Last week, Dwaine Caraway sent us a little pre-Thanksgiving note. It read, in full:
We are pleased to invite you to the District Four Community Celebration, on Monday, December 3 from 10am-2pm. The event will be held in the 6th Floor Flag Room at Dallas City Hall.
Hosted by Councilman Dwaine Caraw ... More >>
Last week we told you about Cat Lafitte, the police officer fired for getting into a brawl with a Plano hospital orderly and bragging about it on Facebook. Lafitte filed a complaint with the city's Ethics Advisory Commission, alleging that her superiors had created a hostile work environment and the ... More >>
"That's right," Cat Lafitte wrote in an email to the Observer about a month ago. "I'm the idiot Facebook cop."
If you don't remember Cat Lafitte's name, you may remember her actions: She was one of three police officers fired in June 2011 for violating department policy. Lafitte's offenses, accordi ... More >>
Yesterday we took a sneak peek at City Auditor Craig Kinton's audit that reveals the city's code of ethics comes up awful short. As in, for starters: It doesn't explicitly offer whistle-blowers protection. It doesn't task one City Hall monitor with keeping the city on the up-and-up. Its ethics co ... More >>
Shortly before the holidays, Leslie sat in on an Ethics Advisory Commission get-together during which its members stewed in an existential funk, asking themselves such questions as: ""Are we accomplishing what we were created to accomplish?" And: "What does the culture of ethics look like?" And: ... More >>
Ethics: They're hidden somewhere in City Hall, and it's a tough case to crack.Since becoming Mayor, Mike Rawlings has been consistently passionate about a few key things: South Dallas, DISD, pizza, economic development, Halloween, ethics reform -- not necessarily in that order. On Rawlings's ... More >>
Randy SkinnerOK, so maybe stench is too strong a word. (Schutze is shaking his head no.) This is actually what council member Jerry Allen said when kicking off today's meeting of the council's Budget, Finance and Audit Committee: There's an "image problem" at City Hall, which has been "tainted by ... More >>
From Carlos Medrano for JP CampaignCarlos and Pauline MedranoTill a few minutes ago, Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Pauline Medrano and I had been playing a marathon game of phone tag in recent days, following District 2 council candidate Billy MacLeod's efforts to get the city, county and even the Departm ... More >>
Louise BlackFinally, Project Runway returns tonight at 9 on its new home at Lifetime -- and, if nothing else, Jon Stewart shares my enthusiasm. Of course, locals have two good reasons to take note of this dramatically long-delayed season: And as we've mentioned a couple of times, Shirin Askari of ... More >>
Brian HarkinDave Neumann's financial prowess has been questioned once again.A supporter of Casey Thomas filed an ethics complaint Monday against Dave Neumann, who's being challenged by Thomas for his District 3 city council seat, claiming he violated the Dallas City Code. Brian Wesley alleges Neuman ... More >>