Monthly Archives: February 2010

TOM BAZAN GIVES HIS LATEST REPORT ON THE METRO SYSTEM!

BAZAN: PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION IS ON THE DECLINE!

METRO reported January 2010 Fare Box Revenue again declined, -10.4% from
January 2009.

FY2010 (4 months) Fare Box is -6.11% below the same 4-month
period for FY2009, totaling approximately -$1,353,000.

The Fixed-Route Bus Boardings declined -0.37%, and the
decline for the past four (4) months of FY2010 totals -4.78%, or, -1,156,000 boardings!

The decline over the past 18 months is -16.15%, or -20,040,600 lost boardings.

The METRORail boardings declined a whopping -12.6% for January. The
METRORail boardings have experienced a four (4) month decline (FY2010) of -9.88%, or a decline in ridership of -371,500.

The decline over the past 18 months is -5.62%, or, -993,000 lost tram boardings.

The decline in Sales Tax Revenue for February was -14.76%. The decline in sales tax revenue for the four months of FY2010 is -$32,030,208.50.

The sales tax decline for the past 11 months is -9.52%, 05 -$47,675,000!

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With both Sales Tax Revenue and METRO fixed-route bus and tram boardings
plummeting, there is no need to squander billions of precious taxpayer
resources on more Lee. P. Brown legacy boondoggle rail.

Tom Bazan
Houston, TX

A NOTE FROM NAACP’S HOWARD JEFFERSON!


WE DID IT

TO: My Supportive Friends

FROM: Howard Jefferson

SUBJECT: Election to the National Board of the NAACP

THANKS! Thanks for supporting me for the position of National Board Member of the NAACP.

On Saturday, February 20, 2010, in the City of New York, I was sworn in as a National Board Member at Large for the NAACP. I was the only non-encumbered member elected as a Board Member at Large.

This was a National election in which all 1801 local branches participated. The committee assignments have not been made, but I listed Education, Economic Development, and Political Action/Legislative on my preference list.

With this election, I have made the full circle of leadership in the NAACP:

President Emeritus – Houston

Chair, Political Action Committee – Texas

Board Member – National

If I can be of any help to you please contact me at:

Business: 713 660-8899

Email: hjefferson@protectorsinsurance.com

Respectfully,

Howard

LIMBAUGH: HEALTH CARE REFORM IS CIVIL RIGHTS!

IS THERE A HIDDEN MESSAGE IN HIS CHOICE OF WORDS?

Health care reform is another form of civil rights, it’s reparations. Those are the words that came out of the mouth of national talk show host Rush Limbaugh this week. That’s the latest way he is allegedly attacking the effort by President Barack Obama to get health care reform through the US Congress. Whether you’re for health care reform is not the issue. It’s the hidden meaning and agenda of the words used by the Conservative talk show host. When you equate something with an issue you don’t like, it speaks volumes. And that’s what Limbaugh did – he spoke volumes. It’s clear he’s not for health care reform. And that’s perfectly fine. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion when it comes to the policies of this country you don’t agree with. We all should speak up and out. But to equate health care with civil rights or reparations sends another different kind of message. Limbaugh is essentially saying health care reform will benefit Blacks or minorities with the help of America’s first Black President. The same President he said would expand food stamps and the welfare. Limbaugh is also insinuating civil rights and reparations are things Americans don’t want. They’re bad and issues you should run from at top speed. If you had a chance to here the actual broadcast what do you think of his comments? Should health care reform be equated with civil rights and reparations?

THE POSTING IS NOW UP: DO YOU WANT TO BE POLICE CHIEF IN HOUSTON?

RANK AND FILE OFFICERS: WHY WEREN’T WE INVITED TO APPLY FOR THE $200,000 JOB?

FOX 26 news and The Insite have learned the city of Houston has officially posted the opening for Police Chief at the Houston Police Department. This person will replace outgoing top cop Harold Hurtt. Some rank and file officers are upset they have not been given notice the position has been posted. They also want to know why they haven’t been given the opportunity to apply. Mayor Annise Parker has made it clear she would like to hire from within the department. But she’s also said she would interview members of the command staff who showed interest. Parker also said she’s like to have a candidate in place by the end of March. There’s no word from the city’s top executive if the rank and file would be considered. Here’s part of the actual posting from the city’s website:

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POLICE CHIEF
HOUSTON POLICE DEPARTMENT

The City of Houston is a vibrant, progressive city rich in history, diversity and culture. With a population of 2.2 million and an area of 640 square miles, it is the fourth largest city by population and the largest major city by land area in the nation. The Houston Police Department has 7,100 employees, (5,400 sworn) and a budget of $667 million. The position of Police Chief has been open since December 30, 2009 when the previous Chief resigned.

