If elected, would you support including an equity provision in the City’s new Economic Development Policy that prohibits concentrations of polluting facilities in impoverished and underserved neighborhoods?
Lynn McBee - Did not respond.
Jason Villalba - Did not respond.
Scott Griggs - Yes, as Mayor, I will support an equity provision in the proposed Economic Development Policy that prohibits concentrations of polluting facilities in impoverished and underserved neighborhoods. This is one of the many reasons we need an Economic Development Policy. We need to address issues of equity such as the environment, hiring local, and wages.
With my votes to prevent gas drilling and stop cement plants, I have championed environmental equity issues and I will continue to champion these issues.
Mike Ablon - Did not respond.
Miguel Solis - Yes, Businesses that are good corporate citizens, or businesses that want to do outreach in local communities and hire locally, will be rewarded as this will create guard rails on gentrification, promote healthier/safer communities and make sure that we are continually creating a dallas that is inclusive to the communities that reside inside of it.
Alyson Kennedy - Did not respond.
Regina Montoya - Absolutely. It’s not fair that we are allowing many of our neighborhoods to be polluted. We know that asthma rates are skyrocketing for African-American and Latino children. This is the type of systemic inequity that must be demolished in our city.
The city of Dallas has strong rules regarding things like junk yards and businesses that pollute to a high degree. But, they’re not enforced equally. That’s the type of thing I’d want to see addressed by City hall on day one – better enforcement, and drawing attention to problem properties.
Eric Johnson - Did not respond.
Albert Black - Absolutely. Environmental discrimination is no less odious than other types of discrimination. Equity must be a central consideration.
Giovanni “Gio” Valderas - I absolutely will support the inclusion of an equity provision in the City’s new Economic Development Policy. Issues around environmental racism have plagued Dallas for many years and have been unresolved in large part because of the lack of political will to place checks on our business community when low income neighborhoods are in question. I grew up in such a neighborhood so I know how difficult it is for residents, who care very much about the health and welfare of their families, but who don’t have the luxury of time to spend lodging opposition complaints at City Hall in order to stop the polluters. An equity provision can provide the protection residents of these neighborhoods need against offending businesses.
Jeremy T. Boss - Did not respond.
Sylvana Alonzo - Did not respond.
Chad West - Yes, although I believe City Council will address this issue in the next month.
Adam Medrano - Definitely! A provision is coming soon on this very subject.
Paul A. Freeman - Did not respond.
Barbara Coombs - Did not respond.
Davante D. Peters - Did not respond.
Denise Benavides - Did not respond.
Casey Thomas, II - Did not respond.
Charletta Rogers Compton - Yes, I would.
Britannica Scott - Yes, I believe stronger ordinances should be enforced to prevent companies from polluting impoverished area. In addition, stronger penalties should be put in place for companies who violate such ordinances.
Dawn M. Blair - Did not respond.
Carolyn King Arnold - Supporting the inclusion of an equity provision would not be a challenge for me. It would also be important to include a clause that would provide for equitable compensations for healthcare needs, market value adjustments, and other related negative impacts on residents within the targeted areas.
Keyaira D. Saunders - Did not respond.
Karon “K” Flewellen - Did not respond.
Asa O. Woodberry - Did not respond.
Yolanda “Faye” Williams - Did not respond.
Jaime Resendez - Absolutely. Underserved neighborhoods in our city are desperate for good development that will not only meet their needs, but also improve the overall appeal of their communities. The City of Dallas cannot truly achieve equity if we concentrate environmentally unfriendly businesses in impoverished areas.
Ruth Torres - Yes, absolutely. We MUST STOP polluting our residential communities especially in black and brown communities where such activity is so prevalent.
Tony Carrillo - Did not respond.
Omar Narvaez - Absolutely, and a draft coming soon should include this provision.
Monica R. Alonzo - Did not respond.
Tiffinni A. Young - Did not respond.
Adam Bazaldua - I would absolutely support a provision to prevent concentrations of polluting facilities in these neighborhoods. As the former chairman of the Dallas Green Alliance, I have a track record of fighting the environmental injustice taking place in our lower socioeconomic communities. I want to continue to continue the fight and champion these communities on the city council.
Kevin Felder - Yes. Areas like Joppee have become dumping grounds for environmental waste and environmental racism. An equity provisions in the Economic Development Policy would be an effective tool towards achieving that end.
Joseph Thomas - Did not respond.
Sandra Crenshaw - Did not respond.
Yvette Gbalazeh - Did not respond.
