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AN EMERGENCY PHYSICIAN.

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GOOD EVENING.

UH, IT IS 6:30 PM WE HAVE A QUORUM PRESENT

[Charter Review Commission on March 26, 2024.]

HERE FOR THE DALLAS CITY CHARTER REVIEW COMMISSION.

UH, THIS MEETING IS HEREBY CALL TO ORDER.

UH, WE'LL BEGIN TONIGHT'S MEETING WITH PUBLIC SPEAKERS.

ANY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC INTERESTED IN SPEAKING TO THE BODY, OR WELCOME TO SIGN UP ONLINE FOR FUTURE MEETING.

UH, WE HAVE A LOT OF REGISTERED PUBLIC SPEAKERS TONIGHT, AS YOU CAN TELL.

SO EACH SPEAKER WILL HAVE ONE MINUTE TO SPEAK.

STAFF THIS TIME WILL CALL YOUR NAME AND THE ORDER YOU'RE SIGNED UP.

AND DUE TO THE VOLUME OF SPEAKERS AND THE AMOUNT OF BUSINESS WE HAVE FOR TONIGHT, I'M GONNA ASK STAFF TO BE STRICT IN ENFORCING THE TIME LIMIT.

WE RECEIVED MANY EMAILS AND HEARD FROM MANY OF YOU, UH, ABOUT THE ITEMS WE HAVE TONIGHT, AND WE'VE REVIEWED THOSE.

I KNOW I'VE REVIEWED THOSE, AND THEY'VE BEEN PROVIDED TO THE COMMISSION MEMBERS.

UH, WE SINCERELY APPRECIATE YOUR ENGAGEMENT IN THIS PROCESS, AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR INPUT.

IF YOU'D LIKE TO PROVIDE FURTHER COMMENTS BEYOND YOUR WOMEN ALLOTMENT TONIGHT, YOU CAN SEND THEM TO THE FOLLOWING, UH, CHARTER REVIEW@DALLAS.GOV.

WITH THAT, I'LL HAND IT OVER TO JAKE ANDERSON, WHO WILL CALL OUR SPEAKERS.

ALL RIGHT.

GOOD EVENING.

UM, WHAT I'M GONNA DO IS CALL PEOPLE FIVE AT A TIME SO YOU KNOW THE ORDER THAT YOU'RE GOING IN.

UM, AND I WILL SET A TIMER THAT YOU'LL HEAR GO OFF FOR, UH, ONE MINUTE ONCE YOU START SPEAKING.

UM, THE FIRST SPEAKER'S GONNA BE AMY MEADOWS, THEN SCOTT GOLDSTEIN, THEN BRIT WILLIAMS, THEN RUSS COLEMAN, THEN TIFFANY DAVIDS.

SO, MS. MEADOWS, YOU CAN COME, COME ON DOWN.

ALRIGHT.

NO, MS. MEADOWS.

SO, MR. GOLDSTEIN, GOOD EVENING CHAIR COMMISSIONERS.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.

UH, MY NAME'S SCOTT GOLDSTEIN.

I'M PROUD TO SERVE AS THE PARK AND RECREATION BOARD MEMBER FOR DISTRICT 10 REPRESENTING LAKE HIGHLANDS AND COUNCIL MEMBER KATHY STEWART.

THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR UNANIMOUS VOTE EARLIER THIS MONTH AGAINST AMENDMENTS TO UNDO DALLAS PARKS INDEPENDENCE.

MUCH HAS BEEN SAID AND WRITTEN IN RECENT WEEKS ABOUT HOW AMENDMENT 1 0 3 WOULD SHATTER THE SECRET SAUCE THAT HAS MADE OUR PARKS DEPARTMENT A SUCCESS.

WE URGE YOU TO CAREFULLY CONSIDER THE IMPLICATIONS OF THIS AMENDMENT AND THE OVERWHELMING OPPOSITION AND FORMER PARKS DIRECTORS, CURRENT AND FORMER PARK BOARD AND CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, CONSTITUENTS FROM ALL OVER THE CITY.

AS I SAID EARLIER THIS MONTH, THE AMENDMENTS TO REFORM PARKS, GOVERNMENTS ARE SOLUTIONS IN SEARCH OF PROBLEMS THAT DO NOT EXIST SEPARATELY, I WANTED TO URGE YOU TO SUPPORT AMENDMENT TWO FOR RANK CHOICE VOTING.

RANK CHOICE VOTING ENSURES THE SAME TYPE OF ELECTION OUTCOMES AS OUR CURRENT SYSTEM OF RUNOFFS, UM, WHERE CANDIDATES MUST BUILD A MAJORITY EXCEPT THAT WE DO IT IN ONE GO SAVING TIME AND MONEY.

IT MAKES A LOT OF SENSE.

AND DALLAS SHOULD BE PUT IN POSITION TO IMPLEMENT.

THAT'S YOUR TIME, GOLD WHEN STATE LEGISLATURE PASSES IT.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT, NEXT WE HAVE BRI WILLIAMS. BRIT WILLIAMS, NOT HERE.

OKAY.

THEN WE'LL MOVE ON TO RUSS COLEMAN.

RUSS COLEMAN NOT HERE.

ALRIGHT.

TIFFANY DIVIS.

UH, GOOD EVENING COMMISSION MEMBERS.

MY NAME IS TIFFANY DIVIS AND I AM THE, THE PRESIDENT AND CEO OF TURTLE CREEK CONSERVANCY.

WE TAKE CARE OF ARLINGTON, PAUL, ARLINGTON HALL AND TURTLE CREEK PARK.

UM, I'M HERE TODAY TO, UH, GIVE MY OPINION THAT I PERSONALLY FEEL THAT, UH, 1 0 3 AMENDMENT SHOULD NOT BE APPROVED AND THAT THE PARK BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND THE STRUCTURE THAT THEY HAVE CURRENTLY IN PLACE AND THAT HAVE THEY'VE HAD FOR A HUNDRED YEARS WORKS EFFECTIVELY AND EFFICIENCY EFFICIENTLY.

AND WE WOULD BE, BE A TRAVESTY TO LOSE THE BEST PRACTICES THAT THEY ALREADY HAVE IN PLACE.

AND ALSO, I REALLY DON'T FEEL LIKE THAT THEY NEED ANY OTHER, UM, OVERSIGHT AND THAT THEY ALREADY DO, UH, THROUGH THEIR OWN SYSTEM REPORT TO THE CITY COUNCIL.

AND AGAIN, AS A NONPROFIT, WE RELY HEAVILY ON THIS DAY-TO-DAY, UH, RELATIONSHIP THAT WE HAVE BUILT WITH THE PARK AND REC, UH, MEMBERS AND THE BOARD DI OF DIRECTORS.

AND IT WOULD REALLY BE MAKE OUR JOB MORE DIFFICULT IF WE HAD TO IN, YOU KNOW, HAVE ANOTHER LINE OF, OF, UH, SOMEONE ELSE TO GO THROUGH.

AND THESE RELATIONSHIPS ARE BUILT IN THE COMMUNITY AND PARTNERS IN THE COMMUNITY THAT ARE, AGAIN, ARE VERY STRONG.

THAT IS YOUR TIME, MS. DI.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

ALRIGHT.

UH, I'M TOLD THAT MS. AMY MEADOWS IS HERE NOW.

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GOOD EVENING.

I'M AMY MEADOWS, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF THE DOWNTOWN DALLAS PARKS CONSERVANCY.

WE'RE A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION AND A PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CITY OF DALLAS PARK AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT.

THROUGH THIS PARTNERSHIP, FOUR NEW PUBLIC PARKS HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED DOWNTOWN PACIFIC PLAZA, WESTIN SQUARE, CARPENTER PARK, AND HARWOOD PARK.

THIS WAS FUNDED BY 4.4 MILLION IN 2006, BOND DOLLARS 35 MILLION FROM THE 2017 BOND AND 52 MILLION IN PRIVATE FUNDS.

THE PROCESS TO FORM THIS PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP BEGAN IN 2014 AND CULMINATED IN MORE THAN 14 ACRES OF ADDITIONAL PARKLAND HELPING TRANSFORM DOWNTOWN TO A VIBRANT CITY CENTER WITH A GROWING RESIDENTIAL POPULATION.

THE DALLAS PARK AND RECREATION BOARD PLAYED A PIVOTAL ROLE IN COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE PARK DEPARTMENT AND THE CONSERVANCY, REVIEWING PARK DESIGNS AND PARTICIPATING IN THE PUBLIC INPUT PROCESS THAT THE CONSERVANCY LED.

THIS ENSURED THAT THE NEW PARKS WERE RESPONSIVE.

MS. MEADOWS, THAT IS YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU.

OH, ALRIGHT.

NEXT I WILL CALL THE NEXT FIVE SPEAKERS IN ORDER.

THEY WILL BE CHRIS DENNING, PAUL FILL, RUDY KAMI, TIMOTHY DICKEY, AND DAVID MARQUI.

KATIE KNEE.

I'M CHRIS DENNEY.

I'M THE DIRECTOR OF ADVANCEMENT FOR TURTLE CREEK CONSERVANCY.

I JUST WANNA REITERATE WHAT MY, UH, FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE TIFFANY SAID ABOUT, UH, THE WAY THAT WE WORK WITH THE PARK AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT.

WOULD, UH, ANY CHANGE TO THAT PROCESS WOULD MAKE IT REALLY DIFFICULT FOR US TO GET THINGS DONE IN OUR PARK.

UH, WE'VE WORKED REALLY HARD TO BUILD A REALLY STRONG RELATIONSHIP WITH PARK AND RECREATION WITH RUDY CREAMY AND, UH, WITH PAUL RIDLEY IN OUR DISTRICT.

AND WE ARE, UH, JUST REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THE FUTURE AND WE CANNOT EVEN IMAGINE A CHANGE TO THE GOVERNANCE AND THE PROCESSES IN THE PARK AND REC DEPARTMENT.

UH, IT WORKS VERY WELL AND, UH, YOU KNOW, CREATING MORE BOTTLENECKS IN THE CITY GOVERNMENT IS NOT REALLY WHAT WE NEED AND WE THINK THAT'S WHAT 1 0 3 WOULD DO.

THANK YOU.

ALRIGHT, NEXT WE HAVE PAUL LAR.

CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES.

UH, I'LL KEEP IT TO A MINUTE.

UH, WE ARE LIVING IN DEEPLY POLARIZED TIMES AND AMENDMENT TWO TO PASS RANK CHOICE.

VOTING IN DALLAS, IF IT'S ADOPTED AT THE STATE LEVEL, I THINK IS, IT'S ONE OF THE BEST THINGS WE CAN DO TO ADDRESS POLARIZATION BY RUTHLESSLY PURSUING A POLICY THAT ENJOYS OVERWHELMING SUPPORT BY BOTH THE LEFT AND RIGHT.

