Organizers meet to form Oak Lawn neighborhood association

Harper.MikeSeveral weeks ago, I mentioned the lack of neighborhood associations in Oak Lawn. Dallas Councilman Philip Kingston pointed out I missed one active group in SoHiP (that’s South of Highland Park) — those several blocks between Lemmon Avenue and the Highland Park border running from Oak Lawn Avenue to the Tollway.

Another group covering a large Oak Lawn neighborhood is about to form.

The neighborhood group that opposed Dallas Housing Authority rezoning in Oak Lawn will meet on Thursday to create a neighborhood association in an area that is mostly apartments and condos.

The meeting will be held at the clubhouse at Lure Apartments, 2929 Kings Road on April 10 at 6:45 p.m. The proposed area includes all blocks from Cedar Springs Road to Maple Avenue and from Maple Springs to Wycliff and the Tollway. The Maple Springs area has its own neighborhood association.

Organizer Mike Harper invited home and condo owners as well as renters to attend and said developers and business owners are welcome as well.

Zoning issues between the DHA and the neighborhood have been resolved. See Friday’s paper for details.

—  David Taffet

DPD offers Volunteers in Patrol training

Dallas police Sgt. Michael Doeringsfeld sent us this message and asked we get word out.

To all that are interested in becoming a VIP (Volunteers in Patrol), the Northwest Division will be conducting training this Saturday, March 12 at 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The training will be at the Northwest Police Division 9801 Harry Hines Blvd. Dallas Texas, 75220 in the detail room.

To become a VIP the following requirements must be met: at least 21 years old, a member of a neighborhood association or crime watch, complete a successful background check, posses a valid Texas Driver’s License, have no moving traffic violations in the last two years, have no felony convictions, no misdemeanor A or B convictions in the last 5 years, no DWI conviction in the last ten years, and successfully complete all required training.

Please, contact the Neighborhood Patrol Unit at 214-670-6206 if you should have any questions regarding the training. They will e-mail you an application to fill out before arriving.

—  David Taffet

Scott Griggs is running for Dallas City Council

Scott Griggs

Scott Griggs will announce his candidacy for the District 3 seat on the Dallas City Council on Monday, according to a press release we received this morning.

We don’t know much about Griggs, but his publicist is former Dallas Voice staffer Kris Martin, and his campaign coordinator is openly gay former DISD trustee Jose Plata. District 3, of course, is the seat once held by Ed Oakley for three terms until he stepped down to run for mayor in 2007. Since then, the seat has been held by Dave Neumann, who narrowly defeated gay candidate Joseph Hernandez in 2007. From the press release:

What: Oak Cliff resident and community leader, Scott Griggs, announces bid for Dallas City Council, District 3 post.

When: Monday, Dec. 13, 2010 @ 12:30pm

Where: Intersection Fort Worth Avenue and Jacqueline Drive (Northeast corner) near ALDI construction site and Cliff Manor Apartments.

Who: Scott Griggs is a proven business and neighborhood development leader in the City of Dallas. He has served in elected and appointed roles with Fort Worth Avenue Development Group, Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce, City of Dallas Board of Adjustment, Oak Cliff Transit Authority, Stevens Park Estates Neighborhood Association and helped create the Fort Worth Avenue Tax Increment Finance District. The young attorney and his wife, Mariana Tenorio Griggs, are passionate community volunteers who advocate for a livable, safe, sustainable and healthy District 3 and the City of Dallas.

Why: As a Dallas City Council representative, Scott Griggs will provide the strong, responsible, decisive, and trusted leadership that District 3 needs.

It goes on to say that Griggs’ campaign website, and Facebook page,, will go live on Monday. City elections are in May.

—  John Wright