Houston City Council

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2014

    Fox News Gender Neutral Bathrooms Segment Goes Painfully Awry

    Man on the street interviews can run the gamut from insightful to awkward to downright disturbing. On that scale, a recent Fox News segment measured right around facepalm. As part of an apparently reoccurring portion of the Fox and Friends program called "PC Police" in which our fearless hosts call ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2014

    Looking Back at Some of the Hurdles Houston's Gay Community Had to Overcome (Part I)

    Part one in a series for gay pride week. With the 36th annual Pride Week Festival and Parade upon us, the largest city in a leading Tea Party state finds itself on the cutting edge of gay politics, culture, and history. With a three-term, recently-married, openly-lesbian mayor, a brand new city e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2014

    Five Things You May Not Know About 45-Year-Old IAH

    Time flies, doesn't it? This weekend, George Bush Intercontinental Airport celebrated its 45th birthday. It's an international hub for the Bayou City bringing people from around the world to Houston (sometimes for things other than tourism, we imagine). In honor of the airport named after the 41st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2014

    Hoaders, Trash Keepers Beware Proposed City Ordinance

    Last week the Houston City Council presented a proposed change to an ordinance that would levy a fine on people who hoard. Not just the grandma who keeps a huge collection of china dolls, or the dude who can't throw away the last 650 issues of Playboy. We're talking about the folks you see on telev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2013

    Ellington Airport Could Become a Commercial Spaceport (Could a Moon Vacation Be in the Cards?)

    Houston has some great airports, but now the City of Houston and the Houston Airport System are working to see about getting one airport a little something extra as a licensed spaceport. Back in the days of the space race, our rockets were heading for the moon, and it all happened so fast that it s ... More >>

  • News

    August 1, 2013

    A Pedestrian Oasis

    There's a case to be made for banning cars and trucks from downtown Main Street.

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2013

    The Case for Making Main Street for Pedestrians Only

    Local blogger Kyle Nielsen put together an essay for the folks at Houston Tomorrow, partly to discuss the tragic death of a young cyclist, who was run over by a Metro train this week, but also to cover the issues with general mobility of vehicles and pedestrians in downtown. I am normally skeptical ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    The Parking Ordinance Battle Has Just Begun

    There's something quaintly likable about the small-town vibe of Houston City Council meetings. The Art Deco chambers on the second floor of City Hall can only hold about 250 people, most of whom seem to know each other in that typically close-knit Houston way. This past Wednesday, Councilwoman Wanda ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2013

    City of Houston vs. Retired Houston Firefighters at the Texas Supreme Court

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2012

    Rocks Off's 10 Biggest Musical Disappointments of 2012

    Everyone's mother once told them, or should have, that life is not always going to be a puppy mill full of unicorns and rainbows. Remember why all those puppies are there. Sometimes life -- and especially pop music -- doesn't turn out like you were expecting, so now we present Rocks Off's Biggest Mu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2012

    This Week In Deliciousness: Anonymity, Terrorism, and other Keywords That Will Draw Traffic From the FBI

    Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating... Our Words, where we've spent the last few days allergy-sick, lying around watching cable TV and wondering who has the worst rate of success: Intervention or Gordon Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares. With some of the restaurant owners they feature, it se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2012

    Houston Musicians Gather To Support Noise Ordinance Revision

    Disclaimer: Marco Torres was hired by Red Bull to take photos at Monday's #LOUD event, so we asked him to report back. -- ed. Last October, Houston's City Council passed a new sound ordinance that dropped the Houston Police Department's requirement of using decibal meters when responding to noise ... More >>

  • News

    June 21, 2012
  • Blogs

    June 13, 2012

    Kill Us Now: We Covered the Houston City Council Today

    Things at a Houston City Council meeting can get pretty dull. And by dull, we mean crushingly boring. As in, it was so lifeless today that matters got desperate for several reporters listening to the council members drone on and on. And on. One TV reporter -- an exceedingly friendly fellow -- took ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2012

    Noise Ordinance Is Bombing In Court; Cases Dropped

    Due to a lack of witnesses and insufficient evidence, the Harris County court system shuttered each and every sound ordinance case that was heard late last week. Local musicians, DJs and bar owners have been under the microscope since Houston City Council overhauled its decade-old sound ordinance ... More >>

  • Music

    May 10, 2012

    Houston's Cryptic New Noise Ordinance

    Confusing new law has bar and club owners screaming.

