Interim Dallas City Manager A.C. Gonzalez Says He's Sorry for Cracking Down on Uber

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Interim Dallas City Manager A.C. Gonzalez is now acknowledging what's been clear to everyone else for two months: City Hall really stepped in it with its Uber crackdown.

"I made a mistake. Please accept my apology," he wrote this morning in a memo to the City Council. "I regret the approach I took as I tried to address the situation expeditiously. I regret not bringing the issue before the Council earlier in the process and getting your input."

The approach Gonzalez took instead was to sic Dallas PD's vice cops on Uber drivers and slip a measure that would regulate the company out of existence onto the council's consent agenda, all at the bidding of attorneys for Yellow Cab.

See also: Dallas' Unfair Fight to Crush Uber

Gonzalez' apology comes two days before the council is set to be briefed on the results of an investigation into the city's heavy-handed response to Uber. It also comes as Gonzalez seeks to secure a permanent appointment as the city's top staffer. The episode has given plenty of ammunition to critics, who say that an outsider is needed to shake things up at City Hall.

Gonzalez doesn't step away completely from regulating car-for-hire apps like Uber, but he promises that any new rules will be thoroughly researched and presented to the City Council for full consideration.

"My goal is to turn the situation into one where we can be even more excited ab out how we can engage the community in a positive, problem-solving effort."


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dallasbourne
dallasbourne

Sucking Up 101.  This is part of the interview process for City Manager of Dallas.

jbvance24
jbvance24

SUMMARY of SCANDAL
Deciept, Abuse of office, conspiracy against rights, tampering with governmental property/records.

Top judge of the court along with an associate judge and prosecutor took advantage of poor unrepresented defendant; denie...d defendant his constitutional liberty right when witness was not available and case should have been immediately dismissed. It wasn't defendant was duped, intimidated into filing court documents for reset on false pretexts. Each incriminating motion I filed hinting at illegal reset by the court is suppressed in part or in its entirety, while other motions are deliberately misconstrued to favor the court. The city managers, councilmembers, attorneys and judges all attempted to hide their misacts while I could not get an attorney to help in Dallas because no attorney connected to councilmembers, the mayor, or the courts top judge would help a poor defendant prosecute the courts and individuals who were well connected in the community.
Meanwhile, the D.A., Attorney General, and FBI, connected to the mayor, would not help either. The Attorney General of Texas, who received my information says it represents government agencies and that the local D.A.s and prosecutors have the discretion to prosecute. Because of the councilmembers connections throughout the city and state and even the U.S. I was unable to find anyone at district court that would help. Meanwhile, city councilmembers who knew of the coup that was condoned by the head judge sold out. Two others essentially threatened me things would get worse if I spoke or I wouldn't be believed about governmental tampering and resetting of the records without an attorney, which I could not get. I'm educated that if I speak at council city managers, and city attorney's will try to stage one coup after another to discredit and silence me.

This is essentially how our courts took advantage of a poor defendant they thought was ignorant of court procedures and the law. It's also about how people in our legal and judicial system do not follow the same laws they would enforce on others. They certainly do not prosecute themselves when they violate the law. Others connected to the top judge and prosecutors or councilmembers who have interest in protecting illusions of court integrity are unlikely to prosecute these judges and attorneys either. Meanwhile when I attempt to exercise the will of the people and the soverignty of the people to hold lawyers and judges accountable for their violation of laws, court clerks look for any incriminating evidence in motions I might file before accepting documents into the record. Meanwhile, the council is encouraged to turn on me.

This awards attorneys and judges tyrannical power to do whatever they want for whatever ends they see fit, including violating the law against those who can't afford attorneys. With the backing of city attorneys and councilmembers, judges and prosecutors in Dallas can escape responsibility for their violation of laws.

4-10 speech Ask simply how can our courts be impartial and independent if ...

5-15 speech http://dallastx.swagit.com/play/05152013-558/#18.
Mention that Security had been sent to intimidate me that I didn't have a right to video record. Mayor and Caraway very upset about my speech on court culture. caraway requests "review" of speaker rules and then goes and talks with mayor. Given the incriminating appeal against the court I filed and my good speech, it is likely the city got a warrant to tap my phone or computer on some pretext so as to know in advance what I would say in the future about individuals in the court.

