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You're gonna kill the what????

How can you look into those big eyes and say, Sorry, little girl, but we are going to mow the native flowers and kill all the little birdies at Winfrey Point. Now get out of my way!

More photos from the Save Winfrey Point Rally @ Arboretum - click here
By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Dallas City Hall
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No mowing at Winfrey Point this weekend - CM Sheffie Kadane

Photo - Copyright 2012 / Avi S. Adelman

 

Dallas City Council Member Sheffie Kadane, standing in front of >100 supporters of the natural Texas prairie land area at Winfrey Point / White Rock Lake, announced early this afternoon there will be no mowing in order to create parking lots this weekend (for the Arboretum's Chihuly exhibit).

Even though the temporary legal agreement between residents and the Park / Recreation allows it, they won't be mowing. He is not supporting turning this unique and almost the last area of original untouched prairie into parking lots, and he is not going to let anyone destroy the two-year old baseball fields, which he credits with reviving Little League in Dallas.

He noted the deal to allow the area to be used for parking lots was a private agreement between the department and the Arboretum, which are usually not brought to the City Council for review.

Follow the story on the DMN blog - click here.

Save Winfrey Point community website - click here

Photos from Friday afternoon informal rally @ Winfrey Point - click here

Photos from Saturday morning rally @ Arboretum entrance - click here

By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Dallas City Hall
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Lost Society lawsuit against BD tossed into a pile of meth-covered towels, set on fire and dismissed forever!

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." - quote attributed to Mahatma Gandhi

The libel/defamation/slander/copyright infringement lawsuit filed in December 2010 against BarkingDogs.org and its publisher by the purported owner of now-closed forever club Lost Society, Fernando Rosales, has been dismissed in a summary judgement. The order was signed by Dallas County Judge Mark Greenberg on Friday, April 27, 2012, in a hearing that lasted about 30 seconds. The motion orders Fernando Rosales to pay reasonable costs incurred by BD and his attorneys in their defense of the suit, which was filed in December 2010.

No-Evidence Motion to Dismiss Lost Society vs BarkingDogs lawsuit, signed April 27, 2012

BD was represented pro bono by attorneys at the Dallas law firm of Vinson & Elkins, at the request of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press based in Arlington VA. RCFP has been working with BD since he was first subpoenaed by Rosales and his attorney in November 2010 over a lawsuit between Rosales and Lowest Greenville property owner Andres Properties. Andres had locked-out Rosales and bar co-owner Brightman Nwatu after a shooting left a Lost Society patron dead on the Char Bar parking lot in June 2010. A few days after the shooting, Nwatu was taken into custody by DHS’ Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers because he was an illegal alien who should have been deported nearly seven years ago, but managed to evade authorities. The TABC filed charges against Nwatu and Rosales for presenting false papers about the ownership of the bar in his application for a TABC license.

Rosales was represented in this civil action by ambulance-chasing attorney Armando Miranda, who is currently serving the second of two suspended probations related to his law practice by the Texas Bar Association. Rosales was not represented at the Friday hearing. Rosales can't even pay his attorneys because he is sitting in the Rockwall County Jail. BD's lawyers filed the motion only after months of playing phone tag with Miranda and his assistant, who had promised cross-their-hearts-hope-to-die their client would listen to reason and drop the lawsuit.

By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Legal issues
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Advocacy group: new study shows when Walmart comes to your neighborhood, expect lost jobs and millions in lost in wages

SEATTLE, April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — A new report from Puget Sound Sage, a Seattle economic policy advocacy organization, and authored by economic impact expert Dr. Chris Fowler of the University of Washington, reveals that each new Walmart store opening in a Puget Sound neighborhood will result in a net loss of $13 million of net economic output and $14 million in lost wages over the 20 year life of the store. A copy of the report can be found here.

Dr. Fowler is one of the first in the nation to use detailed economic analysis to determine the impact of a new Walmart "neighborhood market" and stands in direct contrast to the academically weak reports commissioned by Walmart to promote its expansion in urban areas in recent years.

Click here for the complete story

By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Lower Greenville
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A plea to Angela Hunt - Stop the toll road, don't save Lowest Greenville!

Dallas City Council Member NSA Hunt is quoted in today's DMN Transportation blog in regards to the Trinity Toll Road...

Doing [another ballot initiative to stop the Toll Road] so would take too much time and energy away from the goals she's set for her final year on the council, including work on lower Greenville and the extension of the Katy Trail, she said.

Angela, we beg you - Get up and do whatever it takes to stop the toll road. You have killed Lowest Greenville beyond your wildest dreams. It's a ghost town here now. There's no chance of getting any more of your so-called improvements on the next bond issue anyways past the City Council or Mary Suhm when there are so many more important issues - like streets and sewers - to take care of before we put pretty sidewalks in front of empty storefronts.

So we beg you, go forth and stop the toll road. Any more of your improvements on Lowest Greenville (like the WalMart across the street from my house) will put my property values into negative territory.

By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Lower Greenville
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