Jolanda Jones

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    September 29, 2011

    CM Jones Review Panel: No Council Action Needed, but OIG Investigation Kinda Lame

    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 >>

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    September 20, 2011

    Mayor Parker: DA's Office Says No Charges Against Jolanda Jones

    Jolanda Jones: Cleared.​We just got a statement from Mayor Annise Parker about the ethics charges against Jolanda Jones that her review panel punted to the District Attorney's Office: The District Attorney's review affirms my original opinion that the findings detailed in the Office of Inspec ... More >>

  • News

    September 15, 2011

    The Red-Light Camera Circus

    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!

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    August 19, 2011

    Red-Light Cameras in Dilemma Zone Until Next Week

    Photo by Mandy OaklanderAndy Taylor, counsel for ATS, tells Houston to pay up if they renege.​In today's special-edition episode of Houston versus (?) Red-Light Cameras, the mayor and city council could have turned off the cameras -- immediately and forever. But no decision was made. Within ... More >>

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    August 19, 2011

    Police Union Files State Bar Complaint Against Jolanda Jones

    Jolanda Jones has a complainr filed against her​Houston 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 >>

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    August 18, 2011

    Red-Light Cameras, Nearing Death, May Ironically Be Saved By Well-Intentioned City Councilmember

    Photo by Mandy OaklanderPaul Kubosh and Jolanda Jones held a press conference today.​Tomorrow, city council is holding a rare special session that may ring the death knell for red-light cameras. The to-be proposed ordinance, if passed, would immediately turn off the cameras. But yesterday, cou ... More >>

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    August 16, 2011

    Council Candidate Allegedly Sends Out E-Mail Ripping Jolanda Jones, Even Though He's Not Running Against Her

    Bolivar Fraga could easily prove it wasn't him, but won't.​An anonymous, widely distributed e-mail criticizing Houston City Councilwoman Jolanda Jones appears to have come from the campaign of council candidate Bolivar Fraga. Fraga and Jones represent different districts; however, Fraga was j ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2011

    City Hall Packed for Red-Light Camera Showdown

    Photo by Mandy OaklanderPaul Kubosh addressed city council yesterday. ​As far as city hall meetings go, yesterday's was raucous. Members of the National Black United Front, Houston Ministers Against Crime, city council hopefuls, and Citizens Against Red Light Cameras filled the hall to standin ... More >>

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    July 29, 2011

    State Bar To Investigate City Attorney On Jolanda Jones' Complaint

    Jolanda Jones gets her investigation​The 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 >>

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    July 5, 2011

    Jolanda Jones Fires Back: A Grievance Against the City Attorney, and Big Blasts From Her Spokesperson

    Jolanda Jones firing shots of her own​Houston 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 >>

  • 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

    June 16, 2011

    Jolanda Jones Picks C.O. Bradford for Her Council Rep at Disciplinary Hearing

    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 >>

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    June 13, 2011

    Jolanda Jones Speaks, Sort of

    Jolanda Jones: No questions, please.​In the wake of an Office of Inspector General investigation that found she violated city ordinances in creating a flyer dispensing legal advice, Houston City Councilwoman Jolanda Jones said today that she was "confident that when all of the facts come to li ... More >>

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    June 9, 2011

    Jolanda Jones In More Hot Water: City Says She Lied To Investigators

    Jolanda Jones has more explaining to do​As 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 >>

  • News

    March 3, 2011

    Advertisements for Herself

    Jolanda Jones says never talk to HPD

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2011

    City Council Member Jolanda Jones Distributes (Possibly) Anti-Police Pamphlets at NAACP Meeting

    City council member Jolanda Jones says she acted as a lawyer at the meeting.​Small white cards drifted around the Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church on February 8, where the NAACP town hall meeting was being held to address Chad Holley's police beating."Know Your Rights With The Police," the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2011

    Jolanda Jones's Controversial Visit to HFD Station No Big Deal, City Investigators Say

    Jolanda Jones is effing cleared of allegations​The 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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2010

    Heights-Area Walmart Gets its Public Hearing

    The mayor says the Walmart vote can't be delayed any longer; City Council must decide tomorrow. ​The public had its last chance today to talk to the mayor and city council members about a proposed "380 agreement" between the city and developer Michael Ainbinder, who plans to build a Walmart near t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2010

    No Changes Needed At Houston's Messed-Up Fingerprint Lab, City Council Decides

    Photo by umboodySome council members think money won't make the problems at HPD's fingerprint lab go away. ​The Houston City Council approved today -- despite concerns from several council members -- a contract to keep paying a consulting firm to basically run the police department's fingerprint l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2010

