A reader who attended last night's Fix Wilson Yard fundraiser/progress report writes:
As best as I can recall,
- The "Sunshine Ordinance" has its roots in the FWY lawsuit. A serious sign of progress.
- The FWY team will be filing a preliminary injunction to halt further construction. The PI is different from the temporary restraining order (TRO) filed previously, since the PI requires an indication of success in the suit, not the indication of success AND proof of irreparable harm.
- Holsten got the TRO stifled via pleading to the judge that the construction must go on, in short, to keep construction workers employed in a down market.
- Holsten is continuing construction at his own risk. Just because we see construction going on doesn't mean that the cause is lost.
- If the FWY lawsuit is successful, the plaintiffs will be allowed to dictate the future of the WY site. FWY requests that people submit their ideas of what they'd like to see on that site. So far, the mixed/market rate housing is popular.
- Shiller is using the same WY strategy from the Maryville Academy site. If FWY is successful, Maryville development will be subject to those results.
- FWY is highly confident in their chances, but need more $$$!!
- FWY legal costs include paying for research (the city dumped huge amounts of paperwork on FWY and FWY needs people to review), travel, and reimbursing expert witnesses/testimony.
- FWY has raised (an astounding) $75,000; but forecast their needs to be close to $150,000.
- People could support FWY's cause by engaging the media via social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. All of the major media outlets have a twitter/facebook presence. Media won't give FWY any attention unless they believe that there is a strong public interest.
- Also, use the "contact us" links on media website to communicate with them. The more people approach the media, the higher the likelihood of them taking action.
- While Shiller is resistant to making public appearances, she is dutiful in showing up to court and sitting with the City and Holsten.
- May 19th is the date of the next court ruling to decide on Holsten's request that the suit be dismissed.