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Pete and Local

What was our record after 79 games last season?

After reading the following from the LA Times on a police shooting of an African American in South Bend, Indiana, you have to wonder why Mayor Pete would continue with his campaign for President:

A town hall featuring Mayor Pete Buttigieg broke into near chaos Sunday afternoon as the Democratic presidential candidate tried to respond to community concerns over a white police officer killing a black man in the city.

Buttigieg was solemn, somber and circumspect as he tried to explain the procedures of how officials will review the shooting, while saying that he didn’t want to prejudice the investigation. He also said he would ask the Justice Department to review the case and for an independent prosecutor to decide whether to prosecute.

“We’ve taken a lot of steps, but they clearly haven’t been enough,” said Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Ind.

The largely black audience of hundreds was having none of it. “We don’t trust you!” a woman hollered at the mayor.

The tragedy unfolded in Buttigieg’s city on June 16, and it would be difficult to imagine a domestic crisis more nightmarish for a mayor and a presidential candidate who has enjoyed a largely carefree rise to the top tier of Democratic contestants.

Buttigieg’s lack of popularity among black voters nationally — a crucial demographic for winning the Democratic primary and then the presidency – was already one of his biggest weaknesses in a contest dominated by racial justice issues like never before. Buttigieg had recently been laying the groundwork to win over some of those skeptical voters in states such as South Carolina.

But now the shooting has highlighted the racial tension right on Buttigieg’s home turf, revealing for a national audience the pain and anger that has long festered among South Bend’s black residents.

And this:

But at home, Buttigieg is a much more common figure in American politics: a white politician struggling to connect with his black constituents, whose lives are plagued by grinding poverty and violence that their wunderkind mayor has been unable to repair after seven years in office.

“You might as well just withdraw your name from the presidential race,” said a woman in the raucous crowd. “His presidential campaign is over… I believe that today ended his campaign.”

Here is the entire LA Times story: https://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-2020-pete-buttigieg-mayor-police-shooting-black-voters-20190624-story.html.

Honestly. I did not know who the fella was until he got in the race. I mean, like we got over 20 folks in the race and a couple that are in the debates, I have never heard of until I saw the list last week. I thought Mayor Pete was like the former mayor of South Bend until last week when he returned home. I went on the City of South Bend’s website to see if he was and he is.

It looks like he’s got a major issue back home to deal with. You gotta take care of business at home before you start going all over the country running for president. Just saying.

The H-Town City Controller penned an Op-Ed yesterday on how we go about setting the City of H-Town’s budget. Here is how it starts:

Despite the passage of the Fiscal Year 2020 budget, Houston’s most significant financial hurdle still looms large: its structurally imbalanced budget.

And here is how it ends:

It’s past time for the city to get serious about its structurally imbalanced budget. Houston’s financial future depends on it.

Here is the entire Op-Ed: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/outlook/article/Houston-city-controller-Balance-your-budget-14029421.php.

Did you see a single solution offered by the Controller? I certainly didn’t.

I don’t even know why this is even happening. Really? This is a no brainer. Here is from today’s Chron editorial:

The fact that Harris County is again doing business with Karun Sreerama deserves scrutiny — no matter what some officials say.

That is the only reasonable reaction when someone who resigned as director of Houston Public Works over his involvement in a bribery scandal — which sent a Houston Community College trustee to prison — is back seeking government contracts.

Yet to listen to City Councilman Jerry Davis, it is a disappointment that Sreerama’s return as a vendor for the county has been met with suspicion. To hear Precinct 4 County Commissioner Jack Cagle tell it, Sreerama got a “raw deal” and deserves the contract he’s been tapped for.

Never mind that when he sought that contract he was joined by Jerry Eversole, a former county commissioner who is still barred from seeking public office as part of a plea deal in a 2011 corruption case.

Here is the entire E-Board take: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Smelly-deal-is-legal-but-not-good-government-in-14029470.php.

This is insulting for sure.

Now that was certainly a lousy week of baseball. We lost seven in a row. One to the Jays, three in Cincy, and three in the Bronx. We needed yesterday’s win.

After 79 games last season, we were 52-27 of course.

We have a much needed day off today.

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