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In case you missed this yesterday:

Anna Eastman, HISD Trustee, District 1, endorsed Karla Cisneros for Houston City Council, District H.

“I’m supporting Karla because of her record of public service. As an HISD school board member, she was a champion for children. She led, and won the first fights for high ethical standards and transparency,” said Anna Eastman. “Karla knows how critical future generations are to Houston’s well being. She knows how to work a budget and make sound public policy having served as a trustee, and has seen our future leaders up close as a teacher. We need more women in local government, but more importantly, we need women like Karla,” added Eastman.

“I am honored to have the support of Anna Eastman, one of Houston’s strongest leaders and most passionate advocates for children, public education, and social justice,” said Karla Cisneros.

Anna Eastman joins the growing list of community leaders who are supporting Karla Cisneros.

Anna is strong. And so is Karla.

Evan Gattis leads the team with 7 triples. How many triples does the rest of the team have?

Commentary has said it before. I oppose term limits for H-Town City Council and so should you and everybody else. What might be proposed for the November election is destined to fail. We all know the Mayor is working to put together the campaign to save the HERO. Who is working to put together a campaign to change term limits. Here are these tweets from yesterday:

Doug Miller @DougMillerKHOU
KHOU-News 88.7 Poll suggests Mayor @AnniseParker term limits idea is extreme long shot. 50% favor no change, only 25% for 2 four year terms

Annise Parker ‏@AnniseParker 1h1 hour ago
Annise Parker retweeted Doug Miller
I agree, sadly, that shifting to 4 year terms may be doomed. I put it on the agenda at Council request.-A https://twitter.com/dougmillerkhou/status/628318462591508480

Why put something on the ballot that is going down in flames? That doesn’t make sense. Here is from today’s Chron:

Rice University political scientist Bob Stein said the equal rights ordinance could drive turnout in what is usually a low turnout election. But most of the political energy will be spent on the equal rights ordinance, Stein said, making it a bad time to push through an item such as changing term limits.

“I thought (Parker) was absolutely correct when she said this is probably not the time for term limits or revenue cap,” Stein said. “Term limits would need a strong campaign, and I don’t think there’s enough oxygen in the air to go around. It’s going to be all about HERO.”

And:

On term limits, there’s likely to be discussion about changing the effective date of the switch.

(H-Town City Council Member Dave) Martin said he strongly favors four-year terms, saying two-year terms are “one of the most ridiculous things I’ve seen in government” because they work against long-term solutions to problems like the city’s pension obligations. Martin, however, is considering putting forward an amendment to make the change take effect immediately, pending discussion with his colleagues. He said he would not support the 2020 proposal, though supporters and political scientists say that is likely to go over much better with voters because no current council members stand to benefit.

“Why wait five years when the dynamics of the city change completely?” Martin said. “There are going to be people that are going to move here over the next couple years. When this thing is implemented in 2020, five years from now, they’re going to go, ‘What was this all about?'”

(CM C.O.) Bradford, (CM Michael) Kubosh and (CM Dwight) Boykins also oppose the term-limits proposal. Boykins said he would like the switch to go into effect in 2016 and would not support the 2020 proposal.

Councilman Ed Gonzalez said he supports the general principle of making the term limits longer but wants to review whether now is the ideal time for such a campaign. (CM Oliver) Pennington, too, was supportive of the idea but said he wanted to look more closely at when to make the switch.

This is kind of not well thought out. It ought to be interesting this afternoon at City Hall.

The rest of the ‘Stros have a total of 5 triples for a grand total of 12 for the team.

Last night’s game was downright ugly. And now our lead is at three.

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The issue has moved from still on the table to helping set the table as four members of the H-Town City Council are now calling for a Special Council Meeting this Friday. Even if they don’t get a quorum of their colleagues to attend, they are keeping the issue at the forefront. The Council Members are C.O. Bradford, Michael Kubosh, Dave Martin, and Brenda Stardig.

Here is from a City Council memo that was sent out yesterday:

A special called Houston City Council meeting has been scheduled for Friday, March 13 at 10:00 a.m. in Council Chambers located at 901 Bagby, Second Floor. The meeting has been called in response to the announcement Mayor Annise Parker made last week concerning the “Agreement Regarding Litigation and to Mutually Support Legislation” conferred between the Administration and the Houston Firefighters Relief and Retirement Fund (HFRRF).

