Oh well. Great season for Los Espurs. Congrats to Coack Erik Estrada and the Heat. Now, on to Texas State Bobcats Football!
The Dome Experience
Well, $200 Million of fixes and Houston will continue to have a Dome–if the voters approve. A huge convention/exhibit space will come in handy, no doubt. Kuff has the story and links to stuff about the next Dome. I must ask, though, what is up with County agencies who call for proposals, interviews, consulting meetings, and then decide, “oh, we’ll just use our idea; thanks, anyway.”?
Tax Increase for Pre-K
I was catching up with this county tax increase to fund a pre-K program; however, I didn’t realize the increase would be in what we pay for the Harris County Department of Education. The 1 cent tax increase would fund early childhood programs. The catch, though, seems to be that a separate non-profit entity would manage the funds and programming.
Sounds too “chartery” for my tastes. If I’m voting for a tax increase, I want political leadership to be there to point fingers at, not a separate entity that will get paid based on a contract that may or may not have an “out” clause. The guy representing the non-profit points to the political and partisan issues that may occur if it is managed by the Board and the administration. What irked me was the non-profit guy’s contention that HCDE is just a stepping stone for higher office–what political office that handles tax money ISN’T?
I don’t know where I would fall on this one. There’s no doubt that the Board lacks effective leadership, as we witnessed with their appointment process after a member resigned. So, maybe the non-profit guy has a point. At least it’s a non-profit and not some ineffective for-profit company run by a friend of a board member, right? Let’s see where this goes.
MUSIC BREAK ~ Jimmy Gonzalez and Mazz f/ Jay Perez – Calla