Mayor Bill White’s U.S. Senate campaign in Dallas this weekend for big voter push

Houston Mayor Bill White will be in Dallas for his first major voter outreach push this weekend.  On Friday July 31, White will participate in a panel discussion titled Urban Environmentalism: Sharing Sustainable Progress.  Laura Aune, Trade Commissioner, Canadian Cnsulate General – Dallas, is also scheduled to attend.  The event is being held outside the Progressive Center of Dallas at the Southside on Lamar

View Southside On Lamar Bldg. in a larger map

Democratic candidate White is campaigning for the soon to be vacated seat of Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison.  He is a former Deputy Secretary of Energy and has been designated one of the country’s “Greenest Mayors.”

Friday, July 31, 2009

6:30PM – Urban Ecology Panel

Progressive Center of Dallas, 1409 S. Lamar St., Dallas, 75215

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

Saturday, August 1st, 2009 at 8:00 AM
Norma’s Café
1123 West Davis Street, Dallas, TX 75208
Saturday, August 1st, 2009 at 10:00 AM
Eban Village Community Center
3023 Park Row Avenue, Dallas, TX 75215
Saturday, August 1st, 2009 at 12:30 PM
La Madeleine French Bakery
3906 Lemmon Avenue Suite #110, Dallas, TX 75219
Saturday, August 1st, 2009 at 2:30 PM
Martinez Restaurant
901 Gross Road, Mesquite, TX 75149
Saturday, August 1st, 2009 at 3:45 PM
La Paloma Restaurant
3545 West Walnut, Garland, TX 75042
Saturday, August 1st, 2009 at 5:30 PM
La Paloma Restaurant
2717 East Belt Line Road, Carrollton, TX 75006

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009 at 2:00PM
South Dallas Cafe
7035 Marvin D. Love Freeway, Dallas, TX 75237

Robert Wilonsky is a fellow Laura Miller defender regarding Cowboys Stadium in Arlington

On Saturday morning I was driving about town and by reflex, flipped the tuner over to Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket.  I was listening to the conclusion of the weekend show “The Ender” and noticed that Danny Balis had The Great Robert Wilonsky filling in for his normal partner Dave Lane.

As the show was coming to a close, the subject turned to politics and the name Laura Miller came up.  Danny made the comment that Laura Miller’s lasting legacy is allowing Cowboys Stadium to get away from Fair Park and be built in Arlington.

Big Bob Wilonsky  immediately stopped Dan Paul in has tracks and uncomfortably (just as it is for me) defended Miller, or at least the perception that the Cowboys are in Arlington because of her.  Wilonsky said he felt the Cowboys had no real thoughts of moving to Dallas and gave the city and county an unrealistic deadline to decide on what would eventually be a $1.15 billion stadium.

Two and a half years ago I wrote a post titled Blame Lincoln (not Miller) for Cotton Bowl Move.  In the post, I detailed why I felt that Laura Miller got a bad rap for the fact that the Cowboys and the Cotton Bowl Bowl Classic are both in Arlington rather than Dallas.  Here are a few points from the post:

  • Arlington will finance the new Cowboys stadium the same way that they paid for The Ballpark in Arlington: with a 1¢ sales tax. Many local cities offer citizens public transit with their penny, Arlington builds stadiums…
  • Arlington, Texas (the country’s 50th most populous city) is the largest city in the U.S. that does not offer its citizens public transportation. In May of 2002, Arlington residents voted against the creation of the Arlington Transit Authority, and effectively voted yes to the new Cowboys project.
  • DART operations are funded by a one-cent sales tax levied by member cities on all retail transactions.  So cities like Irving, Richardson, Plano, and of course Dallas, were effectively out of the running on the new stadium from the start.
  • Does anyone really believe Irving would have let the Cowboys walk away if there was ANYTHING they could have done about it?  Give me DART rail over Cowboy Land any day of the week.

I thought we’d gotten past all of this until I saw Jean Jacques Taylor’s column last week titled “Cowboys Stadium Would Look Even Nicer in Dallas.”  In the column Taylor made his feelings on the matter quite clear:

For now, I’m still mad about the stupid decisions made by former mayor Laura Miller and Margaret Kelleher at the County Commissioner’s office to keep the stadium out of Dallas.  There was never ever a legitimate reason for not letting Dallas voters decide whether they wanted to fund the stadium….

