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You want lawsuits? We got lawsuits! Exceptions (d) of the Citys RFP WITH In addition to 4-Bs suit against (Request for Proposals): No oral The Scooter Store for the return statement of any person shall of nearly $4 million in economic modify or otherwise change development funds, STOPs or affect the terms, conditions, case seeking an overturn of the or specifications stated in the disposable container ban, and RFP or the resulting contract. District One Councilman Richard That means that Council couldnt Zapatas action against the City for change stuff with their mouths. Always the release of City Manager emails, two more a good policy. high-profile cases were filed last week. There was this item too, under section You may have already heard about the 1.8 SPECIALITY EQUIPMENT: Must have one aimed at Scooter Store founder Doug wrecker capable of towing 12-yard tandem Harrison, so well get to that one later. What dump loaded (50,000 GVW) and all other you likely havent heard about, unless you equipment needed to right an over turned big follow us on Facebook, is the suit filed against rig or an 18 wheeler. And yes, that emphasis Mayor Gale Pospisil and New Braunfels Police on Must have wrecker was in the RFP. They Chief Tom Wibert for acting without legal meant business on this one. authority regarding the Citys action on the Until they didnt. new towing contract, which was to eliminate The suit alleges that at the time the the previous vendor rotation system in favor contract was awarded, none of the four of a single contractor model, but didnt. companies that got it had that equipment. Interim City Manager Robert Camareno and Or, for that matter, the land required to store Purchasing Manager Mary Quinones are also at least 100 vehicles, as the RFP required. named as defendants. Comal Towing did. JJs and Pro Care would The issue facing the court isnt the single have arranged to comply had they known the vendor system. Its that the bidding process rules were up for grabs. But nobody could demanded certain criteria be met, and then, have seen that coming. This, boys and girls, at the last minute, after the bids were in, the is where lawsuits come from. City made wholesale changes to that criteria We were at the meeting when the contract - verbally and on the fly - selecting multiple was awarded we saw the verbal change companies for the work rather than one. And take place. Why the City Attorney doesnt stop those companies, the suit alleges, didnt meet Council when its about to do something like the terms of the initial bid. This is much like this is baffling. My lawyers stop me from doing checking everyones Lotto numbers and then stupid stuff all the time. In fact, thats the most pulling selected numbers out of the ball before important part of their job. the drawing. Not exactly, but Im sure you get As for the Doug Harrison lawsuit, the point. #gamerigged well, it looks like former Scooter Store Heres the problem with four companies employees are turning on the man that was being selected rather than just one: Two of the once able to convince them to sacrifice plaintiffs, the owners of JJs Towing and Pro Care for the greater good. Wrecker Service, did not submit bids for the GOOD SOLID ADVICE: It should be noted contract, because they didnt think they could that when somebody with more than what reasonably handle 100% of the work. Had they you have asks you to sacrifice, they really known the contract would be split four ways, they mean they want you to give something up would have certainly submitted a bid. The third so they can either a) keep more of what they and final plaintiff, the owner of Comal Towing, have, or b) get more of what they want. The did submit a bid, but structured it to conform with correct response to someone who has more the terms of the original deal. Had he known than you, and who asks that you sacrifice, is: those terms were to change, he would have bid You first. Then get back to me when we have differently. As one might imagine. equal shares. Youll find they never quite give Then there was this damning phrase, enough away to match you. right there in Section VIII, ELEMENTS OF Continued on next page. CONTRACT, paragraph 5, Agreement; TXCITIZEN.COM

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Continued from previous page. Doug Harrisons 8,400 square foot house, 7,000+ square feet of barns and stables, full sized tennis court and pool clocks in at a value $1,734,500, per the County Tax Assessor, while the average home of the people he asked to sacrific does not. At issue is the current value of The Scooter Store Employee Stock Ownership Plan, or ESOP, of which the nearly 3,000 plaintiffs in the case have no idea. The ESOP was the plan that compensated Store employees with stock in the company, to make them feel like employee-owners. In 2008, it was worth $36.9 million. At the end of 2011, it was worth $7.5 million. Ouch. Like we said, nobody is saying what its worth now, but after an FBI raid and a bankruptcy filing, well, its probably not much. Harrison responded to the suit on social media with the following quote. As weve said before, this guy is good. Very, very good. He manages to say its not his fault, that he feels bad for everybody, and, as a coup de grce, puts the blame for the losses not on Store executives, but places it firmly on the heads of the people bringing the suit. Remember cult rules dictate that if someone holds the leader responsible, that someone is actually hurting you, and only because they are such a sad, little person, whom we should all pity. Anyway, heres what Doug had to say:

I know that you have all been deeply affected by the recent sad events at The Scooter Store and that you have many more questions than answers. I am considering the possibility of hosting a town hall meeting like we used to have in the good ole days . I cannot officially speak for the company, and I might not have answers to all of your questions, but I would be happy to share with you anything that I can. If you are interested, please post a comment to this message and I will pursue further. Last, but not least, while I believe that this misguided lawsuit has a very high probability of having a negative impact on your receipt of proceeds from your ESOP account, please do not hold this personally against the people involved. I can only assume that - like many of the rest of us - they are hurt, scared, and simply looking for answers. I will continue to reach out to them and Ive already spoken to their attorney to help answer many of their incorrect assumptions. Sincerely, Doug.
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Hello friends, family and fellow employee-owners, By now you are probably aware that a few of our former employee-owners have filed a lawsuit against The Scooter Store, almost everyone involved with our ESOP, and me. While the people involved have voiced numerous complaints, the primary one seems to be their false belief that I cashed out some of my equity in the business during the investment from Sun. For the record, that is completely untrue.

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Uncle Esel, Why is the city spending money to work on sidewalks in downtown? I live on the West End and the sidewalks my kids have to walk on are in horrible shape, and thats where there are sidewalks. In most places there are no sidewalks. Help Us, Melissa
Dear Melissa, The city spent thousands on consultants who made recommendations on the sidewalks, and then the city spent thousands to get specific recommendation on the sidewalks, then the city will spend thousands on engineering the sidewalks. Then they have to come up with the money to actually do the construction. Are you with me so far? The thinking is that sidewalks in the downtown bring in business (which they can) and increase foot traffic thereby creating stronger business environments and, get this, (its important), they generate more tax revenue. Its a sound thought process except for the part about the city also destroying opportunities to create stronger business environments downtown when they also vote down issues because they dont want their friends having to worry about competition or because they dont care for a particular person. This just sends a strong message to people trying to create a downtown business: Dont bother. As for your sidewalks, well, how do you expect to compete when you dont create revenue for the city? I mean if the new sidewalk came with a couple of new restaurants, a snowcone stand and some bail bond companies, then maybe you could get a study requested. Or not. To be fair, the city has at times begged the state or feds to give them money to create sidewalks in neighborhoods, but theyve never hired anyone to create a three inch thick binder on the subject, so those dollars are few and far in between. In reality, in many places like here, the property owner is responsible for their portion of sidewalk on their property but in the public right of way. We dont deal with this much or enforce it, but in the cold states, it is a crime to not shovel snow of the sidewalk in front of your home or to repair it if it is broken. Perhaps if we just required people to have and maintain the sidewalks on their property, then these businesses who profit from the sidewalks would pay for their own and keep them up instead of yet another case of re-distribution of our money. Problem is, that would mean that friends of certain officials would have to pay some of their money for that and we cant have that. Love, K Dear Satyaprakash There has been a lot of talk and allegations about the fact that the former CEO and family got out of the family business and then it falls like some house of cards with talk of fraud and FBI raids followed by the destruction of the lives of over 1500 people from massive layoffs (another lawsuit). I dont suppose a jury could spare much sympathy for those unemployed and penniless 1500 people and their allegation that a former CEO who lives in a multi-million dollar MEGA, MEGA mansion and takes vacations while that house of cards crumbles, after all arent juries made up of millionaires? No, you say? Well then maybe there is something for the former CEO to worry about. You know, sometimes the Securities and Exchange Commission has a problem with these sort of things and we all know what they did to poor Martha Stewart, and she didnt even get around to defrauding Medicare like the Scooter Store did. Do I smell a minimum-security barbwired resort in someones future? By the way, I find it most ironic that you ask this question and your names meaning is the light of truth. Love, K

