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04/12/04  Will Ted Benavides leave Dallas in ruins when he goes?

It sure looks like Ted Benavides intends to destroy this city and make it impossible for his successor to turn things around.  He is being assisted in his devious plans by Our Mayor's change of priorities and meddling.
 

We have a City Manager form of government.  Our Mayor refuses to accept the limitations of her office.  She knows she can't get the votes to change our system to a Strong Mayor government.  If she successfully gets a Charter Review Commission, she knows she could not control the results or recommendations.  We would wind up with a recommendation that we create 14 boroughs where the council rep makes all the decisions and controls staffing and service distribution.  Not that much different than we have now. 

Our City Attorney does not recognize or perform her responsibility to counsel Our Mayor or the council on the limitations of their respective offices.

Our City MisManager has been acting like the top Assistant City Manager since Con Jerk gave him the job -- after John Ware took his payoff on the arena deal and jumped ship.  It worked under Con Jerk (to an extent) because he completely dominated his counsel.  Con Jerk didn't care about making everyone love him. 

Con Jerk made it clear those who crossed him would be cut off at the knees -- if they were White. 
    Citizen D:
   
I don't feel as if we really disagree, but it really was not Bolton who cost us $13M.  It was our Council and the City Attorney's Office.
   I could support Bolton in his demotions and dismissals in an effort to avoid things like the fake drug scandal.  Where he and I will always disagree is on the fundamental point  --  If you can dismiss an "at will" official for your convenience, you as an "at will" official can be dismissed "AS WELL". 
   This is where Bolton lost credibility.  I really expected him to do what his command staff would not --
LEAVE!!  Quietly and with dignity. 
   
The resignation Benavides offered him would have been the win-win choice.  At that point, being right or seeking justice was so NOT THE POINT!
    However, the City Council fundamentally should have taken the officers' lawsuits to court and prevailed there.
    It is now critically important that one of the top 10 interview questions asked is, "Do you understand what 'at will employment' means"?  Then, require a 100 word essay on it (smile).
    I admire you for your diligence in keeping the rest of us informed.  I worry you may be reporting "Live from the Titanic" (smile) at times.  I really want things to work out and try to do my part to make the city better, but as I learn more and more about how our city is indeed being mismanaged, I am not very hopeful.
    Thanks for all you do!
 
         

We have a City Manager form of government.  Our Mayor refuses to accept the limitations of her office.  She knows she can't get the votes to change our system to a Strong Mayor government.  If she successfully gets a Charter Review Commission, she knows she could not control the results or recommendations.  We would wind up with a recommendation that we create 14 boroughs where the council rep makes all the decisions and controls staffing and service distribution.  Not that much different than we have now. 

Our City Attorney does not recognize or perform her responsibility to counsel Our Mayor or the council on the limitations of their respective offices.

Our City MisManager has been acting like the top Assistant City Manager since Con Jerk gave him the job -- after John Ware took his payoff on the arena deal and jumped ship.  It worked under Con Jerk (to an extent) because he completely dominated his counsel.  Con Jerk didn't care about making everyone love him.  Con Jerk made it clear those who crossed him would be cut off at the knees -- if they were White. 

When Donna Blumer and Larry Duncan supported the late Charlotte Mayes for Deputy Mayor ProTem over Chris Luna, Con Jerk forgave Charlotte and the other minority council members who successfully supported her.  They were allowed to be chairs or vice chairs of various committees.  Blumer and Duncan were shut out of any committee leads and actually were denied appointments to several committees that directly impacted their districts.  He was equally hard on Laura Miller.

While Ron Kirk was Mayor, Benavides acted like Con Jerk was the City Manager and did his bidding and followed his orders, like he was still an Asst. Manager.  So much for City Manager vs. Strong Mayor government.   Benavides does not do Laura Miller's bidding and ignores her orders, but he still acts like an Asst. City Manager waiting for someone's instructions.
 

This mess with selecting a new Police Chief is just more of Our Mayor's meddling and the City Manager not managing. 

For a couple of weeks, the word is out that Danny Garcia will be the next Chief of Police.  Garcia did not make consulting firm's list (which firm was selected by the City MisManager).  See
Chief Rick Stone:  What Dallas needs in a Chief of Police.   The City MisManager removed 3 qualified White guys from the list -- 3 former DPD Brass who went on to be successful Police Chiefs in other cities that are not ranked as the nation's crime capital.   Danny Garcia did not make the consulting firm's cut, so the City MisManager put his close friend back on the list.

