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Don Abbott

04/04/19  Who let Belo in on our open secret?

When Belo Corporation aka The Dallas Managed News has to fess up to the fact that our city is in a mell of a hess, things are worse than we thought.

Everybody is talking about Belo's high dollar study done by Booz Allen Hamilton on how badly our city works -- non-works these days.

The city's deplorable situation is nothing new to City Hall watchers.  The DMN report by Booz Allen Hamilton is probably nothing that non-City Hall watchers will read or notice. 

The report and wonderful summary done by Victoria Loe Hicks should be a wake up call to those in control at City Hall.  Unfortunately, they will be too busy in the next few days playing CYA to even consider ways of heeding the warnings or incorporating the suggestions included in the report.
    James Northrup:
Raced through DMN report. Excellent stuff.   Replace the City Manager is step one.  No more politically correct appointments of incompetents.  Then keep the Mayor off the Manager's back.
   The report cites Phoenix has become the training ground for top cops around the country - good department, good standards. Alludes to how well run Phoenix is in general. Scant mention that Phoenix is also a council/manager city.
Decherd uses key word - DENIAL.  Council's reaction confirms it.  Pervasive, almost comical in its depth. Indicating they are not capable of making the big corrections needed.
   Quite telling the alarm had to be sounded by a newspaper.  When you appreciate the incompetence of the people responsible, you realize there was no one left to do it.
   Did they follow your lead?  Sure.
Would they have gotten around to it sooner or later? Probably.

This Booz Allen report is an invaluable gift to the citizens of Dallas by Belo.  As much as I slam the company, they deserve our thanks and credit for funding this report.

Victoria Loe Hicks does an incredible job summarizing the report in understandable and interesting language that any concerned citizen could follow.  Unfortunately, there are fewer and fewer citizens who are concerned about our community, which the report also mentions.  This is skillful writing by Hicks, and makes you wonder how much good she could do if her editors didn't keep such a tight rein on all reporters at The Dallas Managed News.    
Linda Pelon:
The DMN'S special section, "Dallas at the Tipping Point,"  fails to address the importance of environmental health and sustainability.  I hope each of you will write a letter to the editor about  this issue. 
   Who wants to live in a city where informed and concerned citizen volunteers' efforts are sabotaged by decision makers who gut conservation ordinances that were painstakingly negotiated over months and years in "service" of "hit and run" developers who are not stakeholders in the long term health of our city?

The comments in the gray boxes are Belo text, and the snipes in the white boxes are obviously 

