Archive for January 25th, 2018

This Is Funny

How many World Series rings were produced by the four players who were voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame yesterday?

Now I have to say this is funny. I am talking about Channel 13’s Ted Oberg knocking on the office door of the H-Town Mayor’s press secretary and she answers and then closes the door. This is funny.

Check it out here: http://abc13.com/politics/city-press-secretary-has-little-to-say-when-confronted/2985281/.

Drip, drip, drip.

This sounds like a very good proposal. Let’s see how this goes. From today’s Chron:

Mayor Sylvester Turner on Wednesday proposed tightening development rules to strengthen Houston’s defenses against flooding, the city’s first concrete step to change building practices since Hurricane Harvey inundated hundreds of thousands of homes last August.

Turner’s proposed changes would require all new buildings outside the floodplain to be elevated two feet above the ground, and all new construction within the 500-year floodplain to be lifted two feet above the projected flood level during a 500-year storm. Current rules stipulate that buildings be constructed one foot above the flood level in a 100-year storm.

The mayor also intends to make builders redeveloping large parcels of land provide more stormwater detention than city rules currently require.

Here is the entire article: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/houston/article/mayor-turner-flooding-development-rules-harvey-12521357.php.

This is from the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce CEO:

Dear Chamber Partner, 

The Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce continues to do impactful work across the region, state, and country. We serve as the leading regional advocate for the economic and civic interests of the Hispanic business community. Clearly, 2017 was a year our region will never forget. Together, we have remained resilient despite Hurricane Harvey and we have continued to celebrate our World Champion Houston Astros.

We kicked off 2017 by meeting with President Trump’s transition team in Washington D.C. to provide insight into the numerous needs of our community. During our time in D.C., the Chamber advocated for the appointment of qualified Latinos to top government positions, expanded business opportunities for all small business owners and the critical need to provide a legislative solution that will protect the 800,000 DREAMers across the United States. The Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is committed to maintaining a working relationship with the Trump Administration and will continue to hold them accountable on the issues that matter most to our members. 

The preservation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was – and continues to be – a main focus for the Chamber. DACA recipients were brought to the United States and are contributing members to society deserving of legislative protection. In fact, these young men and women are attaining higher levels of education, home ownership, and purchasing power than almost any other demographic group.The economic impact of terminating DACA would result in a $460 billion loss in annual US GDP, more than $6 billion loss in annual GDP for the State of Texas, and a loss of more than $2 billion in annual economic activity in the Greater Houston region (see DACA white paper here).

The Chamber has been an outspoken advocate for DACA recipients and comprehensive immigration for years. In 2017, we authored several editorials, met with countless stakeholders and legislators, and published our first data-focused white paper on the economic impact of the DACA program. We held the first local DACA press conference in Houston upon hearing President Trump’s announcement. The press conference included a wide range of political, business and community leaders. Our advocacy on this issue will continue until a legislative solution is reached in Washington. 

The 85th Session of the Texas Legislature convened in 2017 and the Chamber was at the forefront of the discussion across a broad spectrum of issues. Our advocacy work during the most recent session included testifying before legislative committees on several issues, penning an editorial in opposition of Senate Bill 4 (SB 4) in the Houston Chronicle, meeting with legislators about creating a more business-friendly tax structure, submitting letters of support on behalf of the “Houston Pension Solution” and participating in numerous press conferences, to name a few. 

Most of us will remember 2017 as the year that Hurricane Harvey hit the region and left thousands of Houstonians displaced and countless more left to pick up the pieces. Every Houstonian was impacted by the unprecedented storm and the Chamber was there to help in whatever way it could during our city’s time of need. Immediately following the storm, the Chamber helped disseminate important information and helped displaced members find shelter. The Chamber also worked closely with its partners to coordinate donations and other relief resources for those affected by Harvey. 

In the weeks following Hurricane Harvey, the Chamber played a pivotal role in advocating for increased state and federal funding in response to the hurricane. We were the first entity in the region to publicly call for “Rainy Day Funds”. At our Annual Hispanic Impact Summit, while interviewing Mayor Turner, we asked Governor Abbott to release the funds. Immediately following Harvey’s landfall, and for four consecutive days, the Chamber helped disseminate information to the community through a partnership with CBS Radio (audience reach of 3.3 million). We raised awareness on topics such as FEMA, SBA, flood insurance and other related matters. The Chamber also participated in a Facebook Live Town Hall regarding Harvey resources for small businesses. The Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will continue to provide support for the ongoing recovery efforts as long as deemed necessary.

The Chamber’s Foundation also remained very active in 2017. Our sixth cohort of Emerging Leaders graduated and we launched the second cohort of our Business Institute.

For the second consecutive time, the American Marketing Association named the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as the AMA Marketer of the Year in the Economic Development Category. This is the third time the Chamber earned this recognition during the last 10 years.

We will continue to execute our 2018 Initiatives and we will utilize our media platform on CBS and Univision television and radio to promote Houston and Hispanics. Now more than ever, we look forward to your continued support and engagement on the following legislative priorities: generating engagement around the upcoming 2020 Census, preserving the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and fighting for a permanent legislative solution to protect the DREAMers, amongst others.  

See the 2018 Legislative Priorities

We are committed to serving as The Leader of Houston’s New Majority.


Dr. Laura G. Murillo

President and CEO

Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Well said.

From Steve Houston:

Marc, Darian Ward has worked for the city of Houston since 2008 but under a variety of positions. Rather than split hairs over which position she was in at any given time, why don’t you ask who recruited her (Parker?) and why she was allowed to work on outside projects while on city time. Go ask Becky Elliot over at the Chronicle about her story yesterday where other employees of the city worked with Ward on projects and professed to notify Alan Bernstein or the Deputy Director. I contend that Ward openly worked on these projects for years and it was common knowledge among staffers, so much so that they contributed and assisted Ward frequently, though now many seem to be shying away from any involvement (guess why…). Regardless, at some point we’re all just beating a dead horse, Turner has indicated he’s not going to revisit her discipline and that she was put on notice to stop.

Well at least she answers the door.

Curt Schilling didn’t get into the Hall of Fame and he will probably say that his support for Donald Trump probably cost him some votes and he is right. Many of the Baseball Writers who vote are associated with media organizations Trump calls the fake news.

Chipper Jones’ 1995 World Series ring with The ATL of course is the only ring produced out of the four players who were voted into the Hall of Fame yesterday.

El Caballo only received 1 Hall of Fame vote yesterday. Brad Lidge didn’t receive a vote.

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