10/29/07 It's going -
but it's going very slow.
Some people are voting early, but most people are
not. That's good news for the Trinity Vote Yes! crowd, because they have
committed voters who signed petitions. It's really bad news for the Vote
Stan Aten went to vote on Sunday and had this to say:
they held an election and nobody came? I just got back
from voting at the Subcourthouse in Oak Cliff. I have seen
livelier cemeteries. I was the only voter
for the 9 clerks to help. I don't think they had
100 voters all day. Not a good sign if
the NO is looking for a big turnout on election day. It could be
less than the usual 5%. Stan Aten
There was no "Super Sunday"
effort in South Dallas, as there has been in past elections. The Vote No!
gang is spreading around lots of money to get out the vote in South Dallas, but
apparently the $$ are not making much of an impact. The "Black leadership"
is split over this election.
This past mayoral/city council election really splintered what had seemingly
been a unified, if not monolithic, Black voter block. In the past, Our
Downtown Betters (the ODB) bought a handful of power brokers and/or preachers
(in some cases, one and the same), and the Southern Sector vote went one way.
Several former lieutenants of the power brokers have decided to step out of the
shadows for their direct link to the ODB $$ to be had. So, you have
competing cliques offering their services and promises of success. Only
problem, none of the cliques have enough of a following to matter much at the
The lesser of two evils still leaves us with evil.
I totally agree with your
admonition to Mayor Leppert that he nor Ed got enough votes to
represent a "majority" of Dallas.
The mayor has a lot at stake
with this referendum, and Dave Neumann has
placed himself in a very dangerous trap by trying to hold a
one-sided debate in a City-owned facility.
We could not create fiction any
more bizarre than this!
I'm telling you, things are different in South Dallas these days. For one
thing, Black voters live all over this city now. Oak Cliff and Pleasant
Grove and other areas of the Southern Sector have large Hispanic populations,
many of whom are voters -- not very regular voters, but voters. It will be
tough for the next redistricting commission to carve out 4 "safe" Black council
districts because of the dilution in their population and the increase in the
It will be hard to keep District 2 a "safe" Hispanic district because of all the
new upscale housing in the Uptown/Oak Lawn area. The thousands of new
people occupying those new apartments and condos are mostly White.
With all the people moving into Oak Lawn, Uptown, East Dallas and Downtown,
South Dallas is not experiencing that growth. I'm talking about the Fair
Park area - not the entire Southern Sector. Council districts have to
factor population -- not voters. The commission can do lots of tweaking
and dissecting, but they still have to find people. The current district
lines are horrible and do not represent one-man/one-vote. The far North
Dallas districts have thousands more residents and voters than poor little
District 6 (NW Dallas, West Dallas, Arcadia Park and parts of Oak Cliff).
The North Dallas districts are fairly compact geographically. The Southern
Sector districts run like ribbons East to West.
Joe May and Mad Maxine Aaronson dominated the last redistricting commission.
Their devil work left the city chopped up and voters disenfranchised and
So, here we are. We have a huge election in progress, and likely only 10%
or less of eligible voters will bother to participate.
You know what? I think it's OK that uninformed and apathetic voters aren't
bothering to show up at the polls. Not just OK, I think it's preferable.
If you don't know or don't care to find out about the issues, you should stay
We know our Trinity Vote Yes! people are going to the polls. We are fired
up. We circulated and signed petitions. We have been working hard
since to educate Dallas voters about what is at stake if we build a honking toll
road in the Trinity River Floodway.
You know what else? People who have been paying attention understand our
message and they agree with us. They are the ones who are straggling to
the early voting polling places. They are the ones who will be voting on
All the expensive mailers that the Vote No! have done have been big, flat duds!
Saying nothing! Even after I pointed out how few votes Mayor Leppert and
all the council members put together (Sharon Boyd: Trinity's Vote yes group
anything but small:
More people signed Trinity Vote Petitions than voted for you,
Dallas Morning News Viewpoint, 10/16/07),
the Vote No! gang sent out flyers to every district with Mayor Leppert on one
side and the respective council member on the other. In Angela Hunt's
District 14, they sent out flyers with Princess Velveeta Lill pictured where Councilwoman
Hunt should have been. Princess Velveeta never was as popular as Angela
Hunt, and never really had an opponent in any of her races.
This is no time for the Trinity Vote Yes! crowd to get complacent, but there
must be panic over on the Vote No! side. That's why they are having
one-sided debates in city owned facilities this next week. Jim Schutze
says the Vote No! gang do well in front of Chamber of Commerce zombies, but we
know they bomb in front of actual Dallas voters. One-sided debates are really
desperate moves that indicate high anxiety in Mayor Leppert's gang!
I am personally very disappointed in both Dave Neumann for sponsoring the Park
in the Woods Rec Center's one-way debate and in Mitchell Rasansky for abandoning his role as the
taxpayer's watch dog on the city council. It was just last year that
Councilman Rasansky circulated a mailer in his district about the waste involved
with the Trinity Project and detailing how much of the city's budget was being diverted to
Trinity Project related items. Councilman Rasansky has never explained to former
allies what new information he has that made him take such a reverse position.
His dramatic about face has caused obvious speculation from
former supporters and opponents alike.
Councilman Neumann has put himself in a no win situation with his one-sided
debate at the Park in The Woods Rec Center, 6801 Mountain Creek Parkway (Monday,
p.m.). Hopefully, several people will be there to protest his
inappropriate use of public property for a campaign rally. If
unchallenged, Neumann's actions will set a
dangerous precedent for future political campaigns in Dallas. We can
expect incumbents to hold "townhall meetings" in rec centers during future
council elections with city staff conducting power point presentations lauding
the incumbent's accomplishments (true or fictitious), while challengers are
excluded from the campaign event. An outgoing incumbent can handpick
successors and make city owned facilities and city staff available to their
anointed, making it impossible for other candidates to compete.
Mayor Leppert doesn't seem to understand we did not elect him Emperor. He
spent a lot of ODB money to get elected and he won with a substantial margin of
victory, but neither Tom Leppert or Ed Oakley got all that many votes. The
arrogance is not based on true city wide popularity.
The low voter turnout in this early voting phase is pretty indicative of just
how small Mayor Leppert's personal following is among Dallas citizens. He might want
to start practicing a bit of humility, rather than continuing to bully council
members into submission and assimilation.