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RONALD GREEN AND FRIENDS!

THE MAN WHO WANTS TO BE THE NEXT CITY CONTROLLER!













Dozens of people came out Thursday afternoon to support their candidate of choice for Houston City Controller. That man is Ronald Green. The attorney turned city councilman is hoping to move one step up the political ladder by vying for the position of Controller. Green held his fundraiser at a local art gallery where he mingled with guests. Guests who dined on finger foods and were treated to lots of drinks. Some of the people attending the event: Ronald Green, Jermaine Patterson, David Anderson La Chanda Jenkins, Tristen Sutton, Sean Roberts, John Guess, John Guess, John Guess, Chris Brown Kelvin Randall, Tiffany Bankston, Harwood Taylor, Venus Ruben and many more!

YES PAPI, CAN WE KEEP ME?

DO YOU LOVE THIS COMMERCIAL OR WHAT?

I don’t even remember what it’s advertising but I love the pinata commercial. Whenever it comes on I stop what I’m doing and listen to it. I think they’ve done at least three now and every time the pinata talks I listen and then laugh. It’s hilarious!

MINUTE MAID PARK COULD LOSE ONE OF ITS LIQUOR LICENSES!

FORMER ARAMARK MANAGER ACCUSED OF HITTING AND KILLING A STATE WORKER!

FOX 26 NEWS HAS LEARNED THE TEXAS ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE COMMISSION MAY BE GOING AFTER AT LEAST ONE OF THE LIQUOR LICENSES AT MINUTE MAID PARK…THIS COMES ALMOST A YEAR AFTER AN ARAMARK MANAGER WAS INVOLVED IN A DRUNK DRIVING CRASH THAT CLAIMED THE LIFE OF A HOUSTON MAN. ARAMARK IS THE FOOD AND BEVERAGE VENDOR FOR MINUTE MAID PARK. IN THAT AUGUST 2008 CRASH A STATE WORKER WAS ALLEGEDLY HIT AND KILLED BY THAT ARAMARK MANAGER WHO HAD JUST LEFT THE AB ASTROS GAME. THAT ARAMARK MANAGER IS IDENTIFIED AS 70 YEAR OLD MAN. SOURCES CLOSE TO THE INVESTIGATION TELL FOX 26 NEWS TABC MAY ATTEMPT TO FILE A CIVIL CASE TO HAVE AT LEAST ONE OF THE ALCOHOL LICENCES PULLED AT THE BALL PARK. SGT. MIKE BURNETT WITH TABC WOULD NOT COMMENT ON CAMERA. HOWEVER, HE DID SAY THERE IS AN ADMINISTRATIVE CASE AGAINST THE VENDOR ARAMARK AND THE BALL PARK. THE SUSPECT IN THIS CASE HAS BEEN BEHIND BARS AT THE HARRIS COUNTY JAIL SINCE THE CRASH LAST YEAR. HE’S SET TO GO ON TRIAL NEXT MONTH FOR MANSLAUGHTER. THE VICTIM’S FATHER SAYS HE WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE LIQUOR LICENSE AT THE STADIUM PULLED. HE SAYS NOT ONLY THE DRIVER BUT THOSE WHO SELL THE DRINKS ARE ULTIMATELY RESPONSIBLE. WE CALLED MANAGEMENT AT THE ASTROS FOR COMMENT AND THEY REFERRED US TO ARAMARK. OFFICIALS WITH ARAMARK SAY THEY’RE JUST BEGINNING TO LOOK INTO THE ISSUE AND WHEN THEY HAVE MORE INFORMATION THEY WILL RELEASE A RESPONSE. MAKE SURE YOU TUNE INTO FOX 26 NEWS AT 5PM FOR ALL THE DETAILS.

Aramark’s response to this issue:

We take the responsible service of alcoholic beverages very seriously and have industry-leading standards in place at each venue where we provide food and beverage services. We do not comment on pending matters.

I GUESS RIGHTWING EXTREMIST REALLY DO EXIST!

I WONDER IF SHE WANTS TO SAY I TOLD YOU SO?

