Dallas City Council

The misdeeds, missteps and misbehavings of our elected representatives (and occasionally the good things they do)

Have you seen our City Council representative???

By Avi S. Adelman under Dallas City Council , Lower Greenville
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Corruption probe spurs ethics questions at Dallas City Hall


DALLAS — There are new questions about one of the central figures named in a federal corruption probe in Dallas.

News 8 has learned that political consultant and businessman Willis Johnson has been wearing two hats at the same time while doing business with the City of Dallas.

Johnson wears many hats in Dallas, including telecommunications specialist; marketing guru; City Hall lobbyist; and political consultant to the last two mayors.

Now, in the face of a federal investigation, current Mayor Mike Rawlings is calling for greater accountability when it comes to doing business at City Hall.

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By Avi S. Adelman under Dallas City Council , Dallas City Hall
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Are you Dallas' Deep Throat?

The day after UnfairPark posted it's first summary of the CPC / Bowling Alley vote, someone claiming to be a City of Dallas employee posted this comment in the blog...

I'm a city employee. I'm blowing the whistle here. The District 14 councilperson has politicized the code enforcement on Greenville Avenue. We've been forbidden from enforcing black-and-white code requirements against Madison Partners. We received instructions to overlook reported violations and to reinterpret fuzzy code violations in favor of this landowner. Code enforcement should not be politicized.

This statement could be a bunch of e-poop, or it could be legitimate.

By Avi S. Adelman under Dallas City Council , Code enforcement
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Mayor Rolodex' official portrait

By Avi S. Adelman under Dallas City Council , Legal issues
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For Sale - MayorRawlings.com

The FBI investigation of John Wiley Price, Kathy Nealy and Dapheney Fain started with search warrants being served at the same time Dallas' leading politicos were watching Mayor Rolodex being sworn in. And in what must be a world record for FBI investigations of corruption at City Hall, they started digging into Mayor Rolodex' campaign relationship with so-called political consultant Nealey just a few hours later. For those who missed the recent buying out of Dallas' southern sector, Rolodex threw more than $250,000 to Nealy to get the South Dallas vote. At least, that's the amount officially reported. Unofficially, it could be billions in walking money, endorsements by church leaders and flat-out vote buying.

In other words, business as usual in South Dallas and City Hall. OMIGOD The next four years are gonna be so much fun to watch.

BD is smiling like a Cheshire cat today. Just a week ago, he was chastised in the DMN City Hall blog for being a sore loser and buying the domain names MayorRawlings.com and MayorRolodex.com right after the election (Why? Because they did not buy them first). Fast forward to Monday and the phone was off the hook. Are you really going to build a website?? Are you keeping the names?? How much will it cost to buy them??

The answers are: I don't know yet. Not sure. And the bidding starts at $5,000.

I am sure someone who supported Mayor Rolodex' campaign (to the $5,000 maximum per person campaign contribution) is more than willing to protect their investment in whatever new project is on the horizon. They can write it off as an officeholder account campaign contribution. We'll even throw in MayorRolodex.com in for half, and you can write that contribution off on your kid's name.

By Avi S. Adelman under Dallas City Council , Legal issues
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