Mayor Sylvester Turner doesn’t have time for this whole democracy thing.
We haven’t even voted yet on the Fair Pay for Firefighter Proposition B thing yet, and the Mayor already has an item on the November 7th council agenda to hire lawyers to possibly sue over it.
Guess he suspects it will pass? Guess he also doesn’t care about the will of Houstonians?
Turner wants Houston City Council to authorize up to $1.3 million dollars for the law firm that would sue to overturn the will of the voters if you disappoint the Mayor.
Oh. Did we mention the firm is Norton Rose Fulbright? Maybe you didn’t notice, that the treasurer of the Anti-firefighter PAC Protect Houston is Neil Thomas, who is a Partner in the Law Firm.
The Protect Houston PAC was advertised as a group of bipartisan folks, but when you look at the money, about a third comes from the Mayor’s political campaign, and a bunch more from the Mayor’s downtown business buddies and from Houston cops, who apparently think they are bigger heroes than firefighters or work harder or something like that.
“I suppose the Mayor would say he’s just being proactive, but at some point, this petty vindictiveness nonsense must stop,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting.
The Mayor has spent the better part of the last year trying to deny firefighters their pay in the ballot box, and now that they won the right to have you vote the Mayor doesn’t seem satisfied with the notion that you are smart enough to decide what you want to do.
The Mayor hasn’t taken us up on our offer to help the City find ways to cut unnecessary spending ABSOLUTELY FREE. Maybe he’s been too busy getting his City Hall lawyers to keep public records a secret or getting mad at reporters for daring to question disaster contracts.
Dolcefino Consulting has now asked to see records detailing the $7 million-dollar legal deal his former law partner Barry Barnes just got in a hurricane disaster relief contract.
The Mayor’s “Protect Houston PAC” is working overtime to pad its coffers to try to get you to vote to deny Houston firefighters fair pay as first responders.
New campaign reports are out, and the money is staggering. The “Protect Houston PAC” raised a whopping $930,000 in just thirty days, nearly a million dollars.
Nearly one third of the money is funneled from Mayor Sylvester Turner’s political campaign, exposing this vindictive campaign for what it is. Since the PAC was formed back in July, Turner’s campaign has donated $380,537.50. Another notable “donation” came from the Houston Police Officer’s Union. They gave a hefty $50,000. This comes after the Mayor promised them a pay raise while saying the City would essentially go broke if firefighters got a big raise.
“Today’s filings show you how far Mayor Turner is willing to go to make sure Houston firefighters don’t get the fair and adequate pay they have earned. What kind of Mayor pits cops against firefighters to make a political point,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting.
The rest of the money comes mostly from Houston developers and engineering firms. Nice.
The Mayor, we mean Protect Houston PAC has hundreds of thousands of dollars more to spend in the next week.
That’s the group that put the anti-Prop B sign on the hallowed ground where five Houston firefighters died. The Mayor has yet to apologize. You can see who else gave money to diss the firefighters on Dolcefino.com.ProtectHoustonPAC_campaignreport
Mayor Turner and his anti-firefighter folks owe Houston’s heroes an apology!
The Protect Houston PAC, that’s funded by the mayors cronies, put up a campaign sign right in front of the Southwest Inn that says, “Vote Against Prop B.”
Can we stay stupid? This is the motel where a blaze took five Houston firefighters lives.
What a slap in the face to Houston firefighters and their families. The mayor owes the families of these fallen heroes an apology. He owes an apology to Houstonians for attacking people who save lives every darn day.
The mayor addressed the issue at the end of city council meeting Wednesday. All the mayor said was the sign was taken down and we need to be respectful.
There was no apology from Sly. That speaks volumes.
“Who is getting fired for this? Be respectful is not good enough, especially for the families of these dead firefighters. Someone needs to be held accountable for this.” Said Wayne Dolcefino, president of Dolcefino Consulting. “The mayor has crossed the line. He can’t even say he’s sorry? What a guy.”
The mayor seems to think the anti-firefighter sign wasn’t anything really different than the pro Prop B sign placed near the crosses to mark their sacrifice.
“Hey mayor, I got a hunch these dead firefighters would be on the front lines fighting for fair pay. Trying to find some moral equivalence tells Houstonians all they need to know”, says Dolcefino.
Maybe Houstonians will send a message to Sly on November 6th.
