Mike Rawlings Gives Good Beachhead

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Courtesy Mike Rawlings campaign
Council members Tennell Atkins and Vonciel Jones Hill with Mike Rawlings at Southwest Center Mall Friday
Mayoral Mike Rawlings just posted to his campaign website his Southern Sector Development Plan, which kicks off by ID'ing what the former Pizza Hut CEO and Park Board president refers to as "key beachheads": Bishop Arts & Jefferson Avenue, Pinnacle Park/Mountain Creek, Lancaster Kiest Transportation Corridor, Paul Quinn/UNT Dallas Education Corridor, West Dallas and Far Southwest Dallas. Each beachhead will get its own team with its own leader, each of whom will be charged with cooking up a three-year plan while also delivering "Quarterly Deliverables." (And who says this mayoral race is boring?)

An excerpt:
Beachhead Leadership Teams - As Mayor, I will work to recruit and appoint stakeholder teams for each of the six beachheads identified above. These teams will be lean and efficient, true to their name, and will include stakeholders from both the investor side and the community side including developers, neighborhood leaders, city planners, philanthropists and foundation representatives, neighborhood school leaders and urban design specialists. They will report directly to the Mayor and the Council member of the area they are representing. Working together, this group will establish short-term goals, set priorities and work in the public and private arenas to move their plan forward.

Three-Year Plans - Each of the Beachhead Teams will be asked to draft and submit a three-year plan. We want everyone informed and on the same page about what the overall vision is, and how we will get there. These plans will be the roadmap to success for the stakeholders and it will be a blueprint for investors, neighbors and others. And they will be used to track progress and measure short-term successes. These plans will include criteria for success, the tools needed to accomplish the job, who is accountable for each part of the plan, and a schedule of short-term and long-term deliverables. One lesson that I have learned as a CEO and as a volunteer leader, it's great to have a vision, but you must be able to break it down into everyday actions.
Read the whole thing for yourself while wondering whatever became of that other dude's Southern Sector Task Force.
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Robbie Good
Robbie Good

True success for neighborhoods lies in the building of community. Oak Cliff has done it incredibly well, despite City Hall, not because of it. (Note: recently City Hall has taken notice and gotten involved but it took at least 5 years...)

I foresee problems with both parts of this plan, especially the 3 year plan. Sure, its not a bad thing to have goals, but this is sort of thing that divides communities instead of building them. What if one stakeholder's goals are different from the activists? What happens when you bring in different races and class groups into the mix? What do you do with the successful planning that has already occured?

This is something that has to be done organically and it has to come from an inspired community. One person inspires another and that person starts something of their own.

True progress comes from the people, not the government.

Likeicare
Likeicare

won't he have to get rid of JWP to get anything done in south Dallas?

Hasanmary
Hasanmary

At least he has a plan. What the hell has the rest offered? I am sure the other will come up with a plan now. They usually follow the soup. Rawlin comes up with a plan and the rest follow.

lorlee
lorlee

This is just so much consultant BS dreamed up for the election. (And I have authority to say that, since I have dreamed up plenty of it in the many campaigns I have managed.

We have PLENTY of Plans. We need some actual action.

Hasanmary
Hasanmary

Hi Lorlee. At least Rawlins has the connections to make his plan work. You can't say that for the other candidates. With the federal government making cuts and the state making cuts, we need someone who can sell Dallas to businesses. We need economic development in the southern sector. Natinsky has never supported anything in the southern sector. Kunkle is a follower, not a leader.

Oak Cliff Res
Oak Cliff Res

You can't have actual action unless you're in the actual seat. But how can you vote for anyone that doesn't have any plan (Kunkle), vote for anyone who's plan only helps out north dallas (Natinsky), or vote for anyone who's plan only helps out Africa (Okpa). Rawlings is the only candidate who was first to say not to raise taxes (which was then followed by the other three), who first gave an education plan (which was then followed by Kunkle and Natinsky, I'm sure Okpa would have followed too if he had a clue what was going on in this election), and was the first to give a TRUE plan for the Southern Sector. Which will probably be followed as before. Also, please remember that Natinsky tried the same with the West Dallas corridor a few weeks ago. Only problem was it was City of Dallas staff proposal that he tried to take credit for by announcing it with his yard signs present and Ed Oakley and Delia Jasso and Randall White who is West Dallas Chamber Board member and Natinsky's paid web designer.

