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Happy Birthday, Yogi!

Hall of Fame great and all-around great guy Yogi Berra is 90 today.

As he once said: “Thank you for making this day necessary.”

How many World Serious rings does Yogi have as a player?

Commentary has a signed photo of Yogi on my wall. Do you?

The Sheriff resignation now has us a front page story about who should run the county jail. If the Sheriff had decided to stay as Sheriff, we wouldn’t be having this discussion. Oh, well!

The Harris County Judge and Commissioners will be naming a replacement for sure soon. One thing is certain. The next Sheriff will be a GOPer. They could make history by naming a Latino GOPer, a female GOPer, an African American GOPer, or an Asian American GOPer. Stay tuned!

The grand jury reform legislation might be in trouble this session. How can that be? Didn’t it pass 31 zip in the senate? Check this tweet:

Vernon Loeb ‏@LoebVernon 4m4 minutes ago
Grand jury reform falters in Austin. This is how bills get killed @chroniclemike @brianmrosenthal http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/article/Grand-jury-reform-suffers-setback-in-Austin-6256995.php?t=c0e19d30f4b2e7d3f0&cmpid=twitter-premium … via @HoustonChron

The bad news is that we get stuck with a lousy system. The good news is Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Lisa Falkenberg can now set her sights on those who derailed reform and provide us with some juicy columns.

Does she or doesn’t she. How much power is left in her gas tank? He’s talking about the Mayor. Check this from the Chron’s Mike Morris:

City Council has voted down or delayed several items put forward by Mayor Annise Parker in recent weeks, events that some City Hall observers interpret as a sign of the term-limited mayor being afflicted with lame-duck syndrome as the race to succeed her heats up.

Parker and her allies dismiss these suggestions, saying they see no trend in a series of tiffs stemming from unrelated proposals to tweak the makeup of two city-appointed boards, make it easier to work with public easements, or administer longstanding programs. Parker has even declared her intent to remain politically relevant by scheduling a fundraiser for May 17.

Here is the entire Morris piece behind the paywall: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Council-pushing-back-against-lame-duck-mayor-6256070.php.

I don’t know. She is still the Mayor and does set the agenda. We will see I guess. It depends on what else she wants to accomplish.

I am not going to say much about Tom Brady other than to say he still gets to keep his latest Super Bowl ring.

Yogi Berra of course has ten World Serious rings as a player.

“Slump? I ain’t in no slump…I just ain’t hitting.”

Our top prospect, Carlos Correa, was promoted to Triple A. He should have been promoted to The Yard.

We fell to sixth in the Bleacherreport.com MLB power rankings. We have to do better at The Yard.

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Still Smarting

The H-Town Mayor said yesterday that it wasn’t her idea to put out the news on the pension deal last Thursday evening. She said she only called for a press announcement for Friday after the news was already out. Well I guess it was either the pension folks or State Rep. Sylvester Turner’s folks who put out the news. Oh, well!

While watching the H-Town City Council meeting on the flat screen yesterday, I tweeted the following that got a response from Mike Morris of the Chron:

Marc Campos ‏@MarcCommentary 1h1 hour ago
@AnniseParker said @mmorris011 @HoustonChron got it wrong on her office lobbying against quorum for Friday’s Special Called Council Meeting.

Mike Morris ‏@mmorris011 1h1 hour ago
@MarcCommentary @AnniseParker No, she said i didn’t “interview” him. I was standing next to him as he made the comment at a public meeting.

Yeah, well I kind of didn’t hear The Mayor clearly. CM Kubosh was complaining about an aide lobbying against a quorum and reading about it in the Chron and The Mayor did say that the Chron didn’t interview the aide and that she would talk to him. Of course, she would talk to him a day after the article appeared. Oh, well.

Here is what Morris’ colleague Katherine Driessen put out today on Friday’s meeting:

But (Council Member C.O.) Bradford and other council members said that power is largely an illusion because they claim staff from Parker’s office has been working to discourage a quorum at Friday’s meeting, which Parker later said she did not order and would not do.