AND I UNDERSTAND IT'S A, A BIG ISSUE, UM, TO DO THAT, BUT WE CAN TACKLE IT IN OUR OWN SMALL WAY BY, YOU KNOW, SHOWING THE REST OF THE COUNTRY THAT WE'RE ACTUALLY A CITY THAT CAN PUT FORWARD THE POLICIES THAT ARE JUST COMMON SENSE AND AGREED UPON BY BOTH SIDES.

SO I APPRECIATE IT.

THANK YOU.

NEXT, UH, WE HAVE RUDY CREAMY.

GOOD EVENING CHARTER COMMISSIONERS.

MY NAME IS RUDY KAREY.

I'M THE PROUDEST COUNCIL DISTRICT 14 RESIDENT YOU'LL EVER MEET.

THE MEDIA HAS BEEN TERRIBLY UNFRIENDLY TOWARDS AMENDMENT 1 0 3, AND SO WILL I.

THE AUTHOR IS STILL UPSET ABOUT A DECISION MADE OVER FOUR YEARS AGO ABOUT RIVER SEAN PARK, THAT HE CONTINUES TO BLAME THE PARK BOARD AND THE PARK DIRECTOR FOR.

I WASN'T ON THE PARK BOARD BACK THEN, BUT AS A RESIDENT, I STOOD PROUDLY WITH THE AUTHOR AND THE REST OF THE OPPOSITION IN THAT FIGHT BACK IN 2019.

IN FACT, I HELPED CALL SHENANIGANS ON THAT FIGHT, AND IN PARTICULAR, THE SHENANIGANS BY MY OWN COUNCIL MEMBER AT THE TIME.

REGARDLESS OF THAT FIGHT, I DON'T NEED TO REMIND YOU THAT POLICIES MADE AROUND SINGULAR EVENTS OR SINGULAR INDIVIDUALS IS NOT POLICY AT ALL.

IT'S RETRIBUTION AND DOESN'T BELONG ANYWHERE IN OUR GOVERNMENT.

SO I URGE YOU VOTE DOWN AMENDMENT 1 0 3 AND LET'S MOVE FORWARD WITH ACTUAL POLICY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

UH, NEXT WE HAVE TIM DICKEY.

THANK YOU CHAIRMAN.

MY NAME IS TIM DICKEY.

I'M THE DISTRICT SIX PARK BOARD REPRESENTATIVE.

AND I'D JUST LIKE TO ADD ONE THING.

THE, THE DISCUSSION AROUND AMENDMENT 1 0 3 HAS BEEN LARGELY ABOUT THE ABILITY TO, TO HIRE AND FIRE THE DIRECTOR.

BUT ANOTHER IMPORTANT COMPONENT OF THAT IS THE ANNUAL PERFORMANCE REVIEW AND THE SETTING OF THE METRICS FOR THE NEXT YEAR.

AND THIS IS A CRITICAL ELEMENT THAT THE PARK BOARD TAKES ON.

WE JUST DID IT TWO WEEKS AGO WITH DIRECTOR JENKINS AND I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT HIS REVIEW AND THE DIRECTIONS WE SET FOR THE NEXT YEAR, IT WAS A VERY VIGOROUS, ROBUST REVIEW OF HIS PERFORMANCE AND REALLY WELL RESEARCHED RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE METRICS THAT WE EXPECT HIM TO ACHIEVE IN THE NEXT YEAR.

UH, IN

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FACT, I'VE GOT 15 METRICS THAT I CAME UP WITH AND I THINK THEY'RE ALL REALLY GOOD.

SO I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU NOT TO GO AWAY FROM THIS, UH, 'CAUSE I'M NOT SURE THE COUNCIL MAY BE ABLE TO DO A BETTER JOB, BUT WE REALLY DON'T KNOW.

AND SO WHY TAKE A CHANCE WITH A SYSTEM THAT'S WORKING VERY WELL.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

UM, NEXT WE HAVE DAVID MARCUS.

1, 2, 1.

THANK YOU.

AND THANK YOU FOR SERVICE TO OUR CITY.

I'M OPPOSED TO AMENDMENT 1 0 3.

I'M OPPOSED BECAUSE OF LESSONS I LEARNED MANY YEARS AGO AS A YOUNG SCHOOL TEACHER.

I TOOK STUDENTS WHO WERE DOING WELL IN CLASS AND I'D SAY TO THEM, GO, YOU KNOW HOW TO LEARN.

YOU KNOW HOW TO SUCCEED, GO SUCCEED SO I COULD HAVE MORE TIME TO WORK WITH THE OTHER STUDENTS THAT NEEDED MY HELP.

IN THE CITY OF DALLAS TODAY, THOSE STUDENTS WHO ARE ALREADY SUCCEEDING ARE THE PARKS DEPARTMENT.

THEY'RE SUCCEEDING.

SO LET'S TAKE OUR TIME AND WORK WITH THOSE STUDENTS WHO NEED OUR HELP AND LET THOSE WHO ARE SUCCEEDING GO ON, LET THEM MOVE FORWARD.

IN DALLAS, TEXAS, WE DO NOT RESTRICT SUCCESS.

WE DON'T PUNISH SUCCESS.

WE REWARD SUCCESS.

THE PARKS DEPARTMENT IS SUCCEEDING.

LET'S LET THEM MOVE ON SO WE CAN TAKE THE TIME TO WORK WITH OTHERS WHO NEED OUR HELP MORE AND NEED OUR ATTENTION IN ORDER FOR OTHER DEPARTMENTS TO SUCCEED OPPOSED TO 1 0 3.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO OUR CITY.

THANK YOU.

OUR NEXT FIVE SPEAKERS WILL BE TED ELLIS, SUSAN ALVO, PRISCILLA RICE, ROBERT KENT, AND RICK CLARK CLARKSON.

MR. ELLIS THANK YOU COMMISSION.

I LIVE IN DISTRICT NINE AND I'M THE PAST PRESIDENT OF THE WHITE ROCK LAKE FOUNDATION FOR 10 YEARS AND HAVE BEEN ON THAT BOARD FOR 28.

UM, WE HAVE WORKED HAND IN HAND WITH PARK DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR JENKINS AND OTHER STAFF MEMBERS FOR ALL OF THESE YEARS AND FEEL LIKE IT'S A VERY BENEFICIAL RELATIONSHIP.

UH, WE DON'T SEE CHANGING, YOU KNOW, THE, THE WHOLE PROCESS NOW TO BE BENEFICIAL AT ALL.

WE URGE YOU GUYS TO VOTE AGAINST 1 0 3 AND I REITERATE AS A NONPROFIT, WE HAVE VERY EASY ACCESS TO ALL OF THESE STAFF MEMBERS AND CREATING LAYERS AND ADDITIONAL BLOCKS DON'T HELP US ANY.

SO WE WOULD URGE YOU FROM THE WHITE ROCK LAKE FOUNDATION TO PLEASE VOTE AGAINST THIS AMENDMENT 1 0 3.

AND I DO THANK ALL OF YOU FOR YOUR TIME BEING A COMMISSIONER.

I KNOW IT'S A LOT OF WORK AND EFFORT AND IT'S MUCH APPRECIATED.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU MS. FALBO.

GOOD EVENING.

I'M SUSAN FALBO.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HAVING US COMMISSIONERS.

WE APPRECIATE EVERYTHING THAT YOU DO.

UM, I THINK WHAT I'M GONNA CONCENTRATE ON IS I AM OPPOSED TO 1 0 3 AND ONE 13.

AND THE REASONS FOR THAT IS BECAUSE THINGS HAVE BEEN WORKING SO WELL.

SO RATHER THAN SAY WHAT WE DON'T WANNA DO, WE CAN TALK ABOUT WHAT HAS BEEN WORKING WELL.

UM, I'M SPEAKING FOR MYSELF TONIGHT, BUT I HAVE BEEN ON THE WHITE ROCK LAKE FOUNDATION BOARD FOR 28 YEARS AND I'M CURRENTLY THE CHAIR OF THE WHITE ROCK LAKE TASK FORCE.

WE WORK HAND IN HAND WITH THE PARK DEPARTMENT CONSTANTLY.

THEY'RE EASY TO WORK WITH, THEY GET THINGS DONE, THEY MAKE CHANGES WHEN APPROPRIATE.

THIS IS A REALLY GOOD SYSTEM.

WE DON'T NEED TO, UH, DON'T MESS WITH SUCCESS, I THINK IS THE, THE GOING SAYING FOR TONIGHT RATHER THAN IF IT AIN'T BROKE, DON'T FIX IT.

SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

APPRECIATE IT.

THANK YOU.

NEXT WE HAVE PRISCILLA RICE.

WHO, MS. RICE ARE YOU HERE? ALRIGHT, I DON'T SEE MS. RICE, SO WE'LL MOVE ON TO MR. KENT.

GOOD EVENING.

MY NAME IS ROBERT KENT.

I AM BACK AFTER BEING HERE A COUPLE WEEKS AGO.

MY COMMENTS ARE LARGELY THE SAME AS I GAVE, UM, A FEW WEEKS BACK.

UH, THE SYSTEM THAT THE CITY OF DALLAS HAS RIGHT NOW FOR ITS PARK DEPARTMENT IS WORKING, UH, WORKING VERY WELL.

TRUST REPUBLIC LAND HAS A 30 YEAR HISTORY WORKING WITH THE CITY OF DALLAS.

UM, WE RIGHT NOW ARE WORKING ON 400 ACRES OF PARKS IN SOUTHERN DALLAS, SPECIFICALLY AROUND A HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF WORK.

AND, UM, WE ARE ABLE TO DO THAT WORK BECAUSE THE SYSTEM THAT WE HAVE WITH THE PARK DEPARTMENT WORKS RIGHT NOW.

AND ANY CHANGES TO THAT SYSTEM, UM, WOULD BE OF CONCERN, UM, BECAUSE AS EVERYONE ELSE HAS SAID, IT'S A SUCCESSFUL SYSTEM THAT'S WORKING VERY WELL.

WE DON'T SEE A NEED TO MAKE ANY CHANGES AT THIS POINT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU MR. KENT.

UM, MR. CLARKSON, GOOD EVENING.

NICE TO SEE EVERYONE AGAIN.

I CAME ON MARCH 4TH TO GIVE YOU A PERSPECTIVE FROM OUTSIDE THE

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DALLAS MARKET ON THE STRUCTURE OF THE GOVERNANCE OF PARKS AND RECREATION.

AND I WAS SO IMPRESSED.

I TOLD MY GREAT FRIENDS BACK IN JACKSONVILLE ON CITY COUNCIL, THIS IS THE MODEL YOU NEED TONIGHT.

I BRING YOU A PERSPECTIVE AS A FIVE-YEAR RESIDENT IN DISTRICT NINE, PAULA BLACKMAN'S DISTRICT.

