Houston Matters

Inauguration Ceremonies Held for Mayor Turner, Council Members

Posted on · At inauguration ceremonies this morning (Jan. 4, 2016) at Jones Hall, Mayor Sylvester Turner took the oath of office, along with new city council members and City Controller Chris Brown. In his inaugural address, Mayor Turner shared some of his personal journey in politics and a positive message regarding the challenges facing the City of Houston. And […]

Full Show

ReBuild’s Future, TIRZes, and Veterans’ Stories: Wednesday’s Show (November 11, 2015)

Posted on · A recent court ruling has placed in doubt the future of some of the funding related to Houston’s multi-billion dollar ReBuild Houston initiative, designed to address the city’s drainage and street repair needs. Judge Buddie Hahn last month ruled a ballot measure approved five years ago didn’t properly explain the nature and cost of ReBuild’s […]

Houston Matters

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 tax […]

Houston Matters

Sharing the Road: How to Make Houston Safer for Cyclists

Posted on · A couple weeks back, cyclists staged a “die-in” outside Houston’s City Hall, to send a message to the City Council that cyclists need safer roads and that motorists need to be held accountable for bike-related accidents, especially in light of four bicycle-related fatalities that occurred over a recent three-week period. The demonstration outside City Hall […]

Houston Matters

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 us […]

Full Show

City Hall, Synthetic Drugs & Lacrosse: Thursday’s Show (June 18, 2015)

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 us […]