Your humble city councilman, Lee Kleinman, would like for you to help tell the world how awesome Dallas is. Namely, he wants you to vote for Dallas’ skyline.
It’s for USA Today‘s 10 Best competition. We’re up against Abu Dhabi, Chicago, Dubai, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Las Vegas, London, New York, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, Seattle, Shanghai, St. Louis, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Vancouver, and Washington, D.C.
Umm, that’s a lot of cities. Couldn’t we at least break it down by continent? Also, the description of us is a little cliché (oil, banking, 1980s TV show, et cetera). But it’s an honor just to be nominated, right? Check it out — and vote — here. It’s what JR would want us to do.
— Lee Kleinman (@LeeforDallas) August 22, 2014
Last week, state Rep. Jason Villalba stated his wish to file a resolution naming Phil Collins — yes, the singer — an “honorary Texan.” Why, you ask? Good question. The former Genesis frontman has donated an extensive collection of artifacts from the Battle of the Alamo back to Texas. I know, right?
“This week many Texans learned of the extraordinary generosity – both monetary and of spirit – of Phil Collins, a legend of the music world and now in Texas history,” Villalba said in a statement.
Collins was a fan of the miniseries, “Davy Crockett,” as a kid — as I’m sure many of you were. Naturally, then, that passion led him to publish a book in 2012 called “The Alamo and Beyond: A Collector’s Journey.”
The resolution will be filed during the 84th session of the state legislature. Collins will be invited to the floor.
I’m posting this because it’s Friday, and we could all use some peachicks in our lives.
Hey, you — yes, you — do you like to paint? Then come out to Forest Lane and Midway Road tomorrow to help finish off a mural. Paint and supplies will be provided. The fun starts at 9 a.m. before it gets too hot. For full details, check out the Facebook page.
Our former writer, Margaux Anbouba, who has since jumped on board at one of our affiliates, D Home, found one Bluffview resident who’s making her urban space a bit more eco-friendly with a chicken coop. Has this homeowner gone coo-coo, or is it a stroke of brilliance? Find out here.
OK, I’m being light with my headline here, but state Rep. Jason Villalba tweeted about meeting real estate mogul Ebby Halliday, and I thought it was really sweet:
— Jason Villalba (@JasonVillalba) October 16, 2013
You probably know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so why not help out the cause while you shop? This Saturday, stop by Dooney & Bourke in the Galleria to pick up a “pink ribbon tote” for $58. Five dollars from every purchase will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
The bag comes in navy or light pink, with pink piping and leather handles. It’s made of “durable cotton canvas” and features the Dooney & Bourke name with a pink ribbon.
To celebrate, there will also be pink cookies and water for refreshment. The first 25 purchasers will get a gift bag with surprises inside. As far as other merchandise, Dooney will also have a discount of 20 percent going on. So stop by from 2 to 5 p.m.!
The organizers of JFK Day have shown themselves to be very active in the community so far, and today, they’re at the Parish Episcopal School of Dallas. Check it out:
— #JFKDAY (@jfkday2013) October 2, 2013
Think Uber is in trouble with all the recent drama at City Hall? Think again. They’re hiring.
Many of you fashionable and glamorous PH residents are not strangers to Uber, the convenient car service. But today there’s been some hubbub about the City Council proposing regulations on the service. Here’s what the city had to say on its Facebook page:
Uber Fans: The proposed ordinance does not stop Uber from operating in Dallas. It will provide a way for Uber to comply and operate legally.
The proposed ordinance on the August 28 City Council agenda contains minor clarifications to the existing regulations for limousines in Chapter 10A, without impacting the 225 companies that are currently licensed by the City and operating legally. These clarifications strengthen the City’s position that a company that advertises and dispatches limousines for hire must first have operating authority from the City.
The transportation-for-hire industry is changing and Dallas welcomes new entrants and technology, provided that all companies operate legally and on a level playing field that is safe, reliable and fair to consumers.
The proposed ordinance does not stop Uber from operating in Dallas. It will provide a way for Uber to comply and operate legally. It is important for the public to be aware that if the City has no way of regulating this type of transportation service, the public might have no recourse should the vehicle be involved in an accident; should the consumer experience a pay dispute; or any other consumer related or safety issue with the service. This action protects the consumers that enjoy this service.
These clarifications are an initial step towards a coming larger discussion with the City Council on the City’s role in regulating the transportation-for-hire industry. For this reason, a briefing memorandum was sent to City Council on Friday, advising them of the addendum item on the August 28, 2013 agenda.
On the flip side, here’s a Facebook event that’s been created to defend Uber at Wednesday’s meeting. If you have an opinion either way, show up to City Hall at 9 a.m.
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