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"Deep Throat" Exposes Gang of Five!
by David Stanowski
26 May 2013


Thursday’s article in the GCDN, “Attorney's memo outlines possible challenges to public housing” revealed the presence of a local “Deep Throat”, and created waves of speculation as to the identity of the source and their motive for leaking. Just as the original “Deep Throat” exposed wrongdoing in the Nixon administration, the local incarnation exposed a deceptive plan to build north of Broadway while resisting building scattered sites in other parts of the City.

Voters well remember that six of the seven Councilmembers pledged to end the City’s practice of acting as a reservation of segregated poverty for the entire County, and replace it with a countywide opportunity-based Public Housing plan that would give residents a legitimate chance to escape from poverty.

Voters watched
in disbelief as four of the six made absolutely no effort to fight the Conciliation Agreement, in order to implement the new plan, using the excuse that the threat to City funding was just too frightening to keep their promises and do the right thing.
 


However, the leaked memo provides new evidence that the Gang of Five on City Council may be willing to “resist” (not fight) the building of the scattered sites after they gladly rebuild Cedar Terrace and Magnolia. This may seem totally inconsistent, but here is why it might make sense to them:

The “local advocates” want the “developments” built in these locations, so HUD, the GLO, and the Austin advocates are happy to play along, and at least some local voters don’t care.

On the other hand, the scattered sites are slated to be built in the City’s better neighborhoods. The Gang of Five realizes that as sites are selected, it will create a fire storm of resistance, which will damage their future political aspirations. Therefore, they believe that if they can find a way to stop the scattered sites, even after they rebuild Cedar Terrace and Magnolia, most voters will forgive them for their broken campaign promises.

However, a source tells us that the Gang of Five has no intention of actually filling a lawsuit to stop the scattered sites; they merely hope to drag things out until interest in building them fades away. We see little chance of that happening, but many politicians live in a world of delusion and delay; “kicking the can down the road”.

     

Building public housing back in the City’s poverty-stricken minority neighborhoods and resisting and delaying building in more affluent White neighborhoods is the worst kind of intentional discrimination; exactly what the voters wanted this Council to end.

Voters should be very grateful that someone has finally had the courage to expose what the Gang of Five is planning which is why they have over reacted to the leak. We can only hope that more leaks are forthcoming! Sunlight is always the best disinfectant!

The Gang of Five will likely become even more defensive and paranoid as this scandal unfolds. They have already called a special meeting designed to attack the GCDN and to hire a “special prosecutor” to go after “Deep Throat”.

Is this open and transparent government?
 
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