05/11/06 ... but, Betty
Culbreath was right.
Allen Gwinn has been a one-man army against public
officials abusing their office and the public's trust. He has filed ethics
complaints. He has exposed deception.
As a DISD parent, Allen's disgust with Ron Price and Lois Parrott goes far
beyond just their not measuring up to his high ethical standards. Their
bad decisions and bad behavior have cost the students and teachers of the DISD
system hundreds of thousands of dollars forked over by you and me that
were not spent on educating children.
Everything Allen has discovered and exposed could have and should have been
found by paid journalists, people who get big bucks or semi-big bucks for
turning up titillating stories. The information is all there -- and not
there, but Allen has the perseverance to plow through stacks of reports and find
stuff and missing stuff that most of us would miss.
Allen has turned up some interesting tidbits on both Price and Parrott, but this
Bernadette Wright Nutall
(candidate DISD District 9) just rocked Ron Price. The lies that Price
tells in a failed CYA effort are mind boggling. Of course, Allen has the
best report on
Has Spoken to Ron Price,
but here's the DMN story:
for council? News to me, he says
hopeful Nutall denies ordering campaign signs for foe
Tuesday, May 9, 2006 b
Signs announcing that Dallas school
trustee Ron Price plans a run for Dallas City Council are causing a stir
just days before Saturday's school board election.
Mr. Price couldn't be reached Monday,
but he said on a KHVN radio show that he didn't have the signs made and that
maybe his opponent's campaign had put in the order.
His opponent for the District 9
school board seat, Bernadette Wright Nutall, said her campaign did not order
the signs, which she called "proof to me that he's running for City Council.
Why would you waste money to make up all those signs?"
Mr. Price has denied rumors in the
past that he plans to run for City Council in 2007, and has said it would be
"God's will" if he does run.
Derrick Nutall, Ms. Nutall's husband, said he came across
the signs announcing "Elect Ron Price for Dallas City Council Place 7"
during the weekend when he was picking up signs for his wife at a local sign
maker's storage shop.
Clair Woertendyke, manager at Edwards
& Patterson Signs, where the signs were made, called the printing of the
City Council signs a mistake. Late Monday afternoon, he said the order was
placed by Teddy Hawkins, a man who often helps with campaigns. Mr.
Woertendyke said he had read that Mr. Price might seek the City Council post
and that when Mr. Hawkins asked that signs be printed for Mr. Price, he
assumed they were for that position. ...
This is hysterical, but it
is also very serious. As a city council candidate, you may not accept
or spend money until you have designated a treasurer for your campaign with
the City Secretary. You cannot be a city council candidate if you are
simultaneously a candidate for another office.
|If Teddy Hawkins is
designing yard signs for Ron Price's up-coming city council race and is
being paid from Ron Price's DISD campaign funds or Price's private
funds, Price has some serious explaining to do. I have a string
thing bridge to sell to anyone who buys Woertendyke's or Hawkins'
version of how those signs got to be.
There was another brouhaha that
was just as worrisome and only got covered by CBS-11, even if
Jack Fink got taken in by Neil Emmons.
Dallas Commissioner Wants Chair Removed
May 8, 2006
Jack Fink reporting
11 News) DALLAS There are fireworks at Dallas City Hall. Two plan
commissioners want the chairwoman removed after a heated dispute at
last week's meeting.
Some commissioners are angry after
Chairwoman Betty Culbreath asked police to remove Commissioner Neil
Emmons from the meeting.
The Dallas Plan Commission
meeting turned hostile over a proposed charter school at a southeast
Dallas location. Culbreath butted heads with Emmons, who opposed the
After a heated exchange
Culbreath called Emmons out of order saying, ?This is a zoning and
planning issue. Stick to the land use. I will not have it."
When Emmons appealed and
asked the full commission for the right to speak, Culbreath demanded
he be removed.
"Although the chair has the
authority to impose a penalty, only a full body may remove someone
from the assembly," Emmons said.
Culbreath responded, ?Roberts
Rules of Order says the chair may remove anyone unruly.?
The city attorney overruled
Culbreath and commissioners allowed Emmons to continue.
Both Emmons and Culbreath
declined comment, but commissioners Angela Marshall and Clarence
Gary say they're outraged.
?The first thing I thought is
my God if they escort Neil Emmons out, she may take a notion to
escort me out," Marshall said.
After the meeting Emmons
said, ?It was an embarrassment. It took me totally by surprise
because you don't look for that behavior."
Now, commissioner Emmons
wants Mayor Miller to replace Culbreath as chair. Marshall wants
Culbreath off the commission altogether.
The mayor's chief of staff
says Mayor Miller supports Culbreath, who she appointed to the board
and says she has no plans to remove her as chair or from the
commission as a whole.
City staff is forwarding the
mayor and city manager a copy of the meeting video.
