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07/31/03  In defense of Bolton?

Paul P:

Why does Laura Miller get a free ride? She spends all of her time trying to get  Starbucks to locate in her Oak Cliff neighborhood.  As bad as Bolton may be, he is not the sole reason for Dallas' number one ranking in crime.
Sharon Boyd:

There's not a thing she can do about Bolton.  Only the City Mgr can hire/fire the Chief.  She does not have 11 votes to fire Benavides. (You forget 3 of us lost).  

The African-Americans council members protect Ted to protect Bolton.   That's why she wanted the Charter Review.

Miller has been Mayor since Feb, 2002.  The city has been #1 in crime for 6 years (4 per some stats). 

Who was Mayor then?  
Who hired Benavides? 
Who protected Bolton through the Lipscomb bribe deal?
Who protected Bolton through the fake drug deal?

That would be Ron Kirk.

Kirk had complete control over 12 council members much of his term.  Don't get me started on what leverage he held over each one.
The Mayor is not the city's top cop and has absolutely no power or right to interfere other than setting budgets with the other 14 council members. 
Please don't pretend that this is all news to you.





  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