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Commentary has been reading about changes the Texas Legislature is contemplating to the governance structure of the Port Commission.  Port Commissioner’s term limits are definitely going to happen.  As we all know, Port Chair Janiece Longoria is the only Latina/Latino on the Commission.  I hope The Dean and others that are leading the effort to alter the Port’s governance structure don’t end up adopting a measure that results in the possibility of Latinos not having representation on the Port Commission in a year or so.  There has been a Latino/Latina on the Port Commission since the 1980s.  I hope in their zeal to make changes they don’t end up with a Port Commission without Latino/Latina representation.  This is the Texas Legislature so you know it is a possibility.

It kind of says something that we finally get a Latina to Chair the Port Commission and now some are proposing that she gets shown the door.

Name the player to win the first ever MLB Rookie of the Year Award? 

Last week The Mayor and the Uptown Houston Management District announced they were going to spend a bunch of dough on a bus system with dedicated lanes that would run on Post Oak.  That’s not sitting well with Mattress Mac who authored an Op-Ed in yesterday’s Chron.  He took some shots at The Mayor, METRO, and the Management District and called them a bunch of “hacks.”  FYI:  Mattress Mac has a Gallery Furniture on Post Oak.  Here are bits of his Op-Ed:

Post Oak and the Galleria area are the greatest shopping destinations in Texas. But how many people do you know shop the Galleria by bus? Years ago, the Uptown District offered a bus service for area residents and shoppers for free – and they discontinued the program for lack of riders.

And:

Tell me another world-class city that tears up its most prominent commercial street to run dedicated bus lanes? I thought we were "Space City." Instead we have political hacks pushing the same lame "solutions."

Here is the entire Mattress Mac take.

Ouch!

This Wednesday the Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation Board of Directors will meet to act on the future of the Astrodome – finally.  I am betting all the local media will be at the meeting.  Whatever they come up with still has to be approved by Commissioners Court.

The freaking flagstick was Tiger’s undoing this past weekend.  If he misses the stick, he wins.

Jackie Robinson of course won the first ever MLB Rookie of the Year Award in 1947.

I stayed up Saturday night to watch Albert Pujols do it to us again with two outs in the bottom of the ninth – drats!  Brett Wallace is 1 for 24 and batting .042.  Heck, he can’t even see the Mendoza line.

Every player will be wearing numero 42 today.

 

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According to MLB.com, who has the highest career batting average among active players?

Check these Whereases from an ordinance that will be discussed at an H-Town City Council Committee meeting this afternoon on banning texting while driving:

WHEREAS, according to the first published work in the United States to examine texting while driving in an actual driving environment, researchers at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute have determined that a driver’s reaction time is doubled when distracted by reading or sending a text message; and

WHEREAS, according to the same study, drivers who faced a flashing light when texting were eleven times more likely to miss the flashing light; and

WHEREAS, according to the same study, drivers were less able to safely

maintain their position in the driving lane and/or maintain a constant speed when they were texting while driving, tending to slow down in an effort to reduce the demand of multiple tasks; and

WHEREAS, according to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, drivers who text message while driving are 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash, near crash or a crash relevant conflict than those driving while not distracted; and.

WHEREAS, check this out:

It shall be unlawful for a person to use a wireless communication device to view, send, or create an electronic message while operating a motor vehicle upon a roadway within the city.

And:

It is an affirmative defense to prosecution of an offense under this section that the person was using a wireless communication device:

(1) In the course and scope of the user’s duties as the operator of an emergency vehicle;

(2) To communicate with an emergency response operator, fire department, law enforcement agency, hospital, physician’s office, or health clinic regarding a medical or other emergency situation;

(3) In a vehicle that was parked or stopped out of the traffic lanes of a roadway;

(4) That was attached to or installed in the vehicle as a global positioning or navigation system;

(5) Solely in a voice-activated or other hands-free mode; or

(6) Under a license issued by the Federal Communications Commission.

What if you are sitting on Houston Avenue at the railroad crossing waiting five minutes for the train to pass, can I get a citation for peeking at my gizmo?  

Albert Pujols of course leads all qualifying active big leaguers with a .324 career batting average.

The bats finally arrived last night as the ‘Stros scored 16 runs and smacked 5 dingers.   Brett Wallace missed out on the fun as he went 0 for 4 with 4 whiffs.  He’s batting .048 and battling the pressure. 

