A couple of speakers showed up at the 1500 Marilla this morning to ask that the City Council to hold off on a fast-moving proposal to rename the Dallas Convention Center after recently retired U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. Former councilwoman Sandra Crenshaw called for a public hearing before a ... More >>
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 >>
Looks like the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission may have written the last sordid act in the ugly saga of Thomas Pak and the Shamrock Kwik Stop on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Records released yesterday reveal a settlement last August between Pak and the state alcohol agency by which Pak acce ... More >>
Former city council woman and intermittent Unfair Park commenter Sandra Crenshaw was arrested in August after she allegedly failed to return a rental car to Budget. Court records show that she was indicted on felony theft charges last week. We accidentally broke the news of her indictment to Crensha ... More >>
Latest twist in the great imaginary vote fraud epidemic of 2012: Now Republicans are nabbed doing exactly the same stuff they have accused Democrats of doing. In a piece in this morning's New York Times we get a peek at voter hanky-panky, GOP-style. An operative named Nathan Sproul, who has receive ... More >>
Dallas PD just passed along word that former City Councilwoman Sandra Crenshaw was arrested today at about 4:45 p.m. at the downtown library on a theft warrant for a rental car. According to CBS 11, Crenshaw claimed she was having medical issues when officers arrested her and was taken to Baylor Me ... More >>
Today, City Council member Dwaine Caraway relaunched his war on saggy pants with a press conference/"Pull 'Em Up" summit in City Hall, and it was without a doubt the single best thing to ever happen to Dallas. First there was the star-studded cast of characters: all of City Council, except for May ... More >>
We all remember the Kwik Stop protests, right? When some black civic leaders led some of their constituents in a picket against a South Dallas Korean storeowner named Tommy Pak, increasing racial tensions in the neighborhood until media braved the Trinity to report on the story and found that, actua ... More >>
So, ex-Dallas City council member Sandra Crenshaw is throwing her wig in the trash on Sunday. She wants you there. Better yet, if you're a black woman with a Korean-made wig, she wants you to join her. (The video you see above is not about wigs, exactly. It's just something we had lying around in t ... More >>
Anna's gotten to know the city awfully well in a very short amount of time -- that's what sitting through every single redistricting meeting will do to and for you. And she was there for four hours last night, even though she's got a cover story due, like, now. And she'll be there all d ... More >>
The end is near ... sort of. The city's Redistricting Commission is inching towards putting together a city map it can forward on to the city council, and everyone -- the public and commissioners alike -- is trying to get in a parting shot before then. Last night's meeting was a marathon ... More >>
Redistricting Commissioners Elizabeth Jones and Domingo Garcia, who have tough and thankless jobs for which they aren't paid a penny, are displeased with me at the moment for nay-saying their incomplete maps. Garcia chided me in the comments, writing that it appears I've graduated from " ... More >>
Sounds like it's time for another episode of Community Affairs with Schutze and SandraWe told you it was getting weird in there: At last night's meeting of the city's Redistricting Commission, the most important person in the room wasn't even in the room. That would be Sandra Crenshaw, cactus jui ... More >>
You may want to bring a bottle of this tonight.It must be Christmas in July or Unfair Park's birthday or something, because there are two Redistricting Commission meetings this week. The second one is tonight, and the main event will probably be Sandra Crenshaw's presentation of her two proposed ... More >>
Wonder if Ruth Morgan's having fun right about nowOK, no one has actually studied the effects of redistricting on the human body, but after last night it seems safe to say that the longer a redistricting process goes on, the grouchier everybody gets. At the county level, we have Maurine Dickey's ... More >>
Click to embiggen Domingo Garcia's submitted map.Like I said Friday, when we looked at Dwaine Caraway and Carolyn Davis's messed-up maps, Anna's heading to that Redistricting Commission meeting this evening at City Hall -- sooooo lucky. (Tell Sandra Crenshaw that Schutze sends his warmest regards ... More >>
Click to embiggen Dwaine Caraway's proposed map, or just look at it here.The next meeting of the Redistricting Commission is Tuesday -- I know, I know, settle down. At which point, the commission will discus yet another round of submissions, among them one from none other than council member Dwai ... More >>
Photo by Anna MerlanAt right, a former Unfair Park-er makes the case for his map to the Redistricting Commission last night.At last, an interesting Redistricting Commission meeting. And a vaguely star-studded one too. Among those in attendance at last night's meeting: council members Dwaine Caraw ... More >>
Photo by Sam MertenSandy Greyson (far left) and Angela Hunt debate Tom Leppert and Veletta Forsythe Lill at Rosemont Primary School in September 2007.In yesterday's item about the District 14 candidates, we mentioned how strange it is that three-term incumbent Angela Hunt has drawn four oppo ... More >>
Sam MertenBrian Potashnik back in July 2009[Update: Cheryl Potashnik was given two years probation and has to pay $50,000 to the U.S. Attorney's Office within seven days.] It's sentencing day for Brian and Cheryl Potashnik this morning at the Earle Cabell Federal Building, as U.S. District J ... More >>
Sam MertenHodge with Larry Duncan, who's running for county judge and is one of many politicos wishing pics like this would simply disappear.If you thought the efforts of former Dallas City Council members Diane Ragsdale and Sandra Crenshaw to get Terri Hodge reelected were futile, think agai ... More >>
Yesterday, in a pitch of live-blogging fever at the Dallas City hall corruption trial, I penned a little missive -- as a sort of aside, really -- about a certain sick symbiosis in Dallas politics between rich white arts mavens and sell-out minority politicians. Between my wife and Sandra Crenshaw ... More >>
Sam MertenWe caught up with Sheila Hill's attorney, Victor Vital, after the cross-examination of Don Hill Wednesday afternoon in the City Hall corruption trial, to find out if he had any concerns about putting his client on the stand. "Oh, not at all," he says. "Don did wonderfully today. The truth ... More >>
What you'll find below is the first episode of what we hope will become a weekly series starring Jim Schutze and former Dallas City Council member Sandra Crenshaw, who've been spending way too much time together in an auxiliary courtroom at the Earle Cabell during the Dallas City Hall federal corrup ... More >>
So I am here, back in the overflow room at the Federal Palace of Justice downtown watching the Dallas City Hall federal corruption trial, and I see that we have come to one of the most fundamental and time-honored traditions of Dallas politics: that fine old institution called "walking-around money. ... More >>
PBS.org Tom Pauken, owner of Dallas Blog Late this morning, Dallas Blog owner Tom Pauken posted a brief piece regarding the death of Dallas Blog columnist Rufus Shaw, in which he described him as a friend and touted his achievements as an SMU football player, community leader and writer. Pauken, a ... More >>
Once more, I'd like to comment the fine folks of the Fightin' 1117 for running such an orderly precinct convention. One of the few, turns out. Our Boy Merten spoke with Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins for a piece running in next week's paper version of Unfair Park -- big doings, don't ... More >>
Some housecleaning this a.m., before finding out how Jessica and Greggo voted last night. We suggested these t-shirts yesterday, but after last night's election results -- Clinton wins Texas and Ohio, though Obama still's the frontrunner among those who like math -- a Friend of Unfair Park instead s ... More >>
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