Photos by Patrick MichelsAlong with a roomful of election workers, Ater Malekjob, left, and Lawrence Mogga are coordinating voter registration in Dallas for next year's referendum on independence for Southern Sudan. An unremarkable northeast Dallas office park, just outside the 635 Loop, is one of ... More >>
Bill CeverhaIn my narrow and twisted personal universe, everything is about the trinity River Project, even today's closing arguments in Austin in the money laundering trial of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. Follow me into the labyrinth. People ask me all the time, "Who's behind thi ... More >>
Trinity River Project stories are The Dallas Morning News on mescaline. The city's only daily does so well with other coverage. But then they drop one of those Trinity River tabs, and the walls go to rubber. This morning The Dallas Morning News publishes a story saying the federal share of the Tr ... More >>
Flickr user: Jay GunnWhen W.W. Samuell left the city of Dallas thousands of acres of park land upon his death in 1937, he left very explicit instructions: "Real estate to the City of Dallas Park Board for park purposes - not to be sold." Yesterday we broke the news that the Park and Rec board wil ... More >>
Flickr user: lopolisRight about now Progress Dallas's peoples are at Dallas City Hall dropping off the petitions it says will most definitely trigger a local option election allowing Dallas residents the opportunity to vote for drenching the dry parts of town in beer and wine. Progress Dallas say ... More >>
You sit yourself down in a restaurant, a real find, one that has taken you to parts unknown: aka Oak Cliff. You're exhausted because your GPS was on the fritz and you had to actually ask for directions three times, which violated every man law you hold sacred. You could use a beer or three, so ... More >>
We kicked off yesterday by previewing Dallas's "billion-dollar" case before the Supreme Court of Texas: City of Dallas v . Kenneth Albert, a 13-year-old consolidated suit involving hundreds of firefighters demanding thousands in back pay. The city says it's immune from being sued; the attorneys o ... More >>
Alexa SchirtzingerAt last night's "Day of Decision Rally," timed to coincide with the California Supreme Court's ruling on Proposition 8, the cries of "We're here! We're queer! Get used to it!" rang out above the roar of traffic at the corner of Cedar Springs Road and Oak Lawn Avenue. "Se-pa-rate, c ... More >>
In my inbox this morning, I received an e-mail from the Vote No! group, who are packaging Proposition 1 and 2 together. For those needing clarification, Proposition 1 will approve a charter amendment prohibiting the city from "owning, financing, constructing, or operating a hotel or other lodging f ... More >>
The ad above began airing on local television stations this morning and represents the third installment from the anti-hotel group in what has become an extremely pricey effort funded largely by Harlan Crow to thwart the city's plans to build a publicly owned convention center hotel. It features t ... More >>
Voters can thank the bond market for the opportunity to endorse or kill Mayor Tom Leppert's convention center hotel project at the polls May 9.Since the Dallas City Council approved the developer and operator agreements for the convention center hotel, the Vote No'ers have been eagerly awaiting an ... More >>
Sam MertenThere's this "one individual" Leppert tossed under the bus. Then he threw it in reverse and ran him over a few times for good measure. Mayor Tom Leppert and Anne Raymond of Crow Holdings and Citizens Against the Taxpayer-Owned Hotel made another campaign stop at the Bachman Recreation Cen ... More >>
We know we're getting this. But what else?When the Dallas City Council started the process of selecting a site for the convention center hotel in August 2007, it was stressed that the location "foster economic development in the downtown core through retail and entertainment establishments." Sure, ... More >>
Bill BetzenCouncil members Tennell Atkins and Dwaine Caraway do Mayor Tom's dirty work back in November 2007.In the comments of a blog item regarding council member Tennell Atkins's questionable campaign finance reports, someone using the name "joe" suggested that, along with being a hobbit, my moti ... More >>
Sam MertenWe've been hearing for some time that the Citizens Against the Taxpayer-Owned Hotel would be seeking a temporary restraining order sooner than later to keep the city from proceeding with the convention center hotel without a proper vote. Turns out, sooner was yesterday: Citizens Against th ... More >>
Unite Here!, the New York City-based labor organization gathering signatures for a referendum on subsidies to developers, tells me it will turn in its petitions tomorrow -- and with plenty more than the required 20,000 signatures. City Secretary Debra Watkins told me this afternoon it isn't clear ... More >>
Brian HarkinAngela Hunt isn't shocked about the funding issues with the Trinity Turnpike, especially since she knew about them before the vote in November 2007.After reading Friday's story in The Dallas Morning News regarding the nearly $1 billion funding gap for the Trinity Turnpike, Angela Hunt de ... More >>
Patrick MichelsEven though Mayor Tom is committed to building the hotel before the May 9 vote, Assistant City Manager A.C. Gonzalez says it won't happen until the bond market turns around.While the city council continues to face delays regarding the selection of an operator for the convention cente ... More >>
City Hall plows ahead with convention center hotel despite petitions
DSM says CPA will cannibalize other theaters. CPA says DSM is afraid of competition. We say 'bout time rich people fought rich people.
Do you really see a freeway somewhere out in that flood?
So what about the dogfight on the Trinity River Project?
Singing the blues at the courthouse
Letters from the issue of April 10, 2003