Joe Stinebaker

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2014

    Vote, What Vote? It's Time to Discuss the Astrodome's Future, Yet Again

    And so it begins again. The quest to save the Astrodome from the uncaring philistines who care nothing for architecture or history. Sure there was a vote last November. And sure the voters defeated a measure that would use taxpayer funds to turn the Astrodome into a glorified visitor center for the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2013

    Officials Say Chronicle "Just Wrong" In Story On Future Of Astrodome

    A report came out in last week's Houston Chronicle purporting to detail a "vote on an unspecified plan concerning what to do with the Astrodome." According to John McClain, the board of the Harris County Sports & Convention Corporation was set to approve the plan and shuffle it to the Harris County ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2012

    Bill Henderson: County Judge's Legal Counsel Allegedly Goes Rambo When Car Towed

    Getting your car towed is an aggravating experience, to be sure. It's perhaps more aggravating if you're a former state district judge and current legal counsel to County Judge Ed Emmett -- in other words, a person who's used to not having to deal with the petty annoyances that afflict the not-poli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2010

    County Judge Emmett Separates Shoulder, Will Miss Eagles Game

    Ed Emmett sidelined​Blatantly ripping off the Barack Obama basketball injury, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett's office has announced that he, too, is on the injured-reserve list. Emmett separated his shoulder in an early-morning tennis game today and will likely require surgery, spokesman Joe S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    Edwin Charles Harrison: Harris County's Financial Director Indicted For Non-County Related Fraud

    Edwin Charles Harrison: "...and I just can't hide it"​The job of being Harris County's financial director likely includes many requirements: Among them, we presume, is you can't be indicted for financial fraud.Edwin Charles Harrison, 54, will find out whether that's true pretty soon. The District ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2010

    Frank Wilson Survival Watch, Day 4: The County Judge Doesn't Weigh In

    ​How long will the embattled Metro president last? Hair Balls presents today's installment of the Frank Wilson Survival Watch. 1. Ed Emmett won't muddy the Frank Wilson waters. Yet. Along with appointing two members to Metro's Board of Directors, there's no question that the county has a stake in ... More >>

  • News

    April 15, 2010

    Dome Tome

    Readers respond to our April Fools' Day Astrodome article.

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2010

    Dynamo May Go Uptown For A New Stadium

    ​KTRK's Miya Shay reported an interesting development in the never-ending quest to build a stadium for the Houston Dynamo -- the team is considering an offer to build it near the Galleria, instead of the east side of downtown.The idea surfaced at yesterday's Commissioner Court meeting, and Dynamo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2009

    The Fine-Dining Options At The Courthouse Have Gotten Slimmer

    ​Tough times have hit the employees, the lawyers, the defendants and the hangers-on at the Harris County courthouse complex -- the cafeterias have been shut down.On Monday, people strolled up to get their morning coffee and bagel and found only locked doors. On Tuesday there was a sign asking them ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2009

    It's A Nice Taxpayer-Supported Gig For Former Chronicle Reporter Alan Bernstein

    As we told you last month, 29-year-veteran Houston Chronicle reporter Alan Bernstein started off his new gig as communications director for Harris  County Sheriff Adrian Garcia by promising openness and transparency, a policy that did not quite include divulging his new salary."That will be a m ... More >>

  • News

    May 28, 2009

    For Their Own Good

    Harris County juveniles certified as adults are jailed in isolation 23 hours a day — without being convicted of a crime.

  • News

    September 25, 2008
  • Blogs

    September 23, 2008

    Traffic Problem To Be Solved (Maybe)

    Good Lord, traffic sucked last night. Much as it did this morning. Broken traffic lights have snarled intersections, lack of electricity has closed HOV lanes, everything's a mess. We asked Metro yesterday why the HOV problem couldn't be solved by just using cops to direct traffic and was told "it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2008

    Two Politicians, Two Responses

    You may have noticed Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and Mayor Bill White projecting different attitudes during their joint press conferences in the past few days - White a bit more critical of response efforts, Emmett a bit less willing to engage in what he would presumably think to be finger-pointin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2008

    Sheriffs Department Seeking Air Power

    The Harris County Sheriff's Department – largest sheriff's department in the state and third largest in the nation – wants to get caught up with its peers and have some aerial support. The department doesn't have any helicopters or planes, so Eyes on the Border, a border watch group, was going ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2008

    New Orleans: No Astrodome For You! (This Time)

    As we've noted, some Houstonians are worried -- not to say pissed -- that another hurricane may send another round of Louisiana evacuees our way. So do they have something to worry about? Does the county plan to once again open up the Astrodome to house evacuees? In a word, no. And not in many mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2008

    Edouard Didn't Affect Government Budgets, Either

    Breathless reports noted for much of Monday night and Tuesday that the county had gone on "emergency status" to handle Tropical Storm Edouard. Of course, Edouard turned out to be more hype than reality. So how much did it cost to gear up and run on emergency status for what was essentially a non- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2008

    The Astrodome Keeps Crumbling Along

    The slow decline of a once-great landmark continued this week when Houston Fire Marshal's Office inspectors wrote nine citations for insufficient water pressure in the Astrodome’s emergency sprinkler system, the Houston Chronicle reported. Thirty-six employees of Reliant Park’s management firm ... More >>

  • News

    August 30, 2007

    Smoked Out

    Will "self-enforcement" be enough for Houston's expanded smoking ban to work?

  • News

    September 21, 2006

    What Happened?

    We were promised killer hurricanes!

  • News

    January 17, 2002

    It's Still News

    What's the statute of limitations for rip-n-read violations?