Dallas' city manager hired a couple of key staffers. City budget action is starting up. And Donald Junior was in town. Here's what happened in Dallas city news this week:
New city hires
City Manager T.C. Broadnax appointed two new executives: Mary Elizabeth (Liz) Cedillo-Pereira will serve as the Director of the Office of Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs and will start on March 20. An attorney, advocate, and policy advisor, she most recently served as the Obama Administration’s Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, where she focused on immigration policy and community engagement to foster relations in communities across the U.S.
Raquel Favela will serve as Chief of Economic Development and Neighborhood Services and will start April 17. An expert in the area of housing, she most recently served as the West Regional Director for the National Development Council where she provided technical assistance, training, and financing to governments for real estate development projects using the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, New Market Tax Credits, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, Tax Increment Financing, HUD 108 Loans and other public financing mechanisms.
Trump in town
The Reagan Day Dinner, a fundraiser hosted by the Dallas County Republican party, took place in Dallas on March 11, drawing both Donald Trump Jr. as a keynote speaker, as well as a pack of protestors outside. According to Fox 4, about 100 people gathered outside the Omni Hotel in downtown Dallas to hold signs and chant. The event was attended by Ted Cruz, Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, Rep. Pete Sessions, and other local Rs. Trump Jr. thanked Texas for helping raise funds, stating that "Texas gave us the funds that we needed to go over and win all those other states."
The City of Dallas is asking citizens to voice their opinions about several important budget issues, from infrastructure improvements to animal services by completing a quick survey. It's only six questions long, and the info will be provided to the City Council for their consideration in the budget development process. Deadline is April 2.
On March 18 from 9 am-1 pm, Dallas Park & Recreation Dept. is hosting its annual job fair for summer positions, which run for 8 weeks. You work 35 hours per week at $10.60 per hour, and get on-the-job training for roles such as coordinating activities and field trips. You must be 18 or older and bring a driver's license and social security card. The fair is at the Nash-Davis Recreation Center t 3710 N. Hampton St. Call 214-670-8847 for more info.