Monday, June 30, 2008
I am a firm believer in public participation and I believe that the council should honor the survey and name the street Cesar Chavez.
This is not in defense of bad teachers, because we all know they should be gone from the classrooms, but I still question if these teachers had all of the tools needed to move the students forward. You have to ask yourself why Samuel and Comstock improved but not Spruce. Should the DISD Administration get off the hook and not be held accountable?
It is not said openly, but I have heard that out of 23 high schools they are all low-performing but 5. We need a change in leadership at DISD. Bringing in all of these corporate honchos is not the answer to educating these young people.
Friday, June 27, 2008
Dr. Hinojosa would have to take responsibility because he has been with the district for three years. No one wants to acknowledge that the district failed these children.
While the district can find money to pay high salaries to some administrators, they have failed to realize the high salaries should be going to the people who work directly with the children. There is a reason why students are leaving the district yearly, bad leadership.
Dallas Achieves is not working.
There were former school board members that served with Mrs Gilliam like Honorable Harriett Earhardt, Judge Thomas Jones and Honorable Robert Price. They all spoke of her compassion for educating all children. Other elected and former elected officials like Councilwoman Carolyn Davis said "All of us are standing on the backs of people like Ms. Gilliam" and Judge Charles Rose said "There is no other person who is better deserving of such an honor". Honorable Al Lipscomb said what we all wanted to say and that was "Just name the building".
The Chairman of the Board of the Dallas Black Chamber, Ronald Hay came to speak in favor of naming the bldg. and he told the board how Mrs. Gilliam had been honored by his organization with the Willow Award which is now the community service award. She was the very first awardee.
Also listed to speak was Minister Jeffrey Mohammed, Arthur Fleming, Brenda Fields, Debra Forge, Don Johnson, Cousin Linnie Henderson, Alpha Thomas, Michael Gonzales,LeVar Thomas, Roy Williams, Alva Lipscomb, Robert Guice, Honorable Diane Ragsdale, Olynka Green (New Black Panther Party) and me.
I do not get it. The vote was along racial lines and Trustee Ron Price played the game. After being questioned by Nancy Bingham, Ron Price talked about naming a school after Mrs. Gilliam if this vote fails. I do not believe him. How many new schools have been built since his election to the board-over 9 years- and he has not named a school after her? He must think we were all born yesterday.
Jack Lowe Jr. is such a disappointment. I have known him for over 30 years and each time I go to a school board meeting, I ask myself why he would move from Highland Park to be on this board other than his company, TD Industries, being able to get contracts. President Lowe insults the audience, seems to be lost most of the time and allows the superintendent to take control of the meetings. Jack Lowe Sr. also worked with Mrs. Gilliam on desegregation issues.
The Hispanic Board members vote shows why African Americans have so much distrust in them doing the right thing by our people. Adam Medrano abstained. I believe that he knew that his grandfather, Poncho Medrano, worked with Mrs Gilliam and his family has a good name in all communities. Jerome Garza's father Trini Garza also worked with Mrs. Gilliam, but Garza has been reckless toward African American issues on this board. I do not know what history Edwin Flores has here, but I do know that the North Dallas community should find another representative. He is awful.
This is a Billion Dollar budget and that does not include the bond program,1.35 Billion. It is not about education but all about controlling the money.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
GOOD LUCK DALLAS ON ANY EXTENSIONS TO LIGHT RAIL.
The city of Garland appointed Tracy Whitaker who's experience includes Vice President of Xerox and manager of the Dallas offices. He has also worked in strategic positions for FEDEX/Kinko.
Compare Dallas appointees to suburban appointees and you quickly see why the citizens of Dallas will loose. Mayor Tom Leppert, Dwaine Caraway, Elba Garcia and Tennel Adkins we thank you for your poor judgement. The other council members who voted for Jerry Christian and Claude Williams were following their leaders.
TOO BAD DALLAS CANNOT GET IT RIGHT AT DART, ON THE TRINITY AND OTHER IMPORTANT ISSUES IN OUR CITY.
