Noise complaints prompted a lawsuit filed by three neighborhoods. The legal agreement limits when shows can be held, monitors sound levels, and protects school children preparing for tests.
“This is a major first step for neighbors in the Near Northside to control sound coming from White Oak. To be sure, residents are cautiously optimistic but will remain vigilant, and are prepared to hold White Oak fully accountable if this opportunity is blown”, says Feldman “The settlement between the neighbors and White Oak is a ground breaking and novel solution, that will also hopefully assist city elected officials with finding solutions, rather than creating and ignoring problems.”White Oak Consent Judgment
Texas Tech is now claiming they cannot release records of sex assault and harassment complaints on the Lubbock campus because of a lawsuit filed by Dolcefino Consulting.
“Our lawsuit doesn’t have a thing to do with sex cases, just the improper conspiracy to fire Mike Leach and cheat him out of millions of dollars. Tech is hiding records and hiding the truth, but parents should be furious that now they want to hide their sex assault records using the Leach fight as a cover,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting.
Dallas Attorneys Michael Hurst and Julie Pettit updated their lawsuit today against Tech for violations of the Texas Public Information Act.
The brief details the nearly 40 requests for public information filed by Dolcefino Consulting, and Texas Tech’s refusal to produce documents which should be available to the public.
“Tech claims they are immune from a public information lawsuit, they claim Lubbock Judge William ‘Bill’ Sawder doesn’t have the right to rule, and they claim they can keep secrets about the Coach Leach railroad job secret from Red Raider fans,” says Dolcefino.
Tech has asked for a hearing on May 3, 2018. Dolcefino says they are ready for a long legal battle.
“What is really sad is Texas Tech could release every single one of these records today. Instead they waste taxpayer money and money for education, to fight the public right to know. Students, Parents and Taxpayers should be asking what they are hiding. Sounds like the truth about the Leach firing isn’t out.”
Some people think the truth hasn’t come out about alleged sexism and sexual harassment in Tech’s Biology department. The University conducted an investigation after video of a retirement party for a staff member surfaced. The results of that investigation have since
disappeared from Tech’s website, but news articles say the University essentially exonerated the department.
Dolcefino Consulting recently asked for records related to sexual assault and harassment, but Tech went to the AG, claiming those records shouldn’t be released because of ongoing litigation.
“Now the University wants to hide documents detailing allegations of sexual harassment and assault on campus, and they want to blame us,” says Dolcefino. “The University is hiding a lot more than records proving the Coach Leach firing was improper I suspect.”Dolcefino v. TTU_1st Am Pet
Someone knows how Houston Businessman Harold Farb really died and it is time to get the truth.
Just one problem.
Houston Police and the Harris County Forensic Science center refuse to help the Farb family get answers.
What’s their excuse? They claim they are still investigating the case. They even asked the Texas Attorney General to make sure they keep the family from seeing what they have done.
“Houston Police have repeatedly turned our requests to look at the records,” says Wayne Dolcefino President of Dolcefino Consulting. “The notion that they are actually investigating this case is laughable, but that’s how they got to keep what they are or aren’t doing secret, even from the children and grandchildren of Harold Farb.”
Farb died at home after a dialysis catheter in his neck was severed. Forensic pathologist Vincent Di Maio, hired by the family to review Farb’s autopsy says Farb was the victim of a homicide.
Years after turning over Dr. Di Maio’s findings, the death certificate still hasn’t been changed.
Dr. Di Maio says it would have been impossible for Harold Farb to cut his own catheter, dispose of it in the trash, before walking across the room and then bleeding out in the shower.
Now the family has asked Dolcefino Consulting to launch our own investigation of his death, and locate witnesses to see if we can solve a case the cops can’t or won’t.
“I offered to help the Cold Case squad and got crickets,” says Dolcefino. “Having the original witness statements would be helpful. Fine. The family has now asked us to re-investigate the Farb death. They think it was murder. Anyone with information should call 713-360-6911 or contact us here.”
Embattled Harris County Family Judge, James Lombardino is setting up a potential ethics showdown over his relationship with big divorce lawyer Bobby Newman.
