The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

22 April 2006

Saturday spottings (shiny)

Gloria Berkey has died.

You remember Gloria. She and her husband Jim operated the Trust House Jewelers, first in French Market Mall, later at Wilshire and May. For thirty-five years Jim and Gloria ran the store, and during most of that time they did their own TV spots, always formulaic, always ignored, and obviously not forgotten. Mitchener & Farrand, the store which now occupies the old Trust House space at 2844 West Wilshire, was thoughtful enough to remember Gloria on their sign today.

Farther south, the old KFC just north of 50th, near the Quasi-Super Target, is being redeveloped into something else, though what that something else might be is unclear just now.

Meanwhile, construction on the new Laredo's at Belle Isle reportedly has ground to a halt:

According to a subcontractor of VanHoose Construction, the owner lost a good portion of his backing and was unable to meet his obligation to the general contractor on the job.

The jobsite has been fenced off and construction has ceased.

After the general contractor files suit on the owner, what will most likely follow is foreclosure at which point the property will be up for grabs.

Possible explanation here.

Finally, I met up with Michael Bates today. He was in town for some Republican meetup, and he informed me that Tom Daxon will be taking over the chair of the state GOP, replacing Gary Jones. (Jones, says Bates, may run for State Auditor, a position Daxon held from 1979 to 1983.)

Posted at 6:26 PM to City Scene

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It's been a busy but fun couple of days. Friday was "Oklahoma Day" for my son's grade -- they spent the day at a little farm in the south part of town, reliving the days of early Oklahoma Territory. There was a re-enactment of the 1889 Land Run, comple......[read more]

It turns out the stories about Tom Daxon are leaving out some fairly significant recent news.

They do mention, however, that Jones is running for State Auditor & Inspector, so that's decided.

Posted by: Matt at 10:43 AM on 23 April 2006

This is a good sign: instead of accumulating baggage as he goes, he starts out with some. :)

The vote, said Mr Bates, was far from unanimous, so I think it's safe to say that at least some of the pols in attendance were aware of this.

Posted by: CGHill at 10:53 AM on 23 April 2006

I still have no real idea why naught but KTEN (Ardmore-Ada) in this state seems to have mentioned it. The Oklahoman surely knew of it if Frosty Troy did.

Posted by: Matt at 1:28 PM on 23 April 2006

I think most of the State Committee members were aware of the lawsuit, even those who voted for Daxon.

Frosty Troy (quoted in the entry that Matt links) doesn't seem to know how to read court decisions. Here is the 10th Circuit's ruling. There hasn't been a ruling on the merits of the case at any level. Daxon and Bode sought a summary judgment in their favor based on a defense of "qualified immunity." That request was denied by the 10th Circuit, which means that the trial will go forward.

A motion for summary judgment says even if everything the other side alleges is true, there's really nothing here for a court to decide. The 10th Circuit's ruling in this case is that there is too something for a court to decide, but they certainly have not "found that Daxon harassed Pamela D. Fye," as Frosty Troy claimed.

Posted by: Michael Bates at 5:34 PM on 23 April 2006

I'm not sure what I messed up in that last comment, but there was supposed to be a link to the 10th Circuit ruling.

Posted by: Michael Bates at 9:30 PM on 23 April 2006