I’ve never been to a stadium that has the wow factor of this place – and I’m not one who gets all fired up over new stadiums. Most of them are nice, but not enough to awe me.

This place does.

I was not surprised that Taylor was wowed by the new Cowboys Stadium.  I expect to be equally wowed  when I get my first look at the stadium in a few of weeks.  In college my friends called me “stadium jock” because I could give the name and capacity of every NFL and most college stadiums.  I get fired up for stadiums new and old.

But I was surprised that Taylor’s column easily dismissed the whole things as political jealousy and “Arlington taxpayers (spending) more than $300 million on the stadium.”  That just doesn’t tell the story.

When I try to articulate the factors, as Wilonsky did on Saturday, people generally lose interest real quick. Suggesting that Dallas, Irving, and Arlington (and Ft. Worth for that matter) have a choice between mass transit and the Cowboys doesn’t sound nearly as exciting as saying Laura Miller had it out for Jerry Jones.

Being in the position of defending Miller is not an easy one, but the truth is the truth.  While there are many ways for municipalities to fund the building of a stadium, none of them are as quick or as painless as raising the money through sales tax.

Unlike JJT, I moved on long ago once I realized that it was never realistic to think that the Cowboys would land in Dallas.  Mr. Jones knew that, but he also knew he had to give Dallas a shot.

Miller’s problem with the stadium was the same as most of her struggles as mayor, coming across as a killjoy and unwilling to work with the business community (aka rich people).  The fact of the matter is she was right in her position on the stadium, just not in how she articulated it.

Cowboys Stadium (gulp) is exactly where it belongs, in Arlington, Texas.  When the Super Bowl comes to town every city, town and outpost will benefit.  As a member of the Super Bowl Host Committee I would be expected to say that but it’s true.  In Dallas we will have a host of great Super Bowl related events, just not the game.

I hope I don’t have to revisit this at Dallas South, but this is one of those line in the sand issues for me.  If I find that I have to defend our former mayor again, at least I know Robert Wilonsky has my back.

U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson writes Inspector General of the United States regarding proposed changes at Dallas Main Post Office

Here are the contents of a letter written by U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson to David C. Williams, Inspector General, United States Postal Service – Office of Inspector General.  I actually retyped it (tech issues on my part), so any typos or mistakes are mine.

The letter is dated July 23, 2009 and expresses Congresswoman Johnson’s concern about reports that all or part of mail operations at Dallas’ Main Post Office will be transferred to Coppell.

Dear Mr. Williams:

My constituents have serious concerns about the proposed changes to the Dallas, TX Processing and Distribution Center.  The recommendations in the recently conducted Area Mail Processing study would transfer outgoing mail and processing operations and approximately 117 employees from Dallas to the North Texas P&DC in Coppell.  These changes have the potential to significantly affect both postal employees and local customer service.  As such, I am formally requesting that the Office of the Inspector General perform an independent review of the postal service’s plan to consolidate these operations.

The Office of Inspector General is pivotal in maintaining the accountability and integrity of post office operations.  An independent review by your office will ensure  that postal employees are not unnecessarily transferred and that service is not disrupted.  The audit should review cost savings, efficiency methods, employee changes, and customer service implications.  Additionally, it is my request that the audit also examine the current AMP study in relation to public announcements, input meetings, and public transparency.

It is my hope that an independent review will help to determine whether or not the proposed consolidation changes will save money for the postal service, while also maintaining quality of service for residents.   Should you have any questions or comments, please contact Trisha Raines of my staff at (email address) or (phone number).

Sincerely,


Eddie Bernice Johnson

Member of Congress

Texas Tribute, Nonprofit News Organization, Buys Texas Weekly

Sometimes it’s hard to get folks to see exactly what Dallas South News means for our city, and more importantly what it says for the way news is covered in general (moving forward).  An announcement made today -and subsequent announcements yet to come- will help make it crystal clear.

While reading a football article on D Magazine’s FrontBurner Blog, I saw a short commentary written by D publisher Wick Allison regarding a shift in the Texas media landscape.  Here’s what Wick had to say on FrontBurner:

…the online venture (Texas Tribute) just became a print venture, buying the venerable Austin-based political newsletter (Texas Weekly) owned by Ross Ramsey, who will become managing editor of the new venture.

Texas Tribute, a new non-profit news organization that will cover Texas politics and government, had already sent tremors through the local media community with activity that came to light earlier this week.  Emily Ramshaw, one of the Dallas Morning News‘ most celebrated reporters who covered the state government beat out of Austin, has left DMN for Texas Tribute.

