I knew back last year when the members of DFW Airport Board said no, to Mayor Tom Leppert and Dallas City Council,we had hell to pay. I also knew if I did not say ,no ,to Lepperts desire to take $43 million dollars from a DFW Land sale it would harm DFW in the worse way.I knew my future service on board was at risk due to direct threats.What the Dallas members did was stand for what was right and legal.
You see it goes like this, 36 years ago Dallas and Fort Worth put money in a pool to buy 18,000 acres of land to develop a regional airport ,because the Federal Department of Transportation told Dallas & Fort Worth they would no longer fund both City Airports,they must agree to close their airports ,and join hands in One New Airport.Both Cities agreed.Cities brought land and sold bonds and started Airport.DOT also put large sums of money into the regional airport,that was purpose of Wright Amendment to protect Cities investment.The past 36 years DFW Airport has operated with out any local tax money ,and has managed to pay Cities back some of their origional investment. Both Cities knew they could not draw any money from DFW other than that investment,any other money from land or gas sale must go into construction fund.
When DFW sold natural gas lease Dallas and Forth Worth were paid $19 million dollars,that money paid Dallas and Fort Worth in full all money they put up for land years ago . That payment meant the secondary rule kicked in, no other money from land or gas sales could any longer be paid to Cities.
Tom Leppert was told or dreamed that if the DFW Board agreed to Cities receiving money from land sale it would be OK ,for Dallas and Fort Worth to get money for their general funds.
What Tom Leppert was not told or did not care was that if DFW board dared to say that it was against the rule and DOT would not have approved the transfer,DFW board was also told that , if Board was willing to give much needed money away ,we could forfeit our rights to future government funding for DFW Airport.
The Board was put in a legal conflict with the Owner Cities and our legal Counsel was representing Leppert and Dallas City Council and had thrown the DFW Board under the bus.
The new selection process put forth by Linda Koop ,after she convinced ,New ,Mayor Rawlings that there was a problem with current selection process, when she knew the only thing wrong was we would not do wrong ,and violate Federal rule so Dallas could put money in their General fund and not raise Tax so Leppert could run for Senate. Dallas has ability to tax and they should use that for City budget not steal from other government agencies.
After Leppert summoned DFW Officials down to his office in City Hall and tried to force them to sign letter committing Board to giving Dallas money ,and they refused saying,they could not sign without getting Board approval,he said if Board want to continue to serve they will say yes.This man said this in the presence of witness in City hall.Board had meeting Mayor Moncrief withdrew Fort Worth request for part of money ,and Board did right thing according to law and rule.
After that day ,when the Board was without legal representation because both City Attorneys were supporting their Mayors grabe for money the Board discussed hiring our own legal counsel,Dallas City Counsel came unglued,I ask a few why,the answer was" we want to know what is going on out there" how could 15 grown people be that petty,the number one economic engin in this North Region is DFW and Dallas City Council wants to know what is going on,that's the reason Mayor serves on Board, how much more do you need to know,I give them quartely reports on DFW.
In conclusion the action taken by Dallas City Council has violated their own ethics policy DFW bond ordianace and operation agreement.They have taken the power from City Council ,and given to Mayor who appoints Transportation committee and Chair.Ron Kirk gave power to Council when he was Mayor,Rawlings took it back.
I also knew when I was made Chair of $ 29 billion dollar Terminal Redevolpment Committee ,White folk in Dallas, would go crazy,because they can not get special favor from me.
Well now you have truth,process was changed because we would not violate Federal rule,and we want DFW to have independent general Counsel ,so we the Board will have legal coverage next time City of Dallas decide to steal money from DFW.
I served 8 years on board before two years as Chair,I have nothing more to prove .Under my leadership I achieved something all the White businessmen could not,Tax sharing agreement with surrounding cities and State law change to be able to collect money,also new people mover system and new International terminial,I'm not sure what accountiability Koop and Rawlings are lookinf for ,my record speaks for itself and now that Mayor and City Council had shown to God and everyone that to serve on DFW board you have to kiss the Kings ring,when my term end, I have no desire to be reappointed again to any board under Dallas City Council I will not go to prison.
My one regret is, I did not report the threat to the FBI at time it happen, maybe its not to late.
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Sunday, November 06, 2011
Dallas County Commissioners Court Must Change.The Court has become a National disgrace for Dallas,County Texas. This Court has turned Dallas County into a group on non functional departments.The Court has cut vital staff,service and made very bad decisions based on personal feelings. John Price 26 year on the Commissioners Court has become the most feared County Bully of all times. We member of Black Community created this Monster now we must correct this nightmare. Let me make this clear,I always supported John Price,he did a lot of Good things for Dallas County,the man we sent to Commissioner Court 26 years ago does not exist anymore,just view the Commissioners Court video on County web site if you don't believe me.We are doing a disservice to John Price if we don't remove him from that seat.The position has done something real bad to John,what I saw last week is not the man I love and ,supported and worked for side by side for years,ran his campaign for office worked as his Assistant 6 years and County 20 years. I say that so there is no question about my motive.I want to stop John Price from harming any more people and with Jenkins and Garcia he now has the rubber stamp 3 votes to do much more damage. People of District 3 have the power to Change the Court ,for the Good of all people of Dallas County. Please use your Vote in Democrat Primary in March surely Democrat Party will have someone to challenge this man.
