08/21/03 No excuses or Rationalizations!
||Do you have a line
in the sand you will not cross?
Or, do you make up your life rules as you go?
By their actions and excuses, some officials indicate their code of conduct is so fluid, they need a
cup to contain it.
some who are worthless, without an ounce of integrity, but we have a few council members with character and
integrity to spare. The Al Lipscomb vote will make it clear
who fit which group.
This week at a breakfast meeting, when I told another board member Ed
Oakley would vote for Al Lipscomb to the Police Review Board, he nodded and
said "Good!" I was flabbergasted because he's a
pretty good guy. I had to remind myself he was one of those young
men of the 50's/60's who got all their civic and business training on the
ODB-training circuit -- the Leadership Dallas circuit. He's not a bad guy, but he's part of a bad problem
we have in this town.
Thank you for speaking out about the problems in
Dallas. I have lived here since 1971. I have watched
this city crumble under the weight of incompetency. Mayor Miller
is our last hope before this city declines to the level of a third world
The main thing I have noticed is the Police Dept's
degeneration. The Dept's philosophy seems to be ignore quality of
life issues and applicable laws (noise, disturbance of the peace, etc.).
They don't seem to get it that laws must be enforced across the board,
or criminals and potential criminals will not respect any law. In my
opinion, that is one reason for the rise in crime.
Thomas Jefferson said: "No country can survive with an
Many of our city leaders act as though they are uneducated,
such as nominating a convicted briber to a city board. That's
Thanks again and keep up the good work!
Our Downtown Betters (the ODB) are responsible for our mess, and we are in a mell of a
hess. They are responsible for our neglected infrastructure, for our
financial problems and for Old Al Lipscomb.
They only talk to each other and
have run out of ideas.
The Wednesday news had a report about a nationwide terrorist threat to our bridges
and their current state of disrepair and our water system, as well as our power
systems. It tied into last
week's Black Out and the general deplorable state of our infrastructure
throughout the country.
They interviewed the Mayor of Atlanta about that city's weekly water main
breaks. The report said it would take billions and there is no hue and cry
from the citizenry to fix the problems because most infrastructure problems are
underground, so people don't care unless they personally have a problem.
Someone in the
story said repairing infrastructure is
It really hit home! People think I'm just an aginner. Partially
true. I am against big-hair ticket projects that divert money
from our basic and infrastructure needs to some ego monument. During one arena
campaign debate, Con Jerk said I was against everything and had even opposed
DART. Another Ron Kirk his big lie.
As President of the Oak Lawn Committee, I fought to put DART in a tunnel under Central
to keep it off the M-K-T (the
Katy) line near Turtle Creek, but I support mass transit,
particularly rail. I don't expect mass transit to survive on fare-box revenue
because the benefits to the city far exceed the benefit to an individual rider. Light rail
will keep the center of Dallas alive, help the environment and give people without cars freedom of movement,
etc., etc., etc.
Mass transit is as vital to an urban area as clean water.
The ODB support mass transit because there's
lots of money to be made if you own land near a line route. Can't remember
the last time I heard one of our civic leaders beating the drum to do something
about our broken water mains. It's one of those problems the ODB don't
like to admit exist in Dallas.
We only speak
Happy Talk in Dallas.
You are to focus on the big picture or the next big ticket project. Don't
ever mention the bad stuff because there are no problems if we don't talk about
Bolton understands that thinking. He says our horrible crime stats are
because too many citizens report too many crimes. Not because too
many citizens are victims of too many crimes. Don't
report crimes and the stats improve. Very ODB thinking.
Bolton should blame our crime problems on the ODB who built
or allowed to be built so many badly designed and poorly constructed apartment
complexes all over town that were intended for high-rent-paying swinging
singles. Many single family neighborhoods were wiped out to build
apartment complexes on narrow streets that could not support the increased
traffic. No planning was involved. In many cases, zoning ordinances
Some remaining neighborhoods were overwhelmed and ruined by traffic, noise and
congestion generated by multi-family developments with too much building and
pavement and too little parking. Crime increases when multi-family
projects go into a single-family residential area. Criminals go where
there are plenty of opportunities for victims.
I'm for code enforcement and forcing apartment owners to
limit occupancy and create green spaces for children to play INSIDE their FENCED
complex. That might help Bolton reduce his crime stats.
If in the unlikely event that happens, it will not be in time to save Bolton's sorry
rear. Bolton and his keepers, City MisManager Ted Benavides and Asst City
MisManager Charles Daniels, need to go. Daniels "groomed" Bolton
and guided his assent to Chief. Daniels recommended Bolton to
Benavides. It was Benavides who hired our bigger version of Gary Coleman
without even interviewing him.
