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MIKE MCCOY ON A MISSION FOR THE HOUSTON POLICE DEPARTMENT!

HE’S IN CHARGE OF THE DEPARTMENT’S FACEBOOK PAGE!

The Houston Police Department is reaching out to the public with a social media outlet. The man they put in charge is veteran Houston police officer Mike McCoy. Mike happens to be one of my active Facebook friends. He actually leave comments. He’s also great at keeping HPD’s Facebook fan page very interesting. McCoy made his big debut on FOX 26 News at 5 and 5:30pm Wednesday afternoon. Mike is in charge of HPD’s Facebook page. His main focus is to keep Houstonians updated on the positive things that are going on at the police department. So if you want to get to know Mike and become a fan of HPD make sure you follow the link below. Hey Mike, thanks for dropping by the Insite!

ROY MORALES FILES HIS PAPERS FOR MAYOR!

IT’S TIME FOR ANOTHER MAYORAL POLL!

Just around noon Wednesday Roy Morales walked into City Hall with two people and filed his paperwork for Mayor. He is the fourth name to enter the race along with Annise Parker, Peter Brown, and Gene Locke. Have you decided who you are voting for yet. I’m preparing to do another Insite poll as we move closer to the election. Make sure you vote and give The Insite an indicator who you think should be the next Mayor of Houston!
Vote to the left of the blog!

ANNISE MOVES IN ON PETER’S TURF: WHO WILL WIN?

SNITCHING IS AT AN ALL TIME HIGH THIS ELECTION SEASON!


The Insite received an interesting set of photographs Wednesday night. It was from one of my spies strategically placed to snitch. You know snitching is at an all time high during this election season. Anyway, I was told Peter Brown’s campaign office all of sudden became Annise Parker central. The building that Brown rents for his campaign headquarters was crashed by Parker’s camp. It wasn’t actually crashed, apparently the competition rented out part of the office area for a meet and greet Wednesday evening. Sources say Brown’s signs outside of the office mysteriously took a back seat to Parker’s signs that started popping up just before guests arrived. The office is located in the Bering & James Art Gallery on Rhode Place. One source at the battle of the signs said, “times must be tough if you have to go to your opponents territory to get noticed.” Both Parker and Brown are running for Mayor of Houston!

THE GUY BROUGHT IN TO FIX BARC SUBMITS LETTER OF RESIGNATION!

AFTER THE MEMO HE CHANGES HIS MIND, NOW HE’S STAYING!

Gerry Fusco Consulting

September 1, 2009

Dear Stephen Williams:

It is with great regret for the care of the animals, for the unappreciated work of the volunteers and for the superb support of Elena Marks, that I am resigning from my role as Change Agent and Interim Bureau Chief at BARC.

After Council meeting yesterday, it was obvious to me that the City does not recognize what a Change Agent does nor is ready to commit to BARC as I originally was led to believe it was. Although my hours billed do not remotely reflect my contributions to BARC over these past 5 weeks, the focus continue to be on my Contract not on the results I have committed to over the next several months.

The undermining of the ICS Team was never more evident to me than at Council yesterday and I do not think an outside source, including a new Bureau Chief, can be successful under these circumstances. I trust you will see, Stephen, that more change and support is needed than that being provided. Without that recognition and acknowledgement, I fear BARC will not become what so many know it can.

As per our Agreement, please accept this as my official 5 day written notice of the termination of our Agreement. I wish you and whoever takes over BARC great success and I can only hope that the value of the volunteers will be recognized for their heroic work on behalf of our voiceless friends.

God Bless You and the City in its path as, I, too, am a taxpayer and concerned citizen.

Respectfully,

Gerry Fusco

President, Gerry Fusco Consulting

Note: Mayor Bill White says he’s going to try and convince Mr. Fusco to stay on with the city despite his contract being tagged by City Council on Wednesday. Fusco was brought in to turn around BARC. The city’s animal shelter!

