It's City Council Election Time in Dallas. Too Bad Your Vote Doesn't Matter.

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How about this guy to run City Hall, instead of that crop of Quincy Carters down there now?
Every week, managing editor Patrick Williams disappears into his office and reemerges a cranky, nicotine-addicted, third-person-referring superhero we like to call Buzz.

Well, hey, would you look at that? There's an actual bona fide Dallas City Council election this Saturday. Sure doesn't seem like that's been getting a lot of attention lately, which is pretty surprising considering that local god Roger Staubach is running. You'd think if ol' Roger Dodger is on the ballot that would be a pretty big ... oh, no, wait. Apparently it's not Roger but some other person named Staubach who's running, according to the roughly 1,378 campaign mailers we've received at home from this Staubach person -- each one featuring a few dozen photos of the former Cowboys quarterback alongside some female. Wonder if they're related.

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Trinity East's Vapor Chase

We should probably know this stuff, seeing how Buzz is in the media and all, but let's be honest, does it really matter? Wait! Before you move on, know that this isn't our usual general world-weary cynicism. This is a very specific, 2013 Dallas City Council-weary cynicism that's a direct result of the council's utter fecklessness in the gas-drilling debate.

We won't rehash the complicated details, but let us quickly sum up the past few years: Council says no drilling on parkland. Signs lease for drilling on parkland. Council punts drilling issue to special committee. Ignores special committee. Council punts issue to Plan Commission. Plan Commission punts back and tells council to do its damn job. City manager lies and obfuscates. Council apologizes to city manager for making her lie and obfuscate. Council punts issue till after election. City attorney tells candidate not to talk to voters about vital city issue during election that will decide outcome of vital city issue.

We've glossed over some finer points, but you get the picture: When it comes to actually getting something important done and encouraging civic involvement, we'd be better off placing 15 large potted plants at the council dais. They'd be more decorative, plus plants would consume carbon dioxide rather than generating a load of hot air.

Look, it's an old trope in the Observer: Dallas is not run by elected representatives but by a bureaucracy operating out of sight and in cahoots with the sort of people who can afford to pay a select group of wired consultants. We've always said that, but this year the council has really gone out of its way to smack the city in the face with it.

So vote Saturday or not, citizen. Buzz is probably going to sit this one out and hope that someday we can have an election that really matters -- a vote on city manager. Now that would be some real democracy, wouldn't it? Maybe we could get Roger Staubach to run. Anyone but another punter.



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schermbeck
schermbeck

Really? If you can't vote on the charter or Suhm or whatever, it's just not worth voting at all? No differences on gas drilling worth voting for between Claudia Meyer and Vonciel Hill? Really? In a race that could be decided by a couple of hundred votes? When it only takes four council votes to up hold the Commission denial of Trinity East's permits? No differences on drilling between Griggs and Jasso? Kingston and  Abtahi? I love y'all but sometimes you're too smug by half. Incremental change is still change. Voting counts and it counts a lot this time if you care about drilling in Dallas.

lolotehe
lolotehe

Ed Oakly's endorsing Jasso, so we already know her opinion on the Trinity toll-road.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

I know nothing of the Heiress except that she has lots of signs designed to prominently display her middle name, which she tries to embellish and maybe trick people into believing it is her last name, too.. I question her political savvy as a person devoted to politics would have kept the famous name in its original surname location unless the voting ballots print the famous middle name in boldface, caps, or much larger fonts. Generally heiresses should stay out of the politics business.

James080
James080

I put the over-under on voter turnout Saturday at 12.5%. I'll take the under for $20.00.

zactrahan
zactrahan

The part about the City Attorney telling City Council members not to reveal their positions on gas drilling? Show me any shred of evidence that it's actually true. Jasso and Hill were the only two Council members to make this claim, while Davis, Griggs, Atkins and Alonzo came right out and told voters where they stand on the issue.
http://www.downwindersatrisk.org/2013/04/a-breathers-guide-to-voting-in-dallas-city-council-races/

Jasso and Hill....let's see, these are the only two Council members who are facing opponents that have made the gas drilling issue a big part of their campaigns. Is it just a coincidence that these are the only two who tried to hide behind this supposed "legal advice"?

