Monthly Archives: November 2009

HPOU: WE ONLY SUPPORT GENE LOCKE!

ALLEGATION: ANNISE PARKER IS MISLEADING THE PUBLIC!

How would you feel if someone had stolen your identity?


Today, the Houston Police Officers’ Union put out an all-points “press” bulletin asking Houston voters to be wary of false and misleading radio and television ads by mayoral candidate, Ms. Annise Parker.

HPOU, Houston’s largest and most respected police officer organization, is warning

Houston voters to not be misled by Parker’s radio and television ads which falsely imply she has the police group’s endorsement. The police organization has endorsed Gene Locke for Mayor in the upcoming runoff election.


“To trick voters, Annise Parker is playing fast and loose with the truth and our respected identity,” said Gary Blankinship, president of the 5,000-plus member Houston Police Officers’ Union. “While it may not be a true crime, it’s disingenuous for Ms. Parker to claim we support her. The truth is, in past elections we did support her, however, recently she lost our support and our trust. Houston police do not support Ms. Parker because she has no plan to support the police department of help officers fight crime in Houston.


The HPOU encourages voters to approach Parker and her claims with extreme caution. “Parker’s ads deceitfully imply she has our endorsement, which she does not,” Blankinship stated. “We endorse Gene Locke for Mayor.”


“Annise Parker needs to immediately pull down her misleading ads, but too much is at stake for her to do the right thing. Houston voters need to know what we know. Ms. Parker’s ill-advised non-plan is to do absolutely nothing to help HPD. Her only plan is to mislead people into believing legitimate police officers have endorsed her. We have not and would strongly advise voters to reject Ms. Parker’s false and intentionally misleading claims,” challenged Blankinship.


The police group says Parker’s mayoral campaign has developed a rap sheet of being abandoning HPD on successful crime fighting strategies. During the mayoral campaign Parker has said she wants to “take apart” the Houston Police Department and has said she would NOT support more funding for additional police patrol officers. The police group also points out that Parker has voted against funding for expanded gang crime enforcement.


“Parker has been caught red handed,” Blankinship concluded. “For public safety’s sake, Houston’s voters are strongly advised to not become victims of Annise Parker’s false and intentionally misleading statements.”

SIGHTS, SOUNDS AND PEOPLE BEFORE THE BIG GAME!

WHAT A GREAT TIME IN THE BIG EASY!




It was a big disappointment for Southern University fans after Grambling took the big game at the annual Bayou Classic. But as usual New Orleans served as the party spot to lift everyone’s spirit no matter what the outcome was. Thousands of people poured into the Big Easy over the weekend for the battle between the historically Black colleges in Louisiana. Here are some of the people I encountered at the game: Michael Gildon, Van Richardson, Jewel ‘Juice’ Jackson, Pam Richardson, Jamie Jones, Kendrick Jones, and a host of others!

VON MCDANIELS CELEBRATE HIS BIRTHDAY!

A PARTY AT THE FOUNDATION ROOM!










The Insite attended the birthday celebration of Houston super promoter and marketing guru Von McDaniels. The event was held in the swanky Foundation Room at the House of Blues. The event was held last Sunday. The party started off with drinks and moved into the dining area where everyone selected their food from a menu especially prepared by Russ Corley who is the promoter at HOB on Sunday nights. Lots of McDaniels friends attended the event and wished him a very happy birthday!

BAYOU CLASSIC: THE SU BOARD CHAIRMAN’S SUITE!

CELEBRATING THE BIG GAME IN NEW ORLEANS!









As part of the annual tradition of attending the Bayou Classic the Insite made a stop by the Southern University Board Chairman’s suite Friday night. Tony Clayton, who was recently re-elected to the position, entertained dozens of guests who streamed through the hotel all night. There was even a cool game of pool being played by many of those who stopped in. Several familiar faces were there including: Millette Clayton Scott, Paula Clayton, Jamie Jones, Kendrick Jones, Donald Dobbins, and a host of others. Here are some of the pictures I snapped!

