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Welcome to our little slice of paradise! Clear Lake Shores is probably one of the best kept secrets in the entire Bay Area. Yes we are an island. We are surrounded by Clear Lake, Jarbo Bayou and the Lazy Bend canals. Plug this in to Google Maps and you'll see what I mean 29.32' by 95.01' We are about half way between Galveston Island and the city of Houston and located in north Galveston county. I will try to keep us up on all the goings on that we can walk, boat, bike or drive our golf carts to. Very few things pi$$ me off but one of them is wasting my precious time. I'll try not to waste yours. Enjoy. ab

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Damn it's Hot!



My "never sees direct sunlight" thermometer registered 104 at noon today. If you have friends or family on east coast I wish them well. Yeah I know it's just a cat two but so was Ike. A big fat cat two. Hang on to yer butt Folks. It will pass.

Sunday September 11th. Jarboe Pavilion from 4 till we decide to go home. That's the place to be. I'm talking BBQ, Beer, Ice Cream and music by Senor Beans! What else could you ask for. It's all for the Breseman fund raiser so plan on dinner and drinks and bring csh for the silent auction and the coolest duck races ever. I've already placed my order for three ducks with out newest duck lady, Steph Haynes. If you'd like to pitch in leave a comment or call me at 281 787 3751.

Well, The investigation is over and the way I hear it it was all for nothing. Thanks Councilman Perkins. I can only guess at the final bill and I don't want to. So what's next kids? Are you finally going to do something that vagley resembles running the city or we just gonna fart around until May?

Let's chat a bit about this blog. Some of you out there will no doubt go to your graves believing this blog is all about you. Nice try, no cigar. It's all about us. Lets try to keep that in mind. You all know I'm not against name calling. I mean, Some people honestly don't realize they're assholes until someone points it out. I look at it as more of a public service than name calling. That said, refering to other commenters as an anatomical orofice is a just tad much. Dave. You know I love you brother but...If we just use that old email rule of thumb that loosley translates "don't use any language you wouldn't want your mother/daughter to read" I think it would buy us a lot. I really do. So. Look around. Better take a closer look. This is where we are. How do we get to the next step? Hell what is the next step? 

26 comments:

Adelia said...

I have been getting some great donations for Auction Items. I also got a lot of items to group together as a basket. You don't have to donate big - if you have a bottle of wine that you won't drink, kitchen tools you won't use, Garden tools, or plants - lots of small things can be grouped together to make wonderful Baskets. You donate and I will build them.
Adelia

Roselyn said...

I say we see the report at next council meeting, hear apologies from any of the three that might want to give one about the watch, dragging Tina and Paul through the mud and media, determine the monetary damagaes to the city for legal and hotel bills and then proceed to remove her through the courts as incompetent. Of course the city attorney is going to say she did nothing illegal.....thats his job. Luckily, not all attorneys are agreeing with him. Contact me personally if you want to proceed this way.

Anonymous said...

IF YOU ARE SELF EMPLOYED IN CLS READ THIS

What’s next Alan asks. First the bug jar gang, and we all know who the bug jar gang is, attacked Paul and Tina,then they disrespected and blew off any resident who found a problem with their actions, then apparently personally attacked Alan and his job, now Pam House, Steve Bowden, Jean Garst and Dava McMillan all friends of the bug jar gang but seem to fly under the radar, are apparantly stirring up problems that may have serious consequences to every self employed person, anyone who runs a business out of their CLS home or parks a business related vehicle or trailer in their drive. There are over 70 businesses on the tax roles and more that are not. It has been this way for decades but that may now change because of these petty people. This issue will be put on councils agenda I think next week, that’s OK though because Tami will surely back us since I’m pretty sure her mother runs a piano studio out of her home, and will then be passed to planning and zoning for them to handle. The petty complaints from these folks may change our live and let live attitude regarding self employed people in this community forever and we will be one step closer to being a South Shore Harbour. Ironically Dava and Gray are self employed and work out of their home while Steve and Pam have run a large company out of their home since the day they moved here years ago that seems to include customers coming and going, an average of two Fed Ex and UPS deliveries each day five or six days a week and for several years included employees working in their garage / shipping and receiving dept. / office. But as we have been shown the past few months, rules are for others not for those in the bug jar.