In April, Ramshaw was named Star Reporter of the Year by the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors and the Headliners Foundation of Texas.

Read this press release announcing the purchase of the Weekly and 5 Tribute newsroom hires.

The progression of Texas Tribute makes me feel even better about the most recent announcements made by our nonprofit news organization, Dallas South News.  As I always say, these changes are a good thing for democracy and for journalism in general.

To put Emily’s move into perspective, it would be kind of like Gromer Jeffers leaving the Dallas Morning News for Dallas South News (hmm…note to self).  I’d already heard about Emily’s transition ahead of this press release and how folks at the paper are taking it (not good).

News is as popular today (probably even more so) as it has ever been, but how we access news and the current business models are changing.  Print will continue to be important and organizations like the Dallas Morning News and Houston Chronicle are necessary and vital.

But they can’t be everything to everybody.  And even with all the pain being felt right now, what’s on the other side of this transition could be better than anything we’ve ever had before.  These are tough, yet exciting times in media.

KERA BROADCASTS JULY 22 SPECIAL ON THE ECONOMY

DALLAS/FORT WORTH – KERA examines the impact that unemployment and the recession are having on the lives of North Texans in an hour-long special, The Economy:  Facing the Mortgage Crisis, premiering Wednesday, July 22, at 8 p.m. on KERA-TV and simulcast on KERA-FM.

Hosted by KERA’s Sam Baker and Shelley Kofler, the program will feature studio discussions and taped segments that shed light on the complicated process of foreclosure and explain to those out of work for the first time how they can tap into unemployment assistance.  The program will also connect families and individuals with the resources available through “2-1-1 Texas,” a service of the Health and Human Service Commission’s Texas Information and Referral Network that offers free information to those in need.

“The need for information and assistance is great because Texas state law allows a home to be foreclosed in as little as three months,” said Rick Thompson, Executive Producer of The Economy:  Facing the Mortgage Crisis. “While this started out as more of a subprime problem, the increase in unemployment is now exacerbating the crisis.”

Guests for the studio discussion include Dana Dillard, Senior Vice President for GMAC Mortgage and a member of the HOPENOW Alliance that works to prevent foreclosure; M. Joyce Brown, Housing Officer with the Dallas County Home Loan Counseling Center; Tom Pauken, Chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission; Lisa Miller, Vice President of the CareerConnection in Dallas; and Kervyn Altaffer, Managing Attorney at Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas, who works with clients to help prevent foreclosure and mortgage scams.

The Economy:  Facing the Mortgage Crisis will incorporate questions from North Texans who are undergoing tough economic challenges.  Those with questions can submit them in advance by calling 214-740-9226 or emailing economy@kera.org.

The Economy: Facing the Mortgage Crisis will be rebroadcast Sunday, July 26, at 2 p.m.   The program is part of KERA’s year-long, multimedia initiative on the economy that makes use of the public broadcaster’s media assets – KERA-TV, KERA-FM (90.1 in Dallas/Fort Worth/Denton, 99.3 in Sherman, 100.1 in Tyler and 88.3 in Wichita Falls) and the kera.org Web site – to provide vital, balanced information and reporting on current economic issues.  The Economy project launched July 8 and includes television and radio specials, weekly radio reports, related national programming and a dedicated Web site, kera.org/economy.

Facing the Mortgage Crisis is part of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Public Service Media Economic Response Initiative.

KERA’s Community Advisory Group for The Economy project includes ACORN Housing, BCL of Texas, Catholic Charities, CCCS of Greater Dallas, CCCS of North Central Texas, Central Dallas Ministries, ChildCareGroup, Children’s Medical Center, Community Council of Greater Dallas, Dallas After-School Network, Dallas Concilio, Enterprise Community Partners, Fannie Mae, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Freddie Mac, Goodwill Industries of Dallas, Head Start of Greater Dallas, Housing Crisis Center, HUD, Jordan Community Development Corp., Money Management International, North Texas Food Bank, North Texas Housing Coalition, Northeast Texas 2-1-1, Parkland Hospital, Salvation Army, Holy Trinity Center, Tarrant Area Food Bank, Tarrant County Housing Partnership, Texoma Area 2-1-1, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, United Way of Tarrant County, Urban League, Workforce Solutions and YWCA of Dallas.