Dallas at the Tipping Point:  A Roadmap for Renewal
By VICTORIA LOE HICKS / The Dallas Morning News
4/19/04 / The Dallas Morning News
   Dallas calls itself "the city that works." Dallas is wrong. By almost any measure that counts -- crime, school quality, economic growth -- Dallas looks bad. It's not that City Hall is lying. City Hall seems not to know. "Dallas does not see itself as a city in crisis. ... But the data indicate that Dallas is a city in crisis."
   That conclusion by the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton rests on a far-reaching statistical comparison of Dallas and 14 other large U.S. cities.
This is not news to most of us who actually live and work here. 
... Dallas is not in the top tier. Among the 14 peer cities, only three have worse violent crime rates, only four have lower student SAT scores, and none saw less economic expansion in the 1990s.  ... Dallas ranks No. 12 among the 15 cities. Only Rust Belt cities Philadelphia, Baltimore and Detroit perform worse.
Ft. Worth was not included in the analysis, but it is a mirror in reverse of what is wrong with Dallas.
... Faced with Booz Allen's diagnosis, city leaders fell back on their habitual remedies.
   Mayor Laura Miller said the report would send her into "despair" -- were it not for her certainty that a few big-fix projects, starting with the Trinity River, will affect a drama         tic cure.
   "The Trinity and downtown and Fair Park, that's the triumvirate that's going to get us there," she said. "I think a lot of ills will be solved by those three things happening. We're going to have international excitement about the city."
   Economists hired by the city were less sanguine. They estimated that, 10 years after completion, the city's $246 million investment in the Trinity River project would generate real estate, sales and tourism taxes equal to about one-half of 1 percent of the city's current budget.
New revenue of 1/2 of 1% of the city's current budget?  Our Mayor is diverting millions from LBJ to her Trinity Project that economists will not make a dent in our revenue needs.  Our Mayor is pushing for millions for her String Thing Bridges that go nowhere.  Her "certainty" is foolhardy elitist thinking.
... "All you can do is find fault," said City Council member Bill Blaydes. "There are tremendous positive things happening in Dallas, Texas, today.
OK, name one or two of those "things". Bill Blaydes has clearly drank the water at City Hall and has become a team player with Big Ticket Fever.
... Assistant City Manager Ryan Evans, who oversees economic development, flatly refused to look at numbers indicating that retail activity is shifting to the suburbs.
... "I could assemble all those numbers and get my own doggone numbers and come up saying that we're doing OK. I think we've already turned," said City Manager Ted Benavides.
The day after TB leaves, Ryan Evans should be replaced.  This guy recommended the 2nd million dollar tax abatement for Yahoo/Broadcast News TO JUST STAY IN DEEP ELLUM, when they did not meet the terms of their 1st million dollar tax abatement.
... Ron Kirk, said Booz Allen's work will only complicate the leaders' job, which is to sell the city -- if necessary, by drawing attention away from its defects just as a home seller does in dealing with potential buyers.
... Boosterism helped build Dallas and many of its peers, but in 2004, Booz Allen's findings suggest, the unexamined city is not worth living in.
Con Jerk stays on message.  Sell the big lie and criticize any who tell the truth.
... The city boasts a strong transportation network of highways, rail lines and one of the world's great airports. Dallas' infrastructure -- streets, water mains and the like -- isn't decrepit, like some of its older peers'.
   It doesn't cost a lot to live here. The city's economy is diverse, which should make it resilient. The people of Dallas are ambitious and entrepreneurial.
   The city's population is growing, instead of shrinking like its Northeastern and Midwestern peers. The 1990s brought a tremendous surge of Latino immigrants, who -- if they follow the trajectory of earlier immigrant groups -- will create prosperity as they seek it.
That is not necessarily so.  We had a huge influx of Orientals from Cambodia and Viet Nam back in the 80's.  The immigrants who prospered got the heck out of Dallas as soon as they could, and we were left with another class of underachievers who will always need public assistance to survive.  Many Mexican immigrants are buying into the American dream, but many are caught in a netherworld of slum apartments and low-paying jobs.  Many single family neighborhoods have Hispanic immigrants using houses as multi-family residences without the regulations apartment owners operate under and causing real problems in the single family neighborhoods.
... Dallas is shortsighted, devoting little thought and fewer resources to planning for its future.
  It is short with a dollar, pinching pennies rather than investing systematically to build more livable neighborhoods and stimulate its economy.
   It is short on trust: People don't trust City Hall, and City Hall doesn't trust people.
   It is short on "civic capital" -- energized, politically engaged residents and effective mechanisms for collective problem-solving.
   It is short on leaders who seem able to grasp and tackle these fundamental shortcomings -- even at the risk of failure.
... Even naturally strong leaders must operate within a culture that values making nice over making progress.
Recent redistricting further disempowered neighborhood leaders.  The DMN openly ridicules anyone who challenges the status quo and supports "happy talkers".
... "Dallas used to pose as the Athens of the Southwest," he said. "But it wasn't real. Whole sections of the city were left out. Now, Dallas is confronting real American issues
Interesting that a convicted liar would talk about myths and reality.  Look at the mess he caused San Antonio with his political decisions relating to the Alamo Dome.
... During the 1990s, the most prosperous period in U.S. history, Dallas' economy barely grew.
   Its suburbs continued to bolt ahead, their vibrancy masking the problems inside the city limits. Some of Dallas' peers also made astonishing gains.
... "You've got a city that's been so rich for so long, and the money just showed up," said developer Ross Perot Jr. "City leaders kind of forgot that Dallas became Dallas because it used to take bold, creative risks."
Amazing that the Ultimate Welfare Baby would talk about Dallas taking "bold, creative risk".  Look what we got for giving into him and Tommy Hicks -- another sports arena with none of the promised development and a convention business that's in the tank. 
... The city's liabilities outstripped its assets by $193 million in 2003 -- rather like a person who juggles his bills, hoping that all his creditors don't demand full payment at once and counting on future pay raises to help him meet his debt.
