What Did Sheffie Know?
Although, this blog has always been dedicated to the topic of shale gas drilling, in recent weeks the topic of the environment has been front page news. So when we recently went down to Dallas City Hall to do an open records inspection of the Dallas City Council to look for meetings with industry and their lobbyists, we happened upon something that raised more than a few eyebrows.
As you know, the Winfrey Point story of how the Dallas Arboretum wants to pave over a prairie and build a parking garage has many talking about who knew what, and when. The Arboretum says that there were never plans to build a parking garage. Well, that statement proved false when a group of area residents file an FOI form to find out that yes, there plans to build a multi story parking garage.
The Arboretum has even hired Merrie Spaeth of Spaeth Communications to handle the task of making sure the public gets one message while, the parking garage moves forward and yet ‘under the radar’. Spaeth made headlines in 2004 with her Swift Boat Campaign against John Kerry.
As of this morning, the Arboretum has announced that there are no plans to mow the prairie. CLICK HERE
So it was with great surprise, that while looking over the calendars of the City Council this morning that we find that Council member Sheffie Kadane has been meeting several times about parking at the Arboretum.
This is what we saw……………..
November 3, 2011
Meet with Brinegar, Steve Coke, Gerald Worrall, Scott Manus -Re Arboretum neighborhood parking.
March 20, 2012
Meeting with Brinegar, Ed Valentine, Merrie Spaeth- Re; Arboretum; Merrie Spaeth’s office