For more information about “2-1-1 Texas” and the services available, visit 211texas.org or simply dial 2-1-1.

Program host Sam Baker is Senior Editor of News and Public Affairs and local host for Morning Edition on KERA-FM.  He also edits and produces radio commentaries and has produced KERA versions of the NPR series This I Believe and StoryCorps.   Baker was host of KERA-TV’s Emmy Award-winning public affairs program On the Record, which addressed a wide range of issues from a North Texas perspective.

Co-host Shelley Kofler is an award-winning political reporter and television producer who joined KERA as News Director in 2007. From 2000-2004, she served as the Austin Bureau Chief and legislative reporter for North Texas ABC affiliate WFAA-TV.  Kofler also covered government issues for North Texas NBC affiliate KXAS-TV and worked with KERA on numerous public affairs projects, including nationally broadcast programs.

Ford Exec Earl Lucas visiting Dallas with 2010 Ford Taurus: 5 Places he should go while in town

I’ve been asked to serve as an official host* for Ford Executive Earl Lucas, exterior design manager for the 2010 Ford Taurus, when he’s in Dallas this Thursday July 23.

EARL LUCAS

Lucas grew up in Dallas, attending Booker T. Washington Arts Magnet High School that also launched recording artists Erykah Badu and Norah Jones.  This is part of an effort by Ford Executives to hit the road this summer to introduce people around the country to the new 2010 Taurus and its story.

While in town, Lucas will drive the Taurus to various locations around Dallas, some of which will be suggested by Dallas South and the Dallas South Family.  So here are a few places I think Mr. Lucas should visit while in town.  Feel free to add your own suggestions in the comment section.

SOUTH DALLAS CULTURAL CENTER –  3400 S. Fitzhugh Ave. DALLAS

There’s no doubt the Taurus should make it’s way to South Dallas, home of historic Fair Park.  The South Dallas Cultural Center is an Afro-centric venue that provides instruction and enrichment in the performing, literary, media, and visual arts.  Auto design has a component of visuals arts to it.

The center’s activities spotlight works that explore contemporary issues facing the African world community – especially those that strive to educate audiences about the interrelatedness of people of color.  Throughout the summer, the center has held classes in a number of areas -from literacy to dance- to benefit members of the South Dallas community.

SOUTHSIDE ON LAMAR – 1409 S. Lamar, DALLAS

There are a number of reasons to visit Southside on Lamar, but none more compelling than the story of Jan Gore.  Ms. Gore, owner and operator of Texas Caribbean Foods at Southside, has been driving a Ford Taurus for 16 years.  She currently drives a 2001 model and says she hopes that her next vehicle will be a Taurus as well.

At Southside Mr. Lucas could catch lunch at Texas Caribbean Foods, a cup of coffee next door at Opening Bell, and meet some of the interesting folks that live and work in the historic Sears Building.

BISHOP ARTS DISTRICT – Bishop & Davis, DALLAS

The Bishop Arts District is home to over 50 local merchants, restaurants, boutiques, and services.  A visit to Bishop will allow Mr. Lucas to check out local artists in one of the area’s galleries, catch a snack a local eatery, or  pick up souvenirs for his trip home.

EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON’S OFFICE – 3102 Maple Ave, DALLAS, Suite 600

With all the hearings on Capitol Hill regarding the auto industry, it would be good if the folks at Representative Johnson’s office had a chance to see what the future has in store for American cars.

Congresswoman Johnson is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.  The committee has jurisdiction over U.S. roads and the safety thereof.  A first hand look at one of the new vehicles using those roads sounds like a good thing.

University of North Texas at Dallas, 7300 Houston School Road, DALLAS

The University of North Texas Dallas Campus became a stand-alone institution this summer after Gov. Rick Perry signed Senate Bill (SB) 629.  That means Dallas will no longer be the largest city in America without a public institution of higher learning.

Mr. Lucas should drive out to the campus for three reasons.  First, because of the young (and not so young) minds in the academic setting that could benefit from meeting a native Dallasite who has accomplished so much.  Secondly, it’s a beautiful part of Dallas with a great view of downtown.  And finally, after attaining their degrees, these students will be in the market for a new vehicle to drive back and forth to work.

So there are my thoughts.  What does the rest of the family think?

*Dallas South New Media has been retained to share information regarding the local social media scene for this event.