Betty Culbreath ,Democrat Pct.3536
Betty Culbreath ,Democrat Pct.3536
Friday, October 07, 2011
I watched the Council on TV last evening what was first for me was, seeing people argue over the White people in North Oak Cliff.Black and Hispanic disagreeing over the White people.White people deserve the best Representation possible skin color or race does not dictate good representation. Councilman Griggs should have in my opinion stayed clam and out of the Minority fight.With the City majority Minority the question should be how do we still keep 7 White seats? We need to elect people who will work not steal,create revenue stop raising fees and work for the whole pie not just their slice.
Thursday, October 06, 2011
Day of Democrat Executive committee meeting,I broke my ankle.In fact I was just messing around in North Dallas waiting to go on to meeting.I missed meeting and did not see Vivian Hill sign up to challenge me for Precinct chair of 3536. I use the word challenge ,me ,because before I signed up to be Chair,the seat had been vacant for YEARS .I signed up because it was vacant and not Party activity had gone on in area since Percy stopped being Chair. Ms. Hill claim she did not know she was not PCT.Chair how is that possible? Ms. Hill was always paid election clerk until she became paid election Judge after Percy stopped being Pct. Chair. Now the reason I share this is because before I signed up for PCT. chair with Party Office ,I went to Vivian Hill's home,phone not listed ,put note on door to ask her about position never got reply so I did nothing in secret.Silence gave consent. I have no desire to campaign against Vivian Hill for a free seat, that she did not know, she did not occupy.Since nothing was done in 3536 prior to me being elected, nothing will be done after I'm out of office.The sad part about this whole thing is ,it's all about hating not about Party,election or any thing that will benefit our community.2012 is going to be very important for President Obama and these small minded people in our Democratic party would rather play hater games at Precinct level than to concentrate on the Prize re-election of President Obama. I will not sign up to be on ballot for Precinct Chair .I will allow Ms. Hill to run unopposed be elected ,and see how much work will be done.My current term does not end until December 31,2012 I will enjoy the remainder.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
1.Hold budget hearings tell people there has not been inventory of DFD equipment in 25 years and propose to Council to move equipment around and moth ball some. A,New Councilman Griggs find 400,000 study that was done in 2007 for that very purpose and recommended additional equipment. Not another Council member called the City Managers hand on the lie about 25 years nor why pay 400,000 for information and not follow recommendation. 2.So call money making trash dump idea that is supposed to make 15 million dollars for city some day maybe. A.Legal challenge from private garbage collectors on freedom to do business without government interference. City dictating where by Ordinance they can dump trash picked up within City limits. 3.Redistricting Committee appointed by Council spent long time on process mandated by law. A.Why did Council have these people going through all this trouble when Stevie Wonder could see the map that is going to be approved by Council is one some person had in his pocket all the TIME. 4.Use SUP process to stop drunk people from pissing on yards and keeping music down. A.Any fool would know if the problem your City has is lost Revenue,your priority should be to increase revenue by any means necessary.Instead Dallas is closing businesses that State TABC laws say can stay open until 2AM.City Attorney has always said he does not regulate liquor so how can Dallas close a building that has State license that authorize it to sell liquor until 2AM? 5.7-11 close at 12:00 when its CO says 24 hours and sells off premise beer and wine only.