It was back in April when Homeland Security director Janet Napolitano got a public thrashing from Conservatives for a memo out of her agency that indicated we should be prepared. Prepared for rightwing extremist right here in America. I’m sure she’s not saying she told us so but she should be saying she told us so. In the last four weeks we’ve witnessed the extremists the department was talking about. First on that list is Scott Roeder. He’s the extremist who shot and killed Dr. George Tiller. Roeder was upset that Tiller performed late term abortions. And today we met James Von Brunn. The man who walked into the Holocaust Museum in Wahsington D.C. killing an African American security guard. Brunn is a self confessed racist who’s written several pieces about the denial of the Holocaust. I wonder if many of the Conservative talk show hosts and talking heads will say the memo out of Napolitano’s office was right. What do you think? Was the memo right and do the Conservatives owe her an apology for recognizing what lurks in our great country?

I FINALLY CAUGHT ONE OF THOSE HD TESTS!

ARE YOU READY FOR THE BIG SWITCH!

I work in television and haven’t actually seen one until Wednesday night. It’s the HD test that run on most major television networks. I was watching Larry King on CNN at about 11:35 pm when the color bars came up. I wasn’t sure if it was the emergency broadcasting system or something else. But I realized it was one of those HD tests I’ve been waiting to see. Alas, I was disappointed because it wasn’t that exciting. There were no bands or the little pinata guy from the tv commercial I love. But at least I’ve finally seen it. Have you seen one of the HD test and are you ready for the big switch?

CHIEF HAROLD HURTT SPEAKS OUT ON THE OVERTIME BUDGET CUTS IN HIS DEPARTMENT!

HURTT: WE’RE BEING FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE TO THE TAXPAYERS!

Every department in the city has been asked to exercise fiscal responsibility. Since 94% of HPD’s budget is tied to personnel, that is where most of the cuts to the 2010 budget had to be made, including a reduction in overtime. As a result, HPD will rely on the expertise of its officers, technology such as our Crime Center, and our partnerships with other agencies to make certain the people of Houston remain safe.

Chief Harold Hurtt

A TRIBUTE TO HOUSTON RAPPER WILLIE D!

SUPPORTING THE RAPPER DURING ONE OF HIS TOUGHEST TIMES IN HIS LIFE!













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TAKE YOUR SHOWER AT HOME OR SOMEWHERE ELSE NOT AT CITY HA;LL!

$5,000 FOR THE AMENITY ONE COUNCIL MEMBERS SAYS IS A WASTE OF TAXPAYERS DOLLARS!

To shower or not to shower…that’s the question at Houston’s City Hall. The Insite has learned there is a battle brewing in the halls of city government. On one side city council staffers who want a shower built and installed at City Hall. On the other side is Councilman Mike Sullivan. He says paying $5,000 to have the city install a shower anywhere in the city is a waste of taxpayers money.

Why a shower? There are some city workers who ride their bikes to work. They say when they get to City Hall they’re all sweaty. The answer to that problem is installing a shower. How seriously are city leaders taking this request? Very seriously.

I had a chance to speak with Issa Dadoush by phone on Wednesday. He is the head of General Services Department at the city. He says he thinks the shower is a good idea. He says he’s exploring places for the amenity to go. However, Dadoush has ruled out City Hall or the annex. He says they’re looking at other city sites to place the shower. He admits $5,000 for a shower is a lot of money but he says it will ultimately help the environment. Dadoush says with city employees riding their bikes to work it would cut down on pollution.
Sullivan, who drives to work everyday, says he’s checked many of the council employees at City Hall and there isn’t a tremendous demand for a shower. He says except for Council member Jolonda Jones’ office. Jones has gone on the record before indicating an interest in a city shower.
What do you think? Should there be a shower provided to city employees who ride their bikes to work? The Insite wants to hear your opinion!

HERE COMES THE COMPETITION RONALD GREEN!

MJ SAYS HE SHOULD GET THE JOB AS CITY WATCHDOG!

Dear Friend,

It’s official, I am formally announcing my candidacy for City Controller of Houston.

As the City of Houston faces challenging economic times, it is vital to have a taxpayer’s advocate to serve as City Controller. The citizens of Houston deserve a City Controller who is dedicated to making sure our tax dollars are spent wisely. The citizens of Houston deserve a dedicated civil servant, who knows how to run government like a business. Moreover, we need a City Controller who has the necessary professional knowledge and experience to understand the intricacies of city financial management.

