Commentary has to hand it to H-Town CM Brenda Stardig. She had 175 or so folks including staff and security at the City of H-Town’s Redistricting Town Hall Meeting last night at Oak Forest Elementary. The Mayor ran the meeting. CMs Stardig and Noreiga were there. Once again the super neighborhood and management district folks showed up and stated their case to be kept intact. The Greater Heights area neighborhood once again stated their case to be kept with the Greater Heights. Asian Americans once again said they didn’t want to be split up. Commentary also spoke on Latino representation on City Council.
So far partisanship hasn’t surfaced at the meetings. That is probably a good thing. My pal Yolanda Black Navarro was there and here is what she sent out to Latino leaders last night:
Tonight I attended the District A Meeting at Oak Forest Elementary where over 175 people were in attendance. Of those attendees, there was a handful of Latinos. I saw Marc Campos, Lenora Sorola Pohlman, Hector Carreno, Dr. Adolfo Santos and maybe a few others.
Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 23rd the Redistricting Town Hall Meeting will be held at Houston Community College-Southeast Campus for District I.
If we do not have over 150 people there then shame on us as citizens, business owners, community leaders, and residents. We talk the talk about why we are so underrepresented but our voice is not heard when it needs to be or present when we should be. We cannot talk about adding 2 more seats to City Council, wanting more Latino representation without our presence.
Where are the e mails, calls and engagement from the chambers, management districts, civic clubs, superneighborhoods, et al. to rally around the importance of attendance. Precinct Judges should be making calls and we should all be responsible for good attendance.
Next week on Monday, March 28 there will be a District H meeting at Jeff Davis High School.
I respect you all and share this frustration so we can do better and hope you forward to everyone you can.
Way to go Yolanda!
The City of H-Town Redistricting Town Hall Meetings resume tonight at 6:30 pm at the Learning Hub of the Houston Community College Southeast Campus (District I), 6815 Rustic. Be there!
How many times was B-G-O in an Opening Day starting line-up with the ‘Stros?
Bonus: How many times was B-G-O the lead-off batter in an Opening Day starting line-up?
Now we know why there isn’t an urgency to fully fund public education in the Lone Star State. Check out the following from Chron.com:
The number of non-Hispanic white children attending Texas public schools continues to decline and again reinforces the state’s rapidly shifting demographics.
This school year marks the first time Hispanic children represent a majority (50.2 percent) of the 4.9 million student enrollment, which includes Pre-kindergarten and early childhood education.
There are 218,557 fewer white students in Texas public schools today than 1995-96 when the white student enrollment peaked at 1,756,966, according to Texas Education Agency records. While the white student enrollment keeps declining each year, the Hispanic student enrollment continues to climb.
GOP State Senator Dan Patrick wants to tell the City of H-Town how to implement Rebuild Houston. Commentary worked on Proposition 1 last year. I can’t recall if Sen. Patrick put in his two cents worth back then.
Here’s the Chron piece on what Patrick wants to do.
Patrick wants to exempt churches and schools from paying the Rebuild Houston fee. If that happens, home owners, and commercial property owners will have to cough up more. As far as I’m concerned, the H-Town voters have decided this and now it is up to City Council to do the implementing.
B-G-O started 19 consecutive Opening Days from 1989 to 2007.
B-G-O was lead-off batter on 12 Opening Days.
The Chron’s columnist has a piece today on the 2011 H-Town Mayoral race. I kind of think he is itching for a fight. For now you can only read the piece if you are old school like Commentary and get a hard copy of the newspaper in your front yard.
One week from tonight the Red Sox come to town for a practice game at The Yard.