All, right, that's it, I'm sick of this and I'm not going to take it anymore. Every other day The Dallas Morning News runs another op-ed piece by some unknown New York pinhead about who should be the next city manager of Dallas, and not once have they asked me. So I'm just going to go ahead and give ... 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 >>
The highly anticipated investigation commissioned by Mayor Mike Rawlings has dropped. And, as expected, it boils down to this: Move along, folks. Nothing to see here. Most significantly, the report reveals that the charges against Uber drivers snared in undercover ops by Dallas vice officers have be ... More >>
Everything looks different if you're John Barr. The mayor has released his investigation of city officials who worked to help Yellow Cab of Dallas combat an incursion into the Dallas marketplace of Uber, an app-based car-ride system that operates outside taxicab laws. Brantley has reported all of t ... More >>
Mayor Mike Rawlings and the new city attorney Warren Ernst want to hold a secret closed-door City Council session tomorrow on a question that has everything to do with the public interest. Watch closely to see how your council member votes. It's a big window. Yesterday we talked about some of the s ... More >>
An NBC5 report last night shows just how desperate Yellow Cab Co. was to run Uber, the rider-summoned, smartphone-app car service, out of its territory. In emails dating as early as May, a lawyer for the biggest taxi company in North Texas hectored the city manager's office about citing Uber drivers ... More >>
City Hall does the taxi industry's dirty work to kill competition.
Noticed on PACER this morning something that's gone unnoticed since its filing at the end of last week: That heated lawsuit pitting Dallas County constables against the Dallas County Commissioners Court -- the one involving allegations of retaliation and corruption, the one that dragged everyone ... More >>
Today's The Big Day (well, all right, a big day) for Dallas County Constables Ben Adamcik, Beth Villareal and Roy Williams and many of the deputy constables who say Dallas County is eliminating their jobs because some of them blew the whistle on Dallas County Precinct 1 Constable Derick Evans and ... More >>
I need to correct an error and an omission. Yesterday I posted an item identifying the lawyer who defended Dallas County Judge Jim Foster from an intimidation attempt by Commissioner John Wiley Price as Ken Barr. Wrong, wrong, wrong. Ken Barr is a former mayor of Fort Worth and member of the ... More >>
A couple of weeks back I got sucked into watching, yet again, Bomb It, Jon Reiss's extraordinary documentary about graffiti culture from NYC to Tokyo and all spray-painted points in between. Seemed a good time to stop down for the video rewind, what with Oak Cliff attorney John Barr's having been ap ... More >>
Photos by Patrick MichelsDallas is cleaning up its image before the Super Bowl. We'll start with Dealey Plaza.As quiet as Dealey Plaza's been since the truth-bearing publishers were cleared out, you could forgive a few tourists for being concerned this morning to find the place crawling with cops ... More >>
Soda Blast SystemsHad a very long, very off-the-record chat with don't-call-him-Graffiti-Czar John Barr late last week, during which he dropped the hint that this week, the city would roll out some new tech aimed at power-washing the hell out of the city. But the Oak Cliff attorney, who's been re ... More >>
Flickr user: Marcia CirilloFrom '06, some of Tony Bones's work on the Kelly-Moore Paint Co. building on Garland RoadOK, so Oak Cliff lawyer John Barr doesn't want to be called the graffiti czar. Fine. Not the point. This is: Scott Henson, who serves Grits for Breakfast, penned an item this mornin ... More >>
Sam's at City Hall for the council's Love Field briefing, but he got there in time for the 1:30 announcement of the city's new "graffiti czar," attorney John Barr. Only, Barr told Sam in their post-announcement chat, "Don't write that I'm a czar." Whoops. My bad.Anyway. You remember Barr, right? ... More >>
Richard AllenSpace restraints prevented us from including our interview with Richard Allen, CEO of The Allen Group, in this week's look at departing Dallas County Judge Jim Foster -- available wherever paper versions of Unfair Park are given away tomorrow. Of course, TAG is developing the Dallas ... More >>
Constable Jaime CortesDuring a last-minute hearing this afternoon, a judge ordered that data seized from Precinct 5 Constable Jaime Cortes's office computer be returned -- only, not to Cortes, as his lawyers, Larry Friedman and Domingo Garcia, had demanded, but to the court, where it will remain ... More >>
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State District Judge John Marshall is snared in allegations of misconduct
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