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Owner of Oak Cliff Apartment Complex Sees Nothing Wrong with Mold, Drug Baggies, and Unhealthy Apartments

March 14, 2010
This article is in today’s Dallas Morning News. Read for yourself.
The blog Katy’s Exposure also says what I already know, having lived in an apartment with mold.

And regarding the skin rashes from the carpet, that is from the mold coming from the vents.

The reasoning that such conditions are OK just because it’s Section 8 housing has nothing to do with the interior quality in the apartments. Nobody is asking the owner to put a fountain or media room in the middle of the complex. You take the government money to provide safe housing for lower-income people.  That means the outside environment should be safe as well as the inside.  In addition to mold, I have lived places with termites, roaches pouring out of crevices, rats, mice, and other issues.  I was blessed to be able to move; everyone is not. 
This article disgusts me. Poor people deserve to live without mold, drug baggies all over, and leaking walls. This owner should be ashamed of himself, but obviously he is not.

This is a front page article in the Sunday edition of the Dallas Morning News; it doesn’t get much bigger than that. Hopefully some elected official reads this article and does something about it. It’s obvious that the owner could care less.

Rumored Changes to Dallas’ Postal Offices on Hold

September 2, 2009

Last week, a town hall meeting was conducted to provide the public with more information regarding possible closures of Dallas’ main post office in Oak Cliff. It doesn’t seem like that rumored closure will be happening anytime soon.

Why you ask? I just received a press release from Congresswoman Johnson’s office. It states:


Washington, DC – (September 2, 2009) Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson announced today that the United States Postal Service (USPS) Office of Inspector General has begun an independent audit of proposed changes to mail processing at the Dallas Main Post Office. The USPS recently recommended moving processing and distribution operations from the Dallas Main Post Office to Coppell, on the recommendation of an Area Mail Processing study. The USPS has agreed to postpone a decision regarding the consolidation, pending completion of the audit. Congresswoman Johnson held a town hall on the issue in Dallas on August 24.

“I am pleased that the United States Postal Service will wait to make changes to the mail processing system in North Texas until an independent audit is completed,” Congresswoman Johnson said. “While consolidating postal operations might be in the best interests of the postal service, it could have a negative impact on the city of Dallas and the postal employees who live there. I look forward to seeing the results of the audit; I am confident it will give everyone involved the information we need to evaluate the situation and decide how to move forward.”

According to the USPS Office of Inspector General, the audit will review the effect on employees and the community, anticipated cost savings, and the decision to move the processing and distribution operations to Coppell.

Venue Change for Dallas Dialogue On Proposed Health Care Reform

August 15, 2009

The venue for the previously mentioned health care dialogue has changed. The event will now occur at the following location:

Cityplace Conference Center
2711 N. Haskell Ave. #100
Dallas, TX 75204

It’s still on the same date and time:
Monday, August 17th; 7:30 – 11:00am

Dallas Dialogue On Proposed Health Care Reform

August 7, 2009

This just in from Congresswoman Johnson’s office:

Join us for an important dialogue on proposed health care reform with Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) & Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX).

Monday, August 17th
7:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Southern Methodist University
Umphrey Lee Ballroom
Umphrey Lee Center
3300 Dyer St., Dallas, TX 75205 (map)

To register, click this link and complete the form.

Here is the planned schedule for the event:
7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Registration, Networking and Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Congressional Dialogue and Discussion
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Community Perspectives Panel
10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Closing and Networking

Notice the word dialogue. Dialogues usually consist of respectful question and answer and not the kind of idiocy seen in Florida yesterday where anti-health care reform people were threatening and assaulting people on the other side of the issue.

My friend and fellow blogger Shawn Williams of Dallas South Blog/News said it best:

Advance registration is required and space and parking are limited. If you want to get in on the debate, you must register early to reserve your seat or risk letting other voices lead the discussion. It’s imperative that residents of Southern Dallas are present at this discussion, so register as soon as possible.

It’s good that in Dallas, the Congresspeople are willing to join forces in a bipartisan fashion and bring forth information.

Economic Recovery Workshop is Monday!

April 19, 2009

By now, you have heard about Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson‘s Roadmap to Recovery workshop.

“The Roadmap to Recovery” workshop will help North Texans access economic
recovery funding. The workshop is designed to bring together representatives of financial organizations and federal and state agencies, who will share information on ways for North Texans to access economic recovery funding.

Three panels of agency representatives will be followed by a question-and-answer session. I will be moderating one of the panels.

Date: Monday, April 20, 2009

Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: The Music Hall at Fair Park
909 1st Ave.
Dallas, TX 75210 (map)

Agencies that have confirmed that they will be represented include:

Internal Revenue Service
Taxpayer Advocate Service
Texas Department of Transportation
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
U.S. Department of Labor
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. General Services Administration
U.S. Small Business Administration
U.S. Social Security Administration

Financial organizations that are sending representatives include Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Greater Dallas and the Dallas Small Business Development Center. John Podvin, an attorney at Haynes and Boone, LLP, will speak about the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP) and newly-created Public-Private Investment Program (PPIP).

