Not to try to stir the pot or make trouble or pour gasoline on a fire or anything, but several thousand loud, irate and semi-out-of-control citizens really need to show up at City Hall tomorrow for the 9 a.m. briefing session of the Dallas city council. First item on the agenda is whether or not the council and mayor are going to call an election on the Trinity toll road next November, as the law plainly requires them to do.
Last month, when TrinityVote turned in way more than the required 48,000 certified signatures on petitions, their accomplishment meant the city council was legally bound to call an election or just agree outright not to build a toll road through the new river park downtown. They’ll never do that, so they are bound by law to call the election.
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But some council members and the mayor have been making noises about somehow wriggling around the law. It just shows how little respect they have for the thousands and thousands of citizens -- more than who elected Tom Leppert mayor, mind you -- who asked for an election by signing petitions.
So tomorrow somebody’s got to teach them some respect. City Hall is at 1500 Marilla Street downtown.
You enter the garage off eastbound Young Street and park for free. The entrance is right in the middle of the street as you’re going east toward City Hall. If you find yourself going west on Young past City Hall, you’re allowed to make a U-turn to get into the garage. The meeting room is 6ES (Six E South).
There will be lots of security people around to help you. Don’t be mean to them. They’re nice folks. It’s that city council that’s the problem. --Jim Schutze