Crenshaw Manages to Bedevil Redistricting Commission Without Even Showing Up

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Sounds like it's time for another episode of Community Affairs with Schutze and Sandra
We 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 juice addict, Schutze co-star and, increasingly, the commission's biggest headache.

Crenshaw was scheduled to appear before the commission last night to present her two proposed redistricting maps. But in a move reminiscent of that time Marlon Brando sent that Native American lady to pick up his Oscar, she emailed a three-sentence statement instead, which the project demographer read into the record. And they were long sentences.

"This is to serve notice to the City of Dallas," the statement began, "that I will not make any personal appearances before this commission until my redistricting attorney on Voting Rights Act issues has the opportunity to review all of the public and confidential notices and efforts that I have submitted to ..." followed by a list of city officials that included the city attorney, the acting secretary, two city managers and several city council members.

Crenshaw accused commission members of directing the public to draw maps in a way that protects incumbents, of "berating" public submitters and of various other corruption- and manners-related forms of unpleasantness. She ended by saying, "Until my personal attorney and I can be assured that somebody other than me bring objections to those concerns I cannot appear before this body in the audience or at the mike and probably not at City Hall period."

This wasn't exactly a surprise: Crenshaw has repeatedly expressed her displeasure that Dwaine Caraway has been allowed to submit a map through Billy Ratcliff, his appointed commissioner.

"The whole purpose and intent of appointing people to draw the lines is so it will be independent of the council people," she told Unfair Park in a lengthy phone call last week."So you don't try to gerrymander to keep the current incumbents."

But when we talked to Redistricting Chair Ruth Morgan yesterday, she reiterated that it's legal and above-board for city council members to submit maps. "There really is no issue there," she said. "Anyone can submit a map. No one is confined from submitting one. Anyone can ask a commissioner to do the map, as long as it's perfectly transparent. This was done last time, there's no change there. The commission shouldn't get in the business of saying, 'You can't submit one or you can't do it this way."

That still left the issue of Sandra Crenshaw's own maps last night, which the commission didn't quite know how to handle. John Loza proposed indefinitely postponing both of them, which several commissioners immediately said they disagreed with, pointing out that it wasn't the first time a map had been submitted without its creator being present to answer questions. Loza argued that this time was a little different, saying that when a submitter "has deliberately insulted the commission by adamantly choosing not to appear before it, I would say we don't have to give much consideration to those maps." At that, an older African-American woman in the audience laughed unhappily.

Morgan went into a brief huddle with staff attorneys, and the commission ultimately decided to leave Crenshaw's maps in the mix. Crenshaw was also signed up to speak during the public comment period. She didn't show up for that one either, resulting in what was probably the shortest Redistricting Commission meeting ever. By 8 o'clock, Unfair Park was back out on the sidewalk, wondering what the hell to do with the evening. And what, for that matter, are we going to do when the redistricting is over completely? This is way better than TV.

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Bill Betzen
Bill Betzen

A list of the 15 plans still in consideration will be narrowed down to only 5 or fewer at the 8/9/11 Commission meeting.  Here is a link to that list of 15 plans with additional links to the actual maps and the demographics produced by each map; http://dallasredistricting2011...This list also gives the basic demographic and compactness data on each of the 15 plans.

Balch Springs Citizen
Balch Springs Citizen

Sandra Crenshaw...why are we still dealing with her.  Her time has passed years ago...It is time for new blood in the City and County of Dallas.   If we don't get some new young educated blacks in office we will never get out of the Jim Crow era...Oh by the way I am black 47 year old man, born in South Dallas and raised in Oak Cliff, so I can speak on this subject.

sandra crenshaw
sandra crenshaw

Here's one for the Observer, I complain to the DOJ of disparity in the City of Dallas redistricting process, Observer reduces my concerns to being cactus juice addict. Addiction is defined as a physical and psychological dependence on psychoactive substances which cross the blood-brain barrier once ingested, temporarily altering the chemical milieu of the brain. This portrayal is discriminatory and libelous. A political junkie may have been more accurate, except that I hold myself out as a professional in electoral politics if not at least an experienced cilvil rights activist.  The most insane action on my part is participating in the Dallas Observer's smut. But I promised that Redistricting Commision and those council members who are my kin but not my kind that I would excercise every forum and venue available to me to hold their a's  accountable.

