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Courtesy of my friend Hector de Leon, you know which top ten zip codes in Harris County turned out the most Spanish-surnamed voters this past November?

77449 with 7,760 voters. 77449 is the Katy area.

Second highest?

77084 with 6,377. This zip code is next to 77449.

Third is 77009 with 5,369. This is Northside and East of Studemont like Woodland Heights, Norhilll and Montie Beach.

Fourth is 77089 with 5,011. This is off the Gulf Freeway and Sam Houston Tollway.

Fifth is 77093 with 4,833. This is north of the Loop between the Hardy Toll Road and Hirsch Road.

Sixth is 77023 with 4,430. Eastwood area.

Seventh is 77015 with 4,317. This is I-10 E, Federal Road, Cloverleaf area.

Eighth is 77087 with 4,265. The Gulfgate area.

Ninth is 77433 with 4,252. The Cypress area in Northwest Harris County.

And tenth is 77017 with 4,020.   Area bordered by the Gulf Freeway and East Loop that has the Meadowbrook/Allendale neighborhoods around Howard Drive and Park Place areas.

Hector says that “only two of the top ten are inside the loop, four are mostly outside the 610 loop and four are outside the Beltway.”

Now you know.

I wonder if local Dems are working the Katy area?  Just saying.

Texas lost another Latino political legend yesterday. Here is from the Statesman:

John Treviño Jr., Austin’s first Mexican-American City Council member and a longtime force in the community, died at home around noon Tuesday after a short illness. He was 78.

“He was absolutely masterful at getting ‘todo el jugo’ (all the juice) out of each one of the city’s programs and other initiatives,” former Austin Mayor Gus García said. “I will always remember Johnny as the public servant who inspired so many of us to do our best to improve the lives of the people in our great city. We will always be indebted to him.”

After recently deceased Richard Moya’s breakthrough election to the Travis County Commissioners Court in 1970, John Treviño ran for City Council in 1973 but lost. He won in 1975 and served for 13 years.

“It was such a joy when he was first elected,” his niece, Hermelinda Zamarippa, said. “It was as if we had finally arrived.”

He was selected as mayor pro tem in 1978 and served for three months as acting mayor in 1983 after Carole Keeton resigned. Followers were disappointed when he didn’t run for another term in 1988.

“You can walk out,” he said then. “You can be booted out, or you can be carried out.”

In the early 1970s, Moya, Treviño, García and future state Sen. Gonzalo Barrientos were marked by journalists as the “Young Turks” or the “Brown Machine.”

Here is the entire read: http://www.mystatesman.com/news/local/john-trevino-was-1st-mexican-american-austin-city-council/Txr4KKGqazglOibT8zrkyL/.

He will be missed but not forgotten.

A former H-Town mayor has a take in today’s Chron on pension reform. Here is the headline and here is how it starts:

White: Houston’s pension reform bill deserves support

By Bill White

Isn’t it always easier to tell someone else what to do rather than getting one’s own life in order? So it is with various levels of government. Nonetheless, the Texas Legislature should resist the temptation to micromanage Houston city government. It can start by passing intact the bill that gives Houston’s elected officials more flexibility in managing retirement benefits of city employees.

The issue has received plenty of local scrutiny. During the last city election campaign, all major candidates recognized the need to reduce benefits earned for future service in order to reduce the burden of future taxpayers and avoid cuts in essential city services. Those candidates offered a variety of solutions, so it was quite an achievement when a bipartisan City Council voted 16-1 in support of a reform plan.

Houston’s pension problems arose from benefit increases adopted in 2001 and based on flawed projections. I began fighting for reforms during my first months as mayor, in early 2004. Then, as now, no one could undo billions of dollars in obligations that had already become vested. Reforms efforts were also hamstrung by state law that prevents the city from reducing retirement benefits without an agreement by employee-dominated pension boards (for police and civilian municipal employees) or changes in state law (for firefighters.)

With momentum from public support in a May 2004 referendum and consensus on council, we did pare more than $1 billion in estimated unfunded liabilities. In the four years before our 2004 pension reforms, the police and municipal plan liabilities grew by $2.56 billion more than did plan assets; in the next four years, assets grew by $915 million more than did liabilities.

Here is all of Mayor White’s take: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/outlook/article/White-Houston-s-pension-reform-bill-deserves-11050314.php.

There is no MLB question today.

We are 2 zip which is better than zip 2 or 1 and 1. Got it?

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