If you fit in this very wide description of “running a business out of your home”, or if you just don’t want our city to take another step towards being a tightly restricted community, you need to pay attention and get involved. This may not affect you personally but what will the bug jar gang do next that will affect you? Pay attention and keep involved folks. I think it will be brought up at the next council meeting and then go to Planning and zoning. Get involved until it is resolved. Your way of life and wallet depends on your involvement.

That is what’s coming next Alan. Do not let this small group of folks take away the freedoms we have come to enjoy and the reasons folks move here. I believe this crowd will not stop until they ruin this city.

Craig

Roselyn said...

There is no council meeting this Tuesday, it will be the following Tuesday.

Anonymous said...

Craig, before eveyone gets all excited about compliants regarding home businesses, let me point out a few things:

1) We all know that CLS has had home businesses for years.

2) There is no explict prohibition against a home business in the City's Zoning Ordinances. These ordinances provide the rules for what is permissible and what is not.

3) The issue of home business has come up before the P & Z Commission before and it has always decided that any prohibition against home businesses or restrictions on how such businesses may operate were not needed.

4) There is a process that must be followed in changing the Zoning Ordinances. The P & Z Commission must first provide Council a recomendation that has stood the scrutiny of public hearings.

City ordinances are provided to provide a framework for how residents and businesses will be regulated in order to promote the common good for everyone and allow everyone to enjoy the quite enjoyment of their property. There is a balance between how much regulation is good and how much is onerious. I have always found it amazing how little the residents and their elected officials understand how the City's ordinances work or what is required of them.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Roselyn. Everyone needs to be there so Tami will have to look us all in the eyes as the report is made public. Everyone should go as a scheduled visitor and ask these three to explain this non event that needed investigating so badly. Be aware folks it will not stop here. They will work on all of these self employeed ner do wells then will attack something else. Keep your eys and ears open. Keep what they are up to next out in the public eye. I have been here for almost 25 years and Some of the bug jar gang has been causeing trouble the entire time. On or off counsel they are a bitter hateful group that only wants what is good for themselves not the community as a whole

Craig

Roselyn said...

Anonymous at 8:28. Please make sure you have a discussion with Jack Fryday about this. He has already been approached about it, says we have an ordinance in place and asking the city attorneys to look into what needs to be done to enforce it. (Sort of like when he approached attorneys to add the $2000 fine if you didnt tear your condemned house down. Jack doesn't read this blog, so please seek him out for a discussion.......I am not surprised they are after Craig since he has been a regular poster here, but I really thought the order was going to be Paul and Tina, then Jack Fryday, then Vern. Guess they decided to throw Allan and Craig into the mix. Tami has made it clear that police dept. works for her now and I guess she is going to make sure the building inspector does also. She is going to have her hands full though telling Jack Fryday what to do. Jack also doesn't know that that street might be mad at Craig, so please tell him that as well.

Anonymous said...

Anon 8:28

I hope and asssume you are right but we have a group of folks on this Island set on causing trouble for folks. I received a letter from Jack Fryday stateing in no uncertain terms I must shut down my business or face fines but is flat out ignoring the fact that those complaining ARE ACTUALLY running businesses out of their homes. This is the second BS attack Jack has launched against me this year and it seems to be personal and an abuse of his powers as a city employee for reasons which I will explain if you would like to look me up or get a copy of my written complaint to Paul. I pointed out that I was not running a business out of my home but I am self employed. I told him I park my cart and trailer at home and go to work each day. I told him I was willing to comply and asked specifically what I needed to do to comply as having a trailer and cart in my drive is not illegal. He told me I could talk until I was blue in the face but he would not answer my questions and I should take it to the judge. I filed a written complaint to Paul regarding his caustic answer along with my complaint that he flat out lied to Paul Vern and I about how he handled complaints,the fact that he told me flat out he was not going to send letters to anyone else unless he had a written complaint which he did not have on me and the fact that he refuses to help citizens to comply he just writes letters and sends citizens to court even if the citizen is not in violation of anything. That is BS and if you were in my shoes you would feel the same way. In my opinion for many reasons Jack needs to go. Due to Jacks demand on me, Paul has been forced to send this to Council and Planning and zoning to avoid selective enforcement which is exactly what this is. Our city Attorney does not think it is selective enforcement according to Jack but Im not sure the Atty knows what he is talking about either. You sound like you know what you are talking about but you need to realize who is filing these BS complaints and why. You also need to know that Jack is in charge of dealing with it and in my opinion is not competant to do so. It is not a good situation. If you can get Jack on track please do so. Good luck with that.

