Where are the fiscal conservatives on the council when we need them?



The City Council has had little trouble balancing the budget by devastating the library system, cutting cops, and neglecting animal control. But when it comes to anything related to the Trinity River boondoggle, they spend like drunken high school students on South Padre Island.

Their latest spring break fling came this week, when a council committee voted to cover yet another cost overrun on the second Calatrava bridge by spending $1.9 million in bond money that was supposed to go for public art. Hardly anyone on the committee seemed concerned, save for Oak Cliff councilman Scott Griggs and the M Streets’ Angela Hunt. “We’re already 34 percent over budget?” asked Griggs. “This is outrageous.”

Not really, councilman. Letting a cat die inside the walls of the animal shelter is one thing. But offending the elite that wants the bridge built? Can’t have that, can we?

By |2013-01-17T06:04:54-05:00January 17th, 2013|City Hall, News|4 Comments

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  1. Deb January 24, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    My thought is simply this: In the public library are hundreds of books that contain art from all walks of life. Adults and  children could benefit from learning about art in those books and by visiting art musuems locally or abroad.  Calatrava bridges are a form of art, Isuppose, but they are a one shot pony for educational purposes. Open up the libraries and children’s and adult’s minds.  Bridges are a dime a dozen and can be built with much less pomp and circumstance, but the minds of those wanting to improve can generate millions in monetary support of our city in the future.  How much does the Calatrava bridge generate  to our community in terms of monetary support? Oh…nothing… Just makes a trip across the river a good connection to other roads and highways… Could have done that with millions less and could have put those millions to better use.  The Dallas City Council needs to finally try to understand that bridges will NOT make us a world class city… Our children and our communities will do that. 

  2. S Aten January 17, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    “Large Marge”  would look better if it were painted yellow then the smog and dirt would not show up on those white arches.

  3. S Aten January 17, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    It is a syndrome known as OPM “Other People’s Money”.   It is a common occurrence with politicians when they have an opportunity to spend money on pet projects.   These projects would never be funded if it came directly out of their pockets but they will gladly pick your pocket to fund these follies.

  4. TheGlutLife January 17, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Isn’t the Calatrava Bridge a form of public art? 

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