Really enjoyed volunteering last night at the firefighter appreciation BBQ!

bettergrapevine:

The May 2014 election for Grapevine City Council, Place 6, ended without any candidate taking more than 50%.

Candidates Duff O’Dell (1,025 votes) and LuAnn Gatts (645 votes) are now headed to a June 21st Runoff Election.

We’ve been asked repeatedly by Grapevine voters to host a candidate…

At 3rd Grade Awards, Owen was honored with best scientist. #science

Our mom is on her way to Karatu, Tanzania, via Dar es Salaam. Please join us in wishing her a safe journey.

Owen played “Watercolors” and “Circle Dance” perfectly for his spring #piano recital. Proud mama.

Owen played “Watercolors” and “Circle Dance” perfectly for his spring #piano recital. Proud mama.

Congratulations to Council Member Roy Stewart on his overdue retirement. I have high hopes for an enthusiastic and responsive successor.

I ran against Stewart and he won with just 51% of the vote in 2011. Before I ran, I never had a single e-mail returned from him and during the election at the polling site, his supporters called to voters to “come meet Roy Stewart”. If you’ve been in office for 15 years, why would your constituents meet you for the first time, only when it’s reelection time?

During the campaign, a reporter asked him to account for his expenditures on city business, to reconcile Grapevine’s reimbursements without receipts policy. He couldn’t or wouldn’t.

Since then, his seldom commentary at meetings has included building shapes are like alphabetical letters and meetings have had to be stopped by the city secretary to get him to speak his vote.

Similarly, our last city secretary rejected transparent governance and served until her ill health became a factor in her service. Her successor has heard citizens requests and embraced video recordings of council meetings, publishing public information online like council packets without an open records request for every single meeting, and new agendas that flow better and are, in her words “modernized”.

I don’t understand the Grapevine Way of serving or holding a position, just because you can, for as long as you can.

If you can write yourself a $50,000 check to run for city council, you can pay to get your signs to a recycling facility. These do not belong out over sidewalks and the road for days, awaiting city trash pickup. These don’t belong in a landfill.

If you can write yourself a $50,000 check to run for city council, you can pay to get your signs to a recycling facility. These do not belong out over sidewalks and the road for days, awaiting city trash pickup. These don’t belong in a landfill.

Another great baseball season ended today. So proud of Hale and the Short Stacks and I loved being Team Mom.

Another great baseball season ended today. So proud of Hale and the Short Stacks and I loved being Team Mom.

Final score:
Owen 40
Mommy & Daddy 45 
Hale 96

Final score:
Owen 40
Mommy & Daddy 45 
Hale 96

Way to go Taylor Tigers! Students collected nearly 70 pairs of shoes for GRACE - Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange.