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Archive for December 14th, 2011

HISD Trustee Anna Eastman is trying to become the next Board President and Texas Watchdog has a piece on Anna’s bid.  Check it out here.

One would hope that Anna would get the nod to serve as Board President.  FYI:  Anna is Commentary’s client.  Stay tuned!

The Feds are recommending banning cell phones, hands free, and other electronic devices while driving.  That suits me fine!  Check out the story here.

Of course, as usual, Lone Star State policy makers aren’t willing to embrace this.

This is from State Rep.  Gary Elkins, R-Houston

"There’s just no will in Texas to do that.  I just don’t see it happening.  As far as a statewide ban, I don’t see the Legislature doing it.  The public clearly wants to be able to talk on the phone and drive, and I don’t think we should take that right away from them.”

What else can you say!

Commentary and other prominent MLB observers generally believe that that the First Round of the 1987 MLB Amateur Player Draft produced two future MLB Hall of Fame members.   Who am I talking about?  Hint:  They were picked 1st and 22nd.

From the There Is No Crying at the Port Department, it seems like the Port crybaby, err outgoing CEO didn’t like the rough-and-tumble of politics….awww!  Here is what he said in the Chron today: 

"The frustrating part of it is – and maybe I was a little naive on this, I don’t know – I can see what needs to be done, but I can’t get those things done because of the politics.  I wanted to apply some business techniques, some things I’ve done in the past and been successful at. We’ve done a lot of that, but fighting the constant battle of politics … is just not something I want to do."

Throw this fella a box of Kleenex, please!

Commentary has known Port Commissioner Elyse Lanier for over 20 years and being politically correct isn’t in her DNA.  Here is what she said:

"When you’re in the private sector, you do things differently," (Here) it’s not just politics. You have seven commissioners that want to be involved. We’re here to set policy and I think our opinions have to be considered. There was a point at which that didn’t happen."

On the crybaby’s, errr CEO departure she added: "It’s probably good for him.  It’s probably good for us."

Nice play by Commissioner Lanier.

Of course, Commentary’s good friend, Port Commissioner Janiece Longoria, who is for sure one of the smartest and savviest players in these parts, also gets a way to go!  Here is the Chron piece.

Former State Rep. Al Edwards filed for his old seat again. 

The Chron’s Lisa Falkenberg has a nice column about the principal from Bellaire High trying to ban a Latino food cart vendor from selling his goodies to student during lunch.  We don’t want your stinking chicharrones!

Here is a piece of the column:

Just after 11:30, a smallish street vendor in a ball cap wheels his bicycle to the corner of Maple and South Rice, and opens for business. Minutes later, when lunch begins, students stream from Bellaire’s doors and head in every direction.

Dozens of them cross Maple and head for the food cart, where they order up items outlawed on campus such as Coca-Cola. Other options among the eclectic fare range from rainbow popsicles to chicharrones with lime juice and salsa, to fresh mango.

In the eyes of Principal Tim Salem, this scene around the cart isn’t at all befitting of Bellaire. Last month, he asked the city manager for an ordinance banning such street cart vendors. In seeking the change, Salem argued in a letter that the vendor poses a threat to the "character and quality of the community" of Bellaire.

"Many of the neighbors who live here selected this community because it represents the values, ideals and standard of living that they want for their families," stated Salem’s letter, first reported last week by the Bellaire Examiner. "Allowing street vendors to roam the streets of Bellaire will diminish the reputation of this community and damage the vision that most have of this being a safe and secure environment."
Here is the entire column.

It looks like the City of Bellaire doesn’t think this is a problem.

Here is what the Bellaire City Manager says:

"We got a lot of problems in the world today.  I just can’t see where this is one of them."

It also looks like the Bellaire principal looks kind of stupid.

Future Hall of Fame great Ken Griffey, Jr., was picked #1 in the 1987 MLB Draft and future Hall of Fame great Craig Biggio was picked #22 of course in the same draft.  B-G-O is celebrating his 46th BD today!  Happy Birthday B-G-O!

There is nothing else to report from The Yard.

 

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