The proposed agreement, which would require a vote of the State Legislature, only provides temporary relief to the City’s General Fund and does nothing to address the long term financial crisis facing the City. Houston Firefighters would be required to increase their contributions to their pension plan from 9% of their salary to 12% in years 2016, 2017, and 2018; however, the contribution rate will revert back to 9% after 2018. This agreement also binds the City from placing a new pension plan proposal through December 31, 2015 further limiting input from City Council Members.

Mike Morris from the Chron writes about the called meeting today and here is a bit:

(Mayor Annise) Parker’s liaison to council, William-Paul Thomas, said he will work against a quorum.

And this:

Parker, through a spokeswoman, said she would brief council on the deal Wednesday during the group’s regularly scheduled weekly meeting. Of the Friday meeting, spokeswoman Darian Ward said simply, “City Council members have the right to call a special meeting.”

Well, if they have the right to call the special meeting, let them go on ahead and meet and don’t lobby or twist arms against. If you like the deal and stand behind it why worry about council members getting together and having an open discussion in front of the public. If you are going to brief them in public on Wednesday, what is going to hurt to have them meet a couple of days later. In this day and age, you are not going to be able to suppress their opinions.

I would hope they are not afraid of this from Morris’ article:

“This issue is too broad and has too great of an impact on the city of Houston and the citizens and taxpayers and firefighters for City Council members not to be briefed, not to be involved,” Bradford said. “The deal may be a good deal; it may be a bad deal. What I’m trying to do is have a public discussion so we can make an informed decision. We represent the citizens of this city, too.”

Here is the entire Mike Morris piece that is behind the paywall: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Members-use-rare-provision-to-force-council-6124358.php?cmpid=btfpm.

And once again Teddy Schleifer’s tweet from this past Thursday evening, the day before the pension deal was announced:

Teddy Schleifer @teddyschleifer • Mar 5
Mayoral race fall-out could be fascinating: Does it take wind out of sails of those running on pensions? Or, elevate their signature issue?

Well we all know the answer.

Council Member Stephen Costello announced for Mayor yesterday but he didn’t say if he is attending Friday’s meeting.

This tweet from State Rep. Carol Alvarado just came out. Way to go!

Carol Alvarado ‏@RepAlvarado145 8m8 minutes ago
Laying out #HB 170 in the Public Health Committee that will ban the sale of e-cigs to minors.

I know what I will be watching this afternoon. Check this tweet that also just came out:

CNN Breaking News ‏@cnnbrk 21m21 minutes ago
Hillary Clinton to hold news conference this afternoon, aide says; she’s expected to address email controversy. http://www.cnn.com/politics

It looks like new ‘Stro Evan Gattis will be our starting left fielder on Opening Day. Who was our Opening Day starting leftfielder from 1971-1974?

For those that think the NY Times on purpose cropped out President Bush 43 from the front page Selma bridge crossing photo, go to the White House website here and check out this cool pic: https://medium.com/@WhiteHouse/behind-the-lens-selma-50-years-later-68bf9a3a70.

Come to think of it, it is probably a good thing Assessor Collector Mike Sullivan didn’t put his mug on the billboards promoting the single-sticker vehicle registration and inspection program. Here is a bit from the Chron:

The official who oversees more vehicle registrations than anyone else in the state gave the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles a failing grade Monday after another error surfaced in its new inspection and registration system.

“It is having an adverse effect on my ability to do the work of the taxpayers,” Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector Mike Sullivan said of the state’s administration of the new single-sticker system, which took effect March 1.

The latest error, discovered Friday, involved incorrect bills sent to 321,927 motorists with April registrations coming due. Of those, 83,541 were in the eight-county Houston area, including 56,965 in Harris County.

The confusion led to long lines at local tax offices, frustrated motorists and haggard county staffers.

“I’ve got people demanding to see me and calling my office,” Sullivan said. “This is a state issue, but the county tax assessors are the face of this… (Motorists) are angry and frustrated, saying they’ll never vote for Mike Sullivan again. I’m a big boy, I can take it, but I feel bad for the people coming in.”