SHORTLY AFTER MOVING HERE, I GOT TOGETHER WITH PAULA FOR COFFEE TO INTRODUCE MYSELF AND ASK HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED IN HELPING DALLAS PARK AND REC? SHE SAYS, YOU NEED TO MEET.

MARIA HAS MANY MY APPOINTEE ON THE BOARD.

SHE'S FABULOUS.

SHE COVERS MORE GROUND THAT I COULD POSSIBLY COVER AND SHE REALLY KNOWS WHAT SHE'S DOING.

SO POST PANDEMIC, I GET TO MEET MARIA.

WE HAVE TENNIS AS A COMMON BACKGROUND.

SHE TELLS ME ABOUT EVERYTHING SHE'S BEEN INVOLVED WITH.

RESURFACING OF THE COURTS, THE TENNIS CENTERS, PICKLEBALL, THE LINES, THE NETS.

SHE'S BEEN DOWN TO CEDAR CREST FOR A COUPLE OF OUR EVENTS DOWN THERE WITH THE I A GOLFER FOUNDATION.

THAT'S DISTRICT FOUR.

SHE DIDN'T HAVE TO MAKE MR. CLARKSON THAT AT YOUR TIME.

SHE'S INVOLVED.

THE SUMMARY IS THE REPRESENTATIVES ON THE COURT.

MR. MR. CLARK.

I'M, I'M SORRY THAT'S YOUR ARE APPOINTED BY THE COUNCIL.

DO TREMENDOUS WORK.

THANK, THANK YOU SIR.

THAT'S YOUR TIME.

THAT'S YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

YOU GET THE POINT.

ALRIGHT.

OUR NEXT FIVE SPEAKERS, UM, IN ORDER WILL BE CALVERT COLLINS, BRATTON MORRIS, SCHREYER FLEMING, DANNY OBERST, GAIL LYNCH, AND BRIAN LOU ALLEN.

UH, MS. COLLINS.

BRETT, GOOD EVENING COMMISSIONERS.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO THE CITY.

THIS IS A VERY DIFFICULT AND THANKLESS JOB THAT YOU HAVE.

I'VE BEEN ON THE PARK AND RECREATION BOARD REPRESENTING DISTRICT 13 FOR THE LAST SEVEN YEARS AND SERVING AS PRESIDENT.

AND IT'S WHY I'M OPPOSED TO AMENDMENTS 1 0 3 AND ONE 13.

THE GRASS IS GREENER IN PARKS.

WE ARE A TEAM AND WE SUPPORT OUR DIRECTOR.

WE, WE SURE WE RESPECTFULLY DISAGREE AT TIMES, BUT WE DON'T HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE POLITICS.

WE'RE ALIGNED ON THE GOALS OF PARKS, TRAILS, RECREATION, AND AMENITIES.

AND WE ARE HIGHLY EFFICIENT IN PASSING POLICY AND BUILDING PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS.

UNLIKE THE COUNCIL, THE DIRECTOR'S NOSES, WE HAVE HIS BACK.

HE GETS A VERY ROBUST PERFORMANCE REVIEW, AS YOU HEARD.

BUT WE SPEND HOURS WITHOUT THE TOXICITY AND THE DIVISIVENESS THAT OFTEN EXISTS AT COUNCIL.

THE BOARD AND STAFF SPEND HOURS MAKING SURE THAT MWBE REQUIREMENTS ARE MET OR EXCEEDED AND WE ENSURE OUR TAX DOLLARS ARE NOT AWARDED TO SHADY OR UNSCRUPULOUS POLITICALLY MOTIVATED CONSULTANTS OR VENDORS.

THE CITY FOUNDERS GOT THIS RIGHT.

THEY DIDN'T TRUST THE COUNCIL NOT TO SELL PARK LAND WHEN TIMES GET TOUGH AND THE PARK BOARD PROVIDES ANOTHER LAYER OF ACCOUNTABILITY AND OVERSIGHT TO THE PUBLIC.

AND ACCOUNTABILITY, PLEASE DON'T UNDO DECADES OF SUCCESS AND MOMENTUM.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.

THANK YOU.

ALRIGHT, NEXT WE HAVE, NEXT WE HAVE MS. UH, SCHREYER FLEMING ONLINE.

THANK YOU.

UM, THANK YOU COMMISSIONERS.

I DO NOT SUPPORT AMENDMENT 1 0 3 AND ONE 13.

CITY COUNCIL NEEDS TO FOCUS ON FIXING THE PROBLEMS THAT EXIST IN THE CITY AND NOT CREATING ONES THAT DON'T.

ONE ONLY HAS TO LOOK AT THE CURRENT PARK AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT REPORTING STRUCTURE TO REALIZE THAT IS THE KEY TO ITS SUCCESS.

THE PARK AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT IS THE ONLY DEPARTMENT THAT DOES NOT REPORT DIRECTLY TO THE CITY MANAGER.

FORTUNATELY, THE PARK PARK FORD WORKS BECAUSE THERE IS ACCOUNTABILITY FROM THE CITY COUNCIL PERSON APPOINTING THE PARK BOARD MEMBER THE PARK, THE PRESENT PARK BOARD HAS BEEN CRITICIZED AS BEING INEQUITABLE.

HOW CAN THE CRITICISM BE ACCURATE WHEN EACH COUNCIL DISTRICT IS REPRESENTED ON THE PARK BOARD AND IS APPOINTED BY THE CITY COUNCIL PERSON? IT SOUNDS LIKE SOME DISTRICTS WANT MORE MONEY FOR THEMSELVES AT THE DISSERVICE TO THE REST OF THE CITY.

NOW THAT'S NOT IN, THAT'S NOT EQUITABLE.

THE RECOMMENDATION TO HAVE THE CITY COUNCIL APPOINT THE PARKS DIRECTOR RATHER THAN THE PARK BOARD AND HAVE CONFIRMATION AUTHORITY OVER ALL CITY EXECUTIVES OF EACH DEPARTMENT IS MISGUIDED.

THE CITY COUNCIL'S PERFORMANCE WITH PERMITTING NINE 11 RESPONSE TIMES OR STREET CONDITION.

THANK YOU MS. SCHREYER.

FL.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

THAT'S YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU.

UM, NEXT WE HAVE DANNY OBERST.

GOOD EVENING.

I'M DANNY OBERST, A HOMEOWNER IN DISTRICT 14, AND I'M HERE TO OPPOSE AMENDMENT 1 0 3, WHICH ADDRESSES THE PARK DEPARTMENT AND HOW IT IS GOVERNED.

OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS, I'VE WORKED DIRECTLY WITH THE PARK DEPARTMENT AND THE PARK BOARD ON SEVERAL ISSUES RELATED TO EXILE PARK NEAR MY BRYAN PLACE COMMUNITY.

I HAVE BEEN IMPRESSED WITH THE RESPONSIVENESS TO MY CONCERNS AND THAT OF THE FRIENDS OF EXILE PARK ORGANIZATION.

I AM A PART OF THE CURRENT GOVERNING STRUCTURE OF THE PARK DEPARTMENT.

WORK VERY EFFECTIVELY FOR

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ME AND MY NEIGHBORS.

PLEASE JOIN ME IN OPPOSING AMENDMENT 1 0 3.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

NEXT WE HAVE GAIL LYNCH.

GOOD EVENING.

I AM NOT SPEAKING ABOUT THE PARKS.

I WAS COMING FOR AMENDMENT TWO.

THAT'S WHAT I SIGNED UP FOR.

I HOPE THAT'S OKAY TO SPEAK ABOUT THAT NOW.

OH, OKAY.

.

THANK YOU.

UM, SO THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK TO YOU TONIGHT.

I AM IN FAVOR OF THIS AMENDMENT BECAUSE I BELIEVE A SIGNIFICANT BENEFIT OF RANK CHOICE VOTING IS THAT IT GIVES GREATER CHOICES TO VOTERS WHEN MORE THAN TWO CANDIDATES ARE RUNNING FOR A SINGLE POSITION.

AND BY BEING ABLE TO RANK A FIRST, SECOND AND SUBSEQUENT CHOICES, I FEEL THAT VOTERS HAVE A GREATER OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE THEIR WILL HEARD.

IT ALSO HELPS THEM MORE OR LESS ABOUT WHAT OTHER PEOPLE ARE THINKING AND VOTING FOR AND PICKING A CANDIDATE THAT ALIGNS WITH THEIR VALUES AND NEEDS FOR THE COMMUNITY.

I FEEL LIKE WE GET CANDIDATES WITH A BROADER BASE OF SUPPORT AND CLOSER REPRESENTATION WITH OUR, UH, MAJORITY OF VOTERS.

IT'S ESPECIALLY TRUE BECAUSE IN RUNOFF ELECTIONS TYPICALLY WE SEE A LOWER, LOWER TURNOUT.

AND FINALLY, FOR THE CITY, I THINK DOING AWAY WITH OR REDUCING THE NUMBER OF RUNOFF ELECTIONS WILL SAVE US SOME MONEY.

UH, RANKED CHOICE VOTING FOR TEXAS ESTIMATED THAT AN ADDITIONAL $7 MILLION WAS SPENT IN 2022 FOR THE RUNOFFS AT THE STATE LEVEL.

SO THAT GIVES YOU KIND OF AN IDEA OF HOW MUCH MORE IT CAN COST FOR A SIGNIFICANT RUNOFF.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR GIVING ME YOUR TIME TONIGHT.

I APPRECIATE EVERYTHING THAT YOU ALL DO.

THANK YOU.

UH, BRIAN LOU ALLEN.

GOOD AFTERNOON COMMISSIONERS AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO OUR CITY.

MY NAME'S BRIAN LEWELLEN AND I'M A RESIDENT OF DISTRICT TWO AND THE CEO OF FAIR PARK.

FIRST ANOTHER NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION.

LIKE MANY OF MY PREVIOUS SPEAKERS WHO WORK IN CLOSE PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CITY OF DALLAS PARK AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT.

MY ROLE ALLOWS ME TO WORK VERY CLOSELY, NOT ONLY WITH THE PARK AND RECREATION STAFF, BUT ALSO WITH THE PARK BOARD, ALSO WITH THE CITY COUNCIL, ALSO WITH THE CITY MANAGER.

AND IT'S RARE THAT I WOULD STEP OUT AND SPEAK FOR BUREAUCRACY, BUT THE REALITY IS WE HAVE A STATUS QUO THAT IS WORKING EXCEEDINGLY WELL.

IT IS AN EFFICIENT SYSTEM.

EVERYONE PLAYS THEIR ROLE IN THE PROCESS AND IT HAS SERVED THE CITY EXTREMELY WELL FOR THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS.

I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T GET A CHANCE TO SPEAK HERE AND SAY HOW WELL THE CITY'S DOING.

THIS IS ONE WHERE AREA WHERE WE ARE SUCCEEDING, AND I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE YOU NOT TO CHANGE WHAT IS WORKING.

WELL, THANK YOU ALL.

THANK YOU.