    Today's Pep Rally Starts A Two-Month Celebration at Yates

    Photo by Bryan Williams​A pep rally at Yates High School this afternoon kicks off two months of events that are scheduled to celebrate the school's basketball team.  The Yates team won a state championship a couple weeks ago, finishing the season undefeated at 34-0. The team was also na ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    No Fireworks At Parker's First Council Meeting (But Somehow Jolanda Jones Passes Up A Chance To Speak)

    ​Mayor Annise Parker concluded her first City Council meeting this morning with a bang, warning citizens about icy roads in days ahead as Houston braces for what's expected to be its coldest temperatures in decades. "We're covering our pipes, doing what we can to keep ice away from our entrances," ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2010

    Scenes From An Inauguration: God Hates Urinals

    Photo by Daniel Kramer​Although it may have surprised the three anti-gay protestors outside the Wortham Theater, Mayor Annise Parker's inaugural speech concentrated less on her historic election as the first openly-gay big city mayor and more on her goals to improve coordination among law enforcem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2009

    The Five Most Entertaining City Council Members Of The Decade

    Photo courtesy GHCVB​Thanks to term limits, turnover among Houston city council members is fairly regular, and institutional memory be damned. But an ever-fresh supply of new meat means that at least some of that meat will be highly flavorful.This decade didn't disappoint when it comes to that asp ... More >>

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    December 18, 2009

    The Other Winners And Losers Of The 2009 Election

    ​Every election cycle, there are winners and there are losers. 2009 is no different. Here is a list of winners and losers and brief reason why.WinnersGarnet Coleman -- He was one of the few African-Americans that supported Annise Parker when she began her career. He stuck out his neck once again, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2009

    Veteran's Day Parade In Downtown Houston: The Photos

    Photos by Olivia Flores Alvarez​Tanks and other military vehicles came down Smith Street at lunchtime today, along with drill squads and a few political honchos, all part of today's Veteran's Day Parade.Hair Balls was stationed right by the Houston Public Library, not that it was hard to find a sp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2009

    BARC's Change Agent Finally Gets A Contract

    City Council unanimously approved hotly debated 6-month contract for Gerry Fusco, interim chief for the Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care. The unanimity was a bit of a surprise, given the sharp critcism doled out two weeks ago by Councilwoman Jolanda Jones, who said she felt Fusco had refused to ... More >>

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    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 26, 2009

    City Council Once Again Considers BARC; Once Again Does Little To Nothing

    Photo by abcrumley​City Council delayed voting again on extending the contract for Gerry Fusco, the Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care's interim chief. Council members Ronald Green and Pam Holm asked that the vote be tabled. (Green told Hair Balls earlier this week that he hadn't read the contra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2009

    Timing Of Vote For BARC's "Change Agent" Contract Surprises Some, Like Councilmembers

    Photo courtesy GHCVB​Silly fuckin' us.We thought that when a Houston City Councilman says something, we're supposed to take him at his word. But sometimes we forget that this is Houston, and things are done a little differently.At the August 3 Human Services Committee meeting on Gerry Fusco's BARC ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2009

    Another Round In the Jolanda Jones-Jeff Caynon Pissing Match

    ​You know how there are things you know you're supposed to care about, but you just can't bring yourself to do it?That's kinda how we feel about the ongoing pissing match between city council member Jolanda Jones and firefighters union chief Jeff Caynon.As everyone knows, there's been a series of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2009

    A Cool, Calm Discussion Of Possible Racism In The Fire Department

     You know what the Houston Fire Department racism mess needed? Some more stirring of the pot.Luckily, we have city councilwoman Jolanda Jones, who is a Sheila Jackson Lee in training when it comes to publicity, and Jeff Caynon, head of one of the local firefighters' unions, who also knows how t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2009

    Metro Approves Huge New Contract. And We Do Mean Huge

    There had been a bit of a dust-up this week because the Metro board didn't release the details of the most expensive infrastructure contract in the city's history before the Board of Directors voted on it this afternoon. Perhaps to reconcile, Chairman David Wolff broke standard procedure at today's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2009

    Is Sheila Jackson Lee Thinking Of Leaving Congress?

    Good news for Houston politicians trying to get camera time at events, bad news for the rest of the world -- rumors are swirling that Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee might be taking a job in the State Department.Jackson denies (sorta) the rumors, telling KHOU she's "baffled" by them and is happy re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2009

    Library, Homeless Advocates Meet; It's "Chill"

    This afternoon, the folks from Food Not Bombs, a local group that serves vegan food to the homeless four nights a week in front of the Houston Public Library, met with some people from the library to decide how they could avoid another confrontation. "It was a lot more chill than I expected," Nick C ... More >>

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    October 21, 2004
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    April 29, 2004

    Collision Course

    A lawsuit challenges deputies who shoot fleeing drivers

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    November 20, 2003

    Political Identity Crisis

    Ronald Green's the only black Democrat left on the city ballot. Or is he?

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    July 31, 2003

    Herding Cats in District 5

    An effort to sort out black council candidates backfires