DPD's newest service policy - Handle It Yourself

Written by David Tuthill, Dallas

The Dallas Police Department is proposing yet another public safety innovation, following on the success of their Verified Response and Verified Parking programs.

This new policy is called Handle It Yourself.

By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Safe streets
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Another golf tournament, another HGABA tax scam???

You can always tell it's Fall on Lower Greevnille. The leaves are dropping all over the yards and streets, the coats are just a little heavier, and the Hysterical Greenville Avenue Business Association (HGABA) holds another golf tournament to raise money for its favorite charity - itself.

By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Legal issues
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From those wonderful folks who gave you Verified Response: Verified Parking?

For years, parking - or the lack of it - has been the Number 1 hot-button issue around Lower Greenville. The scumbars don't have enough of it (and the City says we are several hundred spaces short anyway), so their patrons parked (and whizzed) on neighborhood streets.

The residents fought back with No Parking zones and Resident Only Parking restrictions. The patrons park farther out in the neighborhood (say, Addison?) or take a chance parking illegally. The residents could usually count on the Dallas Police Department to keep the battle at an even level, ticketing and towing as much as they could.

But according to a new DPD policy issued September 28, all calls to 911 for illegally parked vehicles (except those blocking driveways) from anywhere in Dallas are now directed to the 311 Action Center. From there, the calls are routed to Parking Enforcement (or maybe the DPD substation). Eventually, someone will go out and look at the problem. Tomorrow. Maybe.

Doesn't anyone remember that Parking Enforcement is understaffed, unarmed, and scared of the dark???

We have a cute name for this policy - Verified Parking.

By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Safe streets
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LGWNA: Neighborhood association or liars club? You decide.

BD attended a meeting of the faux-Lowest Greenville West, much to the consternation of association president John Scarborough. Luckily, BD had a proxy for a property owner in the area in his back pocket, so he got to sit back and watch eight residents discuss the usual issues like crime, noise, and bars.

A fly on the wall would have enjoyed this load of poop immensely.

By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Lower Greenville
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City never gets around to installing No Parking signs

Update 10.07.05 - If you thought that anyone at City Hall cared about the little stuff, think again. Despite assurances from PWT and NSA Hunt's office that the No Parking signs on the west side of Hope Street would be replaced by TX OU weekend, they were lacking on Friday evening.

What makes this more frustrating is that there are two signs installed on the street - one on the south end right against the telephone pole, and one on the north end near the residential structure. But because they are so far apart, it is impossible for DPD to issue a No Parking  ticket - you want to explain to the judge just how far away from the sign the restriction applies??? It's been like this for nearly three months; even signs posted by officers high up on the telephone poles were torn off.

Throw in the DPD's policy this past weekend to not issue tickets for illegal parking on residential streets and you have another victory for the scumbars. So much for getting things done on Lower Greenville - again.

By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Lower Greenville
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