   Most ominously, the commercial tax base is stagnating as businesses wither or leave the city.
... "There should be a homeowners' revolt in this city," said Robert W. Decherd, who chairs a mayoral committee charged with helping revitalize downtown. "They're getting killed. They're bearing the brunt of this denial."
Dechard/Belo supported the big lie that sold the Opera House and the other arts projects to voters last year, when the return on our investment will be even less than what we'll get from Our Mayor's Trinity Project.  Spending that bond money in the Regal Row area or on Ft. Worth Avenue in Oak Cliff would give us a lot more bang for our buck.
...  The unemployment rate consistently runs 25 percent higher in Dallas than in the surrounding suburbs. The city's jobless rate also hovers above the statewide average.
... "The city seems to have a willingness to pride itself on the region's accomplishments," said Dr. Hicks of UTD.
Why would someone move their business to Dallas when they can rent space more cheaply in a safer city where you actually see a police officer on a daily basis?  Our Mayor has shown more attention to accommodating the street bums than toward meeting the needs of Dallas business in the Northwest Highway area, not to mention the area homeowners.
... Dallas ranks well below its more economically dynamic peers in the percentage of adults who have a bachelor's degree or even a high school diploma. Nearly one-third of adults in Dallas did not graduate from high school.
This is where the immigrant problem is really having the most impact.  We have lots of new workers with great work ethics, but they are not educated or fluent in English.  Their children are not doing well in school because they do not speak English and do not hear it at home.  You can't compare this situation to the Asian immigrants because the numbers of Hispanic immigrants is staggering.
... Dallas' rates for both violent and property crime decreased slightly from 1997 to 2002. But on average, peer cities achieved four times the reduction in property crime and 14 times the reduction in violent crime. ... Only Memphis, Baltimore and Detroit are beset by more violent crime than Dallas.
...  police officials tried to explain them away. More crime is reported in Dallas, they said, because police encourage residents to file reports; in other cities, where it is harder to file a report, many crimes go unreported.
This wasn't "police officials" fudging on reality.  That was Terrell Bolton making up excuses for his inability to lead the DPD. 
... A lack of serious self-examination isn't new here, said Mr. Schrader, the former Dallas city manager. "That's been a historical problem."
... Ben Click, who came from Phoenix to be Dallas' police chief in 1993, experienced the difference in the two cultures firsthand.
   In Phoenix, he said, "you were expected to do the right thing. If something went wrong, you were expected to be upfront about it."
   In Dallas, he said, "there was an extreme sensitivity to anything that might lead to some kind of publicity or negative news story."
This is the most important statement and explanation in the entire report.  Our Downtown Betters (the ODB) and their puppets like Ron Kirk would not allow anyone to point out problems, much less suggest solutions.  Ron Kirk tried to shut down, and  Belo tried to keep us from linking to their articles (modern day citations).
...  Residents of the Dallas metro area spend more time stuck in traffic -- an average of 36 hours a year -- than residents of any peer cities except Houston and San Francisco.
One of our biggest bottlenecks is LBJ, almost 24/7.  Yet, Our Mayor has cajoled the Dallas Congressional delegation to devote most of our share of transportation dollars to her Trinity Project which will do nothing to alleviate traffic -- and she knows it.  She has shown little or no interest in helping DART get the funding it needs for the NW line beyond Carrollton.
... Not surprisingly, 57 percent of Dallas households are renters rather than homeowners.
And, that is where 95% of our crime statistics are generated.  Dallas homeowners pay exorbitant insurance because of crime and mayhem stemming from over-populated and under-regulated apartment complexes.  Now, single-family homeowners are coping with their new neighbors running multi-family apartments out of a single-family residence. 
... Nearly one in five Dallas residents moved to a nearby city from 1995 to 2000. That made Dallas, along with Houston, the biggest losers in terms of migration to the suburbs.
Drive North from Walnut Hill on Webb Chapel or Josey (Dennis Rd) and compare what you see in Dallas to what you see in Farmers Branch and Carrollton.  Compare the raggedy grounds at Marcus Rec Center (a fairly new one) to the beautiful lineal creek that cuts across Josey and Webb Chapel.  Our poor parks system was supposed to be one of our Mayor's top-three priorities.
...  Booz Allen concluded, Dallas "is rapidly losing its position as the region's economic core; the quality of its workforce is relatively low; and it is increasingly home to a transitional population rather than a community of middle-class families that live and work here."
   Any one of those realities, in isolation, would be cause for concern. But one feeds the other, the report noted, setting up "a cascading effect that creates a cycle of decline."
People who rent apartments are usually transient, except in high dollar areas like Oak Lawn and Turtle Creek where single-family homeownership is becoming beyond the reach of most.  Rather than fight to rid an area of problems, renters with the means will move to a nicer, safer area.  That leaves most Dallas apartments being occupied by poor to lower middle-income tenants, who not only don't vote but seldom participate in any community improvement efforts.  Look at what has happened to the Park Lane/Melody Lane area.  If you were here in the 70's and 80's, it is hard to imagine such a dynamic area could crash and burn so quickly.
... Ms. Miller and council members said they have taken steps toward creating a strategic framework, most notably by setting five consensus goals: economic development, staff accountability; public safety; neighborhoods and the Trinity.
Baloney!  We elected a woman who promised smooth streets, green parks and fair pay for our cops would be her focus.  The Trinity was not even a point of discussion when she ran for Mayor.
... In early March, the council was scheduled to hear a staff presentation on how the city might invigorate its economic development efforts. Economic development is, officially, the council's No. 1 priority.
...  protracted debate on the problem of dilapidated fences and the question of whether judges in municipal courts are too intimidating because they wear robes. ...