OUR NEXT FIVE SPEAKERS, UM, WILL BE ARUN AGARWAL, WAYNE SMITH, MARY, UH, MARIE, E EARLY CHUCK WALKER, AND THEN JOHN FER.

UH, MR. AGARWAL.

GOOD EVENING.

MY NAME IS ARUN GARAL.

I'M THE PRESIDENT OF DALLAS PARK AND RECREATION.

THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE.

I WAS ON OTHER SIDE AND HOW I KNOW HOW DIFFICULT IT CAN BE.

WELL, I'LL QUOTE ONE OF THE TALLEST, UH, UH, LEADER CIVIC LEADERS OF THE DALLAS ROBERT DECKARD.

OTHER DAY.

HE SAID DOWNTOWN RENAISSANCE WITH DOWNTOWN PARKS WOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED IF DALLAS, IF PARKS AND RECREATION STRUCTURE WAS ANY DIFFERENT, PLEASE DON'T CHANGE ANYTHING.

AND NOT ONLY HIM, IF ALL EX MAYORS, IF ALL EX PARK BOARD PRESIDENTS, IF ALL, MOST CIVIC LEADERS, ALL EX DIRECTORS, EVERY FRIEND GROUP, EVERY MEDIA RIGHT OR LEFT PEOPLE WITH DIFFERENT POLITICAL PHILOSOPHIES, IF THE ONE THING THEY'RE AGREEING, WHICH I'VE SEEN IS THAT DON'T CHANGE ANYTHING IN THE PARKS.

WE HAD NATIONAL PARKS RECREATION CONFERENCE.

THEY WERE ASKING US, OUR STAFF TO GIVE EXAMPLES AND TEACH THEM HOW DALLAS PARKS OPERATE.

PLEASE DON'T CHANGE ANYTHING.

I WILL SAY, THEY SAY, PLEASE DON'T FIX WHAT IS NOT BROKEN.

BUT I AM SAYING MORE IMPORTANT, DON'T BREAK.

THANK YOU.

WHAT IS WORKING? WELL? THANK YOU.

THANK YOU MR. AGARWAL.

OUR NEXT SPEAKERS, MR. SMITH.

WAYNE SMITH.

GOOD EVENING.

MY NAME IS WAYNE SMITH.

I'VE BEEN INVOLVED WITH DIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONS DEALING WITH PARKS AND RECREATION FOR OVER 25 YEARS NOW.

AND I DON'T KNOW OF ANOTHER CITY DEPARTMENT THAT'S MORE EFFICIENT THAN THE PARKS AND RECREATION.

I'VE HEARD SOME GRUMBLINGS ABOUT WE NEED MORE PUBLIC INPUT TO HIRE THIS PARK DIRECTOR.

WELL, I WANNA TELL YOU, WE'VE GOT A SYSTEM CALLED ELECTIONS RIGHT NOW, AND THOSE COUNCIL MEMBERS AND THE MAYOR WHO GETS ELECTED, THEY APPOINT A PARK BOARD THAT WAS GIVEN THE AUTHORITY TO HIRE THE DIRECTOR.

AND THIS PROCESS HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL

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FOR DECADES AND DECADES AND DECADES.

TO ME, THIS PROPOSAL THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT TONIGHT IS A SOLUTION THAT IS LOOKING FOR A PROBLEM.

AND I CAN'T FIND ANYONE TO TELL ME WHAT THE PROBLEM IS.

SO I SEE NO REASON AT ALL THAT WE SHOULD BE CHANGING THE PROCESS RIGHT NOW.

AND I APPRECIATE YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU.

UM, OUR NEXT SPEAKER WILL BE MS. EARLY.

HELLO, MY NAME IS MARIE EARLY AND I AM THE PRESIDENT OF THE FRIENDS OF XL PARK IN DISTRICT 14.

I AM IN HERE TO SUPPORT OUR PARK BOARD REPRESENTATIVE RUDY CREAMY, WHO WAS, UH, APPOINTED BY OUR COUNCILMAN PAUL RIDLEY, UH, WORKING WITH THE PARK BOARD AND, UH, THE PARKS DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN AMAZING FOR US.

I DON'T SEE ANYTHING THAT IS WRONG WITH THE SYSTEM THAT IT, THAT WE HAVE IN PLACE NOW.

AND SO I OPPOSE AMENDMENT 1 0 3 AND I HOPE YOU JOIN ME AS WELL IN OPPOSING THIS AMENDMENT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS MR. WALKER.

CHUCK WALKER.

GOOD EVENING.

AND, UH, THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO THE COMMISSION ABOUT MY EXPERIENCES WITH THE CURRENT DALLAS PARK SYSTEM.

I WANNA TELL YOU THAT SINCE MY ARRIVAL BACK IN 2003, I'VE BEEN THOROUGHLY IMPRESSED WITH THE OVERALL QUALITY AS WELL AS THE FORWARD THINKING OF DALLAS' PARKS AND OUR PARKS DEPARTMENT.

UH, FROM ITS 300 PLUS COMMUNITY PARTNERS TO THE WAY IT LEVERAGES OVER 75 MILLION IN ANNUAL ANNUAL PARTNERSHIP FUNDING.

IT'S ALWAYS BEEN CLEAR TO ME THAT OURS IS A PARKS SYSTEM THAT TRULY LISTENS TO ITS CITIZENS AND ENGAGES WITH US THROUGH A VARIETY OF CHANNELS, INCLUDING STAFF, OUR PARK BOARD CHAMPIONS, AND ULTIMATELY OUR COUNCIL MEMBERS.

I USE THE WORD CHAMPION VERY INTENTIONALLY BECAUSE FOR ME AND MY EXPERIENCE AS A YOUTH DEVELOPMENT LEADER AND PARTNER OF THE CITY FOR 20 PLUS YEARS, IT'S BEEN THE ACCESSIBILITY TO COUNCIL APPOINTED INTERMEDIATE ADVOCATES WHO SERVE OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES THAT HAS MADE THE DIFFERENCE IN MY TEAM'S ABILITIES ACROSS MULTIPLE ORGANIZATIONS THROUGH THE YEARS TO FORM PARTNERSHIPS AND TAKE ACTION RELATIVELY QUICKLY.

THE TRANSFORMATIVE WORK WE'RE COLLECTIVELY ACCOMPLISHING IN AND AROUND CEDAR CREST IN SOUTHERN DALLAS IS A CURRENT EX EXHIBIT A OF THIS.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

UH, MR. BOER.

JOHN BOER.

THANK Y'ALL FOR BEING HERE.

UH, JOHN BOER, DISTRICT TWO BUSINESS AND DISTRICT NINE.

I'VE, UH, BEEN ON THE EY ROCK LAKE FOUNDATION FOR FIVE YEARS AND BEFORE THAT PRESIDENT OF PRINCESS SANTA FE TRAIL.

AND, UH, I'VE HAD NOTHING BUT AMAZING RESPONSE WITH THE PARKS DEPARTMENT AND, UH, HAVING RUN FOR CITY COUNCIL, I KNOW THAT THAT CAMPAIGN ERA IS, IS VERY INTENSE.

AND NOW WE'RE GONNA DISTRACT A COUNCIL MEMBER BY TRYING TO DECIDE ON ANOTHER VERY IMPORTANT POSITION OF THE CITY PARKS DEPARTMENT.

NO, SO THIS, I'M AGAINST 1 0 3.

UH, I DON'T WANT TO ADD ANY MORE BURDEN TO WHAT IT IS FOR A CITY COUNCILMAN.

THEY HAVE ENOUGH TO DO ON THEIR OWN AND THE SYSTEM WORKS AS WELL AS IT CAN RIGHT NOW.

IT'S THE BEST SYSTEM IN DALLAS RIGHT NOW IN OUR GOVERNMENT.

AND, UH, DON'T, DON'T MESS WITH IT.

THANKS.

THANK YOU.

UM, I'LL CALL OUR NEXT FIVE SPEAKERS COMMISSIONERS.

IF YOU LOOK, IF YOU'RE FOLLOWING THE LIST, UH, NUMBERS 27 AND 28 ARE DUPLICATES.

THEY ALREADY SPOKE, SO I'LL, I'LL BE SKIPPING THEM.

UM, UH, OUR NEXT SPEAKER WILL BE, UH, MS. YOLANDA WILLIAMS, THEN BETTY CULBERTH, BO SLAUGHTER, AND THEN CHRIS CARTER.

MS. WILLIAMS, GOOD AFTERNOON.

UM, GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE.

UH, I'M JUST HERE TO PROVIDE SOME FACTS.

UM, I THINK WHAT THIS IS ABOUT IS CLEARLY RETALIATION BACK IN 2022.

UH, A COUNCIL MEMBER APPOINTED, I MEAN, A COUNCIL MEMBER GOT INVOLVED WITH A CONTRACT FOR THE PARK DEPARTMENT BECAUSE HIS CAMPAIGN TREASURE DID NOT GET THE BID.

YOU CAN READ IT FOR YOURSELF.

YOU CAN SEE, I DON'T KNOW WHY WE ARE HERE TODAY 'CAUSE I JUST GOOGLED TO SEE THE STATUS OF IT.

THE CITY JUST AWARDED THIS CONTRACT A $9.3 MILLION WHILE THEY WAS IN A LAWSUIT.

AND NOW IT'S IRONIC THAT THE PERSON WHO IS SITS FOR THE, UH, COMMISSIONER THAT SITS ON THE CHARTER COMMISSIONER IS THE ONE THAT APPOINTED.

SO THIS IS CLEARLY RETALIATION AGAINST MR. JENKINS.

IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH WHAT HE DIDN'T DO.

AND I WANT TO CO-SIGN WITH WHAT THE OTHER

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MAN SAID ABOUT RIVER SHUN.

I SERVED ON THE PARK BOARD THEN.

SO WE HAVE TWO CASES OF RETALIATION.

THIS IS CLEARLY ABOUT RETALIATION BECAUSE THEY FELT THE COUNCIL MEMBER FOR DISTRICT SIX, AND YOU CAN GOOGLE IT FELT LIKE HIS CAMPAIGN TREASURE SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN A CONTRACT FROM THE PARK DEPARTMENT.

MR. JENKINS IS NOT OVER PROCUREMENT.

SO THAT'S WHAT THIS IS CLEARLY ABOUT.

RETALIATION.

THANK.

THANK YOU MS. WILLIAMS. THAT'S YOUR TIME.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER, UH, IS JOINING US VIRTUALLY.

MS. CULBERTH, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

I AM OPPOSED TO AGENDA ITEM 1 0 3 PRIMARILY BECAUSE THIS COMMISSION ADDRESSED THE PARK BOARD MOVEMENT AT YOUR LAST MEETING.

AND THERE IS NOTHING CURRENTLY IN THE CITY CHARTER THAT ADDRESSES DEPARTMENT HEADS.

