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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

Thursday, March 1, 2012

March already

Civic Club Meeting Tonight! And it’s not too late to sign up for the Soup cook off! You have 9 days to coax Mom’s hand written recipe out of her Betty Crocker cook book.

Glad to hear Ms. Val is recovering nicely. Stop by and say hi if you see her sitting on the back porch. Welcome home Val.

Our little pile of mud is about 2 square miles. We used to have close to 500 houses but I think were down to 450 or so. It is right at 2 miles around the perimeter. Clear Lake Road is our longest at .7 of a mile. I have lived here, in a house, since 2001 and I can honestly say I know a lot of people and a lot of people know me. Win, lose or draw. If you’ve known me for any time at all you know I supported Kathryn McIntyre for Mayor and I’ve had a beer or two with Bernie. Patty McIntyre and I chat at almost every City Council meeting. I worked shoulder to shoulder with Tami Perkins on the PTA. She anted up a few bucks when I was passing the hat to get our communal ice maker fixed prior to Ike. Brian Cherneke’s son Ethan has grown up with mine. This Island is waaaay too small to not socialize with all your friends and neighbors. And the longer you’ve been here the smaller this place gets. You know what I mean. Some folks are reading entirely too much in to who hangs out with who or who has been seen in someone else’s’ driveway. Take a deep breath. We have an election ahead of us that in all likelihood will shape the future of our slice of paradise. It is all up to you. Before you pass judgment on anybody please get to know them. Remember, there are people out there who won’t talk to you because you read this blog. How stupid is that! See some of you Saturday.
Ask Charlie about his Redfish in a crab trap. You won’t believe it but I had one of them for dinner. Thanks for the post Charlie.
From neighbor Steve
JSC: See the Space Station Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Viewers in the JSC area will be able to see the International Space Station this week.

Thursday, March 1, 7:45 p.m. (Duration: 2 minutes)
Path: 11 degrees above NW to 56 degrees above NW
Maximum elevation: 56 degrees

Friday, March 2, 6:49 p.m. (Duration: 5 minutes)
Path: 12 degrees above NNW to 11 degrees above ESE
Maximum elevation: 30 degrees

Saturday, March 3, 7:30 p.m. (Duration: 3 minutes)
Path: 31 degrees above WSW to 12 degrees above SSE
Maximum elevation: 33 degrees
Thanks Steve!

If I agreed with you we'd both be wrong.”

48 comments:

Anonymous said...

re: space station...is that up?

Adelia said...

Yah Hoo!! Thanks for the voice of reason Alan. You will still probably get over 100 posts. Daylight savings goes back to reasonable on the 11th - CAN'T WAIT.

Bryan said...

McIntyre over Bass, huh Allan? Nice job. Set us back 2 years.

And yet we still get along well somehow......

Love ya man!

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Allan. I couldn't agree more. I may disagree with my neighbor about things all the way from President, to religion, to the best beer and still consider him a friend. We shouldn't lose sight of this even as we can hotly debate the election.

Anonymous said...

RE: Anon 12:22
The threats begin already and you aren't even elected. It is a shame when the people on this Blog go to such extremes as Tami and Arline have had to suffer through at the hands of these so called neighbors.

Charles, I don't know if I will vote for you but I respect you just for having the guts to run in this community of vipers. If Newbies or prospected buyers read this Blog they have to be scare of what they will get for neighbors and I expect it will only get worst before election day for they have no respect for any Public Official who is not in their pocket. Good Luck and God Bless J. Fishin

Adelia said...

Yea here we are vipers holding benefits, putting together civic events and other city events like national night out, being there for each other through sickness, getting together almost every day to support each other, and honoring those we have lost. I can't remember the last time I called someones work to try to get them fired, or lied about the "horrors" created by the cars and trash of another business to try to destroy their livelyhood, or called public officials with complaints (lies) to try to get businesses shut down. Vipers because we disagree with political views of some and stand against a council that wanted to fire everyone with no investigation and no explanation. I am proud to be a CLS Viper.

Adelia said...

By the way, I still converse with Bernie, Kathy, and Kathy's sister. I always say Hi to Arlene and saw Barbara and John at breakfast the other day and had a wonderful conversation. I disagree with their politics and tactics but see no need to become an ugly person because of that. You will also see me friendly with the Mayor, Chief, our Police officers and city council persons. Hell I even talk to Alan every now and then.

