COUNCIL BRIEFS September 13, 2016
September 14, 2016
Reposted from Addison Councilmember Paul Walden’s Facebook page,
I AM PROUD THAT THE BUDGET ADDISON’S COUNCIL ADOPTED BEGINS THE PROCESS OF MAKING ADDISON’S EMPLOYEE COMPENSATION COMPETITIVE AGAIN . . . .
The 2012 Bond Campaign: Meier Plays the Blame Game Yet Again
August 27, 2016
Meier again tries to convince Addison’s residents that some political enemy has erred, rewriting history in an effort to make the facts fit his latest story.
Where Will Our $100,000 Go?
August 18, 2016
We don’t need to pay money via the Addison Legacy Foundation for this type of consulting work. Town staff can pursue this project – as they did before – with no need of the Addison Legacy Foundation. The Foundation claims they can get services donated and raise money to make this a reality but their results, to date, don’t demonstrate much of a track record in producing successful projects.
Mayor: An Apology Isn’t Enough:
July 13, 2016
Our Mayor owes council member Jim Duffy and the citizens of Addison a public apology. In his most recent newsletter the Mayor was critical of Duffy for not attending KaBoom Town festivities on Sunday evening. His snide comment is compelling evidence that the Mayor uses the newsletter to attack those he considers his political enemies and until the council acted was doing it at taxpayer expense. His remarks concerning Jim, who chose to be at the side of his dying mother instead of attending the city’s KaBoom Town party, can only be described as insensitive, mean spirited and the thoughtless words of an individual who lacks any sense of humanity.
July 12, 2016
Addison is deeply divided today. It will remain so as long as we allow the political game players in town to believe that there is no penalty for “stoking the fires.”
The Big Picture, Part 2:
The Secret Kanter Addendum and the Finance Committee
June 20, 2016
Addison’s is a cautionary tale, and we must understand all of what happened to make sure it never happens again. So, in Part 2, we turn to the issue of a SECRET addendum signed in connection with Kanter’s engagement letter that confirms the intent to keep his work concealed. We also discuss the Meier-led council’s misguided decision to form a “Finance Committee” with no defined mission, no oversight or accountability, and no rules regarding powers it should never have been exercising. As with Part 1, Part 2 will demonstrate a complete lack of transparency by the Meier-led regime.
The Big Picture, Part 1: Lea Dunn’s Memo and the Kanter Fiasco
June 15, 2016
Secrecy and government don’t mix; that’s why the Open Records Act and the Open Meetings Act exist in the first place. Citizens have a right to full disclosure and real transparency, in other words, THE TRUTH. But that hasn’t happened in Addison with Meier at the helm. Instead, we have lived the vicious cycle of governmental abuse of power. It’s relatively straightforward: a government that is secretive, i.e., disregards the laws requiring disclosure and transparency, is (a) the very government most likely to engage in wrongdoing, and thus (b) the very government that most needs the scrutiny of its citizens, and yet (c) the very government that will fight hardest that scrutiny. It is exactly what Meier has brought to Addison, and the results speak for themselves: higher taxes, a tax rate above the rollback rate for the first time in Addison’s history, and a demoralized and devastated staff. And, most significantly, a divided community, with a mayor whose “tone at the top” is to foment and escalate that division . . . . Read further: While there is some length to this outline, it may be the most important thing you’ve ever read on Truth in Addison.
Addison City Published Newsletter Will Increase Transparency
June 7, 2016
As one of the people that was targeted by those political attacks while I served the Town as council member let me assure you that the newsletter was indeed used to further a particular agenda and to punish anyone who should disagree. While sometimes subtle, often the attacks were direct and not entirely truthful.
In the future a full accounting of the agenda items, issues facing the Town, and the way the vote went will be appreciated and fully transparent.
“Lost in Wisconsin” Finally Comes Home
June 6, 2016
You may have noticed the installation of a piece of art – titled “Lost in Wisconsin” – at the newly designed entrance to the Health Club at the corner of Beltway and Proton. It is spectacular, truly completing the redesign of that area. Kudos to the folks involved with the Addison Arbor Foundation, as well as Slade Strickland, who envisioned a redesign of this corner around this wonderful piece of art. And, in typical fashion, Todd Meier is spinning a tall tale about it. At his recent coffee gathering, Meier told those in attendance that the new council had revisited the issue of the placement of this sculpture, suggesting that they had reversed course from a prior council vote. From there, Meier made inflammatory suggestions about other things the new council might revisit, including getting rid of council videos, a suggestion that is absurd at best. But here’s the thing. The new council didn’t reconsider anything.