Lombardino has now denied a motion seeking his disqualification in the hotly contested child custody fight between James Rooney and Kora Leach.
Houston lawyer John LaGrappe had sought the constitutional disqualification and a voiding of the Judge’s court orders in the case.
The motion details a “systematic and continuous” financial relationship between Newman and Judge Lombardino and a personal relationship between the two. Newman has been representing Judge Lombardino’s son, David, in his own divorce since June of 2017. There are allegations he’s done it for free.
Judge Lombardino chose not to get out of the case, and that sets up an interesting showdown. First, the newly appointed administrative judge, Susan Brown, has to decide if she will force Lombardino off the case or not. There is the potential for a public court hearing, where LaGrappe could subpoena Newman and court workers from the 308th District Court.
The Lombardino-Newman connections have been the focus of part of a Dolcefino Consulting Investigation into Family Injustice in the Harris County Family Courts.
Lubbock State District Judge, William “Bill” Sowder has set a date of May 18th for the first courtroom battle over records Texas Tech is trying to hide from Red Raider fans, students, parents and taxpayers.
Texas Tech University has withheld records detailing the investigation of former coach, Mike Leach and expenditures of the football team.
Dolcefino Consulting sought a deposition of a Texas Tech official last week. The University has moved to block the questioning, citing in part the same 100-year old sovereign immunity law used to cheat coach Leach out of 2.5 million dollars.
Dallas attorneys, Michael Hurst and Julie Pettit now want a hearing to fight for the public right to know.
“It is time to set the record straight,” says Hurst. “It is time for the whole truth. The public’s right to know should be honored by Texas Tech. What are they hiding?”
“It is sad that a Texas State University is now spending taxpayer money to fight the taxpayers’ right to know,” says Pettit. “All Dolcefino Consulting wants is sunshine and transparency. It is time to end the secrecy.”
“Every day more of the truth is coming out, one way or the other,” says Wayne Dolcefino, president of the Houston based investigation communications firm, Dolcefino Consulting. “We have already exposed the sweetheart deal given former Chancellor, Kent Hance, the secret communications that exposed the plan to cheat Coach Leach out of money he earned. Everyday Texas Tech is damaging their reputation by this arrogant withholding of public records. Coach Leach deserves the truth, but even more important, Red Raider fans deserve to know.”
Dolcefino is the long time investigative television reporter who has waged numerous battles for transparency.
“None of the records Texas Tech is hiding are confidential. The university could release them all tomorrow, avoiding the continued waste of money that should be spent on the kids,” says Dolcefino. “It is time to end the secrecy, or the mistreatment of Coach Leach will sadly curse the Red Raider nation. It doesn’t have to.
The legal action by Dolcefino Consulting followed the refusal of Texas Tech to release records obtained during the Leach investigation.
“It is time for legislators in Austin to ask what the university is hiding. We have intentionally focused our investigation on former Tech officials because they are the ones we know conspired to fire Leach and keep money owed to him, but time is running out for the current regents to do the right thing,” says Dolcefino.
Motion to disqualify or in the alternative for recusal of Judge James Lombardino:MOTION TO DISQUALIFY FILE STAMPED
The Letter is W. The Word is Waste.
The taxpayers of ESD #11 are being ripped off. Here is just the latest reason why.
Dolcefino Consulting began asking for public records detailing the money spent by Cypress Creek EMS, the “charity” that responds to 911 ambulance calls for more than 500,000 Harris County Residents.
Since then, Cypress Creek has waged a legal war to fight disclosure. They have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars of public money to do it.
“This is money that should go to reduce ambulance costs, buy equipment, give paramedics raises, instead it is being wasted because Cypress Creek wants to keep secrets about the way they are spending public funds,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting.
This week, the First Court of Appeals tried to end an absurd waste of money.
CCEMS has spent tens of thousands of dollars, maybe more, suing Dolcefino Consulting because of an envelope.
That’s right folks.
