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Don’t Do It

This is from today’s Chron. If Jose Altuve plays tonight, it will mark his 500th game played at Minute Maid Park. Name the three ‘Stros who have played more than 500 games at Minute Maid Park?

Don’t do it! Commentary is talking about any self-respecting city in America thinking about hosting the 2020 GOP National Convention. It isn’t worth it. San Antonio is getting a taste of this and here is this story from KSAT in San Antonio:

SAN ANTONIO – The idea of San Antonio playing host to the 2020 Republican National Convention is getting mixed reviews.

Mayor Ron Nirenberg has expressed fiscal concerns and has said that he has reservations about spending millions of taxpayer dollars to subsidize a political convention.

A tweet from the story:

Brad Parscale

✔ @parscale

Coming soon to #SanAntonio: another mayor makes an epic political mistake that takes a possible 200MM from the community. Why??? I want to rip the last hair I have out of my head. Maybe he is just waiting on Mayor Sculley to decide for him. @Ron_Nirenberg @ExpressNews @News4SA

2:55 PM – Apr 25, 2018

Continuation of the story:

The manager of President Trump’s re-election campaign, Brad Parscale, claimed in a tweet that hosting the convention would give the city hundreds of millions of dollars worth of national and international exposure.

The talk of hosting the convention is also getting the attention of the local hotel industry.

“Regardless of whose name is on it, a convention of this size is huge business for the hotel industry,” said Liza Barratachea, president and CEO of the San Antonio Hotel and Lodging Association.

She said she is confident that the local industry can handle the huge influx of politicians and press that a convention would bring to the city.

“There are approximately 350 hotels in San Antonio,” she said. “There are about 90 in the downtown core, probably 45 near the airport and another 30 out (on) Interstate 10,” Barratachea said.

She said that as the city learned from hosting NCAA basketball’s Final Four tournament, an event of this magnitude generates money beyond the hotel industry through taxes and business in other areas.

“We know that it would be another great opportunity for us to bid on as a business industry,” she said.

Nirenberg has said that he hopes to meet with his council colleagues sometime next week to discuss the possibility of submitting a bid.

If the hotel folks think this is an NCAA Final Four, they are kind of clueless and obviously don’t know what they are inviting.

Don’t do it. You would be inviting chaos to downtown San Antonio streets. The hotels and restaurants might make some money, but local law enforcement and local government would be taxed and stretched to the max and beyond. Not to mention, SA’s image would most likely suffer, perhaps even permanent damage. It is not worth it.

Why would any city want to host Donald Trump and his hateful and racist act? What does a city gain form this?  Plus, look at the way the Trump campaign manager is dissing the SA Mayor.

Commentary is certainly glad H-Town hasn’t been approached.

The Chron E-Board has a take on Tuesday’s night’s HISD school board meeting here: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Parents-and-citizens-deserve-HISD-s-respect-12867776.php.

Folks are still talking about the challenges ahead for HISD. I am surprised some locals I respect even welcome a state takeover.

Commentary was honored to be part of a luncheon yesterday hosted by the Latino Leaders Network. About 45 or so folks attended. The event was enlightening. State Rep. Carol Alvarado has been involved with the organization for years and she helped organize the luncheon. Go here to check out the organization: http://www.latinoleadersnetwork.org/.

The Big Puma has played 779 games at Minute Maid Park, Craig Biggio, 590, and Brad Ausmus, 501 of course.

The A’s are in for three, Jose Altuve bobbleheads will be handed out tomorrow and World Series Championship tote bags will be handed out on Sunday.

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