Thank you, Betty
02/28/03 There are rules, but not
Someone has decided revenue from the town's legal whorehouses is more important than code enforcement or any
other regulation the city has in place to control these low life
operations. That's the only explanation for why clearly illegal
operations are allowed to stay open when they violate multiple city ordinances.
If a restaurant doesn't meet city health standards, it is shut down. If a
sex club allowed to open as a private club in a "dry"
area under a restricted Certificate of Occupancy does not meet the terms of its
CO -- NOTHING HAPPENS!
adult clubs still doing big business
. . she needs to catch a customer's eye, make a connection,
and possibly reel in a tip or a lap-dance appointment.
. . ."Since the economy started slacking, we've got more girls than
. . . the recent feud between City Hall and the
private-but-tax-supported Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau have
combined to cut profits. . . . "City Hall definitely affects
how we do business, but it is the economy that affects how much business
. . . annual revenues are around $14 billion.
. . . Dallas has long held a national reputation for its flesh
palaces. . . . "It's
what Dallas has that's superior to every other city in the world,"
said Tom Stephenson, president of Restaurant, Retail & More,
. . . adult clubs traditionally top the state comptroller's monthly
list of the highest- grossing sellers of alcoholic beverages. Eight of the
top 25 establishments that sell alcohol in the state of Texas are adult
. . . The clubs say they've recast their image in hopes of becoming part
of acceptable society.
. . . "He wants to see a tall woman with big
said. "I think that making a big ruckus with the Convention Bureau
about not allowing them to entertain people at these clubs is going to
. . . "All the boss cares is if you produce. They don't care
where you go or what you do," said Mr. Stephenson.
"The clubs say they've recast their image in hopes of becoming part
of acceptable society."
Last week, a couple who send their kids to private schools with
their earnings from the sex clubs sent me a series of e-mails trying to justify
their part in this sick business. I do agree that couple's employers are at the high end of the low life
business. There are so many sublevels of sex clubs in Dallas, it's hard to keep up with all the new terms of operations.
Now, there's some category
called a "rub down". And that's legal?
Northwest Highway had more than our share of these sleazy operations thanks to
the assistance of Terrell Bolton and Old Al Lipscomb. Now, we have an
infestation of massage parlors and saunas opening up right next to
where people live. There's one on Monroe with advertisements that have
nothing to do with health massages. The ads are specific and lurid
and self-incriminating, but the Police can't shut this joint down.
What's worse? The place operates without a permit as a sexually oriented
Enforcement could close it down tomorrow, but that's not going to happen.
Silver City and this massage parlor are both in the current District 6.
Apparently, someone has decided since the Northwest part of District 6 has no
political clout at City Hall these sex clubs can just open up and operate
anywhere they want.
Mary Poss is suddenly the big champion of restaurants and bars who want their
customers to smoke. Mary Poss is also the council member who takes credit
for moving LaBare out of her District 9 into poor under-represented District
6. LaBare is within a 1000 feet of at least two sexually oriented businesses that
were already operating before Poss threw her weight around to pave the way for
LaBare to set up shop in District 6. City Hall tries to justify that
location by saying LaBare is not a sexually oriented business.
Let's see. You got a bunch of babes in G-strings, doing lap dances,
feeling up the horny patrons. Sounds like a sex club? That's
what goes on at LaBare. That's why Poss wanted it out of her District 9.
Speaking of Mayor PreTend Poss, it is embarrassing to see her blatantly
using the smoking ordinance for her campaign. She has all the political
skill and insight of a noodle that's been in the water too long.
morning, I met a friend at IHOP for breakfast. The first thing you notice
is a big sign on the door 'NO SMOKING'. The second thing you notice is it doesn't stink. When you walk in the door, rather than smelling
stale cigarette smoke, you smell pancakes, coffee, bacon and syrup. The place
was packed. When we left, there were at least 20 people waiting to get in
That IHOP is just South of LBJ, which makes it just outside the city limits of
Farmers Branch. If that eatery was losing business to the suburbs, there
must have been a mob scene at every breakfast place in Farmers Branch where smokers
can light up.
I have been ambiguous about this whole non-smoking thing. Never smoked in
my life, and I am very sensitive to smoke filled rooms. Every symptom,
coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, nose. If I went to a place and smelled
smoke before I smelled food, I frequently went somewhere else. Most IHOP's
and Denny's have that leftover smoke smell. Some could compete with a
I always wished people would not smoke where food is being served.
Not because they were forbidden by law to do so, just because it is so outright
rude and nasty. The smoking section thing helped some. It at least let you eat away from the smokers, even if their smoke wafted over
to your side of the room. It was less offensive than having some jerk
turn toward your table and blow his smoke directly at your plate of food.
I once saw a billboard "I don't spit in your food, please
don't blow smoke on mine."
My resentment was toward the smokers who would light up at table, not toward the
restaurant that allowed them to light up.