As of March 1, the familiar state vehicle inspection on Texas windshields was eliminated, though the requirement to the give the vehicle a once-over was unchanged. Inspections are now a condition of renewing state registrations of all motor vehicles, including trailers, in the state. Inspections will need to occur within 90 days prior to renewal.

Now this is a time when State Dems up in Austin ought to be slapping around the GOP controlled state government. There ain’t nothing that pi__es off a voter more than standing in long lines on account of government bureaucratic ineptitude.

As expected, KHOU-TV co-anchor Lisa Hernandez announced last night that she is having a baby. Congrats!

Bob Watson of course was our Opening Day left fielder from 1971-1974.

Evan Gattis told the Chron yesterday that he is “still not all that comfortable” in left field. Well get comfortable!

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Yesterday The Mayor unveiled the proposed $410 mil bond package that she wants city voters to support this November.  Check out the Chron piece here.

City Council will vote in a few weeks to formally put the measure on the ballot.

 Immediately after The Mayor made her presentation my good pal Sue Davis sent out a press release announcing the formation of Vote for Houston’s Future Committee, the PAC that will be the vehicle for the bond campaign and My Brown Eyed Girl also known as Pam-In-Charge will serve as one of the Co-Chairs.  That’s a good move since Pam commands a whole lot of respect in H-Town.  Here is from the press release:

“In these tough economic times, Houston is leading the way – creating more jobs, borrowing less, and improving the quality of life for all Houstonians for years to come,” said Campaign Co-Chair Pam Gardner, former President of Business Operations for the Houston Astros. “We urge Houstonians to vote for the City Bonds in November.”

Name the pitcher that has played in the most MLB All Star Games?

On an unrelated note, The Mayor said yesterday that she doesn’t think HISD should go out for a tax increase this November. The Mayor made these remarks at her press availability in response to a question on the proposed HISD $1.8 bil bond package.

Welcome back Lisa Falkenberg.  The Chron columnist has been on maternity leave and now she’s back with a column on Mitt Romney’s appearance at the NAACP Convention.  Check it out here.

My pal CM Mike Sullivan submitted his resignation letter effective January 1, 2013 win, lose or draw.  Here is from Chron.com:

Sullivan said he submitted his resignation early so that the city does not have to call a special election to replace him but can put the District E race on November’s presidential election ballot. His early notice gives Council time to put the election on the ballot and for qualified candidates to step forward. ”There’d be no appointments, no back-room deals,” Sullivan said.

Of course, if there is a runoff in the race to replace him, there will be a stand-alone election that will end up costing city taxpayers but what the heck!

Here is the bit on Sullivan’s resignation.

The Rocket of course holds the record for pitching in 10 MLB All Star Games.

The Chron sports section has a piece today on Wandy being on the trading block.   Here is what the team GM has to say:

“Our strategy is to put this team in a position to compete year in and year out for a title, so any moves we make will have that in mind.”

Well at least the free grub was pretty good the other evening at the All Star Game watch party at The Yard.  Caesar’s Salad, BBQ Sliders, hot dogs, ice cream, and a couple of free drinks.

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It looks like City Controller Ron Green is throwing a little temper tantrum because The Mayor won’t show him the bond numbers.  Here is from Chron.com:

 Green, the city’s second-highest elected official, said he has repeatedly asked for and been denied information on the measures.

“If it’s that secretive, it can’t possibly be good for the city,” Green said. ”Until such time as I get more information, I’m not supporting any bond referendum that the city puts forward.”

Oh, brother!  Settle down and wait to see the numbers like everybody else this morning then you can pronounce them good or evil.  Don’t worry – the world won’t come to an end.  And also from Chron.com:

 Green said he has heard that the package of bond measures will total approximately $400 million.

“I still believe we need to go out for more bond authorization. I think $400 million is not adequate to meet the needs of the city,” Green said.  “If you’re going to ask somebody to vote for bond referendums, you need to be realistic about what it’s going to take to meet a major CIP (capital improvement project) initiative.”

