Helena Brown

One of Houston's Fifty Most Influential Women?

Helena Brown

Highlights from Hair Balls

Political Animals

We had a major WTF moment when we saw that Houston Woman Magazine had named conspiracy theorist/elected leader Helena Brown as one of the city's "50 Most Influential Women" of 2012.

According to a statement by publisher Beverly Denver, "Influential people are often charismatic individuals with a vast network of social and professional connections. Many times they also have earned an enviable reputation for an expertise in a particular area. Because of that, they are credible. This form of influence draws upon the notion of trust."

The honor was heralded by Brown's office, which released a self-congratulatory statement about how the councilwoman "is considered by many in Houston to be a trailblazer — a woman paving a way for positive, eyes-wide-open approach to city governance."

We tried asking Denver questions about the selection of such a controversial figure, but she told us that it would be "inappropriate" to discuss any individual honoree and said she believed in all the women who've been selected over the past five years.

But how "influential" can Brown be when she's often the lone dissenter in Council votes, including her stance against spending $2.3 million on a bike trail, or her reluctant vote for a $26 million construction project that she believed was tied to a shady U.N. plot against American interests? Seriously, if the rest of your council members reach for the butterfly net every time you open your mouth, where's the influence?

And as far as we can tell, none of the other women on the list did the following:

1) Chose a "senior adviser" who was banned from the investment industry after failing to pay a woman $133,875 in damages and penalties for violating federal and state securities laws.

2) Had her staff sign a statement pressuring another staffer, newly pregnant with twins, to take a medical leave of absence, ostensibly because Brown believed that the staffer's working while pregnant might result in a miscarriage and thus a lawsuit against Brown.

3) Charged Houston taxpayers $11,000 for a trip to South Korea under the guise of meeting with airline executives, even though the executives had canceled the meetings weeks earlier.

4) Tried to get the city to reimburse $850 she spent to have her personal lawyer sit in on meetings she had with Mayor Annise Parker and City Attorney David Feldman, and $2,108 for gas money for aforementioned senior adviser William Park.

5) Was forced to repay nearly $3,000 in taxpayer money she spent on refrigerator magnets (!) that the Texas Ethics Commission categorized as campaign advertising.

Come to think of it, maybe everyone on the committee who tapped Brown for the magazine's list had one of those sweet magnets, and every time they went to the fridge for another beer to help lubricate the selection process, they caught a glimpse of Brown's mug. You know, subliminal advertising. Scratch everything we just said: Brown's a freakin' genius.
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Crime

Man Chokes Roommate's Dog
And in return, roommate shoots man dead.

Jeff Balke

Reading the police blotter is a daily adventure. From meth addicts to bank robbers to perverts and everything in between, there is always some strange story that's enough to make anyone shake his head in wonder. Today is yet another one of those days.

According to police, a man is dead after being shot by his roommate during a disagreement about 11:10 p.m. last Wednesday at 5801 Hollister. In and of itself, this would not warrant much more than a casual glance, until you dig into the details. According to the report, the victim and his roommate were watching a movie and the victim began to provoke the roommate's dog. No details on what he was doing — those laser pointers can drive animals crazy — or what kind of dog it was — my money is on a bichon frise because those damn puffy heads are annoying as hell.

The roommate warned the victim that if he continued to provoke the deadly bichon frise animal, he might get bitten. It was at this point the victim allegedly became "enraged" and jumped on the dog, trying to choke it.

Seriously? Dude tried to choke a freaking dog?

At that point, the roommate leapt up to his dog's aid and pulled the victim off the pup. The victim allegedly got even more pissed off and tried to beat up the roommate. The roommate was so scared, he grabbed a gun from near his bed, shot the victim and called 9-1-1. The roommate said he feared for his life. Well, if someone is crazy enough to try and choke a dog, no telling what he'll do for an encore.

The victim died after being taken to the hospital. The roommate was questioned and released by police.

The lesson in all this is, don't choke a freaking dog!

 
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4 comments
george_butel
george_butel

Would it be safe to say that Daffy Duck's biggest supporters would be characters such as Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny? In other words, would it be safe to infer that the mere act of support would mark one as being among that same cast? One might speculate that Brown is not satisfied with the view from city hall, and is determined to "serve" we, the people, by attaining higher offices, and that this is just padding on the resume.

oldtimer61
oldtimer61

I agree that Helena Brown has 'issues', but she just appears 'amateurish' compared to some of the seasoned 'veterans' on current and prior councils that have done a lot worse to taxpayers- say members that steer business to their spouse's law firm for municipal bond work, or members that benefit from civil engineering contracts doled out by the city that are decided on by that same member. These are the folks that should be criticized first and foremost before shooting a fish in a barrel like Helena Brown. Helena Brown voted NO on a bike trail- a 'luxury' item, while the city essentially is floating bonds to finance its own toilet paper. She voted NO on numerous expenses- all being submitted to and approved by council while the city is in its worst financial crisis on record. You guys can do better than this.    

pawlie73
pawlie73

@oldtimer61 A bike path is not a luxury item, it's a quality of life item. Like parks and playgrounds. These things that have until recently kept our city from being considered a livable environment by many that wished to relocate here. We do need people to be watchdogs but this person who claims to do so has herself taken these types of liberties of her own. As far as her "issues" go, her instability goes to her credibility.          

houstonnative
houstonnative

A bike path is most certainly a luxury item.  Quality of life my arse.  Livable environment by many who wish to relocate here.  Ah no, we are way overpopulated with our sinking infrastructure.  They want that cutsie livable environment, they should move to a greenie town, like Austin or state like Connecticut.

 
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