Rudy Bush and Tod Robberson, writers on The Dallas Morning News editorial board, think it's a great thing that police are barricading a car wash on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to force the owner out of business. Yesterday to buttress their case against the owner and rebut my own defense of him, ... More >>
Yesterday in a blog item Dallas Morning News editorial writer Tod Robberson stated as fact that the controversial car wash on MLK Boulevard -- topic of many Dallas Observer stories over many years -- is "a major drug emporium for South Dallas." The strong suggestion of the piece and an accompanying ... More >>
Sunday I witnessed first-hand the Dallas Police Department's new technique to force the owners of that troubled car wash in South Dallas to sell or go out of business. You may know which car wash. The one City Hall hates. See also: Dallas City Hall versus The Car Wash Normally on Sunday afternoon ... More >>
We've been talking here off and on about land owners near the new UNT-Dallas campus in southern Dallas who want a sewer. They think City Hall is deliberately holding back on a system they were promised years ago. And, yeah, I always feel I need to stop and stipulate that this is indeed and for a fa ... More >>
Mayor Rawlings calls this South Dallas business a blight. People earning a living there call it family.
We spoke here last week about a large section of the city near the new University of North Texas campus that has never had city sewer service. Newcomers and people unfamiliar with the city's southern hemisphere might find it hard to believe, but we have substantial expanses of unimproved ranch land ... More >>
Tuesday I talked to Mayor Mike Rawlings about the car wash on MLK Boulevard that I have written a lot about lately -- well, a lot about over the last eight years, as a matter of fact. It's the one the city recently threatened to take by eminent domain. We did settle one point. The mayor said he ha ... More >>
Hey, I have a reader challenge for you. I need your take on something. A week ago I told you the city sent a letter to the owner of a car wash on MLK telling him it was planning a project and his property "will be needed for the project." I said it was an "eminent domain" letter officially notifyin ... More >>
The usual threats and thuggery at City Hall threaten business owners.
You own a business and the land it's on. You get a letter from the city. It says the city needs your property for a project. Stuffed in the same envelope is a little pamphlet explaining how the city can force you to sell even if you don't want to. It's called "eminent domain." That's serious. Righ ... More >>
So now eight years after this began the city finally shows its hand, and we learn the solution to a very old local riddle: Why in the world eight years ago was the city of Dallas sending armies of cops and code inspectors out to harass two guys who had never been convicted of so much as a speeding t ... More >>
So, wait. We're not over Uber yet. The city's attempt to shut down the app-based ride service called Uber and an ensuing special outside investigation produced lots of fireworks this week but not necessarily the last word. We still need to see the big thing. The investigation produced no finding of ... More >>
View Larger MapJust saw this press release from the Dallas Police Department that contains relatively few details about something called Operation Car Wash, which DPD says has resulted in 27 arrests since warrants were first issued back on September 9. The release catalogs the drugs also seized, and ... More >>
Is the mayor-elect's appearance of human decency just a fluke?
Even Buzz finds something to smile about in 2006
On Thursday, Jim Schutze broke the news that the Texas House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence and the General Investigating and Ethics Committee asked the State Bar of Texas to investigate Assistant Dallas City Attorney Jennifer Richie, who's been going after, among others, car wash owner Dale Da ... More >>
State Rep. Terry Keel's office confirms that the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence, which he heads, and the General Investigating and Ethics Committee have asked the State Bar of Texas to investigate actions by assistant Dallas City Attorney Jennifer Richie. She's the city lawyer who was goi ... More >>
Dallas City Hall thumbs nose, gives Bronx cheer to Legislature
Those silly officials from around the state think the law should apply in Dallas
You wouldn't believe how bad Dallas looks in Austin