the Controversial Committee Report
“We don’t raise sacred cows...we just butcher them.”
"Vacuuming Free Bucks"
If a picture is worth a 1,000 words, then this will be a short report. While long on substance, the picture fits with happenings in the realm of QueenB VD.
For those suffering from PADD (Political Attention Deficit Disorder), Joe Mapes use to be a constant critic of the council when it came to budget expenditures. Nearly every month, he was at the podium ranting about excesses, genuine community needs and wasteful spending on the council’s part. Yes, that was Joe Mapes in the "old" days.
Today, Joe Mapes may have traded-in his conservative-entrepreneurship principles and ranting before the council to become one of the crony capitalist hanging on QueenB VDs robes.
He is a director of the "dark money" fund established by Irving Opportunity Council. Those are the folks who just spent $8,951 in the run off election and designated Phil Riddle as the office holder benefitting.
Additionally, Mapes was one of the three partners with Marvin Randle and Oscar Ward for the now defunct Whistle Stop development in ‘beautiful downtown Irving.’ Before being derailed, the original proposal, for the venture, was poised to seek over a million bucks from the Economic Development funds of the city.
(The city’s Economic Development funds are appropriated from General Fund tax collections.)
And now, it seems, Mapes has availed himself of some "free" tax bucks from the Economic Development fund to improve and enhance his personal business interest. $25,000 to be exact...at this time. (see picture)
Yes, those who pledge fealty to the queen might see once closed doors opened without squeaking. After all, QueenB VD has a remarkable gift of wanting to ensure her Sugar Daddy donors, special interest concerns and single source developers are well provided for.
In a time when south Irving doesn't have a recreation center, citizens should be impressed and amazed at all the clean cars driving around south Irving...partially funded at tax payer’s expense.