Litchfield and Cavo claims they mistakenly sent an envelope with confidential documents to Dolcefino Consulting by regular mail. We told them we would return the envelope if we ever received it. We never did. CCEMS sued us anyway, and since then has fought court rulings dismissing their complaint.
ESD #11 Commissioners knew your money was being wasted on a lawsuit that smacks of retaliation and nothing more. They did nothing to stop it. Dolcefino Consulting has been billed more than $100,000 to fight this nonsense.
Hopefully, the Texas appeals court will now stop the continued waste of money, because it is clear the people you elected to watchdog 911 funds won’t.
Here is what the court said.
“CCEMS is essentially arguing that its own erroneous conduct, the inadvertent mailing of confidential documents, can be imputed as tortious conduct on Dolcefino’s part. Neither the law supporting a presumption of receipt nor the law of conversion justifies such a conclusion.”
Next week, Cypress Creek is facing a trial for the criminal charge of withholding records detailing who taxpayers are even paying for 911 service.
The ESD Commissioners haven’t demanded to see the records for two years, even though the money involved is taxpayer money. Instead, they voted to have taxpayers pay their legal bills in the ongoing federal investigation.
“The negligence of the ESD 11 Commissioners is staggering,” says Dolcefino. “They have fought the release of federal grand jury subpoenas that are part of an ongoing fraud investigation by the FBI, even though the feds don’t object to the documents being released. They have sat back while Cypress Creek has defied requests for records that the public has a fundamental right to see. I have called them ostriches, with their heads in the sands. I have now decided that’s an insult to ostriches who may be a little flighty but are still noble creatures.”
Cypress Creek is still suing Dolcefino Consulting for asking for financial records of the charity.
“ESD 11 taxpayers have a chance to vote next month on two safety commissioners. I can only warn folks they are getting played like a fiddle,” says Dolcefino. “Cypress Creek seems to provide great medical care, but it’s financial secrecy and waste of public funds must be stopped.”
Jerry Rome has been Colorado Securities Commissioner for nearly four years. The self-proclaimed consumer watchdog boasts of huge court victories exposing fraud, telling Colorado taxpayers they have been rewarded with tens of millions of dollars.
Now there’s a startling confession.
Mr. Rome doesn’t lift a finger to ever collect the money.
The admission came after Dolcefino Consulting requested documents detailing any efforts by Colorado regulators to collect nearly $40 million in civil judgements and restitution awards.
Within five work hours, Colorado admitted there aren’t any.
Last week, Dolcefino Consulting put Rome on notice. Cough up any public records you are hiding in the next 14 days or face a legal challenge.
“Either Mr. Rome is intentionally hiding public records, or he should apologize to taxpayers for grossly misrepresenting the success of his agency,” says Wayne Dolcefino, president of the Houston based investigative communications firm.
The securities division won a recent court judgement against Heartland Energy, even though the alleged fraud occurred 16 years ago. One of the principals in the legal fight is Joel Kinlaw.
Dead men don’t pay judgements. Kinlaw has been dead for seven years.
In October of 2015, there was a $10 million dollar judgement against John Koral, of a company called U.S. Capitol. Records show not a penny has been collected. The company had filed bankruptcy five years before the judgement.
A 2011 case resulted in an $11 million restitution award for the securities division against Dharma Investment Group co-owner, Bela Geczy. Geczy, was sentenced to eight years in prison. Colorado admits no effort has been made to collect a penny.
A 2011 case resulted in a $74 million restitution award for the securities division against Denver hedge fund manager, Sean Mueller. Records released by the securities division show no money has been collected on that award either. Mueller, will be in prison for more than two decades.
Dolcefino Consulting has already proven less than 3 percent of those promised taxpayer gold mines have ever materialized.
It’s been 12 years since the death of Houston real estate magnate Harold Farb.
Two years ago, famed forensic pathologist Vincent De Maio called the death a homicide.
Houston police claim they are still investigating, and now won’t let the family see critical records on their so-called investigation.
The Crime Lab says releasing the information would interfere with the “detection, investigation, or prosecution of crime.” The crime lab now wants the Texas Attorney General to keep the file secret.
