News roundup: Gas explosion, Griggs vs. Gonzalez, McKinney trolley

A view from one of the under-construction loft apartments at Jefferson Tower. Photo by Danny Fulgencio
A view from one of the under-construction loft apartments at Jefferson Tower. Photo by Danny Fulgencio

The Oak Park Estates Neighborhood Association is raising money for the family that narrowly escaped a gas explosion at their home near Polk and Kiest Tuesday.

City Councilman Scott Griggs continues to push City Manager A.C. Gonzalez on the proposed $2.81-billion city budget. Griggs wants to cut 15 percent out of Gonzalez’s proposed “back office” budget and free up $3.8 million that could be spend on animal services and libraries.

Completion of the McKinney Avenue Trolley extension has been delayed until December. The city wants to connect that line to the Oak Cliff Streetcar eventually.

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