THE ISIAH CAREY DAY HAPPY HOUR TONIGHT!

BE THERE OR BE SQUARE!

As you all know the City of Houston is giving yours truly a proclamation declaring it Isiah Carey Day on June 23, 2009. Some of my friends have come up with a happy hour that evening to celebrate. I would greatly appreciate your attendance to this event. It will be held that Tuesday evening at 2515 South Loop West – at the Pappasito’s on 610. The time is 6 – 9pm near Reliant Stadium. I hope to see you there!

IT’S OFFICIAL: THE COUNTY JUDGE BANS THE SALE OF FIREWORKS IN THE COUNTY!

DOES IT MATTER TO YOU IF YOU CAN BUY THEM?

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett issued a county disaster declaration this afternoon, banning the sale and use of all stick rockets and missiles with fins within Harris County.

With Harris County experiencing unseasonably warm temperatures and dry conditions for several weeks, Emmett said, the risk of wildfires and damage to residential and commercial property is unacceptably high and warrants the countywide ban on the specified fireworks. The judge noted that many fireworks merchants already have agreed to a voluntary ban on the sale of the items, a move Emmett praised as responsible and civic-minded.

“Public safety is my top priority in this matter, and this declaration is absolutely necessary to ensure that Harris County residents remain as safe as possible in these weather conditions,” said Emmett. “While I applaud the voluntary sales ban to which many merchants have already agreed, this declaration extends that ban not just to sales, but also to the use and transportation of these particular fireworks by anyone other than a licensed pyrotechnics expert at a permitted event.”

Emmett’s disaster declaration takes effect at midnight tonight. Under state law, the ban remains in effect for 60 hours – until noon Friday – unless extended by Gov. Rick Perry. Emmett has notified the governor’s office of the disaster declaration by telephone and letter this afternoon.

“I strongly encourage residents of Harris County to enjoy the activities leading up to the Independence Day holiday, but to do it in such a way that protects themselves, their families and their neighbors,” said Emmett.

Laws and ordinances vary within Harris County, with some jurisdictions and municipalities outlawing the use of all fireworks. Residents are encouraged to familiarize themselves with all related regulations before using fireworks of any kind.

http://www.judgeemmett.org/pr.asp

FAKE VISAS, PROSTITUTION, ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION AND MORE!

ONE STOP SHOPPING AT A HOUSTON MODELING STUDIO!

Man Hui Cho, 55, and his wife, Ki Sun Park, 54, both of Houston, have been sentenced to federal prison for their roles in a bribery, visa fraud and an alien importation for prostitution purposes conspiracy, United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today. United States District Judge Lynn Hughes sentenced Cho and Park to 12 months plus one day and 18 months imprisonment, respectively, to be followed by three years of supervised release. The defendants were also ordered to forfeit the more than $40,000 in bribe payments they made to law enforcement officials posing as corrupt federal agents.

In February 2006, Cho and Park approached a Houston Police Department (HPD) officer for the purpose of inquiring whether he would be willing to provide advance tips on when HPD’s Vice Division or Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) would be conducting inspections of the two sexually-oriented businesses they then owned and operated, La Premiere Femme and Sakura Spa. The Cho and Park knew the females working at their businesses were engaging in prostitution and that at least some of the females from South Korea, who not only worked but also lived at the businesses, had no legal status in the United States and would be subject to deportation if discovered by law enforcement.

Beginning in March 2006 and continuing through August 2007, the defendants met with an undercover federal officer posing as a corrupt law enforcement official willing to provide the requested information to the defendants and made monthly payments of $1,500 to the FBI Undercover for the assurance that such information would be provided. On or about Aug. 9, 2006, and pursuant to the investigation, the officer provided a tip to Park that law enforcement would be inspecting the businesses. Surveillance determined that as a result of the rouse tip, the defendants moved the undocumented alien workers out of the businesses after the tip was received.

In November 2006, Park inquired whether the undercover officer could assist in obtaining working permits for two aliens from South Korea who worked at the businesses and whose passports had expired. They later met with the officer and an ICE special agent who was posing as a corrupt federal official willing to provide fraudulent immigration documents. The defendants ultimately paid $10,000 to the ICE agent for two fraudulently procured employment authorization documents (EADs), which they believed would allow the out of status aliens to legally work in the United States.

In addition to payments for the two illegally procured EADs, the defendants ultimately made more than $30,000 in bribe payments to the FBI undercover officer during the course of the conspiracy.

This case was investigated by the FBI, ICE and HPD and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jason Varnado.

