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Commentary has said it before. The folks that are running the H-Town Mayoral campaigns are all pretty smart folks so I guess they know when to make announcements and when to get into full campaign mode. Of course you still have to deal with the headlines and the issues like the one on the front page of today’s Chron on the county jail. Here is the headline: Two jailers indicted in case involving inmate’s filthy cell.

And then this from article:

The indictment comes as Sheriff Adrian Garcia prepares for an expected mayoral run, and where his stewardship of the facility – one of the largest in Texas – could become an issue in the campaign.

Yeah, you kind of have to agree. This case sounds messy and you never know how it will end. Here is the entire story: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Two-Harris-jailers-indicted-in-case-involving-6185171.php.

Timing is timing and issues are issues. Channel 26 also put out a story on the Sheriff and campaigning. Here is a bit:

But there’s also a price exacted for remaining in office and running a sort of shadow campaign. For Garcia, cash, the life-blood of any successful run, is in short supply for a contest that will likely cost well north of $1 million to win.

“Every day that you don’t announce that’s less money that you raise and that’s less of a campaign that you can put together,” said Mustafa Tameez, a Fox 26 political commentator.

But political analyst (Chairman of Political Science at Rice University, Mark)Jones believes the Sheriff, unlike his competition, can afford to wait a month or two longer and still raise big money.

As for the threat of losing support among influential Hispanics, Jones says rivalry driven defection among Latino leaders has become the norm.

“I think there are quite a large number of Hispanic political elites in Houston who believe if they can’t be Mayor or someone in their faction can’t be mayor I think they would prefer that a non-Latino be mayor,” said Jones.

Now that is an interesting take by Professor Jones on H-Town Latino political elitism.

Commentary’s take on no announcement to date is pretty simple. The longer you wait, the less time you have to say “please consider voting for me.”

Here is the entire Channel 26 story: http://www.myfoxhouston.com/story/28744861/houston-mayoral-race-why-is-garcia-waiting.

Monday night’s 2-0 win was only the second Opening Day shutout win for the ‘Stros in our history. When did we throw our first Opening Day shutout?

I got this response yesterday on my take on the latest Uber stuff:

I can’t find in any of the links to this story why this Uber driver getting registered with the City would have prevented this rape. Are you and the Chronicle suggesting that he would have not passed the City background check? If that is true then that is a big deal, otherwise people are just “playing off of someone’s suffering” for a I told you so moment that doesn’t even make sense.

This is my take from yesterday:

The last thing Commentary wants to do is play off of someone’s suffering. That being said I have never been a fan of the Uber types. They kind of thumbed their noses at the City of H-Town regulations early on. So the following from the Chron isn’t surprising. It is sad and tragic. Here is how it starts:

An Uber driver accused of raping an unconscious female passenger was never permitted by the city and drove for more than two months after the alleged incident, frustrating city officials who worked for months to bring the company into compliance, only to have Uber skirt local rules.

………Uber officials also acknowledged on Monday that many of their drivers do not have a city permit.

The incident drew a strong rebuke from Mayor Annise Parker.

“It is inexcusable that Uber had a driver on the streets and tied to their app who was not registered with the city,” Parker said in a statement. “We are consulting with the city Legal Department to determine appropriate action against the company for this oversight.”

Oh yeah! Well what did you expect? I kind of think the City jumped too quickly into letting these folks operate. I don’t think we were ready to handle this and the Chron article kind of confirms this. It is like we are now trying to catch up to something that we intentionally let out of the bag if you know what I mean. How can it be inexcusable when we handed them the excuse?

Here is the entire Chron article: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/transportation/article/Uber-driver-accused-of-rape-not-permitted-by-city-6182503.php.

Look! I don’t do Uber and I don’t have the Uber app. All I have is Yellow Cab’s phone number. I do know that you can’t use an Uber driver unless the Uber driver is in the Uber system. And a driver can’t be in the Uber system unless the Uber folks let you in. If a driver is not in the Uber system then folks can’t access the driver – got it! And according to the Chron yesterday, Uber says a lot folks in their system have not registered with the City. That’s thumbing their nose at the City because they can apparently get away with it because they are Uber – I guess.

Now we find out yesterday that a background check would have made a difference. Here is from today’s Chron:

“When you have a situation where a company comes into the city, operating illegally, and you work with them and they still don’t obey, you’ve got a problem on your hands,” said Michael Kubosh, a city councilman who opposed changing the city’s taxi and limousine code to accommodate ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft.

City officials Tuesday said they were still determining legal options for getting Uber to comply, and how best to enforce regulations on the company’s hundreds – perhaps thousands – of Houston drivers with a handful of regulatory inspectors and available police.

What a mess! What a mess that easily could have been avoided!

Here is today’s Chron article on the mess: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/transportation/article/Uber-driver-accused-of-rape-started-work-after-14-6185045.php?cmpid=btfpm.

I guess you can say that Dave Wilson outsmarted himself. Dude, you have gotten personal with our Mayor so you better have your ducks in a row before you take her on. I don’t understand why you don’t get legal advice on the City of H-Town petition process before you roll in with press in tow. You can’t blame anybody but yourself on this one.

I have to say I am disappointed with the schedule magnets that were handed out on Opening Day. The print is way too small. You can barely read the start times.

On April 3, 2006, the ‘Stros shutout the Fish 1-0 of course.

Tonight is Dollar Dog Night so pardon me if I skip lunch today.

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