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2012

    Cover Story: Houston's Noise Ordinance Has Bar and Club Owners Screaming

    Things have been quite noisy since Houston's new noise ordinance became law. In this week's cover story, Houston Press examined the effects of the citywide sound ordinance, which Houston City Council passed on October 10. While a Houston Police Department officer is confident that the noise ordin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2012

    Cover Story: Houston's Controversial Noise Ordinance

    In this week's cover story, Houston Press examined the effects of the citywide sound ordinance, which Houston City Council passed on October 10. While a Houston Police Department officer is confident that the noise ordinance task force (whose members aren't required to carry decibel meters) is doi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2012

    United vs. Southwest Deathcage Match: Your Campaign Donations Scorecard

    Houston City Council is currently in an uproar over Mayor Annise Parker's tentative proposal to allow Southwest to have international flights out of Hobby Airport. Councilmembers have said the proposal is rushed and would harm United Airlines, which, of course, merged with Continental and flies int ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2012

    It's Now Illegal to Feed [More Than Five] Homeless People [at Once] on Public Property

    After a protracted debate and opposition from nearly every political and religious group in the city, Houston's City Council passed an ordinance last week that bans serving charitable meals on properties -- public or private -- where the property owner hadn't granted express permission for you to do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    Saturday Night: Praia Urbana At Last Concert Cafe

    Praia Urbana Last Concert Cafe March 10, 2011 Between the unrelenting rain and RodeoHouston traffic, Saturday night got a little messy as Aftermath attempted to weave through the outskirts of downtown for the Last Concert Café's all-day electronica festival Praia Urbana. Nevertheless, considerin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2012

    Controversial Noise Ordinance Leads To Lively New Facebook Group

    There is no more contentious issue within the local music community right now than the City of Houston's stricter new noise ordinance, which many venue owners, sound engineers and even everyday music fans view as unreasonable and even draconian. Since the ordinance passed Houston City Council nearl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2011

    Occupy Houston: Where Everything Is An Emergency That Local Media (Including Us) Fall For

    Photo by Brittanie SheyOccupy Houston holds an impromptu assembly.​Hair Balls now has something in common with the local Fox and CBS affiliates. We're all suckers. On Tuesday afternoon, in light of the recent shutdown of Occupy Oakland, Hair Balls did some recon by contacting one of our sourc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2011

    HPD: No Crime Found in Gay-Mag Publisher's Claims

    The article on Ellen Cohen that started it all has been pulled​After investigating a magazine publisher's claims that he was threatened by the head of the GLBT Political Caucus last week, Houston Police have determined no criminal activity occurred and have closed the case. Caucus President ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    Glenbrook Valley, Our Recent Cover-Story Subject, Becomes a Historic District

    ​Just before 10 a.m. today, Houston City Council approved the historic district applications for Glenbrook Valley, Woodland Heights and Heights South. The mid-century modern neighborhood Glenbrook Valley, at the center of a contentious debate and the subject of the Press' June 23 cover story, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    Jessica Tata: Legislature Acts to Help Increase Daycare Inspections

    Jessica Tata spurs lege to act​Blink once and you might have missed state rep Carol Alvarado's bill in the House Urban Affairs last week that offered at least one more stopgap measure to prevent the West Houston daycare fire that took the lives of four small children. Former day care operator ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2011

    R.I.P Kathryn McGuire, Houston's Transvestite Socialite

    Kathryn McGuire, dead at 68​Kathryn McGuire, who made a big splash in the Houston social scene as a transvestite before undergoing a sex-change operation and moving away, has died. Her son James tells Hair Balls she passed away at the age of 68 in Palm Springs, California, last week. We did ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    Dynamo's Stadium: A Date for the Groundbreaking Has Been Set