The city should take advantage of low interest rates and ask for $600 million to $800 million, even if that requires a tax increase, Green said.

In 2006, then-Mayor Bill White also did not consult with then-Controller Parker before rolling out a series of bond measures, according to Parker’s office.

If you ask me and thanks for asking, the City Controller is looking and sounding a little silly.  BTW:  The Mayor will unveil the bond program this morning at City Council.

 Here is the rest of the story.

 Last night the NL All Stars had 10 base hits and the AL All Stars had 6 base hits.  Name the league division that had the most base hits?

 One of the best lines of the 2012 Campaign comes from Vice-President Joe Biden yesterday before the National Council of La Raza:

 “Mitt Romney wants you to show your papers, but he won’t show us his,” Biden said. “So many questions…”

Keep hammering! 

 FLASH!!!!!  Chris Moran of the Chron just put this out:

 Mayor Annise Parker is unveiling a $410 million package of proposed bond measures for the November ballot that will not require a tax increase.

She proposes five bond measures. The purposes and amounts:

1. Public safety: $144 million

2. Health, sanitation and general government: $63 million

3. Affordable housing: $15 million

4. Library: $28 million

5. Parks: $160 million

“I realize many Houstonians are still recovering from the economic downturn,” Parker said in a press release. “That is why it was important to me to present a plan that does not require a tax increase. It is also the smallest bond proposal in more than 30 years. It is a fiscally responsible approach that will create jobs and improve public safety, infrastructure and quality of life.”

Let the games begin!

 A couple of days ago I got an Alan Rosen for Precinct 1 Constable mail piece and his campaign went door-to-door in my ‘hood last week.

 In my book, if you shell out a couple of hundred bucks to attend the dinger derby, you are entitled to boo players.  The other night KC fans booed Yankee Robinson Cano because he’s a Yankee and he didn’t let KC All Star Billy Butler participate in the dinger derby.  Cano was the AL derby dinger captain that picked his fellow dinger derby participants.  When Cano came up to bat during the dinger derby he was booed mercilessly and he ended up not getting a single dinger.   A few prominent baseball columnists called out the KC fans for booing Cano.  SHUT UP!!  KC fans have every right to boo.  I’m glad they did because it made the dinger derby slightly less boring.

 Well it looks the NL Pennant Champ will have World Serious home field advantage in October.   I know.  Some so called “purists” don’t like that the league that wins the All Star Game gets home field Serious advantage.  It makes the game a lot more interesting. 

 What is a baseball “purist” anyway?  They don’t like the DH?  They want to go back to day games?  They don’t like the Wild Card?  They don’t like the Kiss Kam?  Oh, well.

 The NL Central of course led all other divisions last night with five base hits (Braun 2, Furcal, Holliday, and McCutchcen.

 My favorite moment of last night was watching Chipper Jones get a base hit in his final All Star at-bat. 

 A few more days off then the roadie begins in San Fran on Friday.

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Somebody called “Eye on City Hall” sent out a take yesterday on the H-Town City Council District H Special Election and the upcoming Mayoral race. The problem is “Eye” doesn’t let us know who she/he is? They are chicken – cluck, cluck, cluck. If you are going to put out an opinion, have the guts and courage to put your name out there and don’t do it anonymously. If you put your name where your mouth is, then we all get to see if you have an agenda, a conflict – you get the picture. I’m discounting everything “Eye” says until “Eye” eye-dentifies himself/herself.

Of all the takes that have been put out on District H, nobody has really offered an opinion on what to expect – interesting. One thing is for certain about tomorrow, the polls will be open from 7 to 7 and some voters will be a little perturbed when they find out polling locations have been combined. Vote for Yolanda Navarro Flores and stay tuned!

H-Town Mayoral candidate and City Controller didn’t take Bill King’s piece on city finances sitting down. Here is a part of what Annise wrote to the Chron: “Bill King’s attack on Mayor Bill White’s budget is all wet. If King had the foresight on a sunny day to buy an umbrella, would he leave it sitting in his closet when it rains? Thank goodness our current city leaders had the foresight to build up a surplus when times were good.” Take that!

