There's been a lot of discussion about Uber, the car service that recently launched service in Houston despite the fact that ordinances prevent it from operating legally. The Mayor and City Council have been in discussions on what to do about services like Uber and Lyft that provide an alternative t ... More >>
Back in November 2011, the run up to the election was going strong and, as is the long standing tradition in Houston, there were election signs everywhere. Seriously. If your granny stood still long enough, someone was bound to attach an election sign to the front of her walker. The thing is, Mayor ... More >>
Last month Daniel Solomon, the co-founder and CEO of Minute Suites told KTRH that opening a Minute Suites napping center in Houston is in his sights. He reportedly said this was part of his goal to get his business in the Top 20 airports in North America. Sleeping or working in between flights seem ... More >>
HPD policies governing lights, high speeds and sirens are supposedly there to safeguard the public. Tell that to Mattie Etubom.
One of Houston's Fifty Most Influential Women?
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 v ... More >>
Beginning today in Austin, the City of Houston will continue fighting retired firefighters with fire (and vice versa). In 2010, the city asked the state legislature to do something about the firefighters' pension plans. At the time, City of Houston Attorney David Feldman said that a number of reti ... More >>
Some say the councilwoman known for her diatribes is influenced by senior adviser William Park, who last year was banned from the investments industry.
The city and county have filed a suit seeking to shut down the strip club Treasures, calling it a public nuisance. They've been threatening to do this, most recently at a state hearing where dancers tearfully pleaded with officials not to close it down. "The Houston Police Department has made nume ... More >>
Dancers from Treasures implored a state administrative judge today to renew the club's liquor permit and dismiss the city's protests. (No ruling has been issued yet.) The dancers -- some of whom said they were single mothers and small business owners -- told State Office of Administrative Hearings ... More >>
The three-member review panel charged with deciding whether Houston City Councilwoman Jolanda Jones violated the city's ethics code found that she showed "extremely poor judgment" by including her council office number on a card advising people of their rights under the U.S. Constitution, and stated ... More >>
Step right up, folks: Passion, deceit, money, lots of money, double dealing and a mayor with more flip-flops in her than a Cirque du Soleil acrobat!
Jolanda Jones has a complainr filed against herHouston City Councilwoman Jolanda Jones, who last month filed a State Bar complaint against City Attorney David Feldman, is now the subject of a Bar complaint filed by a vice president of the Houston Police Officers Union. Ray Hunt wrote in his ... More >>
Jolanda Jones gets her investigationThe State Bar of Texas's disciplinary arm will investigate Houston City Attorney David Feldman, based on a complaint filed by embattled City Councilwoman Jolanda Jones. According to the July 22 letter obtained by Hair Balls, "the Office of the Chief Discip ... More >>
Jolanda Jones firing shots of her ownHouston City Councilwoman Jolanda Jones, the subject of a city inspector general investigation, has filed a Texas State Bar grievance against City Attorney David Feldman. Jones's spokeswoman, Kelly Cripe, would not provide a copy of the grievance, but she ... More >>
Jolanda Jones has the former police chief repping her.Houston City Councilman C.O. Bradford will represent Councilwoman Jolanda Jones at a three-member panel hearing to decide if the full Council will discipline or clear her of complaints related to an Office of Inspector General investigatio ... More >>
Jolanda Jones has more explaining to doAs we reported back when it happened in February, city councilmember Jolanda Jones went to a publich earing on alleged HPD abuses handed out cards urging residents to not talk to police if questioned, cards which contained the phone number of her crimina ... More >>
Jolanda Jones is effing cleared of allegationsThe latest brouhaha between city council member Jolanda Jones and the Houston Fire Department -- concerning claims she belittled firefighters while visiting the downtown station -- is overblown and involved no misconduct, the city's Office of Insp ... More >>
Another companit against the Houston Fire DepartmentJust a week after the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sided with a Houston firefighter's charges she was harassed, HFD was hit with another embarrassing allegation of firehouse misconduct. In a press conference today, a Hisp ... More >>
Despite a history of abuse and bad conditions, private prison corporation GEO keeps getting contracts from the state.
Nowhere to hide. If there's one place we expect to be safe from Sarah Palin and her reality TV exploits, it's a courtroom in a federal courthouse during a hearing about red light cameras. We are wrong. Sarah Palin's Alaska received at least three mentions at a hearing earlier today, starting with ... More >>
The HISD police officer was supposed to be there to protect children. Instead, he raped a 17-year-old and said it was her fault. And HISD says it bears no blame at all.
Fine words and policies are wonderful. Unless there's a secret subtext, with a different set of dos and don'ts.