Hicks is about to high stick another town.
This past week, the DMN did an extensive story on the success of the Hicks/Perot
year' for American Airlines Center
arena not without its controversy
. .The American Airlines Center's first year had something for just about
everyone ? Mavericks' basketball, Stars' hockey, Desperados' football,
skating, college hoops, rodeos, concerts and children's shows.
For its sports team tenants, the arena appeared to deliver on its
promise as a cash generator that could pay for all-star rosters.
for its critics, it left enough issues unresolved to keep alive the
long-running questions over whether the city of Dallas got a good deal.
. . . As a
redevelopment tool, the arena is a work in progress. A year after opening,
the building sits on 65 acres of largely undeveloped land on the northwest
corner of downtown. The empty spaces will someday be filled with hotels,
offices, shops and residences ? or at least that's the promise.
It was ironic that the Robber Barons would dump Reunion back in our lap almost
on the anniversary date of their arena kick off. Since the Robber Barons
are so much smarter than we peasants who pay their bills, you know it had to be
How in the heck are we supposed to pay for Reunion's upkeep when the Robber
Barons will prohibit us from adequately marketing the arena? Thanks
to Ron Kirk, we have to beg Tommy Hicks and his co-horts to use a facility that
we own (and still owe money on). About the only thing we can do
without their permission is to tear it down, but we don't have the money to do
There's a new twist. Looks like Tommy Hicks is going to buy enough crooked
politicians in Cedar Park to get taxpayers down there to build him another
business facility for his farm team. What would this guy do if he had to
make it on his own?
the July 26, 2002 print edition
Park residents may be approached to approve funding for project
Mary Alice Kaspar Austin
Business Journal Staff
Cedar Park voters could have ultimate say on a proposed professional
sports complex in their city to be built partially with tax revenue.
The parent organization of the Dallas Stars National Hockey
League and Major League Baseball's Texas Rangers is negotiating with Cedar
Park officials on a sports complex -- with retail space and two ice rinks,
one of which could be home to a minor-league hockey team -- in the area
northwest of Austin.
Those poor people in Cedar Park are going to go through the motion of a
campaign, only to vote in an election that will be as rigged as the arena sales
tax election, the Trinity Bond-doogle election and both of the elections in
District 4 between Brain Dead and Larry Duncan. Tommy Hicks probably
already has Ron Kirk's Large White Shadow and Kathy Nealy down there buying up
vote harvesters and preachers. It won't take as much money because it's a
small town as compared to Dallas. Those Cedar Park people may have never
even heard of vote harvesters. Don't you long for the good old days when
you didn't know that stuff went on?
it just me or does all this just make you a bit queasy? It's not funny
anymore. These Robber Barons are out of control -- but they are in control
of our elected officials, our public monies and apparently our lives. When
did this happen?
You should stop here and read the long excuse Mayor
PreTend Poss wrote for her vote on Palladium (which has changed its
name to "Related Urban Development"). I scanned in her actual
mailing, so there could be no issue of my having changed her wording. I
did insert my responses between pages. Mary Poss is a complete nut
case. Whoever is advising her and writing her stuff really needs to be
taken out and shot. What was going through her mind when she sent out that
mailer for Brain Dead Thornton-Reese?
My favorite line in MPT's mailer
This would be amusing if it were happening somewhere else. But, in Dallas,
the inmates are running the asylum. Speaking of inmates, Tom Korosec asks
some important questions in this week's Dallas Observer:
Why is ignorance
such bliss for so many when it comes to Al Lipscomb?
BY THOMAS KOROSEC
daily has been singing an odd refrain lately. Dallas Morning News
writers have been insisting that the city shouldn't worry its little
head about a retrial of Al Lipscomb now that an appeals court has
overturned the former city council member's federal bribery and
conspiracy conviction on technical grounds.
Columnist Jacquielynn Floyd . . . says a retrial should be
. . .
the editorial page expressed similar views a day earlier,
writing, "It's hard to see the good gained from pursuing an aging,
. . .