ANNISE PARKER CELEBRATING A LONG LIST OF ENDORSEMENTS!

THE LIST OF NAMES WAS TOO LONG TO POST ON THE INSITE!

Today, the Annise Parker for Mayor Campaign announced endorsements from 56 Houston precinct chairs. These local leaders have stepped forward to support Parker for her leadership and experience, long-time commitment to neighborhood and community development and ability to manage Houston’s economy during troubled economic times.

“It is critical that we have a mayor who understands city departments and finances as we work ourselves through the recession. Without question, Annise has the leadership skills, analytical ability and the right vision for the City of Houston. She is the kind of mayor we need for Houston,” said Sherrie Matula, Precinct 721 Chair and Senate District 11 Chair for Harris County.

“These endorsements are especially significant to me as they come from communities throughout Houston,” said Parker. “It will take all of us to keep our city moving forward in these tough times, and I am grateful to have the support of these local leaders.”

“Annise has represented all of Houston for nearly 12 years, first as council member at large and then as city controller. She is a forward-thinking leader with a proven track record. I appreciate her common-sense, common-ground approach to government and am confident that she is the candidate we need to move Houston forward,” stated Richard Cantú, Precinct 105 Judge (since 1996).

THE HARRIS COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY SAYS PREPARE FOR ETHICS REFORM!

WILL THIS MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN POLITICS?


Harris County Commissioners Court is scheduled to take up consideration Tuesday of a five-part ethics reform package designed to clarify public expectations and requirements of county employees and officials and to substantially increase transparency in Harris County government.


The proposals, proposed by Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, are an outgrowth of a series of recommendations made by the independent five-member Citizens Task Force on Ethics Reform appointed by Emmett last year to review “best practices” in government and private sector ethics. After repeated reviews by the county’s lawyers, the Harris County Attorney’s Office reported earlier this year that Commissioners Court may implement five of the task force’s recommendations. Other recommendations likely would require the passage of enabling legislation by the state Legislature.


“Harris County employees and elected officials are already complying with state law and exhibiting ethical behavior, but there have been substantial changes in technology and in county processes since the county’s Code of Ethics was last reviewed in 1994,” said Emmett. “I want county residents to rest assured that their employees and officials have the most up-to-date training and that their government is as transparent as it can be. It’s time for us to take this significant step forward.”


The proposals – which include voluntary lobbyist registration, the immediate Web posting of all required personal and financial disclosure forms, adoption of a Statement of Ethics, establishment of a Harris County Ethics Committee, and implementation of employee ethics training – have been reviewed by the Harris County Attorney’s Office, which opined earlier this year that Commissioners Court is authorized to implement all five of the recommendations.


Commissioners Court will consider the measures at its regularly scheduled meeting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 23, in the Commissioners Court courtroom on the ninth floor of the Harris County Administration Building at 1001 Preston in downtown Houston.

http://www.judgeemmett.org/pr.asp

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Sincerely,

Jared Woodfill
Jared Woodfill

Chairman, Harris County Republican Party

PETER BROWN SAYS WE CAN DO BETTER IN HOUSTON!

BROWN: WE NEED TO PUT OFFICERS BACK ON THE BEAT!

Houston City Councilman Peter Brown is responding to the HPD release on Monday that showed a drop in crime in Houston. Here’s his statement:

“Clearly Houston as made some progress, but we must remain vigilant when it comes to fighting crime. Putting officers back on the beat, streamlining channels of communication between agencies and investing in state of the art crime-fighting technologies are key components in keeping Houston safe.

“The Real-Time Crime Center provides critical information to officers responding to crimes, and helps formulate crime-fighting strategies based on the patterns of criminal behavior. Houston has made a substantial investment in this technology and this is further evidence that strategic investment in technologies like this save money and save lives in Houston. We need to continue and expand the use of these resources, which drive more efficient policing strategies in addition to providing for more accountable policing.”

–Peter Brown

BEYONCE’ KICKS OFF MAJOR TOUR IN NEW YORK AND THE INSITE IS THERE!

IRVIN WILLIAMS GIVES YOU A FRONT ROW SEAT AT THE BIG EVENT!






