Is Council Candidate The Weasel a Neighborhood Advocate or a Bully?

Eric Nicholson / Dallas Observer / Unfair Park

After this month's city elections, we repeated a quote that District 14 candidate Bobby Abtahi gave to the Morning News alluding to Philip Kingston, his opponent in next month's runoff, as "someone who sues their neighbors." Kingston wasn't pleased. He called shortly after to offer a barbed response, calling Abtahi a "stranger to the district" and arguing that he had no idea what neighbor-suing Abtahi meant.

Technically, anyway, he may have a point. It's his wife, a lawyer named Melissa Kingston, who is suing the couple's neighbor Avi Adelman, who doubles as the most loud-mouthed neighborhood activist in East Dallas. Another lawsuit was filed recently by the Kingstons on behalf of the Belmont Addition Conservation District, but it was filed against a local developer who, Melissa Kingston argued, was flouting the neighborhood's building restrictions.

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By Avi S. Adelman under Elections , Lower Greenville
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Here's why you should not vote for The Weasel: He's a big fat liar

In less than a month, we all get to go back and vote - again - for someone to replace NSC Hunt at City Hall for District 14. Not that this could not happen soon enough, but really, could we have not done better in deciding who to put into the run-off? Or maybe we just forgot to get off our butts and vote in higher numbers (only 4,929 people bothered voting)? It's even sadder to realize that maybe less than 2,500 people will bother to come out and vote again in June.

BD would rather work at WalMart before voting for The Weasel. Even if you ignore The Kittens' pending lawsuit on BD for stealing domain names she never owned, The Weasel is so not qualified to be our next council member it's not even funny.

Let BD tell you a not-so-secret secret: Every neighborhood leader BD spoke to way back in August 2012 thought The Kittens was going to run for Council. To see The Weasel come out like he did, just a day before The Kittens tried to shut down this blog, was a shock to a lot of people.

Setting emotion aside, let's review why The Weasel is not qualified to be representing any of us at City Hall.

BD can give it to you in three words: Big. Fat. Liar.

After working on the campaign for another candidate in the race for D14, BD can tell you first hand (and has the tapes) that Mama's Boy will say or do anything to any person or group to get a vote.

You don't think City Attorneys are competent and doing their job? Hey, neither does he!

You think suing people to stop them from building city-approved homes is a good idea? Hey, so does he!

You like neighborhoods? Well, step right into the voter booth, so does he!

Here's a list of just some of The Weasel's claims and lies. You can decide if you really want him to be your next city council representative. Make the right choice, because if he wins we are stuck with him for eight long years.

By Avi S. Adelman under Elections , Legal issues
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BD exclusive - State Dems cut off Mama's Boy access to voter database

In Saturday's Dallas Morning News story about Mama's Boy lying to get Democratic Party-centric endorsements, it was noted he also had access to the Texas Democratic Party voter database. This system, which is cloud-based, is the framework of campaign databases - for robocalls, phonebanks, mailing lists, voter history and even iPad apps.

BD has confirmed that just hours after the article came out, the state party staff cut off Mama's Boy's access to the database early Saturday morning. To quote one person familiar with the system

It's all cloud-based, but he probably downloaded mailing lists and some voter history files. But when it comes to updating contacts with voters, adding voters who just registered, or even knowing who they talked to before the election, they are screwed. It's not like the lights are completely shut off, but it's a lot darker in that campaign office right now.

By Avi S. Adelman under Elections , Lower Greenville
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An open letter to City of Dallas employees – If you want to keep your job and your sanity, don't vote for the Mama's Boy

Dear City of Dallas employees:

We both know that you are in a very uncomfortable position when it comes to City Council. By law, you cannot take an active role in any municipal political campaign. You can vote for a Mayor or City Council member, but you can’t sign a petition for a candidate, endorse a candidate, or even put a yardsign out on your lawn.

Back in Philadelphia, where BD grew up, city employees were required to live in the City in order to keep their job. Police officers were required to live in the city too, but not in the same district they patrolled (with nearly 50 districts, it was easy to avoid being assigned to your own neighborhood).

But in Texas, it's illegal to impose any residency requirements to live in the City unless you are above a certain executive level like Assistant City Manager or Chief of a Police Division. BD cannot name one Dallas police officer below the rank of chief who lives in the City limits (chief’s don’t have that luxury). And he can only think of five or six firefighters who live in the city.

When it comes to City Staff - the guys who write the code citations, inspect the new buildings, catch the stray dogs or answer the 311 line - it’s a big mix. BD knows of at least three high-ranking staffers who live in or around Lowest Greenville alone. By one unofficial estimate, nearly 1,000 city employees live in District 14’s boundaries.

This letter is directed to those 1,000 city employees.

By Avi S. Adelman under Dallas City Council , Dallas City Hall
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Uncle Julio's (closed) restaurant burns in 3-alarm fire

The spirit of a gazillion margarita swirls filled the air as the (long-closed) Uncle Julio's Mexican Restaurant on Way Upper Greenville Avenue @ Meadow burned in a three-alarm fire early Monday morning.

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Per Dallas Fire/Rescue...

At 23:50 Dallas Fire-Rescue responded to a 911 call for a structure fire at the 7500 block of Greenville Avenue, near the Meadow Road intersection.

When first responding companies arrived, they reported out with a large boarded up facility with lots of fire coming from it. While initial attempts were made to breach an entry point, the fire grew far too intense and was fought defensively from the onset.

Though the fire has officially been tapped out, fire crews are still at the scene conducting overhaul procedures. Damage to the building was so severe that its condition was deemed unsafe for entry and, as a result, will have to be demolished.

There have been no reported injuries to any firefighters or civilians as a result of the fire, and the cause is under investigation.

and this morning...

I’ve received emails from multiple agencies asking if we had found a body at the scene of the Greenville 3-alarm fire.

Other than to tell you that I saw it on NBC, I can’t confirm it. However, considering that it is most likely the case, I am headed to the scene to gather the details.

By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Safe streets
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