Ex-Dallas Councilman Dave Neumann Finally Has to Surrender His Parking Pass

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The Observer hasn't written about Dave Neumann since he lost his Oak Cliff City Council seat to Scott Griggs.

That was three years ago. Since then, Neumann has kept a low profile, running a consulting firm (somehow, it manages to have virtually zero online presence outside his own LinkedIn account), hanging out at Lakewood Country Club, and, as D associate editor Bradford Pearson discovered yesterday, enjoying free parking anywhere in the city.

Pearson happened to spot a sedan parked on Lamar Street with a red "CITY COUNCIL MEMBER CITY-WIDE PARKING PERMIT" on its front windshield. Curious, he snapped a pic. Curiouser, he watched a few minutes later as Neumann hopped in his car and drove away.

Pearson suggested that Dallas City Council members get free parking for life. This is not the case. City spokesman Shawn Williams dug up the administrative directive regarding the parking privileges of Dallas' elected officials. It's pretty clear about the subject (emphasis added):

8. CITY-WIDE PARKING DECALS

8.1. City-wide parking decals will be issued to the Mayor and each Councilmember.

8.2. One decal will be issued per authorized decal holder.

8.3. Decals expire at the end of each two-year council term (ex. June 2011- June 2013) or upon vacating office.

8.4. City-wide parking decal renewals begin June 1st each year and will be completed by July 31st. All Mayor and Councilmember parking decals will be provided to the Assistant to the City Manager for distribution.

We've left a message with Neumann to see if he cares to explain how it is that the permit is still on his windshield some three years after he left office. Or, more accurately, was on his windshield.

"We've spoken with Mr. Neumann, who will return his parking decal later today," Williams writes.

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16 comments
MikeWestEast
MikeWestEast

Once again a fine example of our city hall staff at work, mandating an expiration date and forgetting to put a date on the decal.  Typical inattention to detail replicated over and over again in almost everything that staff touches.

Rumpunch1
Rumpunch1

I think as a matter of ceremony, the victorious candidate should smash the windshield of the defeated incumbent and remove the sticker.

You thought the Medrano's bought votes before.

James080
James080

Maybe now he qualifies for an "Ethically Handicapped" license plate.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

SO he stoleparking revenues from the city for 3 years?

Oxtail
Oxtail

All those times I wanted to run for city council but got discouraged by all the BS you have to deal with. But now that I know you get free parking anywhere you want in the city?!  Hells to the yes! Totally worth it!


This is the REAL key to the city Mr. Caraway!


ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

And, yes, the passes should be serial numbered with visible expiry.

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

Same kickass followup by city personnel.

raymondmcrawford
raymondmcrawford

Piece of work. Which is why he is no longer on the council.

WylieH
WylieH

Why don't the decals have expiration dates printed on them if they expire?

mcdallas
mcdallas

@Rumpunch1  I can't exactly see Griggs smashing a window.  But it'd be fun to watch.  And if we go this way, I hope Griggs stays in office forever.  That old pickup is a gem.

roo_ster
roo_ster

@Oxtail Yep, give one to Michale Vick so he can park next to the animal shelter for free. 

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