Anonymous said...

Remember this:

Arlene has been a total disappointment. She did not represent herself truthfully at Meet the Candidates Night. If you resign now Arlene maybe you would not be a target of the DA's charges. Don't know. Ask Vern. In time perhaps you would get some friends back. Don't know. If you stay on the path of NS what will you have left? Do you really need the aggravation of being on Council? Something to think about...

Anonymous said...

Craig, thank you for your answer and excuse my delay in responding but I haven’t been available. Also thank you for allowing some common ground: “we have asked The firm handleing our audit to look closely at the Credit Cards. If they find something then maybe more investigation is needed.”

I am going to give you and your audience reasons why I don’t believe that will work:

Everything I say below is to support the reason for a Forensic Audit by a new company: (Others have excused the below behavior as unethical or bad judgment)

1. The Current Administration never reported any use of the City Finances for personal use.
2. Those with a position to observe, demand receipts, follow up, and verify expenditures against City Accounts never reported any personal use.
3. Records obtained under the Freedom of Information show questionable use by not only the City Administrator but by others in a position of responsibility to question personal expenditures against City Accounts.
4. The Current CPA and Audit Firm never reported observing personal expenditures against City Accounts. They should have observed such expenditures as personal utility bills being paid, gas receipts from out of state with no other receipts showing a training class and numerous red flags that an Auditor or a CPA should have observed and reported or at a minimum ask for clarification. (may come out later that it was brought to someone’s attention)
5. One item noted in the past Investigation, they were aware documents were missing. Further Paul was not cleared in the Report. Paul being cleared was a Newspaper headline not the Report.
6. City Administrator, Paul, admitted only after being confronted that Paul had used the City Credit Cards for personal use. No one else has admitted his or her use.
7. There are a number of places to look for personal expenditures by the City Employees such as, multiple tire vendors, tractor vendors, large expenditure on vehicle gas cards beyond the mileage on the vehicles, food vendors, Target, office supplies, Chase Credit Card, city contracts where vendors were known to make personal loans to city employees, etc….
8. The City Administrator, Paul, in an open meeting stated when Paul received Bids for City Contracts that he would call and tell Bidders what they needed to bid to keep the City Contract.
9. One item of Paul Shelley’s personal expenditures, admitted to, on City Credit Card was paying his utilities that reflected he was three months in the rears. Records reflect that Paul and Tina’s join salaries were in excess of 160,000 dollars not including benefits such as having a City Vehicle.
10. Neither the City Financial Officer nor the City Administrator has produced an Accounting Sheet tracking the personal expenditures of City Employees on City Accounts.
11. No Accounting Sheet has been produced showing the reimbursement of those charges and purchases made in the name of the City against City Vendors and/or City Credit.
12. CPA has not produced any such Accounting Sheets either.
13. The duration of this is unknown, but some findings show it has been going on for years while under this Administration.
14. For those who think that another Administration may have been guilty of the same thing that can be addressed if the expenditure warrants and a criminal/civil charge have not expired with time.

Based on the above I believe that a Forensic Audit is not only needed but is mandatory for sound financial reasons. If any of our businesses, or employers had this occur there would have been immediate responses.

Anonymous said...

It does matter who potential candidates associate with Allan. It does. No ifs ands or butts. Most everyone hangs in circles of like minded individuals. Birds of a feather or Forgs of a feather as someone posted a while back. It seems you are trying to be more and more politically correct everyday. Stop it! Be a realist and admitt it does matter who you hang with. It is plain common sense

Anonymous said...

543 is right... this is no time for touch feely crap... this is political war and every aspect of a candidate needs to be scrutinized....yes even who they associate with.

Anonymous said...

Craig and I disagree but we do find common ground without the name calling or threats. I want this audit but I didn't want the investigation. So there is a way to communicate with each other and still be helping neighbors. I can appreciate Paul during Ike but as a business owner, neighbor, and taxpayer I have lost all respect for him with just what he admitted to doing. One of my employees steals their gone. Credit card, gas or computer time it does not matter.

Anonymous said...

Do I hear Allan singing kumbya? I think I'll close my windows.