Further, the editor chose to use a 10 year old unflattering picture of me in the headliner when a more current one is used in the text of the article  The picture of the offender Chairman Ruth Morgan is graced with a younger more flattering picture as is Maurine Dickey in articles about her temper tantrum.

Hannibal Lecter
Hannibal Lecter

Someone should tell her that the U.S. Supreme Court has stated that protecting incumbents is a valid objective in redistricting. It sucks, but if that's the basis of her complaint she isn't going to get anywhere.

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

Dear Black Woman Of Color

Your time of relevance in city of Dallas Politics is on the  coming to an end .

Adios !

jfpo
jfpo

"And they were long sentences."

I guess she equates run on sentences with intelligence. Have you read her comments here? Headache inducing.

sandra crenshaw
sandra crenshaw

You don't  Just scroll down!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Metroplexual
Metroplexual

@235449edc00f11036c20369e02da07c5:disqus Congratulations for this cogent and well stated post.  I don't have much concernregarding current redistricting issues but I am interested in our city's success.

I usually can discern what you are trying to say but often feel I'm guessing somewhat.I believe that any good ideas or comments you make are dismissed by many on this forum because your previously poor communication and writing skills were and dismissed as disjointed rants, like your election activities in 2008, subject to petty ridicule.  I hope your editor / tutor pal treats you more fairly than that ditz from D Mag did.

I look forward to reading more of your observations and opinions whether of not I agree with them because you're plugged in, you care and you're smart.  

sandra crenshaw
sandra crenshaw

No, I will use the US Attorneys office in these complaints

sandra crenshaw
sandra crenshaw

Question: How was John Wiley the Price able to thwart Inland Port?Answer: Because the whites play ward politics. The port was in John's district so he called the shots and because he packed all of the majority blacks in his district, it is hard for the neighborhood  in that area to hold him accountable by themselves.

14-1 is about creating smaller districts in order to hold John's kin from doing the same in the City of Dallas in quid pro quos with the establishment

cp
cp

Dear Oak Cliff Townie:

So are about half of the members on the redistricting commission.

Addicus Finch
Addicus Finch

She's no different than a whole lot of lawyers I know.

Tamsterbath
Tamsterbath

Good job on shortening up your sentences.

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

Dear Black Woman Of Color And half the others on the commission.

Your time of relevance in city of Dallas Politics is on the  coming to an end .

Adios !

Fixed it for ya !

sandra crenshaw
sandra crenshaw

you need to look at the Factual change in the  ETHNIC Equation .More Latinos .Dwindling numbers of Angelo's and Blacks within our city .??????????????????????What in my testimony and notice of intent to seek an injunction to restrain the city from a process with discriminatory intent, do you conclude that EYE need to look at factual change in the ethnic equation. I hold myself out as a professional with this being my third decade involved with public redistricting submissions to the Justice department and drawing court maps for citizens through out the state of texas.

Joyce is right , she and I live in the area with  largest concentration of blacks with above average education and socioeconomic levels, the largest socioeconomic generators in the City of Dallas south of the trinity all that are at risk with competition with the new Dallas South who compete with Dallas citizens for those jobs, use our public transportation systems hospitals, colleges, libraries and parks but keep their property and sale taxes in their home cities and rent their Dallas homes to Section 8 or violate code enforcement with multiple families living in single family homes. So goes our neighborhoods so goes Dallas. (on down the road in all directions north, est, west, and south)

Sorry tamsterbath, I don't shortchange the community' educational needs on race relations with soundbites.

Joyce Foreman
Joyce Foreman

With your obvious sense of not being inclusive, we have already experience white flight and now African Americans are leaving the city of Dallas in large numbers. Where will Dallas go from here?

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

Not what I would wish and You don't need to die you need to look at the Factual change in the  ETHNIC Equation .More Latinos .Dwindling numbers of Angelo's and Blacks within our city .

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