LOOK WHO’S REPORTING THE NEWS NOW!
I was wondering why the well was running dry for the Insite at Councilman Jarvis Johnson’s office. I’ve just learned he has his own blog where he actually reports on many of the issues affecting his district. It’s a good looking blog that I will now add to my favorites. But a warning to the Council member, a lawyer should never represent himself and a doctor should never perform his own surgery. That means a City Councilman should never report his own news, so please leave that to The Insite. I’ll accept your news tips Mr. Johnson if you apologize for starting your own blog. All jokes aside, good job sir!
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!
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!
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 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?
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?
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
SUPPORTING THE RAPPER DURING ONE OF HIS TOUGHEST TIMES IN HIS LIFE!
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$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!
MJ SAYS HE SHOULD GET THE JOB AS CITY WATCHDOG!
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.
M.J. Khan; P.E., MBA