 

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Commentary has mentioned a time or two before the escalating congestion down the street at I-10 and Studemont/Studewood and I-10 at Heights/Yale.  It is a growing mess thanks to the development around the new Walmart and the new Kroger on Studewood/Studemont and the I-10 shoulder work.  It is very frustrating.  A lot of times I end up having to snake around and get across I-10 and Taylor. On a related note, Commentary got sent an email from a Heights resident to certain H-Town Council Members.  Check this:

I am a resident of the Heights and want to share a concern I have with traffic in the neighborhood.  Traffic on Heights and Yale close to I-10 intersection has become very congested and has begun to back up north to White Oak and South to the rail road tracks.   I realize the Shepherd/I-10 construction may be flowing over, but it has become ridiculous at times and is causing more traffic in the neighborhood with people cutting through for shorter routes.   Additionally, we use the trails in the neighborhood and take my child for bike rides and have to deal with vehicles speeding down Yale. 

Can you tell me what the city if doing about these issues as I am sure it is not the first time it has been raised?  I see a lot of neighborhood development and as result increased home values, but no further investment other than paved roads on Yale.  Much of this has also been a result of the development on Yale south of I-10, but I see no increased infrastructure to handle the traffic – why?  With regard to speeding vehicles on Yale – are any more lights planned for this street to slow the speeds down?

Ditto!  Of course I think it is only going to get worse. 

If you watch TV you probably know that “42” about Jackie Robinson will be at a local theater near you this Friday. Name a Hall of Fame great that also had his numero 42 retired?

The Mayor was on Khambrel’s show yesterday.  She did OK.

Foreign affairs experts are trying to figure out what the North Korean leader is up to.  Well we know he’s a big fan of the NBA.  I wonder if they have considered offering him courtside seats to Lakers games in exchange for his nukes.

They gave out commemorative baseballs at The Yard this past Saturday night after the game.  They don’t hand them out on the way in if you know what I mean.  The commemorative balls look a bit cheesy.

Commentary snagged foul balls numero 2 and 3 Saturday night.  I handed them off to a couple of kids – drats!

The team is on a nine game West Coast roadie.

San Luis retired Hall of Fame great Bruce Sutter’s numero 42 a few years ago of course.

The ‘Stros are not a good team today.  The weekend attendance stunk.    They strike out too many times.  Carter is hitting .091, Wallace is at .059, and Ankiel is at .083.  Wallace needs to find his game or he may be Oklahoma City bound.  We are 1-5 and so are the Fish, Brewers, Bucs, and Padres.  If we don’t become a more interesting team I don’t see attendance improving when we get home. 

 

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A report came out yesterday ranking the Lone Star State’s most congested roadways.  Of course, one stretch just a few blocks down the street made the state’s Top Ten.  It is a reminder that we don’t have our act together in the area of transportation.  Some say it is lack of funding.  Some say it is lack of planning.  Some say it is a lack of discipline.  Some say it is lack of investment.  Commentary says it is all of the above.  Of course, I don’t think it is going to get any better.

I’m thinking that the election ought to heat up some after Labor Day.  We ought to be seeing and hearing the TV and radio ads.  Stay tuned!

The voter registration wars have begun here in Harris County.  I’m wondering what these wars will do for minority turnout.

CEWDEM calling out the conspiracy fellas on the destroyed voting machines must have worked because I haven’t heard any theories or rumors lately.  I guess they all went and hid behind the grassy knolls or something like that.

Milo is celebrating his 83rd BD today.  Happy Birthday Milo!   Today’s Chron lists Milo’s all time favorite calls including the Chris Burke dinger against The ATL in the bottom of the 18th inning in Game 4 of the 2005 NLDS.  Who served up the dinger, err who was pitching for The ATL?

Thanks to a Hunter Pence 3-run dinger, the ‘Stros swept three from San Luis yesterday.  Let’s also thank the ‘Stros pitching staff for not letting Albert Pujols get a hit during the three game series. 

Joey Devine of course served up the Chris Burke dinger.  Devine is currently in the A’s organization and on the 60-day DL.

What can I say about being 62-71 and now tied for third place?  We got started late but at least we started.   The team now heads to Arizona – yikes – show them your papers!  Don’t stray too far away from the team hotel!

 

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