Mary Lou Montes Zijderveld
08/28/03 You can take the girl out of the kitchen ....
This was a day for
contradictions. Up was Down! Wrong was Right! Stupid was very
I go any further into today's City Hall disaster, John Loza was just
outstanding . So, was Bill Blaydes and Mitch Rasansky and Sandy
Greyson and Mayor Miller. But, John Loza was just outstanding.
Loza made the motion to amend the motion to approve all direct
appointments so that Al Lipscomb's nomination would be voted on
separately. Bill Blaydes seconded Loza's motion.
Neither one of them backed away for a second. It was typical of
Blaydes and Rasansky to be strong, but John Loza just rocked. I
was too shocked to take notes or I would quote some of his
comments. He was eloquent, he was kind, he was firm. He was
right. The Police Review Board is the wrong place for Al Lipscomb.
It's about time someone other than the Mayor realized that worthless
Police of Chief was out of control. Thank God she was
Bolton was made Chief for one reason only, to control the
Black community. How little did they know that a many Blacks did
not like him, even if he had the Al's of Dallas backing him.
The party is over. Hooray, Hooray. May our
wonderful city select the best this time.
This morning the vote was 8-7 AGAINST Lipscomb. Lois Finkelman and Veletta
Lill sold us out. They both have fantasies of being Mayor. They both
said their constituents did not want Al Lipscomb on the PRB, but they were
smarter than their constituents. Veletta Lill all but told Don Hill she
could feel his pain, and that had convinced her to vote to put a CONFESSED &
CONVICTED BRIBE TAKER on the Police Review Board.
When Finkelman starts waxing, my eyes glaze over and she usually says pretty
much the same thing that Lill says and vice versa.
Finkelman and Lill pulled the plug on tightening the financial disclosure rules
for city officials. The rules got changed anyway by the state
legislature. With this vote
today, it is clear that both of these Housewives Extraordinare have a very loose
grip on integrity. How does Lill tell her son not to steal now, since she
voted to put a CONFESSED &
CONVICTED BRIBE TAKER on the Police Review Board?
A bigger disappointment was Ed Oakley. I knew he would vote for Al
Lipscomb because he wants to keep the African-Americans in his district on his
team. He claims to owe some debt to Old Al for putting him on ZOAC (Plan
Commission sub-committee). Ed has never felt a debt owed to the people of
NW Dallas who gave him his margin of victory in his District 6 election.
Any debt Oakley owed to Lipscomb was cancelled when it was disclosed that
Lipscomb had taken several bribes as a city councilman.
I expected him to vote and keep his mouth shut, but he had to justify selling
out the city for his own political expediency. He told the ZOAC story,
blah! blah! blah! Didn't buy it when he told it to me the first
time. Then he said "I DON'T KNOW IF MR. LIPSCOMB IS GUILTY. .
.". That's when he crossed the line and became a public LIAR!
Unless Oakley has been living in a cocoon for the past 4 years, he knows that AL
LIPSCOMB CONFESSED in Federal Court to taking bribes. Ed also knows that
Floyd Richards went to prison for paying bribes to Al Lipscomb. Ed also
knows that Nick Rizos testified in Federal Court to paying bribes to Al
Then he compounded his lie by saying this wasn't the first time a felon had been
put on a city board. He said Mayor Kirk and Councilwoman Donna Blumer had
appointed felons to city boards. Kirk appointed Joyce Brown whose
conviction was overturned and she was found innocent of the charges against her
and her record was expunged. She never confessed to
the crime she was charged with and of which she was finally acquitted. The man Donna Blumer appointed also had a
full pardon and his record was expunged because evidence was found after his
conviction that proved his innocence, and he never confessed to the crime he was
Al Lipscomb CONFESSED he took bribes as a councilman. He even told then
Dallas Observer reporter Laura Miller that he regularly took money from Mayor
Annette Strauss while they served together on the council and from lots of other
rich white folks.
Ed deliberately made a misleading statement at the horse show. It was not
necessary, and it makes him no better than Al Lipscomb.
You were probably as shocked at the way those speakers addressed the
Mayor. So-called Men of God! Those old men may thump a Bible on
Sunday, but they are just politicians.
They kept talking about some conspiracy between Miller and the DPA and Benavides
to fire Bolton. Why would there need to be a conspiracy? Bolton has
given Benavides all kinds of reasons to fire him in the past 4 years. We
will know on Thursday what specific reasons caused Benavides to pull the
trigger, but I want to make a guess. I think having the Chief of Police
playing the race card and warning of street riots in case he gets fired forced
the City Manager's hand.
