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From HERO to Term Limits: Mayor Parker Answers Your Questions

Posted on · Annise Parker has a lot to juggle in her role as mayor of Houston: There's management of the city, ensuring that all of its laws are properly enforced. There are ceremonial duties, as the city's official representative at special events, ribbon cuttings, and meetings with officials and dignitaries. There are appointments to make; budgeting to […]

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Mayor Annise Parker Fields Your Questions: Friday’s Show (Aug. 7, 2015)

Posted on · Annise Parker has a lot to juggle in her role as mayor of Houston: There’s management of the city, ensuring that all of its laws are properly enforced. There are ceremonial duties, as the city’s official representative at special events, ribbon cuttings, and meetings with officials and dignitaries. There are appointments to make; budgeting to […]

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Houston’s New Special Advisor: We Can End Human Trafficking

Posted on · It's no secret that Houston is a hub for human trafficking – so much so that, about a year ago, the City of Houston established the Mayor's Human Trafficking Task Force to combat this issue. Then, last month, Mayor Annise Parker went one step further by appointing the city's first human trafficking advisor, Minal Patel […]

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Mayor Calls for Changes to the City’s Revenue Cap

Posted on · When Bill White was mayor, Houstonians approved a cap on the amount of revenue the city of Houston can amass each year. While the cap — tied to the combined rates of inflation and population growth — is designed to encourage fiscal responsibility, it’s placed the city in a bit of a bind, forcing property […]

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Houston’s Revenue Cap and Cameron Esposito: Friday’s show (July 17, 2015)

Posted on · When Bill White was mayor, Houstonians approved a cap on the amount of revenue the city of Houston can amass each year. While the cap — tied to the combined rates of inflation and population growth — is designed to encourage fiscal responsibility, it’s placed the city in a bit of a bind, forcing property […]

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City Faces Lawsuits Over Post Oak Bus Lanes and Drainage Fee

Posted on · Earlier this month, a homeowner's association filed a lawsuit against METRO, the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County. The Cosmopolitan Condominium Association alleges the transportation agency isn't complying with a 2003 referendum voters passed in favor of adding light rail to Post Oak Boulevard. The suit alleges METRO running bus lanes along Post Oak puts […]

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How Effective Have Ethics Regulations Been at City Hall?

Posted on · Late Wednesday night (6/17/15), the Houston City Council approved a $5.1 billion budget for FY ’16. It came after hours of wide-ranging discussions about ongoing union talks, deed restrictions, and a number of amendments. It was a long night for City Hall reporters too — the Houston Chronicle’s Mike Morris among them. Nevertheless, he joins […]