professionally managed. Oddly, I did not hold the staff at fault for what was lacking, but the Council.
Some on previous Councils were so pervasive at trying to microma… more »
Texas law used to prohibit public safety employee unions and I presume it still does. However, I've read in news accounts that cities can choose to enter collective bargaining agreements with their fire and police personnel. There were discussions in Ro… more »
Update from the NTTA:
The Eastern Extension is a portion of the outer loop around Dallas and its suburbs that connects Interstate Highway 30 to the existing President George Bush Turnpike (PGBT). It is part of the Loop 9/State Highway 190 c… more »
Not the cat really but sometimes I have to bite my tongue. As I mentioned in an earlier post, there are things that fall into the "better not said" category. To continue juggling the subject in public just prolongs the exposure and eventually more crede… more »
Holiday DWI Patrols / Choose your ride!
The Garland Police Department will be participating with other Texas Law Enforcement Agencies in an increased effort to remove impaired drivers from the roadways. Beginning December 21 through January 1, DWI E… more »
Garland Police News Release:
Officer Struck by Suspected Drunk Driver
Shortly after 1 a.m. this morning a Garland Police Officer was struck by a suspected drunk driver while standing outside of his squad car on the President George Bush Tollway at… more »
The Council and staff have changed the broadcast Townhall format. Instead of two Council members participating together and taking questions from the audience and by phone, we now simply give an on-camera update individually for our respective district.… more »
Posts to this blog have dropped the last couple months from a sometimes one-per-day average and I apologize for that. I've had plenty to say but some of it has been in the "better not said" category. I don't [hardly ev… more »
While crime in District 1 is comparatively low to many areas, we can't be complacent about it. We have excellent police professionals working on our behalf and we have neighborhood crime groups and neighbors keeping an eye out for each other, which all… more »
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