Archive for March, 2007

March 30, 2007

Kroger in Oak Cliff is Sold

The Kroger at Hampton and Ledbetter, which I previously wrote about, has been sold.

According to the Oak Cliff Tribune, the buyer is Houston-based Grocer Supply. It will become a Fiesta supermarket. No timeline for the store’s opening is available.

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March 27, 2007

Ed Oakley Sells out City for Tollroad

A compadre of mine (RobertB) on the DFW Urban Forum has alerted us to an interesting e-mail from a familiar tollroad cheerleader who happens to be running for mayor.

Ed Oakley just sent me an email saying — and I can’t believe this is a quote:

“But, like any good leader Ed Oakley is unwilling to be carried away simply by parks and recreational spaces. He knows there are other responsibilities involved here.”

God forbid we should be “carried away simply by parks and recreational spaces”! Oddly enough, the page on his site that he links to has nothing but renderings of… parks and recreational spaces.

You can go to Oakley’s website if you feel like it and see his “vision.” You can also see the picture of the tollway right on the levee. To wit, we say, it ain’t gonna happen.

Link to all things Trinity on Dallas Progress.

March 27, 2007

Super Bowl Bids and the City of Dallas

District 5 City Council Candidate Betty Culbreath has the best explanation of the Dallas Cowboys Stadium fiasco and the pending Super Bowl bid.

Check it out here.

March 24, 2007

RIP Officer Mark Nix

Dallas Progress will not be posting for the next two days in honor of Senior Cpl. Mark T. Nix, who died in a shootout with a murder suspect in West Dallas.

Sr. Cpl. Nix died after a chase involving a suspect who was thought to be involved in a robbery and murder near the Cedar Crest Golf Course. He gave his life trying to protect the Citizens of Dallas.

March 23, 2007

How to Make Enemies and Influence No One

TxDOT’s high level of gall has reached new levels.

The Statesman blogs that the Houston Chronicle notes a high level of anger directed toward TxDot from Congress. Shouts to the Somervell County Salon for this one. Apparently, a letter this month from TxDOT’s executive director tells members of Congress that they will no longer support their individual road projects unless they obtain state and regional approval before pursuing federal funding.

The article notes that both sides of the aisle aren’t happy:

“Arrogant,” fumed Rep. Chet Edwards, D-Waco. “A letter like this is not a way to build relationships,” complained Rep. Gene Green, D-Houston.

Said Rep. Ted Poe, R-Humble: “TxDOT needs to understand the elected representatives make the decisions on what projects we do — not the bureaucrats.”

Keep it up, TxDot. You’re doing a great job, Brownie.

March 22, 2007

Townhall Meetings on Utility Costs

State Rep. Barbara Mallory Caraway (House District 110) is holding a series of town hall meetings on high electricity bills, the proposed sale of TXU Energy, and utility deregulation.

True to her word, Barbara is bringing the information to the people of her District while fighting for change in Austin.

The news story can be found here, along with the video clip with an audio interview (link).

For more information, call her District office at 214-941-4619 (Dallas) or 512-463-0664 (Austin).

Tonight, the first meeting was held at the Fruitdale Rec Center in Oak Cliff.

The remaining meetings are as follows:

Friday, March 23rd
6:00 pm
Thornton Elementary School
6011 Old Ox Road; Dallas, TX (map) – Singing Hills

Saturday, March 24
10:00 am
Paul Laurence Dunbar – Lancaster-Kiest Branch Library
2008 E. Kiest Blvd; Dallas, TX (map) – across from Oliver Wendell Holmes MS

Thursday, March 29
6:00 pm
Frederick Douglass Elementary School
226 N. Jim Miller Rd; Dallas, TX (map) – just north of Loop 12

Saturday, March 31st
10:00am
FCI Seagoville Training Center
2113 N. Highway 175; Seagoville, TX (map)

March 21, 2007

Random Great News

The DMN reports that Shafer Property, operated by the architecturally loathed Steve Shafer has sold the old Syms site to an affiliate of the Staubach Company.

Quoting David Dillon, I’m just glad to know that there won’t be a stucco “one-story, skin-deep Mediterranean hodgepodge” on Mockingbird near Love Field. Carry On.

March 20, 2007

My Response to the DMN Editorial

This morning, The Dallas Morning News printed a joint letter from Ron Kirk and Laura Miller which supported the Trinity River Project.

