Archive for May, 2019

Name the capital of Nuevo León, Mexico?

The botched raid is the lead story in today’s Chron. Remember the raid? We almost forgot after going through all this Prop B stuff. Here is from the Chron:

“The autopsy report also appears to call further into question the claims of Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo and Houston Police Officers’ Union President Joe Gamaldi at the time of the incident and immediately afterward,” lawyers Mike Doyle and Charles Bourque wrote in a statement regarding the autopsy results. “To date, neither the police chief nor the union president has revised or corrected their statements about the incident, especially the clearly debunked claims that their home was an active ‘drug house.’”

Here is the entire story: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/No-heroin-Autopsies-show-couple-killed-in-13815280.php?src=hp_totn.

Unfortunately, these fellas are going to follow the politics of today. Don’t take responsibility is always a great message to send, right?

The Prop B mediation is over folks and nothing was settled. Of course, I thought it was settled last November.

News to me. The Chron E-Board has a take today on the City of H-Town might have to sell some water rights if the legislature has its way. How come we are just learning about that today?

Monterrey is the capital of Nuevo León, Mexico of course and that is where we play two against the Angels tomorrow and Sunday at Estadio de Béisbol.

Have a safe Cinco de Mayo!

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Pick Your Gate

Jose Altuve now has 1,449 career base hits as an Astro, putting him in 6th place for career base hits in an Astros uniform. Who is in 5th place?

Recyclegate. Bingate, Greenbingate or Trashgate. Pick it.

The rumors on City of H-Town recycling have been out there for a while. Like glass that is taken to recycling centers is being taken to the landfill. That green bin recycling stuff isn’t being separated and is being trucked to the landfill. It looks like some of this might just be true after all. Really? Does the City’s Solid Waste folks think we are all just a bunch of dimwitted dumbarses. I think they are the dimwitted dumbarses. Folks have video cameras always in their hands these days. Check this from Channel 11:

HOUSTON — Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has asked for what his office calls a “sweeping investigation” into the city’s Solid Waste Management Department.

The action comes as new evidence emerged of city garbage trucks not recycling recyclable materials.

KHOU 11 Investigates caught a city garbage truck, on Earth Day, dumping black garbage bins together with green recyclable bins. A city solid waste spokesperson confirmed the mixed load was sent to the landfill.

Mayor Turner initially blamed the incident on the truck driver who went “afoul of the rules,” but five other current and former solid waste employees said city supervisors often instructed them to do so.

“Supervisors and management were having us mix the loads, and if we refused to do it, then they would write us up,” said a former city worker who asked not to be identified.
That worker, who spent six years driving for the city, said supervisors would only give the order to haul recyclables to the landfill over the phone.

“It wasn’t put over the radio, they refused to put it over the two-way radio,” he said.
The worker said the practice has been going on for several years. He said he first alerted city officials by e-mail in 2015, before Mayor Sylvester Turner took office.

“Lately I have been very upset with the things that I have been seeing with management,” the email stated.

It was addressed to the Director of the Solid Waste Management Department and Houston Mayor’s Office.

“On any given day we are told to mix trash and recycling together.”

The worker signed the e-mail as a “very concerned employee” but said management never responded.

Another former solid waste employee said the supervisors’ directive to take recycling to the landfill was given two to three times each week.

“The taxpayers are getting shortchanged,” the worker said.

Commentary is thinking the head of Solid Waste is a goner – like yesterday. Come on! This is shameful. This is a bigtime breach of trust. We recycle because we think our City’s Solid Waste is going to properly handle our recyclables. I would rather them tell me that we can’t pick up our recyclables for a couple of weeks than lying to us and running it to the landfill. Today is my green bin day and I just have to wonder.

Commentary would prefer that a truly independent party look into this. Not the City and not the City Controller.

Here is what RG tweeted about Cong. Joaquin Castro skipping a race for U.S. Senator:

He’ll probably never again be taken seriously as a potential statewide candidate. You can only step up to the edge of the high dive so many times before everyone boos as you crawl down the ladder.

