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Texas Blog Roundup - Week ending 1/3/2010

Texas Progressive Alliance - Blog Roundups
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2010/1/4 9:33:00 (1030 reads)
Texas Progressive Alliance - Blog Roundups

The Texas Progressive Alliance is still somewhat amazed to be living in the year we make contact, and we hope we're all still going strong when Odyssey Three rolls around.

Texas has most drilling, worst regulation. Texas made national news this week in the ProPublica investigative report and they used pictures provided by TXsharon @ Bluedaze: DRILLING REFORM FOR TEXAS.

WhosPlayin reports that the local city council is once again considering the question of whether to participate in 287(g) and force its vendors to use E-Verify to check for work eligibility.

BossKitty at TruthHugger found a poignant editorial on Al Jazeera: Weary Soldiers At Risk, They Know This - Why do foreign correspondents have more in depth observations than America’s own Corporate media who follows the money and toes the line for sponsors political perks that promise ’scoops’.

CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme thinks all kids should be given free, nutritious school meals. Just do it.

WCNews at Eye On Williamson discusses another worthless GOP plan for transportation in Texas, Kay's transportation plan is a clunker.

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GASLAND - Movie about Gas Drilling Issues

Oil and Gas
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2010/1/3 11:57:42 (2094 reads)
Oil and Gas

Open in new windowDENTON, TX - Thin Line Film Fest is pleased to announce the opening film for the upcoming 2010 festival held February 17-21, 2010. Two weeks after its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, GASLAND will make its Texas Premiere February 17th at 7PM at the historic Campus Theatre in downtown Denton, TX. The screening event will be attended by the filmmakers as well as those from North Texas featured in the film. The opening night reception will follow the screening.

When filmmaker Josh Fox discovers that Natural Gas drilling is coming to his area—the Catskills/Poconos region of Upstate New York and Pennsylvania, he sets off on a 24 state journey to uncover the deep consequences of the United States’ natural gas drilling boom. What he uncovers is truly shocking. Part verite travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown, Josh and his banjo encounter EPA whistleblowers, congressmen, world recognized scientists, and some of the most incredibly inspiring and heart-wrenching stories of ordinary Americans fighting against fossil fuel giants for environmental justice.

Thin Line Film Fest: Texas' International Documentary Film Festival is held February 17-21, 2010 in Downtown Denton, TX. Tickets and passes for all events will go on sale January 18th corresponding with the launch of the updated festival website featuring the complete 2010 lineup along with summaries, trailers, and more.

For more information on Thin Line Film Fest, visit www.thinlinefilmfest.com
For more information on GASLAND visit www.gaslandthemovie.com

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Local Happenings and Announcements - Lewisville Area

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2010/1/2 12:30:00 (950 reads)

From submitted reports - email ses@whosplayin.com with your items


Ongoing - January 22nd - Public Comment on Oil and Gas Ordinance Change
The City of Lewisville is considering a change to the Oil and Gas Ordinance to change the qualifications of the Oil and Gas Inspector or the City's Oil and Gas advisor.

Read our coverage on the issue...


Ongoing - January 14th - Christmas Tree Recycling
Starting Dec. 14th and running until Jan. 14th Bring your undecorated trees to Lake Park @ N. Mill street (area near the soccer fields) and follow the signs to the drop off location! Please remember to remove all nails, wires, lights, ornaments, and tinsel prior to disposing of tree.

Between Dec. 29th and Jan 14th, bring a bucket and shovel to the drop off site for free mulch! For more information, please contact the KLB office at 972-436-5100.

More information...


Open in new windowOpen in new windowOngoing - Feb 23rd - Elm Fork Trinity Trout Stocking

Texas Parks & Wildlife, in conjunction with the City of Lewisville and the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, will stock the Elm Fork of the Trinity River with more than 4,000 rainbow trout on four dates this winter as part of an ongoing program to boost the fish population and encourage recreational use of the river.

The state will release more than 3,700 fingerlings on three dates – Dec. 14, Jan. 12 and Feb. 23 – below the Lewisville Dam spillway into the river.
More Info...

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January 4th - Denton Co. Democrats to Announce 2010 Candidates
The Denton County Democratic Party will introduce local candidates for County and Congressional offices in the courtroom at Denton’s Courthouse-on-the Square on Hickory and Elm on January 4, 2010, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Following the Courthouse ceremony will be a filing party at nearby Sweetwater Grill and Bar, 115 North Elm, from 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.