Craig

Travis said...

Roselyn, you are a windbag full of yourself. The Investigator still has people to interview next week. Today was just a status report and it didn’t favor the Shelleys. Further, your lawsuit is a joke and with HR 274 now signed into law the only thing you will accomplish is paying big money for filing a frivolous lawsuit. Filing a lawsuit against a sitting Politician is like you believing that you command any control over the Board Members.

Craig you have got to be drunk to think that Tami would do anything to help your hyena pack. Just look at the Mayor, he is now requesting to be paid after 4 years in office with no pay, even he is smart enough to know that the scenery is changing and the special funding is gone.

Oh, You forgot to mention that Tami Perkins received a “Thank You” card from all Police Officers past and present for a job well done.

Anonymous said...

Travis- so glad to hear that you know Tami so well that you know she was sent a thank you card.

Thank you for all of our tax dollars being spent. As you say, you are a resident. If the investigation is ongoing, I am in hopes that this is in our budget. I also would like to inquire that any law suits filed for defamation, retaliation or harassment be budgeted as well.
You support our money being spent, yet you have no idea of the repercussions to our city.

Signed- a lawyer

Anonymous said...

Travis,

I don't drink but you seem to be obcessed with the subject of alcohol. My comment had nothing to do with a Hyena pack. It had to do with folks in CLS who are self employed and work out of their homes. Which includes many of Tamis friends and family. It was sarcasm. Please read things more carefully before you reply. Looks like your back to your angry rants. Your paragraph directed to me appears to cover three random subjects and makes no sense. Your commanding officer would be proud. We never know which Travis we are going to get. A little BI Polar maybe?



Anon 8:28

Since you seem to know what you are talking about. Can you please answer some direct questions since Jack won't?

I have a letter that says I have to quit running a business out of my home but I can't because Jack won't tell me what to do differently.

Is it legal to have a personally registered golf cart in my drive?

Is it legal to have a personally titled trailer in my driveway?

Is it legal to have lawn equiptment on that trailer that is used on my own lawn and during the day when I am not home and out working?

Is it legal for folks to call me on my cell phone and ask me to do jobs for them?

Is it legal for me to leave from my house and go to work in my golf cart or truck and then return home?

If the answer to the above questions are yes, then what do I need to change to be in compliance? If you don't know the answer then you see the problem. I am not being sarcatic for a change. I truely don"t know. Do you. If so could you explain it to Jack

I look forward to your reply. Could you please sign your name?

Anonymous said...

I have lived on the Island for over 15 years. We can all lash out at the some of the people currently on City Council, which by the way we elected. But the real culprits have always been the McIntyres, Jean Garst and Ted Guthrie. There used to be a few more names but they have died off in recent years. This are the people that need to be thrown out of our "little slice of paradise. " They are the ones that use others as their pawns to do their bidding. Poor Tami and Arlene! Until the community rejects the real culprits and their divisive, mean spirited ways, this will never be the community we want it to be.

Anonymous said...

Travis you are wrong the investigation is over and the city
Will get the final report next week.

Anonymous said...

Amen anon 1053,

You are 100% right. Sadly a few, a very small few have been added to their ranks but hopefully they have awoken the sleeping giant and they will never have power again. You newbies trying to figure out what the heck is going on, remember those three names and watch who they associate with. I do not feel sorry for Arlene and Tami either, Although Tami could have never done this on her own She choose to be part of this mess and could have choosen to handle it correctly, profesionally and with respect to the citizens she represents. Everyone got mad after she screwed up because of how it was handled. We all suspect they are just Bernie and Kathys puppets but they now they are playing like they are poor little victims of their angry neighbors. Don't play into their drama. They have f'd this Island up and deserve whatever comes their way.

Anonymous said...

Please quit correcting one of the Travis's. You are going to get them all riled up and they will start wasteing more blog space.

Travis said...

The "Thank You Card" was at the meeting today. The Investigator had scheduling problems with two interviews and those have been re-scheduled for this coming week. There is more, so no it isn't over. HR 274 protects not only the Politician in this case but the City also. The Loser Pays Law is making people and lawyers re-think frivolous lawsuits.

