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REVISED – BREAKING NEWS!

HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL THIS MORNING FAILED TO ADOPT THE TERM LIMITS REVIEW COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION.  THE MOTION FAILED ON A 7-7 VOTE.

MAYOR PARKER, CMS STARDIG, JOHNSON, ADAMS, SULLIVAN, HOANG, AND PENNIGTON VOTED FOR.

CMS CLUTTERBUCK, GONZALEZ, RODRIGUEZ, COSTELLO, LOVELL, NOREIGA, AND BRADFORD VOTED NO.

CM JONES WAS ABSENT.  END OF STORY FOR NOW!

At yesterday’s HISD Forum for potential candidates for the vacant Trustee position in District VIII, the last question asked was “if the Board does not appoint and calls for an election, will you run?”  Here is out they answered.

Judith A. Cruz – “absolutely willing to run a campaign.”

 

Dionicio Vidal “D.V. Sonny” Flores – “would consider running.”

 

Dorothy M. Olmos – “I will run.”

 

Adolfo Santos – “No.”

 

Peter Schwethelm  – “will run and run in 2011.”

 

Juliet K. Stipeche – “will wait until the Board decides.”

 

Nelly E. Garza-White – “will consider.”

 

Ann Ziker – “don’t know but I will consider.”

Here’s the Chron story on the forum.

Cruz was the only candidate to address the gathering in Spanish.

About 100 folks attended including HISD staff, community activists, teacher groups, and a couple or so business leaders.

From the Chron piece:

Trustee Manuel Rodríguez Jr., the other board member to vote for the election, did attend the forum. He said he would support an appointment if there were a consensus in the community.

 

Commentary hasn’t heard of any community consensus and the Board of Trustees will make a decision Thursday (tomorrow).

Happy Birthday to Jake Rodriguez today!

Mets pitcher Johan Santana is from Venezuela.  He pitched 8 innings against the ‘Stros last night.  Johan signed his first professional baseball contract in 1995.  Which MLB team first signed him up?

The Chron’s E=Board weighed in pretty good on the Renew Houston deal. Check it out.

Here’s the tough part from the editorial:

However, before endorsing the plan, we would like to see how much the actual program would cost, and how it would differentiate between properties with a large percentage of green space and trees that absorb runoff, and heavily developed parcels mostly covered by pavement and buildings. Should the low-income owner of a lot in a sparsely developed area pay the same fee as one with the same square footage valued at millions of dollars in upscale neighborhoods inside the Loop? Should public service nonprofits and schools and churches be exempt from the fee?

What will be the mechanism for deciding which street repair and drainage projects get fixed first? Historically, the infrastructure in poorer, minority neighborhoods in Houston has been neglected as more politically connected communities received higher priority. How can voters be assured that will not happen again?

The ‘Stros of course signed Johan Santana in 1995 but lost him in the Rule 5 Draft in 1999 and the rest is history.

The H-Town City Council will take up the Term Limits Review Commission recommendation today.

The anti red light camera folks turned in around 30,000 petition signatures.  So far 14,000 out of 16,000 have been verified.  Stay tuned!

By the way, Johan Santana gets about $20 mil per season but that didn’t stop Hunter Pence from hitting two dingers off him yesterday and four RBIs and that was enough for a 4-3 victory.  Commentary had to endure nine innings of sitting by obnoxious Mets fans last night and I hope that isn’t the case this evening. 

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