FOX 26 KRIV’s Katie McCall reports that the Cypress Creek EMS is defying open records laws:
At a meeting with Emergency Service District 11, Cypress Creek EMS, refused to turn over its financial records to the public. Investigator Wayne Dolcefino has been fighting for the release of those records for a year. He’s asking Cy Creek EMS to allow the taxpayers to see who they hire, what they pay them, and where those tax dollars are being spent.
Dolcefino says, “The Cypress Creek EMS refuses to tell the public who they’re paying. Is that the silliest thing you’ve ever heard of?” READ THE REST
Lawsuit seeks to halt Post Oak bus project
Katherine Driessen of The Houston Chronicle reports a homeowner’s association is suing Metro over its involvement in plans to run bus lanes along Post Oak Boulevard, saying the project puts the agency at odds with a 2003 referendum that included adding a rail line along the corridor.
As officials celebrate Uptown transit project, opponents persist
Supporters say transit service will improve, while foes highlight conflicts of interest
A Houston Chronicle editorial says “A good bus delay”
Let’s get the facts right before breaking ground on the bus rapid transit project:
With a little digging, Wayne Dolcefino, a former television investigative reporter now working for opponents of the project, found that the 19,000 riders were based on outdated ridership numbers and overly optimistic estimates. Uptown’s rush to build while relying on these questionable statistics makes it look like the board cares more about building something rather than building the right thing.
The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County has confirmed that it will be “re-running the numbers” for the Post Oak dedicated bus lane ridership projections reports Roxanna Asgarian of the Houston Business Journal:
The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County has confirmed that it will be “re-running the numbers” for the Post Oak dedicated bus lane ridership projections.
As Uptown Houston District prepares for the controversial project’s groundbreaking next week, which Mayor Annise Parker is slated to attend, vocal critics are taking aim at projected ridership numbers they say are out-of-date and inaccurate. read more
Dolcefino Communications got the word out about the oyster battle in Galveston Bay and the Houston media responded. Here are two stories below:
Controversy over oysters grows in Galveston Bay
You can eat oysters cooked or raw, and many consider them a delicacy. But they’re at the center of a controversy in Galveston County.
Companies fight for right to harvest oysters in Galveston Bay
A battle over who has the right to harvest oysters in Galveston Bay has reignited – this time because of recent floods.
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In Uptown, bus plan critics lob conflict-of-interest allegations (Houston Chronicle)
Two members of an economic development board pushing a plan to run a center bus lane along Uptown’s Post Oak Boulevard have financial ties to companies that will be paid for land in the project’s right of way.
A town hall meeting held amidst growing opposition to a $300 million Post Oak Boulevard bus project by Uptown TIRZ and METRO that could tear the signature street apart has generated Houston media buzz:
Uptown business owners plan to fight new bus lanes (KHOU)
Uptown business owners plan to fight plans to build two new Metro bus-only lanes on Post Oak Boulevard.
Uptown business owners pack town hall meeting on dedicated bus lane project plan (FOX 26)
Uptown business owners pack town hall meeting on dedicated bus lane project plan.
Dan Golvach Wants to Know a Few Things About the Man Accused of Killing His Son. Law Enforcement Says He Doesn’t Have the Right (Houston Press)
Three and a half months after his son’s murder, Dan Golvach is seeking some basic facts about the man authorities say killed him. Both the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and the Houston Police Department have explained to Golvach, with varying degrees of plausibility, why they can’t — or won’t — provide the information.
Dolcefino Consulting is bringing attention to a coverup in the Spring Branch Independent School District:
19-year-old Texas student accused of threatening girl, 14, for sex, nude photos in sextortion case (New York Daily News)
The parents of a 14-year-old girl are speaking out after they say an older school jock threatened to spread racy photos of her unless she had sex with him and gave him more nude pictures. That alleged “sextortion” nightmare comes as the enraged Houston girl’s parents further accuse school officials of staging a cover-up during authorities’ investigation.
Memorial High School athlete accused of ‘sextortion’ (KHOU)
Kevin and Karen Maley believe their daughter is a victim of sexual cyber bullying. The alleged bully: a Memorial High School athlete. The parents alleged the athlete began threatening their daughter after he got his hands on a partially nude photo of her.
Family accuses SBISD officials of cover-up (Memorial Examiner)
A Spring Branch family claims Spring Branch ISD officials failed to take disciplinary action against a 19-year old student who sexually harassed, cyber-bullied and solicited sex from their 14-year old daughter