"Vote No" Wins ... And Loses

Editorial

Proposition 1, the special election brought about by lone Dallas City Council member Angela Hunt fell 4,640 votes from passing in an election where 79,918 (about 15% of the voters in Dallas) cast a ballot.

But the "Vote No" folks might want to consider holding off on the celebration just yet.

Is this our picnic photo?

Virtually every elected official in city, county, state and national politics endorsed the "Vote No" campaign. After more than $1M spent by the "Vote No" side, 42,279 agreed for various reasons. Perhaps they liked Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert's arguments for it.

Perhaps some agreed with various council members' (or a city staff member's) sales pitches. Perhaps some were wooed by clever rap songs or impressive ads.

Whatever the reason, 42,279 agreed with one or more of you.

37,639 (or 47%), however, didn't disagree with some of you--they disagreed with all of you.

Council members, county commissioners, judges, senators, representatives; all of you.

Some folks should be more worried than others.

There are several city council members who should spend a little time scrutinizing this map. Perhaps a U.S. Representative or two should spend a little time there too.

A 5% overall margin wouldn't do much for my confidence, were I an elected official in this town--and wishing to remain one.

So what's next?

Mayor Leppert has his work cut out for him. He made a tremendous number of promises to the voters who saw things his way. He promised a world-class park that won't be negatively impacted by a tollroad.

He promised a vibrant downtown area.

He promised (let's bring the whole council in here) "no new taxes."

Those were some big promises. The question is: can he (they) deliver them?

Angela Hunt will be watching.

We'll be watching--and so will 42,279 others.

That 5% margin is greater

That 5% margin is greater than than the 1998 bond vote -- you know, the one that the Vote Yes'ers have been referring to as "overwhelming".

The big question is if any politician now has the guts to start a drive to kill the silly-ass idea for a park.

[Ed Note: You actually bring up a valid point that I don't think anyone has debated: what, exactly, is the Trinity River, and what should we be doing with it, period?]

Toll Road In Flood Plain Wins --- WHY

Difficult To Understand Toll Road Vote Outcome

Statements currently being made by government officials indicate that design of the project will not be completed until late 2009.

The environmental impact studies, also, will be available in late 2009.

Some officials state that large trucks will not utilize the toll road; therefore, it is assumed they will travel up and down "35" as they have in the past.

Or, perhaps they will go to another undefined route.

Maintenance of the levee system with a toll road in place appears to trouble the Corps Of Engineers (as to how that can take place without disrupting traffic for considerable periods of time).

Plant life and trees are now said to be grown / placed in "planter buckets" because roots would disturb the levee stability.

When the floods arrive, it is not clear what cities the plant life will find as destinations.

In reality, the project appears to be VERY flawed ... so the question is -- why did Dallas voters choose such a flawed project?

Probably because the Dallas Morning News and most city officials thought they had answers to all the above questions.

What Are The Answers?

[Ed Note: Ironically, the City would have probably been in a better position with the Corps, TxDOT, consultants, engineers and others if the road had not been approved inside the levees. The first thing we need to figure out is: what, exactly, is the Trinity River? I don't think anybody has a handle on that yet.]

Toll Road

I, too, will be watching. It appears based on looking at the map that most of us who live near downtown, all voted "FOR." Those that live further away voted "AGAINST." I will be holding his promises in my pocket. We should all continue to let our voices be heard.