11/03/05 Nothing is working at City
Hall under the status quo!
There is no one in charge at City Hall and the inmates are running
the city. Most of the flipfloppers on the council have just proved beyond
a doubt that they are incapable of keeping their word, much less showing
We don't have enough police officers to protect us and can only
afford 50 or so new ones, but the council can give away $6.3 million to a
We apparently have no code enforcement officers, but the
council can give away $6.3 million to a Billionaire.
11/3/05 Jay Narey:
I voted YES, Sharon.
I agree with your analysis. It's not
a perfect solution, but at least it's a start.
I overheard 3 gentlemen
Wednesday at the bookstore.
They were pissed about the abatement and called Angela Hunt
personally about it!
Welfare for the Poor and Needy is one
thing - Welfare for the Rich is totally immoral.
We have a council
now renouncing a charter amendment they themselves crafted and
spent $1 million to put on the ballot for November 8th.
Letters: Oakley's new stance on Prop 1:
Yes, I changed my mind; the people have spoken
05:06 AM CST on Thursday, November 3, 2005
Re: "Feuds and Flip-Flops ? So this is what's written between Oakley's
lines," Sunday Editorials.
I take vigorous exception to The
Dallas Morning News' editorial characterization of my decision-making
process on Proposition 1. The paper appears to favor an elected
representative who will be rigid and not listen to constituents. That's not
my definition of leadership.
Yes, I have changed my mind. Times
have changed. The situation is much different from last spring, and the
80,000 people I represent have spoken: Don't endorse a "strong-mayor"
proposal that puts all power on issues ranging from the budget to the agenda
into the hands of the mayor's office, with no input from your council
Frankly, many of us have gotten
smarter on this issue. Compare this to my profession, building contractor.
What if, during construction, a severe soil condition was discovered? It is
my ethical responsibility to tell the client. I wouldn't and couldn't cover
up the change. That's the right thing to do.
We know more now than we knew then,
and I will advise my constituents about the appropriate course for the
And as far as "reading between the
lines," I refer to one author's famous quote: "The only man who can change
his mind is a man that's got one."
Ed Oakley, City Council member, District 3, Dallas
FlipFlop Oakley clearly cannot read between the
and what others are saying about him. We are not accusing him of changing his mind,
we accuse him of out right lying through his teeth. FlipFlop Oakley makes no
decisions based on new information. FlipFlop Oakley makes all decisions based on
self-interest and sticking his political finger in the wind. This is the
same guy who diverted $2.5 million in designated bond money from poor District 6
when he was our virtual council representative (we never
actually saw him in
NW Dallas after we won the election for him).
Do you know what he did with
District 6's $2.5 million in designated bond money? He spent most of it in
Stevens and Kessler Park, which were never in District 6. Many
neighborhoods in District 6, NW Dallas down to Sylvan in Oak Cliff over to Grand
Prairie in West Dallas do not have sidewalks or curbs for kids to get to school.
FlipFlop Oakley spent much of our $2.5 million on a sound wall for Stevens and Kessler Park
Things do change, but FlipFlop Oakley's tearful excuse in his letter above is more
hot air from a public liar. This is November. He and the other
council liars who now oppose Proposition 1 drafted its language in April,
barely 6 months ago. If he's so in touch with his 80,000 constituents, did
he not know what all 80,000 wanted six months ago? I take great vigorous
exception to his even having a "decision-making process".
The only decision-making process FlipFlop Oakley uses
is to evaluate how something is going to help him and his interests, not whether
it's for the general good.
As chair of my neighborhood crime watch and homeowners association, I'm on a
first-name basis with our Police Chief, our ICP officer, the Substation Deputy Chief and other
police officers. I know a few big and little shots at City Hall. That said, I
can't get any more done for my neighborhood than you can for yours.
A week ago, I turned off Walnut Hill to Brockbank to
enter my neighborhood and nearly had a heart attack. Sitting right out on
the front yard of an unkempt duplex on the corner of a major intersection in NW
Dallas area were two old
trucks and a trailer with "for sale" painted on the windshields. A few yards East of the corner were a couple more cars parked up
on the yard. The tenants have clearly got a used car lot going on a
very visible corner of NW Dallas. Never mind that it's a residential lot
and against the law! Who enforces laws in Dallas these days, anyway? Sweet deal!
