Many of you moved to Dallas and live here because of the opportunities available to you. You moved here because Dallas is a growing city.
Dallas has been losing everything of value to the suburbs. *We lost the Cowboys to Arlington. *Nokia Theatre is in Grand Prairie. *The Texas Motor Speedway is in Fort Worth instead of on I-20 in Oak Cliff. *Don’t you want to do things in Dallas?
More than $2.5 billion dollars of economic impact and $800 million in direct spending is waiting for us if we VOTE NO! One group is trying to prevent that from getting to Dallas.
If Dallas becomes less business-friendly, we lose. The economic future and opportunities of our generation depends on whether or not we VOTE NO!
We didn’t like the last Mayor because she shot down every project and now we have a Mayor with great ideas for a great city. We need to have his back!
** HOW IT AFFECTS YOU ** Dallas will be become a ghost town. We won’t be able to bring back and build up South Dallas, Oak Cliff, Pleasant Grove, and West Dallas unless we VOTE NO!
No more places in Dallas like West Village, Mockingbird Station, and Uptown.
If Dallas can’t bring big events to downtown, finance economic development, and recruit companies, this city will dry up! The more we lose, the more jobs leave Dallas, and the less opportunity you have to succeed. That’s not why you came to Dallas!
** HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO DO ** The haters have more money but we have more people!
If you want Dallas to continue to grow, you need to come to our rally on Wednesday April 29th in front of City Hall.
Music starts at 4PM and the speakers start at 5:30–guest speakers include Veronica Torres - Chair for the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber Young Professionals group, Michael Davis of Dallas Progress blog, Ron King of PartyChaser.com/Trinary Media, and others.
Are you going to let one group stand in the way of YOUR future?
Come hang out with your friends and learn why we must fight for our city.
On Satruday, there will be a FREE Dallas Women's Heart Health Fair on Saturday, April 25 from 9AM - 4PM at Fair Park (Automobile Building)
The Sister to Sister Foundation will be offering free screenings – cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, BMI, etc. – with free on-the-spot counseling by a medical professional, plus cooking and fitness demos, educational seminars, exhibit booths, tons of prizes and more. Even parking is free. See attached pics for details.
Baylor is prepared to offer 1,500 FREE comprehensive screenings (that’s huge – and this lab work would typically cost $100 or more at your doctor’s office).
Heart disease is the #1 killer of all women (more than the next six cancers combined!).
On Sunday April 26th, there will be a Convention Center Hotel debate at Friendship-West Baptist Church. It will feature members of the Dallas City Council and the Mayor on one side and hopefully the other side will show up.
Be there - this is last major debate in southern Dallas that is solely focused on the issue of the Convention Center Hotel.
Friendship-West Baptist Church 2020 W. Wheatland Rd. Dallas, Texas 75232 (map)
Sunday, April 26th 2PM - 4PM
UPDATE: Gromer Jeffers of the Dallas Morning News will be the moderator.
Some of the stupid comments and blog posts that are out there imply that if you work for are related to someone well-known you can't be a part of a grassroots or organized movement. I guess I should just be happy with my board seat and going to the club and never speak out, and the people that started RIP Dallas should do the same.
If people in our positions sit idly by and never vote and never say anything, we're branded as do-nothings and typical generation (x/y/millennials/fill in the blank). When we do get together for good, the haters want to do a bunch of ridiculous attacks on the character of individuals that are part of this movement.
Some people feel that the "Grim" character was over the top. Well, that's their problem.
Let's get to the real deal; there are a whole host of internet-based e-thugs who have never volunteered a minute of their lives. Newsflash: If you're on a board at City Hall, you're a volunteer. A lot of the people involved volunteer and donate time and resources to many organizations. Who do you think spends their time trying to make this a better city? If any of the e-thugs have the guts to go down to City Hall, sign up for time, and let their opinions be known. All it takes is a quick call to the City Secretary's Office. One catch: you have to use your real name. That’s the same thing done by the people who spoke on behalf of RIP Dallas.
Does Crow Holdings have young people willing to take a stand? Still looking and waiting. RIP Dallas was 200+ deep at City Hall this morning. City Hall was at capacity, and dozens of us were in the Flag Room.
This is not some phony group; we come from all corners of the city. We volunteer, and we eat drink and spend money in the city of Dallas. We are hundreds deep and with our friends thousands deep. Whether you all like the signs or not, these are young professionals that organized themselves to participate in the process. We vote, and our friends vote. Hate that.
This is a new ad from the group Enough is Enough, a group organized to support voting against Prop 1 & Prop 2. There was a big press conference today kicking off their support of the Convention Center Hotel.
I think the ad is pretty cool...here's the website.
“The Roadmap to Recovery” workshop will help North Texans access economic recovery funding. The workshop is designed to bring together representatives of financial organizations and federal and state agencies, who will share information on ways for North Texans to access economic recovery funding.