I am still trying to put my finger on why DMN attacked Dr.Ron Anderson and took on the cause of Parkland Hospital.How could a County Judge who knows very little about County government and nothing about Parkland hospital in 8 months do so much damage to one of the best Hospital systems in this Country.I understand Elba Garcia,when ever something happens to a Hispanic in Dallas County Elba will take up that cause.In light of fact,that man who waited several hours without being seen by Doctor had stable vital sign and 3 year old girl had been home two weeks with cough and fever transferred to C hospital(CMS report said they did not know if that C was for children or cancer)stupid investigator,chart clearly said child's presenting problem was fever ,coughing elevated pressure,were Spanish.Never mind that Ron Anderson developed the best care in America for OB and child birth of whom 70% born at parkland or Spanish with little or no prenatal care.we also had the flap between Price and Luna,Price trying to put Judge Fosters board appointee off board so Elba went to Commissioners Court with agenda clay Jenkins was given agenda by Price,remove full board.Court has two joint appointees and one each that meant,Three Stooges had action at 5 appointee's. Please read full CMS report on Parkland's web site and you will see violations are tectinial and all say possible harm to patient,not one finding says any thing about medical care.Take for instance Mother brought 3 year old into ER at 10:30 child was seen by triage RN ,temp,blood pressure,breathing all done decision made baby suffered bad chest congestion,Parkland does not treat children under 16 so the wrote in chart Tranf,C Hospital.Finding from CMS says child not stabilized and transferred,well C hospital is attached to Parkland by a hall.Child was at Children's Hospital by 11:00.In a matter of 30 minutes this child was seen vital signs done and proper referral to Children's,Parkland was written up because the transfer for for chart was not completed and in chart.Second case woman with stomach hurting was walking down hall,holding stomach CMS investigator ask her what was wrong,she told them she had gotten lost and could not find her was to UCC she also said pain was radiating down her leg and she felt upset stomach,they wrote Parkland up for not having an RN accompany her to UCC and not stabilizing her,how do you stabilize a hurting stomach until seen by Dr.Parkland Hospital has 150,000 ER visits per year they do not have staff to escort grown walking Patients down a hall to another clinic.Woman ending up leaving because she had to wait. Please read report and see for your self the wording and how Dallas Morning News used inflammatory words to make report sound very bad.DMN also complained that Dr. Anderson was taking report light when he said report was technical,it is ,if DMN had any experience in Health care and knew hospital lingo, and were not trying to discredit Parkland they would have known they were technical.The new Board was playing to Judge Jenkins, Garcia and Dallas Morning News ,I wonder if they knew DMN insisted that CMS come to Dallas.Oh ya and that trash being uncovered,report said trash being uncovered even though it was enclosed in plastic,was violation.Mind you all Parkland trash is double bagged and tied for transport to incinerator so there was no danger to exposing any patient to any disease.DMN would have you believe trash was rolling down hall in open container. This has been on my mind since the beginning I was born at Parkland,son was born there,I worked and served on Parkland board.I worked under Jack Price non physician,Dr. Mullen and then Ron Anderson.I had the pleasure of working with Dr.Anderson much earlier in his training prior to being employed by Parkland and in his beginning job with Parkland.Dr. Ron Anderson changed indigent medicine and health care for poor people and Community at large. Judge Jenkins,Elba Garcia and Dallas Morning News have taken CEO from Dr. Anderson's name but they cannot take his Doctor title the one he cares most about.Ron Anderson put the Soul of Caring for sick people in Parkland,its in the fiber of the people.Dr.McDonald said everyone she saw over 40 were asking her about Dr.Anderson its because we all saw this one man change a hospital into a System and improved every aspect of that system.People all over the world are wondering what fools would react like this over a CMS report if Parkland really had problems Private insurance agencies would be all over the place.CMS is a private contract agency that does third party pay and compliance for Federal Government for Medicare & Medicaid they can recommend an action to feds but they do not have last say.Dallas Morning News wants you to think Parkland will lose their funding not likely there are not enough providers for 1.4 million people Parkland serve.Baylor is getting new Medical School however they will not have Parkland capacity for years,guess DMN wants to give the hands up ,maybe if the publish enough about SW Medical and Parkland everyone will run across Harry Hines,THEY WON'T.Parkland is in our Blood DR. Anderson taught us to care about the Patient regardless to ability to pay ,and we do.You can not destroy Parkland or Ron Anderson,he's the Heart when he's gone his Heart will remain in all of us,and all of them still working and to come.No new CEO can take Ron Anderson from Parkland because he is Parkland and non of you will ever understand unless you have been there.
Thursday, September 08, 2011
County Judge Clay Jenkins and Commissioner John Wiley Price Perpetrated Fraud On Taxpayers and Citizens of Dallas County!
