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Pasadena Positive

Commentary was watching online folks paying respect to Governor Mark White’s casket in the State Capitol rotunda. I saw my old friend State Rep. Roberto Alonzo (Dallas) chat briefly with former First Lady Linda Gale White. It so happens, late yesterday afternoon, Rep. Alonzo called me and we chatted for nearly an hour catching up and stuff. It was good to hear from him.

Here from the Statesman is a couple of minutes or so video of folks yesterday on Gov. White including Rep. Alonzo who gives me a mention for working for Gov. White: http://video.statesman.com/Former-Texas-Governor-Mark-White-remembered-32816773?playlistId=15517.

Kuffer today has take on who is raising money in the HISD races. Yes, there are races for HISD trustee positions this November. Here is the take: http://offthekuff.com/wp/?p=81709.

Don’t you hate it when folks defend liars when they know they are not telling the truth. That is why I am glad Jeffrey Lord is no longer on CNN. He is four star jerk for sure – adios.

Come on folks! Things are looking a lot better in Pasadena. You know it, so just say it. Here is from Mike Snyder of the Chron:

Jeff Wagner took the oath of office as Pasadena’s mayor on July 1. In a sense, though, it was just this week that he truly emerged as an independent leader.

The moment came not in a rousing speech, but in a news release distributed via email. It landed in my inbox at 9:51 a.m. Wednesday.

“Pasadena mayor plans to bring bus service back to the city,” the headline states. City officials, according to the announcement, are working out details of a plan to resume – and improve on – the service provided by Harris County Transit from 2010 to 2012.

The decision is important for practical and symbolic reasons.

Resuming bus service will help thousands of Pasadena residents get to their jobs, medical appointments and other destinations. It will provide mobility to those without cars and an alternative to others who may find the modest fare ($1 for a single ride) easier on their budgets than paying for gasoline, insurance and maintenance.

But Wagner’s decision also represents a policy break from his predecessor, Johnny Isbell, who’d served as mayor on and off since 1981 but couldn’t seek re-election this year due to term limits. The City Council voted 5 to 3 in October 2012 to end the service, but the council was following the lead of Isbell’s administration.

And this:

Many of the working-class residents of Pasadena’s mostly Latino north side – the people most likely to benefit from bus service – might not have voted for Wagner. His decision to restore the service shows that he is reaching out beyond his base on the city’s more affluent, predominantly Anglo south side.

And this:

City Councilman Cody Ray Wheeler, a Latino who was part of a group that consistently opposed Isbell on contentious issues, told me this week that he remains optimistic about the new administration – even though Wagner, as a councilman, usually sided with Isbell.

Wheeler said the bus service decision was encouraging. He also mentioned the recent announcement of planned improvements to Richey Street on the city’s north side – a project that had languished under Isbell.

But the biggest difference, Wheeler said, is that the new mayor is far more collaborative than his predecessor.

“He doesn’t have his boot heels dug in on everything,” Wheeler said. “I understand we’re not going to get everything we want, but we’re working together.”

Here is the entire read: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/columnists/greater-houston/article/New-Pasadena-mayor-shows-independence-with-bus-11748851.php?t=6b04cf02ed#photo-13192608.

Things are looking positive in Pasadena. Don’t you think?

I am skipping the MLB question again.

The ‘Stros are not playing good baseball these days. I watched last night’s game – sigh. I can’t help but think this may be a ticket jinx. Greed is not good. Was it worth it? We could very well be on our way to lose the AL home field advantage.

48 games left.

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