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Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Says Funding On The Way For Houston City Pools Planned For Closing As Hot Summer Nears

Houston Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is saying that she may be able to find funding to keep City of Houston swimming pools and community centers open this summer.

(Above–Houston is very hot in the summer and people need relief. Photo copyright 2011 Neil Aquino.)

Some pools and community centers are due to be cut in the city budget being proposed by Democratic Mayor Annise Parker and the Democratic Majority Houston City Council.

Congresswoman Jackson Lee says in an interview with a Houston TV station that she is likely to be announcing some private funding to keep these facilities open this summer.

As of June 11, we’ve already had two 105 degree days in Houston.

I’m glad that these pools and community centers may be kept open for the summer.

Though they never should have been cut. Will private funding also be available next year if needed?

If our elected Democrats in Houston balance the city budget on the backs of those least able to lose city services, than just why is it that we vote for and trust these people?

Budgets are moral documents that reflect who we are as a city. We can do better.

If some of the cuts and layoffs we are seeing in Houston had come from a Republican mayor and council, there would be many more objections from Democrats and liberals.

The people impacted by these cuts are equally out of luck regardless of what party is in control of the process when the cuts are made.

June 11, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , ,


  1. Hopefully they will get the money from somewhere. To take away pools in the summer is unthinkable when you think of all the kids who love the pool during the summertime and needs to cool down as well. The simple things we have taken for granted keep slipping away one by one, Kind of like our liberties.

    Comment by Brady | June 12, 2011

  2. “The simple things we have taken for granted”

    It’s funny how much you can enjoy the grant without any regard to the grantor.

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | June 12, 2011

  3. We don’t yet know the name of the person or persons donating the money. In any case, these have been things that the city and the public has made the call to provide over the years. Now that appears to be changing. You can’t count on private funding from year to year.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | June 13, 2011

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