Clay Jenkins was used to help John Wiley Price punish Bruce Sherbet for making Daphene Fain and Kathy Nealy angry doing Primary election.Nealy and Fain put X on Bruce's back with help of Poole. What Goes around Comes around. Jenkins,Price and Poole knew State law only allows Election Commission to appoint Election Administrator and Commissioners set salary. There is no State law that allows Election Commission to appoint Interim Election Adm. and Jenkins,Price and Poole knew it.Amos and Warren were used by Price to get Pippin-Poole job.Jenkins being a lawyer should have known they did not have authority to appoint Interim,that's a lie he added to try and satisfy public,his action in Election Commission meeting confirmed he knew. Jenkins has one vote he does not lead the Commission,Price must have convinced him he has some special power or pain medication might have boosted nerve. Another Fraud on people of Dallas County by our Elected Officials for their favorite person to have a job.God bless any election held under Pippin-Poole Fain and Price.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
I must have been very sick my last five years at Dallas County because I did not see game being played by my trusted second in command. Pasty Walker,white woman, who worked with me,and was loyal to the bone tried to warn me ,each time ,I would say,Oh Pasty you don't trust anyone,her answer "I know what I'm talking about".Pasty was the kind of hard working person that put her job first,and she expected others to do the same.Pasty died shortly after leaving Dallas County I miss her to this day. Ava Love hired Zack Thompson to work in Ryan White Grant at DCHHS,I knew he was stable worked 14 years with WDCC, I also worked different community activities with his. I had opportunity to promote Zack Deputy Director of DCHH knowing, I would be reaching retirement age in a few years,Zack seemed like the perfect guy to Lead the Department.I have tried not to say anything negative about Zack or the department since my retirement, and have not communicated with Zack or other staff since the day I left DCHHS bldg.I was housed in 411 Elm building until my last day of work on third floor,Zack Thompson never came and spoke to me after serving as my assistant and making only 5,000.00 less than I.I paid him well I didn't want him to be messed over in the event he was not hired for Director's job, when I retired.I sat on that third floor at 411 Elm Commissioners Court Bldg. two months not one person said a word to me from Department they were afraid of Zack,Zack was afraid to speak because of John Price.Yet John Price had never called me on Zack's behalf. I'm giving you some history so your understanding of why I am writing this will be clear.Zack was given my job same day Commissioners Court members John Price,Margaret Kelliher,Mike Cantrell decided they wanted me gone, and I could not even stay in County building on Stemmons ,Price wanted me out ,I guess Zack did not feel comfortable.I was only Department head forced to leave their office and relocate downtown at 411 Elm.Zack Thompson came to that building every Tuesday for Court never called or took elevator to say hello or ask any questions about work in Department,he was not that smart,he was Assistant not Director ,he stumbled his way through best he could.So this picture is clear Zack ,and I had reserved parking spot at DCHHS side by side on Friday ,I left that building ,on Monday Zack Thompson parked in my parking spot ,Director,and his parking spot next to mine sat empty.Court Order appointing him was not passed until next day.If you want to know about character just wait until people have opportunity to put shit on your clothes without cause,they will do it every time.This man passed up his parking space to let the world know he was Director.this man had thrown the person who taught him gave his raises higher that anyone else ,would not give me respect I so deserve.He knew why and how I was being treated ,so he could get my job.reason I walked that picket line for Bruce it had happen to me and others will continue until John Price,Clay Jenkins,Mike Cantrell are removed from Commissioners court. Now what made me write this blog: reporter ask Zack Thompson about the Wai Wize contract,Zack told him he needed to talk with me because I was the person who brought Wai Wize into the County.Several other reporters also told me this my question to them was,why did he say that? No one knew why he kept trying to throw me under the bus.Reporter told Zack we know first contract was under Ms. Culbreath's signature and job was complete.I guess he did not understand the only reason his purchases from Wai Wize were being investigated was he had to ask Commissioners for waiver to State Law,I didn't.If this man had nerve to go before the Court 6 times and ask to Not follow State law, he should have known sooner or later it would come up.One Tuesday when Commissioners ask him to update them on Wai Wize again this Director who had the balls to ask to circumvent State Law stood in front of Court and said according to front page of Dallas Examiner " I also want to point out that the former director who was involved in this brought this (Wai Wize) to the Court.At no time did any Judge or Commissioner bring any contracts to DCHHS" this middle age Black man is making a fool of himself for John Price and its not going to work.If he believed in what he was doing why does he continue to try and put blame on me and I've been gone 7 years.If he thinks he needed equipment why is he hiding it.The Press stays on him because of his paranoia and he's been this way all along I just did not realize but Pasty Walker did.All Zack ever had to do was show his equipment and be done,he is so Loyal to John Price he is willing to kick everyone under the bus, and for what.Wai Wize did the work Zach sighed off on it so that's ,that's nothing was done wrong.When you think wrong have no respect for others,you go wrong. Zack, I gave many Black vendors work because it was the right thing to do,I confess I sure did bring Wai Wize into the County and proud of it.I also went to their facility to inspect see if they had staff and other resources to do job.I also spoke to communication engineer and he explain scope of project to me.I never spoke with Willis Johnson because I knew Willis was sales person with company not technical expert.I stand by my selection which remained within State law and invoice was paid as work product was finished.Not my fault if you all throw report in trash. I wonder what all the people in love with John Price and Clay Jenkins going to do when they are gone.Cantrell and Garcia don't have a clue.This is first time in my life that Dallas County commissioners Court members are all out to lunch.John Price controls Jenkins,Garcia,Cantrell and himself Commissioner Dickey is pulling alone.Dallas County is not keeping Clay Jenkins no matter how hard he and Price try and tear up Party,Republicans will cross over in primary to make knock Jenkins out.I will stand with Darlene Ewing against a underhand move by Jenkins because she did the right thing.