My Top 3 Alternative State of the City Statements
The State of the City is:
(3) Expensive! ($90 a head to watch the Mayor deliver her remarks, but free from my EZ chair (not as fun))
(1) Fed, but with permission. (Charitable meals for the homeless…with papers.)
Apparently, the State of the City seems good, according to the Mayor. With any disagreements I may have had along the way, I pretty much agree. I also agree that pension reform is going to be quite the challenge, whether dealing with employees or the Texas Legislature. It should be an interesting year.
From a Houston Citizen point of view, I can say that the view of things is quite different from my perch in Sharpstown than from my previous one in Kingwood. So, I’m looking forward to becoming more of an involved observer of local stuff.
Welcome, LULAC Women!
The LULAC Women’s Conference is being held this weekend here in Houston. I should have applied for a press pass–oh well. Democratic strategist Maria Cardona will be keynote on Saturday which should be interesting. Here’s the agenda. If you attend, have fun!
Kaleidoscope Charter MS Rolled Into Jane Long
I wasn’t able to attend the HISD Board Meeting yesterday, but the school board voted to close three schools, while rolling the charter I had posted about yesterday into Jane Long Middle School as a separate program. I was proud of my friend Juliet Stipeche for standing up for Kaleidoscope, while a majority voted against them and their children.
Much like the City’s decision on charitable meals was cause for increased organizing, this has touched off what will become a sustained effort to organize folks in the SW Houston area. In this case, we are dealing with the future of Houston and Texas.
Musica Break: The Mavericks 1st Reunion Gig