03/24/03 We are at War.
When you think about young men being executed for taking a wrong turn, it
does make our little turf spats seem insignificant. The first few days of
the war, it was too surreal to be true. With that Arab news group showing
pictures of those military mechanics wounded and dead, the war suddenly became
Yet, we have to stay attuned to local doings because this is where we
live. The Robber Barons don't let trivial things like war and
terrorism interfere with their continual quest to control us and get their hands
on our community funds. They are determined to reduce Dallas Taxpayers to
The Robber Barons have nearly wiped out our convention business with their arena sales taxes
-- just as the "It's a Bad Deal!!" campaign said would happen.
The taxes that have been scarped up by the Arena Robber Barons are not as great
as the sales taxes lost to non-bookings at the Convention Center --
now that Dallas no longer has cheap hotels and daily car rentals. We were
promised extensive building and development and lots of jobs, but we have a big
old arena with a great big parking lot around it.
The DPA (Dallas Police Assn.) don't like to hear how their sell out cost their membership salary increases. Had 800 or so votes gone the other
way, there would be a lot more money to spend on city employee benefits.
Our police and firefighters are underpaid for the risks they take, but we have a
great big Police Headquarters with a museum and atrium and an arena must city
employees cannot afford to attend.
promised a giant new entertainment complex would open in the Cedars area with
the stimulous from the new Police HQ. We don't know when or if that nightclub is going to open, but we have
a great big Police HQ, plus two more empty municipal buildings Downtown that we still will have to maintain and
do something with -- right across the street from the empty Old Library and the
former Statler Hilton.
Why weren't we planning a new use for the Old City Hall. It is a wonderful
building. In the more modern building attached, the council chambers were
really impressive. A lot of Dallas history is in those two
buildings. Other cities do not continually walk away from old
buildings. They update them. We abandon our history and tear it
Now, we have this Jerry Jones stadium looming on the horizon. It is
preposterous that Dallas County Taxpayers can afford to give him at least $400 million,
when we can't adequately compensate our public safety people. Where are the tourists going to come from to pay this $400
The biggest component of the tax must come from hotel/motel
DFW CAR RENTALS ARE ALL IN TARRANT COUNTY.
Once again, daily car rentals in Dallas are almost 75% to Dallas residents
(insurance, car repair, weekend use). The same ratio probably works county
Tack another 5% on daily car rentals in the City of Dallas, and you might as
well call a cab.
Here are some recent DMN articles DallasArena.com referenced in Grandpa
Should taxpayers help build stadium?
. . This is a unique opportunity to use the economic magnet of a new
stadium to spur development. . . .
seek county's help with stadium;
for sports authority could mean new taxes
Dallas Cowboys want Dallas County to create a sports authority that would
issue debt to pay for a new football stadium, a government official and a
Cowboys representative said Monday.
. . . Dallas County would have to levy hotel-occupancy and
car-rental taxes to repay the debt issued by a sports authority, a change
that would require a countywide vote, officials said.
. . . Hotel and car-rental taxes have been used to finance new
stadiums in Houston and San Antonio. . . . The Cowboys are
exploring sites in Arlington, Grapevine and Irving, as well as one in
Dallas near the banks of the Trinity River. . . .
From "Grandpa Jones Grab": As
Tim Dickey points out, Dallas County does not "have to levy hotel-occupancy
and car-rental taxes to repay the debt issued by a sports authority".
There are other sources of revenue available to Grandpa Jones than taxes on
tourists or local folks. . . . The Brimer Bill allows for locker
room taxes, ticket taxes and parking taxes. As Tim Dickey says,
"that's a tax I could support -- a user tax". Many of the
players are multi-millionaires. The new coach is raking in some millions
of his own. Let the people who use the facility, the players and ticket
buyers, pay for a new stadium if they want one.
stadium proposal 'viable'
Dallas County commissioners
are receptive to the concept of a county sports authority that would issue
bonds to help build a stadium for the Dallas Cowboys.
. . . "It's logical for Jerry to spend as little of his own money as
possible," said Mr. Burton, executive director of the James Warsaw
Sports Marketing Center.
Why is it logical for a billionaire to
expect taxpayers to pay for his place of business? Particularly when you
have something as goofy as what the DMN is reporting!
unveil ambitious plan for new stadium; Envisioned:
retractable roof, open end zones leading to virtual city
. . a billion-dollar development that will be the most ambitious in
professional sports history.
. . . retractable-roof stadium that brings skateboarding and other
attractions to open end-zone areas.
. . . a busy place 365 days a year, not just when the Cowboys are
playing. By building a major tourist attraction, the Cowboys hope to solve
the most perplexing problem with new football stadiums: They
are getting too expensive to use just a few times a year.
. . . they hope to bring the issue to Dallas County voters as early as
November, much sooner than many people expected.
. . . they would build the stadium and surrounding development
concurrently, avoiding the uncertainty and delays of the proposed Victory
development around the 2-year-old American Airlines Center near downtown
. . . 200 to 300 acres of land ? at least three times the 65 acres
required for the arena and Victory. . . . looking at two locations, one in
downtown Dallas and the other in Irving's Las Colinas development.
. . . biggest and most expensive undertaken by any sports team.
. . . Cowboys officials are lobbying the state Legislature to raise the
limits on hotel and rental-car taxes for sports facilities.