I fear what could happen if we don't get forward thinking, intelligent, hard-working men or women on Council.

I won't vote for anyone that has not been involved, attending CC mtgs, especially since June. In fact the only question I may ask Saturday is if the person was at the CC when the place was packed supporting Paul. Even Kemah's mayor spoke in defense of Paul.How anyone could have heard the overwhelming support and still go after him is beyond words.

I fear what this city would become without Paul. He has been the thread that has held us together let alone get us back on our feet after Ike.

Anonymous said...

You shout like a woman married to a wife beater who tells the Judge I won't press charges and can't move out because I don't have a college degree, or a job. So you want to leave the fox in the hen house and write the losses off. Go find a backbone.

Anonymous said...

4:35 Go to hell. I talked to Paul when the initial investigation crap surfaced. He assured me he was not concerned. He told me exactly the same thing the other day regarding your credit card crap. I am sick of you Bernie, Kathy, Larry, Jean and all the NS sickos. Bring on all you want and once again he will rise above it all with his head held high.

Anonymous said...

I agree with you 6:58. NS is beyond demented.

Paul had dedicated himself to this community for over 20 years. Leave him alone. CLS can best help with this by voting for a strong anti NS candidate.

Anonymous said...

Hey 4:35 at least you are allowing Paul to see the crap you are sending to the TX Rangers by putting it on here. You and your tribe of 6 are the only ones interested in it. All the normal, sane residents care about is getting the right people elected to council. We are so close to being done with you.

Craig said...

aNON 435,

Isn't it nice to be able to address your questions and comments to me and call me by name? Wish I could do the same coward! Can you at least address three questions for me?

1. Why did you think Paul was an elected official holding an office

2. Where do you propose we get the money for the audit you want? On this question you are not allowed to get any help from junkyard or " "

3. Whay are you so scared to sign your name?

Anonymous said...

I wonder if the same people would show up now to support Paul because since then:

Tina was allowed to quit by Paul while under investigation. (thanks hubby)

Question: Did Paul sign for Tina to receive unemployment benefits after she resigned?

Paul quit the Chief's job to avoid further investigation. (It still happened)

TCLEOSE ruling came down that three more Officers were wrongfully discharged. Adding to the number of lawsuits the City is saddled with because of Paul.

Paul confessed, only after being confronted, to using the City Finances for his own personal use.

Paul has not produced anything showing he paid the money back that he took from the City.

I would be there but to demand answers we have not gotten.

To the BS that Paul said, "I'm not worried" : What do you expect him to say. I am waiting to go to jail. Get real.

Anonymous said...

Craig you let me down with the name calling again. I thought we were setting such a good example.

1. Because you can't read so try again:

You are right Paul isn't up for election and I'm beginning to see why that may be a problem. Allen can you or maybe Craig give an answer as to why Paul is still in Office and why this Blog supports Paul to the point of overlooking these allegations? In the private sector an Executive Officer with these allegations (I realize some are true, some may not be, some are pending) would have resigned or been pressured to step down before further damage can be done to the Administration.

NOTE: "beginning to see why that may be a problem"

2. I do believe we can find 12,000 dollars in the budget if we look hard enough. How about starting with collecting the money from those who have used the City Credit Cards and have no prove of ever having paid it back. Appears to be at least half of it right there if not a lot more.

3. I am a person with no name who can travel among everyone, while listening and learning. To me that is more productive and for now I believe in the best interest of our City. Little insecure boys shouting names are of no interest to me. I gave you credit for being a man who had the guts to look, evaluate and make the hard decision to lead. It will be a shame if you prove me wrong. Try standing up and a way from the lights to see the stars. No one person is above the law or the interest of the people.

Anonymous said...

Its no wonder your son has a restraining order against you. What was it he said about you, his father, before you got his YouTube shut down? Something about psychotic, violent and pathalogical liar? I can understand now why you dont let anyone make comments on your blog and feel you have to post here to be heard. Come on, open your blog up to comments so we can hear what your son has to say!

Anonymous said...

