Thursday, July 23, 2009

Taking the "affordable" out of Housing

"Affordable housing" is a silly, meaningless term that politicians love to use so they can appear big hearted with the taxpayer's money. Apparently a former Dallas Mayor thought it meant the developer could afford to pay a bribe.

Developer Brian Potashnik told jurors in the Dallas City Hall public corruption trial Wednesday that he was guilty of "crossing a line" and that he felt pressure from former Mayor Pro Tem Don Hill to pay bribes to ensure that his affordable-housing projects were approved.

In highly anticipated testimony, Potashnik said he was unaware that Sheila Farrington was Hill's mistress when he agreed to Hill's suggestion that he hire her as a $14,000-a-month consultant on his development projects.

Hill and Farrington have since married and are both defendants in the case. Hill, his wife and Hill's appointee to the city plan commission, D'Angelo Lee, are all accused of soliciting money from Potashnik and another developer.