Thursday, January 28, 2010

Stop me if you've heard this one before.....

Wealthy, centrally located neighborhood objects to big, residential unfriendly development right in their back yard.

Instead of Southampton vs. the Ashby Highrise we give you The City of Bellaire vs. the proposed West side Dynamo Stadium. Charlotte Aguilar of the Bellaire Examiner provides the details. One detail that wasn't made very clear (in this article) was whether or not Bellaire can do much about it.

Of more interest (to me) was this tidbit that suggested this "new" plan isn't as "new" as news reports have led us to believe:
One Bellaire councilmember might not be part of the city’s official debate. Newly elected Councilmember Corbett Parker counted Houston Dynamo CEO Oliver Luck among his campaign supporters, and Luck introduced him at one Bellaire fundraiser. Does Parker see this as a conflict? “Potentially,” he told the Examiner. “That’s one thing I’m going to have to look at.”
I'm sure we'll hear something along the lines of the "mutual respect" that Mr. Parker and Mr. Luck share. Knowing the small-town manner in which Houston operates, we'll HEAR it, but we'll have trouble believing it.

UPDATE: In a second report Ms. Aguilar reports that details of the deal were a little more secret (to some) than the participants have let on. Insider information, back-room deals brokered by former Pols? It's the Houston Way!


UPDATE 2: ChronBlog reports.

3 comments:

  1. Are you saying the Luck was buying Parker's vote/support in advance by contributing to his campaign? That seems highly unlikely. The first donation in an effort like that would go to the Mayor, not just one of the councilmembers. I think you've been seeing too many black helicopters and Tri-Lateral Commission members and CIA listening devices in your dreams.

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  2. "Are you saying the Luck was buying Parker's vote/support in advance by contributing to his campaign?"

    Who said that? Not me....

    Let's take a look at what I did say...

    "Insider information, back-room deals brokered by former Pols?"

    All of that was in the second article FWIW. As was the fact CM Parker was in the loop in regards to the stadium plans.

    Does that mean Luck was trying to "buy his support?" (your words) Nope. But that doesn't mean it doesn't hurt to have a friendly voice on Council. Nothing illegal about that. (It's a little small town, but not illegal) It's a long haul from what I said to what you think I'm saying to fit your belief in some vast Right-wing, anti-government conspiracy that's out to crush the Democratic Party and all of its supporters. (See what I did there?)

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  3. "I think you've been seeing too many black helicopters and Tri-Lateral Commission members and CIA listening devices in your dreams."

    Comment part II: I LOVE it when people who obviously have never read the blog try to jump in late and comment. Whee!

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