Dallas' new city manager has punched in, and has already hired some new help. Meanwhile, Dallas may get a hotel from Donald Trump. Here's what happened in Dallas city news this week:
T.C. Broadnax began his job this week as Dallas' new city manager with two appointments: chief of staff Kimberly Tolbert, and new assistant city manager Majed Al-Ghafry.
Tolbert comes from the North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) where she worked on strategic planning, business diversity practices, human resources process, communications, and community outreach efforts.
Al-Ghafry has more than 28 years in municipal government, with emphases on public works, transportation, operations, land development, and economic development. His experience includes serving as public works director for the city of San Antonio; Broadnax worked there as assistant city manager.
The Trump Organization is working on a deal with developer Mike Sarimsakci to build a hotel in downtown Dallas, on St. Paul Street between Wood and Young. Sarimsakci is the developer behind such downtown renovations as 1401 Elm and the Butler Brothers Building, which is one block away and across the street from Dallas City Hall.
The hotel would be part of a new chain of small hotels under the Scion brand — sorry, no "Trump" on the Dallas skyline — and is geared toward younger, cost-conscious travelers, with room rates at $200-$300 per night. Sarimsakci told the DBJ he's been in talks with the Trump group for more than a year.
Even though he promised he wasn't gonna, former Dallas City Council member Dwaine Caraway is running again in District 4, the seat currently held by Carolyn Arnold. Caraway is fully on board with the "wreck park" they're trying to build over I-35 and is also pro-shrimp cocktail. "Who would not want quality restaurants where we can sit down and have a shrimp cocktail and a steak with a tablecloth in our own community?" he asked.
Save this building
The Dallas Morning News is relocating its operations to the former Dallas Public Library, but has not sought out historical designation for the building it currently occupies at 508 Young St. — despite the fact that the Dallas Morning News has so diligently covered other preservation issues.
The Dallas Observer gently suggests that "a hint or a suggestion that battles are being chosen carefully would be nice, not chosen simply for the joy and self-gratification of the battle itself, for the delicious opportunity to wag a long finger of sanctimony at someone else."
Coffee with Cornyn
Fun travel idea: Texas Senator John Cornyn hosts a coffee session every Thursday that the Senate is in session, and he's invited Texans to stop by if they're in the D.C. area. Coffees begin at 9:30 am; it is recommended that you arrive 15-20 minutes early. To RSVP, call his Washington, D.C., office at 202-224-2934 or RSVP online. There's also a Facebook page where you can connect with other coffee klatchers.