Three panels of agency representatives will be followed by a question-and-answer session. I will be moderating one of the panels.
Date: Monday, April 20, 2009
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Location: The Music Hall at Fair Park 909 1st Ave. Dallas, TX 75210 (map)
Agencies that have confirmed that they will be represented include:
Internal Revenue Service Taxpayer Advocate Service Texas Department of Transportation U.S. Department of Health & Human Services U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development U.S. Department of Labor U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs U.S. Environmental Protection Agency U.S. General Services Administration U.S. Small Business Administration U.S. Social Security Administration
Financial organizations that are sending representatives include Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Greater Dallas and the Dallas Small Business Development Center. John Podvin, an attorney at Haynes and Boone, LLP, will speak about the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP) and newly-created Public-Private Investment Program (PPIP).
To RSVP for the workshop:
please call Congresswoman Johnson’s office in Dallas at (214) 922-8885 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
To submit a question to the panelists:
e-mail email@example.com, specifying which agency or financial organization to which the question is directed.
The Element is a brand-new building, and the Merc is the fully restored and updated Mercantile National Bank Building. The Merc was once the largest building west of the Mississippi River for some time. This is the building with the multicolored spire which was recently lit for the first time in years.
I found our tour guide to be extremely knowledgeable of the history of The Merc. I had to leave before I got to check out the Merc's vault, but I did get to see some amazing spaces.
I focused more on the views than on the inside of units. I will tell you that the finishes were top-notch (marble, granite, the works), and units featured Viking stoves and Bosch washers and dryers in each unit. The pictures here include the last penthouse in the Merc building which was recently leased. The cost: $6,300 per month. Rent for other units start from $1,299, which is reasonable for downtown in any city.
The Dallas Observer is at it once again with their attempts to attack the Black church under the guise of journalism. They have now taken it an extra step, which is to call the IRS and try to ask "questions" that will put the churches in hot water with respect to their tax exempt status.
Whenever a church tries to speak about an important political or social issue, you always have termites crawling out of the woodwork; these kinds of people try to make a big deal about it. So I guess if you disagree with someone's views, and you don't personally value the concept of church, it's OK to demonize them however you see fit. This time, it's centered around the issue of the Convention Center Hotel.
A lot of people have been wondering who are the writers that are running around stirring up animosity against Black churches in Dallas. The main person stirring up the IRS angle is with the Dallas Observer and his name is Sam Merten (pictures below):
He is the main writer that you will see running around with the Vote Yes crowd.
Again, if you see this person in your church he may attempt to report them to the IRS.
The churches that Merten has called the IRS in an attempt to ask "questions" are two of our most prominent in DFW: Concord Missionary Baptist Church and Highland Hills United Methodist Church. The Observer has also written about Friendship West Baptist Church and others in the past. Nine times out of ten, it's in a negative light.
What you are seeing is the level that this so-called paper will stoop to for political victory. They have been writing articles and posts like this for some time.
I also believe that it is an attempt to scare other Black churches into falling in line during the future.
For the record, the anti-hotel group spoke at Concord four months ago. They knew that the Vote No crowd would not be there, but went ahead and spoke anyway. Sounds like they both had an opportunity to me.
For decades, newspapers and other media have constantly attempted to intimidate Black Churches. The Black Church will remain unbroken and unbowed; yet it's good to know whom your enemies are.
Brint Ryan is the founder of Ryan & Company, a large tax services firm based in Dallas. Brint is also a Dallas City Council candidate for District 13, which includes Preston Hollow and parts of Northwest Dallas.
According to the press release, UNT-Dallas president-designate Dr. John Ellis Price said the gift is the largest from a private individual in the nine-year history of the Campus.
Brint realizes that in order for colleges to thrive they need resources, and that education is a vital requirement for the success of Dallas' youth. He made a similar donation to the UNT's main campus a few years back.
To me, this is very important. It shows that people north of the Trinity are equally interested in the success of colleges in southern Dallas.
Kudos to Brint for his generous contribution! We need more people to step up in the same fashion.
As you know, the memorial for Chané Waldron took place last Friday.
After the memorial was over, a lot of us stayed at the church for close to an hour. I talked to family and friends that have concerns about everything from patrols to the lack of coverage about this case, as well as the broader issue of security in Downtown Dallas.
There are a few plans underway to increase the reward money beyond what is out there now. Over 8,000 people read the posts last week; I hope someone who read comes forward with whatever info that they have.
I hope this shines a light on the issues that are still apparent in Dallas.
I have also taken note of those that have shown zero interest in this crime, and I may address it in the future. This is not the time.
I appreciate the work being done by Dallas Police to solve this case. The best way to honor the life of this young woman is to bring the killers to justice and make downtown a safer place. Thank you to her family for allowing me the opportunity to speak and share in this time of grief. We aren't giving up.