Residents living with the noise of the 5-acre White Oak mosh pit at night welcome the Mayor’s decision to take a “deep dive” into the financial deal the City of Houston made with developers
of the noisy outdoor concert hall, a deal that could give them a million dollars of your tax money.
It is a rare economic deal given just a few times a year.
While this investigation is going on, the residents of the three neighborhoods want and expect the City of Houston to deny any new permits, including the renewal of an outdoor sound permit, scheduled to expire January 28 th , 2016 and to halt construction of a permanent stage.
They also want the transparency the Turner administration has refused to provide on the White Oak deal.
In the last few days, the Turner administration has fought at least three requests for records detailing the supporting documents used to justify the City Hall deal, including e-mails and
phone records of key City Hall staff members. They want to keep them secret. Why?
“The Houston Police Department recorded more than 85 noise complaints once the outdoor concerts started on a temporary stage,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino
Consulting. “The Mayor can order release of these records today. What’s the big secret?”
Houston Attorney Cris Feldman will seek a temporary injunction against the outdoor amplified music on January 12 th, and will seek the shutdown of the outdoor amplified music, which blares
through homes like a knife until 11:00pm, even on school nights.
In the meantime, Mayor, turn over the records.
Let the sunshine in.