The City of Houston has a “strong mayor” form of government. Mayor Annise D. Parker serves as the Executive Officer of the city. The Chief of Police is appointed by the Mayor, subject to approval of the City Council, with daily responsibility to the Chief of Staff. The City Council is comprised of nine members elected from districts and five members elected at-large by all voters of the city. Mayor Parker is serving her first term in office, taking office in January 2010.

Key areas of focus for the Mayor regarding the Police Department will be to devise creative deployment and crime reduction strategies; to engage the community in a meaningful dialogue that results in increased community confidence in the police; to focus on the use of technology as a tool in managing the delivery of police services; to streamline the department’s forensic testing process with a goal of increasing the level of public accountability; to plan for continuity of operations in a department with a large percentage of officers approaching retirement; to maximize departmental resources during a time of budget challenges; and to mentor and develop the next generation of Houston officers.


The Credentials:

The successful candidate will be a proven leader with strong organizational, communication and management skills, and with a demonstrated track record of working with members of the community and police department employees in a large urban multi-cultural environment. Experience with and a strong commitment to innovation, technology and community involvement and the ability to implement organizational change are required.

A four-year college degree and a minimum of 10 years of command-level experience in a large urban police agency are preferred. Experience in an organization of comparable size and complexity to the Houston Police Department is desired. A graduate degree, labor management experience and completion of senior-level management programs like the Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP) and Southern Police Institute are preferred. A combination of other training and experience which provides the essential knowledge, skills and abilities will be considered.


The Cheese you could make:

Salary: $150,000.00 – $210,000.00 Annually

RAMON MANNING HOSTS THE GOVERNOR OF TEXAS!

JUST A SMALL POWER LUNCH IN HOUSTON’S THIRD WARD!

Press Release: Today, Houston Businessman and Energy Executive Ramon Manning and his wife Karen, hosted a private campaign lunch event at their home in Houston’s Third Ward for State of Texas Governor Rick Perry. In the photograph from left to right are: Ramon Manning, Texas Governor Rick Perry and Welcome W. Wilson, Sr., Chairman of the UH System Board of Regents!

SOCIAL MEDIA POLL IS VERY CLOSE IN THE RACE FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE!

BORRIS MILES VERSUS AL EDWARDS – WHO ARE YOU VOTING FOR?

The Insite conducted yet another social media poll for a political race that will affect Houstonians in the coming years. It’s the race for State Representative in District 146. It has been one of the hottest races in the Houston area. Former State Representative Borris Miles is taking on incumbent Al Edwards who was also at one point the former rep for district 146. After surveying the people on two Facebook pages and my Twitter account the numbers are in. If the election were held today it would be too close to call in my opinion. The unscientific poll where people simply wrote in who they wanted placed Miles in first place. Edwards was second followed by undecided. This tells me these candidates will have to get out and sell their message. They will also have to set themselves apart in order to get a significant amount of the vote. Here are the final results from the people who are on social media:




Borris Miles – 50%

Al Edwards – 42%

Undecided – 8%

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOX 26 NEWS CREW!

THEIR WORK IS DESCRIBED AS SUPERIOR AND THEY TAKE HOME THE GRACIE AWARD!


The Insite would like to congratulate my fellow coworkers for taking home a very prestigious award. FOX 26 anchor Melissa Wilson, Executive Producer Margaret Cordes and Producer Greer Boyce all walked away with the highly coveted Gracie Award for a special report on Classmates with Cancer. The report appeared on FOX 26 news and caught the attention of American Women in Radio and Television. The organization described the piece as ‘superior quality.’ The ladies – all modest – told the Insite it was not the work of one person but a collaborative effort. Congratulations once again to Melissa, Margaret and Greer for superior work and bringing attention to the important and deadly issue of cancer!

GETTING AROUND TOWN: CONGRESSIONAL EDITION!

THE WHEELS OF NATIONAL LAWMAKERS!



It pays to be Speaker of the House: Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi made an appearance in Houston today. After the event at the Port of Houston she pulled off in her 2010 Cadillac Escalade with Secret Service agents driving and two other vehicles trailing. It was likely a rental because it had Texas plates unless there was a contingency of Secret Service officers from the Houston office chauffeuring her around. In the meantime, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee pulled off in what would be best described as a modest (2000 – 2005) Ford Expedition. I later ran into Congressman Ted Poe. He was behind the wheel of a Jeep Grand Cherokee like I had back in the day. He said it had 200,000+ miles on it and he didn’t have plans to give it up. I joked with him saying he needed to upgrade like the speaker. Come to think of it, Poe’s ride may just be my old car from a time long gone!