Pleased that Grapevine is now part of the international recycling/trash pickup smartphone app “My Waste”. Jeremy says there should be some gamification and see which neighborhoods are recycling more. Agreed.
In the past few weeks I have been humbled and flattered by calls and e-mails asking if I am running for Grapevine City Council, including a request from a voter for a yard sign.
After much deliberation, I will not be seeking public office in 2014.
Instead, I will focus on community service with the Better Grapevine municipal government watchdog initiative. I think that it is important for local government to have transparency, accountability and stewardship of its resources.
I remain committed to numerous community service events and groups, including the Grapevine Veterans Day Parade, the Grapevine Garden Club and the Grapevine Citizens Fire Academy. If you’re interested in learning more about any of these worthy causes, please let me know.
Thanks for your support!
Good evening Mayor and Council Members,
I’m speaking for myself and my family tonight for Agenda item # 8, video recording and archiving of city council meetings.
I grew up in Colleyville and shortly after I graduated from Grapevine High, the City of Colleyville began video recording and archiving city council meetings on VHS tapes.
Now, modern technology allows hard-working, tax-paying residents an eye-opening view of their government as it happens with live streaming and even archiving to the exact agenda item.
Grapevine residents deserve to know what decisions you are making and how.
Trying to follow along with your current audio recordings of five male council members, plus male city attorney and male city manager, seven male voices, is very difficult, even for someone who attends council meetings regularly. It’s not helpful and it’s sorely outdated.
I’m grateful to work with a dedicated group of volunteers who have been video recording Grapevine City Council meetings since last summer. Residents and even a reporter have told us how helpful they are to staying up to date with city business. We’ve even been called the C-SPAN of Grapevine.
We video record and archive with a small inexpensive digital camera and upload to YouTube for free, like many municipalities do.
Since last summer, our videos have been seen more than 700 times, so we know this is something Grapevine residents want.
Transparency in government is something some of our neighbors can brag about on their city websites. I want my municipal government to embrace transparency and accountability to citizens whenever it can. This is a perfect opportunity tonight.
Please vote for agenda item # 8.
After much public pressure, tonight the Grapevine City Council will vote on video recording council meetings. Hopeful for passage. Either way, I’m really proud of our work.
Most nights this winter Hale asks, “Do you want me to warm your hands up, Mommy?” before he puts his little hands over mine. This is the only thing I will miss about the cold.