Tonight the HISD Board Trustees will consider putting a $1.89 bil bond proposal on the ballot. According to the Chron last night, a few Trustees are still considering how they will vote. In a Chron Op-Ed today, some elected and non-elected officials representing Latino constituencies (Cong. Gene Green, State Sen. Mario Gallegos, State Reps.. Ana Hernandez Luna, and Armando Walle, and former County Commissioner Sylvia Garcia) expressed their concerns. Here is a part:
The revised bond proposal being considered today, conceived as an improvement from the original HISD proposal, has the same issues of shortchanging high-need/high-growth areas.
However, questions remain unanswered on how decisions were made in creating this bond proposal, and they must be answered before we can support this referendum. Ultimately, HISD voters can hold the bond proposal and the district accountable for how it meets the duties of fairness and giving our children the highest opportunities to succeed.
The Chron’s Ericka Mellon has a scorecard of sorts on the Trustees:
If you’re counting votes, here’s what the trustees have told me.
*Expected yes votes: Harvin Moore said last week he was in favor of the bond. Larry Marshall said Monday he was a strong supporter. (Paula) Harris agreed.
*Uncommitted, with some more easily swayed than others:
Rhonda Skillern-Jones said last week she was leaning toward voting yes but said Wednesday that she’s still not sold. (Mike) Lunceford repeated that he’s unsure but planned to meet with (Supt. Terry) Grier Thursday morning.
Manuel Rodriguez Jr. said Wednesday that he wants to support the bond and let voters decide but he’s worried about the distribution of funds. Asked for specifics, he said, “It’s just too much to get into.”
Juliet Stipeche has been among the most vocal critics, particularly concerned that her alma mater, the High School for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, is not included and upset that revisions to Grier’s initial plan downsized some schools in her east-side district.
Greg Meyers, the lone HISD trustee to vote against the 2007 bond plan, expressed concerns last week, asking for more detail. He’s not prone to support a tax increase.
Anna Eastman said Monday that she falls in the “concerned” camp.
Three-time Beach Volleyball Olympic Gold Medalist Misty May-Treanor’s hubby Matt Treanor wears the Dodger Blue as their back-up catcher. Name the only time Matt Treanor has seen post season action?
HCC Trustees will also vote today on putting $425 mil worth of bonds on the ballot. The bonds are being opposed by Alief ISD. Check this from the Chron:
The proposed allocation for westside construction does not sit well with some groups in Alief, which was annexed by HCC’s taxing district four years ago.
The Alief ISD board of trustees and the Alief Super Neighborhood Council passed resolutions opposing the bond proposal, saying HCC has failed to complete projects promised under the annexation agreement. The groups said the $10 million allocated for the Alief campus in the bond proposal is insufficient.
FYI: Four years ago Commentary was one of the consultants working on the HCC annexation of Alief ISD.
Two members of the H-Town City Council (Oliver Pennington and Mike Sullivan) look like they will oppose the $410 mil city bond proposal according to the Chron.
What about CM Helena Brown?
Speaking of, CM Brown got some E-Board run yesterday.
Matt Treanor of course was the back-up catcher for the Rangers in 2010 and saw action in the ALDC, ALCS, and World Serious of course. If you ask me I think it is pretty cool to be able to say that your wife works in a bikini.
Another one run loss last night that we should have won in front of 16 thousand and change.