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Mayor Says the Council Will Vote to Hire T.C. Broadnax on Wednesday

| 3 hours ago

Apparently, T.C. Broadnax is the consensus choice to be Dallas’ next city manager. The matter will be put to a vote on Wednesday, Mayor Mike Rawlings said according to this tweet from Channel 8’s David Goins I saw and then embedded here.

I, for one, never thought for a second the city would actually choose an outsider over assistant city manager and Wikipedia entry for white male Mark McDaniel. So I’m sure I owe someone somewhere some money. (Actually, I don’t bet. But I would have lost a lot. Not everything, mind you. I keep a little in reserve in shoe boxes around the city just in case.) Anyway, I feel kind of dumb. Everyone knows you can’t beat a man with a helicopter. No way.

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Transportation

A New Study Shines Light on Light Rail’s Shortcomings

| 5 hours ago

One of the frustrations with the long-term nature of transportation planning is that there is little room for buyer’s remorse. Whether we like it or not, we’re stuck with the decisions of previous generations. And if those decisions weren’t all that great, the best we can do is improve on mistakes.

Take our light rail network, for example. In the 1980s, the region debated light rail versus heavy rail, and, in the end, Dallas Area Rapid Transit set out to build the country’s most extensive light rail network. Today, we have more rail line miles than anywhere else in the United States. DART credits this system for generating billions in economic development. But DART also boasts low ridership, and in Dallas, only 20 percent of jobs are reachable by mass transit in 90 minutes or less.

Now there is new evidence that even some of the much-touted economic benefits of light rail don’t hold up.

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Local News

Leading Off (12/9/16)

| 9 hours ago

Dallas Police and Fire Pension Fund Halts Withdrawals. The move, made Thursday by the system’s board of trustees, froze $154 million in lump-sum withdrawal requests that were set to pay out today. This act prevented the fund from losing the liquid reserves needed to preserve the $2.1 billion fund. Earlier this week, the fund received an influx of withdrawal requests after Mayor Mike Rawlings filed a lawsuit to halt the withdrawals.

Rawlings: ‘We Saw Unity’ After the July 7 Ambush. In his sixth annual State of the City speech Thursday, the mayor highlighted Dallas’ downtown growth and unity following the July murders of five police officers, while noting high child poverty and teen pregnancy stats. Rawlings suggested the city hold on to the unity conjured in the aftermath of July 7 to move forward in tackling looming challenges such as the troubled police and fire pension fund. He also touted the importance of the Fair Park and Trinity River projects.

Foundation Honors Brian Loncar, Daughter. Following Loncar’s death, which came two days after his 16-year-old daughter Grace’s funeral, the Grace and Brian Loncar Foundation was created. The organization will aid adolescents struggling with depression, raise awareness for mental health, and offer financial services for those in need. The Dallas lawyer died Sunday, days after his teenage daughter took her own life.

Suspect Fatally Shot During Domestic Violence Call in Allen. The Texas Rangers are investigating the shooting, which happened around 4:30 p.m. Thursday. When Allen police arrived at the home, the suspect came out of the house, firing shots at the officers. The officers returned fire, striking the man, who later died at a hospital. The man’s identity has not been released, and no officers were harmed in the exchange.

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Television

Tomi Lahren Beat the Game One-Handed

| 23 hours ago
Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Comedy Central
Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Comedy Central

I don’t want to speak her name. I don’t want to give her time or space. But this morning, once again, I found myself debating with my fellow editors about the appropriate way to cover a Dallasite who is having a national impact by loudly professing a hate-filled, self-righteous rage fanned by falsehoods. Tomi Lahren, host of Tomi on Glenn Beck’s Irving-based entertainment platform TheBlaze, appeared on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah last week, and even The New York Times is talking about her now.

If you search “tomi lahren trevor noah youtube,” the titles you get for the exact same video range from “Tomi Lahren Destroys Trevor Noah Over #BlackLivesMatter” to “Trevor Noah Destroys Tomi Lahren Over Her Rants on Black Lives Matter & More!”

So, a clear winner. Just like the presidential debates—and the arm-wrestling match engaged in by two well-dressed and over-served ladies sitting beside me at the 10 Best New Restaurants dinner at Cafe Momentum last night.

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Local News

Judge Reinhold Arrested at Love Field

| 24 hours ago

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Apparently, the 59-year-old actor — you know him as Billy Rosewood from the Beverly Hills Cop series, or maybe Brad from Fast Times at Ridgemont High, or Fred Savage’s dad in that body-switching comedy that I think was called Vice Versa, not to be confused with Like Father, Like Son, with Dudley Moore and Kirk Cameron — was taken away in cuffs after becoming “belligerent when chosen for a second TSA screening. The source said he took his shirt off and used explicit language.”

