Leading Off (11/27/12)

Dallas ISD’s New Chief of Staff Quits. Last month, Alan King unexpectedly resigned as Superintendent Mike Miles’ right-hand man. To replace him, Miles hired Leonardo Caballero, paying him $180,000 a year. He was announced as the new chief of staff on November 12. Now, though, he has quit the gig (paywall), citing family reasons. I am absolutely certain that you should take Caballero at his word and that these unexpected resignations are not a sign of trouble. Yes, the position would have paid Caballero twice what he was making at his previous job. Sure, I know he was pretty vague about the whole “personal and family reasons” excuse. But here’s what you need to ask yourself: if the Zetas drug cartel kidnapped your daughter and would only return her safely if you quit your new job without offering a concrete reason, wouldn’t you do it? I thought so.

Plano Can’t Build Parks. Plano voters have approved $51.2 million in bond money since 2005 to build eight major parks and recreation projects, but the city can’t move forward because if those projects are built, Plano couldn’t afford to operate them (paywall). Citizens of Plano, this is a good thing. Learn from Dallas. If you build cool parks, it only makes parking a bitch. Thanks a lot, Klyde Warren!

P.S.: That Above-Referenced Story About Parking Around Klyde Warren Is Embarrassing. Seriously, people. A story you won’t see in New York: “Parking Tough To Find Near Central Park.” A story you won’t see in Chicago: “Parking Scarce Near Millennium Park.” Urban density. Get used to it.

Pack of Pit Bulls Maul Man. Pit bulls are unfairly stigmatized as aggressive, violent animals. Think about it. Golden retrievers could have done this. Labradoodles, too.