Archive for October 5th, 2010

KHOU (Channel 11)/BELO released a poll last night that has Guv Dude leading the Former H-Town Mayor 50% to 36%.  If these numbers are true, then you have to admit that Dude is running a good campaign.  The Lone Star State is facing a $20 bil budget deficit.  In today’s Chron there is a front page story about the state running way low on highway construction funds.  College tuition has shot through the roof.  ISDs throughout the state are hurting for funding and Dude is still ahead? Again, you have to admit that his campaign has pushed the right buttons.   Let’s just hope that maybe all of the recent polls have been dead wrong.

Oh, I forgot to mention.  Dude also has a huge cash advantage – ouch!
Check out the poll story here.

Hunter Pence had the most RBIs for the ‘Stros this season with 91.  When was the last time a ‘Stro led the team in RBIs with less than 100?

HISD Trustee, District VIII candidate Judith Cruz picked up a key endorsement this morning.  See the following press release.


Houston Business-Education Coalition PAC (HBEC)

Endorses Judith Cruz for Fall HISD Election

(Houston)—The Houston Business-Education Coalition (HBEC) is pleased to announce that it has endorsed Judith Cruz in the special election November 2nd to fill the vacancy for District 8 of the Board of the Houston Independent School District (HISD). 

"We have considered responses to a detailed questionnaire by the candidates," said Jonathan Day, HBEC PAC Chair.  "Based on these responses, we have concluded that Judith Cruz is the most qualified candidate.  She joined Teach For America after college and has more than eight years of teaching at-risk students in public schools.  We believe that the HISD Board can benefit from this experience in teaching English as a second language and special education.  Judith and her family have deep roots in the East End and their oldest child is already enrolled in an HISD neighborhood school.  We are very proud to endorse Judith Cruz." 

HBEC is comprised of 14 business and professional leaders who are vitally interested in the quality of the leadership on the HISD Board.  Members of the HBEC PAC are:

James Calaway – President, Calaway Interests LLC

Jonathan Day – Of Counsel, Andrews Kurth LLP

Larry Kellner – Chairman and CEO, Emerald Creek Group

Ramon Manning – CEO, Partners Energy Group

Sherea McKenzie – Executive Director, Joint City/County Commission on Children

Gasper Mir – Principal, MFR P.C.

Rod Paige – Former Secretary of Education & Former Superintendent of HISD

Adrian Patterson – Associate, Fulbright & Jaworski LLP

Gracie Saenz – Attorney

Douglas M. Selman – R&D VP, (Retired)

Michael Treviño – Reputation Management Associates

Lori Vetters – Principal, MFR P.C.

Jim Windham – Windham Capital

Don Woo – President,  Mission Constructors

About Judith Cruz


George Washington University – Washington, D.C. (Master of Arts in Bilingual Education, August 2002)

University of Texas – Austin, Texas (Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies, May 1999)

Certified in teaching English as a Second Language and Special Education

Eight years of experience in public schools working with at-risk youth

National Council of Teachers of English, National Association of Bilingual Education


"I will hold schools accountable for high standards to close the achievement gap so our children are prepared for college.  We must have more creative solutions for reducing the dropout rate and make sure our students have the skills they need in the workplace."

I send my son to Lantrip Elementary, my neighborhood school.  The school, the faculty and staff are welcoming, supportive, and challenge students–including my son who’s in kindergarten.  I know not every HISD school is like this.  Schools need to be competitive and attract parents.  Good schools make good neighborhoods.  Good neighborhoods make good communities.  Parents shouldn’t have to leave their zip code to have a strong school."

About Houston Business-Education Coalition (PAC)

HBEC is committed to supporting candidates for school board positions who demonstrate the leadership to improve student academic performance.  HBEC is also committed to creating support in the community for significant changes that are required in Houston’s public schools.

Not bad at all if you ask me.

In 1995 of course, Jeff Bagwell lead the team with 87 RBIs.  Because of the players’ strike, we only played 144 games that year and Bagwell also got hurt that year and missed about 30 games or so.  This season is the first in Minute Maid Park history that a ‘Stros player didn’t get at least 100 RBIs.

When we open the season in Philly next April, we will probably go up against a reigning Cy Young Award winner just like we did in our opener this season.  I’m talking about Roy Halladay.  I don’t know about that!


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