Focus. Focus on the election. Visualize CLS growing great again. Picture it better than before. Imagine City Hall and Council working together for the best outcomes. Picture our beautiful new Town Center. We will be golf carting safely going to the west. We will be chilling out at Chill. We will be great once again.We will be working together. To begin to achieve that and more we need a great voter turn out and the right people elected. The ones that will devote time to listening to us. They will do much homework and research prior to voting. They will realize the impact they have each time they take a seat at Council. They will earn our respect. Focus on what is posible.

Anonymous said...

I needed that 9:20. Thank you. Do we know who the right candidates are yet? There is no way I am voting for either people mentioned so far. The deadline for applications is the 5th. That's MONDAY!

Craig said...

Your right 920 and I am focused but this is fun too. Lets try again. 854, Why did you think Paul was an elected official holding an office in CLS? Where will the money come from to pay for your investigation? Not BS like maybe from credit card crap a real answer. What line item in the budget would pay for the investigation and is there enough money in it to cover the entire cost of the investigation?

Do you have any real answers or just more BS. We are all waiting and watching to read your brilliant response. Allan is right don't confuse education with intelligence.

Anonymous said...

No, no, no Craig. We all are not waiting and watching for Larry's or Bernie's response. I skip their posts. It's nonsense. If you didn't see Larry on Utube you missed a very scary viewing. I don't want anywhere near crazy even if it is just reading their words. I'll skip their posts. In fact I wish I could hide them so I don't see how many there are. I do hope Paul is printing them out to use in the lawsuit. Anon means nothing in court.

I can barely make out three letters in the two words I have to type next. GGggrrrrr. Can't we go back to just typing one word. Please.

Anonymous said...

Adelia, Your 2:50 post gets the award of the day. You go you viper girl!

Anonymous said...

Craig, a mistake in reading it twice isn't ignorance it just shows you to be stupid and/or an ass maybe both.

There are businessmen/women, owners, employees, the unemployed or under employed all taxpayers and citizens of this community that are beginning to look at their own situation and wonder why do some people of this Blog, some CC Members, some City Employees and Paul believe that Paul is above the law, the law he once enforced, and is entitled to money he didn't earn and took from City Coffers. There has been no apology, no shame, no accountability and no indication that the taking has even stopped. Those looking are the people who are going to cast a Vote to have that accountability. Be it Tami, Jackie, Kathy, Charles, Brian, Richard, Allen or another by Monday, they are the ones who will carry the responsibility of finding out that answer unless a brave and responsible citizen brings accountability and shame on those whose job it was to protect this City and failed. Mistakes have been made and expectations raised but those trying have learned. They tried and didn't fully succeed but this Forensic Audit was something that was needed all along and should occur at the end of each Mayoral Term of Office. It is the lock that keeps humans honest. We can't control Washington but we can control our home ground. Vote and show your Support for those who are actually trying to protect this City. It is like Ike, I didn't see Paul, but I did see a neighbor with food and a saw. I saw people helping each other. Paul was there but the one that I included in my prayers were the unsung heros that were standing beside me. So I can get through the next crisis without Paul but I can't without my neighbors.
So look in your hearts to see if respect and trust are more important than a man's greed. Look to see if there is a candidate that we need on the Ballot who is going to address the hard issues and allow us to go back to being a tax free sleepy little community with no expectancy of being changed like Kemeh was by a few people's greed and desire to own what was once a small retirement community and now is nothing but shops and homes under siege through hook and crook. If a man will steal, he will lie and if he will lie he will covet and if he will covet he will murder the Bible tells me so and so does history. Then there are those who see it happening and say why can't I do the same. That is Why Paul is not the only one who may have used the City Finances. They may have copied the example set and/or chose not to report the occurrences. Do you really feel safe in your home with this occurring in your City? Not I. I want accountability.

Anonymous said...

The above had to be Larry. Crazy, crazy Larry. Like someone advised above, I only skimmed his post. I sure hope he is one of the people meeting with the TX Rangers. LOL! What a hoot that will be. Wonder if they will end up locking him up after they put him in a straight jacket. Thinking about taking away the anon button, Allan?

Adelia said...

I am pretty sure we know how everyone feels by now. 9 days till daylight savings ends! 15 till St Patricks, and 18 to Spring. Yee hah

Rob Scherer said...

