LADIES CAN NOW WEAR CAPRI PANTS AT THE HARRIS COUNTY DISTRICT CLERK’S OFFICE!
The women over at the Harris County District Clerk’s office are loving their boss right now. The Insite has learned newly elected clerk Loren Jackson has relaxed a rule that will make things a whole lot cooler during the dog days of summer in Houston. Jackson is allowing his female employees to wear capri pants to work during the summer months. There were already jeans allowed for casual Fridays but many of the employees were hoping to go a step further. During previous administrations at the department capri pants were not allowed. Jackson approved a change in the dress code policy at the county office that allows capri to be included on the business casual list. Claire Kennedy who serves as the communications specialist at the office confirms the change. She says, “a lot of us are really happy.” Kennedy says a lot of capri come really dressy and in suits. She says it would maintain the professional look of the office while allowing the ladies to be cool during these 90 degree days. I’m sure the ladies are saying, “way to go Mr. Jackson.”
When he was Judge Ted Poe, he developed a reputation for tough and creative sentencing. Even though he is now Congressman Ted Poe, some concepts have not changed.
Poe has intorduced a bill to crack down on child sexual predators. He unveiled what he calls his Protecting America’s Children Act at the Children’s Assessment Center on Monday morning.
If the bill passes, it would deny federal funding to those who allow predators to get out of jail on a pre-trial release. Sexual offenses against children are the most heinous crimes committed in our society, according to Poe.
U.S. Representative Poe said offenders can still be released on a secured bond. but not solely on their word. “They have already proven themselves untrustworthy,” said Poe on Monday. Poe says the bill has bipartisan support and he expects little opposition. He believes it could be signed into law by the end of 2009.
The Houston Police Department and Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia have both voiced support for the measure.
The Houston Police Department has a message to those who have ignored numerous warnings and have warrants out for their arrest: Pay your fines or be handcuffed by an officer at your place of business or home and be taken to jail.
Officers will begin a warrant sweep in neighborhoods and businesses throughout the city and urge anyone with an outstanding warrant to go to any of six Municipal Courts annexes to take care of their business, or take advantage of more convenient options by paying their fines online, over the phone or by postal mail.
“We prefer those individuals with warrants to avoid the embarrassment of an officer coming to their workplace or home to arrest them in front of their coworkers or family members,” said HPD Assistant Chief John Trevino. “Our goal of publicizing this warrant sweep is to avoid having our officers make such arrests and to have those with warrants come forward and clear their names before it’s too late,” he added.
“It is unfortunate that individuals with outstanding citations now face arrest,” said Judge Berta Mejia, director and presiding judge of the Municipal Courts. “The City of Houston Municipal Courts provides various options to individuals to assist them in resolving their delinquent traffic citations, including the recent amnesty period, which just concluded. With the impending Warrant Sweep announced by HPD, I strongly urge anyone with outstanding warrants to come in and resolve their citations instead of facing arrest.”
Director/Chief Clerk Sahira Abdool said Municipal Courts officials have mailed notices to all persons with active warrants pending against them. “We are here to assist individuals with clearing their warrants as quickly as possible,” Abdool said. “It is our priority to ensure that individuals who have cleared their warrants are not subject to arrest, and to support the HPD warrants sweep for those individuals refusing to take care of their business with us.”
For more information about warrants or citations, visit www.houstontx.gov/courts or contact the City of Houston’s Helpline at 3-1-1 or 713-837-0311 if outside the City of Houston.
POSITIVE NEWS ABOUT THE YOUNG PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY!
The Insite would like to thank the staff of the Houston Parks department. I served as the master of ceremonies for their annual ASK awards program. It’s an event that honors young student athletes who have excelled in their school and community. $1200 scholarships were handed out to the young people who will head to the college of their choice. Lots of people were in attendance including Doug Earle, Kenneth Allen, Horace Chaney, Charles Payton, Anthony Smith, Bria Davis, Fred Arnold, and many more. By the way, ASK stands for Athletes Seeking Knowledge!
DO YOU KNOW WHAT KIND OF MONEY COULD BE MADE OFF OF THIS CHURCH EQUIPMENT?
I was interviewing legendary Houston Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell on Monday when I had a chance to see one of his editing stations. This particular room is used at Windsor Village to dub copies of his video sermons. The first thing that came to my mind was that a bootlegger would have a field day in that room. There are dozens of burning stations and with that kind of volume a bootlegger could make a killing. Just a thought from the Insite. But I’m sure the ‘church’ will have no part of the Insite’s illegal thoughts!
After decades of resisting, prominent Houston pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell is giving in.
The leader of Windsor Village United Methodist Church has decided to venture into television.
“Living the Kingdom Experience” began airing in June in cities throughout the U.S., including on FOX 26.
“Not only did I not think we’d go on television, I never thought I’d be a pastor, but all of this is new to me and I’m excited about it,” said Caldwell.
Caldwell says he will be adding even more stations around the U.S. to carry his television ministry in July.
If that is not enough, he is also starting to participate in Twitter and Facebook pages.
Caldwell tells the Insite he’s a man who embraces technology to ensure he doesn’t lose his younger members of his congregation.
The prominent religious leader says he has at least 16,000 members in his church and he hopes to bring more into the flock.
Caldwell’s television program currently airs in such cities as Houston, Boston, and Orlando!