Thanks to the persons who recommended me to this group. It was a very interesting and productive meeting,and I believe that the participants in the meeting have a better idea of what to expect and will began to work closer with DCTA to structure a win-win situation.
I am a strong believer in public transportation and will continue to work from a regional prospective in transportation.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
I bet he will get a big fat raise and probably a multi year contract and bonus because the suburban board members know what they are doing and they know they have the president where they want him. They do not care that he still has issues like over six years on the job and still getting management coaching, a billion dollar budget shortfall, low moral at the office, no appointed second in command, questions about contractor Archer Western and the $600,000 oops, and on and on with questionable actions.
Dallas will get left in the dust and you can blame Mayor Tom Leppert, Dwaine Caraway, Tennell Adkins, Mitchel Rasansky, Ron Natinsky, Jerry Allen,, Elba Garcia, Sheffie Kandae and Dave Newmann. DART will continue to meet with Dallas and tell them everything is okay, but see what happens to light rail. All emphasis are moving toward commuter rail in the region.
My strong wish is that people are believing in some higher being and are trying to live their lives in a way that will guide them to life everlasting. Living a faithful life is hard, but believing and trusting in the word can give you guidance and perseverance.
The speakers at times find themselves in bitter discard with Dwaine (Dwayne,Dewayne) Caraway who often try to play the GATEKEEPER role and shut them down. Most of the speakers that are regular speakers at the council meetings are African American. Hence the term GATEKEEPER for Caraway is appropriate. Caraway in some instances have instructed the officers to remove the speakers from the council chambers, yelled at the speakers in a disrespectful tone, talked down to the speakers, and vowed to limit their opportunity to speak. Now the close alliance of Caraway and the mayor starts to take president over the will of the entire council. The mayor wants to limit public input. This is not the way the democratic process works. Maybe the mayor should return to Corporate America where the CEO speaks and everyone jumps or just shut their mouth.
Thank you councilwomen Voncil Jones Hill, Carolyn Davis and Angela Hunt. Please DO NOT DRINK THE WATER AT CITY HALL. There is a reason why the speakers take issue with Dwaine (Dewayne,Dwayne) Caraway and now Mayor Tom Leppert wants to limit speakers.
Nor bear an easy load.
I pray for strength and fortitude
To climb the rock strewn road.
Give me such courage I can scale
The Hardest peaks alone
And transform every stumbling block
Into a stepping stone.
Gail Brook Burket
Thursday, June 19, 2008
The two councilpersons that are saying there should be a tax increase are not taking into consideration that there are fee (tax) increases that are already figured into the budget. Maybe they just do not get it. We are tired of tax increases. Citizens will soon not be able to own homes because they can not pay the taxes.
I was surprised yesterday when I attended the D.I.S.D. Ethic Ad Hoc Committee meeting and took a look at the agenda. The question was raised by Board Member Carla Ranger about the way that the agenda was prepared with little information to let the public know what Ad Hoc Committee would be meeting. It was like they were trying to hide the fact that the Ethic's meeting was taking place.
I was not surprised to hear all of the tongue wagging about the very simple issue of a trustee being able to contract with the Dallas Independent School District. That is very straight forward and should not be hard to address. Trustee Bingham wanted to talk about fellow Trustees Medrano and Ranger who work for the City of Dallas and DCCCD receptively. She wanted to know if they should be able to stay in the room when there is discussion about those two institutions. I never could understand what that had to do with them making a profit from the district. Guess I'm just not as smart as Trustee Bingham.
Trustee Jerome Garza wanted to discuss the fact that the City of Dallas Councilpersons leave the room when they have a conflict and maybe the district should have the same policy, but he never elaborated on the fact that the Dallas City Councilpersons conflicts are not related to them having a contract with the city. Councilpersons nor Board Appointees can contract with the city at their time of service or for one year after serving. Usually the Councilpersons conflict are real estate related or they have stock in some large company.
Trustee Blackburn was concerned that whatever they decide should be within the law. He wanted public input but was advised by the superintendent that their should be parameters as to what the public could respond to. He also wanted a timeline that would allow them to bring discussion to the board in a couple of months. That did not seem reasonable since he wanted to call in experts also.
