Big D Dirt: Occupy Dallas kicked out, DISD to close schools, new hires, Dallas gets sued, and no re-redistricting after all.

Another round of Big D Dirt! Excited? I am.

Occupy Dallas was kicked out of it’s campsite. Dallas spokesman Frank Librio put out a statement explaining that unsanitary conditions, repeated ordinance violations, criminal offenses and “increasing dissension and strife among various factions” as reasons the protest was removed. “This action does not affect the group’s First Amendment right as any group is allowed to express its freedom of speech and demonstrate on public property during most hours of each day,” he said. The kick-out began at midnight when police announced on loudspeakers that the protesters needed to leave. While it was peaceful, 18 were arrested for not heeding the announcements.

"We've got to make sure that public safety is our first and foremost," Rawlings said to WFAA's Ron Corning. "None of the protesters were hurt and none of the police were hurt. That to me is the most important thing. Today I am happy to say that no one was hurt."

There is some big news coming out DISD. The district’s emergency reserves are now at an all-time-high of $135 million. In a statement, DISD Interim Superintendent Alan King, who serves as the district’s CFO, said the district has mad “marked improvements” in its handling of finances over the last three years. “Having $135 million available in the fund balance puts the district in a better position as it prepares for another decrease in funding from the state for the upcoming school year,” he said. But even though they are financially at a peek, the district still plans on closing 11 campuses next year – nine elementary schools and two middle schools. Bonham Elementary, one of the districts most celebrated schools as an “Exemplary Campus” and Blue Ribbon Award winner, is on the list to close its doors. The plan is in an attempt to save money.

Dallas City Manager Mary Suhm has announced a few executive appointments. They include Joey Zapata as assistant city manager; Jimmy Martin as director of code compliance; and Sheila Robinson as the assistant director of communication and information services.

As predicted, National Solid Waste Management has sued the City of Dallas over it’s Flow Control plan. Flow control, passed in December, forces all residential waste in Dallas to be brought to the McCommas Bluff landfill in South Dallas, preventing other companies from dumping in their own landfills. The companies are suing on the grounds that the city made the move only for revenue purposes and not to address a health concern, safety issue, etc. The lawsuit also disputes the claim that flow control is necessary for an adequate recycling program.

Dallas City Council will not be redoing redistricting. Despite several complaints about the fairness of the redistricting plan passed last month – especially by the Hispanic community – the council has decided to let the map stand. While Council memeber Delia Jasso submitted a new map, it was clear from the beginning they would not have the votes needed for its consideration.

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