Let it be known that Ron Kirk is the treasurer and secretary of the Trinity Trust, the foundation that’s pushing for the Trinity Tollway as planned.

Let it be known that Laura Miller wants to use pre-Katrina standards for this road.

I know the voters are smart enough to look at the facts, check out Trinityvote.com, and decide if they want a toll road with no access to the park.

I know the voters are smart enough to realize that Southern Dallas will flood if the toll road goes in. I know the voters are smart enough to realize that the downtown business interests want to use the project to fatten their pockets at the expense of the taxpayers. Does anybody else have a better reason why the landowners don’t want the road going down Industrial Boulevard?

I know that the voters can count well enough to realize that the project was barely approved by voters in it’s old form (2300 votes) and now know that the cost of the project has more than tripled to over $1 billion dollars.

Based on your phone calls and e-mails since TrinityVote was made public, I know you see the absurdity of saying that traffic is an issue but are totally against a toll road being built

I know the Mayoral candidates are smart enough to realize that they can’t win the election by supporting the project in its current form.

The best way to keep up on my postings regarding the Trinity River project are by clicking the label below this post titled ‘Trinity River.’

We can stop the nonsense and fleecing of Dallas taxpayers. Join TrinityVote.

March 18, 2007

Is Max Wells for the Trinity Tollway?

In the Dallas Morning News article on March 9th, Max Wells is the only major candidate that is not on record regarding a position on the Trinity Tollroad and project in its current state.

However, in looking at Max Wells’ website, several of his major supporters have ties to the Trinity Trust, a private group that lobbies for the bridge project.

Here are Trinity Trust board members that are on Wells’ major supporters page:

Dolores Barzune
Jeanne L. Phillips, Vice Chair of Trinity Trust

Alan Walne is also major supporter, as witnessed by the debate on KRLD.

Wells is the only major candidate that isn’t on record, unless I missed it. Now would be a good time for Max to clarify his position on the Trinity Tollroad.

March 18, 2007

Serving Two Masters, and Getting Your Money’s Worth

Too many people that are running for office are trying to serve two masters.

Everybody wants to be Mayor, but nobody wants to make a sacrifice:

Sam Coats is on the Board of TXI, but wants to be against the TXU coal plants because of air pollution risk. He’s also a director for Safety-Kleen. I think that’s a contradiction. Sam should quit the both boards immediately.(Sam’s response can be found here)

Maybe Sam and other candidates should decide which is more important: being on boards and being members of certain clubs, or being Mayor? Sam is an interesting guy, and qualified from a business standpoint to be Mayor, but despite the spin doctors this issue is a major problem for him.

One blog commenter who posted on DallasBlog put it best: Imagine if Laura Miller was on the board of TXU when the coal plant story broke? I like Sam, and he’s definitely on the right side of the Trinity Tollroad issue, but he should decide whether he wants to be Mayor or be on TXI’s board. He certainly doesn’t need the money.

Onto the lack of work or lack of quality work being done by many political consultants:

The job of a political consultant is more than overlooking marketing materials and taking people to high-priced dinners. Part of their responsibility is to minimize heat by TELLING their candidate when they’re WRONG, and when they’re being stupid. If you don’t do that, you are what is known as a flack, not a consultant.

Many campaigns have put their candidates in a bad position. They let their candidate go on television or radio and make comments or remarks that make them look worse than when the story broke. I’ve seen it so far with several campaigns.

A lot of these so-called consultants are living off of elections they were in 10 years ago. And it shows.

Maybe candidates should press their consultants to earn their keep. When you see the campaign finance reports come out in a couple of weeks, you’ll be stunned to see how much when their client’s candidacies are merely treading water.

It’s the candidate’s job to run; it’s the consultant’s job to make sure they don’t run into a sinkhole. I think of it like a boxer. He can be a world champion, but if he is surrounded by yes men his career is doomed and he will get complacent and knocked out like Buster Douglas did Mike Tyson. Do you think that Avery Johnson has pushed the Mavs to the best record in the league by giving everybody a hug when they made stupid plays? Probably not.

Several candidates with high-paid consultants are watching their campaign go up in flames. Such truths will become evident after May 12th. Remember, only two candidates can make the runoff.