5-22 speech http://dallastx.swagit.com/play/05222013-548/#42 The top judge is not mentioned in my speech. Mayor and Davis; both mentioned in my speech leave council chambers before I speak. But I do not deliver it. I say simply if there are deficits we need to deal with them where they lie. Judge Hill and city secretary are very upset, not just at tone but probably at the fact they anticipate me talking about top judge.

I place request for interpretation of speaker rules, Mayor does not provide.

6-12 speech http://dallastx.swagit.com/play/06122013-555/#32 Mayor wants to discredit me and any opportunity to cut me off is his goal. My speech is about the controversy over coups in our court and how I had talked with some councilmember and promised not to say too much but a balance had to be struck. City attorney walks over and tells Mayor to cut me off and then presents paper note to mayor and city manager, both of whom are laughing at me. I do not deliver my speech this time either seeing as how Caraway, Davis and Hill were both absent. The mayor, as predicted, applies speaker rules more tightly and differently than in the past or compared to other speakers. 

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

Is he sorry that he was cracking down on Uber in an improper manner; or, is he sorry that he was caught cracking down on Uber in an improper manner?

WatchingSouthDetroit
WatchingSouthDetroit

He got caught and now he is saying stuff to get himself named Dallas city manager.  He previously told Rawlings that he didn't see how bad it was that he was following yellow cab's direct instructions.  Anyone that ignorant cannot be a city manager.  Gonzalez as city manager would be like 2 Mary Suhms.  Just another Dallas city hall crook.

Gangy
Gangy

His letter seems to expect that he will be the new City Manger and that he will be successful in getting a majority of the City Council to back him up on restricting Uber and other competitors.  I think he has plenty of reason to feel so comfortable writing such a letter.  We need this investigation to continue through the FBI.

Neal_K
Neal_K

Too little, too late.  The emails tell the tale.  This wasn't a mistake.  It was a conspiracy -- one in which Rawlings was and is involved.

MikeyLikesIt
MikeyLikesIt

"Part of being so awesome is being able to say you're sorry after you get stone cold busted doing some crooked business.  So let me say I'm sorry and that'll make me even more awesome!  I'm so excited about fucking you over in the future"  Lame.  


markmelton
markmelton

"My goal is to turn the situation into one where we can be even more excited about how we can engage the community in a positive, problem-solving effort."  Ummmm...what problem is it exactly that needs to be solved?  Perhaps the community can demand the City Council take strong disciplinary action here to address what looks to be blatant corruption.  That would be a positive step toward solving a serious problem...

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

"Dear council, I'm sorry that I got caught and embarrassed you to even low-information voters.  I promise to be sneakier and shadier next time, and make sure that you have a face-saving out if those assholes at Frontburner and Unfair Park get wind again."

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

Sorry is absolutely correct. Same for the hole council.

Tipster1908
Tipster1908

This letter is further evidence of his unsuitability for city manager (as if this was ever in questions). The words "accessibility ... to all areas of the city" are not an accident. The DMN, the South Dallas clergy arm of the Citizen's Council, and now this this letter from city staff are part of a part of a campaign organized by Yellow Cab to paint their smear campaign of Uber as one of "justice" instead of trying to wipe out a competitor to a monopoly service. We need a pre-mayoral Rudy Giuliani (or his equivalent) to come to town and prosecute this organized crime operation and rebuild from the ground up.

MaxNoDifference
MaxNoDifference

This still doesn't address how the measure wound up on the City Council consent list.

Z0RR0
Z0RR0

I wish we had uber apologies on other measures too...

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

 SORRY ? SORRY HE GOT CAUGHT !


Speaking as one who has always been apologetic when things of my own doing have gotten me in trouble . I know how he feels .

