June 22, 2022
Happy Wednesday! Invite joy.
🥵 Today's weather: Relentlessly hot.
🎵 Sounds like: "I Like You"
👮🏻 Situational awareness: Dallas police arrested the Pilot Point mayor yesterday on a charge of online solicitation of a minor, after a five-month investigation. (CBS11)
Today's newsletter is a boycott-free 967 words — a 3.5-minute read.
1 big thing: Dallas city manager keeps job — for now
Dallas City Manager TC Broadnax will remain in his position — for now.
Driving the news: Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson scheduled a special session for the City Council to review Broadnax's job performance and employment last week but then postponed the discussion to this Thursday.
- Yesterday, the mayor canceled the meeting and issued a joint statement with Broadnax saying they had reached an agreement.
Why it matters: Broadnax, like a chief executive, runs the city and reports to the 15-member City Council, which acts much like a board of directors.
- Council members have expressed frustration with the city manager's work.
What happened: Discussions about the city manager's job began somewhat privately after five council members signed a memo asking for Broadnax's employment to be reviewed earlier than usual. He was given the opportunity to resign.
- He didn't. Then both the mayor and three other council members wrote memos publicly asking for a job review.
- But that review, which was scheduled for last Wednesday, was delayed after some council members withdrew their support.
- And then council members started finger-pointing, saying they didn't actually sign the original memo asking for the review.
Between the lines: After more than a week of political theater, the two men at the center of the controversy — the mayor and city manager — are publicly agreeing that Broadnax's job performance needs to improve but he can stay put.
What they're saying: The mayor said in a statement that it's "time for a reset."
- "I am confident now that he fully grasps the gravity of the challenges we face and that he understands the importance of our shared priorities."
The other side: Broadnax agreed, saying he's proud of the work of his city staff but isn't "satisfied."
- "What recent days have shown me is that we have some healing and hard work ahead of us."
2. 💼 To do business with Texas, you can't boycott Israel
If you want to sell widgets — or really any item or service — to the state of Texas, you first have to formally pledge that you won't boycott Israel and that you won't "discriminate against" firearm companies.
The big picture: Standard provisions buried deep in Texas contracts and reviewed by Axios show state officials can exert political leverage on companies hungry to win — and keep — business with government entities.
Why it matters: This could limit the number of companies willing to work with Texas state agencies, school districts or cities.
Flashback: Last summer Texas legislators passed S.B. 19, which prevents state government entities from entering into contracts "with companies that discriminate against firearm and ammunition industries."
- That requirement, fashioned with support from gun manufacturers, has won greater attention after the mass shooting in Uvalde.
Yes, but: The requirements go beyond guns. Companies seeking business with Texas have to certify that they:
- Do not boycott energy companies
- Do not boycott Israel
- Do not require proof of COVID-19 vaccinations
Between the lines: Taken together, the provisions raise questions about whether Texans are getting the biggest bang for their buck, Don Kettl, a retired public policy professor from the University of Texas' LBJ school, tells Axios.
- "From the taxpayer's point of view, you want to go with whatever entity can perform the job for the lowest possible cost."
3. 💉 COVID shots for tots
Children as young as 6 months are now eligible for a COVID shot, bringing much-needed relief to families that have waited over a year to vaccinate their little ones.
Driving the news: Children under 5 are the last group to access COVID vaccines. Over the weekend, the CDC expanded eligibility to anyone older than 6 months.
What's next: Dallas County started administering pediatric doses yesterday and plans to go "full steam" today, Dallas County's public health director, Philip Huang, said at a news conference.
- Parents can contact their pediatrician or Dallas County Health and Human Services to schedule a vaccine for their child.
The other side: Some parents have questioned whether the COVID vaccine is safe.
- "These vaccines have gone through rigorous testing and review, and they have been found to be safe and effective," Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said.
4. 🗞 Burnt ends: Bite-sized news bits
⛳️ A 68-year-old country club in North Arlington will close in July so 96 acres can be converted into new housing. (Star-Telegram)
🧑✈️ Hundreds of Southwest Airlines pilots picketed against stressful working conditions and staff shortages outside Love Field. (NBC5)
🦠 Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson tested positive for COVID-19 again. He says he's experiencing "mild cold symptoms" and expects to keep working in isolation. (WFAA)
🎤 Grapevine's own Post Malone is performing in Dallas and Fort Worth this fall. (DMN)
💬 Quote du jour:
"The officers had body armor; the children had none. The officers had training; the subject had none. One hour, 14 minutes and 8 seconds. That's how long children waited, and the teachers waited, in Room 111 to be rescued."— Department of Public Safety director Steve McCraw, talking to a state Senate committee about a commander's decision to wait during the Uvalde school shooting. (Texas Tribune)
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5. 💒 One wedding scheme update to go
Last month we told you about the cunning scheme concocted by the TikTok star known as JVT to invite a slew of random celebrities and some of the wealthiest North Texans to his wedding — all in hopes of receiving some sweet gifts.
What happened: The happy couple got married this month, and they heard back from several celebrities, including Shia LaBeouf, comedian Tim Dillon and the woman who played Topanga on "Boy Meets World."
Meanwhile, at least one local billionaire family — Kathy and Harlan Crow — sent a gift!
What they're saying: "This is honestly way better than anything on our wedding registry," JVT told his followers.
📰 Mike is reading this hilarious story about how "Jiggle, Jiggle" became the viral sensation of the summer.
🍣 Tasha is curious about what everyone's favorite sushi restaurant is.
💃 Naheed is stocking up on free COVID tests and hoping she doesn’t catch it again.
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