Archive for December, 2010

CEWDEM stirred things up a bit by putting out photos of newly reappointed Port Commissioner Janiece Longoria’s victory reception, blah, blah, blah, blah. 

On a related note, preliminary discussions are underway to get key H-Town Latino leaders better organized and united on matters like the Port Commission for next year’s city elections.  Candidates seeking Latino support will be closely scrutinized to see if they will support the Latino community on maintaining representation on major boards and commissions like the Port.  The preliminary plan is to see a more aggressive Latino community.   A few key Latino leaders have mentioned that Latinos didn’t push back hard enough or punched back on the latest assault on our politics.  Stay tuned!

Speaking of, the H-Town Mayor had a shakeup of her staff.  Her finance director is out.  Her deputy chief of staff is headed back to the campaign.  

Here’s from Chris Moran of the Chron on the naming rights for the Downtown Soccer Stadium:

The Dynamo controls the naming rights to the soccer stadium they’ll build for $76 million per a deal approved Thursday by the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority. But with those rights come responsibilities:

* The team cannot name the stadium without Sports Authority approval if the name "would reasonably cause embarrassment or disparagement to the Sports Authority, the City or Harris County (including names containing racial epithets, barbarisms, obscenities or profanity, names relating to any sexually oriented business or names containing overt political reference)."

* Other naming no-nos: Any business name connected to gambling or firearms.

* Texas first: The stadium’s name may not mention Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Colorado, Arizona or Mississippi.

* Still more verboten terms: Any Texas county name other than Harris, or any city of more than 200,000 people within 700 miles of Houston (whether that city is in Texas or another state).

Speaking of naming rights, of the Top 10 Fortune 500 Companies, how many have their name slapped on a Major League Baseball Stadium?

The U.S. of A. got the old snub in the bid to get the World Cup.  What else is new!

I wonder if the local Dem Party purifiers will give the once over to the Dems pictured at my good friend Janiece Longoria’s reception.

Commentary will drop in on Nene’s and Steve’s Holiday Party tomorrow night at Hotel ZaZa and mingle with H-Town’s key players.

Only one  of course as AT&T comes in at number 7 on the Fortune 500 list and AT&T Park is home to the World Serious Champs San Francisco Giants. 

Alyson’s Footnotes has a good take on why Jeff Bagwell should be selected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in early January.  Check it out.   That’s all I have from The Yard.


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My pal Bill King has another take in today’s Chron on the City of H-Town finances.  Check it out:  http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/outlook/7320003.html.  Bill’s takes always drives the lefties bonkers.  They can’t stand that he has a forum to give out his takes every Thursday.  Of course, Bill has been talking about the City’s finances for a couple of years now.  He’s probably studied them more than most folks in H-Town aside from those that work at City Hall in the Finance Department or Controller’s Office.

 There is a front page story in today’s Chron on the H-Town PD having to cut $15 mil.  Check it out:   http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7320081.html.  The H-Town Mayor says that public safety won’t take a hit.  If that’s the case, why were we spending that $15 mil to begin with?

 With the City of H-Town and the Lone Star State facing major budget problems, Commentary is not going to get in the business of telling folks where to cut spending or how to raise revenue.   However, anyone that starts handing out opinions on our local and state government budget woes please lay out how you would fix things and that includes my pal Bill.

 Let me know where you would slash and burn.  Let me know if you will freeze pay raises.  Let me know if you are going to increase my car inspection fee.  Let me know if you want trash pick-up to be once every two weeks.  Let me know if you want to raise my property taxes or create a state income tax.  Let me know what libraries will close.

 Back in 2003, the ‘Stros threw the six pitcher no-no against the Yankees in Old Yankee Stadium.  Who pitched the last no-no before that one for the ‘Stros? 

 There is another take out there in cyberspace about the Latino voter turnout and mentions Latino consultants.  For the record, Commentary has not been retained to help with turning out of the Latino vote since 2002, so don’t blame me.

 Old Hutch closed her office door to The DREAMERS yesterday.  Check out the Chron column on their effort yesterday:  http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/falkenberg/7320191.html.

 The late Darryl Kile of course pitched a no-no against the Mets at the Dome on September 8, 1993.  Darryl was born 42 years ago today left us way too soon and his number 57 hangs at The Yard.

 The ‘Stros signed possible starter number 5 Nelson Figueroa to a one-year deal yesterday and that’s all I have from The Yard.

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There isn’t a whole lot you can say about a 44 vote loss out of 2,063 folks that went to the polls in the HISD Trustee District VIII run-off.  Of course there is a whole lot you can say about a 44 vote loss but what is the point other than congrats to the other side.

 I’m sure Commentary’s critics will just pile on so go on ahead.

 Lessons learned for sure.  It was close though.

 This Baseball Hall of Famer was inducted into the Hall as a skipper in 1983 and only had one at-bat as a Major Leaguer in 1936.  Who am I talking about?

 Speaking of elections, a story in today’s Chron can have some folks thinking that the City of H-Town is looking to forget about the fact that the voters said no to the red light cameras last month.  Check it out:

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7318259.html.  I don’t know about that.  I would think that the City would want to get in front of the voters and take down the cameras.  The City needs to do a better job of ‘splaining their latest moves in court.

 Walter Alston of course had a three strike at-bat back in 1936 as a Cardinal against the Cubbies.   Walter Alston was a long time Dodger skipper from 1954-1976 who won four World Seriouses.  Walter Alston is no longer with us and was born 99 years ago today. 

 The ‘Stros signed Quintero to a one-year deal and that’s all I have from The Yard.

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