The cost of doing business, Lower Greenville-style

BD's been pulling records from the DPD and Building Inspections so we can get an accurate snapshot of how bad things are getting on Lower Greenville. And everyday we unearth a new gem of information that proves how the City is getting bent over the pool table and whacked by the scumbar operators.

Today's example - Anti-noise citations. The DPD issues tickets based on either residential complaints or personal observations as they walk the beat.

Between January 2005 and August 2006, nine ant-noise citations (a Class-C Misdemeanor) were issued. Considering the number of times area residents tell BD they call the DPD, we believe that someone is not getting the message on the street.

This list shows just seven citations, since two had such vague addresses as to make it impossible to figure out which scumbar was cited.

The list does not include a few citations issued by the City's Environmental Services folks.

  • 6/22/2005 - Anthony, Ray - Zephyr
  • 3/11/2006 - Pereira, Carl I. - Service Bar
  • 4/21/2006 - Avezzano, Anthony - Suede
  • 4/21/2006 - Piot, Christopher - Sugar Shack
  • 4/21/2006 - Priggre, Carl - Tiger Room
  • 4/21/2006 - Siegel, Adam - What Bar
  • 4/22/2006 - White, Bryan - Winedale Tavern

Now for the fun part - BD's sources at City Hall tell him that for eight of the tickets, the cited party pleaded No Contest/Guilty and paid a fine of a whopping $153. The other was dismissed for lack of a name witness (a situation created when the City Attorney's office does not want to even phone the prosecution in).

It's not completely the City's fault for this mess. The State of Texas controls how crimes are ranked, and Class C misdemeanors are at the bottom of the food chain. Changes in the law would not only impact Dallas, but every other city in Texas.

This just proves BD's point: If the City had the guts to go out and check every Certificate of Occupancy for every scumbar, comparing what they claimed to be when they opened for business (eg restaurant without a drive-in service) against what they do (bar, no kitchen), half the places out here would be closed for business.

For years, local building inspectors would sign off on any application no matter what the business asked for. For example, Cafe Nostra claimed to be a catering service, but got busted when BD sent pictures of their white-cloth tables to the City.

Ecco operates under a Commercial Amusement CO, and for years no one can figure out how they got it, or how to revoke it. The folks at Barrocco could not spell the word kitchen if you gave it to them on 3 x 5 card either, but they claim to have one.

Don't expect anything to happen very soon. The City Attorney's office has already made it clear to NSA Hunt's so-called Lower Greenville Task Force they won't close down any business. They have 90+ attorneys sitting around doing very little anyway, and this stuff does not rate even a passing glance from them.

BD is not sure what's worse: Lower Greenville turning into Deep Ellum, or Lower Greenville becoming a new version of the Bachman Lake area.

By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Lower Greenville