do we take it back?
There are many levels where just a handful of power junkies (rich and wannabe's)
control everything important in this town. They are Our Downtown Betters
(the ODB), even though many of them would never go to Downtown
It's not because they are smarter than the rest of us. Their power comes
from money and leverage. They either have their own big money to
leverage against various government agencies or they have influence or
control money (someone else's $$).
You can't call this particular type of robber baron greedy -- it's not about
acquiring great wealth (although they do that, too). Their main priority
is control and power and leverage. They wake up in the morning thinking of
ways to expand their power base that day. Who are they going to
shakedown? Here are two examples of how their obsession with power impacts
your life and pocket book:
1. DART has a preferred alignment for elevated light rail going North --
right down Harry Hines. Their preferred route would hook up with the
elevated crossing bridge at Southwest Medical/Zale Lipshy. It's sensible,
it's efficient, and it would serve Love Field passengers and the general Dallas
County community the most effectively. One powerful jerk in the Southwest
Medical Community is blocking the entire route because he doesn't want the
riff-raff who might use light rail stopping near Zale-Lipshy. This jerk is
frequently called the best beggar in Dallas. He raised over $250 Million
in donations for Southwest Medical.
No one would dispute the importance of Southwest Medical to our city and
county. They have brought great, positive recognition for
Dallas. The consortium of Harry Hines medical facilities have done
wonders to improve the appearance of the boulevard in their area. That
does not give them the right to arbitrarily cost Dallas taxpayers -- and all the
citizens of DART-participating municipalities -- over $23 Million just because
their chief fundraiser has some insecurity problems he hasn't dealt with.
Not only will it cost us $23 Million more than taking the line down Harry Hines,
the route this fundraiser-guy is forcing on DART would wipe out a big hunk of
Arlington Park, an established single family residential community that is
predominantly African-American. When the Hospital people bought off former
council member Barbara Caraway, they were able to get an apartment complex
plopped down in the middle of that neighborhood over the objection of most of
the residents. Arlington Park has already been victimized.
the homes of elderly Black people is not going to look good for DART's image.
No one will remember it was the top fundraiser for Southwest Medical who forced
DART into that wrong alignment. DART is going to be blamed when the houses
are taken. No one will remember an employee of the Hospital group was
sitting on the DART Board to carry their water when the non-Harry Hines route
was approved. No one will remember that Southwest Medical drew an
imaginary building on their future site plans just so they could block the best
route for DART and/or shakedown DART for millions.
On good authority, it is only one very successful fundraiser who is driving this
DART train the wrong way. You need to call your County Commissioner and
tell him you want to save our tax money and save Arlington Park by keeping DART
light rail going right down the middle of Harry Hines.
2. Victory/Palladium -- Here's a second way some ODB are going to ruin our
city and cost you and me money. This is an amazing example of what
leverage will get you with the likes of Beat that Indictment Fantroy, Brain-Dead
T-Reese and Don Hill on the council. The big boys even got to Dr. Elba
Garcia. It's all about money, honey!
The Victory/Palladium crooks have bought off several minority council members
with promises to transfer some of their tax abatement savings to those
particular districts. There is no way to properly manage how that money is
used once it's diverted. It will be like Shakedown Chaney's operations in
the Fair Park area with that Smirnoff blood money. See Shakedown
City. There is Smirnoff money being spent in South Dallas, but it is
being spent by friends of Leo Chaney on their pet projects -- some of which are
Any future robber baron seeking a multi-million dollar tax abatement just has to
put some money on the table for a couple of council crooks or take Mayor PreTend
Poss to lunch, and/or both. They can be sure the appropriate speeches are
made on how this will benefit the minority community and can be certain any
opposition will be met with screams of racism.
Now, MPT Poss is comparing the Victory Project to Dallas losing out on its bid
for Boeing. That stupid, stupid woman!
If Boeing was ever seriously considering Dallas (which is doubtful), we lost out
because we have a miserable Downtown. According to Christine Perez of the The
Dallas Business Journal, Central Business District rental rates declined
by nearly 4% in 2001. These are old buildings that will be competing with
brand new buildings in a shopping mall setting. We are in effect
subsidizing the final end to any viability of our Downtown if Victory/Palladium
gets their $43 Million extortion request.
These are issues that will impact your life -- your children's lives. The
ODB and their council puppets think you have no say, you just get to pay.
These issues are being determined by people who are no smarter than you and
certainly much less ethical than you. You just cannot close your
eyes and hope it goes away.
A council person told me there are 8 votes for Victory/Palladium's tax
abatement. Call your council representative. Make note of who
votes for the tax abatement. Plan to send checks to anyone who is willing
to oppose those 8 council members. Fortunately, Poss and Walne go away
with this term.
The DART/Harry Hines matter is more fixable. You can call your County
Commissioner and let him know you don't want one fundraiser to control the whole
DART rail alignment.
There's another option to fighting to take back our city -- you can just move
out of town to escape becoming a serf for Our Downtown Betters.