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Uncle Esel, I didnt see you change your picture on Facebook to support gay marriage. are you against that? Out and Proud, Jose
Dear Jose, I havent been on Facebook much lately and at my age, I dont even remember how to change the picture anyway. I have always been opposed to discrimination of gays and lesbians and I support their right to be treated the same as anyone else. I was always fine with extending benefits to life partners much like heterosexual couples who were common-law married. The only thing I can absolutely say on gay marriage is that it should be up to the states to decide their own issues and not the federal government. I think those boneheads make enough of a mess for us and I wish they would butt out of this idea that they have to define every moral code in this country. I say stand up for equality, ask for what you believe in and let us decide locally. You know the Esel family had two ancestors, both named Hamlin who lived as a gay married couple. Sadly they have no descendants. It is also being reported as I write this column that the first NBA player to come out as gay will be featured in the new Sports Illustrated. Reports say Jason Collins has come out and the impact of a veteran who has played on many teams with many, many players will be quite interesting to watch. Love, K

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Like most everyone else, I imagine, I have governmental terrorism, to the argument that been caught up in the coverage of the Boston Israeli reprisals for terrorist attacks are terrorism Marathon bombing. Under no circumstances is themselves. In both cases, one could make a this an event over which to make political hay, legitimate argument that these actions were but the coverage of the bombing brought into poorly planned or even offensively callous, but focus two issues that I feel are worth talking it would simply be inaccurate to say that they about. In both cases, the issues are something targeted innocent civilians. we will have to come to grips with since our country will continue to face attacks like this. Similarly, other groups twist the definition of terrorism to fit their own ends. Both the Aurora, At the same time, I am concerned that we might go too far. In the Boston terror bombing, we have a suspect who is an American citizen, and like it or not, he has rights. We cant allow the government too much leeway, or well find ourselves with no rights at all. I now believe I made a mistake in supporting the passage of the Patriot Act. Like many others, I was convinced that it was needed. In many cases it was, but it has certainly been abused since its passage, and it hasnt solved our terrorism problem. I still support the idea of fighting terrorists and those who support them vigorously. Outside of our borders or when dealing with non-citizens, terrorism should be a foreign policy or even a military issue. That means that terrorists we catch should be treated as enemy combatants. They cant expect to receive the same legal treatment as American citizens. And when we are dealing with nations that support terrorists or sponsor terrorism, it should be clear to them that the consequences will be severe. Such acts are tantamount to war. Terrorists that have citizenship, however, need to be afforded their rights, with one glaring exception. Our government should withhold contact with any legal representation until such time that its convinced that any useful intelligence has been collected. As a trade-off, no evidence collected in such a manner should be available to prosecute the suspect, and the government should be held civilly liable in case where suspects are later found innocent. This would hopefully deter abuses. Interrogation will not be a means by which the government can avoid fair legal proceedings since any information gained will be inadmissible in court. It should also make the government wary about scooping up suspects with dubious evidence since false imprisonment charges would be almost certain to follow. I offer these ideas only as my own. As a nation we are going to have to begin creating a template for dealing with terrorism. The first step has to be a clear and carefully worded definition. The second should be a careful consideration of how we will treat terrorists. I think its time that we recognize that this is something we will need to deal with for some time to come.

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The first issue is that we dont seem to Colorado, and Sandy Hook, Connecticut, have a fixed understanding of the definition shootings have been called terrorism by some. of terrorism. Classically, terrorism is defined In these cases, innocent civilians are targeted, as the use of terror as a means to promote a but there is no discernible political motive to political agenda. But thats not how we have be found. Being crazy doesnt prevent you come to understand it in recent history. If it from having political motivations (Charles was, then we would have to agree that almost Manson for example), but being insane is all military action is terrorism. After all, are not hardly a political perspective. Alternatively, most military operations designed to terrify there are cases where clear political motives someone? And, isnt war just a particularly are ignored to avoid labeling the action as aggressive means of accomplishing what are terrorism - the most blatant example being the usually political goals? Most of us, instead, accept a slightly Fort Hood workplace violence. The definition of terror is important

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