SO IN ORDER FOR THIS RECOMMENDATION TO HAVE ANY WEIGHT, THE WHOLE CHARTER WOULD HAVE TO BE AMENDED AND A SECTION ADDED TO INCLUDE DEPARTMENT HEADS.

CLEARLY THIS IS NOT, SHOULD NOT EVEN BE ON THE AGENDA BECAUSE YOU ALREADY ADDRESSED THE DEPARTMENT, DEPARTMENT AT YOUR LAST MEETING.

THERE ARE ONLY TWO POSITIONS CURRENTLY IN THE CITY OF DALLAS, CHARTER CITY SECRETARY AND CITY MANAGER.

EVEN THE, THE, UH, CITY IS NOT EVEN RECOGNIZABLE UNDER A CHARTER IN THE CITY CHARTER.

SO THIS REALLY IS A, IS A NON-ISSUE.

'CAUSE IT'S NOT EVEN A RECOGNIZABLE THING THAT YOU COULD DO IN TERMS OF DEPARTMENT HEADS.

YOU WOULD IN, IN ESSENCE, BE DISMANTLING A DEPARTMENT.

THE DEPARTMENT IS RECOGNIZED, NOT THE DIRECTORS OF EACH DEPARTMENT.

SO WHAT YOU GONNA DO? I MEAN, THE CHART FOR ALL DEPARTMENTS TO BE APPOINTED BY .

THANK, THANK YOU MS. BERTH, THAT YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

UM, OUR NEXT SPEAKER, UH, IS BOSE SLAUGHTER.

BO SLAUGHTER.

FIRST OF ALL, HAPPY NEW YEAR AND, AND THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO AND GLAD WE'RE HERE.

LET'S GET RIGHT TO IT.

I SEE SOME FORMER COUNCIL MEMBERS THAT I'M SO PROUD OF WHAT YOU DID.

MR. BEANO, YOU APPOINTED SIR JESSE MORENO, SIR, ON THE PARK BOARD.

THANK YOU, SIR.

ONE OF THE GREATEST THINGS THAT HAPPENED, SIR, SIR, I NEED TO STOP YOU.

YOU CANNOT CALL OUT INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION LIKE THAT.

OKAY? THERE WAS A APPOINTEE ON THE PARK BOARD.

I REPRESENTED JESSE RAY, BUT JESSE MORENO WAS APPOINTED A GREAT THING.

PULLED MY HEARTSTRINGS WHAT HE DID FOR THE SANTOS FAMILY.

AND WE'LL NEVER FORGET THAT DALLAS WILL NEVER FORGET THAT ALL THE APPOINTEES IS AN EXTENSION OF THE COUNCIL PEOPLE.

AND WE'VE DONE A DAMN GOOD JOB.

SO ALL OF A SUDDEN THIS HAS COME UP.

WHEN THE TRAILER CREEK CONSERVANCY, WHEN WE HAD THAT PROBLEM WITH THE STATUE, AND MOST OF THE COMMUNITY WANTED TO PARK THE STATE IN THE NAME OF ROBERT E. LEE.

BUT THE TRAILER CREEK CONSERVATIVE CAME TO US AND WE LOBBIED FOR THEM.

AND THAT'S WHY IT'S CALLED THE TRAILER CREEK.

HOW SOON WE FORGET, HOW SOON WE FORGET.

AND WHAT I'M MOST SO PROUD OF, WE'VE BEEN HAVING A GAME AT FAIR PARK, PRAIRIEVIEW AND GRAMBLING GAME.

AND THEY CAME TO US AND YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT EQUITY.

THE CITY MANAGER.

THE COUNCIL WOULDN'T DO IT.

JOHN JENKINS WENT AND LOBBIED FOR THIS.

AND NOW AL WASH AND PRAIRIEVIEW AND GRAMBLING TEAMS ARE GETTING MORE MONEY.

THAT'S EQUITY.

THAT'S EQUITY.

SO THINK LOOK IN THE MIRROR LIKE I DO EVERY DAY.

MR. SLAUGHTER, THAT'S YOUR TIME.

SAY I SEE YOU.

'CAUSE GOD SEES YOU TOO.

HAVE A GOOD DAY.

THANK YOU, MR. SLAUGHTER.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS MR. CARTER.

CHRIS CARTER.

MY NAME IS CHRIS CARTER.

I LIVE IN DISTRICT 10, WHICH IS LAKE HIGHLANDS.

I HAVE BEEN A DALLAS COUNTY POLL WORKER FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS.

MOST RECENTLY AT ELIA BRANCH LIBRARY.

THE CONFUSION THAT RANKED CHOICE VOTING WOULD CAUSE FAR SUPERSEDES ANY VAGUE, FUZZY BENEFITS THAT RANK CHOICE VOTING MIGHT PROVIDE DIVERSE CANDIDATES, ALTERNATE TO THE TWO PARTY SYSTEM, INCREASED CIVILITY.

IT'S ALL NONSENSE.

RANK CHOICE VOTING WILL COMPLICATE THE BALLOT.

IT WILL CONFUSE VOTERS.

A CONVOLUTED BALLOT WILL SLOW THE VOTING PROCESS.

IT WILL BE SUSCEPTIBLE TO MISTAKES, WHICH WILL CAUSE LONG LINES AND WAIT TIMES.

THIS WILL GENERATE A COMPLICATED ELECTION RESULT, WHICH WILL DECREASE VOTER CONFIDENCE IN THE VALIDITY OF THOSE RESULTS, WHICH MR. VAUGHT, IN THE CURRENT POISONOUS POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT WE ARE IN.

THAT IS THE WORST POSSIBLE OUTCOME THAT WE COULD HAVE.

DISCARD RANK

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CHOICE, VOTING.

THANK YOU MR. CARTER.

UM, THE NE THE NEXT FIVE SPEAKERS WILL BE MS. TAMMY BROWN RODRIGUEZ, DEBORAH GOODMAN, REGINA AND BURGIA, EUGENE, RALPH AND MELISSA KATZ.

MS. RODRIGUEZ, I HAVE A PROPERTY IN DISTRICT NINE AS WELL AS A PROPERTY IN DISTRICT 14.

AND I AM AGAINST AMENDMENT NUMBER TWO, THE RANK CHOICE VOTING.

I WANNA BRING OUR ATTENTION TO WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN MAINE, ALASKA, AND CALIFORNIA DUE TO THE SPECIFIC TYPE OF VOTING IN MAINE SECOND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 2018, DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY, WE HAD 126,000 VOTERS WERE CAST ONLY 117,000 VOTES COUNTED, WHICH MEANS NEARLY 9,000 PEOPLE HAD THEIR VOICES SILENCED BY BALLOT EXHAUSTION AND SAN FRANCISCO.

IN 2010.

AFTER 20 ROUNDS OF TABULATION, 53% OF THE BALLOTS HAD BEEN EXHAUSTED, WHICH MEANS DISCARDED AND NOT COUNTED.

THAT MEANT ONLY 8,200 BALLOTS WERE CONTRIBUTED TOWARDS THE FINAL RESULTS.

MORE BALLOTS WERE THROWN OUT THAN WERE COUNTED, THEREFORE, LET'S NOT ADOPT THIS DISASTROUS POLICY IN DALLAS COUNTY.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU MS. RODRIGUEZ.

MS. GOODMAN.

HELLO, MY NAME IS, UH, DEBORAH GOODMAN, AND I LIVE IN DALLAS COUNTY.

AND I WOULD JUST LIKE TO REITERATE WHAT SHE SAID REGARDING RANK VOICE, UH, VOTING.

IT DESTROYS CONFIDENCE IN VOTERS.

UH, IT ALSO, UH, MAKES, UH, PEOPLE FEEL THAT THERE, THE VOTE DON'T COUNT.

WE HAVE ONE VOTE, ONE PERSON.

IT TAB IT, IT, IT, UH, CREATES A TIME WHERE THERE'S A DELAY IN THE COUNTING OF THE VOTES.

AND IT ALSO OPENS US UP FOR COMPUTER FRAUD, WHICH IS A BIG ISSUE THAT WE'RE ALREADY ADDRESSING TODAY.

IT DOES NOT BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER.

IT POLARIZES PEOPLE BECAUSE WE WILL NOT FEEL THAT WE CAN GO DOWN THERE AND VOTE.

AND THAT THAT ONE VOTE IS GONNA COUNT.

THAT WE HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL SOMEONE DECIDES BECAUSE THEY'VE DECIDED THAT, UH, WHO THE CANDIDATE'S GONNA BE.

SO THIS IS NOT GONNA BRING, UM, UH, PEOPLE TOGETHER.

IT'S GONNA DESTROY US IN OUR VOTING SYSTEM.

OKAY, THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS REGINA BERTIA.

SORRY.

GOOD EVENING.

I'M, I'M REGINA FROM THE 14TH DISTRICT.

AND I AGREE WITH THOSE LADIES ALSO.

WE SHOULDN'T HAVE A RANK, UH, CHOICE VOTING FOR MANY REASONS.

IT WOULD BE VERY EXPENSIVE TRANSITIONING INTO IT BECAUSE PEOPLE WOULD HAVE TO BE TRAINED ON HOW TO DO IT.

EQUIPMENT WOULD HAVE TO BE, UH, MODIFIED.

ALSO, IT DELAYS THE RESULTS.

AND THAT WOULD INVOLVE MORE STAFF, MORE TIME AND TIME IS MONEY, AND THE MONEY COMES FROM THE VOTERS.

SO THAT'S NOT A GOOD THING.

IT WOULD, UM, IT'S A PROBLEM WITH THE ONE VOTE, ONE PERSON, ONE VOTE, AND ALSO THE PEOPLE THAT ARE FOR IT.

MOST OF THEM CAN'T EVEN EXPLAIN HOW, HOW IT WORKS.

UH, THERE'S A LOT OF CONFUSION ABOUT IT, AND IT WOULD ONLY ADD TO, UH, LOWERING THE PEOPLE COMING TO VOTE BECAUSE AS IT IS, PEOPLE, UM, FIND THINGS CONFUSING, LIKE COMING TO VOTE.

SO WE NEED TO MAKE IT EASIER, NOT HARDER.

I DON'T KNOW WHERE THE TIME CLOCK IS , BUT THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

AND PLEASE DO NOT, UH, UH, HAVE THE RANK, UH, CHOICE VOTING.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU MS. BERGER.

UM, EUGENE, RALPH, UH, THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.

UH, I'M EUGENE RALPH, CITIZEN OF DALLAS DISTRICT EIGHT.

I SPEAK AGAINST AMENDMENT TWO.

I BELIEVE THE PURPOSE OF ELECTIONS IS BASICALLY TO DEFINE, UH, WHERE THE CITIZENS ACTUALLY WANT, UH, THE DIRECTION OF THE GOVERNMENT TO GO.