There was a follow-up on
Tuesday night with Betty Culbreath reading the city regulation into the record
that gives the P&Z Chair the right to have any commissioner removed from
chambers when a commissioner refuses to abide by the Chair's instructions.
In full disclosure, Betty Culbreath is a friend of mine, a close friend of
mine. Our friendship began in the 90's when we were on the Plan
Commission together. We did not start out friendly. We didn't
agree on many cases, as I talk about more in
Changing of the
Guard. I did not want
Betty to be appointed Chair after Dan Garrigan resigned, and publicly
opposed her. Once she was appointed, she graciously accepted by
congratulations, but it took some time for us to get past all that. At
no time did Chairwoman Culbreath treat me unfairly.
In one case, I asked for a point of order because I disagreed
with a ruling Betty made limiting some testimony from opponents of a
halfway house in an East Dallas neighborhood. Betty heard me out, said
"point taken" and allowed the neighbors to continue with their comments.
In the current P&Z controversy, Commissioner Neil Emmons was discussing
staffing of a proposed charter school. That is not a land use matter.
Commissioners are not supposed to make land use discussions on any other
matter than the appropriate zoning for that site. They are not
supposed to (but, of course, some do) consider the personality of the
applicant, i.e., rich celebrity vs. Joe Blow. Commissioners are not
supposed to TESTIFY for or against a zoning case. A commissioner may
question speakers or city staff personnel and elicit information that had
not been offered previously, provided the information pertains to LAND USE
-- not operations of the business. Emmons was TESTIFYING, and
Chairwoman Culbreath was correct to stop him.
Let me tell you a Neil Emmons story. Until I moved to Northwest
Dallas, I was active with the Oak Lawn Committee (former President,
Secretary/Treasurer, City Hall Liaison). Emmons was in his second year
as President while we were redistricting the city. He had already gone South on
us and was aligned with Cay Kolb, Lordi Palmer (who lived in Terrell) and
then Councilwoman Princess Velveeta Lill.
After the redistricting of the 80's that split Oak Lawn into two
council districts (both of which were dominated by East Dallas), the Oak Lawn
Committee membership had wanted Oak Lawn to be in one district that did not
cross Central Expressway. We had completely different issues than East
Dallas, from Love Field to zoning agendas. Princess Velveeta did not
want to lose her Turtle Creek donors who supported her arts priorities.
At a regular monthly meeting of the OLC, we passed a resolution requesting
the Redistricting Commission to keep all of Oak Lawn in one council district over
the strong opposition of the Emmons/Kolb faction. As President and
with the bylaws in front of him, Emmons announced that the resolution was
not valid because it was not on the agenda. He appeared to be reading
the rule. None of us carried a copy of the bylaws around with us.
Even the OLC Secretary couldn't refute Emmons. Who would have expected
the President, even Neil Emmons, to lie to an entire organization?
That's just what the creep did. He lied to us. As we leaving and
waiting for the elevators, he laughed about getting away with his bluff.
It was too late to reconvene because we had voted to adjourn, and we were
not meeting again for another month.
From that night forward until he resigned to go on the Plan Commission as
Lill's appointee (a reward for his betrayal of Oak Lawn), we made his life
miserable. As a Plan Commissioner, he has done everything he can to
undermine the Oak Lawn Committee and promote the interests of 3 or 4 geezers
who still think they matter to anyone. He's a bad guy.
This is not just about a tiff between Betty Culbreath and Neil Emmons.
This is as much an attack on Mayor Miller than Chairwoman Culbreath.
You can expect a lot more stories like this bogus non-event until after the
May, 2007 elections.
That half-truth story that Belo ran and then had to correct about Mayor
Miller owning American Airline stock and still voting on matters as a DFW
Board member (Dallas and Ft. Worth mayors are automatically members) was
just another shot across the bow at Miller. She did not vote on any
AA-related issues during the brief time her husband owned the stock.
This is Belo payback for Mayor Miller challenging the $6.2 million tax
abatement to Ray Hunt last year. There will be more.
So, we've got Allen Gwinn out there doing reporters' work for them.
We've got a Belo reporter not doing his homework before he wrote a story.
Imagine that! We've got some strange doings on the Plan Commission
with commissioners testifying rather than listening.
Through it all, we have an election this Saturday that could be the
beginning of a new day at DISD with either or both Ron Price or Lois Parrott
replaced on the School Board, or we could have more of the same. The
only good news for sure is that Ron Price will only serve a few months
before he resigns to run for City Council. By that time, Allen Gwinn
will have more stuff that hopefully will keep Price off the council.
This time next year, this town is going to be hopping with all those
challengers to Mayor Miller mailing and calling every possible voter.
There will be at least 5 open seats on the council (Hill, Fantroy, Chaney,
Thorton-Reese, Griffith) and possibly 6 if Bill Blaydes loses his mind and
runs for mayor, too.
No matter what, we cannot have Ron Price on the Dallas City Council.