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Wednesday afternoon, council member Lee Kleinman pulled a man from a wrecked car on Forest Lane

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Wednesday afternoon, council member Lee Kleinman pulled a man from a wrecked car on Forest Lane

RUDOLPH BUSH / Staff Writer

About quarter to six yesterday evening, the new North Dallas council member, Lee Kleinman, was driving down Forest Lane on his way to pick up his dog from day camp at the PetsMart on Inwood Road.

As he passed under the tollway, he saw a bright red four-door came skidding towards him down Forest, upside down and every which way but right.

The car came to a stop just across from the Forest Car Wash and Detail. A young man, in his late 20s or early 30s, was the only occupant.

A friend let me know last night about the wreck and told me it was Kleinman who pulled the man from the mangled car.

I called Kleinman this morning and asked if anything interesting happened yesterday afternoon.

He didn’t offer it up until I said I’d heard he pulled someone from a burning car.

“It wasn’t burning. It was flipped,” he said.

“I was going under the tollway, and I see this car going upside down and skidding towards me,” he said.

Kleinman pulled over, as did three or four other people. The man was in the car and bleeding. Kleinman and another man were set to pull him out but worried they could hurt him further if his neck was injured.

But then the man unstrapped his own seatbelt and came tumbling down. Kleinman then reached in and pulled him out.

He and others waited with the man while paramedics arrived. Kleinman praised the crew from Station 41 at Preston and Royal for getting there quickly.

He wasn’t sure what the final outcome was, he said. When the professionals arrived, he got back in his car and headed off to pick up the dog. ◼

Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce


The Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce PAC announced the endorsement of Lee Kleinman for Dallas City Council District 11.

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Lee M. Kleinman for City Council District 11

Submitted by  on April 22, 2013 – 1:32 pmOne Comment

Due to redistricting I now live in District 11 which has been represented by Linda Koop for several years now.  Koop is well known to cycling advocates for her work in transportation and support for a better cycling infrastructure.  Note that District 11 is home to the Preston  Ridge trail, Cottonwood Creek trail, White Rock Creek trail, and Northaven trail.  Hike and bike trails matter and District 11 is a shining example of what can happen when a community works together in this respect.

photo credit Far North Dallas Advocate/ Can Turkyilmaz

Lee M Kleinman – photo credit Far North Dallas Advocate/ Can Turkyilmaz

Koop’s term expires next month and voters in District 11 will be choosing between Lee Kleinman and Ori Raphael.  Both are business guys.  Raphael is a former Pete Sessions staffer, yes that Pete Sessions.  Kleinman has been knee deep in local politics for years.  This is an easy choice for me:  Lee Kleinman gets my vote and endorsement.

I met Lee for coffee a few years ago. I had some concerns about some of the trail construction in what was then District 12.  As a member of the park board I thought he would be a good person to get to know.

He was very helpful and I was impressed with his dedication and commitment to our hike and bike trail system and Dallas as a whole.  He’s a good person to know and has made numerous contributions to our city as a citizen and also member of many volunteer boards.  He can be spotted now and then riding a tandem bicycle around town with his wife, Lisa.

I’ve linked to each candidate’s official web site where you can learn more about where they stand on pressing issues.  Since this is a cycling blog I want to highlight some of Kleinman’s contributions that affect or interest our world:

  • Dallas Park and Recreation Department – Board Member
  • Dallas Zoological Society – Board Member
  • Dallas Zoo Long Range Planning Committee
  • Trinity Commons Foundation – Board Member
  • White Rock Centennial Host Committee – Finance Chair
  • Center for Non Profit Management – Judge – Awards of Excellence
  • Dallas Bicycle Plan Steering Committee
  • Temple Emanu El – Board Member
  • Temple Emanu El Pre-School – Board Member
  • Temple Emanu El – Ba’al Tekiah
  • Greenhill School – Capital Campaign Committee
  • St. Marks School of Texas – Class Reunion Committee
  • Friends of Northaven Trail – Founding Board Member
  • Friends of White Rock Creek Trail – Founding Board Member
  • YMCA Indian Guides Wappinger Tribe – Chief
  • OrgSync, Inc – Advisory Board Member
  • National Recreation and Park Association
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Dallas County Grand Jury
  • CEO Netweavers
  • Metroplex Technology Business Forum
  • North Texas Crime Commission

I got a kick out of reading about a recent a District 11 forum at the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce in the Dallas Morning News City Hall blog.   The two candidates were invited to share their vision for the district, Tristan Hallman wrote,

“Kleinman, a former Park Board member who earned Koop’s endorsement, said he supports theCotton Belt Corridor, bike trails, pedestrian access, mixed-use developments — think Mockingbird Station — and a Trinity River toll road.