Like a good citizen and neighborhood person, I called 311. No one answered
except an automatic system which took me nowhere. So, I called 911.
After painfully explaining the problem to an operator who only has a mantra to
recite, I asked for her to
send an officer to ask the people to move the cars off the yard. The 911
operator said he could not (would not) dispatch an officer for a problem on
private property, but someone from Code Enforcement would get to it in 3 or 4
days! Even when I told him the trucks and
trailer blocked traffic visibility -- NADA. The operator told me
to call 311, which I had already done.
The next morning, I started the process over -- calling 311 several different
times, but it was a Saturday. Never could get a live person, so I left messages. Still
waiting for someone to call from those messages.
Monday night (Halloween), one truck was gone, but the old truck,
trailer and red car were still there. So, I sent e-mails to some big shots
at City Hall in a vain attempt to get some action. Wednesday night, I
called 311 again because the cars and truck and trailer are still there.
This time I was told the wait for action would be 1-10 days. I swear the
city has out-sourced 311 to some off-shore outfit!
Look at these two shots. This first picture is the red car, which has been
on this yard for over a week. This is very visible from Walnut Hill.
How can there be a single code enforcement officer in the area and this not be
noticed and cited? Why is illegal activity not a police issue?
shows the truck and trailer from Walnut Hill. Look how deep on the
yard the truck and trailer sit. A driver on Brockbank waiting to make a
right hand turn cannot see westbound vehicles.
I've been told this is not a
police issue. It's an illegal activity, but it's not a police issue?
It's a code enforcement matter, but there are no code enforcement officers in NW
Dallas. If we have someone assigned to our area, he or she clearly is not
enforcing the City Code. How much does Code Enforcement Director Kathy
Davis make? Clearly too much when this stuff continues to go in our city.
I haven't even mentioned that every night at this same duplex 2 or three late model pickup
trucks park half ON THE SIDEWALK and half IN THE TURN LANE. If Code
Enforcement people don't see this stuff in the day time when they are supposed
to be on duty, you know nobody's minding the store after dark.
To add insult to injury, tonight I got my 2005 tax statement. It reminded
me that Bill Blaydes and FlipFlop Oakley voted to raise my property taxes
and a few weeks later they acted as Ray Hunt's agents to get him a $6.3
million tax abatement.
Under our present system, all of our lack of adequate city services are
absolutely the fault of City MisManager Mary Suhm. She's in charge and
answers to no one. I don't get to vote for or against her.
You can't blame Mayor Miller for Mary Suhm, because the three retiring Housewife
Extraordinaires Greyson, Finkelman and Princess Velvetta pushed through a motion
to hire Suhm and discontinue the national search for a more qualified city
Mary Suhm hires and fires the Director of Code Enforcement, Kathy Davis.
Other than illegally firing a bunch of code enforcement officers who almost all
got their jobs back, what has Kathy Davis accomplished? See "Kick
A silly boss--not civil
service--is the problem with the city's code department"
Published: Thursday, June 9, 2005.
I'm certainly not
going to fault Ms. Davis for firing a bunch of incompetents, just wish she had
done it the right way. If someone doesn't know they are supposed to be
inspecting for code violations during the day rather than sleeping in their
cars, I'm not sure what you can teach him or her about work ethic or job
responsibility. How can you define someone's job description to them if
that someone can drive past and ignore six properties with code violations yet
issue citations to a homeowner for peeling paint on non-existent structures on his property?
I don't fault Kathy Davis for trying to fire a bunch of losers. I
fault her for not being a good administrator and not taking the time to follow
Civil Service rules or get City Attorney guidance in the firings.
Blackwood's proposal would have done away with Civil
Service, and I will never support that. City employees must have some
protection from political hacks.
If you don't live near Downtown, what do you get for you city tax dollars?
No code enforcement, neglected parks and inadequate police protection seems to
be the common lot of Northwest Dallas. All the money is going into
Downtown and the Trinity Project, and I don't live near either.
