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Who is in charge???

Rufus Shaw, DallasBlog.com

As the debate rages over what version of the comprehensive plan is best for Dallas, a bigger controversy for Dallasites lurks beneath the surface. Who really speaks for the citizens of Dallas?

Is it appointed commission members like the members of the Dallas Planning Commission? Or is it the Dallas City Council who is duly elected by the city’s electorate?

And what of City Councilwoman Angela Hunt’s efforts to generate support for the Planning Commission’s version of the comprehensive plan by evoking southern sector neglect, lack of community input, city council incompetence, and city staff dictatorial behavior as the principal ills preventing the adoption of a fair comprehensive plan?

Can Councilwoman Hunt remain politically effective at City Hall after she has publicly trashed this process and all of its principal players?

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By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Dallas City Hall

DPD officers ticket BD, send obscene email over noise complaint

Dallas.org - May 21, 2006

Tension between bar owners and neighborhood residents are nothing new on Lower Greenville. So it should come as no surprise that when Suede Bar and Grill opened what they claimed to be the "biggest rooftop bar patio in Texas" complete with live music, someone was bound to call the police.

When the bar turned up the music, Avi Adelman, of BarkingDogs.org fame, complained.

But instead of the peace and quiet he hoped to find, Adelman ended up getting a ticket himself.

A little over an hour later, Adelman received a profanity-laced email. The sender was traced back to a computer at the Dallas Police Department's Central Operations Division.

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By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Dallas City Hall

5500 block of Richmond Avenue - Welcome to the Twilight Zone!

You're traveling through another dimension - a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That's a signpost up ahead: your next stop: Lower Greenville, Dallas Texas.

A City code inspector drives by a house falling down in the DTZ and never hears a board crack. A police officer sees crimes taking place, and never writes a ticket. The streets are just blurs, nothing remaining in your memory longer than it takes for a neuron to pop.

By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Dallas City Hall
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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.

By Avi S. Adelman under Elections , Dallas City Hall
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The City Plan Commission Follies

BD has never been shy about crediting his best stories to sources all around Dallas.

But somewhere deep in the basement at City Hall, locked away in a waterproof vault, sits BD's best source, a person we know only as....well, we won't even give his initials up. For now, let's call him Deep In The Basement, or Mr. Dib.

By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Dallas City Hall
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