Leading Off (8/25/09)

1. Mayor Leppert says he will propose huge changes to the way the city conducts its zoning cases, a process change he has been working on since 2007. The plan has three key components, which I should list here, but just typing the words “zoning cases” makes me so very sleepy. Jump and read if that tickles your fancy. [Yawning.]

2. Now this story keeps me awake. Remember that settlement in the Bush Library dispute? Let me refresh your memory: SMU needs to tear down some condos to make room for the library. The owners wanted more cash. They agreed on a settlement. Now that the settlement is in writing, the owners are saying, whoa! That’s not what we agreed to. So the stalemate is back on. And remember when the condo owners said they might want Bush to testify? I’ll bet that threat is back on, too. A hearing on the dispute is scheduled for Friday. [Munching popcorn.]

3. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission asked for inspections of large poles made by a now-defunct Fort Worth company after evidence that the poles are unsafe. In fact, the poles have cracked, fallen, and been proven unsafe. When asked for comment, The Lodge said, “We’ll get right on it.” [Giggling at my joke, because I am a 10-year-old .]

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