Pillow Talk – Communitarian

by Perry Pillow, AATC's Director of Government Affairs

Political labels evolve. Pro-business magazine The Economist began publication in 1843 to promote economic liberalism! In the 19thcentury, liberalism meant staunch advocacy for the greatest number of economic decisions to be made by individuals and private enterprise rather governments and collective entities. Today, liberalism connotes increased government involvement in economic and social endeavors.

A new label has recently emerged for time-tested, failed economic philosophy: communism is now communitarianism. This softer, gentler, more aesthetically pleasing moniker does not alter the movements core principles: the whole knows better than the individual; private rights are subordinate to the collective good, religion is the enemy of the people, and authoritarian rule is necessary until utopia is reached.

Communitarian is our word. We own and operate apartment communities. We are true communitarians. Multifamily industry professionals must resist any attempt to appropriate our label for subversive political purposes.

Let the left have communist; let’s keep communitarian for ourselves: people who believe in private property rights, free markets, and building strong communities.

BUSINESS EXCHANGE REGISTRATION:  Supplier registration opens July 1 (now open) for the 2019 Business Exchange presented Maintenance Supply HQ. To register, go to: https://www.aatcnet.org/business-exchange.html. This year’s event is Wednesday, August 21st from 12:00 noon – 3:00 p.m. at the Irving Convention Center (500 West Las Colinas Boulevard, Irving, TX 75039). Lunch is served from 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. with one-on-one meetings occurring from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Per usual, supplier partners must be members of both AATC and AAGD to attend. It is $430 per supplier attendee; limit four attendees per supplier company. Payment is only by personal credit card – no corporate/company credit cards allowed. No one will be admitted without prior payment; no shows will be charged, and no walk-ins will be accepted. Cancellations must be confirmed by August 16—No refunds after the cancellation date.

As of July 1, more than 275 executives from 55 DFW multifamily owner/management companies have committed to attend. Owner/management registration is ongoing.  This event is free to Owner/Management company attendees. To register, go to https://www.aatcnet.org/business-exchange.html. For owner/management attendees, you can add attendees at any time; however, your registration includes a commitment to replace attendees if needed. If you have attendee changes or event questions, please email to ppillow@aatcnet.org or call Perry Pillow at (817) 616-0354.

PROPERTY TOUR- Last month, AATC member Nehemiah Management hosted a property tour for newly elected Arlington City Councilmember Barbara Odom-Wesley at their Arlington Commons-Roosevelt property. During the tour, AATC President Nicolle Block and Nehemiah Management’s Michele Valtierra visited with Councilmember Wesley about the importance of multifamily housing in Arlington. Councilmember Wesley is the daughter of former Arlington Mayor Elzie Odom. Big shout out to Michele and her Arlington Commons’ team. Thanks so much. Also, a big thank you to President Nicolle!  AATC is working on property tours for other Tarrant County city council members including a visit to Lumacorp’s Arlington property with new council member Marvin Sutton.

HURST CURFEW– AATC staff recently met with Hurst Mayor Henry Wilson, City Manager Clay Caruthers, and Hurst police officials to discuss curfew hours for minors.  On June 25, the city council approved an ordinance that imposes an 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and a 12:00 midnight to 6:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday curfew for minors under sixteen. AATC strongly supported this effort. Many AATC members impose similar or more restrictive curfews on their properties.

BBQ GRILLS– Summer is grilling season.  Be sure to remind your residents not to use grills within 15 feet of any structure.  Numerous Tarrant County cities’ code and fire departments are cracking down on the outside storage of propane, electric, and charcoal BBQ grills. Be sure to remind your residents that all cold grills must be out of sight when stored.

WATER SAFETY– The Tarrant County YMCA will be offering water safety classes this summer at apartment communities.  To learn more about this program contact Lindsi Smith with the YMCA at (817) 335-9622 or by email at LSmith@ymcafw.org.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING– AATC is partnering with Fort Worth Housing Solutions (FWHS) to identify available units for housing voucher-holders. If your property is willing to consider residents with a housing voucher, please go the following link and complete the form:  https://aatcnet.wufoo.com/forms/z1di364h16dq13s/.Landlords are asked to thoughtfully consider the unique situation of each voucher-holder to accommodate any extenuating circumstance. AATC also encourages our members to consider various affordable housing programs when they have vacant units.  Whether it is housing choice vouchers, homeless veterans, or other housing assistance, providing housing for all income levels is critically important.  In addition to FWHS, AATC is working with Arlington Housing Authority, Tarrant County Housing Assistance Office, and the Tarrant County Continuum of Care to provide housing for all Tarrant County residents.

NUNEZ WINS ARLINGTON RUN-OFF ELECTION– AATC PAC supported Arlington City Council candidate Dr. Ignacio Nunez won the June run-off election for Arlington City Council District 4.  Nunez received 59% of the vote.  AATC has met with Dr. Nunez twice and we believe he’ll be a pro-business, reasonable council member. Nunez joins new-comers Marvin Sutton, Andrew Piel, and Barbara Odom-Wesley on the Arlington City Council.

STICKLAND RETIRES– Long serving, ultra-conservative Republican state representative Jonathan Stickland (HD 92) recently announced he will not seek reelection.  Stickland narrowly won reelection in 2018 receiving 49.9% of the vote.  Stickland is former AATC supplier partner member and has served in the Texas House for more than eight years.  House Districts 92 includes the cities of Hurst, Euless, and Bedford in northeast Tarrant County.  Potential replacements include Democrat Steve Riddell won almost defeated Stickland in 2018 and Republicans, Trasa Cobern and Dave Gebhart.