We'll get an awesome chance to meet candidates running for the Dallas City Council over the next couple of weeks. The police and fire pension fund won a small settlement. And State Senator Don Huffines was caught being Don Huffines on a video.
Here's what happened in Dallas city news this week:
The Dallas Police and Fire Pension (DPFP) board won a $2 million settlement against their former real estate fund advisor, CDK Realty Advisors. The Dallas Morning News published a copy of the settlement, which includes $800,000 from CDK principals, Kenneth Cooley, Jon Donahue, and Brent Kroener, plus the firm's interest in a building it shared with the fund that is valued at $1.2 million. "Of course, the settlement falls slightly short of the $320 million in losses allegedly caused by CDK, but a win's a win, right?" asks Zerohedge.com.
State Senator Don Huffines, who represents a strip above Dallas that runs from Coppell in the west to Sachse in the east, makes a fantastic impression in a conversation with students about school choice that was captured by a Richardson parent on video. When a student questions the value of vouchers to poor students, Huffines goes off.
"Do you want me to give them $15,000?" he asks. "Is that what you want? So they can all go to Hockaday, so they can all go to St. Mark's? You want to give them a full tuition? That is the most selfish thing I've ever heard."
After the video was made public, a spokesman issued a half apology, stating that the policy was right, but "Senator Huffines' tone and delivery today did not live up to the level of civil discourse that he always expects of himself and others."
Meet the candidates
It's never too soon to brush up for the May 6 election in Dallas when citizens will be voting on races for the City Council. On the next two Mondays, you'll get an opportunity to meet many candidates at once, when the Dallas Examiner hosts two "Meet the Candidates" events at the African American Museum at Fair Park.
On March 6, it'll be candidates for District 3, including incumbent Casey Thomas, and two challengers: Joe Tave and Sandra Crenshaw; and also candidates for District 7, with incumbent Tiffinni Young, and challengers Adam Bazaldua, Marvin Crenshaw, Kevin Felder, Tammy Johnson, and James Clyde Turknett.
On March 20, it'll be District 4, with Carolyn Arnold and Dwaine Caraway; and District 8, with incumbent Erik Wilson, plus challengers Tennell Atkins, Moctezuma Seth Gonzalez, Gail Terrell, and Eric Williams. That same night will include DISD board race District 6, with incumbent Joyce Foreman and challenger Phelesha Hamilton.
West Dallas protection
Working with Dallas City Council member Scott Griggs, Texas State Rep. Eric Johnson has filed a bill to protect West Dallas residents from involuntary displacement. HB 2480 would set aside 20 percent of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) funds for affordable housing, property tax relief, and infrastructure spending to ensure affordability and equitable redevelopment. Many large words there, but Griggs says it in English: ""What happened in West Dallas and the collateral damage to many families living in HMK properties is not acceptable," he says.