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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 […]

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Prop. 2 Lawsuit, Campus Carry and a Texting Ban: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From a lawsuit alleging the wording on Proposition 2 (the recent ballot measure regarding term limits for elected city officials) was misleading, to students discussing how campus carry might affect the University of Houston, to Mayor Annise Parker saying she wants the City Council to consider a texting and driving ban: our rotating panel of […]

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What’s Missing from the City’s New Arts and Culture Plan?

Posted on · Last week (10/14/15), the Houston City Council adopted a new Arts and Cultural Plan for the city — it’s first in 22 years. The goal? To harness all the cultural assets the city has to offer, identify the programming needs of audiences and patrons and the funding needs of institutions. While the plan passed and […]

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Should Police, Teachers and Others Be Paid More to Live in the Areas They Serve?

Posted on · Recently, the Houston City Council contemplated whether to pay police officers more money to live in the city and closer to the communities they serve. Council members shelved the topic after struggling to find common ground. It’s not a new concept, and not unique to law enforcement. Some propose it’s beneficial for educators to live […]