Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson on Friday reflected on the series of crises that defined his first year in office: an EF3 tornado, the COVID-19 pandemic, and civil unrest following the killing of George Floyd. The mayor addressed a virtual audience of Leadership Dallas members and alumni during the annual “LDAA Breakfast with the Mayor” event. Read our recap or watch the full interview below.
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- On FEMA’s recent denial of the state appeal for disaster relief, Mayor Johnson said Dallas taxpayers will now have to cover tens of millions of dollars in repairs to public infrastructure damaged in the 2019 North Dallas tornadoes.
- Mayor Johnson pointed to his experience in Leadership Dallas, which gave him a knowledge of how things work behind the scenes, and inspired him to serve the community, both as a state legislator, and now as mayor.
- The mayor stressed the importance of an increase in equitable testing for COVID-19 throughout the city. The City of Dallas has worked closely with Dallas County to expand testing and COVID-19 contact tracing.