Dolcefino Consulting has issued subpoenas for e-mails of Maya Ford, a close confidante of Mayor Sylvester Turner. It is the latest development in the fight to expose e-mails surrounding City of Houston garbage and recycling contracts.
Ford was an advocate for ECOHUB, the recycling system that would seriously cut the cost of Houston garbage pickup, turning trash into new manufactured products. The company had arranged private money to finance the first plant. The City of Houston was on the verge of finalizing a contract when Turner took office and quickly killed the deal.
Since last December ECOHUB has been trying to expose bid rigging and possible corruption in the awarding of recycling contracts. Dolcefino Consulting has been fighting with Houston City Hall over public records detailing communications between City Hall and big garbage companies.
“We know Maya Ford sent e-mails to the Mayor and other top City Officials alleging Houston Solid Waste Boss, Harry Hayes was ethically challenged, showing favoritism to big garbage companies,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting. Shame on Mayor Turner for keeping secrets about the way public funds are spent. We already know this deal smells.
Judge Kristen Hawkins is presiding over the legal fight between Dolcefino Consulting and the City of Houston.
“We have been fighting to get records of these lucrative garbage deals for nearly a year. If the Mayor isn’t hiding anything stop playing games.” Says Dolcefino.
Dolcefino Consulting is a Houston based Investigative Communications firm headed by award winning Investigative Journalist and Private Investigator Wayne Dolcefino.
Elizabeth Pace of KLBK interviews Coach Mike Leach and Wayne Dolcefino about the money the famous coach is owed by Texas Tech University:
“I plan to expose that they never have arrived at any cause or completed investigation on the subject and worse they can’t even select a reason,” Leach said. “They bounced back over the years hoping something would happen, and literally nothing happened and I did nothing wrong. They were upset that I wouldn’t sign a low-ball contract and they were embarrassed and they cheat me out of what they agreed to pay me.”
“Texas Tech has been offered a choice, pay the guy,” Dolcifino said. “People in Lubbock work hard. If you worked hard and weren’t paid, you’d be mad too. This guy was leading the Red Raiders in the best season in their history and then they cheat him. They’re going to pay him back or we’re going to find out the truth of what happened.” READ MORE
There is a growing number of complaints to the State Bar of Texas these days in high stakes, big money Houston divorce cases. Lots of folks complaining about lawyer and Judge misconduct.
The latest may be in the contentious divorce between Sherry and Marek Menger. Marek Menger was forced out as President of the company Petro-Valve Inc., on allegations he was treating the company as his “personal piggy” bank.
Sherry Menger has now filed grievances with the State Bar of Texas against two of her husband’s divorce lawyers, Michael Bynane and Carlos Ryerson. The lawyers have colorful pasts. Bynane has been named in a bulletin called Fraud Alerts International. Ryerson got in trouble for allegedly misusing charity funds.
Dolcefino Consulting has an ongoing investigation into the Harris County Family Court System, lawyers, judges, and the money being made on ugly divorce cases and child custody cases.
We continue to ask for folks who think they have an outrageous legal bill in family court to send them to Dolcefino Consulting.
Families from neighborhoods surrounding the White Oak “mosh pit” want to make sure Houston city council members hear the filthy lyrics that blared into thousands of Houston homes last week.
The A$AP Mob show was held outside on a Thursday night, when kids had school the next day. The noise of filthy lyrics shook some homes, and blared foul language into thousands of others. The Houston Police Department issued a citation, the latest in a series of tickets issued to White Oak for violating the sound ordinance.
A number of residents have signed up to speak to Council Tuesday afternoon beginning at 2:00 PM. A growing number of families are joining the fight to stop loud outdoor concerts, especially on school days.
“It is a real pity the city allows this nonsense to continue,” says resident Timothy Goings. “Shame on them and the White Oak investors who are ruining the privacy of our homes and our quality of life. It must stop.”
The city has still not approved a permanent stage permit for the outdoor “mosh pit” that can hold up to 4,000, so the Council could stop the noise.
A trial on a lawsuit over the White Oak “mosh pit” was scheduled for last week but was pushed to December due to Hurricane Harvey.
Houston media organizations have been provided videos of the horrible sounds at the A$AP Mob Show. The residents will be available for news interviews after their presentation.
In just one weekend, nearly a thousand people have already called on Texas Tech to pay Coach Mike Leach what they owe him.
The petition drive is on-line at paycoachleach.com and also on Facebook.
Supporters of the former Red Raider coach showed their support during the homecoming game, waving the #PAYCOACHLEACH balloons handed out before the game. One supporter walked ten miles to express his support, and another Red Raider offered to donate $500 dollars cash to the Coach.
“Texas Tech will have a stain on the reputation of the school until they pay Mike Leach what he is owed,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting. “Any company in Lubbock that does business with the University should wonder if the school can break their contract and get away with it.”
Leach has hired Dolcefino Consulting to investigate waste, fraud and abuse at Texas Tech. The website paycoachleach.com also provides a way for folks to provide tips. The University is already fighting our public information requests for the phone records of Regents.
“The Regents claim they don’t know which calls they make are personal or Texas Tech business,” says Dolcefino, “How convenient. They are smart folks. They can figure it out if they want.”
The phone records will show if Regents communicated with school vendors.
At a press conference this weekend, Dolcefino detailed the investigation now underway to also uncover just how many hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxpayer money has been spent by the school to fight the payment of $2.5 million dollars owed to Leach.
