Leading Off

Leading Off (1/19/17)

New pension system in talks, some streets won't be repaired, "Pudge" Rodriguez will be Hall of Famer, and more.

City Hall Proposes Not to Save the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System. CFO Elizabeth Reich came up with the idea of creating a new system called the Public Safety Employees Retirement Fund, wherein young active employees could transfer to the new system (among other stipulations). However, Reich said this is an alternative, and the city is still trying to save the current pension system. Clearly, there are lots of unresolved issues either way.

Delaying the Bond Election Means Lots of Streets Won’t See Repairs. Because the City Council is holding off on the bond package until November (because of the above pension system debacle), 105 miles of deteriorating roads won’t be fixed. That’s because the delay takes $27 million from the street budget. So the street mileage to be fixed will go from 568 miles to 463 miles. We’ll see if council members can come up with the elusive $27 million.

More on Target Theater Director Attack. Derek Whitener, who was beaten outside the Target on Haskell over the weekend, is still in critical condition. Now his attorney says it looks like Whitener was beaten because he reported suspicious behavior to store security. Apparently he reported these two men, who seemed to be searching for unlocked cars, and when he left the Target, the men ambushed him. His attorney wants answers from Target as to why he wasn’t escorted after making the complaint.

Jewish Community Center Evacuated Due to Bomb Threats. Among other such centers throughout the country recently, the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center in North Dallas was evacuated yesterday morning after a bomb threat was made. No bombs were found, and everyone was allowed back inside. The FBI said yesterday that it’s investigating “possible civil rights violations in connection with threats.”

“Pudge” Rodriguez Selected for Hall of Fame. Yesterday, Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez became the second catcher in MLB history to earn Hall of Fame induction on the first attempt. He was always my mom’s favorite player during his 13 years with the Rangers. She’s going to be very happy about this.

Take Uber Today, Get Free Fitness Goodies. Today, starting at 11 a.m., you can get free products if you take Uber in certain city areas. Uber has partnered with Snap Kitchen and Outdoor Voices, among other health-centric companies, to create free Fit Kits with products and gift cards. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal to me.