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The meeting will be held at 10 am, Thursday July 2 at 7111 Five Forks in Spring, Texas

The elected members of ESD #11 have scheduled a special meeting Thursday that may affect ambulance service for folks who live in Northwest Harris County, from Tomball to Spring.

The meeting was called as Cypress Creek EMS continues to defy requests for public records, even from the ESD Board, which represents the taxpayers who fund the 911 ambulance service.

In the last several months, Cypress Creek has ignored criminal charges, and legal opinions from the Texas Attorney General and the Emergency Service District. Cypress Creek is even suing the Texas Attorney General to keep payroll records secret.

At the same time Cypress Creek is using public funds made from the 911 service to wage a battle for secrecy, even refusing to tell the ESD the names of the people being paid with taxpayer dollars.

The big question Thursday, will elected commissioners vote to withhold payments to CCEMS until they comply with state transparency laws.

“The ESD must enforce transparency laws,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting. “ It is not an excuse that CCEMS has a good response time. This is about accountability and the waste of funds on secrecy should be a deal breaker for the people who pay the bill.”

Dolcefino Consulting, an investigative communications firm led by investigative journalist Wayne Dolcefino has already spent more than $25,000 in a legal effort to force disclosure of Cypress Creek expenditures. The company is asking a Harris County District Judge to compel compliance with provisions of the Texas Public
Information Act and Chapter 22, regulating the disclosure of financial records of a non-profit corporation.

Cypress Creek even refuses to identify how much the Executive Director Brad England currently makes, even though a 2013 tax return put the figure at 180,000 a year, more than the salary for the Harris County Judge.

An investigation by Dolcefino Consulting has exposed questionable entertainment spending, possible violations of Texas election law, and irregularities in bidding on lucrative CCEMS contracts.

The meeting will be held at 10 am, Thursday July 2 at 7111 Five Forks in Spring, Texas.

The ESD # 11 MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR 9 AM THURSDAY, JUNE 18, 2015 AT 7111 FIVE FORKS, SPRING, TX.

Half a million people get emergency ambulance service from Cypress Creek Emergency Medical Services (CCEMS).

From Tomball to Spring Harris County taxpayers paid more than 10 million dollars in tax money last year to support 911 ambulance service. Much of the money went to pay salaries.

Yet Cypress Creek EMS refuses to tell you who is on the payroll.

Thursday morning, their secrecy will lead to a showdown.

Elected Commissioners of ESD #11 now want the same public records CCEMS has refused to show for nearly a year, even ignoring the Texas Attorney General and the Harris County District Attorney.

ESD #11 homeowners pay taxes to pay the field staff on the ambulances, but CCEMS has refused to reveal the names of the people on the payroll. 6.3 million dollars and they won’t say who is getting the money. At least four of those field staff report salaries of more than $100,000 a year.

CCEMS also refuses to show exactly how they spend the millions of dollars they took in from the bills you paid for 911 service. All over Texas those funds are used to offset the additional need for property taxes, but not in ESD #11. CCEMS has kept all the money to spend as they want, and they have refused to release the records under non-profit laws.

CCEMS claims they do not have records showing how much they actually use ambulances that are supposed to be working 24 hours a day seven days a week.

Taxpayers need to pay attention. The days of heroic fire and ambulance services running to the sound of the fire bell as underpaid volunteers are nearing an end in Harris County. This is now big money.

The ESD # 11 MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR 9 AM THURSDAY, JUNE 18, 2015 AT 7111 FIVE FORKS, SPRING, TX.


The news conference will be held at 11:00 am outside Masraff’s Restaurant at 1753 Post Oak Blvd

This announcement may very well spell the beginning of the end to that controversial plan to tear up Houston’s “Rodeo Drive” for an unwanted bus project in the heart of Uptown.

The Post Oak Property Owners Coalition representatives will be joined by prominent Houston Attorney Andy Taylor.

The news conference will be held at 11:00 am outside Masraff’s Restaurant at 1753 Post Oak Blvd, shortly after Uptown officials and the Mayor hold a ceremonial ground breaking for the project down the street for the project.

In recent weeks Houstonians have learned some Uptown Board Members lobbied for taxpayer money without disclosing their conflicts of interest and potential financial windfall. The plan to dig up Post Oak for two exclusive bus lanes will force the street to be widened and the chairman of the Uptown Board stands to make millions on the deal. At least three other Uptown officials have conflicts of interests in the bus project.

An investigation by Dolcefino Consulting exposed so many questions about the inflated ridership claims of the proposed project the chairman of Metro has now ordered a review of the projections.

“It is sad that Mayor Parker once ran for office as a watchdog and now looks the other way to blatant conflicts of interest. Taxpayers think this project is unneeded and an incredible waste of money in a city with a lot of real needs”, says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting.

Major Post Oak Property owners aren’t the only ones adding their voice to the growing opposition to the project. Uptown’s own State Senator Joan Huffman now says she is personally opposed to the project and does not think “tearing up Post Oak” is a fabulous idea. Huffman is joining the call for a review of management districts in Houston in light of growing transparency questions.