AND I DON'T BELIEVE WE CAN RELY ON THAT SORT OF SIGNAL FROM AN OUTCOME, FROM A PROCESS THAT IS KNOWN TO BE PRETTY MUCH CONFUSING AND DISCOURAGING TO VOTERS IN JURISDICTIONS WHERE WE ACTUALLY HAVE IT ACTIVE.

AND IF OUR CURRENT CANDIDATES HAVE AN ISSUE WITH ACTUALLY GARNERING THE MAJORITY OF, UH, CITIZENS' VOTES IN THE FIRST BALLOT.

IF OUR ISSUE IS POLARIZATION, THEN I WOULD SIMPLY SUGGEST THAT THEY ACTUALLY START RUNNING TOWARDS THE MAJORITY OF THE DISTRICT FOR INCUMBENTS.

I WOULD SUGGEST THAT WE ACTUALLY GET BUSY ORDERING THE CITY'S BUSINESS TOWARDS THE GENERAL WELFARE OF THE PEOPLE THAT ACTUALLY LIVE HERE AND NOT GOING ON WITH THIS CRAZY PROCESS.

THAT'S MY

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THING.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, MR. RALPH.

UH, THE NEXT SPEAKER.

THE NEXT SPEAKER IS MELISSA KATZ.

GOOD EVENING.

MY NAME IS MELISSA KATZ.

I'M A DALLAS SITE FOR 58 YEARS, AND THIS IS MY FIRST MEETING.

UM, I'M WANNA TALK ABOUT, AND I'M OPPOSED TO AMENDMENT TO RANK CHOICE VO VOTING.

AND THIS IS MY REASON WHY.

UM, AS AMERICANS, ONE OF OUR BIGGEST PRIVILEGES IS THE RIGHT TO VOTE AND RANK CHOICE VOTING TAKES AWAY THAT OPPORTUNITY.

IT'S A THREAT TO OUR CURRENT ELECTION SYSTEM.

AND CURRENTLY WE HAVE A LOT OF PROBLEMS WITH ELECTION INTEGRITY.

AND SO AMERICANS FEEL LIKE THEIR VOTE DOESN'T COUNT.

AND WE'VE HAD A LOT OF VOTER SUPPRESSION BECAUSE OF THAT.

AND IN STATES WHERE THEY HAVE HAD IT, FOR EXAMPLE, IN NEW YORK, THE N NAACP, THEY SAID THAT AFFECTED AND THAT SUPPRESSED VOTER SUPPRESSION ALSO.

UM, THEY A CLU IN NEW YORK AS WELL, THEY TESTIFIED AND SAID THAT TYPE OF VOTING LED TO VOTER SUPPRESSION.

THE OTHER THING ABOUT THIS, NOT ONLY IS IT CONFUSING, YOU CANNOT AUDIT IT.

YOU CANNOT DO RECOUNTS.

THANK YOU, MS. KAT.

I THINK IT'S IMP PER VERY IMPORTANT FOR US TO FEEL THAT OUR VOTES COUNT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

IT'S YOUR TIME.

OUR, OUR LAST THREE SPEAKERS OF THE NIGHT WILL BE JEFF KITNER, CYNTHIA GRUB, AND MIKE HOOK.

MR. KITNER.

THANK YOU, MR. THANK YOU COMMISSIONERS.

MR. CHAIR.

JEFF KITNER.

I'M THE PARK BOARD MEMBER FOR DISTRICT 11.

I'VE SERVED IN THAT CAPACITY FOR THE LAST SEVEN YEARS.

I'M HERE TO SPEAK IN OPPOSITION TO AMENDMENTS 1 0 3 AND ONE 13.

THANK YOU FOR PREVIOUSLY VOTING DOWN AMENDMENTS 70 AND 85.

AS YOU'VE HEARD FROM MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES AND OTHER RESIDENTS, THESE AMENDMENTS WOULD NEGATIVELY IMPACT THE OPTIMAL GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE OF THE PARK AND RECREATION BOARD BY MOVING THE HIGH PERFORMING DEPARTMENT UNDER MORE CITY HALL BUREAUCRACY, UNDER THE ALREADY OVERBURDENED CITY COUNCIL.

UM, YOU'VE ALL, YOU'VE, YOU'VE SEEN I THINK, LOTS OF WRITTEN CORRESPONDENCE ON THIS AS WELL.

UH, DON'T NEED TO REITERATE ALL THE POINTS HAVE BEEN MADE, BUT I KNOW THAT MANY D 11 FRIENDS GROUPS HAVE REACHED OUT TO YOU ALL AS WELL.

FRIENDS OF NORTH HAVEN TRAIL, FRIENDS OF HILLCREST VILLAGE GREEN, THE DALLAS TRAILS COALITION, LOTS OF OTHERS IN OPPOSITION.

I'M ALSO HERE TO SUPPORT AMENDMENT NUMBER TWO.

THE RANKED CHOICE VOTING.

VOTER TURNOUT IS EXTREMELY LOW IN DALLAS FOR MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS, EVEN LOWER AT RUNOFF RACES.

UH, WE ARE OVERWHELMED WITH ELECTION DATES.

IF WE MOVE, I SUPPORTED MOVING ELECTIONS FROM MAY TO NOVEMBER IN FAVOR, ANYTHING THAT WILL INCREASE ELECTION TURNOUT AND IT WILL SAVE THE CITY MONEY.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU MR. KITNER.

MS. GRUB, CYNTHIA GRUBB.

GOOD EVENING.

WORDS MATTER.

I'M HERE REGARDING THE CHANGING OF THE WORDING.

TO BE INCLUSIVE USING RESIDENT OR PEOPLE IN PLACE OF CITIZEN.

LET'S HAVE A LITTLE DICTIONARY TALK.

A PERSON OWING LOYALTY TO AND ENTITLED BY BIRTH OR NATURALIZATION TO THE PROTECTION OF A STATE OR, OR A NATION.

A PERSON IS A CITIZEN, ONE WHO ENJOYS THE FREEDOM AND PRIVILEGES OF A CITY AS A CITIZEN OF A RESIDENT.

A FREEMAN OF A CITY AS DISTINGUISHED AS A FROM A FOREIGNER.

A CITIZEN IS A PERSON, A CITIZEN IS A RESIDENT.

I, I DON'T UNDERSTAND THE REASONING WHY WE WOULD HAVE TO CHANGE THAT WHEN THOSE TWO ISSUES, THOSE TWO WORDS ARE ACTUALLY INCLUDED IN THE WORD CITIZEN.

SO I THINK IT'S NONSENSICAL TO WASTE YOUR TIME AND CERTAINLY THE VOTER'S TIME IF YOU DECIDE TO PASS THIS.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, MS. GRUBB.

AND FINALLY, WE HAVE MIKE HOOK, FOLKS RANKED CHOICE.

VOTING MIGHT SOUND APPEALING FOR WHATEVER STRANGE REASONS, BUT FOR DALLAS AND ALL OF AMERICA, IT'S A DEEPLY FLAWED SYSTEM.

IT ADDS UNNECESSARY AND DANGEROUS COMPLEXITY TO OUR ELECTORAL PROCESS, POTENTIALLY CONFUSING VOTERS AND BURDENING OUR ALREADY STRAINED ELECTION INFRASTRUCTURE.

MOREOVER, IT DILUTES ACCOUNTABILITY BY

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ALLOWING CANDIDATES WITH FEWER, FEWER FIRST CHOICE VOTES TO WIN FOLKS, IT UNDERMINES THE PRINCIPLES OF MAJORITY RULE.

LET'S PRIORITIZE CLARITY AND FAIRNESS IN OUR ELECTIONS.

SAY NO TO RANK CHOICE VOTING IN DALLAS COUNTY.

THAT'S AMENDMENT NUMBER TWO.

VOTE NO.

ALRIGHT, MR. CHAIR, THAT CONCLUDES THE LIST OF, UH, 37 SPEAKERS FOR TONIGHT.

THANK YOU, JAKE.

UH, NOW OUR FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS IS TO APPROVE THE MEETING MINUTES, UH, FROM OUR MARCH 4TH, 2024 MEETING.

DO I HAVE A MOTION? SO, MOVE.

IS THERE A SECOND DISCUSSION? ALL IN FAVOR? AYE.

AYE.

OPPOSED? NAY.

AYES HAVE IT.

THE MOTION CARRIES.

NOW WE'RE GONNA MOVE INTO THE CONSIDERATION OF PROPOSED AMENDMENTS.

UH, AS WE MOVE INTO THE VOTING PORTION OF THIS AGENDA, WE'LL GIVE THE SUBMITTERS OF EACH AMENDMENT THREE MINUTES.

THAT'S THREE MINUTES TO SPEAK ON THEIR SUBMISSION.

FOLLOWING THAT WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE TO INCLUDE OR EXCLUDE EACH ITEM.

I WANT TO REMIND EVERYONE THAT A MOTION IS REQUIRED TO BE PUT ON THE FLOOR BEFORE DISCUSSION BEGINS.

DISCUSSION MUST THEN BE LIMITED TO THAT WHICH IS GERMANE TO THE MOTION.

KEEP IN MIND THE AGENDA ITEM STATES THE TOPIC THAT IS UP FOR DEBATE AND THE ACTION.

THE SUGGESTED AMENDMENTS ARE OPTIONS FOR THE COMMISSION TO CONSIDER RELATED TO THE AGENDA ITEM.

IT'S IMPORTANT THAT MOTIONS ARE DETAILED AS TO WHAT OPTION YOU'RE WANTING TO INCLUDE FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION.

YOUR MOTION MAY INCLUDE AN OPTION THAT WAS SUBMITTED AS PROPOSED AS A PROPOSED CHARTER AMENDMENT, OR AN OPTION THAT WAS NOT SUBMITTED, BUT STILL GERMANE TO THE AGENDA ITEM.

UH, ANY QUESTIONS ON THAT PROCESS? IT'S WHAT WE FOLLOWED EVERY TIME, BUT MAINLY WANT EVERYONE IN THE PUBLIC TO, TO HEAR THAT AGAIN.

BUT, OKAY.

SO WITH THAT, WE'RE GONNA TAKE THE AGENDA OUT OF ORDER A BIT WITH REGARDS TO ONE ITEM, UH, WE'RE GONNA CALL AGENDA ITEM.

I FIRST, UH, AGENDA ITEM I IS TO AMEND THE WAYS IN WHICH THE PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT IS OVERSEEN.

ITEM I INCLUDES TWO PROPOSALS FOR THE WAY IN WHICH, UH, PARKS AND REC IS, IS OVERSEEN.

AMENDMENT 1 0 3 SUGGESTS THAT THE DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR BE HIRED BY CITY COUNCIL RATHER THAN THE PARK BOARD.

UM, THIS WAS SUGGESTED BY COMMISSIONERS MADANO AND MILLS, UH, COMMISSIONERS ISH HAVE THREE MINUTES TO SPEAK AND WE'LL START.

UH, GREAT.

UH, MR. SPEAKER, UH, THANK YOU.

