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Sandy Greyson told Walmart to take a hike; why didn't NSA Hunt do it too??

As if you needed it, here is another good reason for voting against Angela Hunt's handpicked crony Philip Kingston to replace her at City Hall in May.

In far North Dallas, Walmart wants to build another neighborhood store (though larger than the one on Greenville). This location and the one on Greenville have one thing in common - legally, they can both be built without any need to rezone.

From the Unfair Park Blog

Sandy Greyson: Walmart Taking Another Look at Plans For Coit/Arapaho Supercenter

Since news of Walmart's plan to build a scaled-down supercenter at the corner of Arapaho and Coit Road in Far North Dallas, neighborhood opposition has been building. The outcry was covered this weekend by Morning News and NBC 5, and the Change.org petition promising a boycott is at 2,300 and counting. Opponents now have a full-blown website and, coming soon, yard signs!

Momentum aside, stopping the store remains a long shot, particularly given that the 90,000-square-foot model the retailer has is within current zoning and therefore doesn't need City Council approval. But there remains at least a glimmer of hope.

Councilwoman Sandy Greyson met with Walmart representatives on Thursday and posted her notes from the meeting online.

In North Dallas, CM Sandy Greyson paid attention to her neighbors and told Walmart, Hey, can you spell Boycott???

On Lowest Greenville, CM Angela Hunt not only welcomed the store, but forced the Walmart people to meet and concede to neighborhood demands re trees and lights and landscaping, while denying the people who live close-in (living within 50 feet across the street) any part in the discussions about noise, trash and traffic (among others). Throw in power-hungry spouse Melissa "It's My Way Only" Kingston, and the only thing Walmart had to learn how to spell was F-U-C-K Lowest Greenville.

Hunt welcomed WalMart to the neighborhood. It does not fit her grand scheme of cool development, but she welcomed it anyway because it gave her cronies something cool to claim as a success.

Kingston says he admires Hunt. In fact, he invoked her name more than six times at the Park Cities Central Democrats forum on Saturday. Pull Hunt out of the picture, and you have a mama's boy running for an office on a campaign of lies and deceit.

Think about that when you go to vote in a few weeks.

By Avi S. Adelman under Elections , Lower Greenville
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Whatever you do, don't look under the skirt!

Electing a city council representative is like buying a used car. You have to look under the hood, inspect the chasis, and kick the tires. If you live in East Dallas, you really don't want to buy this car.

By Avi S. Adelman under Elections , Dallas City Hall
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Campaigning for Dummies, Rule #1 - Don't attend political events

(Updated Wednesday, 930am) BD grew up in Philadelphia, where ward politics was an art, nay it was a science. When he tells people "I knew Frank Rizzo", the wise ones shake their heads in deep reverence.

But Dallas, when he moved here in 1980, was a backwoods town. This was when there were at large seats (way before 14-1) and elections are (still) held on Saturdays. You can't even use a large bullhorn on your car to get out the vote on Election Day.

Fast forward 33 years later, and things are still going downhill. We've got Council Districts (fledgling ward politics), a county government, which has nothing to do with the City government and outgoing council reps bless their chosen successors.

But today, we reached a new low. In District 14, the outgoing council person is not only endorsing her successor, but she even speaks for him.

By Avi S. Adelman under Elections , Lower Greenville
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Enforcement committee crawls back into sewer, does not file against 5902 Goliad home

After nearly six months of harassment, intimidation, threats of legal action and two contentious Board of Adjustment hearings, the so-called Belmont Addition Conservation District enforcement committee has decided to crawl back into whatever sewer it came out of and has not filed any legal actions against the City of Dallas or the owners of the home at 5902 Goliad Avenue.

The Board voted 3-2 on February 21 to uphold the decision by City Staff to issue a building permit for the house (under construction since December 2012) despite the claims of BACD's Melissa Kingston that the home did not meet the intent of the CD's design specifications. In order to continue the protest, the committee was required to file a lawsuit against the City of Dallas within ten days of that decision; that deadline passed last Monday, but to make sure the legal beast was dead, BD and others added four more days to count for the intervening weekends before declaring the fight officially over.

By Avi S. Adelman under Elections , Legal issues
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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.

By Avi S. Adelman under Elections , Lower Greenville
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