Open in new windowJanuary 4th - Lewisville City Council Meeting
The Lewisville City Council meets at 7:00 PM on the first and third Mondays of each month at City Hall, 151 West Church Street, Lewisville, TX [Map]. The public is invited to attend. Citizens may address the Mayor and Council during the Visitor's Forum, although no action can be taken on any item not on the agenda. Agendas are posted here no later than 72 hours in advance of a meeting.

On the agenda for this meeting is an update on the federal 287g immigration enforcement program, and a discussion about whether to require city contractors to implement the E-Verify program to determine employment eligibility of workers.


January 9th - North Texas Renewable Energy Group Meeting
Join with State Rep Robert Miklos for a discussion of Property Assessed Clean Energy Programs

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Black Eyed Peas on New Years Day

The Editor's Column
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2010/1/1 12:39:00 (1227 reads)

For good luck on New Years day, it's a tradition to eat some Black-eyed Peas. Since I can't send that to you through the tubes, enjoy these other Black Eyed Peas:




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Lewisville Council to Hear 287(g) Presentation Monday

Local News, Notes and Events
 Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/12/31 22:20:00 (3110 reads)

Open in new windowMonday night at 5:30 PM, the Lewisville City Council will hear a presentation from Lewisville Police Chief Russ Kerbow regarding ICE's 287(g) and other resources provided under ICE Access.

The topic has been highly politicized, and was a major plank in Councilman John Gorena's platform when he ran for Council this year, even though it was well known that the 287(g) program was not a panacea, and that other ICE programs such as CAP provide as much benefit with less cost and liability.

The PDF version of the presentation is attached.

The Council will also consider whether to require contractors on city contracts to enroll in and utilize the E-Verify employment eligibility system, an online system that reduces illegal alien employment fraud by matching names with social security numbers for employees being hired. City contracts already require that contractors follow federal law with regards to employment eligibility.

City Manager Claude King wrote a lengthy (12 pages) but well researched and fair memo examining various approaches the city could take, and the pros and cons of each. As it turns out, we are very limited by federal laws as to what we could legally enforce. For instance, the city cannot legally audit I-9 forms because those are protected under federal law.

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Police Release Sketch of Jewelry Store Robber

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/12/31 20:50:00 (1638 reads)

Open in new windowLEWISVILLE, Texas - The Lewisville Police Department release a sketch of one of the suspects believed to be responsible for the armed robbery of Harold's Jewelry Store. The suspect is believed to be a white male, in his mid-30's over 6 feet tall, with a medium build, and wearin a black, knee-length Pea coat. This suspect was armed with a handgun during the robbery.

The suspect and his accomplice entered Harold's Jewelry Store located at 1288 West Main St. in Lewisville, on December 28, at approximately 7:30 a.m. The suspect convinced the store employee to open the door before business hours. The suspect then displayed a handgun and let his accomplice into the store.

The suspects took collectible coins and jewelry from the safe. The value of the items stolen is still being determined, but some estimates put the amount at $6 million, which would be the largest heist in city history.

Anyone with information related to this offense is asked to call the Lewisville Police Department Tip Line at 972-219-TIPS (8477) or Denton County Crime Stoppers at 800-388-TIPS (8477).

More of the story from Dallas Morning News reporter Wendy Hundley...

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An Open letter to Political Action Committees {PACs}

Blogs and Columns
Posted by Trace on 2009/12/30 13:30:00 (1186 reads)

Just to let you know I will not be accepting your money for my vote. If you really want my vote, I will give you a few ideas on how to earn it.

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Inclement Weather Garbage Collection

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/12/29 13:09:48 (942 reads)

Open in new windowFrom the City of Lewisville:

In anticipation of the icy/snowy weather conditions expected Wednesday morning (Dec. 30), Waste Management will delay trash and recycling collection until after 10 a.m. If it becomes necessary to cancel collections Wednesday, then trash and recycling for those routes will be collected on Thursday along with the regular routes for that day.



Since it's going to be snowy, and we're talking about garbage, I thought I'd bring out my concept for a winter-themed park on top of the landfill:

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Which Bothers You More: Public Urination or Toxic Emissions?

