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Tom Leppert Releases 2008 Bragging Points
Dallas Mayor Seeks Affirmations His Leadership is Changing Lives in Black Community
DALLAS- Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert released a review of work under his leadership in 2008.
On the past year, Leppert said. “I believe it’s still appropriate to pause and reflect on the past year’s achievements,” he said. “We’ve made historic progress and turned a new page at City Hall, and we have much to celebrate.”
The mayor highlighted areas where he feels the city is making progress on his watch.
Here are those highlights as released by the mayor on the work of him and his colleagues at city hall.
· The overall crime rate dropped more than 10%, with violent crime down an impressive 19% from last year.
· Dallas funded another 200 police officer positions.
· Together with store owners, we put in place new ordinances designed to protect convenience store employees and deter crime.
On Public Safety
· The Council toughened laws designed to curb copper theft.
· The Council banned the use of hand-held cell phones in school zones.
· We restructured Code Compliance so officers spend more time in the neighborhoods they cover.
· We launched Ready to Read @ Dallas and have already helped 18,500 children prepare to read.
· In June, we reached the fundraising goal needed to secure a matching $1.2 million from Chesapeake Energy for the Mayor’s Chesapeake Energy Scholarship Fund.
On Economic Development
· I proudly cut the ribbon on the newly renovated Cotton Bowl Stadium. The stadium is sure to become a Southern Sector jewel once more.
· The Council approved $519 million to modernize Dallas Love Field Airport.
· We’ve already seen a jump in bookings for city-wide conventions thanks to the City Council granting the go-ahead for building a convention center hotel.
· In China, I signed key agreements and worked to bring a non-stop flight to Dallas.
· Then in Mexico, we promoted our health care industry, tourism and opened a Dallas Regional Trade Office.
· I returned the hospitality later when Mexican President Felipe Calderon visited Dallas.
· I am very proud to say the city’s $20 million homeless assistance center, The Bridge, opened in May.
· The $14 million Trinity River Audubon Center welcomed 10,000 visitors to the eco-friendly nature and learning center.
· Thanks to a $100,000 donation from MetLife Foundation, we opened The Overlook at Beckley Avenue and Commerce Street in December.
On The Southern Sector
· The city launched its Southern Dallas Loose Dogs Initiative, a pro-active measure meant to curb the number of homeless canines.
· A $12 million overhaul of the Esplanade Fountain at Fair Park will add light and sounds features.
· The council approved a key tool for Southern Sector improvements with the Transit Oriented Development Tax Increment Finance District. It’s a mouthful, but will enable us to bring more mass transit to the area.
Grading the progress of Mayor Leppert and the Dallas City Council rests with readers as they gaze out the window of their homes or walk around their neighborhoods.
What do you see?
Do you feel safer?
Has anything really changed in your community?
Do you honestly believe that the 2008 highlights and bragging points have improved your economic opportunities or offer any hope that the community where you live will change anytime soon.
LSPP does not pass judgment on the mayor’s 2008 bragging points. However you can…
Dallas still has not solved many issues including police killing unarmed citizens or making significant changes in the southern sector that result in lower unemployment rates for African-Americans.
Little has been accomplished on motivating Black youth to stay in school or finding support for cooperation efforts with businesses and churches to help benefit every Dallas school in disadvantages neighborhoods, including Carter High School, Roosevelt High School and others schools currently in disrepair and in need of more funding, resources and sponsors.
Dallas still faces and uphill battle deal with its racial, political and justice climates.
There is still much more work that needs to be done to improve the image of one of the nation’s largest cities.
We appreciate your efforts, but we need progress on real issues affecting the Black community Mr. Mayor.
E-mail us and tell us what you think should be done or can be done to improve the Black community and neighborhoods where you live.
Email LSPP at email@example.com.
Tell us what the mayor is missing and what he is leaving out of his agenda.
LSPP will forward those comments to Mayor Tom Leppert himself.