The common knowledge was that Kent Donahue was fired as developer before the "new" Bayside was presented. If he was no longer involved in Bayside, how could he be sued? Furthermore, if he was being sued, it would be easy to think he must be part of the "bait and switch."
One of Kent Donahue's companies, Bayside Land Partners, has a proprietary interest in Bayside, the development. The other partner was Bayside District Partners. I have never read the partnership agreement, therefore I don't know the particulars. However, it is reasonable to conclude that Donahue's company did not have the clout in the partnership to combat his dismissal as the developer. That muscle belonged to the other partner, Bayside District Partners. However, even though Donahue was dismissed as developer, it did not extinguish any portion of ownership of Bayside. The ownership remained intact.
Therefore, when Rowlett sued the owners of Bayside, they had to sue ALL the owners, including Donahue's company. Even though Donahue was not a part of the "bait and switch" his company still had a proprietary interest. Clearly, that interest wasn't sufficient to protect him from dismissal.
The problems with Bayside did not materialize until AFTER Donahue's departure as a managing partner. But, his company still had to be sued as an owner of some (unknown) degree.
Since Donahue's company was mentioned in the lawsuit, it would be easy to conclude he was guilty of some wrong doing. That has a reflection on his character if the situation is not understood. Then, the FACEBOOK INTELLECTS flood the social media with unsavory and untrue insinuations. Folks, that ain't fair. It's piling on when you don't even know what you're talking about.
That situation is happening now in Rockwall. Donahue is petitioning the City Council for a rezoning that would allow a higher density on a piece of residential land. I have read some Facebook strings whereby it is implied that his character is suspect because of Bayside. Apparently, Rockwall has FACEBOOK INTELLECTS just like Rowlett.
I'm all for punishing the guilty, but not the innocent. Once again, know what you're talking about before shooting off your mouth. It's a sign of good character. No one is perfect, including me, but I try to understand the facts before offering an opinion. If I screw up, it isn't because I didn't try to ferret out the facts.