Houston Matters

What the Equal Rights Ordinance Passage Means for the City Going Forward

Posted on · Houston’s City Council Wednesday passed the long-debated Equal Rights Ordinance, which extends equal rights protections to gay and transgender Houstonians. The vote had been delayed, in part, to offer more time for public comment, including some nine hours of discussion Wednesday. Ultimately, though, the council passed the ordinance by a vote of 11 to 6. […]

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Equal Rights Ordinance Passes, Car Break-ins, and Homelessness: Houston Matters for Thursday, May 29, 2014

Posted on · Houston's City Council Wednesday passed the long-debated Equal Rights Ordinance, which extends equal rights protections to gay and transgender Houstonians. The vote had been delayed, in part, to offer more time for public comment, including some nine hours of discussion Wednesday. Ultimately, though, the council passed the ordinance by a vote of 11 to 6. […]

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What Could Mayor Parker’s Proposed Budget Mean for the City?

Posted on · Mayor Annise Parker last week unveiled her proposed FY 2015 budget for the city of Houston. It includes covering a significant rise in pension obligations, calls for funding to add animal control officers and address pothole repairs – all of which the mayor believes can be accomplished in the next year without a tax increase, […]

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Houston’s Budget, Arts and Culture, Street Names, and Life Histories: Houston Matters for Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Posted on · Mayor Annise Parker last week unveiled her proposed FY 2015 budget for the city of Houston. It includes covering a significant rise in pension obligations, calls for funding to add animal control officers and address pothole repairs – all of which the mayor believes can be accomplished in the next year without a tax increase, […]

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Nonstop Flights to Norway, Homelessness Down & Conan Bashes H-Town: The Good The Bad & The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · Scandinavian Airlines is launching nonstop flights between Stavanger, Norway and Houston, beginning on Aug. 20 of this year; Mayor Parker says the number of chronically homeless people in Houston has been cut in half in the last two years; and Conan O’Brien bashes H-Town during his live shows in Dallas: It’s The Good The Bad […]

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Mayor Parker Answers Your Questions

Posted on · Houston Mayor Annise Parker has a lot to juggle in her role as Mayor: 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 […]