“This family believes Harold Farb was murdered. They want his death certificate changed. They want Police to let them see what they know, and if they are really doing a thing to find the real cause of death,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting.
On Friday, March 2, the Farb family will hold a press conference to demand JUSTICE from the Houston Police Department, and JUSTICE for Harold Farb.
When readers complained, the newspaper sent this response.
“The advertisement submitted to us is potentially libelous, which is what we told Dolcefino.”
First, the newspaper refused to tell us why they couldn’t run the ad, and when we asked what we could change to get it in the paper, they hung up on us.
The ad matches a political flyer Expose Green Group has placed in many Lockhart area stores. It is simply the answers to questions, records of the votes of public meetings, and details of phone records received under state law.
“The Lockhart Post Register has ignored this dump controversy, and cheated its readers,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting, “They should disclose immediately just how much ad money they have received from the garbage dump folks, Green Group.”
Here are the facts.
When Dolcefino Consulting first sought public records from Caldwell County, the County Judge spent tens of thousands of dollars of your taxpayer money on legal bills fighting your public right to know. They could have saved all that money.
The Lockhart Post Register was silent. How could the local paper not report the waste of taxpayer money?
When we learned former Caldwell County Judge Tom Bonn had destroyed public records as he left office, the District Attorney took no action.
The Lockhart Post Register was again silent.
We learned that Hoppy Haden and Ken Schawe had been secretly communicating with Green Group while county taxpayers were spending tens of thousands of dollars fighting the company to stop the dump. We even have video of the meetings where Haden himself admits it on the record.
The Lockhart Post Register was silent.
When the public counsel for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality warned the dump should be denied because it was potentially dangerous, we sent the newspaper his comments.
The Lockhart Post Register should have sounded an alarm. It didn’t.
The newspaper knows the 130 Environmental Park has no current plans to include an industrial park. It may employ less than a dozen people. Sure, the dump will share money with local government, but maybe all that money should go to the people who will see their property values drop, or worse, must live with the fear of contamination, the smell, the mix of garbage trucks with school buses.
“We think voters should be reminded how politicians stand. Who has kept their campaign promises? Commissioner Joe Roland has fought against the dump from the start. Judge Ken Schawe has fought your right to know about the dump. Those facts matter,” says Dolcefino.
Hoppy Haden helped set up a citizens committee to meet with Green Group. The company never showed, issued some demands, and then Haden just dissolved the committee. That matters. Haden was part of a group that promoted the dump.
Haden, Schawe, Theriot and Moses all voted to stop the legal fight against the dump, even though the lawyer paid by the county thought it was a bad move. Those facts matter.
Caldwell County says they have had no communications for months with Green Group. The garbage guys are waiting for the election results too.
Caldwell County has a siting ordinance that prohibits a dump where Green Group wants to put one. Will the new County Judge protect the ordinance, or toss it in the trash? What about commissioners?
Fred Bucholtz is running for Precinct 2. He doesn’t think the siting ordinance prohibits the dump. Facts matter.
Based on their votes and their campaign promises, we know that only two candidates for County Judge have publicly promised to fight the dump. Alfredo Munoz and Anna Ybarra. Ybarra says she will emphatically fight to protect the siting ordinance.
That is why we are challenging the editor of the Lockhart Post Register to a debate.
“This is not just about an ad anymore,” says Dolcefino, “Now that the newspaper is claiming our voter guide was potentially libelous, we would love to find out which part.”
The Lockhart Chamber of Commerce recently fought to hide e-mails about the dump, even though they are more than happy to get a bunch of tax money every year. More than happy to make money off a dump that other people will have to live near.
The newspaper has been silent on that too.
“Maybe catering to the Chamber of Commerce is good for business, but it is an insult to every small-town newspaper reporter who knew their job was to ask tough questions, even when it made them unpopular with the political class,” says Dolcefino.
We will come to Lockhart. We will even bring the camera. You can have one too. Let’s videotape the debate and put it on your website and ours. Won’t cost you a penny.
Let’s educate the voters together.