Author: Pete Oppel

The Kyle Report: Hervol-Mitchell Vote Still Tied After Recount, Council to Order Runoff for June 11

The Kyle Report is an opinion column written by Kyle resident, Pete Oppel, that covers city leadership issues. You can follow The Kyle Report here on the Kyle Life or by subscribing to Mr. Oppel’s blog, The Kyle TX Report. According to a Facebook posting from Kyle business owner Travis Mitchell, one of the two Place 1 City Council candidates whose race ended in a tie, and subsequently confirmed by a City official, a recount of that May 7 conducted today reaffirmed that tie vote which means the Council will be forced to proceed with an item on its agenda...

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The Kyle Report: City Charter, in its own way, Addresses Tie Vote

The Kyle Report is an opinion column written by Kyle resident, Pete Oppel, that covers city leadership issues. You can follow The Kyle Report here on the Kyle Life or by subscribing to Mr. Oppel’s blog, The Kyle TX Report. Let me state at the outset, I don’t expect this Place 1 City Council election between incumbent Diane Hervol and business owner Travis Mitchell to end in a tie. A recount of yesterday’s votes will be conducted and I have never, ever, in my lifetime seen a recount in which the results weren’t altered. Most of those times those alternations...

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The Kyle Report: Huge Financial Disparity Between Two City Council Races

The Kyle Report is an opinion column written by Kyle resident, Pete Oppel, that covers city leadership issues. You can follow The Kyle Report here on the Kyle Life or by subscribing to Mr. Oppel’s blog, The Kyle TX Report. Place 1 incumbent Diane Hervol and her challenger Travis Mitchell reported they had raised $3,755.81 in campaign contributions (most of that raised by Hervol) and had spent a combined $8,603.70 (most of that spent by Mitchell), while over in the Place 3 race incumbent Shane Arabie and challenger Randall Lloyd raised a grand total of $125 and spent $100, according...

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The Kyle Report: Why Kyle has an Acting Police Chief

The Kyle Report is an opinion column written by Kyle resident, Pete Oppel, that covers city leadership issues. You can follow The Kyle Report here on the Kyle Life or by subscribing to Mr. Oppel’s blog, The Kyle TX Report. I have seen questions as well as suggested answers to those questions floating around social media concerning the reasons the City Council felt it was necessary to temporarily appoint Kyle police Capt. Pedro Hernandez as its chief. These questions and mostly erroneous answers were in response to a newspaper headline that screamed “Kyle Police chief placed on leave.” The automatic...

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The Kyle Report: How Kyle’s Public Transportation System Likely Will Work

The Kyle Report is an opinion column written by Kyle resident, Pete Oppel, that covers city leadership issues. You can follow The Kyle Report here on the Kyle Life or by subscribing to Mr. Oppel’s blog, The Kyle TX Report. Beginning Monday, March 14, Kyle residents will have access to a public transportation system of sorts, although they won’t be able to actually catch rides on it until the next day. The system will be operational on Tuesdays and Thursdays only, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., but requests for the service will need to be made...

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