The Truth About Kanter, Part 1
Kanter: “There are a lot of politics surrounding my work”
In a meeting held on November 21, 2014, Addison employees Chris Terry and Cheryl Delaney expressed concern to accountant Larry Kanter that he was not treating Addison’s staff respectfully, and that Kanter “often failed to present all the facts or left out pertinent information which resulted in casting staff inappropriately and unfairly in an unfavorable light.” Kanter’s response was that HIS HIRING WAS “A VERY POLITICAL PROCESS” AND THAT “THEY SHOULD BE AWARE THAT A LOT OF POLITICS [WERE] GOING ON SURROUNDING HIS WORK.”
Public Hearing Comments by Guillermo Quintanilla, Addison Resident,
at the May 24, 2016, Addison Council Meeting
May 31, 2016
YOU mayor… put that item on the Agenda tonight and, YOU mayor… chose the wording of the item.
And then YOU leaked the agenda to your supporters, working with them to arrange for an email to be circulated that falsely told people that it was the new councilmembers who put the newsletter on the agenda. You did it to attack them, and you did it before these councilmembers EVER saw the agenda.
The Smoking Gun on Meier’s Intent To Continue His Divisive Tactics
May 23, 2016
Meier immediately set about to undermine the new councilmembers by putting together an inflammatory agenda, and then arranging for the public to once again be misled about what was happening.
But Meier made a mistake this time. Now he’s been caught red-handed. Here’s what happened:
Kanter and the Finance Committee:
Circumventing Addison’s Charter
May 16, 2016
While Addison continues to conceal key documents relating to Larry Kanter, the documents they did produce validate many of the concerns about which I’ve written. We now have evidence of the willingness of Meier and his cadre to circumvent our Charter’s unequivocal prohibition against the council directing the day-to-day affairs of our Town.
The Kanter Cover Up Continues As Meier “Spins” His End Game
May 14, 2016
Addison continues to conceal documents I’ve requested relating to the Kanter fiasco, most notably Lea Dunn’s 19-page memo. Perhaps sensing that the memo is likely to be disclosed, Todd Meier is now trying to build deniability into the public record by rewriting his part of this unfortunate history.
Attacking Newly Elected Councilmembers Before They’ve Even Taken Office:
GIVE PEACE A CHANCE!
May 12, 2016
Councilmembers-elect Paul Walden, Jim Duffy and Al Angell haven’t been sworn in yet. They haven’t spoken a word as elected officials. They haven’t taken a single official act. But they have already been summarily condemned by the Meier-supporting facts-don’t-matter folks, who now call them “good ole boys.” These are the same tabloid writers who brought you “poopgate.” They now claim to be judge, jury and executioner. All this before the trial even starts.
Making All Well in Addison Starts With TRUTH
May 8, 2016
Addison’s citizens have spoken, and I am hopeful that their voices will now truly be heard. The real work starts in 9 days when the new councilmembers are sworn in. The past three years of Addison’s history are a cautionary tale. No democracy can claim health when one person is allowed to dominate. Our Charter states that all seven councilmembers are equal, with the mayor having two – and only two – additional duties: preside at meetings and represent Addison at official functions. That model has been largely ignored . . . .
DMN: Again, The Truth about Who Is Responsible for Your Increased Property Taxes
May 6, 2016
“Any public official who swears he or she they didn’t raise your taxes because the appraisal district did the dirty deed is a full-blown liar who should be run out of town.”
Letters to the Editor
Addison mayor curates truth . . . and candidates will pay price
May 6, 2016
More Shameful, Unfounded Accusations,
And More Proof That We Need Change in Addison
May 3, 2016
I thought I’d seen it all from the incumbents and their supporters. Today they sunk to a new low. The “facts-don’t-matter” tabloid now accuses the three challengers and/or their supporters of placing poop on an Addison resident’s doormat. And, a little dab on an incumbent’s sign.
It is patently absurd. Needless to say, there is not one shred of evidence to support these ridiculous, wild, unfounded accusations.
