Aug 20 2012
For the Love of the Lake
Last Saturday, I was delighted to participate in the “For the Love of the Lake” clean-up at White Rock Lake. I always enjoy working with friends and community leaders dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of White Rock Lake Park.
Trinity River Update
On Thursday, I met with Mayor Mike Rawlings, Councilwoman Vonciel Jones Hill, US Army Corps of Engineers Col. Chuck Klinge, Trinity Commons Foundation Director Craig Holcomb and Dallas Assistant City Manager Jill Jordan for an update on the status of the Trinity River project. We discussed the road plans, including the Trinity Parkway, the I-30 bridge construction and the recent Dallas announcement for new public trails in the floodway.
After our meeting, we toured the newly renovated Pavaho pump station that is scheduled to come online in the next weeks. This large capacity pump station is a major improvement in floodwater management for the City of Dallas.
National Tooling and Manufacturing Association
Also on Thursday, I was pleased to meet with the North Texas National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA). During our meeting we discussed the Administration’s burdensome regulations, which have forced small business owners and manufacturers to downsize and ship jobs overseas. We also discussed solutions to get our nation’s debt and government spending under control to keep America competitive and create jobs.
Building Owners and Managers Association
On Friday, I met with members of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) to discuss the issues that are most important to the commercial real estate industry. Our discussion focused on issues of taxation, depreciation and government regulations that are making it more difficult for their industry to be successful. I enjoyed discussing these issues with the attendees and appreciated BOMA giving me the opportunity to share some of my ideas for solutions to getting our economy back on track. For more information about BOMA, visit http://www.boma.org.
West Nile Virus Outbreak
As you know, the recent West Nile virus outbreak in North Texas has led to 10 tragic deaths and nearly 200 confirmed cases. In case you missed my special newsletter on Wednesday with information about aerial spraying and resources for learning the most up-to-date information on the West Nile virus, you can view it at http://sessions.houseenews.net/mail/util.cfm?gpiv=2100093390.110087.37&gen=1.