On Big Ticket Projects and Being a World Class City

Today the Dallas City Council voted to spend over $10 million to redesign the IH-30 Calatrava bridge.  I was the sole “no” vote. (WFAA; Unfair Park; DMN City Hall Blog)

Transportation dollars are extraordinarily limited right now. In these challenging economic times, it doesn’t make sense for us to spend taxpayer dollars on elaborate architectural designs when we have real infrastructure needs. My fellow councilmembers argued that we must have a second Calatrava bridge “to keep up with the Joneses,” that we can’t be “short-sighted,” that the elaborate bridge is necessary to “create economic development,” and that we must “move forward” in order to be a “world-class city.”

So it got me thinking about what it says about Dallas that we constantly chase after the dream of being a “world-class city.” Continue reading

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Police, Fire & Others Endorse Angela!

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In addition to more than 300 endorsements from neighborhood leaders across District 14, I am proud to share with you that I have just received FOUR major endorsements from respected Dallas organizations: the Dallas Police Association, Dallas Fire Fighters Association, MetroTex Association of Realtors, and the Dallas AFL-CIO.

Making our neighborhoods safer has been a priority of mine since I took office, so I am deeply honored that my commitment to public safety has earned me the endorsement of both the Police and Fire Associations. “As a City Councilmember, Angela has worked with law enforcement and community leaders to help us reduce crime 30% since she took office,” said Glenn White, President of the Dallas Police Association.  “Her experience, integrity, and commitment to her community is unquestioned.”

Peter Urrutia of MetroTex Realtors cited my commitment to District 14 neighborhoods: “Angela has proven time and again she is not only committed to representing neighborhoods, but improving them, too.  No matter the street, no matter the issue, Angela tries to make District 14 better, block by block. It makes our jobs easier when we have a neighborhood advocate like Angela on the council, and we’re proud to give her our endorsement.”

“It’s important that fire fighters have strong advocates at City Hall,” said D.D. Pierce, President of the Dallas Fire Fighters Association. “Angela Hunt has been just that. She’s fought for the resources we need to keep Dallas safe and has been a great partner and friend to Dallas fire fighters. We look forward to her continued service to our city.”

In addition, in the last couple of weeks, I have received hundreds of endorsements from residents across the district, and the outpouring of support has been humbling.

From Brenda Marks in Oak Lawn saying “the council needs more Angelas” to Steve Atkinson and Ted Kinkaid calling me “a staunch ally of our LGBT community” to East Dallas resident Judith Timmerman saying “Angela’s winning combination of brains, integrity, and courage are exactly what this city needs,” — THANK YOU so much for supporting my re-election effort!

If you would like to add your endorsement to the growing list of community leaders who want to ensure that we have an experienced, independent voice at Dallas City Hall, please visit my support page. You can also support my campaign by making a contribution, putting up a yard sign, or volunteering.

Thank you to everyone for your support!

–Angela

Join My Re-Election Campaign!

As your Dallas City Council representative, I want to personally thank you for your support over the past six years.

Together, we’ve been able to improve neighborhoods throughout District 14, from revitalizing Downtown and bringing renewed vibrancy to Uptown and Oak Lawn, to protecting East Dallas neighborhoods with conservation and historic districts, to implementing a $500 million renovation plan at Love Field Airport.

We’ve made our city safer, adding over 600 police officers to our streets and bringing crime down to levels not seen since the 1960s.  And most importantly, we’ve brought an independent voice to Dallas City Hall, asking the tough questions and demanding accountability.

But there is still much to be done, and that’s why I am seeking re-election to the Dallas City Council.

To ensure my re-election, I need your help and continued support.  Here’s how you can get involved:

Your contribution of time, money, and effort will help ensure my campaign is a success. With your support, I will continue to be your voice at Dallas City Hall!

–Angela

Join Me for ‘Tour Dallas’ Cycling Event

Join me and over 3,000 other cyclists for tomorrow’s Tour Dallas, where I’ll be the “Official Starter” of the ride.

Tour Dallas is an annual cycling event with an emphasis on fun. The Tour is a relaxed ride — not a race — and there are three different routes of varying lengths so riders of all skill levels can participate.

The three routes are…

  • 8 miles – This route tours downtown Dallas and makes a quick trip across the Trinity River into Oak Cliff and back.
  • 20 Miles – This route takes in most of the sights of the 8 mile route, plus a route that tours Turtle Creek, Uptown, and much of East Dallas.
  • 30 Miles – This route follows the 20 mile route, with an added trip around White Rock Lake.

The beneficiary of this year’s tour is Spokes for Folks, a Dallas-based non-profit that provides bikes to the needy.

You can register for the event tomorrow morning at Dallas City Hall (where the tour begins and ends). Registration is $40 per rider, and registration begins at 6:30am. (Children 12 and under ride for $10.) The tour begins at 8am, and all participants get a T-Shirt. After the tour we’ll have a Finish Line Celebration at City Hall Plaza, where Pizza Patrón will supply pizza for all riders.

So dust off your bike, round up the kids, and join me and my family at City Hall tomorrow morning for a great event!