“Service Above Self” – The (Old) Addison Way and The Rotary Club
May 3, 2016
“Service above self” is the primary motto of the Rotary Clubs, including three that meet in and around Addison. This motto dovetails with the Addison Way I knew when I served on the Council. Employees lived it. They were a cohesive unit back then, a family of sorts, fostered by strong, demanding, but fair leadership. They thrived, and with them, Addison grew into a very special place.
DCAD Didn’t Raise Addison’s Taxes
The Incumbents Did
Let’s See Them Deny It Again . . .
May 3, 2016
This is one of those moments where you can look at objective evidence to determine who is telling you the truth. I have said this repeatedly: Meier and his captive, obedient incumbents have raised your taxes more than 7% in just the last two years alone. My statements have been met with a torrent of misinformation, most notably the false claim that rising taxes are the fault of DCAD, not Addison’s council.
This Council Raised Your Taxes And Should Answer For It
May 2, 2016
The incumbents have run a shameful campaign. There’s no other way to say it. They have attacked Addison and its history, and have unjustifiably disparaged its former staff and management, all for perceived political gain. They have caused harm to Addison. The strategy of continuing to misrepresent the facts is a disservice to Addison and an insult to Addison’s voters. It amplifies the unwillingness of the incumbents to accept responsibility for the decisions they have made. They owe honesty and explanations to the electorate, not a parade of misinformation that deflects attention from their conduct. So let’s talk about a couple of issues the incumbents and their supporters keep raising.
Significant Conflict of Interest in Addison Politics
May 2, 2016
After being admonished by the then City Attorney in 2014 for violating the Town’s prohibition against political advertising and other ethics violations in campaigns, Addison’s Mayor, Todd Meier, and the Council voted to change the Town’s long standing Code of Ordinances to allow them to do so in the future . . .
FROM THE DESK OF JOE CHOW
May 2, 2016
No other Mayor in the North Texas sends out salacious e-mails and campaign literature on behalf of incumbents. A real leader brings people together and works to represent all aspects of various issues, but Meier just wants to stack the deck in his favor.
This Mayor is divisive and morale at City Hall is the lowest I have ever seen. It is no wonder that for the first time in the history of the Town of Addison that the Police and Firefighter’s Associations have endorsed non-incumbent candidates. They were willing to risk the wrath of the Mayor and his slate and instead support Al Angell, Jim Duffy and Paul Walden.
Taunting the Electorate:
The Reality of Meier’s New Addison
May 1, 2016
This week, my neighborhood was taunted by a sitting councilmember. This is the sad reality of the state of Addison’s government.
RAISING TAXES and Making Mud to Hide It
April 28, 2016
Since Todd Meier has been mayor, Addison’s taxes have increased by about 28.8%. During the past two years, Addison’s taxes have increased by more than 7%. At the same time, this Council has overspent the budget each of the last two years by almost $2 million.
Letters to the Editor
Focus on real Addison issues
April 27, 2016
Re: “Disrespectful behavior,” by Blake Barnard, April 16 Letters.
You recently published a letter in which the author proclaimed the alleged political views of a deceased Addison resident, then falsely accused residents of stealing political signs. I challenge both assertions.
These inflammatory accusations typify the divisive political atmosphere that has been fed by Addison’s misguided mayor.
What’s Getting DEEPER Isn’t FACTS . . .
Be Careful or Your Shoes Will Get Soiled . . . .
April 26, 2016
This last weekend brought us a torrent of misleading statements and outright misrepresentations from those supporting the incumbents. And, while spewing all this venom, they repeatedly assured voters that they were providing “the facts.” It just isn’t so. So let’s talk about it.
Addison’s Weekend of LIES: The Incumbents Are Pulling Out All the Stops and are Unconstrained by TRUTH
April 25, 2016
Todd Meier produced a mailer circulated this weekend that BLATANTLY MISREPRESENTS the positions of candidates Jim Duffy, Al Angell and Paul Walden. This is an outrageous attempt to influence an important election by misleading Addison voters. It confirms again the need for change.
Meier is Bringing Kanter Back
The Council is STILL CONCEALING Lea Dunn’s Memo
April 24, 2016
Meier is desperate to maintain the control he has enjoyed over the council for the past two years, so he is pulling out all the stops. He fears the election of truly independent candidates. The three incumbents he supports have been obedient, working with Meier to lock down information that is available to the public. This Council has declared war on the Open Records Act. And that is critically important because for Meier to succeed, he must have free reign to mislead the public.
