Houston Firefighters’ Union Claims City Is Refusing to Verify Petition for Equal Pay (Houston Press):
The April petition that’s apparently standing in the way of the firefighters’ equal-pay initiative is problematic for several reasons, Lancton claims. The petition was filed by the outside political group Texans For Local Control — which is based in Austin, according to campaign finance records — and it pushes for 401(k)-style pension reform. The problem with that, argues former city attorney David Feldman, who now represents the firefighters union, is that the Legislature already passed Mayor Turner’s pension-reform solution during the regular session, thus making this petition moot.
Feldman said the state, not city governments, has the final say on pension policies — which makes it highly unlikely that even if Texans for Local Control’s petition was verified by August 21, placed on the ballot and approved by voters, it would even matter much. That’s because the Legislature would then need to tackle Houston pension reform all over again after this year’s long slog working with Turner and the city to address it.
New court documents allege money was laundered to help David Fuentes win a seat on the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court.
The legal papers, filed Wednesday morning by Houston Attorney Cris Feldman, accuse Weslaco Personal Injury lawyer Ezequiel Reyna Jr. of laundering cold cash through Fuentes’ personal checking account in his 2016 Commissioners Court. Reyna is Fuentes’ uncle.
A.C. Cuellar was Hidalgo County Commissioner from 2012 through 2016 until David Fuentes won a hard-fought Democratic primary in March. Fuentes loaned his own campaign $400,000, but there is evidence the money was illegally funneled to Fuentes.
“This is sadly the latest chapter in a sordid history of unscrupulous campaign tactics in the history of Rio Grande Valley politics”, says Houston Attorney Cris Feldman. “The buck literally stops here with today’s court filing.”
The new lawsuit accuses Fuentes of failing to report tens of thousands of dollars in contributions and expenditures, part of his scheme to violate Texas election law. Reyna has been joined as a Defendant in the uncle/nephew conspiracy to secretly influence the March 1, 2016 Democratic Primary.
Harris County State District Judge Kristen Hawkins has issued a temporary injunction against operators of the White Oak Music Hall.
The order, signed late Wednesday, agrees that neighbors of the noisy 5-acre mosh pit have been besieged with unreasonable noise from amplified concerts, and have shown a probable right of recovery at a scheduled trial in May of this year.
White Oak has been put on a tight leash. Judge Hawkins will only allow two amplified shows of any kind at the outside concert venue, and will require White Oak to install sound monitors and make weekly reports to the Court if sound readings exceed the City of Houston ordinance.
“This is a victory for the families in three Houston neighborhoods, and it should be a wakeup call for the City of Houston to stand with families who simply want silent nights”, says Cris Feldman, the Houston Attorney with the Feldman and Feldman law firm who fought to stop the horrible noise.
The White Oak Music Hall concerts have prompted hundreds of complaints to police and three upcoming criminal trials for violations of the City of Houston sound ordinance.
“It is time that the Turner administration join with the children who are forced to live near this mosh pit to stop the outdoor noise for good”, says Feldman. “We will be prepared to take this case to trial, and seek one million dollars in damages for these families.”
A news conference is being planned for Thursday morning at 11:00 AM outside White Oak Music Hall.
A hearing in Harris County civil court began Thursday morning, in which a judge must decide whether or not to grant a temporary injunction to stop all concerts at the White Oak Music Hall, until the end of a trial regarding a lawsuit filed by a group of residents who say the venue creates too much noise.
Families from three Houston neighborhoods spent Sunday in the frigid cold raising money for the legal fight against the developers of the outdoor White Oak Music Hall.
Monday morning at 10:30 a.m., Houston Attorney Cris Feldman will join neighborhood representatives on the steps of the Harris County Civil Courthouse to address the media.
Harris County District Court Judge Michael Gomez signed a Temporary Restraining Order against the outdoor music venues Friday, but imposed a $7,500 bond to enforce the silent nights, at least until a January 12 Court hearing.
Santa Claus joined the neighborhood Sunday for a garage and bake sale to begin raising the money for the legal fight ahead. The $7,500 for the bond was raised and children will join Feldman to pay the money to the District Clerk.
Feldman will call on Mayor Turner to yank permits for an outdoor permanent stage. “It is time for the Mayor to choose,” says Feldman. “Will he stand with the children who just want a good night’s sleep, or with the greedy developers who put an outdoor concert hall in the middle of established working class neighborhoods.”
HOUSTON ATTORNEY CRIS FELDMAN WILL APPEAR IN A HARRIS COUNTY COURTROOM THIS AFTERNOON AT 3:00 PM TO ASK A JUDGE TO STOP OUTDOOR CONCERTS AT THE WHITE OAK MUSIC HALL VENUES.
