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Councilman Costello Discusses New Role and Houston’s Transportation Needs

Posted on · Stephen Costello is an at-large member of the Houston City Council. He’s also expected to make fully official his run for mayor later this month. And he’s just recently been elected to chair a Houston-Galveston Area Council group tasked with developing and approving transportation plans for the H-GAC’s eight county region. In those capacities, and as […]

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Costello on Transportation: Thursday’s show (February 12, 2015)

Posted on · Stephen Costello is an at-large member of the Houston City Council. He’s also expected to make fully official his run for mayor later this month. And he’s just recently been elected to chair a Houston-Galveston Area Council group tasked with developing and approving transportation plans for the HGAC’s eight county region. In those capacities, and as […]

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What’s in Store for the Houston City Council in 2015?

Posted on · Last year, Houston’s City Council tackled some challenging issues, including passage of an equal rights ordinance, and folding app-based paid ride services into rules governing transportation in the city. We discuss what’s in store for the Houston City Council in 2015 with reporter Mike Morris, who covers City Hall for the Houston Chronicle.

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Uber & Lyft Update: City Council May Vote on Ride-Sharing Services

Posted on · After a public hearing Tuesday, the Houston City Council may well vote on a vehicle-for-hire ordinance change that would allow for ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft. That vote was initially to take place last month, but was delayed in the hopes that there might be consensus among stakeholders, including ride-sharing services and local cab and limousine companies. We revisit the ride-sharing debate […]

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Ride Sharing Revisited, Parking, and Texas Highways: Houston Matters for Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Posted on · After a public hearing Tuesday, the Houston City Council may well vote on a vehicle-for-hire ordinance change that would allow for ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft. That vote was initially to take place last month, but was delayed in the hopes that there might be consensus among stakeholders, including ride-sharing services and local cab […]

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Equal Rights Ordinance Challenge Update and Ethnic Food Markets: Houston Matters for Thursday, July 10, 2014

Posted on · Last week, opponents of Houston’s recently-passed non-discrimination ordinance turned in signatures to a petition calling for a November vote to consider repealing the measure. 17,269 signatures are needed from registered Houston voters in order to trigger such a vote. Opponents turned in 50,000, but they are all subject to verification over the next month, and […]

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City Council Passes 2015 Budget

Posted on · The Houston City Council Wednesday passed a budget for 2015 which will, among other things, set aside more than ten million dollars for pothole repairs, add animal control officers, and hire an expert to investigate how best to staff the Houston Fire Department. (Firefighters and the city are currently at odds over a new contract […]

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Houston Budget Update, Louisiana Transplants, Public Defenders, and Astroworld Memories: Houston Matters for Thursday, June 19, 2014

Posted on · NOTE: Houston Matters was pre-empted at noon today by President Obama’s news conference. But you can hear the entire show here after 3pm, or on Houston Public Media news 88.7 tonight at 10. The Houston City Council Wednesday passed a budget for 2015 which will, among other things, set aside more than ten million dollars for pothole […]

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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. Mayor […]

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Equal Rights Delay, the Astrodome and a James Beard Award: The Good The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From a delay (again) in the vote over the proposed Houston Equal Rights Ordinance; to a meeting of the minds (again) over the future of the Astrodome; to more non-recurring events like flat home sales and a James Beard Foundation award granted to a Houston chef: we take the week’s Houston news and turn it […]

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Council Members Delay Vote on Controversial Equal Rights Ordinance

Posted on · The Houston City Council is delaying a vote on a proposed Equal Rights Ordinance for another two weeks. Council members did vote Wednesday on a number of amendments to the ordinance, including one that would eventually apply the ordinance to companies with 15 or more workers, drawn down, over time, from 50. We discuss what happened in City Council Wednesday, […]

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Equal Rights Ordinance Update and Houston Comic Book Experts on Marvel: Houston Matters for Thursday, May 15, 2014

Posted on · The Houston City Council is delaying a vote on a proposed Equal Rights Ordinance for another two weeks. Councilmembers did vote Wednesday on a number of amendments to the ordinance, including one that would eventually apply the ordinance to companies with 15 or more workers, drawn down, over time, from 50. On this edition of Houston Matters, we […]

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Will Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance Pass or Fail?

Posted on · The Houston city council is delaying a vote on the proposed Equal Rights Ordinance by one week while members review various amendments to the measure. The proposal would ban discrimination based on sex, race, age, and religion, and expand anti-bias protections for gay and transgender residents. The ordinance would apply to private businesses, housing, city […]

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Equal Rights Ordinance, Texas Influence in Washington, and Tintype Photography: Houston Matters for Thursday, May 8, 2014

Posted on · The Houston City Council Wednesday delayed for a week a vote on the proposed Equal Rights Ordinance, while members review various amendments to the proposed measure. If approved, the ordinance would ban discrimination based on sex, race, age, and religion, and expand anti-bias protections for gay and transgender residents. It would apply to private businesses, […]