Archive for February, 2007

February 26, 2007

Pegasus News Mayoral Interviews

Pegasus News is in the process of doing video interviews with Dallas’ Mayoral Candidates. The interviews are excellent, and I suggest you give them a view.

Alan asks real questions that make candidates uncomfortable. This is our city, and to run it you must answer the tough questions.

Keep a lookout for the people who are next up for an interview. Pegasus solicits questions from the public and then asks the candidates those exact questions. Great stuff!

Kudos to the candidates that take time to be interviewed by the younger set. A lot of candidates act like we don’t exist. To me, if you don’t seek us out or reach out to our demographic you’re automatically disqualified from any endorsement by Dallas Progress.

Check out the first two interviews:

Tom Leppert
Zac Crain

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February 22, 2007

Dallas Libraries Need Work

Yesterday, I was out and about and needed to use my laptop to blog, make future plans, promote hot political websites… you know, the usual.

I found myself going to the Casa View branch near the intersection of Gus Thomasson and Ferguson.

Now the Library system has been promoting the fact that they have wi-fi in all of the branches. It’s a great thing, except there’s a little problem at Casa View. For all of the internet access, they have ONE working outlet available for laptops. If someone’s using it, you’re out of luck. (OK, they have two outlets in the whole place and one’s broken.) And the copier is on that one outlet. Nice.

Conversely, I ended up going to the Skillman/Southwestern branch. That library has tons of outlets and even a “quiet room” with multiple outlets, chairs, and tables.

I know that Casa View is going to be replaced by the Lochwood branch going in at Jupiter & Garland next year, but that doesn’t mean that someone shouldn’t have thought things through and called a friendly electrician to upgrade a bit for us PC users.

February 21, 2007

House of JinHe – Shoes and Apparel in Deep Ellum

You might be wondering what’s up with the ad on the right side of my webpage. It is for my newest advertiser, House of JinHe.

The House of JinHe is a shoe and clothing store that’s owned and operated by Susie Upshaw. It is a minority and female owned business that is located in Deep Ellum.

The House of JinHe appeals to style conscious men and women looking for that certain something out of the ordinary. This shoe boutique houses a variety of collections with a fusion of both traditional and classical with a funky contemporary twist.

Carrying brands such as Naughty Monkey, Ted Baker, Irregular Choice, Cindy Says, Max Studio, Matt Lamar, Jo Ghost, Impulse, and more, the House of JinHe captures a fun and spontaneous attitude as well as create a unique shopping experience.

For Deep Ellum to succeed, stores like the House of JinHe must prosper. This store represents the entrepreneurial spirit that is here in Dallas. As I’ve always said, to be a cool city you have to have cool independent retail shops. This is one of those stores. Support your own! Check out House of JinHe, and tell your friends about it too!

The House of JinHe is located at 2542 Elm Street in Deep Ellum (map).
Hours are: Monday-Friday 11AM-6PM and Saturday 12PM-5PM
Phone Number: 214-747-shoe (7463)

For more information, please check out their website at www.houseofjinhe.com or click the box in the Dallas Progress ads section.

February 20, 2007

Eminent Domain and the City of Dallas

A lot of what goes down at City Hall is determined in Dallas City Council committees. This is where items are discussed before they are moved forward to meetings of the entire Dallas City Council.

The Economic Development and Housing committee was scheduled to have a briefing on Eminent Domain today. The issues at hand were notification and the eminent domain process when the City wants land for specific uses.

Here is a copy of the PDF presentation (link). If your family owns land in Dallas, make sure that the owner’s address is current to make sure you are notified if your property is scheduled to be taken by the City.

February 19, 2007

Hypocrisy and Porn Stores

I have read some great articles on the New Fine Arts fiasco. Shawn Williams at Dallas South Blog has been doing a great job of covering the issue, and Scott Goldstein at the DMN has written some great pieces as well.

In Scott’s article, Ed Oakley says, “they should not open it,” and, “they should figure out a way to minimize their loss.”

It’s funny though. Oakley wasn’t so strong about opposing it at the community meeting (which I did attend since it was at my Church). He simply said they have the legal right to open it due to the 5% rule (the absurd rule that sexually oriented businesses must have access to 5% of the City’s land for development) and shrugged his shoulders.

Now because he has seen that it can be politically favorable to come out against it, he feels they should have consulted with the community.

Give me a break!

Ed Oakley’s the one that gave the infamous Classic (Townview) Motel their SUP when he was on the City Planning Commission. He has done NOTHING to change the laws…other than voting to reduce the City of Dallas’ sexually oriented business fee to $750 in 2002. When Oakley supported the reduction in fees, he hid behind a City law as justification instead of doing something about it.

This time, I won’t let allow him to see which way the wind blows and capitalize on an issue. Some of us can see right through that act.

February 18, 2007

2006 Bond Package-Coming Up Lame?

There are some things about the way the 2006 City of Dallas Bond Package is being handled that I absolutely do not like. I’ll have more to say in the next few days.

February 15, 2007

Peanut Butter Poisoning

The wife & I just watched the story around the recalled peanut butter. Then we looked in the cabinet. Turns out we have a 95% empty Great Value PB jar that, yes, begins in the dreaded 2111 serial number. No, my wife didn’t get sick.

She…lucked…out.

February 15, 2007

Where’s the Money???

A reporter at the DMN and Robert Wilonsky at the Observer both report that the construction of the South Dallas Cultural Center will move forward with a new contractor.

I’m glad to see them moving forward on the SDDC, but two questions remain:

Where’s the $600K the first contractor received?! Surety bonds are great, but shouldn’t the message be sent that you can’t rip off the City and get away with it? Someone please prove me wrong.

(crickets)

Robert also mentions the still-closed Fair Park Motorsports Museum. I bet if you ask about the Auto Museum, you’ll get an answer like “it’ll be ready by Christmas this year.” The same answer we got each of the last two years.

I can’t wait until May 2007.

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February 11, 2007

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February 9, 2007

Obama to Announce for President (Sneak Preview)

On Saturday morning, Senator Barack Obama will formally announce his candidacy to be the next President of the United States.

This is not an endorsement, but when an event this significant takes place you have to cover it. Here is the pre-announcement: