Dwaine Caraway's Looking Out For the City

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On Wednesdays I keep the city council broadcasts dialed up in the office for the high irritainment value. Besides, you never know what'll happen. Take yesterday, for instance. There were a few things I wanted to keep an eye on, but at the bottom of the bottom of the list was Addendum Item No. 10, something to do with paying Estrada Concrete Company $626,672 to repair alleys throughout the city, most in Far North Dallas.

Initially the item was on the consent agenda. But as it turned out Dwaine Caraway had it pulled for discussion, because, as he would explain, Estrada Concrete has some outstanding issues with the city -- such as, oh, a fence for which it has no permit. Then he mentioned something about visiting the joint and being chased off by dogs. At which point it became a lengthy, riveting discussion about how in the wide, wide world of sports does the city do business with companies that can't comply with the city's most basic rules and treat city officials, including an assistant city manager, with disdain and "arrogance."

In the end, Caraway brought in City Manager Mary Suhm and City Attorney Tom Perkins; not as good as Paul Rudd on Parks and Recreation, but I do love unexpected cameos. The whole discussion's below. Worth a look for those who always wonder how stuff gets done in this city ... or doesn't. Love the outfit too.

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15 comments
libby
libby

Dwaine Caraway and his wife Bi Polar Barbara haven't the judgement or common sense the good lord gave a peanut!

Intellectualdiot
Intellectualdiot

THEY DO NOT CURRENTLY HAVE A PERMIT.

[Just putting that out there for posterity's sake, in case he decides to ask again.]

Brenda Marks
Brenda Marks

Dwayne is right on this one.  But Tom Perkins needs to get his office in order.  This crap should never happen.  Don't they have anyone who monitors the compliance program?  Now they have much more work to do and Ms. Greyson and Ms. Koop have to explain to those homeowners who have waited eons for this work to get done why it's now going to take longer.  And how in the world does a concrete company get to operate in the middle of a shopping center?  Dallas has no zoning that is a combination of general retail and heavy commercial.  You'd think this would have been fixed long ago.  Just another example of how city hall drags their feet South of the Trinity.

RansD
RansD

Go look at their site near I-35..It's a mess

AskTheMexican
AskTheMexican

Ha! I can imagine them being chased by Chihuahuas, would be a heck of sight!

NewsDog
NewsDog

Could it be that Caraway once asked Estrada to hire his friend Aurther and use his buddy Archie as a consultant and they said no? 

Omar Jimenez
Omar Jimenez

"Dwaine Caraway"s Looking Out For the City" Really Now?

Sam_Merten
Sam_Merten

Vote for Bobby Newport, because, well, he likes dogs!

G_David
G_David

Not sure if that's a muumuu or a caftan.  Can somebody help me out?

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

The fact that they had this debate at all makes me somewhat hopeful for the future of the City.  I think Dwayne came across very, very well.

Brenda Marks
Brenda Marks

Agreed.  One can hope that more attention will be paid to the details.

Dwayne really works hard to do right by his district, but has sometimes been eclipsed by what I would call the male equivalent of a bimbo eruption. 

And what's the latest on the pig slaughterhouse?  Can't figure out what's taking so long there.  That mess is in his district too.

mark zero (Jason)
mark zero (Jason)

I believe the term is "himbo," though what he's wearing in that video seems almost ecclesiastical.

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