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Blewett's mailer comparing the three candidates in the 14th prominently boasts that he is married and has six children;  next to that extremely important qualification he notes that Kingston is married, with no children, and Abtahi, not married, no children.  Sheesh.......

cynicaloldbastard
cynicaloldbastard

Beware of candidates for city council that raise and spend over $400,000.  They're not in it for anything except big projects, like drilling and toll roads.

gabbahey
gabbahey

"When it comes to actually getting something important done and encouraging civic involvement, we'd be better off placing 15 large potted plants at the council dais. They'd be more decorative, plus plants would consume carbon dioxide rather than generating a load of hot air."

This is the best thing I've seen here in months! 

James080
James080

SOS at the local, state and federal level.  Moneyed special interest groups, super-wealthy individuals and political PACs hire lobbyists to control the people we thought we elected to think for themselves. The system is clearly broken.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

In district 14 we have a choice between Blewett, Kingston, and Abtahi: Dumb, Dumber, Dumbest.

dallasdrilling.wordpress.com
dallasdrilling.wordpress.com

Ohhhhhhhh...you must be referring to The Dallas Citizens Council run by Joel Allison and Donna Halstead who put their inside gal Mary Suhm in place to keep a tight leash on Mike and some of the other council members like Jasso, Hill, and a few others. You don't get rid of Suhm until you get rid of the Dallas Citizens Council people on the City Council first. The DCC even went so far as to financially support the bigotress Hill, so that tells you plenty. Let's hope that there are enough smart people in District 3 to vote for Meyer instead, and keep Griggs over Jasso.

MetroPlexual
MetroPlexual

As one of thousands of low information voters in Dallas I will probably vote for the Staubach heiress because her  opponent has the first name of Leland or something.  Don't know how either would vote on any particular issue but Staubach name trumps Leland at least outside of Oak Lawn.

sammy75214
sammy75214

@James080 That is ambitious! If we have 12% turnout for a Joint election in Dallas it will be a Christmas miracle! 

Rumpunch1
Rumpunch1

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz My take on the kids part was support of his involvement in DISD, which is the next attribute compared.  Although, the City has no actual control over the ISD, it should be a concern for the City Council.  A Council Member can say they are concerned with the state of DISD, however if a Council Member actually has kids in the District, that concern carries more weight. 

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

Ok, we know what they did years ago. Are the married candidates still having regular and mutually fulfilling marital relationships? If you can't get business done happily and often at home, why should it be any different at the council. And please, for at least one poor woman's sake, teach the guy with the six kids that birth control is ok.

markzero
markzero

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz You should run, next time!

Instead of campaigning with robocalls, you could have catcalls.

sammy75214
sammy75214

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Chuck Kobdish has my vote! He's pro-business and doesn't flip-flop like some of these other guys have been doing. 

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dallasdrilling.wordpress.com

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz I think that Abtahi is running on DCC money, although he is trying to run to the center as much as he can. Sort of like Mike Rawlings saying during his campaign that he was a Democrat.

Gangy
Gangy

@MetroPlexual If you want to stop gas drilling in Dallas, vote for Leland Burke. 

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

Leland Burk has gone on record as opposing any drilling, Staubach Gates has been non-committal saying that she will need to evaluate on a case by case basis.

MichaelMacNaughton
MichaelMacNaughton

@MetroPlexual

Jacob King, a candidate in the race who is also a senior in high school, often has a better grasp of the issues than the heiress.  The young man will not win this election but keep your eye on him in the coming years

MetroPlexual
MetroPlexual

@MichaelMacNaughton @MetroPlexual 

I will check Mr. Jacob King out and maybe vote for him as it is unlikely he has been co-opted, corrupted, or otherwise compromised, yet.  It will only be a matter of time though as he will need campaign money and a political consultant firm in order to get elected to any meaningful office.  I wouldn't expect much leadership or skilled political maneuvering from him at such an early age but his vote will count and hopefully be in the interest of his district and the citizens of the city.

The winner will be one of the other two candidates which are probably pretty much interchangeable.

MetroPlexual
MetroPlexual

......The winner will be one of the other two candidates which are probably pretty much interchangeable.  I do prefer a decision regarding gas drilling to be made on a case by case basis rather than complete opposition.

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