DART Board Member Tells Council He's No Longer Associated With Wet-Dry Lawsuit

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Jerry Christian
The council's Transportation and Environment Committee is being briefed on streetcar funding at this very moment. We'll get back to that shortly. But a little while ago, the committee was interviewing Dallas Area Rapid Transit board nominees, among them Jerry Christian Sr., who's a sitting board member and has been since he was appointed in '07.

At the end of the interview process, Jerry Allen asked the one question worth asking: Does Christian's involvement in the lawsuit seeking to overturn the citywide sale of beer and wine conflict with his ability to serve the board and the city? To which Christian offered a surprising response: "I'm not on that lawsuit now." He said he's still against the sale of beer and wine citywide, especially in the southern sector, and that he'll continue to fight it, just not in the courthouse.

Which is news to city attorneys who note, one week before that summary judgment hearing, that Christian is still listed as one of two plaintiffs, along with real-estater Marcus Wood, and that nothing's been filed to remove him from the litigation. I've left a message for, and sent an e-mail to, Leland de la Garza, one of the attorneys suing the city.

Update at 3:45 p.m.: Attorney Andy Siegel, who works with de la Garza, heard I had a question and shot me a what's-up email. I told him what Christian told the council and asked for a clarification: Who, exactly, is suing the city to overturn Proposition 1? He responded: "I know the Reverend has felt heat for his involvement, but haven't been advised of any lawsuit changes. Will get back with you." Updates forthcoming.

Update at 8:30 p.m.: De la Garza just replied via email: "He is still a party. No change." He also wondered why I asked. When I told de la Garza what Christian told the council, he said he would double-check with Siegel. More in the morning.
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Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

So, we now know that he'll lie to get/keep a job.

Ed D.
Ed D.

What's the punishment for lying to the Dallas city council? Promotion?

Amy S.
Amy S.

The good - my neighborhood Tom Thumb has gone from $0 in wine sales to #4 (among TT's) in the city. And our family restaurant is no longer a club, which allows us to keep prices low.

The bad - a friend came by looking for a waiter job, laid off from a liquor store whose sales were down $100k a week.

The beautiful - during the (required) licensing TABC interview I met a lady opening a coffee shop/wine bar up at Preston and Frankford. She expected to employ up to 6 people. This never would have been possible under the old system.

Nachoman
Nachoman

Hey, all you church people. Quit trying to impose your values on me.

Jay Hawk
Jay Hawk

Not sure how it will be fought outside the courthouse, but OK. Dallas OKs beer and wine sales throughout the city and Wal-Mart says it's going to build a bunch of supercenters and neighborhood markets.Yes, it's a coincidence. Even if you don't like Walmart, you have to like the extra sales tax dollars.

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

Sounds like the "big liquor" guys are late on an installment payment.

Montemalone
Montemalone

What values?Hypocrisy?Bigotry?Duplicitousness?Prevarication?

Doubts42
Doubts42

Yes especially since no liquor companies have a dog in this fight. The resolution is about beer and wine, not liquor.

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

Sins if you sit in the Pews.Satan's testing of a righteous Man if you stand behind the Pulpit.

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