Mark Ellis

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2009

    Commuter Rail From Galveston And Hempstead By 2012!! Well, Maybe

    ‚ÄčThe Citizens Transportation Coalition is currently giddy with dreams of 90 MPH commuter trains speeding from Galveston and down 290 into the city...possibly by 2012, which sounds like the far future but is only three years away. There hasn't been much public movement on commuter rail since the HG ... More >>

  • News

    February 19, 2009

    She Almost Killed Stump!

    A close call for a champ

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2009

    What, No One Else Noticed There Were 13 Jurors?

    Anyone reading today's Houston Chronicle story about a murder case that got declared a mistrial because there were 13 jurors instead of 12 might be forgiven for thinking that Judge Mark Ellis threw his bailiff under the bus."Houston Murder Trail Tossed Out After Bailiff's Huge Mistake" was the headl ... More >>

  • News

    September 22, 2005

    No Help Wanted

    Report a terror threat at your own risk

  • Music

    April 28, 2005

    An iFest Fan (and Former Music Programmer) Responds

    An open letter to Racket from Rick Mitchell, with Racket's reply

  • News

    July 1, 2004

    Law? What Law?

    City Council proposed; City Hall didn't dispose

  • News

    January 29, 2004

    Helping Out a Roomie

    City contracts for a pal turn into rent money for Mark Ellis

  • News

    January 15, 2004

    Moving Target

    The city is rolling out the welcome mat for CITGO. But many workers want the company to get lost.

  • News

    January 8, 2004

    Double Bogey

    A young parks worker gets caught up in a contractor's sweetheart deal

  • News

    December 25, 2003

    Stocking Stuffers

    Homeless pols, rail guardian angels and drugs for City Council

  • News

    September 4, 2003

    Chop Talk

    Houston remains embroiled in what to do about Memorial Park

  • News

    August 28, 2003

    Running Mates

    Michael and Nandy Berry are world-class charmers. But what's really behind those two smiles?

  • News

    July 31, 2003

    Herding Cats in District 5

    An effort to sort out black council candidates backfires

  • News

    May 15, 2003

    Parting Shots

    Foes of Mayor Lee Brown can't wait to see him gone. And a lot of his friends feel that way, too.

  • News

    December 12, 2002

    The Schmooze Returns to City Hall

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

  • News

    December 5, 2002

    Do the City Hall Shuffle!

    Term limits and raw ambition send local politicos on holiday shopping sprees

  • News

    November 28, 2002

    Taxing Miss Daisy

    Previous tax bills and blighted properties haunt the city housing director

  • News

    October 24, 2002

    Food Fight Indigestion

    A losing lobbyist claims a councilman switched after failing to get his pals in on the deal

  • News

    August 22, 2002

    Adept Ada

    Edwards draws raves in her inaugural year on council

  • News

    August 15, 2002

    Trading Places

    Who wants to be interim city controller?

  • News

    May 2, 2002

    Barry, Barry, Quite Contrary

    A fired investment banker ignites a City Hall rumble

  • News

    April 4, 2002

    Power House

    What do Lakewood Church and its pastor Joel Osteen have that most mainline Protestant denominations don't? People. Lots of them. And in an assortment of colors.

  • News

    January 31, 2002

    Dumped On

    Houston was supposed to be cracking down on polluters. So why has it spent five years cleaning up on little guys like Walter Bazarsky?

  • News

    February 8, 2001

    First Out of the Gate

    Now that he's got Mayor Lee Brown's attention, can Chris Bell win your support?

  • News

    October 19, 2000

    Blocking Shots

    We pay for the arena; they'll finance the campaign

  • News

    October 12, 2000

    The Mod Squad

    With Brown adrift, can this trio carry the ball?

  • News

    September 7, 2000

    2001: A Bell Mayoral Odyssey?

    Councilman Chris tests the waters against Brown

  • News

    June 15, 2000

    Don't Dump Your Debt on Me

    A miffed Lanier makes common cause with the controller

  • News

    February 3, 2000

    The Insider

    Art Decoy: A handwritten note undercuts UH chancellor's wordy defense