In January, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner bowed to questions from City Council Members and promised a 30-day “deep dive” investigation into the economic deal City Hall made with developers of the White Oak Music Hall.
Two months later, Mayor Turner now wants to keep the investigation a secret. The City of Houston is asking the Attorney General to block the release of the report because it was done by
the City Attorney and is protected by attorney-client privilege.
Tuesday at City Hall we will find out which city council members will call the secretive Turner administrative on his continued lack of transparency.
“The Mayor owes it to the hundreds of families who have to live with the blaring noise of White Music Hall to tell them the truth”, says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino
Consulting and a spokesman for the White Oak families. “The tax money the City promised to kick back to the investors of the White Oak deal belong to the people of Houston, not the Mr.
That’s not the only news. Campaign reports reviewed by Dolcefino Consulting show Mayor Turner accepted campaign money from a key White Oak Music Hall developer and their lobbyist while mothers of autistic children were asking City Hall to stop the noise in November.
How much more campaign cash is involved? Inquiring minds want to know Mr. Turner.
“We would know if the City bothered to produce a list of investors. Who promises a million dollars in tax money to a bunch of guys without knowing whose backing this project”, says
White Oak Music Hall has refused to release a list of their investors, and the City has refused to provide evidence they are bidding their contracts publicly or providing affirmative action
contracts. The City has also refused a request to hold a hearing on the permit that let’s White Oak invade hundreds of homes late on school nights.
“Mayor Turner needs to release this investigative report Tuesday,” says Dolcefino. “He needs to demand White Oak detail who all the investors are. What is the Mayor hiding? Let’s see who
else is an investor, and see if they gave campaign money to this Mayor too.”
Dolcefino and other White Oak residents will appear at City Council Tuesday afternoon.
White Oak residents are preparing for trial scheduled in July where they will seek a million dollars from White Oak investors for the damages to the quality of lives of families.