Archive for July, 2006

July 31, 2006

Tragedy at a Recreation Center

As you may have heard, there was an attempted robbery and shooting at the Pleasant Oaks Recreation Center. The Center is located in Pleasant Grove (map). Channel 8 had coverage of the story (link).

Cheryl Lydick, who is a well-liked employee at Pleasant Oaks, was shot four times and is currently in critical condition. Another employee was injured as well.

I only talked with her once, but we had a great hour long conversation.

She wouldn’t hurt anyone. You could see how much the kids loved her. This is a woman who worked tirelessly for the kids of that community.

If you’ve ever met Miss Cheryl, you know that she would do anything for anyone.

Although we were talking for the first time, Cheryl let me put up my flyers to help get my business started.

I remember her talking about how the federal and local funding for Pleasant Oaks had dwindled and they were trying their best to keep programs going.

I am praying that she survives.

According to Channel 8, Schepps Dairy announced a $10,000 reward in connection with an arrest and grand jury indictment in the robbery and shooting. Anyone with information should call Dallas police at 214-671-3584.

If only we could get someone in office to take a stand on crime and protect the people who help our communities with the same fervor that they cheer for the Mavericks.

Can we get someone in office to take a stand on violence in this city? While everyone is running around trying to get political favors cashed in, hanging out at the W, OUR CITY IS DYING!

Now even the park and recreation centers are targets. Let’s see if anyone steps up to the plate.
Will the city help out Cheryl the way she helped the community?

Who will stand up?! WHO?!

July 30, 2006

Update on Townhomes Case

The case involving the townhomes in the 4300 Block of S. Marsalis has been held under advisement until August 17th. Hopefully, the Chair of the City Plan Commission will be back at that time. For those of you unfamiliar with the story, here is a previous article to get you up to speed (link).

There is also talk that a Planned Development District will be put in place in that area. What an interesting change of events, after having the case be postponed 3 times in the past.

There has been talk of the builders constructing one townhome, to see if it sells. Have you ever heard of such foolishness? What if it doesn’t sell? Then what will become of the land?

We will continue to follow this case as it proceeds. If these townhomes are approved, we will follow them every step of the way.

We will also track them to see if they become rental units. We will take note of which names pop up in their development.

July 28, 2006

Latino Graduate and Undergraduate Political Internships

From my new buddy Zulema Mendoza comes this announcement about The Mexican American Legislative Leadership Foundation:

The 2007 Internship/Fellowship application for this great legislative leadership program is now available. To download a copy, please visit www.mallfoundation.org

This program provides a unique opportunity for Latino undergraduate and graduate students from across the state of Texas to gain first-hand governmental experience working in the Texas House of Representatives during the 80th Legislative Session.

Selected students will serve as full-time policy interns. These students will work alongside experienced legislative staff and also participate in weekly seminars designed to enhance their understanding of the legislative process through interaction with various other interns, elected officials, and state agency representatives.

Those selected as interns/fellows for the Moreno/Rangel Legislative Leadership Program will be provided with a $2,050 monthly stipend to assist with living expenses. The program will begin January 4, 2007, and ends the last day of session on May 28, 2007. Interns will be required to work full-time in Austin, Texas for the entire duration of the 80th Legislative Session.

If anyone knows of any similar programs, please let me know.

July 27, 2006

Emerald Isle Project – The Fight over the Tower near White Rock Lake

This fight has been heating up over the past year. In fairness to both groups, I have decided to post links to opposing views on this matter

This site, by Aren Cambre, supports the condo tower on the east side of the lake (link).

The Save White Rock Lake group is opposed to the tower (link).

It will be interesting to see how this situation plays out.

July 27, 2006

Exxon still Ripping off the Public

I just found out that Exxon made the second highest quarterly profit in U.S. history (link). Exxon had over $10 billion in profit in one three-month period.

Guess who has the record? Yep, Exxon (link).

Rich people can afford it, that’s why no one cares. But think about the working people who are choosing gas before food because they MUST pay for gas to go to work, take their kids to day care, etc.

Now will you vote? What more motivation do you need?

How can we have progress in Dallas when the everyman is getting ripped off left and right?

July 26, 2006

Double Feature from Robert Wilonsky

Robert Wilonsky of the Dallas Observer follows up on the Bama Pie situation here.

