Dallas City Council

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

Epic Political Fail: I had to give that boy a key...

Photo credit - Gordon Keith blog
By Avi S. Adelman under Dallas City Council , Dallas City Hall
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Day of reckoning has arrived: Council to vote on rezoning January 26

The Dallas City Council will vote on the Lowest Greenville Planned Development District at their regular meeting on January 26, 2011, according to the agenda posted this evening.

And as of this evening, it's been four days since Angela Hunt was sent two very direct questions about funding for the proposed renovations promised after the rezoning was approved. Apparently Ms Hunt is reticent about explaining where the source of funds for the first round of renovations, or how she can guarantee funding out of a 2012 bond package that has not been written.

She may or may not be running for Mayor, but it sure would be mighty nice - and informative - of her to explain all this funny money to constituents before the vote at the end of the month. Her desire to hide this information for nearly two months is not making sense, unless of course she has something to hide.

Transparent government my doggy butt.

By Avi S. Adelman under Dallas City Council , Lower Greenville
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Two (not three) questions about the rezoning proposal for Ms. Hunt

Update 1/14: The Dallas City Council will vote on the Lowest Greenville rezoning proposal on January 26, 2011. As of Friday evening, January 14, Ms. Hunt has refused to answer our questions regarding the sources of funding for the promised (but not guaranteed) streetscape renovations.


While the City Council gets ready to vote on the Lowest Greenville rezoning proposal in two weeks, questions are being raised by this correspondent and others regarding streetscape funding and promises made for changes in the zoning legislation.

BD previously submitted two questions to Ms Hunt's office, with no reply. BD has re-submitted the original questions (with more details included) and a new question to Ms Hunt this morning. If she replies, the answers will be posted here.

By Avi S. Adelman under Dallas City Council , Lower Greenville
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Vonciel Jones Hill to anti-PD petitioners: STFU (updated)

Allow BD to practice law on the Internet for just a moment or two.

One of the most basic of basic rights of citizens is the ability to petition the government for the redress of grievances. Every teabagger knows the First Amendment to the Constitution says...

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

A petition once meant a piece of paper, a simple statement, and your signature in support thereof. In the 21st Century, the Internet has replaced the paper, with e-petitions making it easier for more people to get involved in the most common of citizen acts.

Just not in Dallas.

By Avi S. Adelman under Dallas City Council , Lower Greenville
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Let them eat cake, Dallas style

The first round of BOHICA (Bend over, here it comes again) messages from the City over the proposed Lowest Greenville rezoning are already out, and the ink’s not even dry on the CPC voting panel. CPC Commissioner Mike Davis (appointed by Dwaine Carraway) is using his blog to put some vaseline on some of the issues raised ahead of last week's vote, the first big step to forcing businesses on Greenville Avenue (south of Belmont) to get permits in order to stay open after midnight.

You can read his complete article at this link, but allow BD to pull three paragraphs completely out of context for review.

By Avi S. Adelman under Dallas City Council , Lower Greenville
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