So, that Lone Star Auto Services hearing in front of the Permit and License Appeal Board down at City Hall got a late start -- 10:30, more or less. And it's expected to last a good hunk of the day. But, fret not, we've got a special Unfair Park correspondent covering the proceedings -- and it's someone with a profoundly deep interest in the subject of illegal towing, Barking Dog Avi Adelman. And not only will he provide us with a wrap-up whenever the shindig breaks, but he's also rolling video. Why, of course he is. --Robert Wilonsky
Update at 4:30 p.m.: Poor Avi. On his own, he decided to attend today's Permit and License Appeal Board hearing -- then wound up being taken hostage, as a 10:30 a.m. meeting's gone six hours thus far with no end in sight. Nonetheless, Avi reports back, the board says it will vote on Lone Star's fate today. What's happened so far? Not much and plenty: Lone Star's attorney, James Mosser, has pretty much told the board, over and over, that the city and state do not have the right to regulate towing companies -- their towing fees, their storage fees, you name it. The city and the state rep on hand disagree, but of course. And however this goes, Avi says he's heard several times during the course of the day that this'll wind up in state court, mark his bark ... pardon, words.