Now, Beat that Indictment Fantroy is saying we will have street riots and
violence if Bolton is
forced to resign or fired. Who's going to lead the riots? A bunch of
greedy, sick old men? They are the only ones active in the Black community
because they have squelched any young people who have tried to get involved or
take leadership roles. John Wiley Price hired street bums to man his
let's have a riot! Dallas needs a good wake-up call.
It very well may come when the rest of the country is laughing at us for having
a CONFESSED & CONVICTED BRIBE-TAKER on the Police Review Board.
Apparently, enough people have beat on Gary Griffith that he will not vote for
Al Lipscomb after all. Good for him and Good for Dallas. It should
have never been a question.
For the life of me, I cannot understand why Lois Finkelman would vote for an
Anti-Semite to any board or commission. Al Lipscomb is a racist and a
crook . Lois Finkelman should have no part in his serving on a city
board. If an old White guy made the Anti-Semite statements we have heard
many times from that CONFESSED & CONVICTED BRIBE-TAKER, he would be run out
No one would consider a self-professed White Bigot for a board or
commission. Ignoring Lipscomb's racism and bigotry, he took bribes as an
Lois Finkelman want a crook on a city board?
Ed Oakley is just lost to us. I personally love the guy, but this is Ed's
typical approach to his public responsibilities. It's all about Ed.
If it happens to be for the city's good and it happens not to hurt him in any
way, Ed will do the right thing. But if doing the right thing might cost
him some political points, forget it.
As a Plan Commissioner, Ed Oakley voted for the Lakeside Club on NW Hwy at
Bachman Lake when there were so many violations and reasons to oppose it.
Thanks to former Commissioner Rick Leggio, the neighborhood prevailed. Ed
actually told one Bachman warrior it would destroy HIS political career if he
opposed it because then Councilwoman Barbara Mallory was for it and she might
take him off the P&Z. Convincing the NW Hwy community to later support
Ed for council was a tough sell, but we got 95% of the voters to back
Rick is no longer a mover and shaker at City Hall and Ed is on the council, so
Ed probably feels justified. It may have been good for Ed's political
career to shaft the Bachman/NW Hwy community, but what about his soul?
After Oakley was drawn out of District 6, he forgot his NW Dallas supporters and
volunteers completely. They were of no use to him.
When council members were each allocated $4 Million in discretionary spending in
our 2003 bond package, Ed could only find $400,000 to spend in what is now
District 6 (which includes Arcadia Park and the Sylvan/Ft Worth Ave. area, as
well as Bachman-NW). He diverted the rest to what is now District 3 (West
Dallas and Oak Cliff). He rationalized it was going into the area he was
elected to represent, but the council decided before December, 2002 it was to be
spent within the new district lines. A big hunk of the remaining
$3,600,000 went for projects in and around the Stevens Park area, which was
never in District 6. There was no political benefit to Ed Oakley to spend
his $4 million discretionary bond money in the new District 6.
Ed's current excuse for supporting Al Lipscomb is lame. He claims to owe
his political career to Al Lipscomb who got him on the ZOAC Committee of the
Plan Commission. He justifies selling out the city on a sense of loyalty
to Al Lipscomb. What about NW Dallas people who gave Oakley his winning
margin of victory? We were betrayed by Lipscomb's deal with Bolton and
Caligula Rizos where Lipscomb got a measly $7,700 bribe to victimize hundreds of
Dallas homeowners and legitimate businesses. What about loyalty to us
Oakley has again demonstrated he has no line in the sand. He will do
whatever he thinks will benefit his political career. Apparently, Griffith
has determined his political career is dependent on his not crossing his
constituents' line in the sand.
Our only hope is for the City Attorney to contradict former City Attorney Anna
Leslie Muncey's ruling that Old Al's drug pushing conviction in California was
not a felony. Muncey claimed it "didn't count" because he
served his time in jail, not prison. Excuse me? Lots of convicted
felons opt for the more uncomfortable city or county jail time because they get
their term reduced -- not because their crime is less than a felony. If
she rules that his California drug conviction prohibits his serving on a city
board, we are saved.
Not going to happen.
Madeleine Johnson is as much the politician as Ed Oakley. She is not going
to make the 4 Black council members her enemies by doing the right thing.
What happened to "duty first"? With the Mayor, we have 15
council members. Are there 8 honorable people on this council who will
vote against having a CONFESSED & CONVICTED BRIBE-TAKER on the Police Review
At this point, it appears the winds of self-interest have erased the line in the
sand that differentiated between right and wrong. Some on the council have
NO PERSONAL MORAL COMPASS and would cross any line and do anything. They
know a vote for Al Lipscomb would be immoral and a dereliction of their
fiduciary responsibilities to all law-abiding citizens of Dallas. They
If you were
Ed Oakley or Lois Finkelman, what would you do?