CON FUNK SHUN LIVE IN NEW ORLEANS AT THE BAYOU CLASSIC!

FRONT ROW FOR THE SHOW AT HARRAH’S CASINO!










Hundreds of people packed into Harrah’s Casino in New Orleans to see a group that many of hem grew up on. The Insite was no exception. ConFunkShun rocked the house Friday night kicking off the Bayou Classic Weekend in grand style. The California band played everything from ‘Shake and Dance With Me’ to ‘Fun’ – the crowd went wild throughout the night. The Insite was on hand to snap a few photos. Here are some of the faces I encountered. Make sure you stand by for Cameo coming Saturday night!

GENE LOCKE HASN’T QUITE HIT THE $1 MILLION INCOME JUST YET!

NOT QUITE DADDY WARBUCKS JUST YET!

Staffers for Houston Mayoral candidate Gene Locke released his income tax returns from the last three years. The man who wants to be the next Mayor of Houston clearly lands in the high six figure salary range but he has yet to hit the $1 million dollar mark. According to the documents received by the Insite Locke hovers right around $800,000 a year in income. His taxes are typically around $200,000. Here’s a closer look at Locke’s income over the last few years:

2006:
$767,000 Income
$219,000 Tax

2007:
$869,000 Income
$207,000 Tax

2008:
$820,000 Income
$218,000 Tax

MAYOR BILL WHITE WANTS YOU TO WEIGH IN!

AN OPEN LETTER FROM THE MAN WHO MAY RUN FOR GOVERNOR!

Dear Friend,

Since Friday a week ago, Texans from all backgrounds and all regions have asked me to consider running to be our next Governor of Texas. Yesterday afternoon I announced that I’d consider running for Governor and will make a decision by Friday, December 4th.

I wanted to say how much I appreciate your support in my Senate race. Thank you for bringing momentum to this campaign for Texas’ future.

I’m writing to let you know what’s on my mind. Both our next Governor and our next Senator must bring new energy to the task of moving our state forward. In both positions, we need leadership that can bring our state together and reduce the strident partisanship in Austin and Washington.

As I’m considering how I can best serve our state and how we can work together to move our state forward, I’d like to hear your opinion. Your advice and counsel are needed now more than ever.

I want to make sure I can read your thoughts while I’m on the go — and at all hours! Please click here to send me a message or email me at billwhite@billwhitefortexas.com.

Texans know we can do better than ranking dead last in the nation in the percentage of our population with a high school diploma. Texans know we can do better than the last decade of soaring energy costs, increasing insurance costs, and skyrocketing college tuition.

We need leaders in the Governor’s office and in the U.S. Senate fighting for ordinary Texas families instead of for political points or special interests.

Politics aside, I hope you enjoy your friends and family during this week of Thanksgiving and say a prayer for those who cannot be home with their loved ones because they are serving us abroad.

Respectfully,

Bill White

CONN’S SETTLES CLAIMS OF QUESTIONABLE BUSINESS PRACTICES WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL!

THE COMPANY IS COUGHING UP $4.5 MILLION TO MAKE IT GO AWAY!

Press Release: Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today resolved the states enforcement action against Conns, Inc. In May, Conns was charged with failing to honor product warranties, misleading customers about the nature of its products, false advertising and other violations of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

According to the states enforcement action – and information contained in more than 3,500 customer complaints – the defendant unlawfully relied on aggressive and deceptive sales tactics to increase its extended service warranty sales for appliances, electronics and other products. The agreement reached today requires Conns to reform its business practices and pay $4.5 million in restitution for its customers.

Just in time for the holiday shopping season, todays agreement fundamentally reforms how Conns does business, Attorney General Abbott said. Under its agreement with the state, Conns must remedy its high pressure sales tactics, refrain from misleading customers about extended warranties, and fully honor the warranty agreements that it sells to customers. By redressing of improper conduct and setting aside restitution, this agreement benefits past, present and future Conns customers.

