Archive for October 22nd, 2015

After 3 Days of EV

Again, I am not going to make much of an analysis. I will just lay out some of the numbers.

After three days in 2013, Holy Rosary had voted 203, after three days this year, Moody has 487 – 140% increase.

Ripley after three in 2013 had 233, after yesterday, 379 – a 62% increase.

HCC Southeast 373 and 439 – 18% increase.

Acres Homes, 421 and 909 – +116%.

Kashmere, 345 and 474 – +37%.

Palm Center, 631 and 887 – +41%.

Clear Lake, 647 and 1201 – +87%

Kingwood, 533 and 1722 – +223%.

Mendenhall, 835 and 1700 – +104%.

West Gray, 1553 and 2422 – +60%.

Don’t focus on the total votes. Focus on the percentage increase. Interesting, don’t you think?

The Mets are back in the World Serious after sweeping the Cubbies last night in the NLCS. When they last made it to the Serious in 2000, who did they beat in the NLCS that year to get to the Serious?

Like I said, it was Commentary’s birthday yesterday and I got some congrats, so thanks. Best line goes to my client and friend Karla Cisneros who told me “next year you get The Beatles song.” Oh, no!

The lead story in today’s Chron is about the City of H-Town’s revenue cap and property taxes. For the past few years, some folks at City Hall have been griping about the revenue cap. Here is from today’s Chron:

Mayor Annise Parker lamented the $20 million the city was not allowed to collect during its last budget year and the estimated $112 million it will not collect during the current fiscal year, as compared to the cap never having taken effect. Driven largely by rising pension costs and a spike in city debt payments, a $126 million deficit is projected for the budget a new mayor must compile next summer.

“This is a huge problem,” Parker said. “When you have the extreme pressures of burgeoning pension costs and caps on revenue – pension costs are going up a whole lot faster than 4.5 percent. It puts the city in even more of a squeeze than we’ve experienced in the past.”

Councilman Dwight Boykins, who represents south Houston, has spoken forcefully in favor of lifting the revenue cap, saying his residents demand services far more than they demand keeping a few extra dollars.

“We have to be able to provide public safety, trash services and improving the quality of life through parks, through infrastructure, and we cannot do it by continuing to go down this path,” he said. “This is ridiculous. This revenue cap is hindering and will continue to hinder the future of this city.”

Go get you a Chron if you want to read the rest.

If the revenue cap is that big of a deal at City Hall, why didn’t they put in on the ballot and ask H-Town voters to repeal the darn thing?

Here is the roll call of the mail hitting here at my place yesterday: HCDP for Prop 1, MJ Khan, Ellen Cohen, and State Prop 7.

In 2000, the Mets beat San Luis in five to take the NLCS of course.

I don’t have anything from The Yard this morning.

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