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My Take on Creating More Layers of Government for Southern Dallas

June 24, 2008

A lot of discussion has occurred with respect to the idea of creating a new public-private development corporation to work on southern Dallas.

While I like a lot of the things that the DMN is talking about, I disagree with this idea.

I figured I would post my comment from their blog and find out what my readers thought about this issue.

My comment:

We do not need another layer of government to fix this issue. Development can occur without creating any more committees or ad hoc business corporations.

What you need are a Mayor and City Councilpeople that are adamant about things getting done. The current set is more focused on such issues. We have had multiple northern City Councilpeople that have visited District Four (Sheffie Kadane, Linda Koop, Pauline Medrano, Ron Natinsky, Jerry Allen). They have seen the problem first hand, and support our efforts.

In District Four, for example, we have multiple developments coming. These developments include:

*New medical center in Piedmont with $30+ million investment with no TIF and no city funding, 150-200 jobs.

*Quality TOD such as senior housing with over 20,000 SF of retail.

*Job training center with additional office space where two hot-sheet motels used to foster all types of mayhem in the community (actually this is a 1/2 block outside the district but we closed the motels and Dwaine got the deal done).

*Three other major developments to be announced.

*Dozens of rundown houses have been closed, and more will be closed with new urban nuisance laws.

This was done simply by having an engaged Councilperson in less than one year.

We must also realize that federal help is needed because the degree of neglect is quite high and will require a higher level of investment that the city can support in the near term. Also, the 2006 bond package is particularly focused on the issues in southern Dallas. Let’s see where we are in a couple of years as that takes shape.

Your thoughts?


Some Great Things Happened at City Hall Yesterday

May 29, 2008

As you’ve probably heard, yesterday’s City Hall meeting went into the evening. However, a lot of things happened yesterday.

The hot-sheet motels across from Veterans Hospital will be torn down and a job training center with office space will be built in its place. The Urban League and City Wide CDC are partnering up to bring this great development to South Oak Cliff. When Dwaine Caraway, Bishop McGriff and the Church of the Living God, the Urban League, and I worked to close the Sunset Motel and the Southern Comfort motel, this was what we had in mind. The goal was to rid the community of blight and crime havens and to have positive things in its place. As you know, the first motel the Dwaine and I helped to shut down in South Dallas has been demolished and a community/health center is being built. Thank you to the Mayor and City Council for making this a unanimous vote.

People that are stopped for traffic violations and do not have insurance will be towed. This is a significant step in Dallas, and this has already happened in other major cities. In this issue, I look at it as protecting the single Mom with kids that has her car totaled when she’s hit by an uninsured driver. There are strong feelings on both sides of this issue, but as it has in other large cities this will be proven to be a good thing as time goes on. Even though I’m on the younger side, our liability insurance costs $220 for 6 months, which is $36-37 per month (about $1.20 per day). That’s much cheaper than the ticket.

The towing vote was 10-5 as follows:

Voting for it: Mayor Tom Leppert, Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway and council members Sheffie Kadane, Linda Koop, Mitchell Rasansky, Carolyn Davis, Ron Natinsky, Dave Neumann, Angela Hunt and Jerry Allen.

Voting against: Mayor Pro Tem Garcia, and council members Salazar, Medrano, Atkins, and Hill

Larry James, John Greenan, and CDM got more funding for their Citywalk project. I have written about this project in the past, and it will be a great step in ending chronic homelessness in Dallas.

Dallas’ scrap metal ordinances were strengthened yesterday. We must combat this plague and place as many roadblocks as we can in this insidious practice that is severely impacting our neighborhoods, and we don’t need to wait for other cities or counties to toughen up to do so.

The St. Regis hotel/condo project was approved. This $200 million+ development (with no tax abatements) will add needed property taxes to the city once its completed.

All in all, it was a great day at City Hall and a great day for Dallas.

Vote Done

May 14, 2008

The final call on today’s vote surrounding the hotel was 11-2.

Yes: Leppert, Caraway, Medrano, Neumann,Salazar, Davis, Atkins, Kadane, Allen, Koop, Natinsky
No: Hill, Hunt

Not voting due to conflict: Garcia, Rasansky

Thanks to those that supported.

Sheffie Supports!

May 14, 2008

Councilman Sheffie Kadane is in support of the motel. This makes the informal count 7-1. You have to figure this is a done deal, with most of the people that have not spoken today known to be in support.

It’s 4th and 99 on the one yard line with one second left for the opposition.

Grow Up!

January 25, 2008

Or maybe this should be titled, brats come in all age brackets.

I read a blog post that showed that someone had registered a website suggesting a movement against Councilman Sheffie Kadane, who represents District Nine.

The registrant’s name and date of registry seems to be a response to the Councilman denying an overlay in their neighborhood earlier this week.

