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City Council Members Express Concerns Over Plan Houston

Posted on · Five members of Houston’s City Council Wednesday (Sept. 23, 2015) used the council’s tag rule to delay a vote to adopt a General Plan. We hear the concerns a pair of council members raised last week about Plan Houston, and then talk about it with Houston city planner Patrick Walsh, and Joe Webb, the Chairman […]

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Remembering Rita and Plan Houston: Thursday’s Show (September 24, 2015)

Posted on · Hurricane Rita made landfall ten years ago today. Fearing the worst, on the heels of Katrina, officials ordered a mass evacuation, which turned out, in many ways, to be more damaging than the storm itself. An estimated 2.5 million people tried to clear out ahead of what was initially a category five hurricane. Rita weakened […]

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Mayor Annise Parker Fields Your Questions: Friday’s Show (Aug. 7, 2015)

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

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After State’s Supreme Court Ruling, Where Does HERO Go Next?

Posted on · On Friday, the Texas Supreme Court ruled Houston's City Council must either repeal the city's equal rights ordinance or place it on the November ballot. That ruling follows a state district judge ruling three months ago that opponents of the non-discrimination ordinance failed to gather enough valid signatures to force a repeal referendum. The state […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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What Will the New Memorial Park Look Like, Now that a Master Plan Has Been Approved?

Posted on · With warm weather finally here, many Houstonians are enjoying the outdoors at one of Houston's premiere green spaces – Memorial Park. But the park might look markedly different in the next few years. Earlier this month, the Houston City Council approved a plan for the overhaul of Memorial Park – its new master plan. To […]

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From Uber to the HERO Trial: Mayor Parker Answers Your Questions

Posted on · Houston Mayor Annise Parker joins us to field your questions on today’s Houston Matters. While she does so from time to time, this will be her first visit of 2015. Among the developments since her last appearance in November of 2014: The rejection of one Houston Equal Rights Ordinance petition challenge was heard in court, […]

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Potential Changes To Houston City Charter Would Be Most Consequential In Decades

Posted on · Houston's City Council is considering changes to the City Charter. Term limits and how the Council's meetings operate are among the items being examined. The committee of Council members looking at Charter changes also has mulled over removing the city's revenue cap. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss the process involved in seeking […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.