DALLAS — The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), in partnership with Target, on Monday announced Dallas as one of three recipients of Police Reform and Racial Justice Grants.

Dallas was the sole winner of the grant program’s Large City Award, which totals $175,000.

The grant will be used to expand the city’s RIGHT Care program, which currently provides a multidisciplinary team capable of immediate mobilization and response to mental health-related police calls 16 hours a day, seven days a week.

“Dallas is a national leader in taking comprehensive, innovative, and proactive approaches to public safety,” said Mayor Eric Johnson. “While…

“Now is the time to show the people of our city that their best interests are our only interest.”

DALLAS — Mayor Eric Johnson on Monday unveiled a sweeping ethics reform proposal produced by his task force.

The task force’s recommendations would both simplify and strengthen the city’s ethics code while also placing an emphasis on improved training for city officials. The report can be read here.

The reform proposal follows a series of corruption cases that involved Dallas city officials.

“I am grateful to the task force for its thorough, thoughtful, and substantive work on this proposal to restore trust in our government. Their recommendations are simultaneously bold and realistic,” said Mayor Johnson. “This reform effort is of…

“When you talk about Texas music history, you are talking about Dallas.”

Mayor Eric Johnson speaks at the Kessler Theater in Oak Cliff.

DALLAS — The Texas Music Office (TMO) has officially designated this city as a “Music Friendly Community,” Gov. Greg Abbott and Mayor Eric Johnson announced Monday.

The Music Friendly Community program seeks to foster music business-related economic development in Texas cities and communities. Mayor Johnson has publicly advocated for the designation while the Dallas music community worked with the TMO to meet the requirements.

“With support from the Texas Music Office, in 2019 the Texas music industry created more than 210,000 direct and indirect permanent jobs in communities all across the Lone Star State and generated $27.3 billion in economic…

DALLAS — Mayor Eric Johnson is again urging residents and businesses to turn out non-essential lights at night during a critical migratory period for birds in the United States.

Light pollution, prominent in major metropolitan areas, threatens birds migrating throughout the country. The birds are disoriented by lights at night and are more likely to collide with buildings as a result.

To raise awareness as part of the Lights Out Texas initiative, led by former First Lady Laura Bush, Mayor Johnson issued a proclamation declaring 11 p.m.-6 a.m. …

“Today, we put public safety first.”

DALLAS — Mayor Eric Johnson on Wednesday voted to approve the Fiscal Year 2021–2022 city budget, which includes funding for many of his top priorities.

The city council approved the budget on second reading with a 13–2 vote. The budget takes effect Oct. 1. The general fund is more than $1.5 billion. The total budget, which includes self-sustaining enterprise funds and federal money, is about $4.3 billion.

The mayor also lauded the city council for voting 12–3 in favor of his amendment to fully restore $10 million that had been stripped from the police overtime budget by a previous amendment…

DALLAS — Mayor Eric Johnson has proclaimed this week “Iron Skillet Week” in the city ahead of Saturday’s college football showdown between Southern Methodist University and Texas Christian University.

Part of the SMU campus sits in the city of Dallas. TCU is located in Fort Worth. The two North Texas universities have played each other annually — with a few exceptions, including last year’s pandemic-shortened season — since 1915. This will be the 100th time that the two teams have played each other.

The winner of the game takes home the Iron Skillet trophy.

TCU leads the all-time series, 51–41–7…

DALLAS — Mayor Eric Johnson on Wednesday announced that he has formed the Mayor’s Anti-Hate Advisory Council in light of statistics that show a rising number of hate crimes in Dallas and across the country.

The new advisory council will meet regularly to discuss ways to make the City of Dallas and its police department better equipped to both respond to and prevent hate crimes and to promote a culture that is tolerant and understanding. The announcement comes after the FBI released a new report showing that nationwide, hate crimes hit at a 12-year high in 2020. …

Approximately 64% of the mayor’s appointees to boards and commissions during the first two years in office were Black, Hispanic, or of Asian descent.

Mayor Johnson recently hosted a reception for all of his board and commission appointees at the Bachman Lake Recreation Center.

DALLAS — Mayor Eric Johnson’s appointees to the city’s boards and commissions during his first two years in office were the most diverse in recent history, according to an analysis of City Secretary’s Office data.

Approximately 64% of the mayor’s appointees to boards and commissions during the first two years in office were Black, Hispanic, or of Asian descent.

The mayor has a unique role in shaping the city’s various boards and commissions, appointing citywide representatives, as well as the bodies’ chairs, with City Council approval.

Mayor Johnson announced his effort to diversify city boards and commissions in an August…

Turner, a Dallas native, recently appeared in the Aretha Franklin biopic Respect

DALLAS — Mayor Eric Johnson on Thursday awarded a special recognition to 12-year-old actress and singer Skye Dakota Turner.

Turner, a Dallas native, recently appeared in the Aretha Franklin biopic Respect and is set to resume her role as young Tina Turner in the Broadway production Tina: The Tina Turner Musical.

DALLAS — Mayor Eric Johnson has issued a proclamation declaring Thursday as “Dale Hansen Day” in Dallas.

Thursday is Hansen’s final day as WFAA-TV’s sports broadcaster after 38 years in the job. During his career, Hansen became a Dallas media icon and has received national recognition for his commentary and coverage of Dallas sports.

Hansen received the proclamation on air Wednesday during WFAA’s 10 p.m. newscast.

Here is the text of Mayor Johnson’s proclamation:

WHEREAS, Dale Hansen was born in Logan, Iowa, and came to Dallas in 1980; He worked at KDFW-TV prior to joining the WFAA-TV family in 1983…

Tristan Hallman

Chief of Policy and Communications for Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson

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