Jim Mago would be my first choice to ask these questions about Zoning. I had a similar question and here is where I found to go on the CLS Web Site: Even though the Commercial Center was voted down the Zoning Laws had been changed or modified to accommodate it.
So under the OLD:
Chapter 82 Article IV. - Prohibited Uses
Chapter 18 Article IV. - Contractor > If they classified you as a Contractor then you would have to register and meet the insurance requirements.
Chapter 78 Article VI. - Junked Vehicles > some things can be issued a citation but not our trailers if it is properly licensed or carts.
NEW: Chapter 82 Article II. Division 2 - Residential and Division IV - Neighbor Commercial District - 82-113 Uses > is probably where you want to read the closes and this gives the City more powers to address any changes in the residential areas. Zoned R-1.
If you were leaving the Island to do business then you wouldn't fall under their jurisdiction. Doing Business on the Island may classify you as a Contractor. Your vehicles, if used for commercial business requires a different insurance so I would stop using the cart if they are watching you that closely. The only other way, is to report you to IRS and cause you an Audit. Pay your quarterly taxes and IRS is happy. (hopefully will ignore a report) Hope it helps.

Anonymous said...

We see now that Travis is an attorney, and if he is the one I think he is, a La Margue attorney told me he even sued his poor Dad.

This group finds lonely, antisocial people and tells them they can make them famous by being elected to council or ex cops that they can make rich with the TML fund by suing the City.

Its very disfunctional and sad and I hope that a leader emerges to take us out of this mess.

Anonymous said...

and bottom line is that it was a woman cat fight where women were jealous about Tina's position.

Its very sick, lives were slandered and ruined and these three unemployable council people are not going after people who do work.

Anonymous said...

Typo....they are now (not "Not") going after people who do work.

Of course the Police Department supports Tami, there are several policemen that got premature promotions with the Shelley's being gone....And I want to tell them that if they got something that was not theirs, karma will take it away from them.

and Travis's client Bill Young was a No Show for the investigation. The investigation IS over.

Anonymous said...

Travis, a minor correction. The Town Center was not voted down. Our councils lack of progress may lead you to believe it was but it was not. Not that it matter because this bunch of dead weights haven't manged to get damn thing done one way or another. Well, except for the obvious.

craig said...

Travis,

regarding your comment at 1:16. Who are you? You are all over the board. One minute your calling me a drunk and the next you are giving me possibly helpful advice. I agree with some of the other posts that there might be more than one Travis but if the good Travis that at least appears to be trying to help would tell the other Travis who rants, calls folks names and and seems to be half crazy to stop possting his nonsense the good Travis might just have something positive to offer. Is there more than one Travis or do you have multiple personalities?

Adelia said...

My heart hurts today. I love this island with all of you who I know and care about. I would work on a benefit for you even if I didn't know you or disagreed with you. But today on this wonderful island there are those amoung us who feel justified spreading damaging rumors, calling places of business and trying to get people fired, filing complaints against someone who mows lawns on the island and keeps the mower at their house, THREATENS to call the IRS and request an audit because these people disagreed with Tami trying to fire the Chief - NOT on merit of the investigation now but before any city investigation. There is a big disturbance in the force.

Adelia said...

We have trouble understanding our city ordinances and what is going on because of propiganda that is sent through the neighborhood that spreads lies and fear so that one small groups wishes can be granted. I will use for example the nonsense sent out about the town center (the reason these boneheads got in charge of our council) Most of what went out was scare tactics and not true. Not everyone has time to spend reviewing all of the legal aspects of every issue. I hope they have learned who not to trust in the future. Someone they have to be afraid of?

Anonymous said...

Adelia, Well said! I have never posted before, but I had to agree with you and ask everyone to please only trust the truth and not lies and rumours. I love living here and try and get along with everyone and look at all points of view. But, Lord it is getting diffucult to "love thy neighbor" sometimes. Craig is a terrific person and looks out for alot of folks on this island. Signed: Bettie J/ Ivy

Anonymous said...

Will the results of the investigation to NO WHERE be presented at the next CC in Sept?

I want apologies and resignations. There damn well are several law suits.

If there was a thank you note written by a police officer, please read it, too, with their name. I don't believe it.

This was trash from the beginning. Costly trash.

Suzanne said...

In the very least, I want Tami reprimanded at the next CC for:

insisting the investigation for forward. (Even though I think the cost was worth clearing Paul Shelley's name and reputation.)

being incompetent as a Council person (She can't / won't talk to residents that do not share her point of view. Since less than a dozen people agree with her, that means she won't talk to the majority of CLS residents.)

Please Vern, reprimand her. It is long over due.

Suzanne