about the basics?
Being a council candidate means you get to attend meetings. Some of them
are useful and others are a waste of time unless they help you put things in
On National Night Out, I went to 3 different events. Two were in Oak Cliff
neighborhoods North of Ft. Worth Avenue off Sylvan and one was my neighborhood
event at Bachman. I had it all perfectly scheduled so I would spend equal
time at all 3 events. Had a little blip in my perfect plan -- I locked my
keys in my car at the first one. It was a fortuitous blip because it gave
me time to really visit with the "Street Sweepers".
This neighborhood doesn't look like it belongs in Dallas, almost rural with
lovely frame houses on huge lots. The community did their night out at a
Baptist Church which is across the street from a school that looks like it has
been there since the 40's. Everybody has gripes about city hall, and
I expected to hear the usual, potholes, wild dogs, etc. Nope. Their
biggest complaint was prostitution! Street walkers! Just like Walnut
Hill! I couldn't believe it!
I distinctly remember when Joe Thug May (current DISD Trustee candidate)
justified this bizarrely shaped district by comparing the number of telephones
per household. I kid you not! At one redistricting commission show, Joe Thug May had a list of commonalities between the people who live
north of Northwest Hwy and the people who live north of Ft. Worth Avenue. Joe
Thug May claimed most of the households only had one telephone, which is why
they should be lumped in one district that stretches from beyond LBJ to Ft. Worth
Avenue. Allen Gwinn (publisher of www.Dallas.org)
asked the commission members (using that term very loosely) if someone gave a
second telephone to those residents if we would have to draw new district
lines. The audience laughed. The commissioners did not.
It's not a limited number of telephones per household that ties District 6
neighborhoods together. It's having to deal with hookers doing their
business on our streets. The real puzzlement is why the street walkers
have dropped anchor in our neighborhoods. We certainly are not the most
affluent areas of the city, so they can't be looking for big spenders. The
area between Walnut Hill and Northwest Highway has a glut of sex clubs that Oak
Cliff has been spared to date. That would explain why so many whores strut
around up here, but why would they be on Ft. Worth Avenue?
Maybe because these areas are effectively without representation at City
Hall? It's not just Ed Oakley neglecting the North Dallas area that got
him elected. The ladies in the Muncie neighborhood say they never hear
from their representative either, and they are not in Ed's current or
hoped-to-be future district.
This is why city council elections should not have been held until the new lines
There are more things the neighborhoods of the new District 6 have in common
besides council neglect and hooker infestation. We don't have sidewalks in
many of our neighborhoods. Some of our neighborhoods don't even have space
to put a sidewalk. School kids have to walk in the street and dodge cars
on their way to class. Why?
Saturday morning, I sat in on a meeting in Oak Cliff (not in my district).
The topic was hike and bike trails and planning for them and funding for
them. It was interesting that a dozen or more citizens were there to
discuss future routes and connecting possibilities to establish all these trails
all over the city. People kept talking about "available" money
for bike trails, and but my neighborhoods desperately need sidewalks for
necessities, not recreation.
On the way home from the hike and bike meeting, I was thinking how selfish
people can be. It's like the Robber Barons and the folks who can afford
tickets to Mavericks and Stars games. They wanted a new sports arena even
though we had so many things in Dallas that needed doing in 1998. Ron
Kirk, then City MisManager John Ware and the council knew we were headed for our
current financial predicament. Donna Blumer was the only council member
who stood up against the arena sales tax campaign. Bob Stimson opposed the
sales tax but would not campaign against it. It's that old Marie
Antoinette attitude of "let them eat cake".
Our zoo was in a terrible situation in 1998, so much so that we almost lost
accreditation last year. Now, our aquarium is going to shut down after
October, indefinitely. Our "can do" city can't keep the aquarium
doors open for school kids, but we have a fancy sports arena for
billionaires. Thank you, Ron
Oak Cliff's biggest draw for people from other parts of the city is the
zoo. But these Oak Cliff community leaders were only discussing hike and
bike trails. Granted, that was the reason for the meeting, but you would
think someone in the group would have at least wondered if some of the
"available funds" for hike and bike trails could be utilized to
immediately assist the zoo.
We are doing everything in this town bassackards.
I know we always need to be thinking and planning for the future, but somebody
needs to be looking at the here
and now. It's like Mary
Poss saying she has some secret budget plan that will not require employee
layoffs or tax increases or reduction of operations at our libraries and
recreation centers. Well,
come on Mayor PreTend Poss tell us today what you have up your rather large
sleeve that is better than what we're facing.
We had this huge deficit facing us when Mayor PreTend Poss and her gang of
thieves voted to give away another $43 million to Robber Barons Tom Hicks and
Ross Perot, Jr. and the California crooks formerly known as Palladium. The
council had been getting reports of diminishing sales tax income for months, but
only the Mayor, Sandy Greyson, Lois Finkelman, Veletta Lill, Mark Housewright
and Mitch Rasansky voted against that tax give away. With Mary Poss
leading the pack in the tradition of Ron Kirk, Duh Walne, Beat that Indictment
Fantroy, Brain Dead T-Reese, Shakedown Chaney, Ed Oakley, Don Hill, Elba Garcia
went merrily down the road toward municipal ruin and gave away $43 million in
future tax revenue.
Randy Staff says these council members have run off the very businesses that
could be pulling Dallas out of our slump. Mary Poss, et al have made it
difficult for small businesses to prosper in Dallas. When you give tax
abatements to out of town shakedown artists, it makes it very hard for local
businesses who do pay property taxes to compete.
We have got to prioritize. We must get our eyes off the "big
picture" and refocus on the little things. That was the Mayor's
campaign. That was what all those council crooks who opposed her most
feared. They were afraid when we came back to reality and stopped
fantasizing about sail boats and swans on the Trinity, we would notice things
are pretty rotten in this little corner of North Texas. Thank you, Ron
Speaking of Ron Kirk. John Cornyn
has released his tax returns, but Kirk will not. Kirk hasn't filed his
2001 return, but he will not release returns for prior years. Wouldn't you
like to see where his money was coming from when he was out playing carnival
barker for the Robber Barons?
There are going to be new people on the council this time next year -- at least
3. District 6, 9 and 10 most definitely will have new faces. But, we
have 10 months ahead of us -- 10 months.
If you are one of those rare souls in your neighborhood who attend a budget
meeting and your council representative voted for that $43 million give away,
just give them holy hell for it. Tell them you want sidewalks for school
kids before we spend millions for recreational bike trails. Tell them to
get their heads out of the clouds and get their priorities back down here where
the real people live.
If you live in
District 9, you ought to really have plenty to say to Mayor PreTend