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HFD’s Turn

Commentary doesn’t think the Chron E-Board approves of how the current administration runs HPD and HFD. In recent months the E-Board has called out how the Police Department has been run. Today they put the wood to the Fire Department. Here is how it ends:

Houston needs political leaders who are willing to take a 360-degree look at our fire department and insist that taxpayer dollars only be spent promoting smart strategies. That’s the report we’re waiting to read next.

Ouch!

Check out the entire E-Board take here: http://www.chron.com/opinion/editorials/article/HFD-report-still-leaves-us-wanting-6402455.php.

HPD and HFD are two or the largest City departments. What the E-Board thinks is one thing, what the voters think is another. What does that say?

Craig Biggio gets inducted into the Hall of Fame this weekend. He played his last game on September 30, 2007. Who did we play that day?

Go get a hard copy of the Chron so you can get your twelve page Biggio commemorative section.

Filling out candidate questionnaires is time consuming. Do they really need to be that long though?

Another week, another mass shooting. Only in America.

I think I will pull an Erica Grieder and not say much about Trump other than to say keep on trumping.

Craig Biggio’s last game was against The ATL of course.

Baseball is back. We made a trade yesterday that brought us Scott Kazmir from the A’s and that made us a bit better.

Then we swept the Red Sox last night on a Jose Altuve walk-off dinger.

30,000 plus showed up last night. We have won five of our last six and are now just a game behind. We are in KC for the weekend and the Royals have the best record in the AL.

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Second Ward, you are on the clock.

Last night Commentary attended a Second Ward Town Hall Meeting where folks expressed their concerns about changes happening in their community. The G word, gentrification, came up a time or two. One passionate Second Ward resident warned about Second Ward getting ‘forcibly gentrified.”

Second Ward is the latest of H-Town ‘hoods near Downtown where redevelopment is taking place and new folks are moving in. The Chron did a lengthy piece on Second Ward a month or so ago. For the most part, folks that got up to speak last night were of the Latino persuasion.

More and more folks want to live close to Downtown and developers know this. Drive beyond Navigation and Canal and see the changes taking place. Developers are now looking east and north of Downtown.

There were not any solutions offered last night because there really aren’t any other than to try to work with developers. Last night one developer was called out by the passionate resident.

Voting precinct 9 is the Second Ward neighborhood closest to Downtown. All you have to do is check out the voter roster and compare it to 10 years ago to see the change.

Craig Biggio will be inducted next weekend. Everybody knows that Biggio is fifth in all-time career doubles with 668 two baggers. How many times did he lead the NL in doubles in a season?

We put this out yesterday.

KARLA CISNEROS RAISES $30,000 IN JUST 45 DAYS

The January 1st – June 30th Campaign Finance Reports that all candidates must file, are now publicly available on the City of Houston’s website. The Karla Cisneros Campaign is pleased to announce that we have raised over $30,000 in cash donations in just 45 days.

“I am grateful for the generous financial support I have received over the last month and a half,” said Karla Cisneros. “I formally announced my race for City Council District H on May 31, two days after completion of the school year. It’s exciting to see our campaign grow on a daily basis, as voters across District H continue to offer their support and encouragement. At this rate, I am confident that we are on the road to raise the funds to wage a successful and winning campaign. ”

Help Karla make a difference on City Council! Join the campaign team by signing up as a volunteer, hosting a house party, or making a donation at
http://www.karlacisneros.com.

Biggio led the NL in doubles in 1994 (44), 1998 (51), and 1999 (56) of course.

We get back at it tonight with three this weekend against the Rangers and a half game behind the Angels. We definitely need better offensive production from Carter and Valbuena. Play ball!

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Craig Biggio visited Spring Training yesterday. Since he has retired, the ‘Stros have had four different Opening Day starting second basemen – name them, please?

Yesterday Open Carry moved forward in the Texas Senate. Here is what the GOP author of the bill said during the debate: “It’s time for Republicans and Democrats to band together and right this ancient wrong.”

It passed along party lines 20-11.

Commentary is not a fan of concealed handgun carry licenses and certainly not Open Carry. I don’t think they make us any safer. Show me the proof and/or the data!

Of course it is tough to argue with the author on his statement inviting Dems to help out. 20 years ago the Texas Legislature adopted concealed handgun carry licenses while Dems controlled the Texas State Senate 17-14 and the Texas House 87-63 and we also had a Dem Lite Guv and Dem House Speaker. Hey, but that was a different time.

It is a good thing local politics can keep me busy. I don’t have time to fret over Open Carry, sanctuary cities, Public Integrity Units, and all the other stuff the GOP is getting to do in Austin.

