The tumultuous back-and-forth between the local fire union and the Parker administration was punctuated last month by the abrupt resignation of Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association president Bryan Sky-Eagle, just 11 months into a three-year term. Discord within the ranks over Sky-Eagle s ... More >>
What if you put on a show, with heart and soul, with pizzazz, with stretching your declining resources as far as they could go - and nobody showed up to watch it? That's the situation the Houston ISD administration has reluctantly concluded it is in as regards the television channel it has been op ... More >>
With a rudderless NASA in charge, JSC has been lost in the shuffle.
City decides to go along to get along with Houston's strip clubs.
According to the Twitter feed of Janice Evans, the Director of Communications for Mayor Annise Parker, the city signed a deal today that will allow "gentleman's" clubs to go topless again and allow lap dances previously prevented by the three-foot rule. The deal includes provisions for the creation ... More >>
Everyone thinks bike paths are a good idea. Just maybe not in their own neighborhood.
Three Houston animal rescue groups are accusing Mayor Annise Parker of going against a plan to tackle animal overpopulation she came up with in 2007, when she was still the city's controller. Calling themselves Unity for a Solution, the groups -- Corridor Rescue, Forgotten Dogs of the 5th Ward Proj ... More >>
Quick, someone find a fiscal cliff to jump from. Susan Combs, the Texas comptroller of public accounts, released a report Wednesday saying we're all screwed. Public debt at the local level -- including community colleges, municipalities, school districts, etc. -- has more than doubled in the last d ... More >>
AND THAT"S NOT ALL!!! Well, actually, it is.Mayor Annise Parker announced this afternoon that she's changing the new drainage-fee structure after a boatload of complaints that the fees are higher than what the referendum ads said they would be. The fees are assessed according to how much sur ... More >>
Despite a history of abuse and bad conditions, private prison corporation GEO keeps getting contracts from the state.
You're still on cameraThe answer to the above question is "We wouldn't recommend it."But with the big vote against red-light cameras in Houston yesterday, there are a lot of unanswered questions on the fallout.Paul Kubosh, the lawyer who led the fight, tells Hair Balls that he thinks there should ... More >>
Banned books across Texas
BARC, making sad puppies everywhereWhen Chatauqua Allen, a supervisor at the Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care, was shut out of certain meetings, she got the nagging notion that it may have to do with her race.The feeling was compounded when Allen, who is black, w ... More >>
No Walmart, no peaceMembers of the "Stop Heights Walmart" group came out in force to the City Hall meeting Tuesday to let officials get a glimpse of a small part of the opposition that has grown to more than 4,000 members in the past few weeks.Meanwhile, Houston officials told Hair Balls they are ... More >>
In the last several months, things could not have gone worse for Metro president Frank Wilson. When Annise Parker was elected mayor, it seemed only a matter of time before Wilson was ousted from the agency. Parker was critical of Metro during her campaign, and her criticism continued after the el ... More >>
Photo by SquidHouston's Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care fired a veterinarian Thursday, but Interim Bureau Chief Gerry Fusco said two part-time vets will cover those hours so there will be no lag in services. Fusco and Janice Evans, communications director for Mayor Annise Parker, ... More >>
Bring out your dead -- and wait
A walk in the city parks department
The City Hall press corps ain't what it used to be
Houston braces for an invasion of TV news