Leo Chaney Lies about Closing Down the American Inn Motel

Chaney is the Councilperson for Dallas’ District 7, which includes most of South Dallas and parts of East Dallas and Oak Cliff. It is an absurdly drawn district which likely reflects desires to create a district safe from electoral competition. (see map here)

The American Inn is located at 4538 Scyene, less than 1 mile east of the Fair Park main entrance. (see location here)

Here are some excerpts of an article I wrote for another blog earlier this spring. In light of Chaney’s claims that “he has been working on closing the American Inn since 1999” on his radio show, I decided to republish some of my article here:

Leo Chaney is the same guy who sat in on our Board of Adjustment meeting Wednesday, April 19th and tried to make some tired speech in front of the cameras like he had some part in getting the American Inn (hot sheet motel) closed.

I walked out. I don’t have to listen to that crap, and neither does the community.

The fact is the community turned to us because Councilman Chaney had done nothing about it. Chaney didn’t even have the graciousness to thank Dwaine Caraway and me for doing a lot of the heavy lifting on the American Inn. But, I don’t seek public acclaim. I seek to make a difference.

The community is much smarter than Chaney thinks.

The neighborhood had to raise $1,000 to file the application with the Board of Adjustment close the motel. Council members can order the hearing for FREE.

Chaney’s been at City Hall 7 years and done NOTHING about the motels! That’s not surprising because he’s has done NOTHING about many things in District 7.

Most readers may not know there is one corner along MLK (west of I-45) that has 6 liquor stores. There are more liquor stores than corners at that intersection. (4 corners…6 liquor stores)

A guy like Chaney is the reason South Dallas looks the way it does right now.

MLK Boulevard? Second Avenue? Malcolm X Boulevard? What could he have possibly done?

Chaney better not EVER try to run for ANYTHING else. If he does, I have a slogan for him. Ineffective…Incompetent… and Invisible… The I’s have it”.

Chaney’s realizes the tide is changing. All he can do is try to bully people and use his little clique to make his detractors’ names bad, but I don’t care one bit.

If you’re like him, and you value high school prom queen gossiping and your little “in” crowd more than the community’s best interests then the “Shakedown” nickname is well deserved.

I challenge him to produce a timeline backed by information that he had anything to do with closing the American Inn motel.

He can’t, and he won’t. THAT is the essence of Chaney’s tenure on Dallas City Council.

Links to Motel Articles, none of which show Chaney doing anything:

American Inn Background

Channel 8 Story on American Inn Motel

Dallas Morning News Article on American Inn

DallasArena – January 9th, 2006

DallasArena – March 22nd, 2006

DallasArena – April 21, 2006


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