Archive for January 18th, 2018

People, Not Policy

Just in! Houston didn’t make the cut to get the Amazon City. We get to keep our dignity.  No telling what we would have had to give up.  We are a great city.  We are Ok without this.

Last season, after how many games did the ‘Stros move into first place in the AL West and stay at first place for the rest of the season?

Keeping this issue front and center is important. The work continues.

Dear Friends,

Texas State Representative Carol Alvarado will convene the Urban Affairs Committee to hear invited testimony as well as public testimony regarding short-term and long-term housing needs and related issues resulting from Hurricane Harvey and associated flooding.

You can watch the hearing live HERE

The Urban Affairs Committee will meet in the Houston City Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, Houston City Hall, 901 Bagby Street, Houston, TX on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 9:00 AM.

Keep fighting for the folks in need.

Everyone knows that Rep. Alvarado is my client.

Chron columnist Erica Grieder has a column today on the DREAMers. I kind of have a mixed reaction.

Here is a line from the column:

Still, Congress is the legislative branch of the federal government, not the president’s steno pool. The Democrats who defended Obama’s executive overreach on the basis that they felt strongly about the issue could have anticipated the risk that his successor might also have strong feelings, in addition to a pen and a phone.

Here is the entire column: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/columnists/grieder/article/Dreamers-don-t-need-forgiveness-they-need-and-12505979.php.

Commentary doesn’t consider it an overreach to save the lives of DREAMers. I consider it humane and decisive action.

I am glad that Grieder addresses the DREAMers, but in reading the column it at times sounds like we are discussing public policy and process rather than people, human beings and folks like you and me who believe and love the same things you and I do. The DREAMers are not they, the DREAMers are us. Got it?

Commentary doesn’t like to make fun of how much folks weigh. Dealing with how much you weigh can be a struggle. I have a scale by my bathroom that I get on daily.

Donald Trump says he is 6’3” and weighs 239 pounds. Come on, dude! It deservedly set twitter on fire yesterday and here is an example:

Dori Longino‏ @dorichats 3h3 hours ago


Mike Trout is 6’2” & 235 pounds

Albert Pujols is 6’3″ and 240 pounds

Tim Tebow is 6′ 3″ and weighs 245 pounds

Let me add:

#SpingerDinger is 6’3”, 232 pounds

‘Stros catcher Brian McCann is 6’3”, 235 pounds

Steve Houston sent me the following on the Houston Firefighters versus Sen. Joan Huffman:

It’s interesting to see the Chronicle make Kristin Tassin sound almost like a credible challenger due to the massive donation of special interest money from HFD. They donated $25k out of Ms. Tassin’s $90k as payback against State Senator Huffman for her support of pension reform. Missing from the article is Senator Huffman’s campaign warchest of over half a million dollars or the strength of her incumbency. Short of a miracle, I’m filing this one under wishful thinking by the reporter.

After our 7-2 win over the A’s in Oakland in our 11th game of the season to go to 7 and 4 did the ‘Stros take over the top spot in the AL West and stayed there for the rest of the season of course.

The team asked me yesterday if I wanted my tickets printed this season at $125 per seat. Nope, I am used to using my phone gizmo. I do hope they send me real tickets for Opening Day like they did last season





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