They’re Still At It…
And The “Forum” was STILL Theater: Part 4 by former Councilmember Sue Halpern
April 22, 2016
It’s a shame we couldn’t have had a real forum and an election in which the candidates would actually discuss the issues. Unfortunately, that hasn’t happened. It’s also a shame that there can’t be a dialog of real issues, rather than all these efforts to rewrite history in an attempt to bolster the tax-and-spend incumbents. I find it utterly fascinating that folks writing a faux “newsletter” were provided with more information about this past Monday’s event than was shared with Paul Walden, Jim Duffy and Al Angell.
Another Desperate Attempt to Rewrite History:
This “Forum” is STILL Theater: Part 3 by former Councilmember Sue Halpern
April 18, 2016
My goodness, but these folks are desperate to convince voters that this “forum” event is something other than theater. I stand by everything I’ve said about it. My comments are not false, and they’re certainly not “innuendo.” In fact, I’ve been very direct. But, let’s talk about it a little more . . . .
MORE TRUTH About the “Forum”
Why You Won’t See All the City Council Candidates at Tonight’s “Forum”
April 18, 2016
Of the six candidates, only the three incumbents are participating tonight and here is why:
1. This is NOT a Town-sponsored event. No one will say who solicited sponsors for this event.
2. The date and time of the forum was set without consulting all six candidates. The three challengers were just told when the event was going to be. No one offered to find a date when all six candidates could be here.
3. The candidates have been asking for weeks: who is the organizer, who chose the moderator, who set the format? No one will answer these questions.
4. The format and process for asking questions seems to be designed to benefit the incumbents. Paul Walden is away on business, Al is out-of-town, so Jim Duffy chose not to come since the timing and structure is unfair to all.. The other candidates would be happy to visit with you, personally, to share their views about the future governance of Addison:
Paul Walden firstname.lastname@example.org 214 448-4555
Al Angell email@example.com 214 354-1234
Jim Duffy firstname.lastname@example.org 972 998-5078
The Truth About the “Forum”: It Is Indeed Theater
April 13, 2016
The fact is that presenting rehearsed answers as if they were extemporaneous is deceiving the public. It is not appropriate in any circumstance. Period. It is dishonest. And by the way, the fact that it’s deceptive isn’t changed by the fact that these candidates supposedly don’t know which of their 4-5 submitted questions they’ll be asked. The format is a sham.
Regarding the date: Paul Walden, Jim Duffy and Al Angell weren’t consulted. Their first notice was a March 13, 2016 email announcing the date and format, which began: “As you are aware.” Well, since they hadn’t been contacted, they were obviously not “aware.” That’s factual, no “inference” required at all. But then, the email makes clear that someone was “aware.” So who was “aware?” Well, the only folks left are the incumbent candidates, and that makes it pretty darn clear that they were consulted.
The Kanter Saga Continues:
Addison Should Do What is Right,Not What It Can Get Away With
March 30, 2016
I can’t even buy “transparency” in Addison. Not that I should have to pay for it, I pay plenty of taxes, and my Addison tax bill has risen 28.8% in the five years since Meier has been mayor. You’d think an almost 30% rise in taxes would entitle me to some real disclosure. Not so. What I’m discovering is that my tax money is instead funding the elaborate cat and mouse game that has replaced the concepts of disclosure and transparency in Addison.
Is Election Fraud Occurring in Addison?
March 29, 2016
This sure seems to me that the election process is being manipulated in the most egregious sense I can recall ever seeing. I think this is a FBI matter or at least something the state or federal elections or ethics commissions need to investigate. There is something very wrong going on in Addison.
Political Incest in Addison
March 29, 2016
The “Unsolicited” Letter, Part 3
The Final Chapter: I STILL Smell A Rat
March 25, 2016
So the author of the letter has now confirmed that he indeed is a local yokel, not an East Coast big wig. And, he’s got lots of connections to Addison, and is indeed “linked” to one of the incumbents who is now a candidate. Good to hear that my investigation was spot on. And, I still smell a rat.
Overspending The Budget YET AGAIN
March 22, 2016
They’re at it again. Meier is about to lead this council to overspend the budget for the third year in a row. You see, they’ve painted themselves into somewhat of a corner with this whole Kanter fiasco. Now they’re spending our tax money for shamelessly political reasons.