In the first place, the Dallas Police Association did not endorse Miller or
MPossible. They hate Miller and MPossible opposes "meet and
confer". So, there was no deal with them! Why would she have a
deal with Benavides? As much as we all may have wanted, Mayor Miller
couldn't fire him. Jim Schutze explains it in this week's Dallas
Ted Scorned black council members
will go after the city manager next
BY JIM SCHUTZE
. . . What's the next step? The black council members are going to
go after Benavides' head. They'll at least float the notion of getting him
fired. Why? Because in giving up the city's first black chief, Benavides
welshed on his deal with them.
. . . Chief Bolton, the city's first black chief, has been propped up in
office by the four black council members, with an assumed assist from the
Neither the mayor nor the city council can hire or fire a
police chief in Dallas. Only the city manager can do that.
Neither the mayor nor a simple majority of the city council
can hire or fire a city manager in Dallas. Only a two-thirds vote of the
council--10 out of 15--can do that.
So six votes on the council are all the city manager needs to
keep his job. The only thing the chief needs to keep his job is the
protection of the city manager.
. . . So how did four black council members out of 15 protect the
chief? Easy. They protected the city manager. That was the deal. As long
as Benavides protected Bolton, the black council members protected
. . . He actually had seven. There are three Mexican-American
members of the council, for whom it would be very uncomfortable to vote to
fire a guy named Benavides. . . .
The only conspiracy at City Hall was to cover Bolton's large hiney! If you
want to talk about conspiracies, there's that little number that was done us by
African-American City Manager John Ware and African-American Mayor Ron Kirk to
deceive Dallas taxpayers and voters about the hidden parts of the arena deal
with Perot and Hicks. That was a conspiracy.
All in all, I thought Laura Miller was incredibly cool today under fire.
When those same wackos used to show up at City Hall to blast Con Jerk, he just
left the room or started walking around chatting with staff and other council
members. Mayor Miller just stayed in her chair and stared them down.
Ted Benavides seemed to be much more rattled and annoyed than her.
So, about this recall of our Mayor. With the last election, there were
1,197,623 registered voters per www.dalcoelections.org.
Only 120,599 people voted. I believe 10% of the registered voters at the
last mayoral election must sign a petition to effect a recall. 10% of
120,599 (actual voters) is 12,059 signatures. That's quite a few folks,
but 10% of 1,197,623 registered voters is 119,762 signatures. Oh, my!
If there was any doubt that Terrell Bolton is a complete nut case, he is no
longer calling for race riots to get his job back but now he is planning to run
against Laura Miller for Mayor. He must think those 200-300 loudmouths who
showed up at council were going to sweep him into office.
If you think Laura had decisive wins over Dunning and Mpossible, just imagine
the turnout she would get against Bolton.
& Kisses II:
Although within their focus to embark on, any recall
efforts by the African-American community will ultimately fail. They
would need the vote of the majority of registered voters in
I doubt the White vote would be there, and I seriously
doubt they would have the Hispanic vote. We saw the comments made
and placards carried by several African-American critics at City
Hall. One sign said "Dirty Wet Backs."
If the recall effort gets enough signatures to call for a
vote, the recall supporters would not gather more than 25% to 30% of the
vote. The other side wins by 65% to 70% and thereby solidifies the
onslaught of what is yet to come, the presence and power of the Hispanic
We will then be in position to successfully work other
issues with the prevailing block of voters who will say NO to
It does not take a rocket scientist to realize that
combined vote will then be known by one ethnicity as the "Slam Dunk
Coalition" or the "White/Hispanic Coalition".
The Bolton supporters will then see a divided Dallas for a
Some poll claims Bolton had 56% job approval city wide -- must have been taken
in his church.
African-American community only makes up 20% of the population of
Dallas. They do not vote in high numbers and don't have much
economic power. With current trends in demographics, their
high point as far as political power has already come and gone.
Unless they learn to get along with others, their power will dwindle in
The past few days have been pretty eventful, with lots of passion and
fury. We had the City Manager finally show some COJONES. We had some
on the council sink to new lows, but we had 6 council members show real courage
and concern for our city -- Miller, Blaydes, Greyson, Griffith, Rasansky and
Don't you wish we had at least one local talk show host who knew something about
Dallas politics so we could have some lively discussions about all this