Basically, all this council cares about is power and incumbency and goodies to dole out to their supporters who will keep any challengers muzzled and at bay.

Here are some comments I made to the DMN survey, which they will probably pull now:

Do you think Dallas is at a tipping point?

Beyond the tipping point. Belo bears as much responsibility as City Hall for promoting so many wrong projects for this city when we were not focusing on our basic needs and infrastructure.

Is Dallas on the right track or wrong track in solving the city's challenges?
No -- The city has been on the wrong track since the Meyerson project when our streets and parks were already in such bad shape. The last thing we need is a strong mayor with 14 warlords who do not work together.
    You point out how well Phoenix functions, but they have a City Manager. Big difference, they have a City Manager -- we have a City MisManager and Meddling Mayor.
Have you found Dallas city hall to be transparent and responsive?
Not in the least is City Hall responsive.  We elected a back to basics Mayor and got a Big Ticket Babe.

Jim Schutze did a much cheaper audit on his own and got some pretty spooky numbers himself.

The Schutze Audit
My own "efficiency study" of City Hall
BY JIM SCHUTZE | originally published: April 15, 2004
... You own a vacant building. A guy wants to rent it for a business. You rent it to him for a percentage of his business revenue. But you never ask to see his business' books, cash register tapes, anything. You never even stroll by to see how he's doing. Every once in a while he brings you a check. You have no idea what it's based on. You take the check and tell him thank you.
   In the Harvard Business School, they have a term for what you would be if you operated in this fashion: idiot.
   But this is exactly how our city government operates every day.
... Think of me as the Uncertified Public Accounting Firm of Schutze, Himself and What's-it-to-you (SH&W). I went over to City Hall and did what the high-priced guys from Big Four accounting firms would do. I sampled the existing public documents to look for signs of a pattern. Tell me if you think I found one.
   ITEM: Every year the city rents out facilities at Fair Park to the Southwest Celtic Music Association (SCMA) for its annual North Texas Irish Festival. The city is supposed to be paid 25 percent of gross revenues from the concessions at the festival. People are supposed to pay for everything with coupons. The city knows how many coupons it gives the SCMA before the festival. Counts the coupons it gets back. Knows how much money it is owed.
...  the city had failed to count the coupons before the festival. ... The SCMA itself sold booze for cash. ... Nobody had a cash register. The city didn't ask for register tapes, anyway. The city didn't even ask for the leftover coupons.
... Auditors asked how much money the SCMA had paid the city. City employees said not actually anything. YET. But the check was very likely in the mail. Auditors pointed out that payment was due 36 hours after the event and that six weeks had elapsed.
...  NOTE FROM ACCOUNTING FIRM OF SH&W: If you keep asking them for documentation and they keep sending you checks instead, this is not a good thing.
...  For years the city manager had been whining about the increase in the cost of health benefits for city employees. ...  an audit found that an entire division of people in the city's human resources department--staff that had precious little to do with health benefits--was being paid out of the health benefits administration budget to the tune of more than half a million dollars a year.
   In fact, there weren't supposed to be any city employees involved in health benefits administration, because that function had been out-sourced to private firms.
...  The city spends an average of $430,000 a year to support a staff of 11 employees including eight inspectors who do nothing but look for street cut violations. City code says you have to get a city permit to cut a street. You have to install a permanent repair--concrete on a concrete street--within 14 days after you finish your work.
... ONCOR, the utility company, had been cited 125 times for cutting streets without a permit, ... Dallas Water Utilities--a city department--had been cited 255 times in six months for breaking the law on street cuts. Southwestern Bell had 90 violations.
... OK, wait a minute. Did you just now accuse me of making this stuff up? Oh, man, that steams me. Let me tell you something. You can read all of this on the Web and weep. This is from the September 12, 2003, Performance Audit of Street Pothole Repairs and Related Issues, Report #395, which you can find on the city auditor's Web page at
...  The larger point is this: The system of government we have in Dallas is stupid. I hear people getting on Mayor Laura Miller's case for sticking her nose in the city manager's business. But if you were down there every day, you would want to stick your foot in his business. ...