To RSVP for the workshop:

please call Congresswoman Johnson’s office in Dallas at (214) 922-8885 or e-mail

To submit a question to the panelists:

e-mail, specifying which agency or financial organization to which the question is directed.


January 20, 2009

Good job!

Now the work begins.
Full text of the inaugural address.

I’m glad I got to talk to my 82-year old Grandfather this morning. This is for him and my deceased Grandmother as much as it is for me and my future children.

It’s Here

January 20, 2009

Where To Watch (courtesy of TechCrunch)

There will be plenty of livestreams of the Inauguration at all the media sites mentioned above. Some of the sites offering livestreams include:

Hulu: Will be streaming live, will also be using Hulu’s stream.

C-Span: Washington D.C.’s video standby will have four live feeds to choose from. Partnering with Facebook so you can see your friends’ status updates while watching.

Current TV : Will add a Twitterstream to its coverage. This stream will also be available on your iPhone, great for those along the parade route too far away to see the main stage.

—Starbucks and movie theaters: For those who cannot make it to Washington, MSNBC is hosting screenings of the inauguration in movie theaters and Starbucks across the country (although it looks as though these are already sold out).

Joost is also broadcasting the inauguration live.

Where To Share—Twitter: Just search for “inauguration” or “Obama”. The chatter has already started.

—Users can get Twitter, Flickr,, and YouTube updates to follow only the most interesting pictures, video, posts, and tweets about the election through Dipity.

NPR Inauguration Report: Run by NPR’s social media desk, it will be collecting dispatches from spectators via Twitter, Flicr, YouTube, and text message. All Tweets or text messages that start with “#inaug09″ or “#dctrip09″ will be included in NPR’s feed, as well as Flickr photos and YouTube videos tagged “inaug09″ or “dctrip09.” There are also an accompanying iPhone and Android apps called IR09, Inauguration Report 2009 (more details here).

CNN/Microsoft 3D Photosynth: People at the inauguration can upload their photos and Microosft will combine them into a 3D panoramic Photosynth (more details here).

Citizen’s Briefing Book: Got a policy suggestion for the transition team? Submit one or vote for the best ones at

Where Were You?: A video contest sponsored by Memelabs that will let people share where they were on this historic day.

iPhone Apps and Follow-up

— Stream the inauguration to your iPhone (see above).

—Inauguration Report 2009: Submit your own report to NPR with text, photos, or audio. Reports post straight to NPR’s Inauguration feed (see above).

—PointAbout 2009 Presidential Inauguration Guide: Free app with a countdown to the inauguration, distance to the inauguration steps, and lets you navigate Washington, D.C. with maps of public transport, parking, free WiFi zones, and a Zagat’s restaurant guide for the city.

CrashTheInauguration (same as above, but on your iPhone).

Looking Forward to Tomorrow

January 19, 2009

President Barack Obama…Where Do I Start?

November 5, 2008

Last night was an amazing night. Where do I begin?

Like many folks, I turned down a ton of invites to go to watch parties, block parties and other election events last night. I really wanted to take in the victory in a private setting.

I think about my 81-year old grandfather, who grew up in North Carolina. One of 21 children, he dropped out in the ninth grade to support his family. He grew up having to use the side entrance to enter buildings and order food. I can’t wait to talk to him this morning. Both of my Grandmothers have passed on; I wonder how they would feel today.

I think about all of my friends, who despite my badgering in previous years voted for the first time in this election.

I think about my parents. My father was one of the first black salesmen at Xerox and has always fought to show me that America is a land of possibilities; he knew I needed an education to truly make an impact in this world. “Big Pop” literally staged a one-man sit-in at the school board to make sure I got into the best schools in Philadelphia. He went to every single parent-teacher conference. In fact, he created his own conferences because my teachers knew he was likely to show up at my school any given day of the week. And so did I.

I think about my Mother. A single Mom from the housing projects of Philly, she started as one of the first black switchboard operators at our local phone company, got her GED and became one of the employees that created the Verizon cell phone network. Despite losing a 5-year old child in a gang crossfire shooting (while she was pregnant with me, I might add), she never gave up. She built herself up, and took every educational course that she could in her efforts to create a better life for her family. All of her children went to college. Despite being hit by a pickup truck and seriously injured in downtown Philadelphia two weeks ago Mom was at her polling place when it opened, standing in line and leaning on her crutch to vote.

This is what I think about this morning. America is a country of possibilities. Barack’s victory is a great American story.

I know many affluent people that voted for Obama. Most of them are business owners, and they are not worried about the difference in taxes that they might pay.

I think that Barack will have a moderate administration and presidential tenor. Most of the fear-mongering that has happened about being “liberal” will not come to pass. Can we get past all of the labels for once and just work together to improve America? That’s what Barack’s brand of “change” is all about.

This will not change America overnight. This will not reverse the economic problems in one fell swoop. But it does show that anything is possible.

Turn Out the Lights

November 4, 2008

Barack Obama has won Ohio and New Mexico. With the way the map is set up, it’s a WRAP.

Right now, Barack has 200 electoral votes. With California (55), Washington (11), and Hawaii (4)…that’s 270.