WHEN: 10:00 am, Saturday October 21, 2017
WHERE: Footbridge near the Northwest Corner of Jones AT&T Stadium between lot C-1 and the Stadium
It’s time for Coach Mike Leach to get paid.
In 2009, Texas Tech University fired the most winning football coach in University history, after allegations he mistreated a player. Leach was never charged, and the University never paid him the more than $2 million dollars he was contracted to be paid.
Tomorrow, Wayne Dolcefino, president of Dolcefino Consulting, will speak at a press event outside the stadium. Coach Leach wants all of his supporters to show up and sign the petition to compel the University to make good on his contract.
Texas Tech doesn’t deny the members of the Board of Regents talk about government business on their phones. We all know they do. The University just doesn’t want you to see who they talked to.
What’s the big secret?
Dolcefino Consulting filed a formal request under the Texas Public Information Act for the phone records of the Regents, along with former Chancellor Kent Hance. The request only seeks records of phone calls and text messages relating to the business of Texas Tech.
Texas Tech University’s fiscal year 2017 operating budget was over $926 million dollars, an increase of $27 million dollars over the previous year.
The Texas Attorney General has previously ruled the detailed cell phone records of public employees and government officials are public, and defines the University as a major state agency. However, the school is arguing the Regents are just appointed, only meet five times a year, and have no individual power.
“My favorite argument from the esteemed University lawyer is all these smart Regents won’t be able to tell which phone calls were business and which ones were personal,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting. “I say take a stab. You can do it. This is an important fight for the public’s right to know. Most University business is being done by phone and e-mail and Texas Tech knows it. They just want to hide it.”
The phone records were requested as part of a widening investigation by the Houston based Investigative Communications Firm run by former Investigative Reporter Wayne Dolcefino.
Dolcefino Consulting is also probing the refusal of the University to pay former football coach Mike Leach, who led the Red Raiders to the best winning season in history. The University still owes Leach $2.5 million dollars.
Leach, now a football coach for Washington State has waged his own campaign to get the money he is owed. On Twitter, #PAYCOACHLEACH has a growing number of supporters.
“Maybe Texas Tech needs help finding waste in the University so they have the money to pay Leach,” says Dolcefino. “We are going to help them find it.”TEXAS TECH CORR TO AG 10-12-17
The battle to release records kept secret by the City of Houston begins in court tomorrow.
EcoHub and its founder George Gitschel will ask State District Judge Kristen Hawkins to order the City of Houston to produce e-mails sent or received by Houston garbage boss Harry Hayes.
Stewart Hoffer, Attorney for EcoHub, wants to view the e-mails under a protective order as allowed under the Texas Public Information Act. Hoffer will not be allowed to share the contents of the e-mails with the public, or even his clients.
Joining the legal battle as a plaintiff is Wayne Dolcefino, President of the Investigative Communications firm Dolcefino Consulting. His company requested the records on behalf of EcoHub.
“The City of Houston has fought for nearly a year to keep e-mails about garbage and recycling contracts secret,” says Dolcefino. “If these garbage deals were good for the City of Houston, what is the Mayor afraid we will see?”
Turner’s decision not to continue the nearly complete deal with EcoHub prompted allegations of bid rigging and favoritism for the company eventually chosen.
“It is time for the City of Houston to honor the public right to know,” says Hoffer. “If the City of Houston has nothing to hide, then they shouldn’t be wasting taxpayer money fighting to keep e-mails secret. Fiscal responsibility will be paramount in the weeks ahead. The law allows our firm to inspect every e-mail that is responsive to EcoHub’s numerous prior requests, and we hope that Judge Hawkins will see things our way.”
The court hearing will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 at 2:00 pm in the courtroom of the 55th District Court, on the ninth floor of the Civil Court house at 201 Caroline Street, Houston, Texas.
The innovative recycling firm Ecohub will ask State District Judge Kristen Hawkins next week to order the City of Houston to produce e-mails sent or received by Houston garbage boss Harry Hayes.
Hicks Thomas’ attorney, Stewart Hoffer wants to view the e-mails under a protective order as allowed under the Texas Public Information Act. State law allows this type of inspection. Hoffer will not be allowed to share the contents of the e-mails with the public, or even his clients.
“It is time for the City of Houston to honor the public right to know”, says Hoffer.” If the City of Houston has nothing to hide, then they shouldn’t be wasting taxpayer money-fighting to keep e-mails secret, especially after Hurricane Harvey, where fiscal responsibility will be paramount in the weeks ahead. In the meantime, the law allows our firm to inspect every e-mail that is responsive to Echohub’s numerous prior requests, and we hope that Judge Hawkins will see things our way.”
The City of Houston has fought for more than 10 months to keep e-mails about garbage and recycling contracts secret. Ecohub was chosen to turn Houston garbage into new products, but Mayor Turner never told the company he was going to start over and choose an entirely different company. The move prompted allegations of bid rigging and favoritism for the company eventually chosen.
The records were requested by Dolcefino Consulting, the Houston based Investigative Communications Firm run by Investigative Reporter Wayne Dolcefino.
“The Mayor has the power to release all these records today. In fact, there is evidence the City of Houston has provided false information to the Texas Attorney General about these records,” says Dolcefino. “The Mayor’s lack of transparency on the use of tens of millions of dollars of taxpayer money is unacceptable.”
The court hearing will be held Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 2:00pm in the courtroom of the 55th District Court, on the ninth floor of the Civil Court house at 201 Caroline Street, Houston, TX.