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Public safety issues in and around Lower Greenville

Finding your car trashed for a GPS is no fun...

A few months ago, BD posted the comments of a local resident who came home from a day-trip to find his home trashed in a burglary.

This morning, a Lower Greenville resident found her car ripped to shreds - literally. We don't have a video, but you can read her comments after the jump.

By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Lower Greenville
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Resident parking will protect Lower Greenville's residents (the scumbars are on their own)

BD has a photograph of something so scary, so deadly and frightening to every scumbar owner on Lower Greenville, that we cannot even show it on the front page of our website.

You will have to click on the jump link to see it. You have been warned...

By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Lower Greenville
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Valet parking ordinance (City of Dallas)

ARTICLE VI. LICENSE FOR THE USE OF PUBLIC RIGHT-OF-WAY.

Division 1. Licenses for Other than Bicycle Parking Devices and Valet Parking Services.

(Division title created by Ord. 18838 and amended by Ord. 25539)

SEC. 43-112. APPLICATION; FEE.

If a person, or governmental entity operating a utility, desires to make use of any portion of the public right-of-way for a private or governmental utility use, the person, or governmental entity operating a utility, must apply in writing to the director. The application must be accompanied by plans or drawings showing the area to be used, a statement of the purpose for which the right-of-way is to be used, and a nonrefundable application fee of $750, plus recording fees; except that the application fee is not required for:

(1) existing encroachments previously licensed; or

(2) a license to place and maintain the facilities of a utility operated by a governmental entity on public right-of-way, where the governmental entity has previously contracted with the city to provide mutual granting of rights-of-way for utility purposes. (Ord. Nos. 18119; 18962; 24051; 25539)

SEC. 43-113. GRANT BY CITY COUNCIL.

If, in the judgment of the city council, the requested use is not inconsistent with and does not unreasonably impair the public use of the right-of-way, the council may by ordinance grant the license. (Ord. Nos. 18119; 25539)

SEC. 43-114. TERMS AND CONDITIONS; DURATION; RIGHT OF TERMINATION RESERVED BY CITY.

(a) The ordinance shall contain the terms and conditions of the license and shall state the time for which the license exists. Whether or not stated in the ordinance the city council retains the right to terminate a license whenever in its judgment the purpose or use of the license is inconsistent with the public use of the right-of-way or whenever the purpose or use of the license is likely to become a nuisance.

(b) If a private license does not state the time for expiration, it will expire 10 years from the date of the passage of the ordinance granting the license.

(c) If a license to place and maintain the facilities of a utility operated by a governmental entity on public right-of-way does not state the time for expiration, it will expire upon expiration of the governmental entity's contract with the city providing for mutual granting of rights-of-way. (Ord. Nos. 18119; 18962; 25539)

SEC. 43-115. ANNUAL FEE FOR USE OF PUBLIC RIGHT-OF-WAY.

(a) Except as provided in Section 43-115.1, the annual fee for a license to use a public right-of-way for the following uses is:

(1) Fee for railroad crossing: not less than $50 per track crossing the public right-of-way or an amount determined by the director and established in the ordinance granting the license. The fee will not be assessed for a railroad crossing where the railroad existed before the public right-of-way was established.

(2) Fee for encroachment of historically significant structures into public right-of-way: $1,000.

(3) Fee for newspaper racks placed in public right-of-way: $5 per rack.

(4) Fee for landscaping and appurtenant irrigation systems: $1,000.

(5) Fee for awnings and canopies: $1,000 per awning or canopy.

(6) Fee for placement and maintenance of facilities of a utility operated by a governmental entity on public right-of-way pursuant to a contract with the city providing for mutual grant of rights-of-way: None.

(7) Fee for subdivision signs: $1,000 per sign.

(b) Except as provided in Section 43-115.1, the annual fee for a license to use a public right-of-way for uses other than those listed in Subsection (a) is $1,000 or is calculated in accordance with one of the following formulas, whichever is greater:

(1) Fee for use of public right-of-way, including but not limited to sidewalk cafes: area X market value X 85% X 12%.

(2) Fee for subsurface use only: area X market value X 30% X 12%.

(3) Fee for air rights use only (excluding awnings and canopies): area X market value X 85% X 85% X 12%.

(4) Fee for commercial parking operation use: 50% of gross receipts (which include receipts for all parking and tips less sales and use taxes, if applicable).

(c) The application fee required by Section 43-112 will be applied to the first year's fee if a license is granted.

(d) Whether or not stated in the ordinance granting the license, the city council retains the right to increase or decrease the annual fee.

(e) The market value of the area licensed is based on the per square foot appraised value, as determined by the Dallas County Central Appraisal District, of a fee simple interest in a useable tract of abutting property.

