We had a hell of a summer. Literally, it was
hell. A truly religious experience.
It wasn't just the unending string of 100+ days of heat. It was the smell,
the stink of corruption and lack of ethics from local elected
officials. Exposure of wrongdoings we all sensed was happening, but will anything change?
John Wiley Price finally went too far when he blatantly tried to shake down a
rich Californian who declined to be robbed by a local racist political thug, which caused
JWP to block the entire project
and all those jobs and improvement to southern Dallas County. Even
Congresswoman Eddie B Johnson called it a shake down. But, she's not the
bravest female politician in Dallas County. That title goes to Maurine
Many times we misjudge the strength and character of person when they may not be glib and witty in front of a crowd. I made that mistake with
Maurine Dickey. She seemed like a nice lady, but with my blinders
on, I couldn't see the
"there there". The last two years have changed my opinion
of a lot of politicians. Most for the worse; Maurine Dickey for the
The woman is fearless. If all or any of her questions
about JWP's wheeling-and-dealing were hers originally or cued by someone else, it doesn't matter. She has been persistent in
her inquiries and challenges. Demanding to see the
equipment JWP forced the County to buy from his buddy, Willis Johnson.
wouldn't, and turned out couldn't, show much for our tax dollars doled out to
his buddy. She got him so rattled, JWP lost his cool, and appeared
to lose his mind. The
Ch 8 and Ch 11 footage of Price's meltdown was frightening to watch from a
distance. Imagine what it was like for Commissioner Dickey to be
locked in an office with that wacko and his assistant. She held her
ground and kept her composure.
Maurine Dickey announced months ago she would not seek re-election. Just
as well, because faux-Republican Mike Cantrell had already sold his soul to JWP and conspired to cut up
Dickey's district so Cantrell will be
representing a district that never voted for him. He won't have to
run for office for 4 years, so we can't even replace him. Can you spell
The brazenness of the Inland Port shakedown pales compared to what Price has
done with the Dallas County Election Department and redistricting Dallas County.
Whether he goes to prison or not, Price has set up a corrupt election system in
this county that may not be fixable -- at least not with the current Federal
Attorney General. Hopefully, our Texas Attorney General will
intervene. This is serious stuff.
Things are as bad at City Hall.
We've had a stacked Redistricting Commission from the get go. Domingo
Garcia (one of the worst 2001 State Representatives in Austin per
gets appointed to the Redistricting Commission, and immediately teams up with
Billy Ratcliff (not JWP's attorney Billy Ravkind) and Brooks Love (Chief of
Staff for Domingo's wife, County Commissioner Elba Garcia) to bring us another
ugly map of districts that make no sense.
The elitists in Oak Lawn (they won't call it Oak Lawn) and East Dallas are now
teamed up with Garcia and Brooks to maintain their power base at the expense of
We will have a new map of districts that are as dysfunctional as what we've
lived with for 10 years. There's a reason fewer and fewer people vote in
Dallas elections, even though the population is a little larger than in 2001.
It's all rigged and corruption is the norm, not the exception.
Dallas is barely growing at a time when our suburban sister cities are booming.
I am going to plagiarize
Bill Betzen's blog and share his expert
comments, but you can go to his site yourself for a really intelligent
explanation of redistricting and his process:
the current city district map from 2001 Redistricting Commission.
How are Map 16 districts an improvement?
I live in Dist 6. The straight horizontal line is Walnut Hill,
1 street north of my street. Map 16 has 2 completely different
areas pulled together, and is as bad as the current Dist 6. sb
Which District 6 map below will provide the best representation for
families living near Love Field? (Click to enlarge.)
Map 3 makes Dist 3 compact.
continues to have 14 and 2 encircling each other and splitting up
Oak Lawn neighborhoods.
Map 3 has a compact 14 and a more compact 2.
|Map 16 continues to stretch 8 east
to west, and has 2 and 7 in odd districts.
Map 3's lines are are much more cohesive and follow major streets.
The South Side of Dallas
The above maps reflect differences between boundary lines for
Map 3 and Map 16.
I wanted you to see what a
year's worth of meetings have got us. I wanted you to see what one
honest man could create vs. the product of an unethical alliance between Domingo
Garcia and his wife's Chief of Staff. Don't just take my word for it
or The Dallas Morning News,
there's an incredible blog, Dallas South News
by Shawn Williams, who writes
What's wrong with Bill Betzens 2011 redistricting map -
well not a lot.
Having Domingo Garcia and Brooks Love (Chief of Staff for County Commissioner
Elba Garcia) on the same commission may have been technically legal, but it
stinks to high heaven. Angela Hunt appointed Brooks Love knowing
where he works, so she has to share in the stink. Not to mention that our
county tax dollars go for his salary while he's spending all this time on the
A politically active friend of mine who is 10 x more liberal than me and always
votes Democrat (almost always) says he could run in one of the districts in
Betzen's Map 3, but then asked himself why would anyone want to be at City Hall
When you read the comments attached to the blogs on
you see why there's little to be hopeful about the future of Dallas.
Elitists and racists love Map 16 because it keeps their little kings and queens
and clique in power, and keeps their bases on the plantation under their
control. They could care less about the corrupt way Map 16 was produced or
the harm it does to the city as a whole.
One comment attached to Anna Merlan's blog (DallasObserver.com,
So Much For Transparency: Garcia Held Private Meetings
Before Redistricting Map Hit Council,
really shocked me:
|-- if you
compare Bentzen's map with Brashear's, Brashear's is more compact and
better for south Dallas, if that's your concern. And please stop
using redistricting to harp about Domingo Garcia. This isn't
about him (although I'm sure he'd love it to be), it's about the rest of
us. The goal is to get the best map possible, even if certain
members can't follow the Chair's rules.
So, regardless of the skullduggery and disregard
for procedures and ethics, the end justifies the means?
What happened to a sense of ethics in this city? What happened to
honorable people in leadership?
Look who's running the County. The
same crowd that runs City Hall. The same crowd that runs the DISD.
The same crowd that is running all of our local government into the ground.
There has to be more than one person in a position of power in this city who
will stand up and condemn this wanton lack of ethics and integrity.
Maureen Dickey has set a pretty high standard of courage. Is there
anyone else in elected office who will follow her example and challenge the
Guess we will know in the next few weeks.