Advocate/Cliff Dweller poses the $100 Million Question
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The new Advocate has a great article about the future of development in our area.  The article is topical and forward thinking while simiultaneously being mindful of our assets and the sentiments that drew many to Oak Cliff in the first place. 

A quote from the article - “This is a strategy that tends to have the opposite effect of most development, which is divisive,” Winnetka Heights resident and urban planner Kevin Sloan says. “This is the kind of project that brings people together, which is what good urban design does.”

The article by Keri Mitchell and Jeff Siegel can be found here.   Also, the podcasts that contain the actual recorded interviews with Kevin Sloan and Stephan Pickard that the article was drawn from are here.  The conversation that the idea came from is here. 
OOCCL Candidate Forum
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OOCCL hosted a Dallas City Council Candidate Forum on March 30th at Tyler Street Methodist Church. 

In attendance from District 1 were candidates Benchot, Epker, Jasso, Gonzales, Segura and Tovar, from District 3; Neumann, Thomas and Walton and from District 5; Robinson and Young.

Our thanks to Phil Leven for organizing and hosting a great event as well as members Lanny Solley, Art Garcia, Judi Glazer, Lybo Buchanan, Vicki Fitzgerald, Bennett Stokes, Darryl Bakker and Steve Springfield for all their help.  And thank you Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters, for the great coffee!

A wonderful article detailing the event, by Dallas Morning News writer Dave Levinthal, can be found here and one from Allison Pless at Oak Cliff Online can be found here.

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OOCCL Newsletter - Quarter 1
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The hard copy version of our quarterly newsletter is available for viewing in PDF format here.

501(c)(3) Status and Your Neighborhood
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The IRS states in Publication 4220 that "The benefits of having 501(c)(3) status include exemption from federal income tax and eligibility to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions. To qualify for these benefits, most organizations must file an application with, and be recognized by, the IRS as described in Publication 4220. Another benefit is that some organizations may be exempt from certain employment taxes.

Individual and corporate donors are more likely to support organizations with 501(c)(3) status because their donations can be tax deductible. Recognition of exemption under section 501(c)(3) of the IRC assures foundations and other grant-making institutions that they are issuing grants or sponsorships to permitted beneficiaries.
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