Archive for December 14th, 2018

Nowhere Fast

Collin McHugh will be in the starting pitching rotation for the Astros next season. What are the most games he has won in a season as an Astro?

This was tweeted yesterday:

Texas Tribune Retweeted

Patrick Svitek‏Verified account@PatrickSvitek 41m41 minutes ago

From Blast this evening: Looking like state Sen.-elect Alvarado’s swearing-in will be Dec. 21 #SD6 #HD145 #txlege



On a related note. In the #TXSD6Special:

Mail Ballots: 6,768.

Early Vote in Person: 3,865.

Election Day Voters: 4,646.

In the soon-to-be #TXHD145Special:

Christina Morales is in.

Martha Fierro is on.

On my take yesterday on the Big Cinco, I got this:

Bill Kelly‏@billkellytexas 22h22 hours ago

Replying to @MarcCommentary


Would also mention both Houston’s Police & Fire Chiefs: @ArtAcevedo & @FireChiefofHFD

Bill makes a good point, but I was talking about those Latinos that were elected by the voters. I could also add Port Chair Janiece Longoria.

Yesterday was green bin day. Early this morning when I went to fetch my Chronicle, I noticed my green bin had not been emptied by the City of H-Town. Then I read this in today’s Chron:

Houston City Councilman Dwight Boykins on Thursday proposed charging property owners a monthly garbage collection fee to finance raises for firefighters while avoiding job cuts for other city staff.

Under the proposal, most Houston homeowners would be charged a flat, monthly fee between $25 and $40 to help the city absorb the cost of raises for firefighters mandated by the pay parity charter amendment approved by voters last month.

Here is the entire read: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Boykins-pitches-trash-fee-to-pay-for-firefighter-13465192.php?src=hp_totn.

Nope. This went nowhere fast. Nope. No way.

This was also in the Chron:

Houston ISD trustees narrowly voted Thursday to not seek proposals from outside organizations to run long-struggling schools, a decision that keeps those campuses under local control but sets the stage for a possible state takeover of the district’s school board.

Barring an unexpected legislative or legal change, four HISD schools now must meet state academic standards in 2019 after missing the mark for four-plus consecutive years to stave off major state sanctions against the district. If any of those four schools fail to meet standard, the Texas Education Agency is legally required to replace HISD’s entire school board and appoint new members, or close still-failing schools.

HISD could have preempted any punishment for two years if the district temporarily surrendered control of the four schools to outside groups. TEA leaders have previously said they do not see closing schools as a strong option for improving student outcomes, though they have not committed to either option.

And this:

Trustees Wanda Adams, Diana Dávila, Jolanda Jones, Elizabeth Santos and Rhonda Skillern-Jones opposed seeking proposals. Trustees Sue Deigaard, Sergio Lira, Holly Maria Flynn Vilaseca and Anne Sung supported the option.

Here is the entire article: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/HISD-trustees-opt-against-seeking-partnership-13465379.php.

How can you surrender schools to an entity that doesn’t have a track record? Nobody has bought into this.

Here is from Royko on my take yesterday on voting in certain precincts:

Just wondering how many “Over Votes” that precinct had?

The votes are being canvassed on Tuesday. We will know then about over votes by precincts.

Collin McHugh of course went 19-7 in 2015.


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