04/04/19 Who let Belo in on our open
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
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
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
Decherd uses key word -
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?
Would they have gotten around to it sooner or later?
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.
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 DallasArena.com.
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.
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.
with Booz Allen's diagnosis, city leaders fell back on their habitual
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
"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.
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
... "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.
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
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
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.
is shortsighted, devoting little thought and fewer resources to planning for
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
It is short on leaders who seem able
to grasp and tackle these fundamental shortcomings -- even at the risk of
... 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
"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.
the 1990s, the most prosperous period in U.S. history, Dallas' economy
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
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
... "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.
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
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 DallasArena.com, Dallas.org and BarkingDogs.org.
Belo tried to keep us from linking to their articles (modern day citations).
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
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
surprisingly, 57 percent of Dallas households are renters rather than
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
|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
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
|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
The Schutze Audit:
My own "efficiency study" of City Hall
BY JIM SCHUTZE
| originally published: April 15, 2004
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
... 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
... 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
I am sick of all these damn Yankee transplants thinking the solution to our
dysfunctional government is to change it to something worse.
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 money. This year is the
first time ever NTIF had to use tickets and the City
all all the money it was due.
Schutze 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?
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 there, we
must have a balance between downtown and
"back to the basics" in our single family
the city's tax base. Those
at city hall have lost touch with reality.
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 DallasArena.com 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
09:33 PM CDT on Friday, April 16, 2004
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
... 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
... 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
09:16 PM CDT on Friday,
April 16, 2004
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
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
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
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
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.