As you all know by now, the election did not turn out the way
we'd hoped. We lost by 6 points -- 47% to 53%. I know a lot of
us, including myself, are saddened and frustrated by the
results. But I hope that everyone involved in this effort,
everyone who voted for proposition 1, is proud of what we have
accomplished, regardless of the election results.
We shed light on one of the most important projects facing
our city, the Trinity River Corridor Project, after it had been
cloistered at City Hall for nearly a decade. More people are
educated about this issue today than they were just six months
ago. And most importantly, Dallas voters got the opportunity to
have a voice in the future of this project.
To all of you who worked so hard to get this on the ballot:
Even though the vote didn't go our way, be proud of the fact
that we did something no grassroots campaign has done before.
We collected over 90,000 signatures to call a referendum so that
Dallas voters -- not just those at City Hall -- could decide
whether to put a toll road in our park. Giving voters that
opportunity and seeing democracy in action is a great
accomplishment in and of itself.
But it takes time to change the political culture of a city.
In the end, while I'm disappointed we lost, I'm glad that we
gave the powers-that-be a run for their money (figuratively and
literally). Think about who we took on: all the politicians, all
the power brokers, the wealthy developers, the city's only
newspaper. We put together an incredible grassroots campaign
that's never been seen before in our city. And we secured 47% of
the vote. Not bad.
The opposition made a lot of promises in this election. And
we're going to hold them accountable for each and every one:
- They promised that trucks won't be allowed on this toll
- They promised that they wouldn't seek another dime of
taxpayer dollars to pay for this toll road -- neither gas
tax dollars nor property tax dollars.
- They promised the toll road would bring 36,000 permanent
jobs to the Southern Sector.
- They promised the NTTA would spend $1M per mile on
landscaping the toll road.
- They promised there wouldn't be eminent domain of any
homes to construct this road.
- They promised the park location was the cheapest option
- They promised this toll road would reduce air pollution.
- They promised this toll road would alleviate
- They promised the toll road wouldn't be privatized or
sold to foreign companies.
- They promised they would not seek any waiver from the
new safety and construction standards the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers is developing.
- They promised that if we kept the toll road, we could
move full speed ahead with the project and the dirt would
- They promised we would get a world-class park, despite
the toll road.
After the dozens and dozens of debates over the last several
months, I've heard these promises over and over again. I bet you
have, too. So let's hold their feet to the fire. We'll be
watching to make sure the city, the NTTA, and the Regional
Transportation Commission follow through on their commitments so
that we can create the best park possible under the
It has been an honor to work with all of you. You are the
heart and soul of our city. I am proud to know each and every
one of you who worked so hard on this effort. You represent the
very best Dallas has to offer -- the passion to stand up for
what's right, the vision to create a better Dallas for our
children, the determination to fight the good fight despite the
odds. Thank you for all of your hard work and support.
We'll post comments on our blog in the coming days, but today
I just want to say from my heart: "THANK YOU."
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Wednesday, November 07, 2007
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