Archive for January 3rd, 2019

28 years ago, yes, 28 years ago, Commentary led a Harris County Latino community effort to draw a congressional district that would give a Latina/Latino an opportunity to get elected to congress. Then State Rep. Roman Martinez took the lead in the Texas legislature to actually draw the district. CD 29 was created. From the better late than never department, Sylvia Garcia will take the oath of office today as the next member of congress representing CD 29. Congrats!

From our Next Door yesterday:

Spoke with the folks at 311 today and found out that our green cans will be emptied on Saturday, January 5th. They said it was your prerogative to leave the cans out or put them up and take them back out again. If you put them away, plan to put them back out by 7AM on Saturday.

An eight day wait.

Commentary is Ok with the New Year resolution from H-Town City Hall on being willing to change your mind. Check this from Channel 13 news:

By Tom Abrahams

Wednesday, January 02, 2019 06:14PM


Today started with a surprise announcement from Mayor Sylvester Turner. He wants to sit down and talk with Houston Firefighter Union about how best to implement Proposition B.

Mayor Turner campaigned heartily against Prop B saying that paying firefighters the same pay scale as police officers was too expensive.
The city couldn’t afford it and it would lead to a budget crisis and layoffs.

Now with Prop B new law and a judge telling the city to implement it, the Mayor seems to have softened his tone politically.

He’s looking for suggestions about how to make Prop B happen and is willing to sit down with firefighters to get their ideas.

“Before I lay off any person my plan is to sit down with the firefighters union, as well with others, and ask for whatever proposals, suggestions, people may have to reduce the cost associated with the voter approval of proposition B,” Turner said.

The firefighters say they’ve already presented the city and the mayor multiple ideas about how to pay for the raises.

“The mayor’s new found interest in meeting is definitely encouraging,” said Marty Lancton with Houston Professional Firefighters Association.

They’re ready and willing to move forward.

“Houston firefighters have once again, submitted nearly one million dollars worth of data, research, and analytics to address the very things that he had also mentioned,” said Lancton.

They did say, however, they have not yet heard the invitation to meet directly from city hall.

We finally get a bit of sanity in D.C. today. Spineless Paul Ryan is out and Dems are in – talking about the U.S. House.

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