The Post Oak Property Owners Coalition will make their major announcement Monday morning at 11:00 am, and will not be available prior to comment.

Wayne Dolcefino of Dolcefino Consulting will be available to answer questions for any of the Monday morning early shows if needed. My e-mail contact is below.

office 713-360-6911 wayne@dolcefinoconsulting.com


Owners of Oyster plants along Galveston Bay are now seeking criminal charges and threatening potential new lawsuits in the increasingly combative fight over oyster reefs. Some Oyster Captains report harassment, even unsafe boating maneuvers by a company trying to claim they now control a big part of Galveston Bay.

Monday morning, June 8th, Concerned Citizens of Galveston Bay will hold a news conference.

Reporters should arrive at Endeavor Marina at 3101 NASA Road 1 in Seabrook by 9 am for a press conference and tour of the area. Seating on the boat is limited, so if you want to reserve a space please let me know as soon as possible.

The dispute has taken a dangerous turn in recent weeks, in part because oyster boats are trying to rescue oysters from parts of the Bay where flood waters have changed salinity. Those oyster reefs are in now disputed waters. The state has been leasing reefs to companies for decades, but now the Chambers Liberty County Navigation District has given a sweetheart lease to a company called STORM, and they now claim they now own all the reefs, even the ones set aside for the public to collect oysters on. State game wardens have been asked to increase patrols, but some oyster companies now want criminal charges.

Oyster Boats report being videotaped in close range, and even forced into shallow waters by STORM Boats. Some oystermen now say they afraid to go out in the bay.

“The state needs to step in and stop this harassment,” says Lisa Halili, owner of Prestige Oysters in San Leon. “I do not want one of my oyster captains to get shot, and I fear this is where this is heading.”

MEDIA ALERT

PRESS CONFERENCE

Oyster Boats are reporting harassment in Galveston Bay the last few days, part of a growing tension that is now interfering with a special rescue mission underway to save the oyster population.

State Game Wardens have now been asked to increase patrols of the bay before the dispute escalates.

Tuesday morning, May 26th at 9:00 am Concerned Citizens of Galveston Bay will hold a news conference and media tour to the battleground in the bay.

First the oyster problem. The continuing heavy rains have affected the salinity in Trinity and East Galveston Bay and thousands of young oysters are being moved to safer waters to save them. That special operation is taking place in now disputed waters.

The Chambers County Navigation District leased 23,000 acres of Galveston Bay bottom to a company called STORM, run by two powerful political figures in Chambers County for just 1.50 an acre. The sweetheart deal would give them a virtual monopoly over half of the oyster production in Galveston Bay, including public reefs and private reefs where other companies have invested millions to produce oysters. That backroom deal is already being challenged for violating the Texas Open Meetings Act. Concerned citizens call it a theft of the tax-payers resources.

The state says the lease isn’t valid, yet oyster companies trying to move their oysters from the area report they are being harassed and encircled by STORM boats with video cameras and dangerous maneuvers. The company has already sent out no trespassing
letters.

“These Chambers County guys must be drinking alligator cool-aid, says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting and spokesman for the Concerned Citizens”, but they need to back off now.” “And while there at it, perhaps Chambers County Navigation Officials could take a refresher course in ethics and transparency, just saying”.

Reporters should arrive at Prestige Oyster Company at 103 Avenue C and First Street by 9 am for a tour of the area where the oyster population is being moved and the boat disputes are
occurring.

office 713-360-6911 wayne@dolcefinoconsulting.com

The Hilton at 2001 Post Oak Blvd., Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 at 6:00 PM

Hundreds of angry business owners and Uptown area residents are expected when the Post Oak Property Owners Association holds a town hall meeting May 19th at the Uptown Hilton.

The town hall is being held amidst growing opposition to a 300 million dollar bus project by Uptown TIRZ and Metro that will tear the signature street apart.

An ongoing investigation has already debunked the need for this wasteful project. The only commuter bus from Katy to Uptown has been cancelled because of low ridership, and the bus traveling down Post Oak is nearly three quarters empty.

There are serious ethical questions being raised about the project. Several members of the appointed UPTOWN Board stand to make millions on the deal through right of way and utility improvement.

Retailers on the street believe this is a real estate deal disguised as a transit deal, and say manipulating lights for all these buses will dramatically back up traffics in the neighborhoods around Uptown.

The Hilton is at 2001 Post Oak Blvd., and the town hall meeting begins Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 at 6:00 PM. The media is welcome.

office 713-360-6911 wayne@dolcefinoconsulting.com

RELATEDExposing the Uptown Bus Boondoggle

The Maley’s will hold a news conference at 10:00 am Wednesday, May 13th, 2015 at the offices of Dolcefino Consulting, 3701 Kirby Suite # 560

Kevin and Karen Maley have had enough. Seven months after a Spring Branch ISD football player solicited lewd pictures and sex from their 14 year old daughter through text messages and Snapchat, these frustrated parents are forced to go public with a warning that every Houston area parent needs to hear.