Don't fault Chief Kunkle for the
shortage of police in this city. It's absolutely the fault of Mary Suhm
and the City Council. Chief Kunkle says we need 800 officers, and the
council authorizes 50 new hires, which will not cover the DPD's attrition rate.
I've told you several times before that it was Mary Suhm who started balancing
the budget on the backs of the DPD by making it impossible for the DPD to hire
the allocated new officers each year.
Sticks and Stones:
Chief Kunkle has to fight crime with the tools
the council will give him
Published: Thursday, November 3, 2005
People. Personnel. Things would run much more smoothly with 800 more cops in
Dallas. In the meantime, Kunkle is trying to do what he can with what he's
When you think about what you
are not getting for your tax dollars, think back on the $6.3
million that Blaydes, FlipFlop Oakley and the FBI's Favorite Target Don Hill
gave to Ray Hunt last month. Sure would have paid for a few more than 50
We don't see any sign of improved code enforcement in Northwest
Dallas. We don't see any sign of code enforcement at all.
So, why would anyone be happy with the status quo at City Hall? Why would
you not want the Mayor to hire and fire the City Manager? If the only
person we all get to vote for is the Mayor, why don't we want our vote to be for
more than a ribbon cutter?
Ch. 11's JD Miles had a report tonight that Grand Prairie resident Lee Alcorn
has filed some complaint letter from his latest 3-member group with the Justice Department to investigate the
FBI's investigation of current and former crooked City Hall officials who
happen to be Black. Is that some kind of back door racism on Alcorn's part?
It's not racism on
the part of the FBI, but it's definitely racist of anyone to think Black
officials should not be expected to be honest and not abuse their position.
Grand Prairie resident Alcorn alleges the FBI is investigating Black City
Hall officials because the Blackwood proposal failed last May. That's so
bogus, it's hard to take it seriously -- so don't. The FBI is
investigating some Black City Hall officials because there has been some serious
hanky panky going on for over a year relating to zoning cases and land deals and
other outgrowths of state tax sheltered apartment complexes and those targeted
officials were right in the middle of it.
FBI investigation's not about political contributions. It's about votes for
Look who's opposing Proposition 1 for a Stronger Mayor (or strong mayor lite):
the FBI's Favorite Target Don Hill, Shakedown Leo Chaney, FlipFlop Oakley and
Bill Blaydes. All of these guys crafted the charter amendment they
are now opposing. That makes them self-promoting liars.
Grand Prairie resident Lee Alcorn needs to move into Dallas and help
us pay property taxes for non-existent services, or shut up. When has
Alcorn ever lived in Dallas? He's registered to vote in Grand Prairie.
When was the last time you as a Dallas resident took a stand on anything
political in Grand Prairie? I can't remember the last time I intentionally
was even in Grand Prairie.
Election day is Tuesday, November 8th. Proposition 1 is not a perfect form
of government for Dallas, but what we have is not working at any level. Of
course, it doesn't help that we have the worst city council ever (as Jim Schutze
told Ch. 11's Sarah Dodd this week).
Some who oppose Proposition 1 claim it's because they believe in our 14-1
system. Nothing about Proposition 1 threatens 14-1. I wish it did.
It would suit me just fine to go back to 10-2-1 with the mayor and 2 council
members elected citywide. I would settle for the Mayor to be elected
citywide and the 2 council members who receive the highest number of votes in
their races (not percentage) elected to be Mayor Pro Tem and Deputy Mayor Pro
Tem. The system we have now has two of the lowest vote getters as Mayor
Pro Tem and Deputy Mayor Pro Tem. Worse, our Mayor Pro Tem is the FBI's
Favorite Target. That's not representative government -- that's ward
If you are not content with the status quo of council-generated chaos at City
Hall and lack of city services delivered by an incompetent City MisManager, get
yourself to the polls on Tuesday and vote FOR A STRONGER DALLAS by voting FOR
Don't let the likes of a Grand Prairie resident or FlipFlop Oakley try to make
this a vote for or against Laura Miller. Proposition 1 does not go into
effect until June 2007 AFTER the next Mayoral race.