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
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:
Wayne 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
According to Robert Pinard’s lawsuit against Northwoods Educational Foundation, Father Daniel Massick and The Legion of Christ they approached him about buying some of the property surrounding Northwoods Catholic School. READ MORE FROM FOX 26’S RANDY WALLACE
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
One unexpected witness to testify on Pike’s behalf was Wayne Dolcefino, the longtime KTRK-TV ABC-13 television reporter who now has a consulting firm.
In 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.”
An artist in the Amarillo community is stirring up controversy even after his death.
Much of the well-known artwork around Amarillo is credited to Stanley Marsh 3. And for that reason, many people want it down.
If you’ve driven around town, you’ve seen them. Signs with pictures and messages displaying various sayings and images….all done by Stanley Marsh 3.
However with allegations of sexual molestation and human trafficking, a campaign called “Erase Marsh Madness” has been created. Dolcefino Consulting and the Pinkerton Law Firm feel it’s time to do away with all of his art. READ THE REST
Houston Chronicle reporter Rebecca Elliott writes a profile piece on Wayne Dolcefino and Dolcefino Communications entitled “Dolcefino making his mark on mayor’s race.”
Here is an excerpt:
Three years after going off the air, Wayne Dolcefino is back at the heart of Houston politics, acting very much like the take-no-prisoners investigative reporter he was the first time Sylvester Turner ran for mayor in 1991.
In recent weeks, Dolcefino has reprised some of the same pointed allegations about Turner that he reported nearly a quarter century ago.
Only now, the former KTRK journalist is working for one of Turner’s rivals, former City Attorney Ben Hall.
Hall said his decision to hire Dolcefino was based on the former reporter’s skills, not his history with Turner. READ MORE