Dallas City Council | KERA News

Dallas City Council

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

The Dallas City Council Wednesday continued its debate over what to do with the city's Confederate monuments.

No vote was taken in the briefing, but City Council will eventually have to sign off on some kind of plan to address them. Still, council members agreed the city needs to acknowledge its racial past and give a full picture of the city's history.

Carol M. Highsmith / Library of Congress/Wikimedia Commons

Following the weekend violence from a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., there are renewed calls for North Texas cities to remove their Confederate monuments and for school districts to rename schools that honor Confederate leaders.

Brandon Formby / The Texas Tribune

The Trinity River is a relatively narrow, usually calm waterway that meanders past the western edge of downtown. It wasn’t a particularly popular recreation spot when Angela Hunt biked there one evening more than a decade ago.

Trinity Parkway Design Charette Report

The plan to build a toll road next to the Trinity River in downtown Dallas appears to be near death.

The Dallas City Council spent hours Wednesday talking about the road and the park that's been proposed in the river basin. Council members will vote on killing the parkway next week.

The Texas Tribune

Amid an increasingly tense regional debate over how transportation dollars should be spent, the Dallas City Council on Wednesday replaced four of its appointees to North Texas’ largest transit agency, sweeping out board members criticized for rubber stamping staff proposals that favor the region at the expense of its urban core and for not being strong enough advocates for improved bus service.

Flickr Creative Commons

At Dallas City Council's first meeting on Wednesday, newly inaugurated members and familiar faces from South and West Dallas will fill the seats of four ousted incumbents.  


The Dallas City Council on Wednesday approved up to $100,000 to increase security for the city’s emergency alarms system, which was triggered last weekend by someone from the Dallas area, according to officials.

Screenshot from KERA program

Dallas civil rights activist Roy Williams died Saturday at the Dallas VA Medical Center. He was 74.

Courtney Collins / KERA News

Most big cities have a problem with stray dogs. In Dallas, it’s more like a crisis.

In early May, dogs mauled a homeless woman, biting her more than 100 times. A week later, she died. Now, neighbors are furious and city officials are scrambling to come up with an answer.


More than one in four Dallas roads are in bad shape, according to a city survey of 11,700 miles of road. 

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

In April, Dallas City Council members and school trustees met to learn about the home-rule issue that could change the way the school district operates. A task force that grew out of that session met Thursday for the first time. Council members said they could lobby for the district, but they must agree on what they want.

Texas Tribune

Once every decade, the city of Dallas reviews its charter and recommends changes in the way it governs to voters. 

Tonight, the Charter Review Commission will hold its last public meeting in Dallas City Council chambers. Members will decide May 6 which changes to put before voters in November.

Doualy Xaykaothao / KERA News

In today's Morning Edition local block from the KERA Newsroom: Doualy Xaykaothao finds Iraqi families voting in the country's anticipated presidential election - at a Dallas hotel. It's the first one for Iraq since U.S. troops pulled out in 2011. We also get part two of Bill Zeeble's series on the home rule process being considered by Dallas schools -  we heard from supporters yesterday; today, critics of the plan speak out. And Shelley Kofler talks with State Rep. Rafael Anchia, who thinks Dallas City Council members need a pay raise. 

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

Dallas school administrators and board members met at Dallas City Hall Wednesday to discuss the home-rule proposal that could change the way the DISD is run and governed. Despite the mayor’s support of home-rule, City Council members want more information.

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

After months, even years, of debate, the Dallas City Council on Wednesday approved strict new gas drilling rules. Drilling opponents are cheering. Gas industry officials say the new rules are so tough that wells may never get drilled on the city’s western edge, which sits over the eastern extremes of the Barnett Shale.

BJ Austin / KERA News

Dallas City Council members went behind closed doors Wednesday to hear an independent investigation into how an ordinance cracking down on Uber, the app-based limo service, was rushed to a proposed vote.

The ordinance bypassed the council committee process and was presented for a vote after competitor Yellow Cab complained that the new transportation service was violating city regulations.

Following the closed-door meeting, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said he didn’t hear of any legal or ethical violations regarding the independent investigation. Instead, he said a series of bad decisions were made. He's troubled by the way city staff handled the ordinance.

Interim City Manager A.C. Gonzalez sent a memo today to the Dallas mayor and City Council in which he admitted he "made a mistake" when handling the Uber car service ordinance over the summer -- a matter that has generated plenty of controversy, The Dallas Morning News reports.

tiendq / flickr.com

Downtown Dallas is getting a FREE shuttle to move visitors, residents and office workers to restaurants, convention meetings, and downtown attractions.  It’ll be running in time for the large crowds expected for the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination.

Former Dallas City Councilman Leo Chaney will lie in repose in the Hall of State at Fair Park Friday from noon until 7 pm. Services are at 11 am Saturday at the True Lee Mission Baptist Church. Chaney was found dead after a fire in his home Monday afternoon. 

BJ Austin / KERA News

Dallas City Council members took turns saying goodbye to five colleagues Wednesday. It was their last meeting.  The new, 2013 Council will be sworn-in Monday.

drriss / Flickr Creative Commons

Hispanics and women lost seats on the Dallas City Council after the May vote and Saturday’s runoff elections. KERA’s BJ Austin reports on what the new council will look like.

Erik Hersman / Flickr

Fort Worth voters rejected three incumbents on the city council and school board in Saturday runoff elections

Jacinto Ramos, Jr. stomped incumbent school board member Carlos Vasquez, 86% to 14%.

School board candidate Ashley Paz narrowly unseated Juan Rangel, 51% to 49%.

Former broadcast reporter Gyna Bivens turned out sitting councilman Frank Moss, 57% to 43%.

In Dallas, Rick Callahan defeated Jesse Diaz, 60% to 40%, to represent Pleasant Grove on the Dallas City Council.

Kent Wang / flickr.com

Voters decide two Dallas City Council seats in Saturday’s runoff election.  In Districts 5 and 14, the runoff rhetoric has swirled around personality and race. 

BJ Austin / KERA News

The Dallas City Council did not take up a gay marriage equality resolution at City Hall today – as originally planned. But that didn’t stop leaders of the LGBT community from speaking on the issue.

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

Dallas City Councilman Dwaine Caraway pushed his plastic bag ban in a committee today.  He says empty grocery bags blow through and pollute neighborhoods.

The Women's Museum / flickr.com

It appears the Dallas City Council will not vote on a resolution supporting gay marriage June 12th after all. Council member Delia Jasso has withdrawn her support.

BJ Austin / KERA News

After Saturday’s election, Hispanic representation on the Dallas City Council could take a step back at a time when the Latino population is growing. And, there will also be fewer women on the council. 

Fort Worth City Council Incumbent Sal Espino has represented District 2 since 2005, when Council member Jim Lane stepped down and recruited Espino.

Lane now says Espino has "lost his focus"  and Lane wants to return to the seat he held from 1993-2005.

City of Dallas

Seven candidates are vying to replace Angela Hunt to represent a diverse district that includes portions of downtown and the arts district; lower Greenville Avenue;  Cedar Springs and East Dallas.   Here's what they had to say on taxes, gas drilling, the Trinity River Tollway, arts funding and more.

Arts groups in Dallas have held several forums to find out what city council candidates would do to support the arts.  KERA also wanted to know, so we asked those competing in contested races. Here’s what they told us.