Commentary is going to nominate The Dean to be the official spokesperson of the Lone Star State. Every time we need to fix the perception the rest of the U.S. of A. have about us, we can just stick The Dean in front of a TV camera and let it roll. CNN has been running stories about the law enforcement officials in the East Texas burg of Tenaha ripping off folks of color. It is some sort of red neck rip off scheme with a badge attached. The Dean was on live CNN yesterday afternoon explaining how we are going to hold some folks accountable. As usual, The Dean did a good job and didn’t make us look like a bunch of dumbarse secessionists. Way to go Dean!

ManRoid won’t appeal his 50 game suspension and apollyized to Dodger Blue fans. He also pointed out that in the past few years he had passed 15 drugs tests. I think it was more like he got away 15 times. Supposedly he tested positive for something called HCG which among other things is used to “treat delayed puberty in boys” – makes sense to me. Those two Red Sox World Serious Championships don’t look too pristine to me.

Here is what The Big Pujma said:  "It wouldn’t surprise me if he was on steroids, it’s sad to say, but that’s the way I feel about it.  I think that anybody that makes the game look clownish is under suspicion because it’s just not that easy. It’s unfortunate that here we go again with another round of steroid questions.”

We’re not a good team right now. Cecil Puede is making too many excuses. The Big Puma is hanging around the interstate highway. A few players are dinged up. The Hampton/Ortiz experiment is not producing much. Let’s see what we can muster up against the Padres this weekend.

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Commentary snagged this from Woodland Heights resident Cathy Courtney who is a voter in District H. Of course everyone should know by now that Yolanda Navarro Flores is a Commentary client:

“Subject: Important Message From MPH, Cathy Courtney

“Remember to vote in Election this week to replace City Council Rep Adrian Garcia.

“You may share my opinion with your friends in our district & encourage folks to VOTE in this tight, small numbers race.

“As you know, I’m a long time health worker, Christian, educator & frequently involved in electoral & issue campaigns. Since 8/86, I’ve been a voter registrar, precinct delegate, convention secretary, poll worker, & Pct Judge, and active in our community. Some neighbors have asked for my perspective on this election. My research completed on (CoH) Council candidates, I provide you some personal, independent, albeit values laden opinions:). Let me know what you think…

Fortunately we have many qualified candidates to choose from so it’s been a tougher decision….

“1. Yolanda Navarro-Flores is the only candidate previously elected to public office. A former radio & TV broadcaster, she’s a good presenter & as a lawyer, used to dealing with mediation & complicated laws. I worked on her District148 campaign; she won as our House Representative & honed her legislative skills during the 93-95 term. Yolanda’s a smart Hispanic woman, progressive Catholic, Mom, Grandmother, with generations of family in the district. (Lindale resident). The only woman running, Yolanda’s a Cancer survivor who’s a fighter and knows the med care issues of women & children & the health insurance system mess. For the past 7 yrs, her elected service and work (unpaid) on HCC Board of Trustees has benefited even our district (e.g. the NE HCC campus is credited to her persuasive persistence & accounting abilities); helped REDUCE property taxes for the 1st time in HCC history. Better able to interpret Chapter 42 of the Code of Ordinances (all that street paving, concrete & bungalow vs developers stuff) than other candidates. Marc Campos (campaign mngr) and later Yolanda answered all my questions. She knows the ins & outs of budgeting & insurance options.  http://yolanda4citycouncil.com/about/about.htm  Volunteering w/Health Care For All Texas (www.hcfat.org)

local, state & national coalitions, we’re educating at group meetings & individuals to win public org endorsements & constituent support for "Single Payer" health plan. We’re gathering DATA to document how HR676 will significantly lower the cost of health expenditures for the City of Houston (CoH). Council will be asked to make a RESOLUTION supporting HR676, recommending a YES vote to our Congress reps & Yolanda has commited to support the resolution. 

Yolanda is the BEST CHOICE to hit the ground running representing our district, no learning curve and I believe her skills will best help our district at this time.