. . . Cowboys will continue negotiating with Dallas County on a financing
package. . . . sports authority and levy the hotel and rental-car
taxes to provide perhaps $400 million or more in public funding for the
. . . tax question will proceed to the ballot
in Dallas County, where it probably will encounter strong opposition from
those who argue that subsidies for sports facilities are a waste of tax
. . . Stadium with both end zones open, not enclosed by a seating bowl.
The facility would seat 70,000 to 80,000 fans, including the suites and
club sections. Another 10,000 to 15,000 people could congregate in each
end zone, boosting capacity to about 100,000.
. . . Cowboys figure fans will pay $10 or $20 for tickets that don't
include seats but provide access to the stadium.
. . . Mr. Jones compared this area as a social center to the
Pavilion at Irving's EDS Byron Nelson Championship golf tournament.
. . . retractable roof. . . . A large, all-weather stadium
would put Dallas in the running for big-time sports events that it cannot
host in the area's present facilities. They include Super Bowls, the NCAA
basketball Final Four, college football's championship game and a major
rodeo. The new stadium could also host the Cotton
Bowl and Texas-Oklahoma games, the Cowboys said.
. . . A
new generation of stadiums has added amenities behind the seating bowl.
Denver's year-old Invesco Field at Mile High, for example, includes large
lobbies behind the club seats, where bars, restaurants and public areas
give fans places to eat, drink and socialize. . . . a message,
particularly to corporate fans: Arrive early, stay late, spend money.
. . .They've got a good idea of what the project will include, although
they emphasize that plans will probably be tweaked and then tweaked some
more before ground is broken. . . .
Are you ready for this? County Commissioners refuse to provide for the
County's indigent, as they are mandated to do by state law, but they may force Dallas County taxpayers to subsidize Grandpa Jones and his gang of
millionaire hoodlums. Strong opposition probably cannot derail this train.
This business of
the masses standing in the end zone while their betters sit above in the box
seats really sounds like fun. Occasional glimpses at the
game? What happens if you are 5'3"? What happens for the
handicapped? Do we have reserved sections for short people and the
physically challenged? Our Downtown Betters probably like this feature
best of all. This way, the ODB can come out of their ivory towers and get
to see the masses for real -- from the protection of their seats and luxury
boxes. What's worse, those folks standing around in the end zone are the
very people who will be paying for the stadium. They are the most likely
to be renting cars in Dallas County.
& Jerry's "Hooterville", "Neverland"
Stadium....It takes a village....
|We need to start a "Name
That Stadium" contest.
My first thought is "Tom &
We'll have football by the
river with a moon roof for continuous views of Southwest Airlines
arrivals and departures, bringing in those millions of tourists needed
to pay for the "Village By The Lake".
Then we'll have "Name
That Lake" contest. Fans will
be able sip their favorite beverage and watch the yachts and sailing
vessels as they traverse by the parking garages.
After combined events at T & J Stadium and AA Arena, TV camera
activity will photograph traffic jams and vehicle emissions, along
with wrecker and emergency vehicle activity on the Trinity Toll Way.
Prior to leaving the stadium, patrons can go down to the Trinity
Lake and board T & J's River Boat Gambling Casino & Cabaret.
Those having so much fun after the River Boat ride may wish to stay in
town at the Tom & Jerry Hotel & Casino.
So much to look forward to, and so little time
to pay for the fun.
I have a problem trying to estimate the price one would pay to attend an
event at the T & J hole in the roof attraction. How will
American Airlines like having football fans look up and see Southwest
Airlines all night long flying over the dome?
Rad almost has the answer. I hadn't thought about gambling casinos.
It could work, but DallasArena.com thinks a new football stadium should be
financed by levying a user tax on all Dallas and Dallas County sex clubs.
Think of it. Perverts could be making a civic contribution while getting
serviced at the sex clubs. We don't want to limit this tax to the
"big hair clubs". We want all their brother and sister clubs
that do the "body rubs" and "photography studios" and
"saunas". To be exempt from this tax, you must be a certified
physical therapist who stays completely clothed throughout the massage, and the
massage cannot include anything other than your hands which may not stray to the
patient's private parts.
Now, we are talking job creation. It will take an army to police all the
sex clubs. We will need hundreds of clerks/accountants to assure the low-lifes
are paying their sales taxes. We will need code enforcement folks to be
sure the massage-givers are fully clothed and not getting too intimate with
their patients. We might just want to install cameras in every sex club
with a central monitor manned by hundreds of people paying $50 an hour for
random peep shows. We are talking about billions of untapped revenue
here. Jobs and Football for Sex. What a deal!
SINNING FOR FOOTBALL!
Besides, look how many of Grandpa Jones' hoodlums party hearty in the sex
clubs! So what if we have to contend with a bunch of coked up or
inebriated football millionaires taking to the streets and causing murder and
mayhem? It will be worth it to have a new football stadium.
We could do like Mary Poss's buddies at Palladium did. Buy off dissenters
with a promise to spend some of the sales tax revenue on special projects in
Since the sex clubs would become such a vital part of our municipal revenue (as
they claim to currently be), we should have an equal representation of the clubs
in every district of the city. There would have to be a moratorium on new
clubs in District 6 because we already have a corner on the
I'm beginning to warm up to the idea of a new football stadium for Grandpa Jones
and his hoodlums. Replace the Cowboy cheerleaders with dancers and girls
from the sex clubs. They can go right from the field to their jobs in the
bars Jones is proposing for his complex.