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Archive for March 30th, 2011

Commentary attended the City of H-Town’s Redistricting Town Hall Meeting last night at the Acres Home Multi Service Center (District B).  About 125 folks attended including staff, security, and children.  The Mayor and CMs Johnson and Jones were there.

Most of the attendees were African Americans. The Greater Heights neighborhood made another plea to be kept with the Greater Heights.  Commentary spoke again.  A couple of folks complained about the cost of adding two new CMs.  Folks from Acres Home wanted to be kept together.  Folks from the Fifth Ward wanted to be reunited.

The City of H-Town Redistricting Town Hall Meetings take a break tonight and will resume tomorrow (Thursday) at 6:30 pm at the Sharpstown Park Community Center (District F), 6600 Harbor Town Drive.  Be there!

Commentary isn’t going to say nothing about being written up by MLB.com.  Here is how the article starts out:

Baseball fan Marc Campos will have his familiar front-row seat in section 132 down the right-field line at Minute Maid Park for the Astros’ April 8 home opener against the Florida Marlins. After all, it’s slowly become a tradition.

This year will mark Campos’ 21st consecutive year of attending Opening Day for the Astros, a streak that began at the Astrodome in 1991.

"I just kind of think it’s exciting, particularly at Minute Maid Park," said Campos, who owns Campos Communications, a firm that does political consulting and public and government relations. "I enjoy all the hoopla involved with it."

Also included in the article is a photo of Commentary and my dearest buddy Beth Arnold.   Check out the piece from the ‘Stros website here.

Not bad at all if you ask me!

Eleven years ago tonight, The Yard officially opened with the Inaugural Game versus the Yankees.   Commentary has mentioned before that Dwight Gooden was the starting pitcher for the ‘Stros that evening.  Who was the starting pitcher for the Yankees?  Bonus:  Who was the lead-off batter for the Yankees and the first to step up at the plate?

The H-Town City Council is fixing to take up implementing Rebuild Houston today and the opposition is pretty fierce.  First of all, let me say again that Commentary worked to pass Renew Houston, err Proposition 1 last November.  That being said, the opposition is more intense this time around than it was last fall.

They are starting to pull out all the stops and getting private schools and non-profits all riled up.  The public schools and churches are getting some exemptions but I guess that still isn’t good enough.

Those that say that they were faked out by last fall’s ballot language aren’t being genuine.  Hey, if you are a leader in your organization, church, trade association, business group, or political caucus, it is your duty to find out what’s on the ballot and how it impacts you.  Everybody knew this was going to cost us in money.  We talked about a $125 million a year fund.  Where did they think the money was going to come from?  Proposition 1 wasn’t snuck in through the back door.   There was a pretty good debate. 

The fact of the matter is a lot of the opposition was asleep at the wheel and the folks they pay good money to look after their interests were apparently more interested in state and county elections.  Maybe they bought in to the BS that Prop 3 was Ok and Prop 1 was going down the drain.

Since the voters approved Prop 1 back in November, City Council has no choice but to implement.

What will probably happen afterwards is that those that oppose will probably work next year to get the signatures to get it back on the ballot for a vote to repeal in 2012.  Stay tuned!

The Chron’s E-Board weighed in today on Rebuild Houston.    Check it out.

Here is what Hutch had to say about The President and Libya:

"We want to help citizens of oppressed nations help themselves as they fight a despotic government, but the line must be drawn at America leading the effort to topple a dictatorship."

That’s not what you were saying eight or nine years ago.

The Mayor and the firefighters’ pension fund got major run in today’s Chron. 
Check it out.   There is major battle brewing for sure on this one.

The Vegas line on a hung jury for GOP Harris County Commissioner Jerry Eversole is looking pretty good.  That’s probably bad news for a bunch of local architects and engineers as they will have to cough up some more contributions to his campaign that will be used to pay Rusty Hardin for the retrial.  As long as there are road, bridge and park projects in his precinct, the feds won’t be able to wear him down.

Dante and Lucas got to do the weather on Fox 26 this morning – cool!

The Rocket of course was the starting pitcher for the Yankees on March 30, 2000.

Yankees second baseman Chuck Knoblauch of course was the lead-off hitter and drew a walk.

Did I mention that the Red Sox are in town this evening?

 

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