Kingston pulls an 'Angela' and lies about how he saved Lowest Greenville from St. Patrick's Day

Next weekend is BD’s favorite Jewish holiday – St. Patrick’s Day – wherein we celebrate how the rabbis drove the goyim out of the village, seeking revenge for all the czar’s pogroms in the 1800’s.

Okay, it’s a joke, but tell me it does not sound like St. Patrick’s Day on Lowest Greenville. Billions of people from all around the Southwest flock to a space no larger than half a football field and do their best to drive the residents from their homes with cars, vomit and urine.

But, really, do you remember how bad it was before 2000, when there were no controls, no off-duty officers and no event permits required??

BD does, and so do many of his neighbors. It’s apparently such a strong memory that people who were not involved claimed they were here, and then participated in the process that brought this event under control. But more on that later in the story.

Here’s a story BD posted way back in June 2000 -- immediately following a community meeting demanded (not politely) by residents who just had it up to here.

Where, What and Now What?

The meeting was focused around three topics – Where was the neighborhood impact felt during this event, What actually happened at Ground Zero, and What will happen next year?

It was generally agreed that the impact of parking, public drunkenness and other issues extended at least to Central Expressway on the west, Mockingbird to the north, Abrams to the east and Ross to the south. This year’s event came unglued when an estimated 8,500 to 10,000 people descended upon several events held on the area centered around The Dubliner.

Much of the information presented re specific actions was anecdotal – there were few 911 calls on the record due to people simply not realizing this was the number to call

Some residents at the meeting complained that even when they called 911 (i.e. for cars blocking their driveway) no one came out or called back. Many of these calls were not on the report provided to residents under a Request for Information.

According to City records, several locations applied for and received Special Event permits for this year. There were 22 off-duty officers and three supervisors hired by the event organizers, plus numerous on-duty patrol officers and a command center in the area. However, the neighborhood turned into one giant gridlock when all the streets filled up with vehicles and people – making response to any call almost impossible.

Some of the activities reported included cars blocking driveways, cars parked on private property (and yes, you can call a towing company to remove them without charging you), public drunkenness, lewdness, public urination, public indecency, trespassing, traffic gridlock.

Back in 2000, Mary Poss was still representing District 9, which included Middle Greenville (the border stopped at Vickery Blvd, we believe), Veletta Lill was in her second term, and John Loza represented portions of Vickery Place. That's a long time ago.

A few months later, the council reps appointed neighborhood residents to a group informally known as the St. Patrick’s Day Commission. It was charged to meet with City staff and business owners, and to come up with a way to control the party, make the neighborhood safer, and still allow reasonably behaved adults a way to have fun. It was not charged with shutting the party down.

After a few meetings, many decisions were made, and most of them are still in force today. They include

  • No Parking on one side of the street – the signs are paid for by the bars, installed by the residents (although Lower Greenville NA seems to get all the money for the work performed by other neighborhood groups).

  • The No Parking zones went from McMillan to Skillman, and now they extend all the way to Central Expressway.

  • Additional police services – The City requires the bars to hire nearly 100 police officers, who patrol not only inside the event cage (with non-sworn guards) but around the neighborhood up until about 6pm.

  • They officers are under the supervision of DPD, not the bars, and don’t go home until the DPD says they can.

  • The cage – enough said.

  • Cleanliness is next to godliness – Trash cans all over the neighborhood, south to Belmont, north to Mockingbird.

  • Closing Greenville Avenue to traffic from McCommas to Belmont, and all side streets in the party area.

  • Requiring a special event permit process, which included requirements for portolets, trash dumpsters, and insurance coverage

  • The past few events have had a dedicated 911 operator working the event. Using geomapping systems, any 911 call from the neighborhood is routed to a specific operator (three shifts) who is in touch with the Command Post at Robert E. Lee.