Trustee Flores, who is chairing the committee, was all over the place. I really thought his main function was to keep Trustee Ranger from pushing forward with her drafted ethics policy. It seems so elementary to me. If fellow trustees do not agree with Trustee Ranger's suggestion then at the appropriate time vote against it. Being disrespectful is unacceptable behavior.
To me the committee wanted to cast a wide net and comeback with nothing that will be in the best interest of the district and its stakeholders. I do not know of any other public agency in Dallas Texas where elected officials of the entity can profit directly from that entity by having a contract.
In Dallas its all about the money!!!!!!!!
On Monday, June 19, 1865, the Union Gen. Gordon Granger stood in Galveston, Texas and informed a group of residents that the world as they'd known it had come to an end: All slaves were now free.
The newly liberated slaves began celebrating immediately. They commemorated that day every year after, giving rise to Juneteenth, a celebration that is now observed throughout the United States.
Enjoy your holiday, give time to your family and pray for those who have struggled to make sure that your history is remembered.
Monday, June 16, 2008
It's amazing that on another site, someone "Thanks" the seniors on walkers and canes for attending a Townhall meeting. I just wonder what trick they pulled for that. I want the public not to be fooled by these people and I am wishing for new leadership in the African American community. District 4 and 8 need new leadership and I hope that people will come forth in those districts and run for council. I know that we can do better and we must do better to make sure that we do not have suck ups to Mayor Leppert and the Citizens Council. If you do not believe what I am saying just check their voting records. Talk is cheap but votes speak loudly.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
invitations and other communications before they are made public. Ms. Lott, the President of DHA, took exception and felt the board would be taking control of the day to day operations of the agency.
It is reported that Betty Culbreath at one point referred to Ann Lott as "girl." Ms. Lott of course took offense to that. She wanted to be clear that she would not be spoken to that way.
Remember that Mayor Tom Leppert is the person who appoints all 5 of the board members and months ago he rushed over to the Housing Authority meeting for a photo op of him telling Ms. Lott that she had 6 months to put in place management tools to correct the accounting of the 3.8 million it received from HUD. There has never been any allegations that the money was taken just that it was not accounted for appropriately. Ms. Lott along with the board began to make what was reported by HUD and Ms. Culbreath as significant strides to improvement.
Mayor Tom Leppert is waiting to reappoint 3 of the members. If they do not vote to take Ann Lott out he will not reappoint them. We have seen this move before when he refused to appoint committees on the council until he got some votes done and then he punished council members who were not with him.
Ann Lott, has done a good job for DHA, but she is not apart of the INNER CIRCLE and will be fired by Mayor Leppert's board.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Dallas School Board,
A very important action will take place in June, and that is the opportunity for you to vote on the naming of the administration building. In the process of your consideration, I hope that you will abstain from your usual slam dunk mentality and consider the facts about who deserves such an honor.
I am a DISD graduate and proud of the fact that I not only graduated from the district, but have spent countless hours in volunteer positions since 1981. I have firsthand knowledge that Kathlyn C. Gilliam worked to make a significant difference in the education of all children. While some would like to linger on style, lets recount the numerous accomplishments of Ms. Gilliam:
Without her fight for the court order, such specials schools as Learning Centers, Montessori and Magnet Schools would probably not be in DISD,and if that were the case, would we have the number two (Tag Magnet) in Dallas this year? She was the first African American Woman to be elected to Dallas Independent School District’s board, and a strong advocate for Minority representation in the district. In 1970 Governor Preston Smith appointed Ms. Gilliam to the State PTA Board, and in 1974 Ms Gilliam was elected to the school board without a runoff. She reached the top in 1980, when she was named President of the Dallas School Board with a unanimous vote. In 2006 “No Ways Tired: Kathlyn Gilliam and the De-Segregation of Dallas Public Schools” won first place at the Junteenth Film Festival for Best Documentary. This Documentary chronicled the community-based activism of Ms. Gilliam and the successful grassroots organization strategies that ultimately accomplished the desegregation of Dallas Public Schools.
