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Hubert Vo—The Accidental Refomer

The Houston Chronicle has another story today about safety violations in apartment buildings. There have been a been a number of apartment complex related issues around the city that have spurred this focus. 

A big spur to public attention on this issue were slum-condition apartments owned by Houston-area Democratic Texas State Representative Hubert Vo.

Mr. Vo has now, after the attention, brought the buildings to code.

Houston City Government is taking steps to address the poor conditions in many area apartment buildings. 

This is happening because of press attention. You might think the Democrats we elect to municipal office would have focused on this issue at some point, but it was never a priority. 

Republicans? I ask, and expect, nothing of them.

Maybe the way to get problems addressed is to have public servants commit misdeeds.

For example, restaurant health code violations could be exposed by secret camera footage of an elected official reusing a plate at a buffet. 

If an elected official were to write a check that came back for insufficient funds, maybe public discussion would turn to budget deficits and budget shortfalls.    

The song lyrics go—“You’ve got to be cruel to be kind, in the right measure

Mr. Vo, a reformer in his way, could play on this logic and say you’ve got to be in violation to get others in compliance.

July 31, 2008 - Posted by | Houston, Politics | , , ,

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