For the past six years, I have been honored to serve the citizens of Houston as their City Council Member for District F. I have worked tirelessly to streamline city spending and championed for fiscal responsibility. Now it is time to take my knowledge and message of responsible fiscal management to the next level by running for City Controller of Houston.

While serving on City Council, I have diligently advocated for fiscal responsibility. I proposed the requirement that all city departments must submit a zero-based budget; fought for reductions in the property tax rate; sought an incremental increase in Capital Improvements Projects (CIP) from a 5 year rolling cycle to a 7-10 year rolling cycle; requested each city department to establish a balanced scorecard system to align its business activities and to measure its performance against strategic goals; and requested each city department to establish a 5 year operational planning process and a 2 year budget. I have also proposed that each city department should establish a base budget that can be adjusted up or down by 2.5% depending on the state of our economy. In addition, I have sought the requirement that unfunded retirees’ health benefit liabilities should be reported, which currently is a $3.23 billion liability.

In 2007, I was honored to be a recipient of an Outstanding American by Choice Award presented by the USCIS and the U.S. Department of State. My professional background complements my work on the City Council. I have an MBA from Rice University and have successfully managed my own real-estate firm.

I encourage you to visit my website, www.mjkhan.com, to learn more about me and my campaign. You can help in getting me elected by telling others about my campaign as well as considering becoming involved by giving me your endorsement, hosting a coffee session, making a donation, or requesting a yard sign and bumper sticker.

It is my hope that you join my campaign, so that together, we can bring fiscal responsibility to build a stronger future for the City of Houston and its citizens.

Regards,

M.J. Khan; P.E., MBA

WILL CRIME BECOME A MAJOR PROBLEM IN HOUSTON?

A LETTER FROM THE HOUSTON POLICE OFFICERS’ UNION PRESIDENT!

Houston Police Officers’ Union
1600 State Street
Houston, Texas 77007
832.200.3400
TO: Houston City Council
FROM: Gary Blankinship, HPOU President
REF: Compensation cuts for HPD police cadets and HPD Overtime in the 2010 Proposed Budget
DATE: June 8, 2009
Following our review of proposed the 2010 annual city of Houston budget relating to three specific cuts in the Houston Police Department portion of the budget, we wanted to seek your collective help to fix what we believe are significant public safety cuts that will negatively affect police officer recruitment and police response.
The proposed budget cuts HPD’s overtime budget dramatically. The $14-plus million cut will undermine the department’s ability to properly function in its mission to protect citizens and businesses in our community. Furthermore, it will place police officers in the dangerous position of being forced to respond to emergency calls without proper backup or support.
The impact of the $14-plus million cut is the equivalent of losing 155 officers from the department for the fiscal year 2010. While we are aware that Chief Harold Hurtt and the Department’s Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Joe Fenninger, have outlined the positive growth in our classified staffing strength over the past three budget cycles of 479 officers, we are still far short of the identified staffing strength the police chief outlined to council in 2005.
Four years ago the administration of the police department identified that HPD staffing needed to be in excess of 6,000 classified officers. We would submit that in the past four years, increased demands for emergency police services in combination with Houston’s population growth has arguably caused the 6,000 classified number of officers identified in 2005 to be deficient today.
The demands for professional police services from our department have not diminished and our ability to do the best job we can to police our city has been heavily dependent on budgeted overtime money. Cutting HPD’s overtime budget is not only penny wise and pound foolish, it’s extremely ill-advised and it will truly compromise the quality of service we currently provide.
In addition to the damage caused by cutting HPD overtime, the proposed $12,000.00 hiring bonus cut is also detrimental to the HPD applicant process. The administration apparently feels that there is no longer a need to compete for the finest quality applicants that we can hire and train to be HPD officers. The new proposed program now is to cut the pay of cadets from a pro-rated annual pay of $43,260.00 to $31,260.00.
It’s our opinion that drastically reducing the compensation package which is the initial incentive for a qualified applicant to choose HPD over other competing law enforcement agencies is a very bad idea. Our department needs to be doing all it can to attract and retain the very best men and woman to HPD.
Compromising entry level pay and cutting overtime, which will also cut HPD service to the community, is the absolute wrong direction for our city leaders to take.
Finally, the proposed cuts to the number of budgeted police classes is unacceptable. Thanks to your and the Mayor’s efforts, our department has been chipping away at the tremendous classified staffing shortage our department and the citizens have been burdened with for far too long. As mentioned earlier in this document over the past year we have been able to grow our classified strength by 479 police officers over the past three fiscal years. That said, we are still woefully understaffed and police officers in Houston are continually being put in dangerous situations with little or no back-up to help them.
Therefore, the notion of drastically cutting academy classes is the equivalent of HPD crying uncle and practically giving up. This horribly ill-advised plan was authorized by then Mayor Kathryn Whitmire and city council due to budget concerns back in FY 87. It was a terrible idea then and it resulted in the unintended facilitation of a crime wave that hit Houston and sparked tremendous outrage from the citizens who were shocked that public safety in Houston was compromised by the council.
Cutting HPD growth today is a huge mistake and HPD officers, as well as the citizens who rely on us to help them, will be the victims of the proposed cut if it is adopted.
It is our hope that in the budget process wisdom will prevail and the harmful cuts in the department’s budget will be overridden by a conscientious council who supports the department and its officers.

