Tomorrow, We Learn Where Mayor Mike Rawlings Stands on the Trinity Toll Road

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"Seriously, Schutze, that's close enough."
After soliciting a week's worth of feedback from the luminaries on Facebook, Mayor Mike Rawlings, heretofore uncommitted on the controversial Trinity Toll Road, will hold a press conference at City Hall tomorrow "to deliver significant development" and also to "give his perspective on the Trinity River Corridor Project including the Trinity River Tollway," according to a press release that landed in our box this morning.

In case you're worried he's going to launch into a lengthy tirade about what a boondoggle the whole thing is -- "I knew Schutze was right all along! Where is that bastard? I owe him an apology!" -- the News' Rudy Bush reports that Rawlings will be joined by some Loyal Friends of the Toll Road, including Dallas Citizens Council President Donna Halstead.

Hey Jim: Is the battery on your hat cam charged?

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Mountain Creek
Mountain Creek

I want to hear his comments.  Can I catch a solar-powered water taxi to the event?

S Aten
S Aten

Wanting a Trinity Tollroad won't it make happen, not until they find Tom Leppert's buckets of money.   I wonder if they are hidden at the end of the Margaret Hunt Hill "String Bridge"?

2TX
2TX

Dallas Citizens Council wants it, and their boy has to say what they tell him to say. They also got their beauty queen Dave up there to be the arm candy.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Meanwhile, commissioners court had an awesome exchange between JWP and Maureen Dickey, yet we missed out on that one kids...

Omar Jimenez
Omar Jimenez

Ha! Yet Gay people here in Dallas support him. They seem to never watch the news or read this blog. I'm talking about the Stonewalls. Anyways, if he supports the Tollroad, I'm done with him.

Downtownworker
Downtownworker

I can assure you that plenty of gay people read this blog.

yeahIsaidthat
yeahIsaidthat

WTF is Dave Neumann doing with the Mayor at the press conference? Per DMN...

billmarvel
billmarvel

"Tomorrow. We learn where Mayor Mike Rawlings stands on the Trinity Toll Road."  Wouldn't it be better to wait for the rainy season to see if there's a dry spot he

can stand on?

Juan Valdez
Juan Valdez

"and developers." It does not sounds good. I personally think he's going to say that there's people on both sides of the argument (even though in his facebook it was like 178 against toll road-2 in favor). And he will move on with the Toll Road agenda. This is Texas, money moves mountains and builds illogical highways in river beds in this state. Sad day. I have never lived in a place where nature is so relegated and degraded as its in this city of ours.On a good note, we will get our closure.

Rangers100
Rangers100

So the mayor solicited Facebook comments, and 98% were opposed to the toll road.  

Um, what was the point of doing that again?  

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

To remind the long-suffering constituents of Dallas how little power they have over their own destiny and that resistance is futile.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Too bad they didn't think to name it after Cesar Chavez.

Guest
Guest

 Just think of all the "wetback" jokes when the thing floods.

RTGolden
RTGolden

He's going to say exactly what the people who bought his election pay him to say.

ThatGuy
ThatGuy

Same as it ever was..... Same as it ever was.....

Observist
Observist

And the days go by, water flowing over road...

Guest
Guest

I'm pro me having a nice Porsche, but no matter how many press conferences I have throwing my full support behind my having a Porsche, the money to buy one never miraculously appears.

Paul
Paul

 Well, get a bond referendum on the next ballot.  Be sure to include pictures of sailboats and solar powered water taxis.

claytonauger
claytonauger

Maybe they're going to make it into a Boulevard. 

JimS
JimS

Yankin' on the chain, gang. 

MattL1
MattL1

"Mr. Mayor, given the fact that this project is, on its face, such a mind-blowingly stupid idea, can you give us a reason to support it that hasn't been hammered and debunked to death by now?"

cynical old bastard
cynical old bastard

How does one start a recall petition to make him citizen Mike again.

Paul
Paul

What does Citizen Mike Rawlings have to say about the toll road?

Is Mayor Mike Rawlings sharing confidential city information with Citizen Mike Rawlings?

Joe Tone
Joe Tone

Thanks, Paul. It was this or the hat cam thing. I figured either way I went a commenter would pick up the other joke. I knew I could count on you guys.

Paul
Paul

 You're welcome Joe.

Do you mean that one joke is Citizen Mike and the other is Mayor Mike?  What about Pizza Mike?

Actually, could you change the caption on the photo to:

"I will command the flood waters to stay back from the road.  That is how we will make sure that the road doesn't flood."

Bob
Bob

Robert Moses or THE Moses?

Paul
Paul

 I think Moses was a little bit more successful.  But it was my understanding that some drivers on the Red Sea Expressway didn't make it to the toll booth.

MaxNoDifference
MaxNoDifference

Of course we know where Mayor Rawlings stands on the toll raod - in between the levees.

Matthew Gunter
Matthew Gunter

Not sure why he even bothered to ask for our opinion. Every comment was against the road, and this clown is going to support it.

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