Shipped off a little Christmas Eve bundle to DART legal affairs this afternoon -- the letter's after the jump. What we are looking for: How many, if any, of Mayor Tom Leppert’s political team received lucrative DART contracts. I await DART’s response, as always, with breath both bated and baited. And God bless us, every one -- some, more than others? --Jim Schutze
From: Jim Schutze
Hyattye O. Simmons, General Counsel DART 1401 Pacific Avenue Box 660163 Dallas, TX 75266
Via fax at 214 749 3660 and by regular mail
Dear Mr. Simmons:
This request is made under the Texas Public Information Act, Chapter 552, Texas Government Code, which guarantees the public's access to information in the custody of governmental agencies.
I demand access to the following information:
2006 and 2007 MWBE/DBE Report, projected and actual (include listing of all vendors and amounts).
List of all 3rd tier known MWBE/DBE firms on any contract or subcontract with DART.
List of all contracts with Wai-Wize, JBJ Marketing, Carcon Construction, Triune Construction, UBS, Lazo Technology and Dikita Engineering. Date, scope and amounts for all of the above.
All audits of project Management Department of DART from 1/2005 to present.
In the interest of expediency, I would be pleased to personally examine the relevant records.
Please communicate with me by telephone rather than by mail. My telephone number is: 214 757 8460.
Disclosure of this information is in the public interest because providing a copy of the information primarily benefits the general public. I therefore demand a waiver of all fees and charges pursuant to Section 552.267 of the act.
Jim Schutze firstname.lastname@example.org
Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.