All The Sound and The Fury From Yesterday's City Council Debate Over Redistricting

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Below, Anna told you all about how fugly it got 'round the horseshoe Wednesday afternoon and evening before the council finally voted, 9-6, to send a new map of districts to the Department of Justice. But many have asked to see the whole debate -- or, at least, what happened after Mayor Mike Rawlings took Tennell Atkins and Delia Jasso into a room at around 3:45 to hash out what the mayor deemed a compromise based on the concerns of, among others, Scott Griggs, who was left out of the meeting (the mayor later insisted he didn't know Griggs wanted to be included).

What you see above is the discussion that took place after that meeting. After the jump is the final overheated two-hour debate that began once the council returned from its final timeout at 6:31, called when the mayor decided Griggs needed more time to look at the map. It's long, yes, but also riveting.

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Mountain Creek
Mountain Creek

All of this because of me?!?    I am so humbled... working on my acceptance speech right now.  Despite all the work, this map can not stand.  Griggs did the right thing.  He's just fighting for facts, here.

Jcherones
Jcherones

The thing that most upsets me about all of this is the entire issue of race. WHY does it always have to be about race? There are white, hispanic, and black members in every district of the city, why do we still, in 2011, have to base districting lines based on that? An African American can surely run in North Dallas (Ron Kirk, anyone?) but everybody acts as if it's a foregone conclusion that on a mixed district, a black member could never beat a white member, a hispanic member a black member, whatever. How about electing the most qualified individual regardless of race???

Hasanmary
Hasanmary

Probably because it is true. District 3 was a coalition district when it started.  Now it is majority hispanic, yet a person of color has never been councilmember for the district.  Blacks have elected a white councilman but whites have never elected a councilperson of color.  You cannot dispute the facts.  I always see comments about blacks only supporting black but the facts does not prove ths.  Blacks votes for whites and hispanics (which is proven in Pauline's district). 

Stan
Stan

I am glad this is on tv.  Dwayne is such an ass.   I sure don't think he should be on the city council.

Hasanmary
Hasanmary

I watch it too and if Dwayne was considered an ass, then it was a lot of other asses.

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

I've gotta say, I really like the interaction of this council much more than the council under Leppert.  It seems like there is much more honest dialogue taking place in open session, and many of the council members seem much more engaged.  I'm also (albeit very reluctantly) developing an increasing amount of respect for Pizza Mike.  He seems much more honest & direct about stuff.

Take the garbage flow control issue:  I didn't agree with Rawlings, but he cut straight through all the environmental b.s. from Suhm and Nix and called it out for what it was-- a money grab.  He said the City needs the money---- boom, end of story.

In the video above, I just watched the interesting exchange in which Griggs calls out the Mayor for excluding him from a meeting.  Then Griggs attempts to ask a very basic question about packing to City Attorney Tom Perkins.  Perkins, shifty as always, refuses to answer the question, and pretending not to know the answer--- for reasons I can't begin to fathom.  Then, Rawlings interrupts, calls Perkins out on his b.s. and forces him to answer Griggs question.

Compared to Leppert (who seemed uncomfortable with dialogue and discussion), Rawlings seems much more confident and at ease with himself--- willing to engage in open discussions.  He also seems to respect those who disagree with him, whereas Leppert basically characterized such people as enemies of the state.

Anonymous
Anonymous

How was there ever a question that Neumann needed to lose his seat to Griggs? 

map?
map?

Can u post the map, or a link, so we can take a closer look?

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

The new, final map is not yet available. I will post separately as soon as it's done.

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