“2. Maverick Welsh has been a smart, caring 18+ yrs teacher at Reagan up til 07, then working for Peter Brown & rose to Chief of Staff, until January09 when he resigned to run for this office. Maverick’s served in Proctor Plaza neighborhood work projects, Norhill historic district & is good advocate for saving our bungalows (SOB endorsement); http://www.shadyacres.org/index.php?page=74;wap2 No children or other job responsibilities he’d be a hard worker probly full-time. He’s a decent writer (altho somebody on his campaign team missed spelling & grammar errors in his campaign mailouts).  The GLBT door-to-door volunteer was keen & knowledgeable about his candidate. Campaign mngr, John Gorczynski is Judge, JP, Dale’s son. JohnG knew all Maverick’s positions on the issues. Maverick advocates for comprehensive health reform, supports a single payer financing plan and would endorse a Council resolution recommending support of HR 676 to our Congress reps. Karen Derr (real estate diva but 1st time in politics, who forgot to file on time for Council race), will run AT-large next time, so many of her supporters have switched to Maverick and want to see him finish out ex-Council rep Adrian Garcia’s term. 2nd choice if run-off election. http://maverickwelsh.com/

“3.  I have NOT seen Ed Gonzalez at meetings, demonstrations, Dem fundraisers, parties or neighborhood events in over 20 yrs. He may be a good HPD officer (& friends with Adrian Garcia) but crime issues seem the extent of his politics. He’s lived outside the District until a few years ago. It concerns me that Ed voted in Republican primaries well into the Bush years. [My friend in 1st ward said he did participate in business & community mtgs.] It bothers me that his top supporters are developers, insurance companies, big $ contributors & "traditional" politicos. He or staff have NOT responded to my questions at office or phone. I worry about his personal behaviors & political loyalties, and hidden values conflicting with our district. http://www.edforh.com/

“4. Gonzalo Camancho is an engineer, expert/gung ho transportation & traffic issues, has published articles.  Gonzalo is smart but I don’t respect him that as a Bolivian native, getting educated & living in the US for 30 years, he didn’t become a citizen until 2002 & then in 03 jumped into a CityCouncil face & obviously has a big time infrastructure agenda, like pushing a I-45 tunnel/parkway, which of course his company could assist building… http://votecamachotunnel.com/ Too one issue a candidate for me.

“5. Lupe Garcia came from a poor family, great American success story growing up in our District, family roots, HPD stint & Border Patrol stint to small business owner (auto repairs). However his lack of political experience is problematic to me and his big issues are property issues and reducing taxes, he doesn’t know enough about the huge City system, public funding etc. http://www.garciaforcitycouncil.com/

“ 6. Rick Rodriquez, a baseball player turned HPD officer since 1986, seems too one issue focused on CRIME. He at least lives in Lindale & his kids go to Travis Elem, but he’s reeaalll new to politics… & no public service experience, $$, etc Needs to pay his dues in the community & political arena a little more. another race, another time… http://rickrodriguez09.org/bio

“7. Hugo Mojica has been a staff for US rep Gene Green, Council members Gabriel Vasquez & Michael Berry. He works for Brilliant Lectures, a nonprofit org, active in some community org & St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. It sounds like to me that he’ll continue to make a better STAFFER than leadership for our council www.hugomojica.com/0/1358466/0/34487/

“8. Larry Williams Independence Hts resident, was a teacher & later founded of the New Covenant Baptist Church where he has served as Pastor for 13+ years.  Larry’s was a candidate for Council in 05 & got 22% of the vote compared to Adrian Garcia.  I like it that Larry serves as Pct judge, is a community activist (like me) but not everybody’s who an activist can overcome the learning curve. The grind of council biz is probably not really his thing. http://williams4citycouncil.com/meet_larry.htm

“ 9. I don’t feel like writing about James Partsch-Galvan, the Ron Paul, libertarian perennial candidate. too weird for me. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1dAkeT7o10&feature=related; or http://blog.360.yahoo.com/blog-FuIZgeI8er9o1ao_e5ywbDB43A–?cq=1

“According to Charles Kuffner (offthekuff.com blogger/writer)… There was a lot of agreement at the Shady Acres neighborhood forum…partly because the candidates are not too far apart in outlook and ideology. The broad range of backgrounds and experiences among the candidates include cops, lawyers, teachers, civil engineers, and business owners – and it’s clear they have different priorities and approaches. …There wasn’t that much dissonance among them. I assume that will change for the runoff, at least to some extent, but for now things were very civil and pleasant."…

“Reports from the Shady Acres forum with these candidates can be viewed here

http://www.shadyacres.org/index.php?page=75  http://www.shadyacres.org/index.php?page=68

“Too few folks have early voted (n=830). Voting on Saturday 5/9 is deadline. Our Council rep can get things fixed for us and make a difference in the quality of life in our community. I urge you to further assess these District H candidates and GET OUT TO VOTE.