It looks like the Special Called Meeting will happen but it is hard to say at this point what will happen at the meeting.

I will say this. There is not the enthusiasm for the pension deal today as there was just prior to the deal being announced. I am guessing even the enthusiasm got kicked down the road.

Remember when I posted the following about The Dean mentioning to the Chron E-Board H-Town Council Members Dwight Boykins and Michael Kubosh and their role with pensions. Here is that E-Board take again:

Whether they decide to act, state legislators can’t escape their role at the core of the pension fight.

In addition to employee contributions, the firefighter pension is funded by tax dollars collected by City Hall. However, City Hall can’t set the amount it is obligated to pay. State law creates a framework that dictates what Houston taxpayers owe. Local tax dollars should be controlled by the elected officials at City Hall, but that isn’t what Democratic state Sen. John Whitmire thinks.

“Do you really want [Council Member Michael] Kubosh to be in charge of a $3 billion fund?” Whitmire asked the Chronicle editorial board during the past election season. “Do you want [Council Member] Dwight Boykins to be in charge of a $3 billion fund?”

Yes. In fact, that’s exactly what Houstonians elected them to do. City officials control the city budget.

Well now that The Dean and State Rep. Sylvester Turner are carrying a bill on the pension deal, CM Boykins took a shot at The Dean at yesterday’s Council Meeting. I guess CM Boykins is still smarting some. Here is what I tweeted:

Marc Campos ‏@MarcCommentary 21m21 minutes ago
#Ouch! @DwightBoykins just called @whitmire_john “Little John” at #Houcouncil meeting. #pensionreform #HouNews #TheDean

Here is part of what CM Boykins said: “So ‘Little John” listen to me. I want to see what you are going to do this legislative session to help solve this problem for the City of Houston.”

Name the ‘Stro who committed the most fielding errors last season?

Commentary is a fan of Hillary Clinton for President but I think she needs to go through Spring Training, err, a competitive primary. She needs more than just BP in a batting cage. She needs to see live pitching and game situations before she gets into the General Election.

Today the Chron E-Board kind of agrees here: http://www.chron.com/opinion/editorials/article/Editorial-Clinton-redux-6128750.php.

Commentary said this wasn’t a good idea. I am talking about the H-Town City Council Ad Hoc Committee on Charter Review. The Mayor is not agreeing with one of their key recommendations. What did the Mayor expect Council to recommend with less than ten months left in her term? Here is from the Chron:

Mayor Annise Parker has largely dismissed a council-backed city charter change that would allow six members to place an item on the agenda, undercutting Houston’s strong-mayor form of government that grants only her that power.

Last summer, Parker branded the proposal a “non-starter,” saying “voters don’t care” about the issue. Recently, she also said that it might violate the state’s Open Meetings Act, which prevents council members from gathering to discuss an agenda item outside of a properly posted meeting.

“What they want to do is for six council members to get together and secretly meet and decide on an agenda item,” Parker said. “Well, you can’t secretly meet to decide on an agenda item. You can’t even publicly meet. In order for council members to confer at all about an item of business, it has to be publicly posted.”

A Houston City Council charter review committee, however, has unanimously recommended putting the issue to voters, saying it would give the city’s legislative body greater ability to actually legislate. With the charter review committee meeting for the last time Tuesday night, both the agenda-setting recommendation and another recommended proposal to change term limits from three two-year terms to two four-year terms in 2019 will now go to Parker for consideration. The committee voted down repealing the decade-old revenue cap and giving council the power to meet in closed-door executive sessions. Any charter changes must get voter approval.

Here is the entire article that is behind the Chron paywall:
http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Parker-skeptical-of-proposal-to-give-council-more-6129006.php.

I have said before, if you are going to look at major charter changes, then invite all stakeholders to participate. That way you get a lot more buy in. They didn’t.

I am not going to say anything about us facing Andre Johnson twice next season.