By no means is this the perfect event structure, but long-time residents agree it’s better than it was in 2000, when we were landlocked in our own homes, streets were choked and some neighbors got beat up. Now the event is overwhelmed by the number of private parties in the neighborhoods,prompting calls by LGNA to require private party permits in 2010.

Here's another example of LGNA's attempts to control their residents, taken from the St. Patrick's Day after-event review (discussed a few weeks ago and distributed by the Dallas Police Department on Wednesday evening).

Comments about house parties – both positive and negative – were included [in the LGNA post-event survey]. LGNA ENP officers counted 93 private parties just within the LGNA area. LGNA suggests that a “code of conduct” be distributed to residents, with instructions on how to properly conduct a party as well as instructions on what to do if your neighbor’s party gets out of hand. We request that the City assist the neighborhood associations in preparing this white paper.

Let’s go back to that residents committee and claims by a certain city council candidate. Back in January 2001, BD posted a story about the residents who were appointed to the committee by their respective council members, plus observers. The main page ishere buut some of the underlying links are gone.

Here’s the list of residents on the first committee, many of whom still live in the neighborhood.

Changes on the committee

Dallas City Council Representative Veletta Lill released a list of neighborhood representatives to the St. Patrick's Day Committee of residents and event organizers for areas represented by herself and John Loza.

Mary Poss' nominees came in late. Due to prior obligations, Ron Walenta asked the Greenland Hills Crimewatch Board to replace him on the committee, but he will act as an advisor for safety issues. John T. Carlisle was approved by the Board to take Ron's place.

The committee had a strategy meeting this week in anticipation of their meeting with the business representatives and City officials next week. This is the final list of committee members.

  • Claire Collins, Vickery Place NA
  • Daron Tapscott, Vickery Place NA
  • Benita Bernard, Lower Greenville NJA
  • Joanne Rhone, Lower Greenville NA
  • Avi S. Adelman,
  • Cheryl Kellis, Lower Greenville West NA
  • Bill Dickerson, Lower Greenville West NA
  • Dave Blewett, Greenland Hills Crimewatch
  • John T. Carlisle, Greenland Hills Crimewatch
  • Marvin Singleton, Greenland Hills Crimewatch
  • Advisors: Ron Walenta and Allen Gwinn

The original members of the committee continued to meet every Spring for about three or four years. By that time, the DPD had a firm grip on the process and the businesses realized the party was making more money with the controls than without. So the entire process went on autopilot. Every year, nearly a hundred residents are invited to a meeting to review the plans and ask questions. And each year, fewer and fewer show up since we all know it’s working. BD has participated in random meetings since 2008, including the one held last week (when eight residents showed up).

What does all this have to do with the current city council race???

When Angela Hunt ran for council in 2005, she lied non-stop about her experiences at City Hall as a City Council appointee. With Veletta Lill’s collusion (now, we believe, something she deeply regrets), Hunt flitted from City committee to City committee like a bee collecting pollen. By god, she may not been on a panel long enough to warm the chair but damn, it looked good on her resume. Thanks to BD’s sources in the basement at City Hall, we posted her attendance (or lack thereof) at various panels. It never stopped her from winning, but we figured out very quickly she was a damn good liar. And she stayed true to form for eight years.

Fast forward to 2012 and 2013. Hunt’s heir apparent, Philip Kingston, is claiming to have been the savior for Lower Greenville when it came to the Belmont Addition Conservation District, the Lowest Greenville rezoning process, and of course, St. Patrick’s Day. BD will talk about the other events later in the campaign, but now you will understand why Melissa Kingston is suing BD and wanted as a settlement his promise to never write about her, her husband, her law firm (Friedman & Feiger) or other neighborhood leaders ever again. Oh, and she also wanted $10,000.

From Philip’s web site

Screengrab @ 3-8-2013

Philip was active in an effort that has made the St. Patrick's Day parade after-party on Lower Greenville Avenue a more enjoyable experience for nearby residents and visitors. He and LGNA accomplished this by persuading nearby neighborhood associations to partner with the Dallas Police Department and the Greenville Avenue businesses.