Oil and Gas
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/12/28 22:42:31 (1637 reads)
Oil and Gas

Courtesy of TxSharon, here's a video that should get you good and fired up:


I'm guessing (probably like TxSharon did) that you clicked the link to this post because you saw "Public Urination". But the more serious problem can be seen coming out of the top of the tank there.

The air and fumes inside those tanks could contain any number of toxic and dangerous chemicals. When you pump water or condensate into them, the gas inside has to go somewhere, so this company like so many others just lets it go into the air that you and I have to breathe.

When you or I fill up our gas tanks in our cars, the service station has to have vapor recovery equipment to suck up the air out of our tanks. North Texas is a non-attainment area for air quality, and we all pay for it. But the oil and gas industry just does whatever they think they can get away with.

Friends, we cannot allow this to happen in our neighborhoods. We must use whatever legal means we can - whether by local ordinance, or by pressure on the rule-makers, or by private agreement with drillers. We don't want to live next to this kind of heavy pollution.

We need to require green completions of wells, without venting or flaring. We need operators to strive for zero emissions.

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Local Happenings and Announcements - Lewisville Area

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/12/28 17:50:00 (1580 reads)

From submitted reports - email ses@whosplayin.com with your items


Ongoing - January 22nd - Public Comment on Oil and Gas Ordinance Change
The City of Lewisville is considering a change to the Oil and Gas Ordinance to change the qualifications of the Oil and Gas Inspector or the City's Oil and Gas advisor.

Read our coverage on the issue...


Ongoing - January 14th - Christmas Tree Recycling
Starting Dec. 14th and running until Jan. 14th Bring your undecorated trees to Lake Park @ N. Mill street (area near the soccer fields) and follow the signs to the drop off location! Please remember to remove all nails, wires, lights, ornaments, and tinsel prior to disposing of tree.

Between Dec. 29th and Jan 14th, bring a bucket and shovel to the drop off site for free mulch! For more information, please contact the KLB office at 972-436-5100.

More information...


Open in new windowOpen in new windowOngoing - Feb 23rd - Elm Fork Trinity Trout Stocking

Texas Parks & Wildlife, in conjunction with the City of Lewisville and the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, will stock the Elm Fork of the Trinity River with more than 4,000 rainbow trout on four dates this winter as part of an ongoing program to boost the fish population and encourage recreational use of the river.

The state will release more than 3,700 fingerlings on three dates – Dec. 14, Jan. 12 and Feb. 23 – below the Lewisville Dam spillway into the river.
In addition, the city has arranged for 250 one-pound trout to be placed in the river on Dec. 8. The fish were raised at Crystal Lake Fisheries in Ava, Montana, and are being transported from the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center near Athens, Texas. Actual stocking dates are dependent on weather, so anglers should call the hatchery at 903.676.2277 to verify.

Anglers should note that LLELA is open Friday through Sunday during the winter, so access to the river will not be possible until the first Friday after each stocking date. (Dec. 11, Dec. 18, Jan. 15 and Feb. 26).

Trout anglers will need to purchase a $5 Freshwater Fishing Stamp for their valid Texas fishing license in order to catch the trout. Anglers under 17 years of age are not required to have a license or stamp. There is no minimum length limit for trout, but there is a daily bag limit of five.


December 29th - Lewisville Lake Symphony
Grace Kim and Soomin Lee
Two pianists, one piano
TUESDAY, December 29, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.
Gilbert: Three American Dances
Uncle Remus, Dolphin, Brer Rabbit
German: Gipsy Suite
Piazzolla: Tango
Khachaturian: Sabre Dance
Ravel: Rhapsodie Espagnole

Visit http://www.lewisvillesymphony.org/gracesumin.htm for tickets and more information.


Open in new windowDecember 31st - New Years Eve "Black and White" Party
Tierney's Cafe and Tavern in Old Town Lewisville is throwing a black and white themed New Years Eve party December 31st from 9pm until 2am. The Hilton Garden Inn is offering a special $59 room rate with complimentary shuttle service to and from Tierneys so that guests can imbibe without drinking and driving. Music will be provided by DJ Wendy White. $25 will get you all you care to drink until midnight. There is no cover charge, and there will be free appetizers, contests, and prizes.

For more information, visit http://www.tierneyscafeandtavern.com/index.html or call 972-353-2109. Tell 'em WhosPlayin sent you and that they should buy some ads here! ;)


January 1st - New Years Day
Happy New Year, 2010!

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