In addition, Robert had an interesting take on Candlewood Suites employees (and guests!) volunteering to build a house in South Dallas (link). It’s worth a read. Private companies doing what they can to improve the southern sector, with no fanfare? Sweet!

July 25, 2006

Inaccuracies in the El Angel Club Shooting

I am hearing from more people that were at or around the El Angel Club on the night of Saturday July 15th. It is apparent to me that the entire story is not being told. I talked to people who were in the club, and feel good about my sources for this story. One of the items in question is whether or not “Put Yo Hood Up” was played at all.

I’ve heard other things as well, but posting what I have learned would only further the divide the city.

These types of crimes are societal problems – not music problems, not club problems, and not hip-hop problems. Most times the public takes what the news media says as fact, and such reporting as was done in this case can damage lives and reputations. They have an obligation to act more responsibly.

I do appreciate Shaun Rabb of Fox 4 News. He used his Sunday morning show, Insights, to have a forum with young people expressing their views on what happened and why these things occur in our society.

I maintain that these types of incidents may unfortunately continue if the young people are not included in the process of decision-making with respect to handling downtown clubs.

My door is always open to anyone from the DPD that wants to make a difference and make downtown Dallas safe for all citizens.

July 23, 2006

Runaway Truck in Dallas – BE CAREFUL

Due to the way that the story was covered while it was in progress, I have pulled the story. The main reason that I posted it was for public safety purposes. I’m not going to contribute to negative stereotypes of people of any race. I apologize for any confusion caused by this action.

July 22, 2006

Why is the Interstate Motel Still Open?

I have heard questions about the Interstate Motel. It is located at Beckley & Overton in Oak Cliff. (map) Unlike the American Inn at 4538 Scyene in South Dallas, we did not initiate the action to close the Interstate. Our efforts against the Interstate were born out of the motel owner’s efforts to secure a Special Use Permit to continue to operate as a motel with 60 rooms or less (per City Code).

In November 2005 Dwaine Caraway and I, along with help from others in Dallas were successful in getting the Special Use Permit denied.

So, why is the motel still open?

Here the scoop: once the permit is denied at the City Plan Commission level, the motel owner can then get the case heard at the City Council level. The motel owner did so in January of 2006, but then it was deleted from the agenda as shown here (see item 53 in this link). The owner must then apply to have the case put back on the agenda within 60 days. The owner never re-applied, and nothing else came of the situation.

The motel is still open because the Councilperson for District 4, Maxine Thornton-Reese, has made zero effort to close the motel. She has not called Code Enforcement, Building Inspections , or any other City department to close the motel. I’m sure they’d love to do it.

We have done all we can do to get the motel closed. Our job was completed in November of 2005. Now, the onus is on the City of Dallas. We can’t do everybody else’s job ALL of the time.

In April of 2006, we received news coverage regarding our efforts to close southern sector hot-sheet motels. Here’s the link. This is just one story, but it shows what we’re up against. Although it is not shown in the clip, we did receive support from Councilman Fantroy and a few others, but no support from any of the other three Southern Sector council members.

It’s been 8 months since the permit was denied. How long is enough?

July 21, 2006

When Will the Killing Stop!

A young man, eighteen-year-old Dorwin Robinson was shot to death outside the Parks Apartments in the 1500-block of Argentia (across from Wynnewood Village), around 11 p.m. Wednesday. (map)

Earlier on Wednesday, he was excited about finding a job. By nighttime he was dead.

Another life, ended too soon. These are the murders that hit me really hard. This young man found a job, was attending church, and dreaming of a better life. Now he’s gone.

Dorwin’s murder received only a little coverage, and will probably be forgotten in a few days.

This murder is a stain of the City of Dallas, and on the WCH Limited Partnership which is the entity that owns the property.

The property is registered to the entity below:

WCH LIMITED PARTNERSHIP
% PARKS AT WYNNEWOOD APTS
1400 S ZANG BLVD OFC
DALLAS, TEXAS 75224-1551

WCH Limited Partnership is registered to an address on Bishop in Oak Cliff. It appears that the property is owned by Dallas City Homes, a Community Development Corporation in Oak Cliff.

Do you think WCH or Dallas City Homes will step up security or install new cameras? Probably not.

My prayers and condolences go out to his family and friends.