As you know, shortly after the Renew Houston proposition passed last fall, the usual suspects led by Paul Bettencourt filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn the result on the grounds that they believed the voters were too stupid to know what they had just voted for. That lawsuit was dismissed on summary judgment in May. After Mayor Parker’s announcement in June that the city had underestimated what the fee would need to be for many households, the plaintiffs tried again, claiming that this admission vindicated their claims. The judge didn’t buy it.
Plaintiffs attorney Andy Taylor and City Attorney David Feldman squared off in front of [District Judge Buddie] Hahn this morning, and the judge immediately ruled in favor of the city.
Taylor said afterward he would consult with his clients to see if they want to appeal Hahn’s decision.
Feldman said that if they do, “They’re beating a dead horse. This is just wasting the taxpayers’ time and money.”
Cue the sad trombone. I hope this is the end of it, but with these guys I sure wouldn’t count on it.