Thoughts on Viernes 08052012 (Domingo Edition)

Post #4500

Yes, this is my 4500th post on this thing that has been around for 7 years and 4 months. I’d like to reach 5,000 by the end of the year, so, we’ll see what happens. Thanks to all for sticking around all this time.

The City Wants To What?

Campos alerted to me to something I had heard through the ‘nets, and until I saw some quotes, I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. A ballot proposal to allow City Council to have closed sessions?

I’ll have to agree with CM James Rodriguez on this one.

I believe that we need to hash out our issues in the public and work with the public and to have their confidence and trust that we’re going to be open and upfront with issues.

Right, on, CM Rodriguez!

Recently, the City of Austin Council has been trying to bamboozle people by making decisions to add a competing bond proposal on Council districts. The people submitted a 10-district, 1-mayor proposal, along with 30,000+ signatures to get their proposal on the ballot. City Council, which the majority is bossed around by monied interests, wants a hybrid system. In closed session, without input by the people, the Council is now close to adding a competing proposal–sure to confuse voters. No transparency whatsoever.

No, I don’t like the idea, or the results of what could happen with such an idea. And even if it is carefully worded to ensure transparency, should it be on the 2012 ballot? How about on the Mayor and Council’s re-election ballot?

Kuff has more.

What Planet is Abbott On?

My friend Ken from Katy pointed me to a piece by Burka about a tweet AG Abbott put out there. Apparently, Abbott calling the recent GOP nomination of a Spanish-surnamed teabagger a “Latino shift.”

The AG seems to forget that Latinos sure as heck didn’t vote for the teabagger. If anything, the majority of Latinos don’t care much for his anti-Latino positions. Beyond the teabagger, an Anglo teabagger also ousted a sitting Spanish-surnamed Supreme Court Justice because he could beat a “Mexican name.” Remember, Abbott? And beyond the electoral politics, Republican policies are out of whack with Latino beliefs about public education, job creation, health care, comprehensive immigration–the list of issues goes on.

Abbott and the Republicans are in a fantasy world. (I hope this answers Ken from Katy’s question.)

Go Marlen!

The Olympics have been pretty fun this year, but the Houston area gets to watch one of its own compete on Monday. Marlen Esparza, a local boxer from Pasadena, makes history as the U.S. fields its first female boxing team. And Marlen gets in the ring early on Monday. Here’s the update from Marlen’s Facebook:

It is almost the big day! Tomorrow, Marlen will make U.S. Olympic history when she gets underway at the 2012 Summer Olympics London in the Flyweight division. Up first, Marlen will face Karhla Magliocco of Venezuala who defeated Erica Matos  in a 15-14 decision earlier today. Their Quarterfinal bout will take place between 1:30-2:00 p.m. London time (8:30 a.m. EST, 7:30 a.m. CST) and will be shown on one of NBC’s networks or live on

In the meantime, check out another article with the Houstpn Chronicle on Marlen!

Have a great week!


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