I am sick of all these damn Yankee transplants thinking the solution to our dysfunctional government is to change it to something worse. 

  Lee Kelton:
While I usually enjoy your screeds about the DMN and City Hall and understand why you used Jim Schutze's article, you need to know he got it way wrong about the SCMA, the use of tickets at the North Texas Irish Festival and the city not getting their moneyThis year is the first time ever NTIF had to use tickets and the City all all the money it was due.
needs to get his facts right.  If anyone wants the real story, forward their
e-mail to me and I will forward names and phone numbers of our President and Director.
   We have battled City Hall and Fair Park for years just so we could put on a world class cultural event -- a 22-year Festival  we put on with over 600 volunteers and with money we raise.  
The North Texas Irish Festival is known and recognized by the international Celtic Music community as one of the top
three US Festivals to be invited to--- and we have done it with little or no help 'tall.    Ft Worth would love to have us and has said so several times.  It's an item the SCMA Board will seriously consider at contract renewal time.
   Want a story? Check out the parking situation at Fair Park (who gets what for how much, etc?)  Who gets the REQUIRED security gig and why?  Again, who gets what when?

The City Manager form of government works great for Phoenix which got high points from the Belo report.  The only changes we need are to reduce the number of council members it takes to fire the City Manager to a simple majority and to make it a criminal offense with jail time for Our Mayor and council members to violate the City Charter by meddling in the City Manager's assignments.

Our problems at City Hall are individuals, not the system.  We have a sorry/inept dork running things when he has gone way beyond his level of ability per the Peter Principal scale.  Laura Miller would be as bad if not worse than Ted Benavides at running City Hall because she has absolutely no respect for working people.  She cares deeply about the non-working poor and homeless.  She swoons over the non-working elite like Ray Nasher.  She patronizes the rest of us who do work and pay the bills for the poor and elite alike. 

As a typical Limousine Liberal, Our Mayor really does not like police officers.  She sees them as armed sanitation workers who should be grateful to have a job.
While revitalizing downtown is important since residents who live downtown are middle to upper income and demand better conditions if they are going to stay therewe must have a balance between downtown and "back to the basics" in our single family neighborhoods
   Homeowners are the city's tax base.  Those at city hall have lost touch with reality. 
   While sympathetic to the poor, I firmly believe those who pay the taxes should receive the city's services. 
   Homeowners cannot continue to support the majority of Dallas residents who either do not work and are below the poverty line according to U.S. standards.  Most of these "poverty" people would be considered above poverty level in their home country. 

The fact that Schutze turned up all those incidents in his one-man audit is clear proof Ted Benavides should have been fired years ago -- for that matter he should never have been hired to be the City Manager.   The folks in Denton could have told Ron Kirk that Benavides was not up to the job, except they were so pleased not to have to go through the process of firing him they weren't about to rock the boat that was taking him out of their area.

Finding a competent City Manager is possible.  The DISD found Mike Moses.  Granted, things aren't perfect on Ross Street either but we've come a long way since 1998 when was blasting that Lounge Lizard Rojas.  Moses has been able to get some great things done despite having to work with morons like Joe Thug May and Wife Beater Ron Price.

The same people calling for a Strong Mayor would also recommend an end to term limits for council members.  If that happens, you should pack your bags and remind those who are left to turn out the lights when they leave, too.