DALLAS SOUTH NEWS, NONPROFIT NEWSPAPER, PREPARES FOR LAUNCH


DALLAS NONPROFIT NEWSPAPER OPENS NEWSROOM AND HIRES LOCAL WRITER/BLOGGER TO SERVE AS EDITOR

Former Dallas Morning News Exec and Current Fort Worth Star-Telegram Editor part of Board

Dallas, TX – The Board of Directors for Dallas South News announced its progress towards launching a new nonprofit online newspaper. The organization  recently opened their newsroom at the Southside on Lamar in the historic Sears Building. The board held its first meeting on June 27th.

Dallas South News will utilize professional journalists, citizen journalists, bloggers, and volunteers to cover issues that are relevant to residents of Southern Dallas.

The board also announced the hiring of Shawn P. Williams to serve as editor of the newspaper.  Williams has published the critically acclaimed blog, Dallas South, for the past three years, and is a frequent guest columnist for the Dallas Morning News.

“Dallas South News provides a unique opportunity for the residents of Dallas,” Williams says.  “As legacy media outlets continue to evolve, the nonprofit model empowers citizen journalists to help fill the void left by budget cuts and staff reductions,”   he says.

The Dallas South News’ Board of Directors contains a variety of experience including members of both traditional and new media; including, Evelyn Henry Miller, a financial executive whose most recent role was as executive vice president for The Dallas Morning News, A.H. Belo’s flagship newspaper.

Also on the Dallas South News Board of Directors is veteran journalist Bob Ray Sanders.  Sanders currently serves as Associate Editor and Senior Columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.  Sanders also worked many years in public broadcasting at KERA-TV Channel 13, the Dallas/Fort Worth PBS affiliate.

Other board members include blogger and Central Dallas Ministries Education Director Janet Morrison; Marcia Page, President and CEO of the Foundation for Community Empowerment; Paul Stafford, Former Chair of the Dallas Bar Association Board of Directors; and Jeff West, former Executive Director of The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.

Dallas South News has registered with the State of Texas, and is currently awaiting a 501(c)(3) designation from the Internal Revenue Service.  The launch of the website is planned for early August of this year.

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Dallas South News is a non-profit organization utilizing technology, social media, and journalistic principles to empower and inform diverse communities.

For more information contact: Shawn Williams at 214-923-5013 or shawn@dallassouthblog.com

Is Dallas Main Post office about to close?

Late Friday afternoon I received a letter that supposedly went out from the American Postal Workers Union.  This letter was on American Postal Workers Union letterhead, and signed by President Larry Crawford and Secretary/Treasurer Jennifer D. Fulbright.  I was not able to call and very this information at (214)631-3162.  But here is the first 2/3 of the letter.

On Wednesday, July 1, 2009, at Mountain View College, the U S Postal Service held a Public Forum regarding the closing of the Main Post Office.  There was only one problem, the public wasn’t there. They (the USPS) said they notified you.  They said they sent out notices and posted the meeting time and place, but you chose not to come, because you just don’t care.  Funny, the Mayor and the City Council didn’t know, until we notified them.  The media didn’t know until we told them, so we can only deduce from all that you now know because we are telling you.  We need you to SAVE OUR LOCAL POSTAL SERVICE.

The Postal Service’s plan to shift mail processing operations from the Dallas Main Post Office at 401 D/FW Turnpike to 951 Bethel RD in Coppell, TX possess a serious threat to prompt and reliable mail service for the Dallas area.

What does this mean for the citizens of Dallas?  Despite USPS assurance to the contrary, mail service will suffer.  Mail will be collected earlier in the day and will arrive later, maybe even after dark.  And we could experience delays of several days in the time it takes to send and receive our mail Checks and medications may not reach their destination when they are needed: credit ratings could suffer because of late bill payments, and birthday cards and gifts could arrive late.  Everyone doesn’t use email or the internet.  Once again the southern sector of our city will suffer if the citizens are not heard from.  What a shame for the 5th. largest city in the United States to lose it’s identity by losing it’s postmark.

The letter goes on to ask citizens to “ring the phones of your Mayor, your Representatives and your Postmaster.”  They list several politicians and for people to call and say that the Postal Service is accepting public correspondence if postmarked by July 16th.  Because of the names in the email string I’m pretty sure this is real.  It may be out there somewhere else but I haven’t seen it yet.  I’ll try to verify this on Monday.

