Thoughts on Viernes…06222012

The City Budget

Looks like the City of Houston budget went off without a hitch, but there was this portion of the meeting that went long. You know, the part where Helena Brown’s budget amendments were shot down? Brown wanted to privatize EMS and other services. Yeah…anyway. Some good amendments were passed and for the time it took to get everything done, there didn’t seem to be much drama. I guess that’s a good thing.

And did you see how Mike Sullivan wanted to exempt the community trails and parks of Kingwood from the Rebuild Houston stuff? Ummm…no! He was shot down by Council, too; although, I do disagree with my own CM Laster’s vote in support of this amendment. Kingwood’s parks and trails are NOT city-owned; if anything, you need a little “K” sticker on your car in order to use them (or an ID saying you live in the ‘Wood), so as far as I’m concerned, we they should pay our their fair share.

PeckBlog has the whole list of amendments and results.

HISD Bond

I guess we better begin discussing the HISD Bond. Now that I live in HISD, I actually have a say in it, so I guess I’m wondering if I will be going from my suburban anti-bond attitude (priorities were screwed up at Humble ISD), back to a pro-bond attitude in the big city. Bottom line:  We’ve got $2 billion in bonds to either support or not.

The bond entails the rebuilding or renovating of many school buildings, especially high schools, which is probably a good thing. Some of these buildings are long past overcrowded, or just plain outdated. And let’s face it, a lot of the elementary schools that have been built with previous bond money will fill-up the new high schools in a few years.

Senator Mario Gallegos says he doesn’t support the bond, but something this big, well, I think we need a better explanation as to what parts? Obviously, it is up for discussion, so we all need to listen before we go vote in November.

RIP – Leonel Pulido

Leonel Pulido, accordionst for Roberto Pulido y Los Clasicos, passed away this week. Pulido was a pioneer in the movement which added accordion as a main element to orquesta Tejana bands in the genre. His style was recognizable and helped put Los Clasicos on the map as one of our legendary musical groups. He was 67.

Why Doesn’t Tech Just Forfeit?

All of my excitement about the Texas State-Texas Tech game may fly out the window, now that Tech wants to cancel the game. Apparently, they don’t like that ESPN wants to air the game on the Longhorn Network and Tech is crying about it.

Screw Texas Tech! Forfeit the game if you don’t like it! Don’t just pick up your marbles and go home. What a bunch of crybabies!

Y’all have a great weekend! I’ll be blogging from the weird City of Austin next week, so, we’ll see if I blog weirdly.

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