Ms. Gilliam has been an instrument in development of Dallas Public Schools from Segregation to De-Segregation and should have the honor of naming the administration building after her.
We need the community to come out in large numbers and speak to the Board of DISD about naming the Administration building for Ms. Gilliam. The meetings will be held at 3700 Ross Avenue. Please show your love and support for an icon in our community while she is still with us.
There are two speaking opportunities:
Briefing: Thursday June 12th at 11:00 am. You must call Wed. June 11th before 3:00 pm.
Board Meeting: Thursday June 26th at 5:30 pm. You must call Wed. June 25th before 3:00 pm.
The number to call is 972-925-3700 ask for Board Services.
Monday, June 9, 2008
Josh Hixson in Preston Hollow Peoples reports that Councilman Mitchell Rasansky was thrilled with the vote by Dallas city council to tow uninsured motorist. " It took me four-and-a half years to get this" Rasansky said. The vote eventually was 9-6 when a vote to table lost by 8-7 (all minority councilpersons voting to table). The successful vote of 9-6 had only one minority councilperson, Dwaine Caraway voting with Rasansky.
Rasansky switched his vote on the DART board nomination and voted with Caraway and Mayor Leppert. Wonder why???????????
Friday, June 6, 2008
Thursday, June 5, 2008
While we should be working from a regional approach, Dallas will find itself the looser in this consolidation. If all will remember, after the Green line, Orange line and the extension to Rowlett, all other light rail projects are in the city of Dallas and they are in the southern sector which would include West Dallas. I worked very hard to make sure that in the DART long range plan (2030) the Southern Sector would get more light rail so that the residents would not have access to buses only.
Where is the city of Dallas on this issue? Where are the Dallas elected officials on this issue? Who on the DART board will question the wisdom of such a move by the suburbs?
Watch this very closely and remember that the region is looking at commuter rail not light rail. There are cities that are growing fast in the northern area like McKinney, Allen and Frisco who would benefit from such a strategy. The DART northern member cities like Plano, would also benefit from this consolidation. How does this benefit Lancaster, Cedar Hill and Duncanville?
All is well with me!!!
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
I am sure that some of the home owners north, south, east or west of downtown would like such a good deal. Maybe even affording such a program to the fire department,police department and city worker would make more sense than using the funds to help more people live downtown. And when did $200,000.00 become low -to-moderate housing?
Is the City of Dallas facing a 50 million dollar budget shortfall?
Thank God some of the public officials understand that the taxpayers are in for a rough ride with taxes in the next few years. DISD will raise taxes based on the bond program,the city of Dallas has not declared, the appraisal of homes are up and DCCCD has not declared. These are very tough economic times.
Good to see that former Dallas Mayor Steve Bartlett is still working hard in Washington. We had a good working relationship when he was mayor. Now he is in the trenches concerning the housing debate by leading the Financial Services Roundtable. As the chief lobbyist for the countries 100 largest financial service firms, Mr. Bartlett is working hard these days because many of his clients are reeling from losses tied to subprime mortgages.
There has to be an answer to many Americans loosing there homes.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Frontburner is reporting that a person that lives near the new Hall Street Rail Station on the Green Line, sent word that workers were tearing up the tracks that were recently laid. DART explains it this way: The concrete pedestals put in place to support the tracks (about 6,000 linear ft.) were deficient. They say that the fault lies with the contractors and their intentions are to have the contractors absorb the cost of correcting the problem. I say watch for a change order.
Monday, June 2, 2008
Ms. Lott has tried to make the necessary changes to the accounting procedures to ensure that all monies are appropriately accounted for. She even has the Board Chairwoman saying that the agency has made significant progress, but her head is still on the chopping block. I hope that the lever is not pulled.
This is the document that was submitted by Dwaine Caraway to withdraw Ed Okpa from nomination to the DART Board. I hate that Mr. Okpa did not know that his name had been withdrawn by one of the persons who nominated him, the other nominator was mayor Tom Leppert. Mr. Okpa felt that Mr. Al Lipscomb was the cause of him not being voted on. NOT TRUE !!!!!