Archive for March 16th, 2015

A Quorum

When Dante and I get together, we always end up talking about the latest on the flat screen. This past Saturday he told me I ought to be checking out “The Jinx.” What do I know?

It looks like Luis Valbuena could be our Opening Day starting third baseman. Name the three Colt 45s/’Stros players that were our Opening Day starting third basemen from 1962-1980?

Here is a Commentary tweet from last Friday morning:

Marc Campos @MarcCommentary • Mar 13
Ten Council Members show up so they have a quorum for Special Called Council Meeting. #pensionreforms #HouNews pic.twitter.com/dHlVftbuUK

To me, that’s the headline from last Friday. I really didn’t know if they would get a quorum. (Attended: Council Members C.O. Bradford, Ellen Cohen, Stephen Costello, Jerry Davis, Robert Gallegos, Michael Kubosh, Dave Martin, Oliver Pennington, David Robinson, and Brenda Stardig.)

Here is the headline from Chron.com on the meeting:

City Council maneuver falls short of vote on firefighter pension

Lack of quorum at end of unusual meeting prevents any vote on deal reached by mayor

Here is the headline from the hard copy of the Chron:

City Council’s fire pension tactic falls short

The headlines suggest that the meeting failed to produce a vote of some sort against the pension deal so it wasn’t a success. Well a vote was not cast but I think those that called for the meeting got something accomplished. The meeting received media coverage. The issue was further discussed. A GOP State Senator showed up and spoke and stayed for the entire meeting. This is from the Chron story:

State Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston, who addressed the council Friday, praised the gathering as a long-overdue discussion of the city’s pension problem. He said the lack of a vote will not stop him from taking the message back to Austin that most members present appeared to oppose the plan.

“That somebody used a parliamentary procedure to prevent a vote, it doesn’t diminish one iota the message,” Bettencourt said. “It’s clearly obvious there’s not a consensus in the city for this agreement.”

Well Sen. Bettencourt got something out of the meeting.

Here is the entire Chron article:

Friday’s meeting didn’t produce any winners or losers. This issue will continue to be discussed and debated. It is not going away – that is for sure.

The U.S. House Speaker said over the weekend that the House will investigate Hillary Clinton’s emails. I guess somebody forgot to tell the Speaker that when it comes to Congress investigating the Clintons, the Clintons own the scoreboard.

Bob Aspromonte (1962-1968), Doug Rader (1969-1975), and Enos Cabell (1976-1980) were our Opening Day starting third basemen from 1962-1980 of course.

Craig Biggio, Jose Altuve, Dallas Keuchel, Chris Carter, and George Springer are on this season’s tickets. On the weekend that Biggio gets honored at The Yard, he won’t be on any of the tickets – DRATS!

Opening Day is three weeks from today!

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