Breakfast Group Meeting

This morning I enjoyed talking with members of the Breakfast Group, an organization for business leaders in Dallas. We discussed the economic development, the strong mayor initiative, and crime. Many thanks to our moderator, Harry Tanner, for a great breakfast at the Crescent Hotel and a good discussion.

Preservation Dallas Neighborhood Network Meeting

As chair of Preservation Dallas’ Neighborhood Programs, I met with neighborhood leaders in the home of Ed Zahra to discuss issues specific to our historic and conservation districts.

Preservation Dallas Executive Director Dwayne Jones was on hand to bring the group up-to-date on the city’s creation of a new overlay zoning tool to address incompatible new development.

Toast to Life Gala

Tonight I attended the 7th annual Toast to Life Gala, held at Republic Center in downtown. The annual event benefits the Resource Center of Dallas, and has raised over $1,000,000 since its inception.

The Resource Center of Dallas is a United Way agency that provides assistance to people living with HIV/AIDS, as well HIV prevention programs. I am proud to have attended this important event, and had a great time. I’m also proud to have the support of people who have been actively involved in making the Resource Center a success, such as Craig McDaniel and Bill Brosius.

Dallas Fire Fighters Association Candidate Interview

Today I met with members of the Dallas Fire Fighters Association, which includes both active and retired fire fighters. One thing that really impressed me about this group is they not only pinpointed problems, but offered well-researched solutions. I look forward to working with them to improve our city’s public safety.

UPDATE: I am proud to announce that the Dallas Fire Fighters Association has endorsed me in the district 14 council race. Fire fighters risk their lives on a daily basis for the citizens of Dallas, and I am honored that they have recognize my commitment to public safety by endorsing me in this race.

Rachofsky Reception

Tonight we had a wonderful event for my campaign at the Rachofsky House on Inwood Road in Dallas.

The Rachofsky House is the former residence of Howard Rachofsky, and was designed by award-winning architect Richard Meier. The house now serves as a museum housing many of the artworks in Mr. Rachofsky’s impressive personal collection.

The event coincided with the announcement that Mr. Rachofsky and his wife Cindy, along with Deedie and Rusty Rose (who also hosted the fundraiser), Robert and Marguerite Hoffman, and Margaret McDermott (whose daughter Mary McDermott Cook was also an event host) have announced that they are donating their art collections – collectively valued at $400 million dollars – to the Dallas Museum of Art.

The support of the arts community is very important to my candidacy, as the council is losing Veletta Lill, the most active and dedicated arts patron serving on the council.

It is vital to the future of the arts in Dallas – which brings in hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue to the city annually – that we maintain a strong voice for the arts on city council. I will be that voice.