UPDATED INFORMATION FROM FUSCO:

To All Who Support Fixing BARC Once and for All;

Yes, I have agreed to stay without a PO or Contract as I trust the City will effectively deal with its parliamentary procedures and solve the Contract issue. In the meantime, we have animals to care for.

Gerry


THERE’S A NEW FACE IN THE RACE FOR CITY COUNCIL!


OTIS JORDAN SAYS HE WANTS TO BE A CITY COUNCILMAN!

You’ve probably seen him on television a time or two fighting for Houston fire fighters. Now, Otis Jordan says he wants your vote for Houston City Council. Jordan tells the Insite he is officially running for the position currently held by Council Member Wanda Adams in District D. He says, “we need to bring the council position back to the community. We need a voice at City Hall.” Jordan, a captain at HFD, serves as the President of the Black Firefighters’ Association in Houston. He’s expected to file his paperwork for the position late Wednesday afternoon. No comment from incumbent Wanda Adams just yet. The other known candidate is Larry McKinzie!

THE LATEST ON ALLEN STANFORD!

HE MUST HAVE SURGERY TO FIX THE PROBLEM!

A lawyer for Texas billionaire R. Allen Stanford says his client is back in the Montgomery County Jail after medical tests detected a non-life-threatening aneurysm in his leg.

Attorney Dick DeGuerin says doctors at Conroe Regional Medical Center said the condition diagnosed Monday could be resolved through elective surgery. DeGuerin worries the condition could worsen.

Stanford has been returned to the jail infirmary in Conroe. The 59-year-old financier has denied allegations in a 21-count federal indictment that accuses him of orchestrating a $7 billion fraud. He underwent medical tests after missing a court date last week because of a high pulse rate.

THIRD SUSPECT ARRESTED IN DOCTOR’S MURDER!

MISAEL SANTOLLO BEHIND BARS!

Law enforcement officials say they’ve arrested a third suspect wanted in connection to the murder of a Methodist Hospital doctor shot outside his Bellville ranch.

Misael Santollo, 18, was arrested Tuesday night in connection to the fatal shooting of Dr. Jorge Mario Gonzalez, the critical care chief at Houston’s Methodist Hospital, on Aug. 22.

His cousins, brothers Cristobal Galvan Cerna, 23, and Moises Galvan Cerna, 18, were arrested on murder charges last week.

All three men are related to Gonzalez’s ranch hand, 21-year-old Noel Galvan Cerna, who was also shot at the ranch located on South Sycamore Crossing in Bellville, about 60 miles northwest of Houston. Gonzalez’s wife and a small child were unharmed.

Texas Rangers officials say as Gonzalez arrived at the ranch, he was approached by three masked men already at the property. Two of the men were carrying guns. The doctor went inside his ranch and got a gun, shooting at the three suspects.

The suspects then opened fire at Gonzalez, shooting him several times, and Noel Galvan Cerna. Gonzalez died at the scene, and Galvan was transported to an Austin hospital via LifeFlight with a single gunshot wound.

The first police unit to respond to the scene saw two suspect vehicles apparently fleeing the scene.

One of those vehicles was registered to Galvan’s stepfather. Further investigation determined Galvan’s brothers and cousin allegedly were using the vehicle at the time of the shooting

Police said there is no evidence linking Noel Galvan Cerna to the crime or that he had any idea what his brothers were allegedly up to.

WHY EVEN BUY IT IF IT’S NOT TRUE?

FORMER HOMELAND SECURITY CHIEF TOM RIDGE CHANGES HIS STORY AND SAYS IGNORE THE WHAT’S WRITTEN IN THE BOOK!

The Insite saw a very interesting interview with former Homeland Security Chief Tom Ridge on Tuesday. He made an appearance on a talk show to discuss his new book. I won’t mention the name of that book because he essentially said his book was wrong.