AMERICAN AIRLINES RECOGNIZES EMPLOYEES WITH THE FIRST EARL G. GRAVES AWARD FOR LEADERSHIP

American’s Employees Build on Graves’ Legacy

Of Diversity and Inclusion as a Business Imperative

FORT WORTH, Texas – American Airlines employees Gary Kennedy, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, and Frank Stanton, Tower ManagerChicago, were awarded the first Earl G. Graves Award for Leadership to recognize their work in advancing diversity and inclusion within the company and in their communities in a ceremony Wednesday at American’s headquarters.

The award was established in honor of Earl G. Graves, Sr., founder and publisher of Black Enterprise magazine, who influenced many of American’s diversity initiatives during his tenure on AMR’s Board of Directors. Graves helped American establish its practical, business-minded approach to diversity and worked to demonstrate that American’s diversity efforts are integral to its business goals. Graves served on AMR’s Board of Directors for many years and chaired the AMR Board Diversity Committee from 2002 until his retirement in 2008.

Graves attended the event and personally recognized the honorees along with American Airlines Chairman and CEO Gerard Arpey, Roger Staubach, Chairman AMR Board of Directors Diversity Committee, and a number of American Airlines and American Eagle employees.

“At American Airlines, we have always taken very seriously our responsibility to promote diversity and inclusion,” said Denise Lynn, Vice President-Diversity and Leadership Strategies. “We thank these deserving colleagues for their leadership. We know they have inspired others, not only through their passion and dedication over time, but through actions which have had a lasting, long-term positive impact on our company.

“We believe that our long-time commitment to diversity in the workplace, as a company and as individuals, has truly helped to move hearts and minds from a place of simply tolerating differences to one of active appreciation and inclusion.”

In addition to Kennedy and Stanton, La’Wonda Peoples, Manager-Workplace Giving and Volunteerism, and Sherri Macko, Manager-Supplier Diversity and Business Strategies, were recognized for their exceptional work for diversity and inclusion.

Award candidates were nominated by their fellow employees. Winners and honorees were then chosen by a selection committee made up of senior management and members of the company’s Diversity Advisory Council based upon three primary selection criteria:

  • Long-term commitment to leadership
  • Demonstrated passion and commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Legacy of leadership in diversity by having a lasting impact on the company

Kennedy and Stanton were nominated for their continuous commitment to the company’s diversity mission and for their ability to incorporate diversity into American’s daily operations.

Kennedy, a 25-year American Airlines employee has long been active in promoting diversity at American and within the legal profession more broadly, and has recently been recognized for his efforts with the Minority Corporate Counsel Association’s 2009 Employer of Choice Award and the National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Bar Association’s 2009 Allies for Justice Award. In addition, Kennedy established American’s pro bono program in which participating attorneys provide legal services to indigent clients. Kennedy also helped establish a mentoring program for minority students at Texas Wesleyan law school.

Stanton, a 42-year American Airlines veteran, has been instrumental in the success of American’s Chicago O’Hare diversity and inclusion efforts. He helped establish the Chicago chapter of the African-American Employee Resource Group (AAERG), and was honored as AAERG member of the year in 2007.

He also served as a member of the local Diversity Action Council, where he first helped organize opportunities for exposure to areas of interest and developed on-the-job training in the 1970s to aid diverse employees’ advancement. Today, American’s Walk-A-Mile program continues to provide employees with the opportunity to shadow fellow employees in areas of interest.

City of Dallas furlough has trickle down effect

Tuesday is trash collection day in our neighborhood, and for once I had mine out on time.  But driving through my neighborhood after dinner around 9 PM on Tuesday night I noticed that everyone’s garbage was still out.

My first thought was that they were running behind because of the 4th of July Holiday.  Then my second thought was that it may be furlough related.  The City of Dallas decided to shut down most city services on Monday as a cost saving mechanism, but fire, police, (emergency services) and trash were to remain unaffected.

So it didn’t seem right to blame the furlough either.  When we heard the garbage truck coming through around 10 PM, I went outside to see what was up.  There was a gentleman riding around in a Sanitation Services pickup, so I asked him what was the deal.

He said that even though the garbage collectors were working on Monday, the maintenance persons in charge of servicing the trucks were off.  As a result 5 or so trucks that were in need of repair Monday were unavailable.  This was still having an effect on trash collection on Tuesday.  Maybe they’ll keep the maintenance guy on the clock during the next city furlough on September 4th.