City News Roundup

Dallas joins national women's marches and more city news this week

Dallas joins national women's marches and more city news this week

Dallas was in touch with national stuff this week, including a visit from on online CEO and participation in a national movement of marches for women's rights.

Here's what happened in Dallas news this week:

March here
Following the inauguration of President Donald Trump (attended by chinless Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress), women across the country participated in marches for women's rights and social justice. That included Dallas, where the event was organized by state Rep. Victoria Neave. NBC5 estimated the turnout in Dallas at more than 10,000, greatly exceeding Neave's expectations. Fort Worth held its own march, as did Denton, which also drew boffo crowds.

Bond action
The Dallas City Council got a briefing on the capital bond program which would pay for street repair. Oddly, Mayor Mike Rawlings held a straw vote on the issue, which meant that no official vote on the bond went on the record. Council member Philip Kingston said it was "one of the nuttiest things I've seen since I got here," since most voters want their streets fixed. Calling it an Open Meetings violation, he initiated a process to force council members to take a record vote on the bond package, and the topic is on the agenda for February 8.

Liener Temerlin RIP
Liener Temerlin died on January 12. SMU President R. Gerald Turner described him as "a Dallas legend whose vision for his industry served his vision of a world changed for the better." He was the co-founder of ad agency Temerlin McClain and founder, chairman, and festival director of the AFI’s Dallas International Film Festival from 2006 to 2008.

Strong Arm RIP
Lawyer Brian Loncar was found dead in his car on December 4, eight days after the death of his daughter, Grace. The Dallas County medical examiner's office ruled the cause of his death as an accidental cocaine overdose, with heart disease as a contributing factor.

Candy endorsement
Candace Evans, founder of real estate blog Candy's Dirt and our favorite candidate for Dallas City Council, has earned an endorsement from former State Senator John Carona. Evans says that she shares many of Carona's political values, including pragmatic budgeting in the State Senate, keeping taxes low, but funding the infrastructure needed for economic growth.

Facebook is cool
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was in Texas to testify in a lawsuit involving a Facebook-owned company. While here, he helped out on a community garden, visited a data center, and went to the rodeo (boo). His visit earned all-in coverage from the Dallas Morning News, who made it front page news (with a breathless "Behold!"), tracked the restaurants where he ate, and even rented freeway traffic boards to tell commuters that Zuckerberg Was Here.