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The mom of a 16 -year old girl reportedly drugged and molested by a Houston Area dentist wants him arrested.

Do you know this dentist?

State Dental Board records show Dr. Joshua Robbins of New Caney had his license temporarily suspended after confessing he took Lorazepam from his dental practice, put the drug in a soda
bottle, and then gave it to the daughter of a family friend without her knowledge before fondling her.

The family has hired Houston Attorney Jim Moriarty, famous for his lawsuits against bad dentists, to file a civil lawsuit against Dr. Robbins.

The family has also hired Dolcefino Consulting, the Houston based investigative communications firm, to make sure patients of this New Caney dentist are warned.

Robbins, known as Dr. Josh, was a lead pediatric dentist at Southeast Texas Children’s dentistry at 20875-E FM 1485. A posting on the Dental Clinic’s website says it is undergoing a “transition” in the wake of what they call “personal allegations” involving Robbins.

The Harris County District Attorney has yet to file charges against Robbins, even though the Dental Board acted weeks ago.

You can read the dental complaint against Dr. Josh Robbins by going to www.tsbde.texas.gov.

In less than three years, Uptown developers have moved to add at least 10 million square feet of office buildings, residential skyscrapers, apartment complexes and retail shopping centers.

You know how many turn lanes were added or streets widened to make room for all these new people and cars. ZERO.

Does the Uptown Management District care about anything besides lining the pockets of developers and members of the Uptown Board? Why is the City of Houston is just letting it happen?

Dolcefino Consulting has examined the traffic studies for proposed projects in Uptown and it exposes a cruel joke on Houstonians that isn’t funny at all.

When developers seek permits for new projects, like the 40 story tall Dinerstein apartment skyscraper at San Felipe at Post, or the 830,000 square foot Alpha Tower, or the 363,000 square foot office tower on the 610 Loop, they have to turn in a traffic management study to the City of Houston. We’ve hit the highlights from some of the proposed developments:

1600 West Loop South

In November of 2014 the developers of 1600 West Loop South turned in their final traffic study. The project would include 363,000 square foot of office space, 260 hotel rooms, and 27,000 square feet of new restaurants, right smack dab on the feeder road between San Felipe and Post Oak.

Traffic Engineers used fancy graphs to tell us what we already know. Up to 5 of the major intersections around the project already had an F at rush hour. And yes, from school we know what an F is. The traffic engineers conclude a new turn lane would help, however they decide that’s not possible because there’s not enough room. Not enough right of way.

1717 West Loop South

Just across the Loop will be 400,000 more square feet but traffic engineers conclude the property isn’t wide enough for a right turn lane.

Alpha Tower

In July of 2013, the real estate blog Swamplot featured a story on the proposed new Apache headquarters in Uptown. 830,000 square feet of office space.

In November, the final traffic study was turned in with another startling revelation. The projects around San Felipe and Post Oak will add traffic. Ya think?

Traffic Engineers said new turn lanes would improve overall service, but guess what, “adding turn lanes is not feasible because of right of way constraints”. For the non-engineer types like
us, that means there’s no room for more turn lanes.

Yet Uptown is fine with tearing out the turn lanes already at the intersection for dedicated bus lanes. That will make that corner one to avoid!

It is one of the reasons the owners of the Cosmopolitan Condo have been screaming foul. They live right by the intersection, and right next door to another planned skyscraper, the 40 story tall
Dinerstein apartment tower.

San Felipe Residential

The Dinerstein project wants to build at the Northwest Corner of one of the busiest intersections in town. San Felipe and Post Oak. 351 high rise apartments and 17,000 square feet of restaurants. A 7 story parking garage. The conclusion. No problem.

“there will be minimal impact to the surrounding intersections when the development is fully built and operational.”

The Walter P. Moore traffic study bases its rosy projection on the proposed Bus Rapid Transit System cutting traffic congestion in Uptown by 4 percent. Where did that number come?

Walter P. Moore, using the companies own study to justify this study.

The BRT plan will actually eliminate one of the critical turn lanes at the intersection, and close off one of the medians where folks can make U turns. The Cosmo folks know that spells
Galleria Gridlock, but hey, the folks making all the deal say everything will be fine.

2200 Post Oak

This office tower will replace a smaller office tower, with 322,000 square feet of office space and 30,000 feet of retail, and 275 more residential units and 168 hotel rooms. Doubt that will
add any more cars?

Maybe we should have gotten a degree in traffic engineering “There will be very little change in delay at the study intersections due to the proposed project”. Sound familiar?

This study by Traffic Engineers raised other questions. It quotes a U.S. Census Report from 2006 that 5 percent of workers living in the City of Houston utilize public transportation as their
primary mode of transportation. They conclude Uptown has better mass transit, therefore twice as many people use it. Guess they never looked at empty bus shelters. We did.

These are just a few of the pictures Dolcefino Consulting took along Metro’s 33 Route on November 12, 2015 between 4 and 6 pm. As you can see, traffic is backed up but very few people are taking the bus.

The engineers talk about the Kingsland Park and Ride Service coming in from Katy. That is Route 285. It existed when this study was done, but not anymore. Metro cancelled it because of
low ridership.

