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Amy Price For Houston City Council At-Large #4—Ms. Price Listens To People

Amy Price is a running as a Green Party candidate for Houston City Council at-large position 4.

(Above–Ms. Price.)

The incumbent in this race is C.O. Bradford.

Mr. Bradford—a Democrat—has offered Democrats an austerity based fiscal message and a council tenure where he has worked with Republicans to undermine Mayor Annise Parker.

Mr. Bradford’s record of service to the people of Houston includes his time as police chief and his poor stewardship of the City of Houston Crime Lab. Mr. Bradford was police chief from 1997 to 2004.

The impact of the crime lab scandal goes on to this day. 

Mr. Bradford is not loyal to the best ideals of his party. Nor is he public official who has done his job well.

Lacking these qualities, what does Mr. Bradford offer the people of Houston?

Ms. Price is working hard on the campaign trail each day not just to defeat Chief Bradford, but to offer the people of Houston a hopeful progressive choice.

It is not enough to simply be someone other than the person you are running against. You have to offer something of value to the voters you are running to represent.

Ms. Price is asking questions and seeking solutions. She is talking to everyday people in Houston, and not to big corporate donors or advocacy groups who often have narrow agendas.

As Houston voters consider the 2011 City Council field, they will find Ms. Price both true to the values she asserts on the stump, and a person who inspires confidence in voters of all ideological leanings that she will be able to do the job.

Here is an interview with Ms. Price that was conducted by Houston political blogger Charles Kuffner.

Here is the link to Amy’s website.

Here is her campaign blog. 

Here is a link to donate to Ms. Price.

Ms. Price is running a daily series of questions and answers on her campaign blog.

Below is a complete entry from one of her recent posts.

As early voting and Election Day approach for our Houston city elections, the work of deciding who will best serve our city is up to each of us.

It is the responsibility of voters to look beyond name recognition and fundraising advantages to see who will do the best job.

I encourage Houston voters to study the options available on the 2011 municipal ballot and to vote as they see fit.

Here is Ms. Price’s blog entry—

Challenge: a big, complex city

Solution: listen to its inhabitants

While block walking this weekend, I had folks share some fantastic ideas with me. Here they are.

For discouraging the sort of cyclic electricity usage that could lead to brownouts (especially in the future, when we’ll have more people crowded into the same space): have more expensive peak rates and lower off-peak rates. Just like your cell phone plan.

For encouraging water conservation when rationing is going on: up the rates during rationing. The surest way of ensuring that folks do what they should do is to make it something they want to do.

For encouraging bus riding: put transponders on buses, just like on police cars, so that buses never have to stop for red lights. Everything we can do to make it more attractive to take public transportation means just that much more buy-in.

For ensuring that the expansion of single-stream recycling to the whole city (I’m thinking positively here) is as productive as possible: simply have trash collectors take a peek in folks’ garbage. If they see recyclables, they don’t pick the trash up. Simple, effective. If it’s good enough for NYC…

These are NOT my ideas. They’re the ideas of non-politicians who happen to have great thoughts about how to make this city just a little better. This is exactly why we need to have a volunteer citizens’ advisory board made up of concerned folks who know what’s going on in their communities.

A good City Council member is an artist of sorts. And you know what they say: good artists borrow, but great artists steal. We should give well-intentioned CMs every chance to be great artists in service of Houston.

September 27, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , ,

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  1. For discouraging the sort of cyclic electricity usage that could lead to brownouts (especially in the future, when we’ll have more people crowded into the same space): have more expensive peak rates and lower off-peak rates. Just like your cell phone plan.

    That might be a good idea. There are problems with its practical utility, chief among them that most residential electricity consumption can’t be shifted to off-peak times. You can run the dryer or dishwasher late in the evening rather than at 3:00 p.m., but that’s small potatoes compared to the cost of air conditioning.

    But more broadly, the idea is completely irrelevant to city council, unless she’s proposing that the city impose price controls on electricity. Is she?

    For encouraging water conservation when rationing is going on: up the rates during rationing. The surest way of ensuring that folks do what they should do is to make it something they want to do.

    I can get behind this one, though I don’t know why you’d only use prices during rationing. They transmit valuable information all the time.

    For encouraging bus riding: put transponders on buses, just like on police cars, so that buses never have to stop for red lights. Everything we can do to make it more attractive to take public transportation means just that much more buy-in.

    I have a few questions for Ms. Price about this one:

    1. How does this help at intersecting routes, where buses will be delayed so other buses can go faster?
    2. How do you propose to raise the several million dollars this will cost?
    3. Are you aware that the Metropolitan Transit Authority is not an agency of the City of Houston?
    4. How will your proposed implementation be better than Metro’s was in 2008, where they spent $1.8 million on just this idea, and the result was an estimated 645 new passengers? (Not 645 per day. 645 bus rides, each of which cost nearly three thousand dollars.)
    5. You didn’t know about #4, did you?

    For ensuring that the expansion of single-stream recycling to the whole city (I’m thinking positively here) is as productive as possible: simply have trash collectors take a peek in folks’ garbage. If they see recyclables, they don’t pick the trash up. Simple, effective. If it’s good enough for NYC…

    What trash collectors? Most city garbage pickup is handled by trucks that mechanically pick up and dump the specially designed city-issue cans. Manually inspecting residents’ garbage would slow collection and increase the number of workers needed. The most likely result is that, in order to pick up the garbage in a timely manner, more trucks would be needed to cover the same amount of territory as before (even if we put “transponders” on them.)

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | September 28, 2011


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