3 Candidates Propose A Theatrical Performance
But Wait, They’re Calling It A “Forum?”
March 22, 2016
They will recite their prepared answers in the hopes of convincing the audience that they actually know something. In truth, the only thing that will be tested will be their acting skills.
Join me in refusing to attend such a ridiculous event, and in demanding a real forum.
When I Demand Transparency and Truth From My Government, It Should Not Be Labeled “Hate”
March 21, 2016
It is the responsibility of every citizen to fight for democratic principles, and I, for one, will continue to do so. Demanding accountability and transparency is not “hateful.”
The Deception of the “Unsolicited” Letter I Smell Another Rat… Part 2
March 19, 2016
I didn’t find a disclosure statement anywhere in the publication. . . .
Isn’t it time for these people to cease this pointless smear campaign? Shouldn’t we be embracing Addison’s great past and working to make Addison even greater in the future?
Will We Hear the Other Side of the Kanter Story?
March 18, 2016
Citizens must be permitted to examine the underlying information – the facts – that either confirm or disprove the public statements of government and politicians. That is what “transparency” is all about.
“We” received an “unsolicited” letter? I Smell Another Rat…
March 18, 2016
Meier is so scared that Addison voters might elect people who are truly independent thinkers that he’s pulling all the stops out.
I Smell Fraud in Addison … In the Fraud Audit
March 14, 2016
“This smells like a witch hunt. The headline makes for good theater . . . . But I wonder if the forensic audit should rather have been on the Council itself. I don’t live in Addison, but this stinks. If there was something done wrong intentionally or fraudulently, nail them. However, the entire municipal family is damaged if this is politically motivated as it seems to be.”
The Kanter Web Is Unraveling
March 12, 2016
Sir Walter Scott was right: “Oh! What a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.”
Kanter and Meier say whatever they want in their quest to disparage Addison’s staff and former management. Sorry, but that’s not transparency. It’s a web of deceit and slowly but surely, it’s beginning to unravel.
What Kanter Didn’t Tell You Changes Everything
March 2, 2016
The timing of Kanter’s presentation and his one-sided attacks on prior management can only be characterized as political, because here’s what you weren’t told.
The Prosecutor Strikes Again (with no Defendant or Defense Attorney Present)
February 24, 2016
Of course, we have no recognized processes in this country where only one side is allowed to present evidence. There are always procedures that allow for cross-examination and an opportunity to present other evidence, a clear recognition of the danger of hearing only one side of any story. Unfortunately, Meier and his cadre have taken Addison in a different direction.
Addison’s Council Considers BMW, Audi or Volvo Police Patrol Vehicles (What Are These People Thinking???)
February 22, 2016
At tomorrow’s council work session (February 23, 2016 at 6 P.M.), Addison’s City Council will receive a report from the staff – ordered by the Mayor – to regarding whether Addison can purchase exotic vehicles such as Porsche, Audi, Tesla and Volvo for police patrol units, rather than vehicles that are specifically designed, manufactured and tested to operate dependably as patrol vehicles. All this at a time when our taxes have risen almost 30%, we have had significant budget over runs, and Meier led this council to pay $6.5 million to the Sam’s redevelopment, with no idea where that money is coming from.
Problems with the Sam’s Vote and the Attempt to Discredit Serious & Valid Concerns
February 17, 2016
Recently, some of you received a letter from a councilmember who voted for the Sam’s redevelopment.
The author wrote that she received feedback on her vote for the project, describing that feedback as “misunderstandings” and “fear.” These themes parallel those used by the mayor, who has repeatedly suggested that opposition to the project could only be grounded in misinformation. These characterizations are unfortunate, and clear efforts to discredit the many serious and valid concerns raised by opponents, thereby avoiding the substance of those issues.
Sam’s Site: Comments by Residents at the Public Hearing
January 17, 2016
You can view the video of those who spoke at the Public Hearing at the last Council meeting, at
Sam’s Site Update
January 15, 2016
After a marathon council meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 12. Council voted at about midnight to table the Sam’s issue for just two weeks. They will vote on it on January 26. Here’s a play-by-play . . . .
January 2, 2016
This plan does not represent mixed use development. It is a high density residential development that provides little benefit to the people that already live here. We have to take responsibility for protecting our neighborhoods. We will need to show up in force for the City Council Meeting on January 12th