AND I, I FIRST WANNA SAY I APPRECIATE ALL THE PASSION IN THIS AUDIENCE.

UM, I TOO LOVE PARKS, BUT WHEN I WAS ASKED LAST YEAR, PARDON ME, TO BE ON THE CHARTER REVIEW COMMISSION TO REVIEW THE CITY'S CHARTER, I TOOK IT VERY SERIOUSLY.

I'VE READ THE CHARTER NUMEROUS TIMES.

IT'S A DOCUMENT OVER A HUNDRED PAGES, AND IT'S REVIEWED EVERY 10 YEARS.

IN DOING SO, I VIEWED IT FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF A RESIDENT OF THE CITY OF DALLAS FOR OVER 55 YEARS, AS WELL AS A TAXPAYER.

IN MY OPINION, NOW MORE THAN EVER, I BELIEVE IS IMPORTANT TO ENSURE TRANSPARENCY, ACCOUNTABILITY FOR THE MAYOR, THE CITY COUNCIL, CITY MANAGER, AND ALL DIRECTORS OF THE VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS.

THE PARK BOARD VOLUNTEERS DEDICATE A LOT OF TIME, ENERGY, AND ATTENTION TO MAKING SURE DALLAS HAS A GREAT PARK SYSTEM.

BUT THE PUR PURPOSE OF MY CO-SPONSORSHIP OF AMENDMENT 1 0 3 WITH COMMISSIONER MADANO WAS AND IS TO HAVE AN OPEN DISCUSSION REGARDING THE ACCOUNTABILITY, THE EFFICIENCY, AND THE TRANSPARENCY OF THE PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT.

WHEN A DEPARTMENT HAS A BUDGET OVER $114 MILLION AND IS POTENTIALLY RECEIVING ANOTHER 345 MILLION IN BOND PROCEEDS, I THINK IT'S PRUDENT THAT THE CURRENT STRUCTURE BE DISCUSSED AND REVIEWED, ESPECIALLY SINCE THIS STRUCTURE HAS BEEN IN PLACE FOR MORE THAN A CENTURY.

SO I SEE THE NEED TO REVIEW IT WITH AN EYE ON OUR CITY'S NEEDS.

NOW, NOT THOSE OF A HUNDRED YEARS AGO, OF THE 42 OF THE 42 DEPARTMENTS IN THE CITY OF DALLAS, ONLY TWO DO NOT REPORT TO THE CITY MANAGER, THE, THE CIVIL SERVICE DIRECTOR AND THE PARKS AND RECREATION DIRECTOR IN ANY LARGE COMPANY OR FORTUNE 500 COMPANY.

THIS WOULD NEVER BE THE CASE.

DALLAS IS VALUED AT OVER $150 BILLION.

SO WE NEED TO THINK IN THESE TERMS. I'VE REVIEWED HOW SOME OTHER TEXAS CITIES INCLUDE THEIR PARK DEPARTMENT AND THEIR ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

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IN HOUSTON, AUSTIN, SAN ANTONIO, EL PASO, FORT WORTH, ARLINGTON, CORPUS CHRISTI, PLANO, AND LUBBOCK, THE DIRECTOR OF THE PARKS DEPARTMENT, IS HIRED BY THE CITY MANAGER OR THE CITY COUNCIL AND NOT BY ITS OWN BOARD, WITHOUT ANY OTHER CITY OVERSIGHT.

THIS IS WHY WE NEED TO HAVE A DISCUSSION.

AND A COMMENT WAS MADE A FEW MINUTES AGO ABOUT RETALIATION.

I'M NOT RETALIATING.

I'M NOT A POLITICIAN.

I'M HERE TO TRY TO MAKE THIS CITY BETTER.

THAT'S ALL.

AND MAYBE I'M WRONG.

IF I'M WRONG, I'M WRONG.

I SEE PEOPLE IN THIS AUDIENCE THAT I KNOW WHO WORK VERY HARD IN THE PARKS DEPARTMENT AND I APPRECIATE THAT.

BUT I THINK THIS IS WORTHY OF A DISCUSSION.

SO I'LL, I'LL TURN IT BACK TO YOU, MR. CHAIR.

UH, THANK YOU, UH, MR. MADANO.

ALRIGHT, THANK YOU.

UH, LET'S START OFF REAL QUICK.

UH, 19 YEARS OLD.

FIRST JOB PARKS DEPARTMENT HIRED ME.

I WAS WORKING AS A PART-TIME, UH, ASSISTANT AT ZARAGOZA RECREATION CENTER.

LOVE PARKS.

GOT TO WORK WITH KIDS.

ACTUALLY, I BELIEVE THAT'S WHY I GOT ELECTED TO THE SCHOOL BOARD BECAUSE PEOPLE SAW ME THERE AND WORKING WITH KIDS, UH, UM, AND DOING STUFF IN THE COMMUNITY.

I, I I, I GIVE THE, THE, MY THANKS TO THE PARKS DEPARTMENT BECAUSE THEY HELPED ME GET ELECTED.

I WAS WORKING WITH KIDS, UM, FINISHED COLLEGE.

I LIKED IT SO MUCH THAT I WANTED TO BE A FULL-TIME EMPLOYEE WITH THE PARKS DEPARTMENT.

SO I MANAGED XAL PARK AND SAMUEL GRAND.

I'M NOT SURE IF YOU KNEW THAT, BUT I DID.

SO I DID THAT FOR A LONG TIME.

SO ONE OF THE, I ALMOST DIDN'T EVEN RUN FOR COUNCIL BECAUSE I LOVED PARKS SO MUCH AND I LOVED MY JOB AND I SAW MYSELF ELEVATING IN THAT, IN THIS DEPARTMENT.

UH, I BELIEVE THAT WAS THE BIGGEST MAKE I WOULD'VE MADE .

BUT A, UH, I DIDN'T DO IT.

I DECIDED TO RUN FOR COUNCIL.

SO I LOVE PARKS.

JUST GONNA GO THROUGH, JUST GIMME A CHANCE TO BRAG A LITTLE BIT.

AS A, AS A CITY COUNCIL MEMBER, WHAT I DID IS IN PARKS BUCKNER PARK, CROCKETT DOG PARK, SAMUEL GRAND AQUATIC CENTER, BACHMAN AQUATIC CENTER, KB POLKS, GRAY GROUND GROW, OUR WILDERS PLAYGROUND, THE NEW GATE PARK THAT'S ABOUT TO OPEN.

GUESS WHO HAD THE VISION YEARS AGO? ME, $4 MILLION SKATE PARK IS GONNA BE DONE.

OUR FIRST ONE I LOVE PARKS, BUT THERE'S ONE THING THAT I ALWAYS THOUGHT WAS, WAS KIND OF, KIND OF WEIRD AND I WAS AN EMPLOYEE, BUT BACK THEN IT DIDN'T BOTHER ME 'CAUSE NOTHING HAD HAPPENED.

BUT WHEN I BECAME A COUNCIL MEMBER AND, UH, MY COUN, MY PARK BOARD MEMBER, WHO'S A CURRENT COUNCIL MEMBER, JESSE MORENO, WAS APPROACHED BY SOME DEVELOPERS TO, UH, PRIVATIZE THE PARK THAT I GREW UP IN, THE PARK THAT I LOVE.

RIVERSTONE PARK.

WE TOLD THEM, NO, THEY WENT AWAY.

GOOD.

THAT'S NOT GONNA HAPPEN HERE.

NOT UNDER MY WATCH.

COUPLE YEARS LATER, MAYBE FOR A MONTH OR SO DOWN THE ROAD, FORMER PARK BOARD PRESIDENT, FORMER PARK BOARD PRESIDENT BROUGHT SOME DEVELOPERS TO THE CURRENT PARK BOARD.

SO, HEY, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE A FORMER PARK BOARD PRESIDENT, YOU KNOW, I DON'T KNOW IF THEY WERE CONSULTING FOR THEM OR WHATEVER, BROUGHT THE PERSON TO THE, THE PARK BOARD.

UM, THEY DIDN'T GO TO TO, TO MR. MORENO 'CAUSE HE KNEW THAT WAS A NO-NO.

SO THEY STARTED WORKING ON A PLAN WITHOUT MYSELF KNOWING AND MY CURRENT PARK BOARD MEMBER NOT KNOWING.

BY THE TIME I FOUND OUT WHAT WAS GOING ON, IT WAS HALF BAKED PLAN.

WE DID NOT KNOW THIS WAS GONNA BE RAM ROTTED DOWN MY DISTRICT, DOWN OUR THROATS.

IF Y'ALL KNOW ME, I'M NOT GONNA BACK DOWN.

I'M A FIGHTER, BUT IT'S ALSO, I'M GONNA DO WHAT'S RIGHT FOR THE CITY AND WHAT'S RIGHT FOR MY COMMUNITY.

ALWAYS BEEN THAT WAY.

ALWAYS BEEN THAT WAY.

ASK ANYONE.

SO BY THE TIME IT GOT, IT WENT THROUGH PARK BOARD 12 TO THREE, TIM DICKEY, JESSE MORENO, BECKY RADER, THE ONLY ONES THAT VOTED AGAINST IT, SOME OF THOSE PEOPLE ARE STILL ON THAT PARK BOARD.

SO I PROMISED MYSELF IF I EVER HAD A CHANCE TO TRY TO CORRECT THIS, I WOULD.

AND THAT'S WHY I'M HERE.

NOT TO RETALIATE, NOT RETALIATION, IS TO PROTECT OTHER PARKS OR, OR OTHER THINGS FROM HAPPENING.

SO, SO, UM, WHEN IT CAME TO ME, THE PLAN WAS THEY WOULD TAKE OVER THE PARK.

REMEMBER THAT PARK THEY WERE GONNA TAKE OVER WAS ABOUT $20 MILLION WORTH OF LAND.

IT'S ABOUT FOUR TO SIX ACRES OF PARK THAT THEY WERE GONNA TAKE OVER.

AND YOU KNOW HOW MUCH THEY WERE GONNA PAY, LEASE AND GIVE TO THE PARKS

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DEPARTMENT.

37, 5, 30 $7,000.

THAT'S WHAT WE WERE GONNA GET A YEAR FROM THIS SPORTS VENUE ENTERTAINMENT THAT WAS GONNA TAKE OVER.

AND WE'RE GONNA HAVE CONCERTS, BALLPARK, A A MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL.

REALLY THE CONCERTS.

IT WAS GONNA BE A, A VENUE.

UM, I SAW THAT IT MIGHT GET RAM ROTTED.

SO I HAD TO DO THE BEST THAT I COULD AND MAKE IT THE BEST, UM, UH, DEAL.

THE BEST I COULD GET WAS 125 A YEAR, 120 5K.

THAT'S WHAT WE'RE GONNA GET.

THAT'S WHAT WE WERE GONNA GET.