Let’s see, GOP U.S. Senators can’t stand AG Eric Holder so they are going to delay a vote on his successor so he can get to stick around. That makes perfect sense.

If you stayed up to see U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz with Seth Meyers last night you got to see Sen. Cruz brag about his filibuster to stop Obamacare and then Meyers asked him “how’s it go?” Ha, ha!

Since Biggio retired in 2007, Mark Loretta (2008), Kaz Matsui (2009-2010), Bill Hall (2011), and Jose Altuve (2012 to now) have been our Opening Day starting second basemen.

The ‘Stros will make their ROOT debut today.

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I try to be understanding of workers in labor disputes because they are usually getting the shaft. I don’t know about bus drivers not showing up for work and leaving a number of kids out in the very cold weather this morning. I hope they have a good reason and I hope all the kids are OK. Here is from the Chron:

Hundreds of Houston ISD students had their school bus service interrupted Thursday morning after numerous bus drivers refused to drive their routes over a pay dispute.

The Houston Independent School District had substitute drivers on hand but still was unable to staff about 40 routes, said chief of staff Jason Spencer. The staffing shortage forced some drivers to cover double routes, which meant students were left waiting in sub-freezing weather and arrived late for school.

Here is the entire piece – brrr: http://www.chron.com/news/education/article/HISD-students-left-in-the-cold-by-bus-driver-pay-6001695.php.

Last night Commentary watched Letterman and sent out the following tweet on new Hall of Famers Craig Biggio, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, and John Smoltz doing the Top Ten. Here is the tweet:

Marc Campos‏@MarcCommentary 10h10 hours ago
#CraigBiggio on #LettermanTopTen. #MLBHallOfFame @astros.
https://twitter.com/MarcCommentary/status/553053589476634625/photo/1.

The ‘Stros retweeted me this morning and I got a lot of run, responses, and retweets – cool!

I was surprised though that the Big Unit went along with the mid-air bird explosion line.

What was Biggio’s career batting average versus Randy Johnson?

The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) court case got discussed some yesterday at the H-Town City Council meeting. Each side has to do what each side has to do. Here is a bit from the Chron:

(Mayor Annise) Parker and (City Attorney Dave) Feldman defended the city’s position Wednesday, describing the filing to prevent a jury trial as routine.

“If you’re afraid you’re not going to be able to win in court, you start trying to win in the court of public opinion,” Parker said. “Apparently, that’s what’s been going on here.”

“They were playing politics in the chamber and that is what happens in the council chamber,” Parker said of the members who raised objections.

And:

(Jared) Woodfill, (Council Member Michael) Kubosh and (City Council Member C.O.) Bradford all said the city would be wise to allow a jury trial in light of the recent controversy over the city’s subpoenaing of sermons and other materials belonging to certain pastors who helped organize the petition.

Amid a firestorm of national criticism, the city eventually withdrew those subpoenas.

On Wednesday, however, Parker responded to City Council comments by drawing a parallel between the recent jury trial motion and the subpoenas. Both are routine legal maneuvers, she said.

It’s “just like filing a subpoena request in response to people who are actually suing us,” the mayor said. “The other side does a really great job of PR.”

Well, in this case they do a good job of doing good PR because they were handed a juicy PR talking point on a silver platter. Stay tuned!

Here is the entire Chron article that is also behind the paywall: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/ERO-foes-push-for-jury-trial-6000759.php.

I guess after 14 years as Governor, the Chron E-Board thinks Guv Dude ought to get a shout out of sorts today. Here is how it ends:

We have our political differences with the man who’s been our governor for so many years, but we salute his service to the state he obviously loves.

Here is the entire E-Board take on Dude: http://www.chron.com/opinion/editorials/article/A-salute-to-Rick-Perry-6000333.php.

I have said before that I am always learning something like not knowing that we had a Texas Music Office. I learned yesterday we did when it was reported in the Statesman that the fella in charge was being replaced. Here is a bit from the Trib:

Since the Texas Music Office was established in 1990, the division housed in the Texas governor’s office has been run by Casey Monahan, a former music writer. After a quarter century, that’s about to change.

In a phone interview, Monahan said that he was recently informed by a member of Gov.-elect Greg Abbott’s transition team that he would not be kept in the $75,000-a-year post. His last day will be in February, he said.

The news of his departure was first reported by the Austin American-Statesman.

According to yesterday’s Chron, Craig Biggio was 0-14 against Randy Johnson of course.

Don’t forget the Biggio rally at The Yard tomorrow!

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