Flip-flop Fourth: Willie's in, Trinity Fest out;
09:33 PM CDT on Friday, April 16, 2004

By KIM HORNER / The Dallas Morning News
  Trinity Fest 2004 is off. But a smaller city-sponsored Fourth of July celebration is on.
  Trinity Festival Corp., which still owes the city $80,000 from last year's huge Independence Day bash, will not throw another one this summer, said City Council member Veletta Forsythe Lill, chairwoman of the city's Arts, Education and Libraries Committee
... The July 3 city event, at the Trinity River bottom, would be on a much smaller scale than the Trinity Fest parties that attracted hundreds of thousands of residents to the Reunion Arena parking lot the last two years, Ms. Lill said.
   "What you will see is a more pure Fourth of July festival with the Trinity River as the backdrop," she said.  ... the Dallas Symphony Orchestra is expected to perform at the city's event, to be held at Crow Lake Park, she said.
... Dallas officials asked Trinity Fest organizers in February to pay the money owed from the 2003 event. ... from the Trinity Festival Corp.'s use of a Reunion Arena parking lot.
... Carol Reed, president of Trinity Festival Corp., said in February that Trinity Fest 2004 would take place. Ms. Reed, a Dallas political consultant, could not be reached for comment Friday.
... "We simply needed to find a way to resolve the issue of some outstanding debt," Ms. Lill said. "This arrangement allows us to resolve that issue and provide the citizens with a wonderful Fourth of July event."
... Craig Holcomb, who has been active for years in efforts to open more parks and other amenities along the Trinity River, said the city event would be a great way to bring people to the river. ...

Exactly why are we not doing a July 4th event on July 4th?  This year the 4th is on a Sunday, a perfect day to celebrate our Independence.  This is as dumb as staging a Trinity event on Reunion's parking lot.


Willie Nelson is finally bringing it to the Fort Worth Stockyards this year; Fourth of July concert to take place at Stockyards
09:16 PM CDT on Friday, April 16, 2004 By MARIO TARRADELL / The Dallas Morning News
   After three decades of having his famed, long-running 4th of July Picnic in Central Texas, Willie Nelson is finally bringing it to the Fort Worth Stockyards this year, the bearded and braided Lone Star legend announced Friday afternoon during a news conference held outside the Livestock Exchange Building.
   The daylong shindig will unfold in the 27-acre concert field dubbed the North Forty, which sits just east of Billy Bob's Texas. In addition to Mr. Nelson, the picnic stars include a few other country icons, such as Merle Haggard, Ray Price, Asleep at the Wheel, David Allan Coe, Kris Kristofferson, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Johnny Bush as well as hot young guns Los Lonely Boys, Jack Ingram, Django Walker and Del Castillo.
   Organizers are expecting about 25,000 people to attend. Tickets will go on sale April 26 at 10 a.m. at all Ticketmaster outlets and through They are $25 in advance and $30 at the gate.
... Last year's picnic in Spicewood, Texas, located 35 miles west of Austin on U.S. Highway 71, caused a traffic nightmare. There was a reported 11-mile backup with a whopping five-hour waiting time.
   The commute to the Stockyards should be much smoother. Parking should be a breeze. Mr. Smith says there will be plenty of space for about 12,000 vehicles. There's 40 acres of parking lots.
   "We can comfortably park anything coming at us," says Mr. Smith. "We've had events down here that have had 100,000 people."
   For Mr. Nelson, ...  Fourth of July is a good time to appreciate freedom. You're free to go out and listen to music."

Once again, Ft. Worth gets a simple thing like a July 4th event right.  It's on the right day!  It's an accessible place!  It's reasonably priced! 

Why can't we do anything like this in Dallas?  The simple reason is Ft. Worth and Tarrant County are run by Texans who are proud of our heritage and who relish in all things Texas.  The people who run Dallas are either from some place else, or they are local crooks trying to cash in on their elected office.  Only 30 miles separate Dallas from Ft. Worth, but the divide is more about priorities than miles.  Ft. Worth knows who it is and rejects opportunists who try to make it look like someplace else.  

Dallas cannot reverse its downward spiral until we stop trying to copy failed plans from somewhere else.  Until we have elected officials who understand who we are and what we were when we were successful, things are not going to get better.

The real tragedy of the reality of Mayor Laura Miller vs. Journalist Laura Miller and Councilwoman Laura Miller is that most of her volunteers and supporters thought we were behind someone who got the basics.  What we got was someone else who wants to make Dallas look like someplace else and wants to change our form of government to something that has not worked all that successfully in other places.








  Ward politics is the Devil's key to the soul of the city council.  It is how some council members got themselves in trouble in the past.  It is the bait that will get others in trouble in the future. 4/6/8