Houston Mayor Annise Parker Supports Renew Houston And Red Light Cameras—She Asks That You Please Do The Same
Houston Mayor Annise Parker recently discussed the various City of Houston ballot propositions in a conference telephone call with local political bloggers.
Here is Kraftwerk’s video The Telephone Call. It’s a classic.
(Below–A video snippet from Kraftwerk’s The Telephone Call.)
I don’t have any verbatim quotes from the Mayor’s call because I was knitting during the call instead of taking notes.
Please don’t tell the Mayor because she won’t approve, but knitted graffiti is all the rage. See below–
Don’t worry though, the essence of the Mayor’s words are clear in my mind to the extent that anything is clear in my mind.
There are three issues on the Houston ballot in 2010. Mayor Parker favors all three of these issues. See encourages all her supporters and all people of Houston to vote for these issues.
Proposition One is the so-called Renew Houston initiative. This issue will levy a fee on property owners that will go to a dedicated fund that will be used to address wastewater removal and flooding in Houston.
Mayor Parker says that this initiative will use the funds it raises for only the stated purpose of curbing flooding in our city, and that she is aware of no other solution that has been proposed for this longtime problem.
She says that everybody has to pay up for this, because once exemptions are granted to one group of people or one type of property, then others will want an exemption.
Where would the pleas for exemptions end?
Again—I’m giving you the essence of the Mayor’s remarks because I was baking a pie during the call instead of taking notes.
Proposition Two on our ballot is so tedious to describe that someone is going to have to slap me across the face to keep me awake to write the next two sentences.
Proposition 2 will, for one time only, lessen the residency requirement for Houston City Council candidates to have lived in their district before the November, 2011 municipal elections. Since council redistricting will take place after census results are announced next year , some incumbents may find themselves in new territory.
(Below–Sometimes the ground shifts beneath your feet.)
Mayor Parker supports Proposition as a basic measure of fairness. Redistricting happens and folks deserve a chance at keeping their seats.
This is, in the main, the substance of the Mayor’s thoughts on Prop. 2. I did not take the exact notes because I was playing pinball during the call.
(Below—KISS pinball machine. Photo taken by The Consumerist.)
Proposition 3 is red light cameras. If you vote Yes on 3, you will be voting to keep red light cameras in Houston.
Mayor Parker urges you to vote Yes on 3. Her bottom line concern is safety on our roads. She wants drivers in Houston to please stop at red lights. She feels red light cameras lessen the number of people running red lights.
That is pretty much what she said on the matter. I don’t have the exact notes because I was driving while on the call.
(Using the phone. Photo by Edbrown05)
Houston Mayor Annise Parker asks her fellow Houstonians to support all three Houston propositions on the 2010 General Election ballot.
She feels that these issues reflect good public policy that will benefit the people of our city.
I agree with the Mayor on these ballot questions.