Caraway Rallies Troops to Shutter Hooker-Plagued Luxury Inn, Over Lawyer's Objections

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Photos by Patrick Michels
Mayor Dwaine Caraway, DPD Chief David Brown, City Attorney Tom Perkins, council members and other familiar faces gather to announce the closure of the Luxury Inn on S. Buckner Boulevard.
If the city's shutting down another hookers-n-drugs party shack around town, you can bet Mayor Dwaine Caraway's going to be there for the photo op, and so it was this morning at the Luxury Inn Motel in Southeast Dallas. Backed by a posse including neighborhood leaders, council members, City Attorney Tom Perkins and Police Chief David Brown, Caraway positively beamed this morning as he announced the old motel had rented its last room.

"The message today is that crime, prostitution, drug dealing -- these crimes will not be tolerated," Caraway said. The neighborhood, he said, "does not deserve to have to deal with these types of unpleasantries."

A statement from the city said neither the Luxury Inn, nor the Sundial Inn a few blocks down Buckner Boulevard, had applied to stay in business after the city council voted to ban hotels in the area with fewer than 60 rooms. The city said both motels "have lengthy history with prostitution and drug use."

Carolyn Davis said she turned up for the presser because she's got another pair of motels she'd like to see closed in her district. "We want some more restaurants and ice cream and flower shops," she said. Ron Natinsky said shuttering the Sundial and the Luxury Inn -- "basically a cancer on the neighborhood," he said -- will make it easier to act in other neighborhoods next.

At which point the press conference broke up and the cameras were meant to follow the guy from Building Inspection who strolled to the Luxury Inn office with a letter from the city revoking the motel's certificate of occupancy (read it after the jump).

Except that the motel's lawyer, Frank Hernandez, took the chance to corner Chief Brown and air his grievances with the city's action -- an exchange that made for much, much better TV.

Hernandez repeated what he told Unfair Park just before the press conference -- that the Luxury Inn had been a long-term residence until the city suggested they apply to rezone as a motel in 1991. That even today, this is not "a hot-sheet motel," and that there haven't been any police calls out to the motel lately. (Neighbors and employees at the Burger King next door told me they regularly see prostitutes loitering around the motel -- even one this morning who wondered what the cameras were doing there.)

Hernandez mentioned before the presser that he'd previously sued Caraway on behalf of another client -- and even with the mayor looking on and the cameras rolling later, he didn't mind making things personal, calling Caraway a "racist" and "a hypocrite" because "the only people he goes after is the Indian motel owners."

Speaking with me before the press conference, Hernandez suggested Caraway was just showboating to draw attention away from "this thing he just went through."

"I saw the police chief is coming," Hernandez said, "and I hope he didn't lie to the chief again."

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Dwaine Caraway with neighborhood leader Darlene Reynolds, who's spent years trying to get the Luxury Inn closed.
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The motel's lawyer Frank Hernandez corners Dallas Police Chief David Brown to complain about the city's action.
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With the cameras rolling, Caraway and City Attorney Tom Perkins suggest Brown remove himself from the conversation.
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Imanjoe
Imanjoe

Fake event for Najinsky to look tough on crime against a former police chief...

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

Fortunately, the Belmont Hotel has 64 rooms

Nachoman
Nachoman

Has anyone been to that part of town lately? Its going to take a lot more than closing down a crappy motel to make a dent into that neighborhood.

Typical Dallas political grandstanding......

El Rey
El Rey

This wasn't about Mayor Caraway. He was going to do this way before he was appointed as Mayor. This was about helping the people of East Dallas.

Thanks for including me as a 'familiar face'. My wife would have prettied up the picture better than my ugly mug.

P.S. Thanks for not referring to this area as Pleasant Grove!

scottindallas
scottindallas

I'm pretty sure the who'ers are indigenous to the area. They'll now just roam the streets. A real bold move would be to set up computer kiosks so they can advertise on Backpages and work out of their homes, discretely.

Doug in DFW
Doug in DFW

Thanks, Caraway for forming the Shame Brigade & saving Dallas from the ho's Willie D warned Houston about.

This hotel obviously had to be go first since it was the one where they shuttled the 1000's of hookers for the Super Bowl. If they had just run some poker games in the lobby, the Mayor could have had Arthur & Archie provide security.