UM, THE DAY OF THE VOTE, THIS IS WHAT REALLY CHAPPED MAHY, THE DAY OF THE VOTE.

SEVERAL PARK BOARD MEMBERS WERE SITTING WITH THE DEVELOPERS WHILE WE WERE DISCUSSING IT.

JUST LIKE NOW.

THEY WERE IN THE AUDIENCE WITH THE DEVELOPERS LAUGHING AWAY THINKING THEY'RE GONNA WIN THAT NIGHT.

IT WAS A VERY CLOSE VOTE.

EIGHT TO SEVEN.

WE WON.

WE WON THAT NIGHT.

IT WAS EXCITING.

TWO WEEKS LATER, THE COUNCIL MEMBER THAT ADJACENT TO MY DISTRICT DECIDED TO HAVE FOR A REVOTE.

HE REVOTE HE SWITCHED HIS VOTE.

WE LOST RIVER SEAN PARK.

THAT WAS PROBABLY THE WORST FEELING.

WE LOST RIVER SEAN PARK.

NEEDLESS TO SAY THAT COUNCIL MEMBER IS A ONE TERM COUNCIL MEMBER.

'CAUSE ALL HIS CONSTITUENTS VOTED HIM OUT OF OFFICE, MESSING WITH PARKS.

UM, SO, UH, THE ONLY THING THAT SAVED RIVERSTONE, THE ONLY THING THAT SAVED RIVERSTONE, I KNOW IT'S BAD FOR US, BUT IT WAS COVID.

NOBODY WANTED IT TO, TO, TO GIVE MONEY OR RAISE MONEY.

AND, UM, THEY DIDN'T COME UP WITH THE MONEY AND TIME THE DATE THAT, THAT, UH, THEY NEEDED TO.

SO WE WERE ABLE TO AVOID THAT CONTRACT.

I WAS ABLE TO AVOID THAT CONTRACT ON MY BIRTHDAY .

SO THAT WAS PROBABLY THE BEST, BEST, BEST BIRTHDAY PRESENT I EVER HAD.

BUT THAT'S WHY I'M DOING THIS BECAUSE THERE WERE BACKDOOR DEALS BEFORE THE COUNCIL MEMBER KNEW.

AND IT WAS, AND YOU CAN SAY WHATEVER YOU WANNA SAY, BUT THAT'S WHAT IT WAS.

HOW, HOW COME WE DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT IT? UH, BUT TO SAY THAT I DON'T LIKE PARKS OR, YOU KNOW, WE'VE, WE'VE HEARD THAT IN THE PAPER OR I'VE HEARD PEOPLE SAY IT IS, IT IS FUNNY.

I'M TRYING TO PROTECT IT.

SO THIS DOESN'T HAPPEN TO A WHITE ROCK LAKE.

SO IT DOESN'T HAPPEN TO A CRAWFORD PARK OR A KEITH PARK OR ANY OTHER PARK.

AND THAT'S WHY I'M DOING THAT TODAY.

WIN OR LOSE, IT'S FINE.

I JUST SAID I WANTED TO GET A CHANCE AND BE ABLE TO DO THAT TO SHOW THAT HEY, I I WAS GONNA BE ABLE TO STOP THAT.

'CAUSE THAT'S PROBABLY THE WORST FEELING YOU CAN DO IS WHEN YOU HAVE YOUR HANDS TIED.

UH, WHEN I WENT TO THE DIRECTOR TO TRY TO STOP HIM FROM, UM, UM, UH, LISTENING TO THE PARK BOARD MEMBERS AND I, I DON'T BLAME JOHN JENKINS, HE WAS MY BOSS.

I DON'T KNOW IF Y'ALL KNOW THAT, BUT HE WAS MY BOSS FOR A LITTLE BIT.

UH, AND THEN I BECAME ONE OF HIS 30 BOSSES.

THAT'S HOW MANY HE HAS.

SO I UNDERSTAND WHY HE HAD TO LISTEN TO THEM AND AT LEAST, UH, UM, UM, 'CAUSE THEY HIRED HIM.

THEY DO HIRE HIM.

AND SO THAT'S WHERE I FOUND OUT THAT THAT WAS, THAT WAS KIND OF AN ISSUE THERE WHEN HE DIDN'T WANNA LISTEN TO THE ELECTED BODY, BUT LISTEN TO SOMEONE THAT IS NOT ACCOUNTABLE TO THE VOTERS.

AND I GET IT.

THEY HIRE HIM.

SO I DIDN'T FAULT HIM FOR THAT.

HE, THEY HIRE HIM.

SO, BUT I JUST KNEW THAT THAT WAS AN ISSUE BECAUSE HE COULDN'T, HE COULDN'T, HE COULD NOT LISTEN TO ME.

'CAUSE HE HAD TO LISTEN TO ONE OF SEVERAL OF HIS BOSSES THAT HAD, THAT HAD WANTED TO DO THIS, THIS PLAN.

AND SO THAT'S THE REASON I'M DOING THIS TODAY.

SO I HOPE YOU GUYS CAN UNDERSTAND WHERE I'M COMING FROM AND SEE THAT AND SEE IF SOMEONE'S ATTACKING YOUR COMMUNITY.

UH, BUT, UM, LUCKILY WE DO HAVE RIVERSTONE HERE AND WE HAVE A GREAT PARTNERSHIP WITH DALLAS SD AND WE'RE REDOING THE BALL FIELD NOW.

BUT, UH, THIS CAN HAPPEN TO ANYBODY'S NEIGHBORHOOD AND THAT'S WHY I'M DOING IT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

THE OTHER SUGGESTION WAS THAT PARKS, UH, THE PARKS DEPARTMENT HAVE ITS BUDGET APPROVED DIRECTLY BY CITY COUNCIL RATHER THAN ITS CURRENT PROCESS, WHICH GOES THROUGH THE CITY MANAGER, UH, SCOTT GOLDSTEIN.

UH, YOU'LL HAVE THREE MINUTES TO SPEAK ON, UH, THAT SUGGESTION.

AND THEN I'LL OPEN THE FLOOR, UH, TO MOTIONS AND DISCUSSION ON, UM, THESE AGENDA ITEMS. GOOD EVENING AGAIN.

UM, THANK YOU COMMISSIONERS.

WHEN PARK BOARD, UH, MEMBER TIM DICKEY AND I FIRST SUBMITTED THIS AMENDMENT SEVERAL MONTHS AGO, AT THE END OF LAST YEAR, OUR INTENTION WAS TO STRENGTHEN PARK'S INDEPENDENCE BY PUTTING THE BUDGET PROCESS DIRECTLY THROUGH THE PARK BOARD AND CITY COUNCIL.

WE HAD NO IDEA AT THAT TIME HOW MUCH ENERGY, UH, WE'D BE SPENDING OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS DEFENDING AGAINST WHAT WE SEE AS, UH, UNNECESSARY BAD AMENDMENTS TO UNDO PARKS AMENDMENT.

THE ARGUMENT THAT, UH, MANY OF THE PARKS SUPPORTERS HERE TONIGHT AND MANY OF THE COMMISSION MEMBERS A COUPLE WEEKS AGO HAS MADE IS THAT THE CURRENT SYSTEM WORKS AND WE SHOULD LEAVE IT ALONE.

AND MR. DICKEY AND I AGREE.

SO WE THINK IT'D BE DISINGENUOUS OF US TO CONTINUE TO PUSH THIS AMENDMENT.

AND WE ASK THAT THIS ONE BE EXCLUDED FROM CONSIDERATION AND WE KEEP THE, THE STATUS QUO FOR THE PARKS GOVERNANCE IN DALLAS.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

MR. CAMPBELL.

DOES IT TAKE A, A MOTION TO EXCLUDE, TO

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EXCLUDE THAT OR IT DOES, YES.

I'LL MOVE TO EXCLUDE AMENDMENT 1 21 SECOND.

OKAY.

THERE'S BEEN A SECOND ON THE MOTION TO EXCLUDE AMENDMENT 1 21.

ANY DISCUSSION? I WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK ON THAT POINT, MS. HUNT.

UH, I WOULD LIKE, I, I WOULD RECOMMEND THAT WE VOTE ON THAT MATTER AFTER WE HAVE A VOTE ON 1 0 3, WHICH WOULD FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGE HOW THE PARKS DIRECTOR IS SELECTED.

UM, I I THINK THAT, UM, IT, IT JUST MAKES, IT MAKES MORE SENSE TO ME TO HAVE THAT VOTE AFTER WE DECIDE HOW THE PARK STRUCTURE'S GONNA BE.

IF, IF THERE, IF YOU WOULD BE, I'LL DRAW IN MOTION.

OKAY.

UM, ALRIGHT.

THE MOTION IS WITHDRAWN.

IS THERE ANOTHER MOTION? YEAH, I, I MAKE A MOTION TO INCLUDE 1 0 3.

THERE'S A MOTION TO INCLUDE 1 0 3.

IS THERE SECOND? I SECOND DISCUSSION.

ALL IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION TO, OH, MS. HUNT.

SORRY, I DIDN'T SEE HIM.

THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR.

UM, I WANNA THANK EVERYONE, UH, CURRENT PARK BOARD MEMBERS WHO SPOKE TONIGHT, PAST PARK BOARD MEMBERS, PAST PRESIDENTS, UM, FOR YOUR ADVOCACY OF OUR PARKS, AND OF COURSE ALL OF THE FOLKS IN OUR PARKS ORGANIZATIONS WHO'VE TAKEN THEIR TIME OUT, UM, TO, TO WORK ON THIS ISSUE TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE.

UM, I I'M OPPOSED TO THIS MOTION, UM, FOR ALL OF THE REASONS THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN DISCUSSED.

SO I, I'M NOT GOING TO REPEAT THAT, BUT I WANNA SHARE A VERY QUICK STORY.

I WAS RECENTLY APPOINTED TO THE DFW AIRPORT BOARD.

I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE ONE OF THE FORMER BOARD MEMBERS OUT TO LUNCH TO PICK HIS BRAIN.

UM, I ASKED HIM IF HE THOUGHT THAT THE DFW AIRPORT WAS WELL RUN, AND HE, THIS IS SOMEONE WHO'S A PILOT WHO'S HIGHLY ACTIVE IN AVIATION, WHO SPENDS A LOT OF TIME AT OTHER AIRPORTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

I, I SAID COMPARATIVELY, WHAT DO YOU THINK? AND HE SAID, I THINK IT'S EXTREMELY WELL RUN.

UH, AND I SAID, WHAT DO YOU ATTRIBUTE THAT TO? AND HE SAID, ANGELA, THERE ARE OTHER AIRPORTS, MAJOR AIRPORTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, AND HE NAMED A COUPLE OF THEM, UM, LAX AND UM, UM, JFK.

AND HE SAID THEY ARE POORLY RUN BECAUSE OF THEIR STRUCTURE, BECAUSE THEIR ELECTED OFFICIALS ARE ACTIVELY ENGAGED IN THE