I want to remind ALL citizens and ALL candidates of the voters registration drive from 10:00-3:00 on Saturday. The location is the Sandbar property off of Clear Lake Rd. Come on out and get to know your neighbors and meet the candidates. I know Carlo, Jeff, and Charlie will be attending for sure. Amanda will be out of town, but will be there in spirit. All other candidates, please I encourage you to attend. We look forward to seeing you.

Anonymous said...

Nice Rant 1137

Just for fun I am going to ask you a third and last time.

Why did you think Paul holds and office and where would the money come from for your special audit?

Anonymous said...

I am wondering if the newbies know the voter registration location is across from the Club House and behind City Hall. I know many newbies read the blog, but what is being done to reach out to the ones that don't?

Anonymous said...

You made my day, Jeff and Carlo! You will be the ones to turn this city around.

Anonymous said...

Richard, Jeff and Carlo, thank you. You three are the answers to my prayers. I can see our future again. It is so bright I am wearing shades writing this.

Rob Scherer said...

With the registration drive being at a prominent location and lasting 5 hrs, we are counting on drive by traffic and word of mouth. Spread the word and hope to see you.

Adelia said...

Richard has done an amazing job. I can't say enough about what he has brought to our council. During all of the trying times he has been a voice of reason and has considered all sides to determine what is best for the island as a whole. I believe Carlo will be a good candidate as he tends to handle things outside council the same way. Jeff is one of our "newbies" - hate that word - but he has become very involved in the time he has been here. I don't know the other candidates well but wish I could be there to hear their views. Jeff, Carlo, and Richard here's hoping you don't lose votes because your a friend of the Viper Adelia

Anonymous said...

@ 8:14 I put my shades on too. LOL! It feels so good to know we have the right people to run for Council!

Anonymous said...

I plan on dropping by tomorrow to hear Charlie's and Brian C.'s views.I seriously doubt I would vote for either, but I want to hear what they have to say. Charlie's association with McI's determines he doesn't get my vote. I only had one conversation with Brian years ago and I found his views odd.

Anonymous said...

Is Carlo and Jeff running for CC? Have I missed Allen's Questionnaire for Candidates on these two? They aren't shown to be registered to run. The CLS web site list three candidates.

Anonymous said...

Yes, Carlo was the first to fill out the questionaire. It was wonderful and very impressive.

Anonymous said...

Is it posted on here? He hasn't registered to run.

Allen Cruthirds said...

Allan Batchelor is one of my very best friends on the island. His name is spelled Allan, mine is spelled Allen. Some people may confuse us, but if you know us-- you probably wouldn't be confused. He is much better looking than me. I think some of these ANON rants are confused. However, I am in Allan corner on the issues. You go AB...

Anonymous said...

Those wondering it is on Feb 8th. Apparently it was a hoax for he never register to run. This was never someone who had time to give to the City anyway. Running and training for marathons and what appears to me a major job doesn't leave much time for this job. We need serious people with time to dedicate to the CC and it's business. Thanks for the thought Carlo if you were ever serious.

Anonymous said...

Apparently the Dark Hole Party is staging an ambush for Saturday for the real candidates. Apparently promoting that these fake candidates, who have never registered and one never filled out the questionnaire, are there to add credence to this meet the candidates. Just more evidence of the deceit you can expect from these people who call themselves Pinkos.

Adelia said...

Wow fake candidates. I believe you have until the 5th to register.I hope that Jeff and Carlo do run as I think they will both be excellant candidates. Here is hoping they haven't had something come up that keeps them from running. I have never known Rob to lie before. This was meant to be a voter registration drive. We really don't have parties on this island. For those who believe 10:19 I urge you to come out and see the facts for yourself - if its an ambush or some friendly neighbors, voter registration and a darn good hot dog. Ambush-Really!

Bryan said...

An ambush? Really? That actually sounds like fun. Wish I could be there for that.

Rob Scherer said...

I included candidates that have picked up packets from city hall. They may or may not turn them in. That is their option, and I can't read their minds. I understand Jackie picked up a packet this morning, and John Nichols turned his in this morning. Both are welcome to attend tomorrow. I take offense to you referring to a VOTERS REGISTRATION DRIVE as an ambush, lynching, or a debate. That is not my intention as I am trying to do something positive for the island as a whole. If you have a problem with that, sorry for your luck.

Bryan said...

Ignore the ANONs Rob. It is pretty easy to do, actually.