28th SCBA Annual Meeting

November 6, 2009

28th SCBA Annual Meeting

Keynote speaker T. Boone Pickens addresses the audience

The 28th Annual Meeting of the Stemmons Corridor Business Association was held November 4, 2009 with keynote speaker T. Boone Pickens. Mr. Pickens updated the audience on The Pickens Plan, a blueprint to reduce foreign oil dependence by harnessing domestic energy alternatives. The audience of 470 guests included business leaders as well as federal, state and local officials. SCBA would like to thank all of our sponsors who helped make this event a tremendous success.

SCBA Welcomes 2009-2010 Board of Directors:

On November 4, 2009 members voted on the new 2009-2010 SCBA Board of Directors. Tony Gilbert of Mary Kay, Inc. will serve as Chairman and Tim Detten of Aldinger Company will serve as Vice Chairman. For a list and biography of each board member please visit our website.

Update on SOBs in the Stemmons Corridor:

Northwest Dallas Community Task Force is making a difference!

Representative Rafael Anchia chairs this task force that represents a public and private partnership to reduce crime in the Northwest Dallas area. Under Representative Anchia’s leadership, this team is making a difference in the Stemmons Corridor. Chairman Tony Gilbert is an active member of this task force and communicates the concerns and needs of the Stemmons Corridor businesses. A partnership between Code, Vice, TABC and the City Attorney's office has resulted in 26 Certificates of Occupancy (CO) revoked since April 2009. Of the 26 revoked, 12 illegally operated “service” businesses have been closed, 6 lawsuits initiated with 4 orders for close and 3 under appeal. The approach of focusing on compliance and discussing any changes needed to be undertaken in the next legislative session is proving to be spot on.

81st Legislative session is giving new tools to Dallas law enforcement. Representative Anchia worked to give DPD Vice access to a State Data Base that lists nationwide violations that can impact whether an SOB (Sexually Oriented Business) receives a license. This will help assure that licenses are not issued to bad actors.

Additionally, Representative Jim Jackson authored a successful bill that is key to law enforcement knowing the identity of those working in SOBs. Bill SB 707 (HB 1034) - Helps to protect children from sexual predators, by requiring sexually oriented businesses to keep photo ID records verifying the age of their employees and independent contractors. The bill requires that the records be maintained for 2 years after an employee's last day, and makes the records available for inspection by law enforcement, the Office of Attorney General, and the Workforce Commission.

Unfortunately several other Bills were not successful. SCBA is actively pursuing the reintroduction of a bill (formally HB206) that would require BYOB SOBs to obtain a permit from TABC.

SCBA’s position is that these businesses often bring an increase of crime into an area thus having a negative impact on the area. Access www.scbadallas.org for a list of specific violations by location and year.

SCBA 2009 Holiday Mixer

If you haven't already registered for the 2009 SCBA Holiday Mixer please do so by email or call (214) 800-8771. For more details on this event click here.