Dear Fair Oaks Ranch Residents,
My name is Steve Hartpence and I write to you today in support of Garry Manitzas and his campaign to be elected Mayor of Fair Oaks Ranch. I have worked with Garry for 16 years, first in business, then as part of the Save Fair Oaks Ranch group, and today as a fellow City Council member. I know Garry to be a respected leader and a highly-skilled team player with many significant accomplishments in the private sector. But I’m not writing today to tell you about Garry’s strengths and accomplishments… you can read about those on his website, www.electgarry.com.
Instead, I write to share my first-hand experience with the serious shortcomings of Mayor Landman’s leadership and the steady decline of our city’s unique character experienced as a result.
- Have a vision for the future that influences every decision
- Take clear positions on the vital issues affecting the city
- Admit their mistakes and learn from them
- Have a bias to action and a distaste for delay
- Make use of the talents of their Council and the city residents
- Understand the difference between activity and accomplishment
Mayor Landman does none of these things. Garry Manitzas does all of them.
The second article, THE RESERVE, gives you the history of The Reserve and the central role Mayor Landman played in this debacle. She secretly negotiated a contract with a developer without informing City Council, asking the residents their opinion or even involving the City Attorney. More than 2,000 of you rose up to fight it when it was discovered just before it was too late. Had Mayor Landman succeeded in this scheme, the semi-rural character of our city’s north side would have been destroyed. Yet she has never admitted to this mistake.
The third article, HOME RULE, discusses making Fair Oaks Ranch a Home Rule city. There are huge advantages and the most important is gaining control over the quality and density of development in our ETJ (extraterritorial jurisdiction). Mayor Landman should have started this process when she took office in 2010. She committed to do so in 2012 as part of her so-called strategic plan, but has yet to do anything to actually move toward Home Rule. As a result, she has put the city at great risk. Now her campaign literature criticizes Garry Manitzas for moving too quickly ̶ highly ironic given her six years of doing nothing.
The fourth and final article, STRATEGIC PLAN, takes a look at our city's Strategic Plan. Mayor Landman claims to have one and to be successfully executing the plan. The fact is her “strategic plan” is nothing of the sort… it is merely a collection of routine tasks such as hiring staff, repairing roads and the like. The only strategic part of the plan is transitioning to Home Rule and she has done nothing about that.
In conclusion, Mayor Landman has been at best a caretaker mayor. She points to the high marks our city gets in various publications which is like the rooster taking credit for the rising sun. She inherited all those good things and has allowed them to erode over the past six years. We need a Mayor who has the vision, passion and talent to get us moving in the right direction. Please join me in voting for Garry Manitzas.
Fair Oaks Ranch Alderman