In Oak Cliff City Council race, everyone loses

Oak Cliff voters face a dilemma at the polls this May. Redistricting gave Pleasant Grove its own council seat, which is good and just for that neighborhood. But it took one of our Oak Cliff seats away, so Oak Cliff voters must choose between two incumbents.

Delia Jasso and Scott Griggs, both effective and popular representatives, live in the new District 1. They are the only two candidates on the ballot for District 1 this May.

Griggs unseated Dave Neumann two years ago after taking on some battles the former councilman had neglected. Even before Griggs was elected, he stood up against the city on gas drilling and its plan for permanent supportive housing at Cliff Manor. Here is a list of Griggs’ accomplishments since taking office.

Jasso served on the park board for seven years before her election to City Council in 2009. She is popular among constituents in the Bishop Arts District, where she has acted fast to help small business owners through city bureaucracy. She has championed Jefferson Boulevard improvements. Here is a link to Jasso’s campaign website. She also has a very good monthly newsletter.

What’s really unfortunately about this political match-up is that Jasso and Griggs often agree, along with term-limited Angela Hunt, on issues such as gas drilling, in opposition to the majority of City Council. One place Jasso and Griggs have disagreed is whether to build a second Calatrava bridge. But they have similar backgrounds as advocates for progressive infrastructure in our neighborhood. Both candidates are very Oak Cliff in their way of thinking utopian first and then working their way through budgets, bureaucracy and politics to make our big ideas a reality. It’s a shame to lose one of them.

By |2015-02-18T11:42:57-05:00March 4th, 2013|City Hall, Development, News, Transportation|4 Comments

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  1. Lolotehe March 7, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    After watching how the Mary Suhm incident was handled, this doesn’t seem like that much of a dilemma.

  2. marginal_p3 March 4, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Dallas IS a parking lot.  

    How about we get rid of ALL the yahoos downtown and just let Griggs, Jasso and Hunt run the show.  Surely it can be better than the present offering. 

  3. David March 4, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Has anyone ever taken a look at how close some of the other incumbents homes are to the boundaries of their respective districts? It’s almost as if their district was widened to include them. 

  4. Andrew March 4, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Griggs is absolutely the best choice. Griggs voted against the closing of Neely Street between Beckley and Zang in District 1, but Jasso voted for this. (And Jasso is the current city council person for District 1!) This takes away any public street parking that the residents on this block had and closes a major thoroughfare to get to Zang for people walking, biking or driving from Beckley to Zang. Now they will have to literally drive around Dallas County Schools to enjoy Bishop Arts or even get to the trolley. Now Dallas County Schools will have a giant parking lot in addition to their already substantial bus and employee parking area at the intersections of both Beckley and Davis and Zang and Davis. This impedes development, which is unfortunate with the trolley coming soon to this location. Jasso and Jim Lake thought it was a win-win for the community for DCS to take over this portion of Neely Street, because they both have been working with Susan Falvo, Chief of Staff of DCS, to incorporate part of this parking lot to be used for Bishop Arts patrons at nights and on weekends. But when did a parking lot take precedence over home ownership? DCS is taking over this part of the neighborhood with a big parking lot and impeding development in this area. It is driving down property values where the parking lot is proposed since they have bought up all the land around it so that nobody else can build residential or commercial buildings. A parking lot will continue to decrease the value of the neighborhood, and Griggs knows this. Jasso was for it. What a shame. Absolutely vote for Griggs!

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