CBS/KTVT 11 Reports
01/19/05 Belo and Council know we are
on to something.
When a Dallas
Managed News (aka Belo Corp.) editorial using the phrase "Park Cities
Cabal", you know they are reading us because the phrase came straight from
DallasArena.com. Then in CBS 11'S Ace Reporter Sarah Dodd's Tuesday night
interview, Councilwoman Veletta Lill talked about a Park Cities power grab.
Well, being human and all, it pleased me to no end.
Knock, Knock: Closed doors will close minds to mayor plan
6:20 PM CST on Tuesday,
January 18, 2005
For decades the symbol of Dallas city government might as
well have been the closed door. Today, thanks to the dedicated agitation of
ordinary citizens, City Hall has become much more open and more
representative of people in every corner of the city.
This editorial board would like to
see the strong-mayor proposal that will be on the ballot May 7 as another
step in the direction of greater responsiveness. Fundamentally, we're
inclined to believe that it would give the people who choose to live in
Dallas a greater say in how their government functions.
That's why it's distressing that the
architects of the proposal, the most visible of whom is lawyer and City
Council candidate Beth Ann Blackwood, are behaving in a way that can be
portrayed as less than open.
...Such missteps may be more style than substance,
but they're costly ? especially when your opponents are trying to paint you
as a Park Cities cabal bent on subverting
Dallas City Hall for some nefarious end. Why make their job easy?
...This strong-mayor proposal is worthy of
serious, substantive discussion, but we'll never get there if its proponents
provide ammunition to its detractors. ...
Wonder where they picked up
"Park Cities cabal"? Oh, I know, it was right here on DallasArena.com.
If it were not for the great e-mails and voice mails I get from different
readers, sometimes I wonder about the effectiveness of all the work it takes to
keep DallasArena.com going. Now, with friend and foe using DallasArena.com
stuff, I'm all charged up for at least a year -- probably the last thing the DMN
Editorial Board wanted to hear.
Lots of people are organizing to oppose Bah! Bah! Blackwood's plan, people who
don't like each other and hardly ever agree on the time of day. You have
to give Our Mayor credit for uniting this city like it has not been for many a
year. She must know this is a loser because she's been very quiet for the
past several days. After previously announcing she would raise money and
organize her own campaign to support Blackwood's plan, Our Mayor has been very
quiet. Do you think she's done a poll? Or, maybe she has reviewed
the City's Ethics Rules (which she helped write), rules that prohibit elected
officials from raising money or soliciting money for campaigns (other than their
own) or issue campaigns.
The Ethics Code says:
City Officials. In any election, except his or her own, a city
official shall not: ...
Solicit or receive contributions for a candidate, political party, or
political committee ...
explicit. Probably someone called it to Our Mayor's attention.
Certainly puts a big hole in her bubble. She at least seems to have
the good sense to drop her bragging, but time will tell.
Speaking of bubbles. This
past week has been devastating for Bah! Bah! and her Park Cities Cabal.
They have been revealed to be a bunch of major goofballs. With all their
screw ups, it's hard to think of that crowd as smart. It's even harder to
think of what could happen to this city if those arrogant bubble brains actually
get control of our City Hall.
I'm very confident that on May 7th the voters of Dallas, from South Dallas to
North Dallas from East Dallas to West Dallas, will turn down this Park Cities
There are several groups opposing this mess. Some may work together, some
may do their own thing, but the goal is to send Bah! Bah!'s Cabal back to the
Park Cities. We are not going to become their serfs.
One group whose membership includes several public relations consultants and
representatives designated by "Coalition for Open Government". I will be
working with that group, but other organizations and groups are stepping out,
too. Several chambers of commerce will be opposing this plan. Even
some ODB groups that usually are big rah! rah!'s have made it known they will be
fighting Bah! Bah's plan.
Since we know Belo and Bah! Bah! are reading DallasArena.com, we would like to
suggest that they just give up all this foolishness and go back to what they do
best respectively, sell overpriced advertisements and practice law.