Calvin D. Johnson - Did not respond.
Sade' Johnson - Did not respond.
Korey Deon Mack - Did not respond.
Tennell Atkins - District 8 has a large number of undesirable and polluting businesses. I will support efforts to reduce and prevent these types of businesses from locating in District 8 and other southern Dallas districts.
Erik Wilson - Yes, I would support an equity provision that prohibits concentrations of polluting facilities in impoverished and underserved neighborhoods in the City Economic Development Policy.
Tamara "Tami" Brown Rodriquez - Did not respond.
Erin Moore - Yes. The City of Dallas’ 86th Texas Legislative agenda includes the following: “Dallas is a participating city in the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities program, which is dedicated to helping cities become resilient to the economic, social, and environmental challenges that are a part of the 21st century.” I would say that these three benchmarks should be included in every new policy the City develops. For all City contracts going forward the following question should be asked: “what are the economic, social and environmental impacts for our any new policy under consideration?”
Sarah Lamb - Yes. The concentrations of polluting facilities such as Blue Star Recycling are not seen consistently across the city, but rather in the most impoverished areas. We either need to exclude these types of facilities from doing business in Dallas, or disperse them fairly. We cannot further burden our most underserved communities with the economic development that the affluent communities do not want in their backyard.
Paula Blackmon - The City Council needs to be very thoughtful and strategic when approving zoning and permits for facilities that may pollute neighborhoods. The Dallas City Council needs to ensure that these facilities are not being disproportionately placed in impoverished and underserved neighborhoods and should work alongside neighborhoods to make sure their concerns are being heard. They City needs to have an open, communicative and transparent process when these facilities are being built so that neighborhood needs are heard and prioritized. Too often, we see development ignore the needs of the our neighborhoods. Zip codes should not determine the quality of air our residents breathe, but unfortunately, it does.
Sirrano Keith Baldeo - I would consider a police if there is strong evidence of “polluting facilities” even if it is on a case-by-case basis because they do take advantage for those neighborhoods.
D'Andrala "Dede" Alexander - Yes, absolutely. Concentrations of polluting facilities must exist only where there can do minimal harm. Dallas has a long history of locating hazardous facilities in communities with limited resources. The potential impacts of such facilities on already compromised populations is an unacceptable way to treat our neighbors and is expensive to taxpayers in its public health consequences. This is one piece of an important comprehensive approach that needs to force Dallas’s development hand to become a home for eco-supportive businesses rather than eco-harmful businesses. Only in this way will Dallas be paving a path into its future.
Adam McGough - Did not respond.
Curtis T. Harris - Did not respond.
Lee M. Kleinman - Did not respond.
Carolyn "Cookie" Peadon - Dallas needs to address the concentration of polluting facilities. Currently all but two of the concrete batch plants are located in the Southern Sector, and the other two are in West Dallas. Even though jobs are needed in those area, focusing all plants in an area, leads to a far higher exposure risk to residents in what traditionally been the impoverished areas.
Cara Mendelsohn - Yes, we need to look at where we place polluting facilities… or better yet, what technologies would allow us to get the materials needed without the pollution.
Daniel Powell - Just as Dallas needs to prevent the concentration of poverty, the city also needs to prevent the concentration of polluting facilities nearby impoverished areas. I would support an equity provision to reduce that problem. More importantly, we should reduce polluting facilities altogether. Dallas should continue funding its Office of Environmental Quality to ensure facility compliance with federal and state regulations. Also, polluting facilities are often located near freight rail lines. Dallas could follow the example of other cities that have regulations preventing the idling of locomotive engines, which are major greenhouse gas emitters. We could require the same of diesel-fueled trucks at industrial sites.
Jennifer Staubach Gates - Did not respond.
Laura Miller - Did not respond.
Philip T. Kingston - Yes, and in fact I believe the draft that will be presented to Council next month contains such a provision.
David Blewett - I need more info on the Equity Provision…but as a matter of philosophy, I am opposed to creating concentrated wastelands that would be impossible to ever maintain or clean up. In any neighborhood.
Warren Ernest Johnson - I would be happy to participate. I support all the measures in the questionnaire. I also practice green policies in my personal life. I live in a 850 square foot condo though I could easily afford a much larger and more energy consuming home. I recycle. I buy very little and only what I need. I walk to the store and other places that are within a mile. I use mass transit whenever possible. I drive a 2018 Hyundai Ioniq that recently achieved 62 mpg in city driving ! Others talk it. I live it.