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Deep Ellum needs your help!

From: Raine D.
Sent on: Monday, June 22, 2009 10:05 PM
Deep Ellum needs your help.

Private parking companies are exploiting the lack of an ordinance governing booting with wide-scale booting of vehicles in Deep Ellum that they claim, in their sole discretion, have not paid properly. It is wrong on many levels and has led to tremendous abuse, documented in depth here ( and many other places.

Unfortunately, when someone gets booted improperly, must pay $100 to take the boot off, and feels like they have no fair way to prove their payment, they feel abused and will never come back to Deep Ellum. Deep Ellum pays the cost, not the parking companies.

The Deep Ellum Community Association, the Deep Ellum Foundation, and DEEP are all asking for a reasonable ordinance allowing booting only on lots providing patrons with a receipt upfront from a parking lot attendant or from an electric payment box that accepts cash, credit, or debit cards. That way the patron has proof that they paid. Very reasonable, Houston has adopted that requirement, and the Dallas city staff recommended it as well.

Everything looked fine until last week, when we learned that the parking companies had hired Carol Reed, the most feared lobbyist in Dallas, and suddenly much of the council support for that ordinance is slipping away and the council is now poised to endorse a watered down ordinance that is, to put it kindly, a sad joke.

The vote is Wednesday at 1pm at City Hall.

You can help with one click.

Please send the Mayor and the entire City Council a message asking them to allow booting only on lots that give patrons a receipt from a parking lot attendant or electronic pay box. Put it in your own words, tell them how much booting is hurting Deep Ellum, and tell them any horror stories you have. PLEASE!!!!! Just click and it will send the message automatically.

Better yet, attend the council meeting and let your voice be known. RSVP is not necessary, but you can let us know your are coming at

And you can sign a written petition on the inside door at Twisted Root until Tuesday night. (we take down other petitions in the neighborhood Tuesday afternoon).

Any questions or to see how you can help, contact Sean Fitzgerald, President of Deep Ellum Community Association, at[masked], or at [address removed]

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