I did not support the anti-smoking ordinance for several reasons, but primarily
because I believe in property rights and the timing was bad for
something so drastic. I think an anti-smoking ordinance ought to go to the voters. I think it would have
passed. There are more non-smokers than puffers. Had there been
a referendum, there would be a lot less room for folks like Mary Poss to exploit
Now that the restaurant people are hooked up with Mary Poss, they may have finally pushed me over to supporting the ordinance.
Publicly avowing not to prohibit cigarette smoking (even though it
is now prohibited in restaurants by city ordinance), puts the restaurant folks
in the same place of non-compliance as the sex club operators.
That's a pretty low place to be.
What surprises me as much as anything is how quiet Old Al Lipscomb has been about all this. What a great opportunity for him to rake in some
"gifts"! He could be out there promoting Poss and Smokers'
Rights at the same time with "walking around money" from her and an
allowance from the restaurant people.
Old Al sure has been active for such a sick old man, as we heard during his
Old Al Lipscomb has done so much harm in this town. It's not just what he did to
those foreign born taxi drivers with his Yellow Cab bribes or the damage he did
to the Bachman/Northwest Hwy. community with his Caligula bribe. Old Al
may have caused the demise of Johnnie's Manor.
agency loses contract with Dallas County;
million deal voided after leadership change at Johnnie's Manor 03/01/2003
County is terminating a $1.1 million contract with Johnnie's Manor, a
South Dallas agency that provides housing, transportation and other
services for people with AIDS and HIV, county officials said Friday.
Betty Culbreath-Lister, director of the county's Health
and Human Services Department, said the county decided to sever the
contract effective Saturday, after questioning the 11-year-old agency's
change of executive directors.
. . . Helen Spicer, an acknowledged former drug addict, had been the
agency's executive director until her ouster last month.
. . .She said she was forced out of the job during a meeting attended by
seven people. Not all of them were board members, she believes. The county
later could find no proof that some of them were ever appointed to the
21-member board, Ms. Culbreath-Lister said.
Lavette Dudley . . . is the daughter of former
Dallas City Council member Al Lipscomb, was appointed by the board to
replace Ms. Spicer.
. . . Mr. Lipscomb said Friday that he serves on the board of directors of
. . . Both Ms. Spicer and Ms. Culbreath-Lister questioned whether he had
been appointed to the board.
. . . In recent weeks, Ms. Spicer said, she has argued with the staff at
Johnnie's Manor over employees who were being hired without criminal
. . . In 1999, Ms. Spicer was forced to withdraw an application for
$60,000 in city funding after Mr. Lipscomb acknowledged he had lobbied
other council members for the money ? which appeared to be a conflict of
interest because his wife, Lovie Lipscomb, was a part-time employee of the
. . . "None of our audits have found problems with the programs or
spending at Johnnie's Manor," Ms. Culbreath-Lister said. "But we
have a responsibility to know who is running this agency before we give
them any more funds.". . .
There's a bit more to this story, like there is to the sex clubs operating and
MPT Poss championing Smokers' Rights.
Betty Culbreath chaired the Plan Commission when I was a Commissioner.
Several of us opposed her being named chair when Dan Garrigan resigned, but it
happened anyway. She and I agreed to put that behind us and we became
friends, but usually cancelled each other's vote.
Ms. Culbreath-Lister has served on most plumb city boards and commissions,
including the DFW Board. She has been a steadfast supporter of Old
Al. She must have been heartbroken when he endorsed her opponent in last
year's DISD school board race. She probably feels like she no longer has
any obligation to cover for Old Al or the rest of his family. She did the
right thing regarding Johnnie's Manor.
can kill two birds with one stone.
Ms. Culbreath-Lister did the responsible thing in forcing the board of Johnnie's
Manor to clean up its act. The bad guys in this mess are all named
Lipscomb. As usual, Old Al could care less who gets hurt as long as he
gets his cut. The people served by Johnnie's Manor are in a desperate
situation, now made even more hopeless by Old Al Lipscomb's greed.
Residents and business owners in Northwest Dallas can certainly empathize with
the clients of Johnnie's Manor and even Ms. Spicer. Through the
shenanigans of Old Al and his enablers, lives have been uprooted and even
Bravo Betty! I happen to really like her and feel that she will do
the right things.
You may be on to something here ... maybe the County can do
some levels of enforcement that the City is unwilling to do.
That would be the "BEST" black eye -- the County
stepping and and successfully closing down some of these clubs for
health related violations.
Good Luck NW Dallas!
I am proud of my friend, Betty Culbreath-Lister for taking a dangerous
stand. Going against the Lipscomb gang will certainly make some people
turn on her. Until a few weeks ago, Councilman James Fantroy might have been one of
them. For the African-American community to just shut him down and shut
him out may be the only way to finally put an end to the trouble Al Lipscomb can
I don't know the solution for those of us in Northwest Dallas. Will it
take someone who has finally hit bottom in the sex club business to be the one
to take that slave trade down?
We may need for Ms. Culbreath-Lister to turn the full wrath of her Dallas County
Health and Human Services Department loose on the sauna's and massage parlors
and sex clubs.