As predicted, the fallout for the sheriff’s office has been bad following Harris’ death and revelations that Bates had power and privileges based on his financial largesse, favors and friendship with Sheriff Stanley Glanz.
Mayor Dewey Bartlett and other top city officials met privately to try to salvage some type of deal with Simon Property Group, the developer greeted with vocal opposition when it proposed an outlet mall near Turkey Mountain.
During the meeting Thursday, officials discussed how to assure the developer that the city is interested in having a Simon mall in Tulsa and how to make it clear that the city would be willing to help find an alternate location for the project should the proposed site at 61st Street and U.S. 75 fall through.
The group must now collect 5,000 signatures in 45 days supporting a grand jury investigation. Marq Lewis, We The People Oklahoma organizer, said earlier this week he hoped to collect 10,000 signatures.
The Arkansas River Infrastructure Task Force this morning agreed to reduce the scope of a proposed low-water dam package, reducing the cost by about 25 percent.
The latest proposal eliminates park amenities at the four proposed dams and modifies plans for the Bixby dam.