I hope he shows up to his arraignment so we can get a sort of “who’s on first?” thing happening whenever someone says “Judge” in court.

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WORLD CLASS CITY

Mayor Mike Rawlings’ ‘State of the City’ Address

| 24 hours ago

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Today at the Omni, Mayor Mike Rawlings delivered his “state of the city” address to the Dallas Regional Chamber. I did not attend. Not sure why they couldn’t throw up a YouTube video of the talk, but here’s the PowerPoint deck. Some bad news about the pension (see above). But citizen satisfaction scores are up, especially compared to other cities. And if you care about downtown Dallas (who doesn’t?), here are some interesting numbers offered by the mayor:

90+ developments underway
10,000+ residents living in city center
94% occupancy rate
72 restaurant openings in 2016
6,400+ residential units announced
14+ hotels under construction

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Nature & Environment

Wild Pigs Are Eating Dallas!

| 1 day ago
The opening spread from our January story
The opening spread from our January story

The January issue of D Magazine will bring you a story by Mary Mapes about wild pigs. They are a problem in many parts of the country. That includes Dallas. So when I saw the below tweet from Ben Sandifer, I thought, “Man, we are once again right on time with a story. Our subscribers are going to be so happy.”

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Politics & Government

More Intel on the Dallas City Manager Search

| 1 day ago
Mark McDaniel (left) and T.C. Broadnax
Mark McDaniel (left) and T.C. Broadnax

We learned November 29 who the five finalists are for the city manager gig. Tomorrow the City Council will pick one. It feels like D Magazine interns go through a more rigorous selection process. Is it just me? Anyway, I told you back in September that assistant city manager Mark McDaniel would get the job, and I still think that’s the case. But today I want to draw your attention to the man from Tacoma, T.C. Broadnax. When we learned about the five finalists, he was the only one, aside from McDaniel, that I gave even a slim chance to. I put his odds at 1 in 1,999,999,999.99. My prescience astounds even me. Because I’m hearing that Broadnax has interviewed well with council members. You know those handful of jokers who bet at the beginning of the Premier League season last year that sorry Leicester would win? Those folks are laying money on Broadnax. (I have a beard. I watch soccer. Deal with it. Also, yes, the only attribution I am going to offer you for my assertion that he has interviewed well is the vague “I’m hearing.” Like the ability of my beard to stay rust colored even as I approach the age at which most men go gray, some things must remain a mystery. Really, FrontBurner needs a footnote function.)

Okay, so, Broadnax. Here’s what I want you to consider:

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Transportation

UTA Receives $7.7 Million to Study Transportation Equity

| 1 day ago

In the October issue, I wrote about Nan Ellin, the dean of the University of Texas at Arlington’s new College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs (or CAPPA), and her plans to transform the school into a major research center for urban development. The impetus, according to UTA president Vistasp Karbhari, is to prepare DFW for that challenges that will inevitably arise with the region’s continuing growth:

“We will be at mega-city status of 10 million people very quickly,” says UTA President Vistasp Karbhari, an Indian-born structural engineer who was the main architect of the strategic plan. “One of the challenges of a mega-city is looking at built environments as well as public policy. The concept was that if we were truly going to make an impact on how Dallas prepares to become a mega-city, there was a need, in my mind, to try to do much more to shape it in the best way possible.”

One of the biggest issues the region faces (as we have been talking a lot about lately) is transportation, and, in particular, transportation equity.

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Leading Off

Leading Off (12/8/16)

| 1 day ago

City Council Wants Austin to Come to the Rescue Over Pension Crisis and Lawsuits. The council wrested with the much-talked-about pension crisis and police pay lawsuits that could be financially disastrous for the city of Dallas yesterday. Now, they think their best bet is to call on the state legislature to change a 2005 law that made suing the city over goods and services easier. This will get worse before it gets better.

Fort Worth Symphony Strike Over. The first strike in the history of the orchestra, which had gone on for three months, ended last night after musicians came to an agreement with management. They now have a new four-year deal that runs through July 31, 2020. An anonymous donor gave the symphony $700,000, the amount of the budget deficit that had resulted in proposed pay cuts for musicians.

Laura Miller Faces New Battle with Breast Cancer. The former Dallas mayor announced that she’s been diagnosed again with breast cancer after beating it in 1998. She had a double mastectomy a few weeks ago and begins chemotherapy next Wednesday.

Duncanville Officer Shoot Person in Downtown Dallas. Officials were serving a warrant yesterday afternoon on Commerce Street when the Duncanville officer shot the suspect, who died at the scene. The shooting is being investigated.

It’s Officially Winter in Dallas. It’s in the mid-30s now and will stay that way throughout the day. The weekend will be a bit warmer, but for today you’ll need some extra layers.

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