Archive for March 20th, 2013

Graci Garces, candidate for Houston City Council, District I filed her campaign treasurer designation recently.  Her treasurer is former State Representative Diana Davila Martinez – outstanding!

I was at City Hall recently to check out those candidates who have filed treasurers.  Here they are and in some cases I listed their treasurer.  I am not going list the incumbents that are running who do not have opponents.

District A (incumbent Helena Brown):  Ron Hale, Amy Peck, and Brenda Stardig PAC.

District D:  Keith Caldwell, Travis McGee, Georgia Provost with Alan Helfman as her treasurer, and Nicole Richards with David Mincberg as her treasurer.

District I: Robert Gallegos, and Ben Mendez with my friend Edgar Colon as his treasurer – oh, Edgar!

At-Large 3:  Chris Carmona, Roland Chavez with former Sen. Mario Gallegos’ Chief of Staff Mary Ann Carrion as his treasurer, Michael Kubosh, Roy Morales, and Jenifer Pool.

Dwight Boykins’ treasurer is former Mayor Lee P. Brown but the form doesn’t say what position he’s seeking.

The same goes for Rogene Calvert.

Brent Gordon has a treasurer for an At-Large race but the position is not listed.

William Frazer is running for Controller and his treasurer is the CPA to the stars.

Don Cook has a treasurer and he’s running for mayor.

Ben Hall’s treasurer is Rev. Bill Lawson and All for Hall has a treasurer – former Judge Alvin Zimmerman.

That is the line-up so far.

In today’s Chron sports Section there is a feature on ‘Stro catcher Jason Castro who was picked in the first round of the 2008 MLB Amateur Player Draft.  Name the fellow 2008 first round pick who also has a MLB MVP Award.

Peter Gammons of MLB TV thinks the ‘Stros will be the b___h of the AL West.  Check out his tweets:

If I’m an ALE or ALC owner, Houston’s plan to have no payroll, lose,get the 1-2 pick 4 years in a row and still steal revenue-sharing $–


may guarantee 3 teams in the AL West win 90 games and make the playoffs, and spit on the integrity of the sport. Fellow big market teams who


have payrolls under $40M should 1.not get revenue-sharing and 2. be out of the protected pick business. Rewarding trying to lose is wrong

It is hard to argue against.

The Rodeo and Texans read Commentary.  They put out a study that says how much it really costs to demolish the Dome.   If the Rodeo and Texans want it demolished – why not?

From Chron.com:

The Houston Texans and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo have commissioned a study showing it would cost $29 million to demolish the Reliant Astrodome and build a 1,600-space parking lot, less than half what consultants hired by the Harris County Sports and Convention Corp. estimated it would cost to tear down the aging sports facility last year.

The most recent cost estimate to tear down the 9.14-acre structure and build a plaza in its place was $64 million, cited in a report released last year by consultants hired by the Sports Corporation, which runs Reliant Park. A 2010 study said demolition, asbestos removal and construction of a plaza would cost $78 million.

The county still owes about $30 million in construction debt on the stadium, which has not housed a sports team for more than a decade and was declared unsuitable for occupancy in 2009.

Rodeo Chief Operating Officer Leroy Shafer said the two prime tenants of Reliant Park are not recommending demolition, but wanted to calculate a low-cost option to present to Harris County Commissioner’s Court for consideration.

Sure Leroy, we believe you – yuk, yuk!

Giants’ catcher Buster Posey of course won last year’s NL MVP Award and was drafted in the first round in 2008 by the Giants.

I wonder what the owner of the ‘Stros thinks about Peter Gammons.


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