The Maley’s especially want to send a message to Spring Branch ISD, accusing the Memorial High School Administration of trying to cover up the incident, mistreating their daughter while protecting the football team.

“All we wanted was for the School District to treat our daughter’s cry for help with dignity and punish those responsible”, says Kevin Maley. “Sadly, we have learned SBISD cares more about its reputation than the safety of our kids.”

Their personal horror story comes as Spring Branch Independent School District is trying to keep other secrets from parents including the use of PTA parent e-mails by students to blackmail young girls, and the trading and collection of female student photos in a drop box account shared with high school male students.

The parents will detail the months they have spent trying to get Spring Branch ISD Superintendent Klussman to discipline employees who mishandled this family horror story.

The family has filed a civil lawsuit against the 19 year old football player, but believe parents should demand immediate changes to school district policies that protect perpetrators instead of victim.

The Maley’s will hold a news conference at 10:00 am Wednesday, May 13th, 2015 at the offices of Dolcefino Consulting, 3701 Kirby Suite # 560.

office 713-360-6911 wayne@dolcefinoconsulting.com

Houston- May 5, 2015 — “America in Recovery” is set to announce a new round of college scholarships for at-risk high school senior all across the Houston area, but the charity is worried sagging oil prices may harm our growing campaign to provide that important help Houston area teenagers, the chance to succeed.

America in Recovery says it has been forced to reschedule a planned May fundraiser with Harris County Judge Ed Emmett until November of 2015. Many oil and gas company executives told us current layoffs prevent them from helping local charities right now.

The price of oil did reach the peak for the year today, but is still dramatically below levels of last year.

“We know it is hard to donate when you are delivering tough news to your employees and that is why we call on the Houston business community today to pitch in to help our kids, says AIR Executive Director Judith Dubose. If we can help those youngsters now they will contribute to our economy in the years ahead. This investment is critical.”

Despite the economic slowdown, the charity announces it will dramatically increase the number of scholarships available to deserving students. Educators across the Houston area have recommended recipients of scholarships from seven Houston Area School Districts including Spring, Aldine, Cy-Fair, Houston, Galveston, Dickinson, and Goose Creek.

But we need your help to make these dreams a reality.

America in Recovery believes in providing chances and knows the private sector, not the government, is the answer. Last year our scholarships rewarded the determination of a number of deserving kids, including a homeless student in Galveston, and a young mother who didn’t let her pregnancy stop her goal of going to college.

America in Recovery accepts no government funds and is a tax deductible charity organization.

To learn how you can help, go to americainrecovery.org, or call 281-598-9921.

office 713-360-6911 wayne@dolcefinoconsulting.com

TAXPAYERS ALERT
EXPOSING THE UPTOWN BUS BOONDOGGLE

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A growing coalition of business and property owners in Uptown detailed their opposition to a planned 300 million dollar bus project along Post Oak.

The Post Oak Property Owner and Business Owner Coalition held a news conference on May 6th to detail this shocking waste of public funds, and expose the conflicts of interests that prove this project should be delayed immediately.

Post Oak is often called the “Rodeo Drive” of Houston. The Uptown District, the Mayor’s office and Metro are all behind the plan to spend 300 million plus dollars for a dedicated bus lane down the middle of Post Oak, an attempt to salvage public and political opposition to Metro rail lines.

Public records show Metro ridership numbers simply do not support this project, and there is no need to widen Post Oak to synchronize buses going up and down the street. The coalition says neighborhoods both east and west of Uptown will face horrible congestion as traffic lights at Westheimer, San Felipe and Richmond are affected.

Who will benefit? Our investigation shows some members of the Uptown Board will make millions if the project ever happens.

1. AFFIDAVITS OF CONFLICT OF INTERESTS (NOTICE THE DATES)
This project has been planned for over two years. [READ HERE]

2. Miller has been pushing the Post Oak bus project two years. Here is a 2014 appeal to a State Official ((Millers Lobbying))

3. Has Uptown mislead the Mayor’s office on support?. See the e-mail from Uptown Executive Director John Breeding that has so many Post Oak Property Owners mad. Then see what Invesco really said. ((which is it))

4 and 5 These METRO Uptown documents reveal the battle over whether to preempt traffic lights on Uptown side streets for 14 buses a day going back and forth, maybe more ((Metro Memo AND MetroUptown Mtg))

Uptown administration salaries now exceed 1 million a year, 300,000 to rent their headquarters. This is the compensation for Exec Director ((HCID#1 Salary))

Why is so much tax money being spent in one place. The taxable value in UPTOWN has increased three billion dollars since it was created, and most of that money is bottled up on Houston’s rodeo drive ((Bottom Line))

Have we created unelected bureaucratic monsters with the power to spend hundreds of millions of our tax dollars?

The last commuter bus from Katy to Uptown was closed because of lack or riders. 224 boardings a day. Metro’s number.

RELATED
Business owners rally against bus lane planned on Post Oak Boulevard

For information Contact Dolcefino Consulting:
office 713-360-6911
wayne@dolcefinoconsulting.com

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