Insite contributing Correspondent Irvin Williams was on the scene as Houston’s favorite daughter kicked off the I AM tour. Here’s more from Irv who was on the ground in the big apple all weekend long:

By: Irvin Williams
Jay-Z made an appearance during the first song (Crazy In Love/Deja Vu). The tour was awesome and I cannot wait to see it again from the front row in Houston.
This tour had custom designed costumes by Thierry Muglier.
During the show Beyonce interacts with the audience more than ever on this tour. She was very much “at home”.
I just hope she doesn’t front for Houston and say the same thing lol.
This tour shows a more mature side of beyonce and allows a closer view because there is a second stage “B Stage” closer towards the back of most venues where she does a 30 minute performance.
On 6/22/09 she kicked off www.showyourhelpinghand.com and presented a 50K check from Columbia records. In almost every city they are accepting donations and once you donate there is an timeline exhibit with all of Beyoncé’s achievements.

IS HOUSTON A SAFE CITY?

THE LATEST CRIME DATA ANALYZED!

Houston’s crime statistics for the first five months of 2009 indicate the city’s violent crime rate has decreased 1.9 percent compared to the same period a year ago. Murders were down by 9.6 percent.

However, from January through May, there was an increase of 4.6 percent in property crimes compared to the same period in 2008.

“Due to the current economic recession, property crimes are increasing all across America, and now in Houston,” said HPD Chief Harold Hurtt. “Since the first of the year, the Houston Police Department has noticed an increase in residential burglaries,” he said. “The crimes are being committed citywide during daylight hours, when many people are away from home.”

“Yet, unlike other areas of the country, Houston is fortunate that our economy continued to prosper for much of 2008,” said Chief Hurtt. “Some of our crime prevention initiatives, like our Auto Theft Bait Car Program, helped drop auto thefts by 5.5 percent to help keep our non-violent numbers in check.”

According to the FBI’s recently released “2008 Crime in the United States” Report on violent and non-violent crime, murder was down 4.4 percent nationally, whereas Houston experienced a 16.4 percent decrease in murders.

According to FBI crime statistics released earlier this month, Houston is one of the safest large cities in the U.S.

Nationwide robberies were down an average of 1.1 percent; while Houston saw a 7.6 percent decrease in robberies.

The FBI report indicated the national average for property crimes declined 1.6 percent in 2008. Houston far exceeded that improvement by posting a 10.2 percent decrease in combined crimes of burglary, theft, and auto theft in 2008.

Chief Hurtt lauded the efforts of the HPD Crime Reduction Unit and its 60 officers in targeting hot spot areas around the city as identified in crime trend reports relayed by patrol commanders to the Crime Center.

The 24/7 Real Time Crime Center provides meaningful and trustworthy direction to law enforcement management in assigning overtime officers to combat a variety of unlawful activities including gangs and organized crime.

Under the “Officers to the Streets” Program, the HPD also identified positions in the department where officers could be replaced by civilian personnel. That program added an additional 87 officers to patrol the streets.

“Additionally, he said, “the main focus of the Keep Houston SAFE campaign is crime prevention.”

This involves proactive enforcement efforts and measures aimed at the reduction of criminal incidents, rather than responding to crimes after they are reported.

“Please do not hesitate to call 911 to report suspicious activity in your neighborhoods, and please remove valuable items from inside your cars,” he said.

“Crime prevention starts with each person. If we all do our part to fight crime and make it as hard as possible for a criminal to commit a crime, we are helping to Keep Houston SAFE,” Chief Hurtt added.

BUN B AND FRIENDS CONCERT IN HOUSTON!

DRAKE, SOLANGE, TRE, CHAMILLIONARE, DEVIN THE DUDE, AND MANY MORE!
















When Bun B picks up the phone people show up. That’s what the Houston based rapper did Saturday night for his Bun B and Friends concert. It was held at Warehouse Live. Hundreds of people packed into the venue to see their favorite hometown rapper with a laundry list of his famous partners. On that list: Lupe Fiasco, Tre, Chamillionaire, Drake, Devin the Dude, and the list goes on. Lots of celebrities spotted walking around backstage as well. James Prince, Solange Knowles, Big E, and many more. Also at the show: Marcus Harris, Kalele Party King Thumbutu, J-Mac, Artee Jones, Omar Wilson, and the Insite was snapping the pics!

Note: The Insite’s photo is compliments of Ikem of Indmix.com!

BUN B DROPS BY THE INSITE AND MY FACEBOOK PAGE!

RETURNING A SHOUTOUT TO HIS FANS!

Houston rapper Bun B took the time out to say hello to my Facebook friends.  He was at the station for an interview.  I told him to read some of the shoutouts my FB friends left for him on my desktop computer.  He read the comments and left this message: 

“yo this bun b live from isiah’s facebook page…thank you all for the love and support..UGK for life!”

Thanks for dropping by the Insite Bun! 

BTW, he’s performing live tonight at Warehouse Live…You can catch the Insite somewhere in the audience!