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Houston City Council Bans Public Encampments For the Homeless

Posted on · The Houston City Council has approved an ordinance that bans the use of tents and cooking devices that can be a fire hazard in public areas. Another ordinance on panhandling will prohibit people from blocking roadways or sidewalks. News 88.7’s Al Ortiz reports that police officers could make arrests after giving warnings, citations and consulting […]

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With a Pension Plan Decided, How Does Houston Sell It to the Legislature?

Posted on · A couple of weeks ago (Oct. 26, 2016), the Houston City Council passed a resolution of support for Mayor Sylvester Turner’s proposal to reform the city’s pensions system. As News 88.7 reported, the deal includes $2.5 billion in benefit reductions, changes to annual cost of living adjustments and increased employee contributions. Mayor Turner says the […]

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Selling the Pension Plan, and Helping the Homeless: Thursday’s Show (November 10, 2016)

Posted on · A couple of weeks ago, the Houston City Council passed a resolution of support for Mayor Sylvester Turner’s proposal to reform the city’s pensions system. As News 88.7 reported, the deal includes $2.5 billion in benefit reductions, changes to annual cost of living adjustments and increased employee contributions. Mayor Turner says the proposal will lower […]

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Houston City Council Member Karla Cisneros Discusses Neighborhood Challenges in District H

Posted on · Every Greater Houston neighborhood has a few things in common: occasional disputes over neighborhood policies, concerns about crime and safety, road and sidewalk conditions and so forth. But some neighborhoods will, on occasion, deal with unique challenges. Case in point: Wednesday’s (July 6, 2016) discussion about whether the Houston Heights neighborhood should remain dry. Today […]