Can we just sit back and discuss this "strong mayor" thing quietly for a few years?

Now that the latest attempt at changing the Dallas City Charter has gone down in the flames of political ruination, it's nice to know that we won't have to vote on another strong mayor concept until at least 2009.

If you don't that's a long enough time to wait, try looking at from BD's perspective: Puppette #1 will be in her junior year at high school.

Consider the math -

  • The next charter election can't be held until 2007, at the same time Laura the Mayor may or may not run for re-election. Very few people will want to change her powers in mid-stream (as Blackwood would have done). So expect the whole thing to fail again.
  • If we wait until the 2009 election, then the changes will be effective in 2011. The candidates running in 2011 will know going in all the new rules will apply to them. And it will give us a few years to make a smooth transition to the new form of government,

Of course, we may or may not have a document we can all approve. Maybe it's time for the Dallas version of a Constitutional Convention??? BD can only hope a new group of real community leaders, people without ties to the whackos sitting at City Hall (including those in the audience) will step up to the plate and take charge of the process.

If not, this may be our only choice of candidates -

By Avi S. Adelman under Elections , Dallas City Hall