City News Roundup
A marijuana march took place in downtown Dallas with surprisingly little toking up. An incident from April involving Dallas city council member Scott Griggs got resuscitated. And if it's your dream to bicycle with the city council, now's your chance. Here's what happened in the city of Dallas this week:
Some City Hall documents and emails were made public this week regarding an encounter on April 13 between council member Scott Griggs and assistant city secretary Bilirae Johnson. This was the encounter wherein Griggs supposedly yelled "I will break your f---ing fingers!" at Johnson over a meeting agenda she was posting. Griggs was accused of coercion of a city employee, but cleared.
In revelation No. 1, Johnson spoke for the first time, saying that she'd balked at participating in the investigation, but talked to the police after learning others in her office had done so. Two other women in the office said they'd been yelled at as well.
But the bigger revelation was the unusually active role played by Dallas City Attorney Warren Ernst, who was a one-man band: reporting accusations, gathering statements, advising the police, picking up Dallas police chief David Brown's dry-cleaning. The Dallas Observer called his actions a "back corridor jihad."
The Dallas Safari Club is one of a group suing Delta for the airline's ban on the shipping of game trophies, which they call "unconscionable." This is the group who sold the opportunity to shoot a black rhino in Namibia to Dallas hunter Corey Knowlton for $350,000, so if anyone knows about unconscionable acts, it has to be the Dallas Safari Club.
Their silly lawsuit claims that not-allowing hunters to bring back the heads of endangered animals to mount on their walls will harm their conservation efforts. Knowlton is also on the lawsuit, along with the Campfire Association and the Tanzania Hunting Operators Association.
Marijuana advocate group Dallas-Fort Worth NORML held a second annual marijuana march through downtown Dallas on October 17, promoting a "more sensible marijuana policy" in Texas. The only legislation that has passed so far is Senate Bill 339, which went into effect September 1, allowing epilepsy patients access to low doses of cannabis oil. The march, which started at JFK Memorial Plaza, was not about smoking weed publicly, but encouraging legislators to change laws in Texas.
Unlike prior years, the event did not include booths or vendors. According to TXCann.com, an employee at the Parks and Recreation Department "dragged her feet for weeks" before sending the group to another department for the permit, which unearthed "all sorts of new requirements and fees" that made it burdensome. DFW NORML has a video up.
Bike with your CM
Dallas city council members are joining the annual "Bike to City Hall Day" on October 21, and you can ride with. Philip Kingston and Scott Griggs invite the public to join council members, city staff and bicycle enthusiasts on a ride through downtown Dallas. The event is being held to support Dallas' efforts to improve bicycling.
At 7:30 am, cyclists will gather at Main Street Garden, then depart for City Hall at 8 am. There'll be a press conference on the plaza at 8:30 am.
Participants include Kingston, Griggs, Adam Medrano, Erik Wilson, Mark Clayton, Adam McGough, Lee Kleinman, and Jennifer Gates, as well as members of various Dallas bicycle groups.