    Groundbreaking this month​Barring some last-minute glitches, the Houston Dynamo plan to have a groundbreaking ceremony for their $80 million stadium January 29, the club announced today. The Houston Business Journal reports that the only formality remaining before the team can go ahead is for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2010

    Heights-Area Walmart Poised For Vote Today: Let's Look At Three Recent Stop-Walmart! Fights

    The City Council could vote today to bring a Heights Walmart one step closer. ‚ÄčThis morning, the Houston City Council is set to vote on a proposed "380 agreement" with developer Michael Ainbinder that would help him build a Walmart-anchored retail center near the Heights. The agreement, posted on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2010

    Post KTRU/KUHF, Possible Houston Mergers & Acquisitions To Come

    Photo illustrations by John Seaborn GrayGozer has designs on the Galleria.​Rice University and the University of Houston have reached a deal to convert KTRU into a 24-hour white-noise station to help our city's insomniacs. Fitzgerald's was just bought out by the guys who made Mango's a viable ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2009

    City Says Smoking Ban Has Had No Impact On Bars

    Two years ago, Houston City Council approved a smoking ban for local bars. This week, it was announced that the city had spent $12,000 to measure the impact of the ban.Their conclusion? It had no impact on bar sales whatsoever. "It's reassuring that we did the right thing. We protected workers who o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    Breaking News: Cops Don't Like Being Told They're Fat

    So far, no one's pointed to any evidence linking lack of physical fitness among some Houston Police Department officers with problems like the disproportionate Tasering of minorities, the shootings of quite a few mentally ill folks, or even the supreme fuck-up that put an innocent man in prison for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2009

    The Nanny State Hates The Cars On Your Front Lawn

    As goes Port Arthur, so goes Houston.The noble Golden Triangle town recently passed an ordinance banning people from parking their cars on their front lawns.Always eager to take their lifestyle cues from Port Arthur, the Houston City Council has followed suit with an ordinance of its own.Homeowners ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2008

    A City's Shame: Inflatable Gorillas

    The Houston City Council, having solved every other conceivable problem -- be it Ike-related or not -- is now tackling the important issues. Like giant, inflatable gorillas. The city wants to ban the giant blow-up animals that dot used-car lots all over town, because apparently those things are al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2008

    Some Relief From Those Booting A-Holes

    If you've ever been booted downtown in a private parking lot, you know what a pain in the ass it can be. Booting companies in Houston had little regulation over them; if they determined you didn't stick your money in the slot at an unmanned parking lot, they'd slap on the boot. When you eventually ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2008

    The Initial Bill For Clean-Up In Houston: Almost $100 Million

    The always sharp-eyed Ubu Roi on bloghouston has noted that the agenda for the upcoming emergency Houston City Council meeting includes approving a contract for debris removal. The cost: $98 million. That's a lot of friggin' debris. As Ubu Roi puts it: "[Agenda item]Number 3.a. is the jaw-dropper ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2007
  • Blogs

    August 23, 2006

    Fun with City Council

    Will Mayor Bill ever give the president the time of day? From our pals at bloghouston, a gem from a memorable Houston City Council meeting's public session. Seems City Council was visited by the president. Quoth el presidente: "City Council Chambers, I am president Joseph Charles of royalty. I' ... More >>

  • News

    July 1, 2004

    Law? What Law?

    City Council proposed; City Hall didn't dispose

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Lobbyist

    Bill Miller

  • News

    December 12, 2002

    The Schmooze Returns to City Hall

    Facing an out-of-control council, Brown recalls a veteran vote saver

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002

    Best Politician

    Carol Alvarado

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000
  • News

    July 22, 1999


    Board Out of Its Gourd!

  • News

    July 1, 1999

    After-School Aftershocks

    Advocates unite to tell HISD and Houston not to overlook vital program

  • News

    December 31, 1998
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    August 6, 1998
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    May 11, 1995
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    August 11, 1994
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