Allen Gwinn stirred things up last week with his letter congratulating Danny Garcia on his upcoming appointment as Chief.  He copied it to the council and Mayor Miller, and others.  The media had a lot of fun with it.  Our Mayor told WBAP and other media that no one has been selected, but she doesn't know that because ONLY THE CITY MANAGER HIRES AND FIRES THE CHIEF OF POLICE.  Gwinn's letter may have caused the City MisManager some disconcertation, but Garcia will be the next Chief.

He may be the City MisManager's close friend, but Danny Garcia is not the best choice for Chief of Police, except as a middle finger gesture to Our Mayor.

Since Miller was very vocal in her disdain for Terrell Bolton (as were most thinking people in this city), she was blamed for his firing although Benavides did not even give her a heads up about his plans.  Our Mayor was blamed not just for causing Terrell Bolton to lose his job, but for firing the city's FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN CHIEF OF POLICE. 
    DFW:
   The issues of Ted Benavides and the not-as-yet anointed DPD Chief Garcia leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
   I read your columns and heard the radio reports you reference about Mr. Gwinn's letter to City Hall.  I saw Danny Garcia on TV last week putting the Lower Greenville patrols on hold while Mr. BarkingDog is investigated.  
  Garcia is responsible for most of the so-called entertainment districts in
Dallas, and yet all I read is how there is never a cop around when needed on a Friday evening.
   BarkingDog has tenacity and courage, but sometimes a big mouth, too.  I don't believe him to be a criminal.  Anxious to earn a living, yes, but not a crook and not a thief.
   Seeing BarkingDog put into the dog house makes me wonder - Is Garcia trying to score points with a small but important section of the business community - the bars and restaurants.
   They were hurt by the Mayor's no smoking rules, and they were hurt by crime issues, in both Deep Ellum and Greenville Ave.
   Even if it is true that they are not supporting the neighborhood patrols, the least they could do is stop sending checks while shooting the invoice writer.
   They need a break no matter the cost - and they need someone they know, like Garcia, to give it to them.
   Offering BarkingDog's head on a platter is easy to do.  Cancel the patrols for a month.  Put the fear of God in any other neighborhood resident who might dare speak out.  Next thing you know no  citizens who live in those areas will dare speak out without considering the damage to their family.
   A horrible website takes great pride in declaring the impending death of the Dog and anyone else who opposes bars, but he makes a valid point - The Dog needs our support and that this too shall pass.  Maybe not fast enough to be less vexing, but it will pass eventually.
   Send him a letter offering your support and prayers (if this other website is correct, he has children who must be absolutely fearful of his going to jail, as
unlikely as we hope that might be).
   BarkingDog needs to know that no matter what happens he is going to be fine in the end and probably a better person.
 
     

Never mind that the bumbling idiot should never have gone above sergeant in the DPD or that

Bolton cost the city $13 million and more with the demotions he did as Chief or that
   
the fake drug scandal happened under Bolton's watch (or lack thereof) or that
   
the city ranked as the nation's number one crime capital year after year while Bolton served as Chief of Police.

Bolton was the city's FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN CHIEF OF POLICE, and the formerly powerful Black Ministers blamed Our Mayor for his firing.

Can you imagine what will happen if Danny Garcia becomes the city's FIRST HISPANIC CHIEF OF POLICE, and the next City Manager has to fire him?  Since Miller is in office through May, 2006 and Teddy B will take his million-dollar retirement package long before that time, she will likely be Mayor when Danny Garcia gets fired by the next City Manager.

Benavides will get to kill two birds with one stone when he appoints Danny Garcia as Chief of Police.  He gets to shaft Our Mayor and reward his friend.  Pretty sweet!

Unfortunately, it's the citizens of Dallas who will suffer most when Benavides does name Garcia as Chief.  Northwest/Bachman people are already aware of Garcia's affinity for bars and night clubs, particularly sexually oriented businesses.

When Ted Benavides leaves his position as City Manager (not a moment too soon), he will be leaving the city much worse than when he found it when Con Jerk first made him City Manager.  The disease or root rot that he has allowed to spread at City Hall may not be reversible.

Ted Benavides is not responsible for everything wrong at City Hall, but he has done little or nothing to put the City back on the right track toward recovery.

 

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