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Bill King on Pension Deal and Bluefin Tuna: Wednesday’s Show (October 26, 2016)

The Houston City Council this morning (Oct. 26, 2016) passed a resolution of support for Mayor Sylvester Turner’s proposal to reform the city’s pension system and address an unfunded liability in the billions, paying it off over 30 years. This, after the firefighters’ pension board Monday agreed to the plan which will, among other measures, lower the assumed […]

Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public MediaThe Houston City Council this morning (Oct. 26, 2016) passed a resolution of support for Mayor Sylvester Turner’s proposal to reform the city’s pension system and address an unfunded liability in the billions, paying it off over 30 years. This, after the firefighters’ pension board Monday agreed to the plan which will, among other measures, lower the assumed rate of return on pension investments to seven percent, which Turner says is the current national trend for pension systems.

It’s not the plan Bill King wants. The former mayoral candidate still believes defined contribution plans are the only solution. He says Houston won’t be able to recruit qualified employees without one. When he ran against Mayor Turner last year, the Houston Chronicle cited financial experts who thought King’s plan would indeed save money over decades but would be costly up front.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with King about his assessment of what still needs to happen to address Houston’s unfunded pension obligations, whether his approach can jibe with what Mayor Turner’s already proposed, and with Council having just signed off on Mayor Turner’s plan, whether the horse has already left the barn.

Also this hour…

Concerns Over the Bluefish Tuna in the Gulf of Mexico

The new movie Deepwater Horizon serves as a grim reminder of what happened on April 20, 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico. That’s when eleven crewmen were killed on the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig, about 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana. That deadly incident was just the start of what became an all-out environmental catastrophe, as millions of barrels of crude oil spilled onto beaches and wetlands from here in Texas all along the Gulf Coast to Florida during a months-long effort to seal the well. And we’re just learning from a new report that the disaster could have affected the spawning of Bluefin tuna in the gulf. We talk with an ecologist involved in the study.

Combating Eating Disorders Among Elder Houstonians

While those suffering from an eating disorder are stereotyped as young, there’s another population that also suffers: the elderly. Amanda Holben is a registered and licensed dietitian and owner of Fork in the Road Nutrition Counseling. She tells producer Maggie Martin eating disorders don’t just impact any one age group.

“Remote Houston” Live Art Audio Walking Tour Returns

With the weather starting to — sort of — cool down, it’s a good time in Greater Houston to get back outdoors. Not coincidentally, a recent production at The Alley Theatre that takes people out into nature is returning for another run.

Remote Houston aims to turn the idea of theater inside out – literally. Instead of sitting down in a darkened theater, it sends the audience out onto the streets of Houston for a unique, participatory “live art” experience. Michael Hagerty talks with the Alley’s managing director Dean Gladden to find out more. (Remote Houston runs its second engagement through Nov. 18, 2016).

Houston Matters offers a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps.

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