Yes, I’m scratching my head too. Maybe it’s because he had a co-author. That second writer needs to be fired if he screwed up Ridge’s book that bad.
What has made headlines is a passage from that book. In it the former Republican Governor indicates some from the Bush administration in the White House attempted to raise the national threat level because of politics. It was back in 2004 just before the Presidential elections when Ridge writes:

“A vigorous, some might say dramatic, discussion ensued. (John) Ashcroft strongly urged an increase in the threat level, and was supported by (Donald) Rumsefeld. There was absolutely no support for that position within our department. None. I wondered, ‘Is this about security or politics?’ Post-election analysis demonstrated a significant increase in the President’s approval rating in the days after the raising of the threat level…something could be afoot other than simple concern about the country’s safety.”
Now, if any sane person reads that line it’s a clear indicator Ridge believed the fix could’ve been in. But by the time the former Homeland Security chief made the talk show rounds he’d done a complete 180.
His response to the passage in the book now:
“The system we designed to raise the threat level could not be manipulated.” Ridge was not done just yet. He said, “at the end of the day I’m musing in the book.” Here’s where he took back some a portion of what was written in the text. Ridge said, “at no time, at no time, at no time, did politics enter in my judgement or anybody’s equation. These are tough judgement calls.”
Ridge went on to say there is no proof whatsoever he was pressured to raise the threat level on the eve on the 2004 elections. He says what’s in the book or at least his mindset in the book at the time was misunderstood. He made it clear that even though he wrote he thought politics played a role in 2004 – that actually politics absolutely had no role in the effort to try and raise the threat level. Huh?
My question then becomes who wrote that passage in the book? In a Washington newspaper article Ridge says you can’t believe everything you read. I guess not. He then went on to say the words written on the cover of the book weren’t his words.
What did you think about the 180 degree turn the Secretary is now making? Do you think someone got to him or he was misquoted by his co-author in the book? The Insite would love to hear your opinion!

INSITE’S NICE COUNCIL MEMBER OF THE WEEK!

SAY HELLO TO ANNE CLUTTERBUCK!

Every time I see her there is always a pleasant smile. She always takes the time to say hello. A reminder that politics isn’t all bad. I also haven’t heard she takes part in any of the ugly backstabbing and gossiping that ‘allegedly’ goes on at City Hall. I always hear she is “such a nice person.” It’s what I have experienced as well in my limited contact with Council Member Anne Clutterbuck.

I met her in 2005 at her campaign headquarters when she first ran for city council in District C. She was pleasant then and pleasant now.
On Tuesday I was walking across Babgy Street when I saw a wave coming from a gray Mercedes Benz. It was Clutterbuck. She wanted to tell me she’d just seen and liked my report on the budget shortfall, I mean budget gap…sorry Mayor White. But I really appreciated that compliment coming from someone who is so intimately involved in the budget process. She heads the Budget and Fiscal Affairs Committee.
On Monday I thought I was becoming an irritant to Mayor White at press conference after I continued to ask the same question over and over again. I wasn’t sure what his answer was. After the conference Clutterbuck, who was standing with Mayor White during the session, complimented me on what she thought was an important question that should’ve been asked until I got a clear answer.
The council member reminds me of that favorite teacher from school who will encourage you but tell you when you’ve done something wrong.
That makes Anne Clutterbuck The Insite’s Nice Council Member of Week!
Here are the close seconds for Nice Council Members of the Week: Wanda Adams, MJ Khan, and Peter Brown!

THERE’S STILL A DISAGREEMENT ON THE CITY’S SHORTFALL OR GAP!

BUDGET NUMBERS: WHO DO YOU TRUST!

There’s still a major disagreement at Houston’s City Hall. City Controller Annise Parker says the city still faces a $103 million dollar shortfall. Mayor Bill White’s Finance Director Michelle Mitchell disagrees. She says the city has a gap that amounts to $18 million dollars. Why is there a difference? It’s the way each office reviews the numbers. Mitchell says while she projects income for the city Parker’s office only books guaranteed funds. A point of contention: anticipated dollars from the now bankrupt Lyondale company. The city is expecting an $8 million dollar payment from the company. So, the finance department has already placed that amount on the books. While the Controller’s office won’t recognize the money until it’s in the city’s bank account. Mitchell says while the amount needed to close the gap is being taken seriously the city has 10 months to plug the hole.