No Pay Joe May
Mary Lou Montes Zijderveld
Hicks & Mrs. Kirk
will they ever really be gone?
As worrisome as it is to make a pact with the devil, Tim Dickey says sometimes you have to
trust the people you helped get elected to represent your best interests.
Two weeks ago, several Bachman-NW Hwy residents and business people
called a press conference to oppose any settlement with the sex clubs and/or
Burch Management related to the myriad of lawsuits pending in state and federal
courts. We had not been part of the mediation and knew nothing about the
terms of the settlement the City Attorney had presented to the Mayor and council
Thank goodness, Mayor Miller and Dep. Mayor Pro Tem John Loza told the City
Attorney to go back to the bad guys and get more protection for the
The Mayor, Dep. Mayor Pro Tem and Councilmen Mitch Rasansky and Ed Oakley
invited some community members to a meeting where the City Attorney could
explain to all of us the terms of her proposed settlement with the bad
guys. It was a little tense at first. DallasArena.com has been very
hard on the City Attorney and John Loza, and I am DallasArena.com.
The City Attorney went through her list of points of the settlement and mentioned Burch
Management would deed restrict the property they own (the surrounding parking
lot) so it can never again be used (after 7/31/03) as parking for any sexually
oriented business. As a former Plan Commissioner, that jumped out at me
like nothing else she was talking about.
At our press conference, we said any settlement at this time would be
premature. We said even an escrow deposit would not be enough of a threat
to make these bad guys keep their word on 8/1/03. We said we wanted a
court ruling one way or the other to settle once and for all that our zoning
laws prohibiting sex clubs in certain locations were legal or not. We were
concerned about the lack of enforcement of the city's "no touch" laws
regarding physical contact with the dancing hookers in the sex clubs and the
perverts who frequent the sex clubs.
We got two things in this settlement that are better than any escrow deposit:
* deed restrictions on parking lots owned by Burch Management
* city can padlock the door and turn off clubs' water and sewer on 8/01/03.
These are huge hammers for us. Whether they will be enough to force Baby
Dolls and Santa Fe out of their NW Highway location remains to be seen.
There's no guarantee we would have ever had a ruling from Judge Bully Buchmeyer,
who has been no friend to Dallas. He could have taken these cases
"under advisement" and just sat on them for 3 years like the last
time. We would have nothing -- nothing to appeal -- and no laws to be
Today, a Dallas County jury convicted a sex club dancer of violating our
"no touch" ordinance. This is just overwhelming to us.
These clubs are not like in the movies where some tootsie struts across the stage
and drops her clothes in an "artistic" way. No, these clubs are
about lap dancing and Clinton/Lewinski connections under the tables.
It's a never ending battle. We now have a sex club on Monroe at Walnut
Hill -- right where the hookers and pimps prowl. This backs up to
houses. There is no way this whorehouse has a license to operate.
But, that's a fight for next week. This week, we are celebrating in
We are celebrating having a Mayor who stands up for us and makes time for
us and responds to our concerns. We haven't experienced that in at least
We are celebrating having 3 council members take time to meet with us and hear
We are celebrating having the City Attorney include us in the settlement
discussions because we have to live with the results.
We are celebrating each other and our perseverance. It is not every day
you see results from community activism.
For the next several days, many of us will be working hard to get Mike Martinez
elected to the School Board. We have just experienced a definite return on
our hard work to get Laura Miller elected as Mayor. We can't have a good
city without clean government, and we can't have clean government without honest
people elected to public office.
The School Board and Supt. Mike Moses have made some remarkable progress over
where we were just three years ago under Lounge Lizard Rojas. We can't go
backwards by electing a political hack to the school board. It will send a
terrible message to our school children to have someone on the School Board who
disrespects our election process by manipulating mail-in ballots. It will
send a worse message to have someone on the School Board who has been sued 4
different times by the DISD to force him to pay his property taxes (No
Pay Joe May).
||We need an educator on
the School Board. We need Mike Martinez.
We also need to stay focused on July 31, 2003. What say we have a party on
August 1, 2003 at Noon to celebrate that the sex clubs are gong? Don't
choke, but I agree with John Loza that it would be great to have that fancy
Wal-Mart right smack dab on top of the site where the sex clubs are now.
He can't be wrong all the time.
to close topless clubs
would shut 3 Bachman-area bars next year, drop lawsuits
according to a settlement agreement the City Council informally approved
Wednesday. Three Northwest Highway topless clubs that are in violation of
the city's zoning laws would close July 31 in exchange for dropping about
35 lawsuits between the city and the clubs.
. . . If the clubs remain open, which many residents fear, the
settlement allows the city to lock their doors and shut off the water. If
the clubs still manage to do business, the city will fine them $5,000 for
each day they violate the agreement, Ms. Johnson said.
The settlement also bars the club owners from opening sexually
oriented businesses on the parking lots they own behind the clubs. The
settlement establishes acceptable uses for those lots that include
offices, churches and day-care facilities.
. . . It is as ironclad a settlement as we will ever get," said
council member John Loza, whose district includes the clubs. "It will
be the key element to the turnaround of the Bachman Lake area."
. . . Mr. Loza said he would encourage Wal-Mart, now lobbying the City
Council to approve a massive store at Mockingbird Lane and Lemmon Avenue,
to instead open at Bachman.
"A perfect location would be right there on Northwest
Highway," Mr. Loza said.
I hope your neighborhood has a big success with some issue unique to your
area. For the time being, share our good fortune. It's a sign of
changing times in Dallas when we have a Mayor who stands up for the little guys
and the rest of the council stands with her.
Our budget problems are really worrisome. Stan Aten says it's gong to get
|After attending a townhall budget meeting last night, I am afraid for
our city's future. It sounds just like 1985 all over again.
If you add up all the expenses that are being deferred, the city budget
in a year will be even worse. The city is postponing $14 million
for replacing vehicles on their last legs and adding $17 million for
another 5% pay increase for the police and firemen, $8 million more for
employee healthcare. Then there is the expense of the next round
of bonds to fix our city's infrastructure.
This year is just a band aid to get us thru to better times. If
sales tax revenue does not improve or property taxes don't go up more
next year, the citizens of Dallas will face an even bigger property tax
increase next year.
Yes, but we now have a Mayor who is not
going to gloss over budget shortfalls.
When you know the truth, you can
fix the problem.