Dallas city and politics news highlights include a Dallas ISD scandal, and a transportation survey citizens can take. Also a reminder that there's an election coming up and early voting starts next week.
Here's what happened in Dallas news this week:
Dallas ISD auditor resigns
An auditor who made public possibly millions of dollars being wasted by Dallas ISD has resigned. Chief Internal Auditor Steve Martin uncovered more than $330,000 in overspending and dicey contract practices, and then discovered that his performance was being reviewed, which could have led to his getting fired. "As a federal investigator for 24 years, I understand when a case against a defendant is airtight, defense attorneys investigate the investigator," Martin said. "I feel this is happening now."
The audit found a potential $1.27 million in fraud, but rather than addressing it, DISD is calling for an outside auditor to audit the audit.
Martin said he believed the DISD administration is trying to cover up their violations. In an email to Nancy Rodriguez, who is running for Dallas school board trustee, Martin said that the total loss to the District could be over $67 million.
Dallas ISD is asking taxpayers for a bond of up to $3.7 billion, which would be the largest bond request in history. Voters can vote on that and more on Election Day which is March 3, 2020.
Connect Dallas survey
Dallas is undertaking its first strategic plan to develop a proper transportation system - one that supports housing, economic, equity, and sustainability goals, and that considers all forms of transportation including biking, walking, transit, automobiles, freight, bike-share, Lyft, Uber, and e-scooters.
Over the next year, the Dallas Department of Transportation will lay out a 5-year plan that includes modernizing city policies to align with today's mobility options, and identifying projects that provide the greatest opportunity for community benefit.
They've created a jazzy high-tech online survey where you can add your 2 cents on what issues are most important.
American Muslims give thanks
Dallas-Fort Worth Muslims will join a national movement to express gratitude to America. February 15 marks the 100-year anniversary of the formation of the oldest Muslim organization and movement in the U.S.
In North Texas, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has two chapters: Dallas and Fort Worth. Dallas Muslims will hold a canned food drive at Baitul Ikram Mosque in Allen, to collect and donate 10,000 meals to North Texas Food Bank; Fort Worth Muslims will volunteer at Mission Arlington.
March 3 is SuperTuesday, when Texans will be able to vote for in the Presidential election, as well as a number of other offices and propositions. Early voting begins on February 18 and takes place at this list of locations.
More than a dozen candidates are running for U.S. Senator against John Cornyn. There are six House of Representative seats up for election; 14 seats for Texas House of Representatives; numerous judge and justice slots; and precinct chairs. Propositions include climate, housing, and public education.
A sample ballot for the Democratic party is here.
A sample ballot for the Republican party is here.