I always hear Sheffie being referred to as the guy that “sings Happy Birthday” at the council. What I have observed is that there is much more to the man. Sheffie is more than just mild-mannered; he is very smart guy and a class act in an area where his even hand and thoughtful actions go a long way.

I have seen the same outrageous comments at our commission, where some of these neighborhood groups accuse planners of being biased or unethical when they are simply trying to do their jobs. Some of the printed e-mails and letters we receive week in and week out are unbelievable.

I support some neighborhood overlays as a member of the City Plan Commission. In some areas, they do make sense. In some, they do not. Before you accuse me of bias, I actually supported this overlay when it came through CPC.

But really, to try to get rid of Sheffie just because an issue didn’t go your way is ridiculous. He denied the issue “without prejudice,” which means that they can come back as soon as they want with a new proposal. If he really wanted to stick it to you, he could have moved for “straight denial,” which would have made the neighborhood wait two more years.

Look at the big picture, take a deep breath, and grow up!

Big T Bazaar Safety Plan

December 18, 2007

Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway has been working on a new safety plan for Big T Bazaar (map) since the murder of college student Jonathon Hopkins at the center in November. It did not happen overnight. This effort is the difference between making speeches about crime and violence and doing something about it.

Having Big T purchase the DPD Sky Camera is the first in a series of steps that the owners of Big T will implement. Increased lighting, security, and other improvements will also take place in the coming weeks and months.

I am also concerned with working with retailers to change some of the clothing that they sell which glorifies drug dealing and violence. But first, overall safety must be addressed.

No taxpayer money is involved. Thanks to the Mayor, Chief Kunkle, Deputy Chief Scott, Councilman Sheffie Kadane, Councilwoman Pauline Medrano, other city officials, and neighbors for giving their support to Caraway’s plan. Kudos go out to the organizers of this event.

Thanks to Mr. Lee and the other operators and owners of Big T for realizing that more needed to be done to create a safe shopping environment. The owners of Big T Bazaar do not own the entire Village Fair Shopping Center Complex.

Thanks to the news outlets that covered this story. Bill Blair and Jordan Blair of The Elite News were on hand, so look for the new paper coming out this Friday.

Fox 4 News – Clip 1

Fox 4 News – Clip 2

Channel 8 News

Vote No Increases Lead

November 6, 2007

For (Vote Yes) 15,629 44.60 %
Against (Vote No) 19,414 55.40%

It looks bad for Vote Yes. Far North Dallas has nearly all of their boxes still out.
Also, Vote No won precinct 1220 which is one of (if not the) largest precincts in Council District 14 (Hunt) – it has a slice of CD 9 (Kadane) That precinct goes from Northwest Hwy to Mockingbird, Skillman to Abrams.

Vote Yes scored some victories in Hamilton Park, and in 1120 (Marsh to Midway, Northwest Hwy to Royal). The Terri Hodge mailer worked, as Vote Yes won several precincts in South Dallas.

DPD’s New Station is Open!!!

October 24, 2007

Last night, city and community leaders officially opened the new building for the South Central Division of the Dallas Police Department. This is the first new DPD division building for the south since 1991, when the southeast division moved to Jim Miller & 175.

Back in the mid-1990s, Dwaine Caraway took Vernon “Hoople” Jordan out to that area, which is just east of Singing Hills. Mr. Jordan bought the land, and under the council leadership of former councilman James Fantroy and others sprouted the Village of Runyon Springs housing development, UNT-Dallas, and now the DPD Station. It was great to see so many community leaders from Southern Dallas. Thanks to Councilmen Neumann, Kadane, and Natinsky for making the trip south to join us in this great occasion.

I grabbed a few minutes with Chief Kunkle before things started, as well as other members of DPD. It’s always great to get a history lesson – I never knew that the raggedy little building across from Turner Courts was the old southeast division HQ.

I also got to talk to Deputy Chiefs Scott, Golbeck, and Harvey. To me, Chief Sherryl Scott is perfect for this new position of leading the South Central Division. She is focused, calm, and reassuring. We have a lot of faith in her, and you can tell that this is the beginning of a great partnership with the community.

My favorite moment of the night was talking to former Councilman James Fantroy. The best thing was that we got to talk in the room that he fought to get, the community room. South Central has a community room that is open to the public and can be reserved for neighborhood meetings, functions, and events. People know that he fought hard to get that station in place, and it was great to see him walk (not roll) into the building.

This building is the first DPD Station that is LEED Certified. We all took tours and were impressed by the design of the building. It was hard to picture when we were at the groundbreaking last August. Most important, it will continue the redistribution of officers in that area and ease the load on the Southwest and Southeast Police divisions.