Shortstop Jonathan Villar of course committed 18 fielding errors in 86 games to lead all ‘Stros last season.

Villar played center field yesterday.

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Let me remind you that The Alamo fell 179 years ago today after a 13 day siege. I’ll probably play the Asleep at the Wheel CD while I am out and about today.

“Bad, bad deal” is what the City Council Budget Committee Chair says about the deal that will be announced today between the H-Town administration and the Fire Fighters Pension leaders.

This tweet came out last night:

Teddy Schleifer @teddyschleifer • 11h 11 hours ago
Mayoral race fall-out could be fascinating: Does it take wind out of sails of those running on pensions? Or, elevate their signature issue?

This issue is definitely not going away. Commentary doesn’t really think it is a good idea to announce a deal on a big deal that looks like it will be a big political deal during the upcoming campaign. Throw in the involvement of one of the major candidates for H-Town Mayor and it starts to look like a suspicious deal. Really?

Here are some more tweets from late last night:

Teddy Schleifer ‏@teddyschleifer 17m17 minutes ago
And here’s @mmorris011’s early look at pension deal to be announced tomorrow. @s_costello calls it “bad, bad deal.” | http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Mayor-firefighter-pension-trustees-reach-6118184.php

Teddy Schleifer ‏@teddyschleifer 12m12 minutes ago
In January, @SylvesterTurner told me re: his involvement in brokering deal (long rumored): “I’m not going to try and get ahead of anything.”

Teddy Schleifer ‏@teddyschleifer 3m3 minutes ago
Roadblock to pension reform long been @whitmire_john. But thought to be softening. In Jan. he told me he was “open-minded” to meet & confer.

Teddy Schleifer ‏@teddyschleifer 11m11 minutes ago
Another big detail unearthed by @mmorris011 tonight: City agrees to not lobby #txlege for 3 yrs while deal in place | http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Mayor-firefighter-pension-trustees-reach-6118184.php

Here is from Mike Morris’ Chron piece on the deal:

The fire pension board’s announcement credited mayoral candidate and state Rep. Sylvester Turner, D-Houston, with assisting in the talks.

Well, we now know Rep. Turner’s position on this issue.

Also from the Chron is a reaction from one of the City’s experts on pensions:

Craig Mason is a pension consultant who represents the city on the police, fire and municipal pension boards. Mason, who followed the talks but had not seen the final deal, said the deal would see firefighters contribute more of their pay toward their retirement and have the city contribute less, for a term of three years.

Mason and other pension reformers have said, however, that without changing pension benefits the city will not be solving the problem long term.

And here is why some folks will be scratching their heads today – also from the Morris piece:

(Mayor) Parker’s support for the deal is curious, given that she said the pension trustees’ proposal from the fall “reflects no true pension reform” and repeated the same stance as recently as Wednesday, saying, “There’s no reform in that … we’re just putting more money into a system that I think needs help.”

I am certainly scratching my head. Well at least a lot more folks will now be paying attention to this issue. I wonder if that’s what the deal makers wanted. Aside from the deal makers, I wonder who will step forward to say it is a good deal. Stay tuned for more!

Here is the entire Mike Morris article: http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Mayor-firefighter-pension-trustees-reach-6118184.php.

There are sixteen pitchers in MLB history who have struck out 3000 plus hitters in their career. Fourteen of them have been voted into the MLB Hall of Fame. Name the two who haven’t?

From Chron.com this morning:

U.S. employers extended a healthy streak of hiring in February by adding 295,000 jobs, the 12th straight monthly gain above 200,000.

Of course, the GOP still won’t give The President any credit.

Len Cannon from KHOU-TV did a commentary on the Ferguson Report yesterday. Check it out here:
http://www.khou.com/videos/life/2015/03/05/commentary-with-len-cannon/24466623/.

The Rocket with 4,672 strikeouts and Curt Schilling with 3,116 have yet to get a phone call from the MLB Hall of Fame of course.

The ‘Stros had three dingers and a win yesterday.

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