Dallas City Council

A staff presentation focusing on Dallas environmental equity lacks any metrics for comparing residential pollution burdens, or even for measuring the success of its own outreach effort. So how does City Hall know what environmental “equity” looks like?   According to management guru Peter Drucker, “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” Then […]

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VOTE!

by jim on May 3, 2019

  For the first time in its history, Downwinders at Risk is endorsing a candidate for Dallas Mayor. Scott Griggs has been a reliable ally to clean air advocates since he was first elected to the Dallas City Council in 2011. He led the successful fights opposing both the Trinity Toll Road and illegal gas […]

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They had the PowerPoints. They had the hardcopies of the PowerPoints in Spanish. They had the Subject Boards. They had the Post It notes and purple dots. Lots of purple dots. They had staff. They had consultants. They had consultants hired by consultants. All in all, Dallas City Hall had everything it thought it needed […]

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After being rebuffed by its own city council on the idea, Dallas Staff Goes to NCTCOG to promote autocratic regional air monitoring network You may remember that way back last September members of the Dallas City Council Quality of Life Committee approved a independent regional air network as laid out in a 20 minute presentation […]

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12 Noon, Wednesday March 20th Dallas City Hall      Flag Room     6th Floor   JOIN US FOR THE PUBLIC LAUNCH OF THE   SOUTHERN SECTOR RISING  CAMPAIGN FOR ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE   Downwinders at Risk has joined with the the Joppa Freedman’s Association, Neighbors United/Vecino Unidos, the Highland Hills Community Action Committee, Sierra Club/BeyondCoal, Pax Christi Dallas, […]

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Marsha Jackson thought she’d found relief when Dallas Morning News columnist Robert Wilonsky wrote about the grotesque environmental disaster being caused by the Blue Star asphalt operation in mid-December..the first time. After complaining almost a year to the City of Dallas, the State of Texas, and the EPA without any action taken, Ms Jackson saw […]

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Despite supporters’ claims that the new $500,000 Dallas Climate “Action” Plan would have lots of opportunities for public participation, the decision-making apparatus drafting the plan puts all the decision-making power in the hands of City staff and its hired consultants. Meet the New Boss. Same as the Old Boss. Oh, they’ll be countless PowerPoint presentations […]

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The most worthwhile thing that might emerge from the City’s plan is a new challenge from citizens to Business-as-Usual Take a Deep Dive into How Dallas City Environmental Policy is Being Directed from… New York City?   Over at the Belo Mansion this morning, the City of Dallas’ Office of Environmental Quality and (Rockefeller) Sustainability […]

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It’s the 5th time in the last 13 months residents of South and West Dallas have beaten back City staff attempts to put more polluters in their backyards But this time they had to take on their own Council Member and Plan Commissioner. Channel 5 Coverage City Hall Videotape Plan Comm. Mtg (batch plant case […]

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RESIDENTS: English – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Dallas-Resident-Survey Español – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5Y5HMCL BUSINESSES: English – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Dallas-Business-Survey Español – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5DBV679   The City of Dallas is conducting a survey of residents and businesses as it drafts a new Economic Development Plan. The City’s survey doesn’t ask about environmental justice or industrial equity – the idea that you don’t want to dump all polluters into the […]

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Last time we reported on the prospects of a new regional air monitoring network the idea received a 7-0 vote from a Dallas City Council Committee on September 24th but was delayed by staff request from going to the council until December 12th. There was conjecture at the time that the delay was an excuse […]

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If a full day of informative workshops by experts, networking with other local activists and organizers, plus lunch wasn’t enough to get you interested in coming to our 1-Day University of Change on Saturday December 8th, what about a mid-day briefing from long-tine Oak Cliff Council Member Scott Griggs on the importance of the upcoming […]

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