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A Plan for Fixing City Permitting

On the campaign trail this year I have consistently heard complaints from Houstonians about the difficulty in getting building permits from the City. The complaints mostly centered on exceedingly long delays. Many reported waiting as long as nine months to get a...

Spend Every Penny of the Drainage Fee on Drainage

Once again hundreds of Houston families are waking up from the nightmare of floodwater rushing into their homes. They, and everyone else who suffered from flooding over the last four years, should be outraged that the City continues to spend only about half the drainage fees they pay each month on actually improving drainage.

The City Does NOT Have a Balanced Budget

This week Channel 13’s Ted Oberg reported that early in the Turner administration 126 doctors and executives with Kelsey-Seybold Clinic made campaign contributions of nearly $90,000 on the same day. Kelsey, which is one of our City’s outstanding medical institutions,...

The Sleaze Just Keeps on Flowing from City Hall

About this time two years ago, many Houstonians were stranded in flooded homes, desperately awaiting rescue. Social media was overflowing with individuals begging for help. Many were forced to flee to any nearby high ground, including freeway overpasses. Some waited...

Turner’s Imaginary Memorial Detention Project

The Turner Administration has conceded that little has been done to prevent future floods since Harvey.  Turner and his surrogates have attempted to excuse their neglect by blaming the federal government for not giving them the money to do the necessary work. Turner...

A Plan to Mitigate Flooding in Houston

There are a number of areas around Houston that chronically flood. One of these is south of the Katy Freeway near Memorial City. The City for years allowed intensive development along the freeway without requiring sufficient detention. As a result, neighborhoods to...