The City has given the Esperanza legal team another reason to take them to court. They also may have screwed up a great redevelopment deal for the East Side.
Under the leadership of City Manager Sheryl Sculley and City Attorney Michael Bernard, the City has shown a steely resolve to defend its authority and power. The lawsuit over the radically redesigned 2007 Broadway-Hildebrand drainage project is at the Texas Supreme Court. It took several lawsuits, including a case out of Dallas that eventually ended up at the state Supreme Court, to prompt it to dial back its aggressive dangerous-structure demolition program.
Under the leadership of Graciela Sanchez and attorney Amy Kastely, the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center has shown an equal determination to challenge that power, and a gift for identifying questions of fundamental importance to democratic society in our city’s daily grind: Can the City deny arts funding based on content alone? To what extent can government limit citizens’ rights to assemble and demonstrate?
COSA and the Esperanza legal team are headed to court again, this time over the City’s decision to sell a small, scruffy plot on Cherry Street to Eugene Simor, owner of Alamo Beer. Simor, who turned 50 Thursday, celebrated with a public party at Backstage Live, but his genial frat-boy joie de vivre was tempered somewhat by a press conference announcing the lawsuit.