Kleinman added, “Streets and highways are always important, but options are important, too”.  Raphael was having none of that: “Let’s go back to basics,” Raphael said. “People spend their time getting around in their cars. That’s where our focus should be.”

Kleinman suggested Raphael was stuck in a “Detroit mentality” meaning drive there now.  Raphael was quick to accuse Kleinman of being the candidate who’s “using my tax dollars to pay for bike trails”.


Tax dollars for bike trails, the horror...

Tax dollars for bike trails, the horror…

Imagine that: a city using bond and county/federal grant money to fund hike and bike trails.

Oh the horror

I mean practically everyone knows bike trails are a gateway drug.  Today it’s bike trails, tomorrow it’s city parks, and later still: county nature preserves!  Who will stop this madness?

For those new to Dallas politics, a bond fund must be approved by the voters, and sometime voters approve of projects that not every single voter is thrilled about.  That’s what we call democracy.  Old Abe had it right when he said you can’t please all of the people all of the time.  Color me crazy but I don’t think the Tea Party mentality of “it’s all about me and my tax dollars” will serve this district or the City of Dallas very well.  

In closing I’m looking forward to voting for Lee Kleinman and I think he’ll do an exceptional job for District 11 and Dallas as a whole.  If you live in the far north Dallas area be sure to look at the latestdistrict 11 map.  I was previously in district 12 and now I’m in 11, you could be too.  I encourage you to visit both candidate’s web sites and learn more about where they stand on numerous issues and then make an informed decision.  I did.

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Chris started riding a bike again when he noticed the Preston Ridge Trail being constructed across the street from his house. Since then he co-founded Biking in Dallas, has gone through countless Craigslist bike projects (some better than others) and can be found pedaling around town on a Electra Ticino with a camera in tow.

Dallas Morning News Recommends Lee Kleinman for Dallas City Council


Editorial: We recommend Lee Kleinman for Dallas City Council District 11


 Voters in Dallas’ northernmost City Council district have, on paper, two intriguing choices for a successor to term-limited Linda Koop.

Dig a little deeper, however, and it’s clear they would be best served by Lee Kleinman, an entrepreneur and technology company investor. His 29-year-old opponent, Ori Raphael, has some grasp of the politics that make up part of a council member’s job but falls short on the substance of governance. Kleinman, who turns 54 the day before the May 11 election, has put in the time learning the politics while building the experience that yields superior governance.

Raphael, a former staffer for Republican U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, is vice president for business development at FreshLoc Technologies, a company involved in wireless temperature monitoring over the cloud. He tends toward black-and-white solutions, understanding the value of a good talking point but too often not venturing beyond that. Still, he’s young and bright enough to give himself time to gain a broader, deeper understanding of how city government works, if he were so inclined.

District 11 voters looking to replace a top-flight council member in Koop should go with the far more finished product in Kleinman.

Unlike his opponent, he has immersed himself in city governance as a member of the Park Board and Dallas Zoological Society. This learning time, along with a demonstrated independent streak, has helped him better understand how city spending works.

Both candidates pledge to hold the line on property tax rates, for instance, but Kleinman displays a stronger background in how the city can spend taxpayer dollars wisely while also watching the bottom line. He correctly notes that debt service is a looming issue and wants the city to reduce its reliance on big-dollar bond programs.

Similarly, Kleinman understands how overinvestment in southern Dallas can pay off for all city taxpayers by increasing the tax base in the half of the city with the most room to grow. Raphael, on the other hand, favors closer to a zero-sum approach, with the parts of town contributing the most tax money getting more back in programs and services. That logic, while possibly seductive in a wealthier council district, offers little hope for bridging Dallas’ long-term north-south divide.

Kleinman oversees day-to-day operations for Bridge Metrics, a business-to-business software company, and speaks from a position of three decades of experience in managing finances and implementing best practices.