Supernanny just ended its run. Maybe Caraway & Chief Brown can bring it back as a buddy comedy. Supernanny in Big D in 3-D. Next episode - Paperwork in East Dallas & The Mysterious Case of the Missing Pants at North Park

NONE
NONE

more likely condum and sex toy shops, porn gallerys, and head shops....and some paycheck cashing facilities and a small laundromat.....

NONE
NONE

Wonder of wonders. Shut down a building and THAT gets rid of prostitution? Seems the issue with prostitution is PROSTITUTES, not buildings. NOTHING gets rid of hookers by closing a motel. They just move elsewhere and polute another area. Like cockroaches, hookers will be around forever. The mayor should have had Archie and Arthur in his photo op....wonder how they feel about hookers...and MICHAEL VICK too.....

I think the hookers should get a key to the city if they are turned out of their rooming abodes...and have to do the nasty in someone's car in the park or alley....

Ho hum......if the media would ignore this silly clown, maybe he would go away......

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

Can't the city go after prostitutes and drug dealers using existing laws that prohibit prostitution and drug dealing?

Seems kind of thuggish on the part of the city to ban motels with less than 60 rooms after they have already been built. It's interesting to note also that these motels are owned by ethnic Indians, who probably have failed to familiarize themselves with the sleazy ways of City Hall.

Thelisma Partridge
Thelisma Partridge

Evidently the city sees places this small as direct competition for their big City Hotel. Success is guaranteed now.

Clay Morrow
Clay Morrow

Maybe Arthur & Archie want to build Sports bars there since Barbara wont allow them over to play with Dwayne anymore.

Rooster
Rooster

Clowns on parade....

Oak Cliff Res
Oak Cliff Res

When I read the title I just knew that Ron Natinsky would be their... And what do you know it? There he is, Center Stage... Thirty miles from his District, nothing to do with Economic Development, in fact this is actually going to loose the city some revenue for the time being and on top of all that, he takes his sweet time for some press. I wonder how he could find the south for this press conference, but he is a no show or half late at every forum south of the Trinity... The cherry on top has to be Larry Duncan though...

Snookie Pie
Snookie Pie

I was thinking the same thing:duh...what's Larry Duncan doing there?

He's the one responsible for passing the 100% tax hike of the Dallas County School Board--he's president.

Grumpy Demo
Grumpy Demo

Well, I'm glad that with they've gotten the "features" not a bug out of Don Hill 2.0.1b.

You can tell the up grade worked he didn't mention anything about gambling houses and their effect on neighborhoods.

busterkeaton
busterkeaton

So, prostitutes and drug dealers, don't like ice cream parlors...maybe, this is the answer Mexico is looking for?

busterkeaton
busterkeaton

Just wanted to add: I like Frank's hair!

Ellum08
Ellum08

'restaurants and ice cream and flower shops'...oh my!

Alfredo
Alfredo

It's Carolyn Davis, what did you expect

Ellum08
Ellum08

It is what I expect, but it still makes me giggle. Perhaps they can put a Gap there as well.

thufir_hawat
thufir_hawat

Kind of my thought as well. Archie, Jughead, Veronica, and Betty (but presumably not Kevin) will all be welcome at Pop Tate's soda shoppe in the renewed Pleasant-Grove-cum-Riverdale.

Thelisma Partridge
Thelisma Partridge

"...Caraway and City Attorney Tom Perkins suggest Brown remove himself from the conversation"

Oh, so Caraway can call Chief Brown at home at any time about anything (or maybe nothing...) but he doesn't want an "ordinary" citizen talking to him?

Toll Rhodes
Toll Rhodes

What does Da Mayor have on the chief so that he can yank his chain whenever he wants to?

Jay D
Jay D

Looks like an orchestrated campaign event for candidate Natinsky. Notice that the Certificates of Occupancy were "void" as of 1/13/11. Ten weeks later....faux press conference.....

Lolotehe
Lolotehe

Wow. Didn't Frank used to work for the city?

TimCov
TimCov

"The message today is that crime, prostitution, drug dealing -- these crimes will not be tolerated,"

But, spurious calls to 911 and bribery of public officials will be tolerated.

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