In closing, with the economic downturn the World is currently experiencing, we understand the need for close budget scrutiny, however, public safety in Houston should not be compromised in any manner. We think the citizens of Houston would agree.

A SHOOTING AT THE US HOLOCAUST MUSEUM IN WASHINGTON DC!

WHAT WAS HIS MOTIVE?

The man who’s been identified as the shooter at the US Holocaust Museum. Police say he appears to have acted alone. Here’s more about the suspect from his website:

James W. von Brunn holds a BachSci Journalism degree from a mid-Western university where he was president of SAE and played varsity football. During WWII he served as PT-Boat captain, Lt. USNR, receiving a Commendation and four battle stars. For twenty years he was an advertising executive and film-producer in New York City. He is a member of Mensa, the high-IQ society. In 1981 Von Brunn attempted to place the treasonous Federal Reserve Board of Governors under legal, non-violent, citizens arrest. He was tried in a Washington, D.C. Superior Court; convicted by a Negro jury, Jew/Negro attorneys, and sentenced to prison for eleven years by a Jew judge. A Jew/Negro/White Court of Appeals denied his appeal. He served 6.5 years in federal prison. (Read about von Brunn’s “Federal Reserve Caper” HERE.) He is now an artist and author and lives on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

His website is: http://www.holywesternempire.org

More news on the shooting:

At least two people were shot Wednesday at the U.S.
Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, authorities said.

D.C. police spokeswoman Traci Hughes said a person walked into the museum at
about 1 p.m. with a rifle and shot a guard. Hughes says the shooter was also
shot.

Hughes said the victims┬╣ conditions were not known. Both were being rushed
to a hospital.

U.S. Park Police gave slightly different information, saying three people
had been shot. Fire department spokesman Alan Etter told CNN a third person
was hurt after being cut by broken glass.

The museum normally has a heavy security presence with guards positioned
both inside and outside. All visitors are required to pass through metal
detectors at the entrance, and bags are screened.

The museum, located just off the National Mall near the Washington Monument,
is a popular tourist attraction. It draws about 1.7 million visitors each
year.

Roads surrounding the museum have been closed.

UNION PRESIDENT: MAYOR’S BUDGET CUT AT HPD COULD LEAD TO CRIME WAVE IN HOUSTON!

CAN WE AFFORD TO CUT OUR FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE?

Officials from the Houston Police Officers Union say that the city will see a sharp increase in crime as a result of millions of dollars in proposed cuts to the Houston Police Department budget.

FOX 26 News and the Insite have learned that the union is furious that HPD faces losing $14 million allocated for the 2010 fiscal year. Money that could’ve been used for overtime for police officers.

Union president Gary Blankenship says the impact will be equivalent to losing 155 officers from the Department.

Also on the fiscal chopping block are the $12,000 per person hiring bonuses used by HPD to recruit new officers.

Blankenship says if the proposed budgetary cuts are approved, the Houston area could see a “crime wave.”

“Cutting HPD growth today is a huge mistake and HPD officers, as well as the citizens who rely on us to help them, will be the victims of the proposed cut if it is adopted.”

Mayor Bill White denies that proposed cuts in the Houston police budget amount to approximately $14 million, but says he cannot provide a specific amount.

See the video report at 5pm: www.myfoxhoustonlive.com