Monday, August 19, 2013

CCRs dwT #28: Cooking With Tommy

Dylan sez…
(a short and timely jotting for CCR twits Tweeters)


dwT #28:   The new cook book by city manager Tommy Gonzalez recommends that all city officials deep fry “their young” and serve them with a spicy Chipotle sauce.  It is also noted that “their young” should be dipped in a cornmeal batter seasoned with ground chili peppers for the ultimate culinary results.  

Backstory clue for the information impaired:  In a D Magazine interview* city manager Gonzalez reflected that “they (city officials) need to stop eating their young.”   The comment also pointed out that these same city officials were “leaking out information” concern Irving affairs.  Wow!  After reading the article, we did not find any mention by Gonzalez concerning: Responsibility for the $51 million Heritage District folly of Lubbock developer Delbert McDougal that is now a burden on tax payers; The cronyism of accepting the resignation and then re-hiring ex-fire chief Molina for an unlisted and unadvertised position at an annual salary of $161,000 for ‘grant-fiction’ writing; Having sporting event ducats placed under his front door mat provided by a vendor doing business with the city; Having a sporting event ticket-provider hired as a consultant for another firm doing contract work for the city; Overseeing a business firm’s tax abatement passage for a company that previously provided sporting event tickets; Utilizing city staff to obtain tickets and hotel accommodations from outside parties for family vacations; Important city information suddenly “disappearing” from his BlackBerry when requested by the DMN (hard for him to leak info when it ‘disappears’); Unaudited Entertainment Center expenses approved by “unnamed city officials” totaling $4 million; The duplicitous and near conspiratorial relationship between the city manager and the chamber of commerce president that funneled $600,000 Texas Stadium sign revenue to the chamber for leasing a Cowboys Stadium suite (this was in addition to the dole already provided to the chamber); Questionable payment of chamber of commerce expenses with city funds; The law suit against the city that characterizes the city manager as being responsible for the collapse of the Entertainment Center project; City documents that were identified as not available, but later appeared when the issue was pressed for explanation by the council; Criminal complaint documents filed with the Dallas County District Attorney’s office; Not providing the council with accurate documentation or complete funding details on city manager ‘special’ projects; The questionable results provided from the millions spent on the consultant contract with Dean International.  Simmer all these ingredients together and you’ll have a nice serving of Gonzalez Mulligan Stew.  Cost per serving: $500,000+/year.

*  ref:  D Magazine, FrontBurner, Glenn Hunter, 08-19-13

A note from counsel: Some “tweets” from Dylan Westie have been injected with fabricated nouns, verbs, adjectives, conjunctions, adverbs, modifiers and maybe a few dangling participles….Mark Holbrook