Dallas City Council Votes to Kill Trinity Tollroad, Thanks to New City Councilmembers

I never thought it was fiscally prudent to put a concrete highway in a flood plain!

Hi there, been awhile, I hope you are enjoying your summer. I’ve been traveling, re-decorating my house (after a pre-holiday fire sprinkler freeze and subsequent floor damage), and working hard on and our growing website network. In June, I travelled to Denver with my staff for the National Association of Real Estate Editor’s annual Conference and brought home FIVE (5!) awards for excellence! My staff did an excellent job of tending the blog while I campaigned for the District 11 seat!

As you know, the City Council Runoffs May 6 changed the face of the Dallas City Council. More on that below. In July, the Council took a sabbatical. Now it’s mid-August (already!) and the Trinity Tollway is no longer an issue in Dallas! It’s dead! This morning, I watched with awe at City Hall as all but two City Council members voted to end the decades-long concept. Council members Rickey Callahan and Casey Thomas were the only council members voting in favor of the road.

The mayor voted against it — but he got his second wish (next post). Even my opponent, Lee Kleinman, who had told the Dallas Morning News editorial board he supported the tollroad, voted against it. I was proud of Lee!

On May 6, three incumbents, all heavily backed by For Our Community, the Super PAC run by Mike Rawlings’ consultant Mari Woodlief, lost their seats on the council. Rawlings had strongly endorsed two: Monica Alonzo in District 6 and Tiffinni Young in District 7. He was officially neutral in the District 8 race between Erik Wilson and Tennell Atkins.

Omar Narvaez won District 6, Kevin Felder won District 7, and Tennell Atkins is once again CM for District 8.

What this means: In District 6 Narvaez came on strong in the month-long run-up to the runoff, gaining positive press by helping negotiate a deal between renters in West Dallas and Khraish Khraish, their landlord, that could keep dozens of tenants in their homes as buyers rather than renters. Alonzo stayed largely silent on the issue, Narvaez went front and center.

“I’m ready to fight the corruption and get it stopped at City Hall and to stop the wasteful use of our tax dollars on boondoggle projects,” Narvaez told the press. “For far too long, District 6 has been underrepresented; it is time for thoughtful and intelligent leadership at City Hall.”

In District 7, we finally have a solid leader. Kevin Felder, who lost City Council races in 1999, 2005, 2007 and 2015, showed us what perseverance is all about — I took note. Kevin is a long time Realtor and businessman who has been very active in the community. He made his leadership mark at today’s City Council meeting, telling the Council, particularly the District 11 CM Lee Kleinman (who had waxed on about how the tollroad would have helped South Dallasites get to jobs) , that South Dallas didn’t need roads out to send people to work. South Dallas needs jobs in the district. I couldn’t agree more: bringing up the Southern Sector would help us all lift the city tide.

District 8 — Tennell Atkins is back after two years — he was term limited out.  A seasoned CM, he appears to be much more independent of the Mayor this go round. Like the other two freshman, Tennell voted against the Trinity Tollroad.

I’m thrilled with this new blood on the council!

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