Dallas and the 86th Legislature

Residents and legislators gathered for the “Dallas and the 86th Legislature,” an in-depth discussion about the state’s latest legislative session that took place June 13 at the Communities Foundation of Texas Mabel Peters Caruth Center.

Dallas City Council: Rainbow crosswalks, formerly incarcerated workforce and Catholic Charities

Colorful crosswalks are coming to Dallas. The Dallas City Council voted unanimously to add 10 rainbow crosswalks in the Oak Lawn area during its June 26 City Council agenda meeting.

Arlington elects first Black councilwoman

After decades of service to her community, Dr. Barbara Odom-Wesley said she was ready to face the next chapter in her life: being the first Black woman to serve on the Arlington City Council.

Dallas City Council briefing on new budgets

Dallas’ new mayor, Eric Johnson, and the Dallas City Council heard a briefing on the Fiscal Year 2019-2020 and Fiscal Year 2020-2021 budget overview presented by Chief Financial Officer Elizabeth Reich and the Office of Budget during the council meeting ...

Dallas City Council: Homestead property tax exemptions, bulk trash limitations

The Dallas City Council voted 12-1 in favor of authorizing an increase in the homestead property tax exemption for persons who are disabled or 65 or older from $90,000 to $100,000 for the 2019 tax year, fiscal year beginning Oct. ...

Dallas mayor, City Council members sworn in

In a Monday morning ceremony, the newly elected Dallas mayor and City Council members were officially sworn in at the AT&T Performing Arts Center Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House. The term for Mayor Eric Johnson will run through 2023. ...

The 2019 legislative session

Texas’ top political leaders wrapped the 2019 session of the Texas Legislature with an air of accomplishment. They passed two major pieces of legislation that they had been working toward for years – a finance boost and a bill aimed ...

Next generation of female golfers

Diamonds are usually bright and shiny, and are said to be “a girl’s best friend.” Likewise, there is also a group of “Diamonds” that shine bright on the greens. Among them is Sharron Christian.

Johnson to become Dallas’ second Black mayor

From humble beginnings in West Dallas to mayor of Dallas, state Rep. Eric Johnson – who grew up in West Dallas and went on to attend prestigious schools, including Greenhill, Harvard and Princeton – became the city’s second Black mayor ...

Preventing displacement when revitalization means gentrification

The revitalization of an older or economically neglected neighborhood is often welcomed as a blessing by residents and advocates for those areas.

Dallas City Council: Discussion held on tackling predatory lending and increasing property tax exemptions for seniors, disabled

The Dallas City Council heard from the Financial Inclusion Roundtable at its briefing meeting on June 5.

Seeking justice: Transgender community on edge in the midst of violence

In late May, hundreds of mourners packed a church in the heart of the Dallas LGBTQ community to remember the life of Muhlaysia Booker.

Around the State

News from around the Metroplex and across the state

A Police Brutality Matters movement

“Police Brutality Matters,” according to former police officer Joseph Ested, who has chosen to make it the moniker for his multiplatform brand that was founded with the mission of “identifying bad cops and holding them accountable while supporting good police ...

The Lavinia Masters Act

In his first public bill signing following the end of this year’s legislative session, Gov. Greg Abbott signed five bills Tuesday, measures that aim to combat human trafficking, eliminate the state’s rape kit backlog, and expand resources for survivors of ...