Ruling follows city’s efforts to undercut voter-approved collective bargaining
A state district judge rejected the City of Houston’s attempt to have the voter-approved collective bargaining system for Houston firefighters declared “unconstitutional,” the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association said today.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner had asked the court to declare the firefighters’ use of Texas Local Government Code Chapter 174 “unconstitutional” after publicly claiming he still wants to negotiate a new firefighter contract under the same system.
On Monday, State District Judge Wesley Ward also rejected the Turner Administration’s attempt to throw out the firefighters’ lawsuit against the city which was filed after 2017 contract negotiations ended. During 60 days of negotiations, the city failed to offer any proposals and it became clear the mayor’s team had no authorization to reach a deal. Firefighters had begun the negotiations with a 40-article contract proposal.
HPFFA President Patrick M. “Marty” Lancton said, “We’re grateful the court rejected the mayor’s attack on voter-approved collective bargaining and allowed us to move forward with our case. We think the evidence in the case shows that the mayor’s team never intended to negotiate with us in good faith. From city hall to the courthouse, the mayor’s vindictive, taxpayer-funded obsession with punishing Houston firefighters and our families continues.”
Houston voters approved Chapter 174 collective bargaining for Houston firefighters 2003. The law has governed wage rates for Texas public safety personnel for four decades, Before 2017, the HPFFA has successfully negotiated several contracts with the city.
Earlier this year, Texas labor leaders, led by Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy, warned Turner of the “dangerous implications” of his position in the firefighter litigation. The mayor’s constitutionality argument, Levy wrote, risks “wide ranging consequences to the detriment of many thousands of Texas working
people and their families.”
The case is “Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association, Local 341 v. City of Houston, Texas,” Cause No. 2017-42885 in the 234th District Court of Harris County, Texas. The HPFFA is represented in the litigation by E. Troy Blakeney.
“The Mayor’s vindictive treatment of firefighters is bad for Houston,” said Dolcefino Consulting president Wayne Dolcefino. “It’s time Houstonians wake up to what kind of Mayor this guy is.”
The first campaign report of the Protect Houston PAC is out, and now voters can really see who’s bankrolling the fight against fair pay for Houston firefighters.
The Protect Houston PAC claims it’s a bipartisan coalition of Republicans and Democrats, business and labor leaders, community groups and police and fire chiefs.
The PAC raised $60,000 so far, just a few weeks before early voting. You know how many contributions they got?
Mayor Turner’s political campaign raised nearly half the money, just a little more than $25,000 for advertising and stuff.
The only other contribution, the Houston Police Officers Union. $35,000.
“The police have gotten huge raises and their union clearly want to cheat firefighters because they like it the way it is,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of the Houston based Dolcefino Consulting. “What’s wrong with first responders being treated the same way. Why do the cops hate the firefighters so much? They ought to be on the front lines helping them?”
Sue Davis, a spokesman for Protect Houston PAC is the Mayor’s campaign press spokesman. Grant Martin, a California media advisor is paid for campaign advice.
The campaign reports also show a big payment to a California polling firm.
“This first campaign report exposes Protect Houston for what it is,” says Dolcefino. “This isn’t some independent group protecting Houston. These are cops and the Mayor protecting themselves.”ProtectHoustonPAC
Mayor Turner is making the rounds telling folks to cheat Houston Fire Fighters out of equal pay with police, even though they both save lives, because its “Bad for Houstonians.” The Mayors’ campaign staff is even starting up a new Political Action Committee called Protect Houston, trying to make us think that cheating firefighters out of the pay they deserve somehow protects us.
So, the Mayor’s cronies tell us Protect Houston is a “… A bipartisan coalition of Republicans and Democrats, business and labor leaders, community groups and police and fire chiefs.”
Funny, when you dig around on their new website their never name names. Why not? We call on them to disclose whose ponying up the money. Wonder how many get city contracts from sly?
We did notice Protect Houston already has a treasurer. His name is Neil Thomas, a high-priced lawyer at Norton Fulbright who shockingly makes his money on city bond deals.
There are two other groups raising money for the let’s keep the firefighters in their place campaign. One is Bob Harvey, run by the President of the Greater Houston Partnership, AKA, the big money guys, and another group called “Keep Houston Strong,” look who their treasurer is, Barry Barnes, of Barnes and Turner. That’s right he’s the Mayor law partner.
He is also part of a proposed 27-million-dollar housing contract. Maybe that can wait in exchange for more money for firefighters, huh Sly.