Police and Firefighters to Vote on Benefit Cuts. The board of the troubled Dallas Police and Fire Pension decided Thursday to officially ask its members to approve reductions in the money they’ll see from their retirement plan. The vote will take place next month, but even if the changes are approved, the city may still be asked for $1 billion to bail out the fund.
New Dallas ISD School Built on Contaminated Land. Fox 4 found that the school district has been monitoring air quality at Jose “Joe” May Elementary in Northwest Dallas for months due to concerns about chemicals left in the soil by a gas station and a dry cleaner that operated on the site from the 1960s until 2012. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has reportedly stepped in to oversee cleanup.
City Leaders Meet With West Dallas Landlord. On Thursday, Mayor Mike Rawlings and Mayor Pro Tem Monica Alonzo spoke with Khraish Khraish, co-owner of HMK Ltd. The company, which owns more than 300 rental properties, has claimed it’s pulling its houses from the market (and evicting tenants) because the city is trying to force it to have to sell its property to developers. Rawlings and other officials say they’re just trying to get HMK to get its substandard houses up to code.Read More