“Sincerely

Cathy C. Courtney, MPH

Woodland Heights”

Thank you Cathy.

Speaking of District H, Commentary has to give the Lupe Garcia his due for a photo of him in a small publication holding up a cardboard sign that says “will work for the city.” I wonder if he was on a street corner.

Speaking of, my good friend Bill King who has done a lot of research and reading on the finances of the City of H-Town has the following piece in today’s Chron. Check it out.

The Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will be holding a discussion this evening on city council redistricting at 5:30 pm, 1801 Main on the Penthouse Floor. My good buddy Edgar will be moderating tonight’s event so check it out.

Commentary snagged foul ball number 4 last night. I actually thought this one would end up in the display case but Michelle from Rolle Alloys, an oil drilling services company, was sitting next to me and asked me for it – drats. She’s in town for the OTC Convention and it was her first time to The Yard. We got run last night after falling behind 4 zip in the first so let’s see if we can at least get a split with the Cubbies this evening.

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Now that The President gets to make a Supreme Appointment, White Males probably need not apply. National Latino leaders and organizations are mobilizing right now trying to get the first Latino/Latina appointed to the Supreme Bench. Women’s organizations will also be making the push for a female appointment. Sorry White Dudes, no se puede this time.

H-Town Council Member Toni Lawrence created a bit of a stir that has the potential to go national when she commented at this week’s Council meeting on the child that died of the H1M1 bug the other day at the Medical Center. She’s probably thinking right now that she should not have said anything. The Chron has two articles on her comments. Check them out:

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/6402327.html And: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/casey/6402170.html. 

Here’s a statement that H-Town CM James Rodriguez is putting out this morning on the remarks:

“During our City Council meeting this week, my colleague, Council Member Toni Lawrence made reference to the 23 month old child who died of Swine Flu in a local hospital. She emphasized that ‘The child was not a United States citizen’ and added that ‘we need to do things for Houston and not for anybody else.’  Consequently, those comments have negatively alarmed many residents throughout the city.

“Now is not the time for rhetoric that could potentially have a negative impact on public health.  Now is not the time to inject a person’s immigration status in this very critical issue.  If an individual is showing symptoms, we want them to seek immediate medical treatment without fear of being questioned of their status. If we do not alleviate these concerns quickly, people will not seek treatment.  Unfortunately, they will not restrict their contact with neighbors either.  At this time, the treatment of all cases is more imperative than any discussion on immigration status. 

“I want to urge everyone, regardless of their background, to see their physician if they feel ill.  If they do not have a physician, they can visit a Federally Qualified Health Clinic, such as El Centro de Corazon, which has clinics at 412 Telephone and 7037 Capitol.

“My deepest condolences go out to the family of the deceased child.”

Nice job James.

CM Lawrence’s remarks have the potential of driving paperless folks further away from the system.  They may be fearful of going to a local clinic if they feel a little woozy, but they’ll stand there next to you and me at the local Fiesta loading up on milk, bread, hamburger meat, and Corn Flakes.  It also has a decidedly negative impact when trying to get these folks to participate in next year’s Census.

Speaking of, don’t forget to attend tomorrow’s H-Town Census 2010 Meeting at 1 pm at the George R. Brown Convention Center.  This is an important gathering for sure.

After four days of Early Voting in the H-Town City Council District H Election, 29 Downtown voters, 265 at Moody Park, and 52 at Ripley House.

Congrats go the Rockets for advancing.

‘Stros closer Joe Green Valley is still out for a while. The Big Puma is batting a buck sixty-two.  We go with Hampton, Roy O, and Wandy this weekend in the ATL so I feel OK about things.

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