Uptown Park

Uptown Park will include a 310 room hotel, 32,500 square feet of restaurants and 487 high rise apartments. Just two months before Uptown starts tearing up trees and medians for the Bus
Rapid Transit Project, this traffic study says this “while the type and the timeline of the transit system is still unclear, it is expected to occur. For this reason, it is recommended that any
current mitigation for this development be limited to signal timing changes.”

That seems to be the Hail Mary no matter what is being built and how big it is.

There’s no room for extra lanes, even turn lanes, so let’s adjust the traffic signals. Yeah, that’s the ticket.

So when folks at the Cosmo can’t get out of their condos, and when the residents of neighborhoods around Uptown are marooned at their homes, remember we tried to warn you.

FOX 26 KRIV reporter Greg Groogan reports on a school name change battle heats up with fraud allegation:

If the day comes when Sidney Lanier’s name is ripped off a 90-year-old building, it will be in the wake of a bruising battle.

“Do we really want to teach our kids that the way to get back at something that happened 150 years is revenge?,” asks Wayne Dolcefino, who is representing opponents of the name change. “Is that really the lesson we want?”

The one-time Confederate private, who never owned a slave, built modest renown in the post Civil War years as a poet preaching reconciliation. But that record didn’t keep Lanier Middle School off a list of Houston Independent School District campuses whose namesakes were deemed supporters of human bondage.

A parent group, known as Lanier Watchdogs, is fighting back claiming the school board lied to taxpayers by failing to properly research and reveal the expense involved with renaming campuses, in violation of district policy. READ THE REST

lanier watchdog

Lana Shadwick of Breitbart Texas writes how changing the name of just one middle school in Texas will cost Houston taxpayers $500,000. Now some Houston taxpayers are not happy about the cost of the name change, and some former students, parents of students, and current students at the middle school are not happy about the name change either:

lanier watchdogWayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting told Breitbart Texas, “The real irony is that HISD Trustees say the renaming of Sidney Lanier is being done to improve public support of HISD.” He added, “No one asked for this, and it is clear the neighborhood is vehemently opposed to changing the name of the school at all. This is destroying public support. Taxpayers deserve to know what this will cost.”

A parent activist group, Lanier Watchdogs, mobilized to fight the name change and say they are watching the costs that are now associated with the unwanted name change. They urge that Syndey Lanier was not an officer or a hero in the Civil War, he just fought to protect his land. He served when he was just 19 years old for five months and he was a private. His contribution in his life was as a writer and a musician. He loved to write poems. The school was named for him in 1926. READ MORE

The Houston Chronicle’s St. John Barned-Smith reports on an entity contractor under scrutiny from watchdogs:

A federal grand jury is investigating a north Harris County emergency services district that contracts with a nonprofit ambulance service which has come under intense scrutiny by government watchdogs in recent years.

Prosecutors ordered commissioners of Harris County Emergency Services District No. 11 in February to produce records related to its operations, according to a federal subpoena obtained by the Houston Chronicle. READ MORE

uptownbusIn November 2003, Houston voters narrowly approved Metro’s request to build light rail across town, including on Post Oak Boulevard. The Metro Board resolution calling for the special election said the deal was binding, and couldn’t be repealed, altered, or rescinded without a new vote. So much for promises.

A sworn affidavit from Metro Boss Tom Lambert obtained by Dolcefino Consulting now says the election wasn’t about rail at all, it was just about money, getting voters to approve $640 million dollars in bond funds.

The money is now all spent, so Metro apparently figures it’s off the hook.

The affidavit was provided on November 10th to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who is trying to decide if Metro can legally now create dedicated bus lanes in Uptown instead of rail. The decision is due sometime after Thanksgiving.

Houston Attorney Andy Taylor has weighed in against Metro, claiming the agency’s participation in the Uptown project is illegal.

Texas State Senator Robert Nichols has asked for the legal opinion.

Documents obtained by Dolcefino Consulting show Metro has already spent $500,000 on the bus project, and may have to commit to spending more than $40 million dollars more, most of it spent buying special buses to replace the ones carrying folks just fine now.

The affidavit admits something else you should know. Metro says the October 15th boardings on the current Post Oak buses is just 2,291, half of the stated ridership from last year. Do that math. Commuters should be counted twice, which raises a question no one seems to want to answer. How many Uptown workers actually use the bus to commute right now? Don’t you think someone should know that before they spend $300 million taxpayer dollars to tear up the road for dedicated bus lanes?

Video surveillance of Uptown bus shelters show they are virtually empty, with riders on bus 33 simply using uptown to connect to other buses.

“Not a penny more should be spent on this project until the Texas Attorney General rules on this important contract with voters,” says Jim Scarborough of the Uptown Property Owners Association. “When this project is ruled illegal, Metro and Uptown will be obligated to pay this money back.”

The Metro letters to the Attorney General and the letter from Houston Attorney Andy Taylor are available on Twitter @waynedolcefino, Dolcefino Consulting on Facebook and at www.dolcefino.com.

DOCUMENTS
11.18.2015 AT Letter Brief
RQ-0028 New Metro briefing

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