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Onward

Name the pitcher who started the most games for the ‘Stros this past season?

Now this is certainly well deserved:

EMILY’s List‏Verified account @emilyslist 18h18 hours ago

@RepAlvarado145 is a tough, effective fighter for women & families with deep Houston roots. Whether she’s improving economic opportunity, public health, or public education, she’s a rising star & we’re thrilled to be working with her as she continues to run for higher office.

Nice. Moving onward for sure.

How about this:

EricaGrieder‏Verified account @EricaGrieder 13h13 hours ago

PSA: After a lot of conversations with both Ds and Rs this week…I think Texas is gonna turn blue in 2018. #txlege

I wonder if her twitter account was hacked? We will see.

This is not a very good idea and not so good public policy. It looks like someone is dropping the ball on this. You would think residents, property owners, and other stakeholders would be consulted.  Check this from the Chron:

Houston transit officials moved forward Thursday with a proposal to use a slice of a downtown bus depot for a homeless shelter, leaving much of the contentious debate for city council members.

Residents and business owners close to the proposed site along McKee and Buffalo Bayou vehemently opposed the plan in comments to the Metropolitan Transit Authority board. Many said they only learned about it in the past few days. They also cited crime and property value concerns, along with the sense that Metro was rushing ahead. 

Board chairwoman Carrin Patman, pushed for the approval Thursday citing the need to proceed in “deference to the city.” Patman said transit officials have the same safety questions, and feel they are addressed.

And this:

Citing the opposition of the local residents, Metro board member Jim Robinson opposed the plan, as did Lisa Castaneda. Patman and board members Lex Frieden, Sanjay Ramabhadran and Christof Spieler approved the proposal.

And this:

 Board members avoided debating the merits of the project.

“Fundamentally it feels to me this board is not the appropriate solution for homeless challenges,” Spieler said. “I think it is important for these concerns to be heard and the appropriate venue is city council.”

Here is the entire read: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Homeless-shelter-plan-for-Metro-spot-takes-step-12430849.php.

The METRO Board member seems to be speaking out of both sides of his piehole. If you don’t think METRO should be part of the solution, then don’t hand over the property. We are not dumbarses, you know!

Go on ahead and listen to Peggy Lee’s “Is That All There Is?” and read the following from the Chron:

In 16 years no employee in the Texas Senate has reported a formal sexual harassment complaint with the Secretary of Senate, the office that is supposed to handle such issues.

While some might take that to mean the Senate’s stated zero tolerance approach on the issue has prevented any problems, others are questioning why potential victims don’t feel comfortable reporting inappropriate behavior they experience or are witnessing.

“It seems odd to me,” Sen. Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston, said during a hearing on the topic on Thursday.

Garcia was more blunt after the hearing, saying zero complaints in 16 years doesn’t jive with reality.

“Those numbers don’t reflect what is really going on out there,” she said.

Here is the entire read: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/texas/article/Sexual-harassment-policies-in-Texas-Capitol-12431405.php.

What is going on? Oh, well!

Mike Fiers of course led the team with 28 starts as pitcher. Fiers is now with the Tigers.

There will be a royal wedding on May 19 and I will probably be at The Yard as we host one of Joe Smith’s, yes Joe Smith’s, former teams – Cleveland, for a 3 pm start.

Christmas Day is 10 days away.

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