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

Use of police power to obstruct and subvert a local business. This is pretty serious.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

discrimination on the basis of socio-economic class?  Driver security?

naw.  it's racism, pure and simple.

jbvance24
jbvance24

@dallasbourne

login to facebook.com/bettergovernment to see the problems in dallas political, legal and judicial communities and how a whole city involving AC, mary schum, the mayor, councilpersons intimidated a poor person into silence about corruption involving a top judge connected to the community.  the uber scandal isn't the only one.  Its just a distraction.  

http://dallastx.swagit.com/play/10232013-635   go to open microphone speakers    4 min 10 seconds.  michelle brady speaks on my behalf then I speak.  If I were manager none of this bs would happen.

jbvance24
jbvance24



6-26 speech http://dallastx.swagit.com/play/06262013-584/#41 Speech on unethical unlawful practices our city should avoid. Anyone in dallas knows I was referring to courts.
It's clear by end of my speech and the next speaker who follows me that the city attorneys knew in advance what I will say. Allen looks at me as if he knows another trap/coup has been set. City attorney claps his hands and Atkins leaves the chambers and city managers and attorneys look at me and laugh. After my comments, the mayor says this is amazing and says here we go as if he knew the next speaker. this speaker says the things I talked about where committed by the house of representatives. He mentioned David, a friend of Jonathan's in the Bible. He says all things from the father head are mine. (as if to suggest all things said or types on my phone or computer belong to the government) He says I have may things to share with you but you cannot bear them now. (As if the gov. keeping tabs on me is something I could not bear). He looks at city attorney and slightly smiles. (as if he knows him and been put in place by him). Finally speaker says "this is the price you pay when the sate knows all the players and the council sells out. (as if to reference the fact the state knew the city was in the wrong but the council sold out and I was the price paid for their not standing with me.) He says they can continue to do what they want to do. (as if to say when the council fails to act, bigger powers can violate the people). He leaves and the assist manager dies laughing.

8-21 speech http://dallastx.swagit.com/play/08212013-610/#2 After attending a judicial nomination commission meeting where the vice chair lied to me along with the top judge, I email the mayor I had some information about things I hadn't been heard on yet and demanded all councilmembers be present. The mayor gets extra security, which I see at council. The minister chosen to speak is named King, the name of the road I was living on at the time and which the city could not have known. The minister looks over at me and gives a hint that the council would peg me misinformed about the city if I presented audio recordings of top official misconduct. It's obvious the plan is to have me arrested; make me look like I have been uninformed about things; while other citizens who bring problems to council will be treated with respect by security.


 What all this shows is a big brother/police state where people who know of corruption by officials are put on a surveillance list so government can know in advance what a citizen might say or present as evidence and therefore cooperate with colleagues to present some response to make the city look innocent in wrongdoing. What this means is that our founders dreams of being free of tyranny are destroyed. It means that our courts are above the law and the peoples will that public servants elected and appointed should abide by the law is thrown out with the bathwater. This story is a model of how a government can take away all our rights and cover it all up; but for common people its a country of leaders gone constitutionally rouge.

RobertStinson
RobertStinson

@everlastingphelps Frontburner? LOL It took them several days to even mention it on their blog. Sometimes I believe they have abdicated their responsibility to promote good government in the City of Dallas.

mcdallas
mcdallas

@jbvance24 And I thought all dissertations were supposed to be posted on the Dallas library webpage...

jbvance24
jbvance24

Mary Schum announced retirement on 5-16, the day after my speech on the court; her role was in court services!!!  On 6-26, when I give speech she knew I would give; she thanks councilmembers, colleagues for being able and willing to deal with any differences of controversy among us privately!  She believes the direction we are headed is the right one.

jbvance24
jbvance24

Richard Sheridan delivers remarks on the book called Unspeakable, about a witness who saw a shooter on stemmens freeway but who, despite going to the FBI and DPD was ignored and brushed aside, much like I was.  I email the council and mayor and say, isn't it ironic, with the upcoming anniversary of JFK and Sheridan talking about a book called Unspeakable, I cannot speak about the corruption in the courts I've seen without a cover being generated by the council?  The day afterward, I show up and AC, the mayor and city attorney all smile and laugh at me because they know I know, we all know this is all so true, and like the deaf and mute witness who saw a shooter from stemmons freeway whose testimony would have pointed to a conspiracy--no one--not even the conservative Dallas news media has been willing to help me get the truth out and hold our leaders from everyone included AC, Caraway, Atkins, the top judge of court et al. accountable.

jbvance24
jbvance24

When City attorney Perkins retired, councilmembers praised city attorney for his supposed "leadership".  Caraway the great defender of the courts said that city staff should follow in the mantle of city attorney Perkins and that at the end of the day all that has taken place recently was all for the right thing.  Wow! 

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