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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.
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The City Does NOT Have a Balanced Budget

At last night's SN12/Garden Oaks mayoral forum, Turner repeated yet again the false statement that he has balanced the City's budget. I corrected him, pointing out that according to the independent auditor last year the City ran a deficit in its general fund of $435...

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The Sleaze Just Keeps on Flowing from City Hall

In case you missed it, Amy Davis at KPRC Channel 2 reported Monday on the City Hall connections to the owner of a towing company recently convicted of running a racket that snared scores of Houstonians. Richard Gonzalez was selected by the City to participate in its...

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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?

Everywhere I travel across this city, people are fed up with the pay-to-play and cronyism at City Hall.  They are sick and tired of the fact that people who make large campaign contributions play by a different set of rules than everyone else.  They have lost their...

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City Population Growth Grinds to a Crawl

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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The First Pay-to-Play Endorsement Is In

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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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

Sylvester Turner told City Council members last week that he intends to lay off 400 firefighters and trigger the layoff of another 100 employees in other departments to pay for the increased cost of Proposition B.[i]  Turner claims there is no other way to fund...

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City Continues to Skimp on Street Spending

City Continues to Skimp on Street Spending

  We now have audits for the City and its three pension plans for the first full year of operation under the pension changes made in 2017.  The results clearly show that, other than making a one-time reduction in the pension liability by cutting benefits and...

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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

  We now have audits for the City and its three pension plans for the first full year of operation under the pension changes made in 2017.  The results clearly show that, other than making a one-time reduction in the pension liability by cutting benefits and...

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The Testimony of Major Brent Taylor on Election Day

The Testimony of Major Brent Taylor on Election Day

A few years ago, I was at the Hobby Center for a play.  Just before the play, as the house lights were being lowered and the crowd was settling in for the performance, a door opened on the left side of the theater about halfway down the seating area.  Because it was...

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City has Shortchanged Rebuild Fund by Nearly $250 Million

City has Shortchanged Rebuild Fund by Nearly $250 Million

  If you have not watched Ted Oberg's story on the $35 million contract for Harvey "outreach services" Sylvester Turner is asking Council to approve, please go right now and watch it (click on image below).  If you are like me, you will probably feel like you...

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A Hurricane Michael Would Be Houston’s Worst Nightmare

A Hurricane Michael Would Be Houston’s Worst Nightmare

  Brent Taylor was the mayor of North Ogden, Utah.  He was also a major in the Army National Guard.  He was killed last week in Afghanistan on his fourth tour of duty there.  He was 39 and left behind a wife and seven children. Shortly before his death, Major...

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Closing Argument on Proposition A – Rebuild Houston

Closing Argument on Proposition A – Rebuild Houston

  If you have not watched Ted Oberg's story on the $35 million contract for Harvey "outreach services" Sylvester Turner is asking Council to approve, please go right now and watch it (click on image below).  If you are like me, you will probably feel like you...

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