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 The Metro Board resolution calling for the special election said the deal was binding, and couldn’t be repealed, altered, or rescinded without a new vote.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
Wayne Dolcefino and Dolcefino Consulting were featured on a FOX 26 KRIV Randy Wallace report.
Consultant claims city and county agencies have secret dome deal
“The amount of things that the city and the county are trying to keep secret from the public is growing every day,” said consultant Wayne Dolcefino.
Big Jolly Politics writes a post about how Dolcefino Consulting wants to see Cypress Creek EMS public records — and panic ensues:
If you’ve followed the Fox 26 website then you know Cypress Creek EMS –with a budget of more than $20 million dollars to operate 15 ambulances for the District— is openly defying a ruling from the Texas Attorney General to tell YOU how THEY spend that $20 million in taxpayer money.
And if you read his blog then you also know Cypress Creek EMS is going to court this Friday to stop Dolcefino Consulting from seeing the public records and from getting Brad England, the head of Cypress Creek EMS under oath.
It’s been a year long battle. Thursday morning crossfire went back and forth as two EMS board members threatened to stop funding the ambulance service of a half million people in North Harris County.
“It becomes a public safety question and Cypress Creek knows that and it’s just as disingenuous and horrible for Cypress Creek to use the threat of public safety as a reason for a not showing what are clearly public records,” Investigator Wayne Dolcefino said. READ THE STORY
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