What’s wrong with that statement? It's a bunch of malarkey. Philip knows it, we know it, and now we are going to prove it.

  • Look at the list of residents appointed in 2000. His name is not on it.

  • BD was there, so we have personal knowledge of who was and was not in the room, and it's documented in our archives.

  • The St. Patrick’s Day committee was formed in 2000 after the event, and met every year, with mostly the same people participating. BD has contacted about half the group (that still in the area). The answer is the same –WTF is Philip???

  • Veletta Lill was District 14's representative. Angela Hunt was not elected to City Council until 2005, so she could not have appointed Philip to the panel.

  • Philip Kingston first registered to vote in Dallas (according to publicly-available Dallas County Elections records) on June 19, 2000. Melissa Kingston first registered on November 29, 2000. So they were possibly not even in the county let alone Lowest Greenville when the party went south in March 2000.

  • Back in either 2006 or 2007, the event did spin slightly out of control and DPD services were not at their best. BD encountered Angela Hunt at the DPD Command Post around 530pm, where she was having a major meltdown all over the DPD (who had left the scene by 5pm). She made sure BD was not rolling his video camera, and proceeded to just explode all over the place about everybody involved in the process. If Philip was her appointee, why wasn’t he following her around (like the lost puppy he seems to be today, grabbing her by the skirt where ever she goes) and listening to her ranting while taking notes?

  • The annual DPD St. Patrick's Day pre- and post-event email list goes out to nearly a hundred residents. BD has some of the emails going back to random years. We won’t post it here for the privacy of those on list, but Philip’s name is not there.

  • Philip may claim Angela appointed him to the committee after she was elected, but BD can find no records of such a posting, nor can we find that anyone was appointed after the original panel was created. Most members floated off the event to deal with other issues, but no residents jumped on to help. It was up to the DPD to manage the event and things worked out fine.

  • It is entirely possible Philip attended a meeting or two after 2006 regarding planning for St. Patrick’s Day events. But BD doubts things happened that way, based on the comments from others who randomly attended meetings after 2006.

To summarize: Philip is pulling an Angela, and then some. Instead of getting appointed to City committees and stretching the truth, he is simply making things up as he moves along and keeping his fingers crossed that no one will call him out on it.

Let's review his claims against the facts.

Claim #1 - Philip was active in an effort that has made the St. Patrick's Day parade after-party on Lower Greenville Avenue a more enjoyable experience for nearby residents and visitors.

Philip was NOT one of the original members of the committee appointed in 2000 nor has he participated in meetings through least 2006. BD will swear on a stack of Torah’s Philip never graced any meeting BD participated in with his presence.

Claim #2 - {Philip] and LGNA accomplished this by persuading nearby neighborhood associations to partner with the Dallas Police Department and the Greenville Avenue businesses.

LGNA did not lead the effort in any way. They were a member of the committee with as much weight as any other. They may think they are the 800# gorilla of neighborhood associations, but their record of truth and transparency leaves much to be desired. BD has been told by two other members of the original group that they had private meetings with the bars and City staff respectively, and hammered out an agreement away from the meetings and then approval by all parties. Neither of these members are from LGNA.

Twelve years later, LGNA is getting paid by the bars to install the signs, but none of the funds trickle down to the other associations, who also work to assemble and install the signs in their area. LGNA made an effort in 2010 to limit the sign placement by demanding that portions of BelmontNA close to Live Oak/Skillman not have any more signs. That idea was shot down by BelmontNA very quickly.

For this (and so much more) we rate Philip’s claim about saving the neighborhood from St. Patrick’s Day party issues as Pure Bullshit.

This is the first of many stories about Philip's so-called claims to have saved Lowest Greenville from hordes of invading mongols and visigoths. Stay tuned for details.

By Avi S. Adelman under Elections , Lower Greenville