Elena Marks

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2009

    The State's Environmental Watchdog Sucks

    ​Four years ago, Houston Mayor Bill White and his environmental policy director Elena Marks didn't think that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality was doing a very good job enforcing pollution violations and keeping the area's oil refineries and chemical plants in check. The city had ... More >>

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    December 11, 2009

    BARC Gets A New General Manager -- Update

    David Atencio, a former regional sales manager for 24 Hour Fitness, has been hired as the general manager for the embattled Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care. A press conference will be held at 1:30 at City Hall, according to an e-mail from Mayor Bill White's Office. Atencio's name has been ... More >>

  • News

    December 10, 2009

    R.I.P. La Strada

    Highlights from the Blog at HOUSTONPRESS.COM

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    December 8, 2009

    How Much Are Taxpayers Spending For Trite Analysis? No One's Saying

    ​If there's one thing Gerry Fusco, the interim bureau chief for the Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care, loves, it's hiring consultants. If there's one thing he and BARC spokeswoman Elena Marks don't love, it's telling the public how much taxpayer money is going to those consultants -- and ju ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2009

    BARC's E-Mails Detail Neglect, Mismanagement & A Change Agent's Thin Skin

    ​Internal e-mails among Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care's new administrators and volunteers from September 20 to October 9 show a newly independent city agency plagued with miscommunication and continued animal negligence -- the same problems BARC suffered under its f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2009

    La Plus Ca Change At BARC

    Photo by wsilver​People who aren't fans of dogs accidentally strangling themselves with their leashes aren't going to like this story: On Wednesday, a dog at the Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care died after, as previously mentioned, it got caught up in its leash while a staff member c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2009

    Some Good News Comes Out Of BARC

    ​Some awesome news coming out of the Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care today: The City has secured $3.3 million to vastly improve the dilapidated buildings that process more than 20,000 animals each year. But that's not all -- BARC's also planning the construction of a new facility, complete wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2009

    Vote Delayed, Entertainingly, On BARC Chief's Contract

    Photo by abcrumley​City Council once again delayed the vote on extending BARC Interim Chief Gerry Fusco's contract today, possibly killing any chance to revive the vote in the future. Fusco's initial agreement with the city, made possible via a $49,500 purchase order, expires Friday.Health a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2009

    Long-Anticipated BARC Report Is Out

    MCV Consulting has released its 2009 Multi-Stakeholder Initiative report on BARC, which states -- hold your breath -- "that the number one priority must be the city instating strong, competent leadership of BARC that is mandated, empowered and held accountable by the city to solve the serious operat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2009

    An Interview With BARC's Change Agent

    Photo by allygirl520​BARC could install a 3,000-square-foot building to house cats within a month, interim chief Gerry Fusco and Health and Human Services Spokeswoman Kathy Barton told Hair Balls Wednesday. It was a bit of welcome concrete information, something that's been scarce since Fus ... More >>

  • News

    June 30, 2005

    Jailhouse Crock

    UTMB's controversial proposed deal with the city dies

  • News

    June 9, 2005

    The Fix Is In

    UTMB is under fire in Dallas for its jail health care. So why is Houston ready to install it here?

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    March 24, 2005

    Glory Days

    The return of the male strippers

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    September 14, 1995

    Maxwell's Demons

    If you get crosswise with Larry Maxwell, beprepared to go to court