If Kunkle is such a neigborhood person, he (Laura Miller rather) should have been the first to come up with a plan for economic development in the south, if he really wants to change the look of the neighborhood... He's such a grassroots person... And I really hate that term because it's said in that form as if the only place you can find black votes is if you look low or beneath a rock. And until the southern sector is turned around and hopefully this PLAN can spur that change nothing will change the perception of it. It's a crying shame that not only can the entire City of Atlanta fit in the southern sector and the entire City of Frisco has a bigger tax base, but 60 % of the undeveloped land in Dallas is south of the trinity and southern sector only contributes 15% to the tax base.

Anyone who doesn't have a PLAN to want to change that shouldn't want to even consider running for Mayor.

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

Lots of words clustered together do not a Plan make

Yoda ?

md
md

See Obama and his "deficit reduction plan."

Hasanmary
Hasanmary

Rawlin gets blasted for everything he says but when the other candidates follow him, you see nothing wrong. Rawlin talks about education and you people say he should run for school board. Kunkle follows Rawlin's lead but I don't see anyone telling him to run for the school board. Have you ever heard monkey sees, monkey does? It appears that your candidate is more of a follower than a leader which is my point for those of you who don't get it.

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

Its that monkey part that is so true ....

I so want to vote no for mayor but that is not an option.

DoubleOJoe
DoubleOJoe

BUZZWORD BINGO!

I have "stakeholder", "efficient", "move forward", "roadmap to success", and "deliverables" in a row. And to think I used to just play this game at work.

What do I win?

Titus Groan
Titus Groan

Beachheads? The language of politics just gets dumber and more surreal.

You don't partner with beachheads. You storm them, take them over by force, and wipe out the occupying enemy. Is that really what a white man wants to portray to South Dallas as his vision?

md
md

Beachhead is also defined as: "a secure initial position that has been gained and can be used for further advancement; foothold: 'The company has won a beachhead in the personal computer market.'"

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

Beachhead ? All that brain power and Beachhead is the best term he can come up with ?BTW His claimed Mountain Creek Beach head is Flood plain and Grand Prairie.Pinnacle Park is the area bordered by Westmorland@ Ft-Worth ave Chalk Hill RD @ Davis To the south and 30 and the same streets to the north. Not the other side of loop 12. About a mile away.

EastDallas4Life
EastDallas4Life

This dude looks like a bigger dork in one photo than I did in all my high school photos combined.

Bob
Bob

Robert,

Why did Uncle Wick call this a "boring" race and say that Dallas citizens are "content"? I mean, I know he does not live in Dallas, but he does follow Dallas politics. There's a lot of discontent with our political system and the big issues of the day.

Homelessbumatcliffmanor
Homelessbumatcliffmanor

great, instead of building a "bridge to nowhere", we are building a bridge to a beachhead full of pawn shops, junk yards and crackhouses

abuckley1970
abuckley1970

sweet mother of mike...another damn plan. we don't need plans - we need implementation of the plans we already have in place. the previous plans weren't failures...the implementation process was. Plans collect dust - much like I do while waiting on change.

NotAnotherTaskForce
NotAnotherTaskForce

This is no different than the Mayor's Southern Sector Task Force, which met under Leppert's administration for a good 18 months or so, issued its reports, and then nothing happened. At all.

This is exactly the same thing ... all over again.

And how is this supposed to mesh with all the other planning for Oak Cliff, West Dallas, etc. which is currently underway and has been for 12-18 months? How many new task forces, new leaders, new planning over a 3-year period are we supposed to endure.

'Beachhead'. It is a military term. That should tell you something. Run in the opposite direction as fast as possible.

wascallywabbit
wascallywabbit

I'm voting for George W. I heard when it comes to budgets he's fiscally sound and has the resume to prove it!

Uptown Rules!
Uptown Rules!

That's nice for Oak Cliff, but what about South Dallas? Not a one "beachhead" there, like maybe near Fair Park? Or is that area doing really well these days?

Heywood U Buzzoff
Heywood U Buzzoff

Sounds reasonable so Belo must be preparing to slime his tush in 3 ... 2 ... 1

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