Thank you to Scott Goldstein of the Dallas Morning News, Gary Reaves of Channel 8, JD Miles of Channel 11, and others for covering this event. Once again, “that person” at Channel 8 tries to get a gotcha story for no good reason. On a day of great joy in the community, she decides to run around our community’s event and ask people stupid questions about DPD’s new hiring policy (which is the SAME as the FBI’s by the way). She wanted her ink, and as always I guess she got it. Channel 8’s in the community more that any other station, but did they really need to lead off the news on a great day like this? Couldn’t it have waited one more day? We do thank them for sending Gary Reaves to balance it out.

When we pulled off, my wife and I noticed how the building literally glowed. What a fitting sight!

For years, many community leaders have fought to increase police presence in that area. Now they’ll get it. The station is located on Camp Wisdom just east of Lancaster Road (map).

Dallas City Council Committees Announced

September 11, 2007

Officially, the City Council Committees are as follows. The committees are where most of the work gets done, since the new ideas are often introduced via committee and then moved for discussion and vote amongst the entire City Council. Sam Merten from DallasBlog was the first to publicly provide the info.

The committees are as follows:

Finance, Audit & Accounting Committee:

Mitchell Rasansky (chair), Jerry Allen (vice-chair), Dr. Elba Garcia, Vonciel Hill, Angela Hunt, Ron Natinsky, Dave Neumann

Public Safety Committee:

Dr. Elba Garcia (chair), Dwaine Caraway (vice-chair), Jerry Allen, Tennell Atkins, Sheffie Kadane, Ron Natinsky, Dave Neumann, Mitchell Rasansky

Transportation and Environment Committee:

Linda Koop (chair), Sheffie Kadane (vice-chair), Jerry Allen, Carolyn Davis, Vonciel Hill, Angela Hunt, Pauline Medrano, Ron Natinsky

Economic Development Committee:

Ron Natinsky (chair), Tennell Atkins (vice-chair), Jerry Allen, Dwaine Caraway, Sheffie Kadane, Linda Koop, Mitchell Rasansky, Steve Salazar

Housing Committee:

Steve Salazar (chair), Carolyn Davis (vice-chair), Tennell Atkins, Dr. Elba Garcia, Vonciel Hill, Angela Hunt, Linda Koop, Pauline Medrano

Quality of Life and Government Services Committee:

Pauline Medrano (chair), Vonciel Hill (vice-chair), Carolyn Davis, Angela Hunt, Sheffie Kadane, Dave Neumann, Steve Salazar

Trinity River Project Committee:

Dave Neumann (chair), Dr. Elba Garcia (vice-chair), Dwaine Caraway, Carolyn Davis, Linda Koop, Pauline Medrano, Mitchell Rasansky, Steve Salazar

Mayor’s Task Force on Southern Sector Economic Opportunities:

Tennell Atkins (chair), Ron Natinsky (vice-chair), additional members from other governmental entities and the private sector

Marketing Task Force:

Dwaine Caraway (chair), additional members from the council and the community

March 12, 2007

Dallas Election Candidates

Here is a comprehensive list, from the City of Dallas.

As I mentioned in the last post, to be considered, you had to turn in 473 valid signatures by today. To get on the ballot for Council, you have to have between 25 and 63 signatures, depending on the Council seat. As a last resort, there’s always the write-in option.

Mayor – 13 candidates: Sam Coats, Darrell Jordan, Don Hill, Tom Leppert, Ed Okpa, Zac Crain, Gary Griffith, Roger Herrera, Ed Oakley, Max Wells, John Cappello, Evelyn Daniel, and Jennifer Gale.

District 1 – Elba Garcia (last term)

District 2 – Pauline Medrano, Justin Rosales, Gwain Wooten

District 3 – Dave Neumann, Joe Tave, Joseph Hernandez, Irby Foster, Rena VanHorn, Vicki Walton, Linda Wise, Charletta Compton, Kawania Lynn, Angela Phillips

District 4 – Dwaine Caraway, Gloria Hogg, Kimberly Jackson, Eugene Thomas

District 5 – Betty Culbreath, Jesse Diaz, Jurline Hollins, Vonciel Hill, Larry Holton, Don Robinson, Yolanda Williams

District 6 – Steve Salazar

District 7- Rev. Donald Parish, Carolyn Davis, Kevin Felder, Helene McKinney, Sharon Middlebrooks, Billy Ratcliff, Lashonda Young

District 8 – Erik Wilson, Clara McDade, Charles Rose, Sandra Crenshaw, Tennell Atkins, Theressa Washington

District 9 – Jill Kotvis, Sheffie Kadane, Albert Turner

District 10 – Jerry Allen

District 11 – Linda Koop

District 12 – John McClelland, Ron Natinsky

District 13 – Mitch Rasansky (last term)

District 14 – Angela Hunt, Joseph Glogowski