1. DISD is roughly $64 million short from its 2007-08 budget. As a result, the finance department is now under Chief of Staff Arnold Viramontes, who has the sort of no-nonsense name that suggests he does not take kindly to nonsense, to the point where one could say, “Arnold Viramontes does not care for nonsense of any kind,” and more than likely be right re: Arnold Viramontes’ stance on nonsense. (For further reading, FoF got board prez Jack Lowe on the horn down in New Braunfels.)
2. Continuing to run up the score on Farmers Branch mayor Tim O’Hare, Bishop Arts District shopkeepers will be hosting Farmers Branch Day in the near future, featuring all sorts of dining/shopping specials aimed at the other, less awesome, but equally pleased with itself FB Nation. Well played, gang. I doubt that Arnold Viramontes shares your madcap sensibility, or remotely enjoys it, but we all have our crosses to bear.
3. And finally, you can go ahead and call off the contest as we’ve found a winner for Non-Issue of the Year: University Park alley restrictions. Here’s an excerpt from my wide-ranging interview with DISD Chief of Staff Arnold Viramontes, which briefly, and surprisingly, touched on UP alleys. But that part was boring, so let’s skip ahead:
ZC: You killed a helicopter with a car!
AV: I was out of bullets.