In the future, with stronger preparation, Raphael could prove a solid council member. In the here and now, District 11 voters should go with the superior choice in Kleinman.

One in a series of Dallas Morning News candidate recommendations.

Coming soon: More recommendations in selected municipal and school board races.

Voter Guide: To hear from the candidates in their own words, visit dallasnews.com/localvoterguide.

Early voting starts: April 29

Election day: May 11

For more information: Call the Dallas County elections office at 214-819-6300, or visit dallascountyvotes.org. For more help, including how to check your voter registration status, contact the Texas secretary of state at 1-800-252-8683 or visit votetexas.gov.


Transportation debate ramps up at first District 11 candidates forum

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Transportation debate ramps up at first District 11 candidates forum

City Council candidates Ori Raphael and Lee Kleinman asked voters to trust them with the keys to the city’s transportation infrastructure during their first joint forum appearance Wednesday morning at the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce.

But the two candidates, who are vying to replace term-limited transportation aficionado Linda Koop in District 11, offered divergent routes to some three-dozen attendees at the League of Women Voters Q-and-A session.

Kleinman, a former Park Board member who earned Koop’s endorsement, said he supports the Cotton Belt Corridor, bike trails, pedestrian access, mixed-use developments — think Mockingbird Station — and a Trinity River toll road.

Kleinman also said he would favor bringing a high-speed railway station to Dallas. State transportation officials are currently studying the feasibility of high-speed rail along the Interstate 35 corridor from Oklahoma City to San Antonio.

“Streets and highways are always important, but options are important, too,” Kleinman said.

Raphael, a former staffer for Republican U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, said he supports the Trinity River toll road, but remains “up in the air” over the Cotton Belt Corridor, which would provide a train link between Plano and Fort Worth. Alternative transit proposals are often too costly for Dallas residents and benefit too few, he said. Plus, people who take trains to downtown Dallas still might need to hop in a car to get around anyway, he said.

Alleviating traffic, fixing potholes and alleyways and diverting 18-wheelers should be the city’s top priorities, Raphael said. He also said a texting-and-driving ban in Dallas — something Austin has done, and both the city of Houston and the state Legislature are considering — could help prevent traffic-snarling car wrecks.

“Let’s go back to basics,” Raphael said. “People spend their time getting around in their cars. That’s where our focus should be.”

Kleinman shot back at Raphael, 29, saying ”it’s ironic that you’re calling yourself the young candidate, but you go back to that old Detroit mentality: drive there now.”

After the event, Raphael responded by telling a reporter that Kleinman, who helped develop the city’s bike plan, is “the old candidate who is using my tax dollars to pay for bike trails.”

Update: Raphael called and said he meant that Kleinman was “the same old politician who wants to spend tax dollars on his projects,” not that he is an old guy.

Other notes on the District 11 forum:

– Both men said they believe the Valley View mall redevelopment will be a boon to economic growth in their North Dallas district.

– Neither took firm positions on hydraulic fracturing in Dallas, but both said drilling probably shouldn’t occur around residential areas or kids’ soccer fields.

– Although the League of Women Voters sponsored the event, there were roughly as many men as women in attendance.

The Real Estate Council Endorses Lee Kleinman for Dallas City Council

Real Estate Council announces City Council endorsements

The Real Estate Council has issued its endorsements for the coming City Council races.

In the hotly contested District 13 race, Jennifer Staubach Gates got the nod over Leland Burk.

And in the race for the District 14 seat, Bobby Abtahi can add to council to his impressive list of endorsements, including former council members and “Car-Free” Patrick Kennedy among others.

The council also picked Delia Jasso over Scott Griggs in the District 1 race – the only race where two incumbents face each other.

“We were encouraged to see such a strong pool of candidates running for Dallas City Council and Dallas ISD school board,” said Linda McMahon, president and CEO of The Real Estate Council. “It takes a selfless and courageous person to decide to run for any public office, and we applaud each of the candidates for their passion and commitment to improving our city.”

Here is the complete City Council endorsement list.

District 1: Delia Jasso (i)
District 2: Adam Medrano
District 3: Vonciel Hill (i)
District 5: Rickey Callahan
District 6: Monica Alonzo (i)
District 7: Carolyn Davis (i)
District 8: Tennell Atkins (i)
District 11: Lee Kleinman
District 13: Jennifer Staubach Gates
District 14: Bobby Abtahi