(f) The director shall annually review the market values of licensed areas for which fees are based on market value. If it is determined that the market value of a licensed area has decreased, the director shall notify the licensee in writing that the annual fee has been decreased. If it is determined that the market value of a licensed area has increased, the director shall notify the licensee in writing that the annual fee has been increased. If a licensee is unwilling to accept the increased fee, the licensee may terminate the license. (Ord. Nos. 18119; 18962; 22216; 24051; 25539)

SEC. 43-115.1. SPECIAL FEES FOR THE USE OF PUBLIC RIGHT-OF-WAY.

(a) From April 1, 2004 through December 31, 2009, the annual fee for a license to use a public right-of-way for a sidewalk cafe is the lesser of $2,500 or an amount equal to the area X market value X 85% X 12%, but not less than $1,000.

(b) From April 1, 2004 through December 31, 2009, the following one-time fees will be charged for a license to use a public right-of-way for the following uses:

(1) Fee for landscaping and appurtenant irrigation systems: $1,000.

(2) Fee for awnings and canopies: $1,000 per awning or canopy.

(3) Fee for subdivision signs: $1,000 per sign.

(c) An application fee paid pursuant to Section 43-112 will be applied to license fees charged under this section.

(d) After December 31, 2009, all new and existing licenses for the use of public right-of-way must comply with the fee requirements of Section 43-115. (Ord. 25539)

SEC. 43-115.2. LICENSES FOR SUBDIVISION SIGNS.

(a) In this division, SUBDIVISION SIGN has the meaning given that term in Section 51A-7.102 of the Dallas City Code, as amended.

(b) An application for a license to place a subdivision sign in a residential subdivision must be submitted by a duly-formed and existing homeowners association with jurisdiction over the residential subdivision. If the homeowners association is dissolved for any reason, the license will expire and the subdivision sign must be promptly removed from the public right-of-way.

(c) An application for a license to place a subdivision sign in a business park must be submitted by the owner of the business park.

(d) An application for a license to place a subdivision sign in a residential subdivision or a business park must be supported by the owner of property abutting the proposed subdivision sign, if any, and two-thirds of the property owners located within 300 feet of the proposed subdivision sign.

(e) A subdivision sign licensed under this division, and its placement and location, must comply with all applicable city ordinances, including the sign regulations of the Dallas Development Code. (Ord. 25539)

SEC. 43-116. TEMPORARY LICENSE; DIRECTOR DEFINED.

(a) The director may grant a temporary license on a month-to-month basis if a license or abandonment application is being processed for city council action and if failure to grant a temporary license will subject the applicant to a substantial hardship.

(b) In this division, DIRECTOR means the director of the department designated by the city manager to enforce and administer this division, or the director's authorized representative. (Ord. Nos. 18119; 18838; 22026; 25539)

SEC. 43-117. PENALTIES.

(a) A person using or occupying a public right-of-way for a private use in violation of this division or without a license or other permit granted by the city is guilty of an offense and, upon conviction, is subject to a fine not to exceed $500 for each day that the violation exists.

(b) Any owner, occupant, tenant, or licensee who fails to keep the sidewalks, curbs, and private structures constructed within or over the licensed area in good repair is guilty of maintaining a nuisance and, upon conviction, is subject to a fine not to exceed $500 for each day the nuisance is maintained.

(c) Subsection (b) does not apply to railroad crossings for which maintenance and repair is required in the ordinance granting the license. (Ord. Nos. 18119; 18838; 19963; 25539)

SEC. 43-118. BREACH BY GRANTEE.

The director is authorized to terminate a license granted pursuant to this division if the grantee fails to fulfill any of the conditions stated in the license. (Ord. Nos. 18119; 18838; 25539)

SEC. 43-119. WAIVER.

The provisions of this division that are not required by state law or the city charter may be waived or modified by the city council in the ordinance granting the license. (Ord. Nos. 18119; 18838; 25539)

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

Rita: Lower Greenville waitress, mugging victim

It's not unusual to hear about a bar patron getting robbed while visiting Lower Greenville (not counting those really high parking charges).

There's the occasional burglary of a motor vehicle, usually when it's parked on a neighborhood street.

And lastly, there's the old-fashioned mugging.

Listen as Rita, an employee at Eight Bar, tells how she was attacked on a remote parking lot by four really angry women on Saturday morning.

After the jump, our exclusive video...

By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Lower Greenville
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Dallas Police Department / General Orders and Code of Conduct 421.07

421.07 - Off-Duty Police employment at businesses where alcoholic beverages are dispensed or sold (made part of the General Orders and included in Special Orders December 15, 1994)

By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Legal issues
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