You’ve probably heard already about the request for a temporary restraining order filed yesterday in an attempt to kibosh Farmers Branch’s latest effort to stop people from renting to illegal immigrants. Filed with that request for a TRO, as we call it in the bidness, were 114 pages of exhibits. Go ahead. Knock yourself out. Read em all. Or just read the very first exhibit, a letter written by Farmers Branch Mayor Tim O’Hare to City Councilman Charlie Bird, which reads, in part:
My family has been here since 1956 and almost everyone that I consider family lives here. I don’t want us to have to move. I don’t want to have to live somewhere else. But, I’m not going to live in Oak Cliff, which is what we are becoming and going to become if we don’t make some serious changes and spend some money.
It tickles me to know that the mayor of Farmers Branch thinks that Oak Cliff — an area of Dallas roughly twice the size of his city — is the best example of the worst it can get. Just for fun, I’ll turn the comments on. But let’s be careful in there.