According to state investigators, Conns instructed sales personnel to rely on high-pressure tactics to overcome objections voiced by customers who declined to purchase extended warranties. The states May enforcement action also indicated that Conns failed to provide customers with a copy of the warranty agreement at the time of sale. As a result, purchasers were not adequately informed about exclusions, limitations, cancellation penalties and other provisions governing their warranty agreements.

In an agreement reached today, Conns agreed to provide customers a copy of the extended warranty agreement at the time of sale. Conns also must ensure that its sales personnel accurately represent rights, remedies or obligations contained in the extended warranty agreements.

Under todays agreement, Conns must also refrain from adding extended warranty or credit insurance products to customers invoices without their written consent. Extended warranty agreement provisions will protect existing customers because the agreement applies to both existing and future extended warranties.

The states May enforcement action charged Conns with failing to fulfill its warranty obligations. According to customer complaints obtained by the Office of the Attorney General, Conns delayed repair appointments for weeks or even months, failed to repair items to working condition, ignored calls, and ultimately, refused to give refunds or replace the defective products. Todays agreement stipulates if a product fails within 72 hours of purchase or delivery to a customers home, Conns must replace the product with an identical or similar model. If the product fails at the time of delivery, the Conns delivery team must remove the product and exchange it.

Finally, the agreement requires Conns to compensate customers who were harmed by its unlawful content. As a result, Conns must pay $4.5 million to establish a customer restitution fund. Todays agreement also requires Conns to pay $250,000 in attorneys fees and $100,000 to the University of Houston Consumer Law Clinic.

In the coming weeks, the Office of the Attorney General will review customer complaints and other data to determine how it will administer the restitution fund. Customers with questions should call (800) 252-8011 or visit the attorney generals Web site at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.

TRAFFIC WARNING FOR THOSE ATTENDING THE TEXANS GAME!

ALTERNATE ROUTES SO YOU WON’T BE STUCK!

FROM HPD: Rush hour commuters and fans attending tonight’s Texans’ game at Reliant Stadium are encouraged to avoid traveling on South Main Street (Highway 90) where workers are cleaning up a train derailment near Stella Link that forced closure of all north and southbound lanes on
South Main.

All northbound lanes on South Main just reopened a short time ago.

However, all southbound lanes on South Main remain closed from Stella Link to South Post Oak Road. Houston police officers on the scene are being told only two of four southbound (outbound) lanes are likely to be reopened sometime in the 4 o’clock hour.

As a result, HPD encourages motorists to not travel on Highway 90 south to get home or to the football game, and instead use Highways 288 and 59 South to the 610 South Loop.

DPS SHUTTING DOWN ACADEMY DORMS!

CONCERNS OVER SAFETY PROMPTED THE CLOSURE!

Citing a concern for the safety of residents of the DPS Training Academy, members of the Texas Public Safety Commission voted unanimously Thursday to immediately close the two aging dormitories, which were built in 1955 and 1972. All students will be moved to a nearby motel for the immediate future.

“We take the safety of our employees and students seriously and will do what we must do to provide them with a secure, safe sleeping environment,” said Steven C. McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Inspections of the facility by the State Fire Marshal’s Office for the past eight years have noted the deficiencies, but most of the recommendations have not been implemented because of funding constraints.

Improvements to bring the buildings up to Life Safety Code for fire safety—includes a fire alarm and sprinkler system, a fire suppression system for the cafeteria and enclosing stairwells—would likely cost several million dollars. Compounding these issues, the high concentration of calcium in the buildings’ pipes over the years has caused the flow of hot water to almost cease. Repairing this critical infrastructure issue will require considerable funding to abate.

The DPS dormitory houses students in the recruit school, as well as other DPS employees who travel from across the state to attend training classes or other meetings in Austin. The dormitory can house up to 417 people and includes a cafeteria where meals are served.