Here is what Miya Shay tweeted:

Rep @JoaquinCastroTX won’t run for Senate. I guess the folks who have been rounding up endorsements for him can go do something else now.

Here is my take. It was pretty obvious that a whole lot of people wanted him in the race. He just didn’t show any signals that he was running. There is nothing absolutely wrong with wanting to stay in the U.S. House. Democrats control the House. He is on the Intelligence Committee. Maybe he would rather be doing that than spending the next ten months crisscrossing the state meeting with Democratic Party primary voters. He would also be running at the same time his brother is running for President. Now he can spend some time campaigning for his brother. Let’s move on.

It’s on to the Amanda Edwards Watch.

The Chron E-Board doesn’t think we should elect judges the partisan way here in Texas. I don’t agree and I have said it before. Any other way will give the major law firms and wealthy lawyers way too much influence. I would rather have the people making the mistakes and not the law firms and lawyers. Just saying.

Lance Berkman is 5th on the list of career base hits in an Astros uniform with 1,648 of course. I am thinking Altuve will pass him next season.

Commentary has said it before. There are two Astros teams this season. One showed up in our 11 zip win Tuesday night and the other showed up in our 6-2 loss last night.

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Easy Call

Yesterday, CC Sabathia became the 17th MLB pitcher to strikeout 3,000 or more hitters. How many of the 3,000 plus club pitchers besides CC are not in the Baseball Hall of Fame?

This is a headline on HoustonChronicle.com:

Eye, caramba! Warriors put Rockets in 2-0 hole

Commentary prefers “Ay, caramba”

Well, if you are resident of H-Town, we are now part of history, albeit a sad history. Over a couple of hundred firefighters received layoff notices yesterday. Yep, history.

This is a no brainer in Commentary’s book and I got a big book. It is an easy call. Here is from the Chron:

Two city council members say the Houston fire union asked them to return campaign donations after they voted to send 60-day layoff notices to hundreds of firefighters, allegations the fire union president vehemently denies.

Martha Castex-Tatum and David Robinson were among the 10 council members who voted last week to send layoff notices to 220 firefighters to help offset the cost of raises mandated by Proposition B, a voter-approved amendment to the city’s charter that gives firefighters equal pay to police officers of corresponding rank and experience.

Both said they were contacted afterward by Marty Lancton, president of the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association. They said Lancton asked that they return donations his group had given their campaigns through its political action committee.
Lancton denied it.

“I find it interesting that they now appear to be trying to play the victim here,” Lancton said. “Never one time did we ask a council member to return fire PAC political money.”

Robinson late Tuesday provided screenshots of texts he said were sent to him by Lancton last Wednesday, days after friends of Robinson died in a plane crash in Kerrville.

‘We will pray for you,” the text reads. “We will also never forget. We also think it’s highly appropriate that you return the (union’s) contributions made to you. If you need the address please let me know.”

Asked about the text, Lancton said Robinson and his campaign “repeatedly offered” to return the campaign contributions, contending that the exchange left out the full context of their discussions. It is unclear if the two discussed the donations outside of texts, but the screenshot provided by Robinson does not show any text conversations since November.

Here is the entire article: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Council-members-fire-union-spar-over-campaign-13808457.php#photo-17312703.

Sigh. My take yesterday was on the mark about H-Town City Hall. It got a lot of favorable run.  On this, Commentary is not going to say what happened or not. I will say that the only time I would ask a client, elected official, to return a campaign contribution is if the donor was a mass murderer, molester, terrorist or something like that. In fact, I wouldn’t even send it back to them, but rather to a charity.

Commentary was watching the H-Town City Council public session meeting yesterday and a resident was griping about city service or lack thereof and he did a classic takedown of his city council member. Ouch!

The Rocket with 4,672 strikeouts and Curt Schilling with 3,116 are not in the Hall of Fame of course.

Our bats exploded last night. 11 runs. 3 dingers. 18-12.

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