James Ragland, who thinks noise from Lipscomb loyalists is
reason enough to let things drop. . . .
of a more curious bent, elected officials, would-be witnesses and others
who have followed the details of the whole sordid matter wonder why the News
is in such a hurry to put the Lipscomb story to bed when there's so much
left to learn.
present, there are two major questions that the federal government's
corruption investigation has left unanswered.. . .
"Why did so many wealthy, white Dallas business leaders stuff
Lipscomb's pockets with money?"
There is a second pending question as well.
Schoelen, former secretary to Dallas Police Chief Terrell Bolton,
. . .
and Dallas Police Lieutenant John Sullivan say they testified to a grand
jury that Bolton ordered Sullivan to a meeting in 1993 with Lipscomb and
Nick Rizos, owner of the Caligula XXI topless club. The purpose was to
discuss what Rizos considered "police harassment" of the club,
which he wanted stopped.
Which brings us back to Mayor PreTend Mary
Poss. It's a stretch, but don't forget Old Al supports MPT Poss for Mayor.
says no to politics With
legal fate unclear, ex-council member says he's weighing 4 job offers
. . Mr. Lipscomb said Monday that he was entertaining four job offers ? from
Schepps Dairy, the Minyard grocery chain,
former City Manager Richard Knight and one he would not reveal.
He said he still plans to be politically active, supporting
candidates such as council members Maxine Thornton-Reese and Mary Poss,
who has been mentioned as a potential mayoral candidate.
What is it we are missing? Why would
any sane human with an ounce of integrity want Mary Poss to be Mayor of
Dallas? I didn't ask why would Old Al want her -- I asked why anyone with
an ounce of integrity would consider supporting her. Help me here. I
am seriously asking all DallasArena.com readers to give me just one reason to
vote for Mary Poss for class reunion president, much less anything more
significant. Now -- some people who are regular DA readers do so to stay
up on current events, but they don't like what they read here. You know
who you are. I want to hear from you, too. Give us one reason to
support Mary Poss.
But, back to Tommy Hicks "sticking" it to poor little Cedar
Park. Isn't "sticking" a no-no in hockey? It's been
several years since I've been to a hockey game. Wasn't that team at Fair
Park the Black Hawks -- or some other politically incorrect team name? If
I'm not mistaken and "sticking" is an penalty offense in a sport that
is pretty wild and violent, shouldn't Tommy Hicks get some kind of penalty for
"sticking" it to Cedar Park?
Cedar Park must be a pretty rich town to be able to afford another sports castle
for Tommy Hicks. They may not know about that grinning good old boy's
extravagant tastes. He must have been pretty annoyed about that Strait
Lane monstrosity getting all that publicity. Now, he has time to get his
mansion done and move into it before the Strait Lane thing can get
In her Palladium dissertation, MPT made a veiled comparison between the largess
of the Bass Family in Ft. Worth to their community with the rape and pillaging
by Tom Hicks and his fellow Robber Barons in Dallas.
Mary Poss and 7 other council crooks gave Palladium/Related Urban Development
$43 million in abated property taxes and continue to tell us it's for our own
good. That sounds like "high sticking" to me. Now, the
City MisManager proposes to raise your and my property taxes by 5% and cut the
hours at libraries and rec centers. That means only the Downtown
street bums will be able to use the main library because the rest of us will be
working (to pay our taxes) when it's open and it will be closed when we get off work -- but we
still get to pay for it.
percent tax hike possible in '03
shortfall, pay boosts drive city's $83 million deficit
City Manager Ted Benavides probably will propose a 2003 budget that would
raise the average homeowner's tax bill $40 a year, require as many as 200
layoffs and cut operational hours at libraries and recreational centers.
That's sort of like the Hicks/Perot arena. It's not a place most of us can
afford to go, but we have to pay for it. Soon, those folks in Cedar Park
can know the joy of big city life. They will get to pay for another Tom
Hicks business facility out of their taxes, and then get another
"sticking" when and if they buy a ticket to a "city owned
building" over which Tommy Hicks will have complete control.
What a deal! He gets another free building. He gets to keep all the
revenue. He pays no property taxes since it's city owned. Best
of all, when some other community builds him a better play pen, he just leaves
Cedar Park with a facility that will be out of date weeks after it's grand
Robber Barons Rule -- but the
peasants are getting restive.