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Turner Broken Promise No. 3: Zero-Based Budgeting

I cannot even guess at the number of times I heard Sylvester Turner promise to implement zero-based budgeting on the 2015 campaign trail. Here is one such instance during a KUHF radio interview. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=663cfKkbrxQ&feature=youtu.be The...

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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...

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Spend Every Penny of the Drainage Fee on Drainage

A joint City-County project that could significantly reduce flooding in Spring Branch is being delayed by Turner’s insistence that his cronies get more of the work. The neighborhoods in the vicinity of Neuens Road have repeatedly flooded due to poor, outdated drainage...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Four Years Late and $435 Million Short

The city’s chief recovery officer/flood czar Steve Costello made this stunning admission this week: “When people ask us today if we’re more prepared now than we were prepared for Harvey, the answer, unfortunately is no. . .” It is hard for me to get my brain around...

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Bill King’s Seven-Point Ethics Reform and Transparency Plan

In 2013, the City of Houston entered into an agreement with sixteen of Houston’s most notorious strip clubs. The agreement settled some longstanding litigation between the City and the strip clubs over the City’s rules about the operation of such businesses. The...

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Is HCAD Going to Pile on Harvey Victims?

Is HCAD Going to Pile on Harvey Victims?

A joint City-County project that could significantly reduce flooding in Spring Branch is being delayed by Turner’s insistence that his cronies get more of the work. The neighborhoods in the vicinity of Neuens Road have repeatedly flooded due to poor, outdated drainage...

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City Population Growth Grinds to a Crawl

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.
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It is Now Clear that Turner Intends to Renew the Sweet 16 Agreement

It is Now Clear that Turner Intends to Renew the Sweet 16 Agreement

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.
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The First Pay-to-Play Endorsement Is In

  In what is unquestionably the most disturbing pay-to-play discovery to date, we have uncovered that Sylvester Turner has accepted approximately $50,000 in campaign contributions from the owners of Houston’s most notorious strip clubs.  This represents a new...

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The Fire Fighter Pay Debacle: How Did We Get into this Mess?

  For those of you not familiar with the flooding problems in Kingwood, there is a widespread consensus among flood experts and that community that a large sand bar which has accumulated where the West Fork of the San Jacinto River enters Lake Houston is one of...

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Turner’s Pothole Misinformation Campaign

Turner’s Pothole Misinformation Campaign

    Last Friday, Sylvester Turner issued a rambling, three-page letter in which he blamed Houston voters and Houston fire fighters for the Proposition B debacle in which the City now finds itself. There is one person who is 100% to blame for this fiasco:...

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City Continues to Skimp on Street Spending

City Continues to Skimp on Street Spending

    Last Friday, Sylvester Turner issued a rambling, three-page letter in which he blamed Houston voters and Houston fire fighters for the Proposition B debacle in which the City now finds itself. There is one person who is 100% to blame for this fiasco:...

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City’s Net Assets Plunge by over $1 Billion

City’s Net Assets Plunge by over $1 Billion

  Sylvester Turner’s press conference on potholes this week was masterful misdirection.  Most of the media headlines were that Turner claimed the City was repairing 100% of its potholes.  But if you read the fine print, the City is only repairing 100% of the...

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Rapes in Houston Up 121% in Last Four Years

Rapes in Houston Up 121% in Last Four Years

  A few days before Christmas, the City of Houston released its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for FY2017-2018.  In recent years, the City’s standard operating procedure has been to release the CAFR over the holidays to minimize the attention it...

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