WEDNESDAY, RESIDENTS OF THE NEAR NORTHSIDE NEIGHBORHOODS OF GLEN PARK, WOODLAND HEIGHTS AND THE HISTORIC NEAR NORTHSIDE FILED SUIT AGAINST THE OPERATORS OF WHITE OAK MUSIC HALL AFTER MONTHS OF DEAFENING NOISE FROM THE CONCERTS AT THE VENUE, NOISE THAT HAS SOME CHILDREN IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD CRYING.
‘The noise must stop, says Feldman. “Hundreds of families, some with challenged children, have had their lives turned upside down by the constant amplified noise and thumping bass at this outdoor concert hall, says Cris Feldman. “The City of Houston should have never allowed this to happen. We will fight to stop this public nuisance in the courtroom.”
THE TEMPORARY RETRAINING ORDER HEARING WILL BE HELD IN THE COURT OF THE HONOROBLE MICHAEL GOMEZ DISTRICT COURT 129.
CRIS FELDMAN WILL BE AVAILABLE AFTER THE HEARING TO TALK TO THE MEDIA
“The noise must stop. Hundreds of families, some with challenged children, have had their lives turned upside down by the constant amplified noise and thumping bass at this outdoor concert hall, says Cris Feldman. “The City of Houston should have never allowed this to happen. We will fight to stop this public nuisance in the courtroom.”
Residents of the Near Northside Neighborhoods of Glen Park, Woodland Heights, and the historic Near Northside filed suit against the operators of White Oak Music Hall after months of deafening noise from the concerts at the venue; noise that has some children in the neighborhood crying.
Several Galveston Bay Oyster Companies and Fishermen are filing a federal civil rights lawsuit Monday Morning alleging their Constitutional rights have been violated by an illegal conspiracy of the Chambers Liberty County Navigation District board members to secretly help one company, Jeri’s Seafood, take control of Galveston Bay.
Hannah Reef, Inc, Shrimps R Us, Inc., Ivo Slabic and Michael Ivic are represented by Houston Attorneys Cris and Dave Feldman. Feldman and Feldman have led the charge on behalf of Texans to preserve Galveston Bay for all oyster fishermen. A Galveston State District Judge has already declared the lease illegal.
In 2014, after secret meetings, the Navigation District leased 23,000 acres of Galveston Bay to a company called S.T.O.R.M. run by a local Judge Tracy Woody and his politically powerful relative, the late Ben Nelson.
The lease was executed at the shocking price of 1.50 cents an acre. On average, a single fresh oyster costs $1.75 in Houston.
S.T.O.R.M. then issued trespass notices and harassed boats trying to harvest oysters for companies with legitimate leases authorized by the State of Texas.
“There was a conspiracy to pull off a back-room deal for this oyster land grab, and now, for the first time, we will hold individual members of the CLCND financially responsible for the damages suffered by these hardworking Texas families, says Attorney Cris Feldman.
Houston Attorney Cris Feldman has been hired to battle that important political campaign case making headlines in the Rio Grande Valley.
Feldman & Feldman has filed suit on behalf of Hidalgo County Precinct 1 County Commissioner A.C. Cueller, detailing evidence his opponent David Fuentes failed to disclose numerous campaign contributions and expenditures.
Cris Feldman is known across the state for his work on election issues.
In the firms 12th story conference room, Houston Attorney Cris Feldman focuses on the rest of the battle after a major victory in the historic legal battle over oyster rights in Galveston Bay.
Feldman used state records over several decades old to prove fishing rights belong to all Texans.
After Feldman’s constitutional arguments, Galveston State District Judge Lonnie Cox voided the controversial lease that created the firestorm along the Texas Coast. The ruling makes it clear the Chambers Liberty County Navigation District had no right to lease 23,000 acres of Galveston Bay bottom to a company called S.T.O.R.M.
“For two years this illegal lease has added to the heartaches of the good people who make their livelihood harvesting for oysters. Good people have been hurt. Their life’s work threatened. Judge Cox delivered justice for the People of Texas”, says Cris Feldman, partner in the Feldman and Feldman law firm. “We are elated to restore the people’s right to Galveston Bay.”
Feldman will now seek legal fees and pursue financial damages for oyster fishermen who were threatened with trespassing charges if they entered the area.
“This lease was born out of a corrupt process, and even victory cannot recover the damage done to the oyster industry in Galveston Bay”, says Feldman. “For the last two years, oyster companies have been kept from transplanting oysters for public safety, or from investing in reefs. The damage will be felt for years.”
Feldman is readying for the next court battle in December in the oyster fight, but Lisa Halili of Prestige Oyster says the firm has already delivered a miracle.
“When I took on the fight against S.T.O.R.M. I asked God to put the right people in my life for the right reason. We trusted Cris to lead the fight for right. We all owe him a tremendous debt.”