Sue Lovell

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2014

    The Fight For Pride Week (Part 4)

    Part four in a series for Houston Pride Week. Once formed, "The Caucus" as the Houston LGBT Political Caucus became known quickly organized a series of actions that would see the political power of the LGBT community expand exponentially. By the end of the decade, even straight candidates would see ... More >>

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    February 9, 2012

    Eat Spaghetti, Help Houston Gay Leader Tim Brookover Fight Cancer

    Tim Brookover: Eat some spaghetti and help​Tim Brookover has been the editor of OutSmart magazine, a key staffer for city councilmember Sue Lovell, and is currently president of the Houston GLBT Community Center. He's also fighting cancer at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and racking up some di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    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

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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

    May 17, 2011

    Kristi Thibaut: Former State Rep Announces for At-Large Council Seat

    Kristi Thibaut: Running for council.​Kristi Thibaut, the Democrat who rode the 2008 Obama surge into a single term in the state legislature representing Memorial and the west side of town, has announced she is running for the at-large City Council seat being vacated by term-limited Sue Lovell. ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 5, 2011

    Up From the Underground

    Alex "Pr!mo" Luster got himself a documentary from the street art life.

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    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

    January 26, 2011

    Another Graffiti-Removal Effort About to Be Launched by City

    A graffiti truck​The city of Houston will be unveiling a big new graffiti-removal program tomorrow, throwing a spotlight on five new "graffiti trucks" that will cruise the city removing instantly the scourge of street art wherever it may be. The Greater East End Management District has receiv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2010

    Wanda Adams Tearfully Defends Herself To Gays At Council Meeting

    Wanda Adams gets angry with critics​There were tears at today's city council meeting when Wanda Adams defended herself against charges she had abandoned her Montrose constituents in a vote on a proposed home for HIV/AIDS.Here's the video: fast-forward to the 16-minute mark. Kris Banks, a former Ad ... More >>

  • News

    April 29, 2010

    Houston Is Under Attack

    Bedbugs threaten our slumber.

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2010

    Graffiti -- It Can Be Gorgeous In Houston

    Photo by o texanoSide-by-side art by Weah and Ack!​ As we noted recently, city councilmember Sue Lovell has announced a war on graffiti, something that hasn't been declared by a politician in ages, and by "ages" we mean just about everyday, in some city in the country.Lovell says eradicating graff ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2010

    Sue Lovell Says "Enough" to Graffiti Artists in Houston

    Photo by unISOnPhotography​City Councilwoman Sue Lovell has identified a cancer in our midst in the ongoing battle to keep Houston fiscally fit during these recessionary times. Graffiti. As she puts it in her latest newsletter, graffiti eradication is costing this city perhaps hundreds of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2010

    The Dynamo Stadium, One Step Closer To Reality, Due To Elephant Sex

    ​Dynamo president Oliver Luck talked to media all morning about a new soccer stadium, what it will mean to the city and county and Dynamo fans, fun stuff like that. But when we spoke with him, he just wanted to talk about elephant sex. "What's the elephant gestation period, 18 months or something ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2010

    The Dynamo Stadium Plan Is Magic

    ​The greatest plan ever has been unveiled.Using absolutely no public funding, the city, by April 1, 2012, will get a 20,000 seat, $80 million Dynamo soccer/Texas State Southern University football stadium that will create a new section of downtown, which will undoubtedly boom with economic growth, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2010

    Historic (For Houston) Immanuel Lutheran Church Is Preserved

    ​Sure, it's younger than Angie Dickinson, but the Immanuel Lutheran Church at 15th and Cortlandt in the Heights is still historic. (So's Angie, to Police Woman and Rat Pack fans.)"The building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a wonderful example of early 20th ce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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

    December 11, 2009

    Born to Runoff: Playlists for Saturday's Mayoral Election-Night Parties

    ​ Thursday evening Houston mayoral candidate Annise Parker, clearly anticipating a weekend of celebration, posted the following message to Twitter asking for playlist suggestions for her election night party. So far the official suggestions are pretty lame, so Rocks Off is coming to the rescue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • News

    August 20, 2009

    Gay Panic in Cowtown: Houston Pride

    This city's gay community pushed back hard.

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2009

    A Three-Hour Council Meeting On BARC Achieves...About What You'd Expect, Unfortunately

    Photo by dunkv​The biggest surprise during yesterday's City Council Committee on Human Services and Technology meeting on BARC was not that it was three hours of meaningless bureaucratic babble -- Hair Balls had $50 on that -- but that the ghost of Dante Alighieri showed up. "Aband ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2009

    Five Great Moments In Houston's Gay History

    Gays, lesbians, transgenders, bisexuals, transsexuals and their friends will be marching in the 2009 Houston Pride parade Saturday night (this year's theme is "Out for Justice").To add to the festivities, we thought we'd recap some of the highlights of Houston's GLBT history. 1958: Ray Hill came ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2009

    Update: Seeing Graffiti Not Worth A 911 Call

    Photo by srboisvertHair Balls was very excited to read this morning's press release from City Councilwoman Sue Lovell about the War on Graffiti.Lovell, who's also vice mayor pro-tem, developed in order to educate folks about the different kinds of graffiti (Did you know th ... More >>

  • News

    February 26, 2009

    Battle of the Big Crosses

    Dick-measuring, Christian style

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2009

    Councilmember Lovell's Neighborhood Feud

    It's an odd thing when the front door of a city councilmember's home is festooned with bright, urgent notices from the city's building-permit department. In the case of Councilmember Sue Lovell, that's only where the oddness starts.A loyal Hair Balls reader earlier today emailed a photo of Houston L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2008

    Man Still On Search For Elusive Video Of HPD Beating Him

    Charles Chukwu is still trying to get his hands on a video tape allegedly taken at the city jail that may or may not show officers assaulting him. He says even though Internal Affairs investigated the matter and decided there wasn’t enough evidence to discipline the officer, Chukwu just wants to s ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 20, 2008

    Transgender Day of Remembrance

    Today’s event gives supporters an opportunity to mourn lost friends

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2008

    City Council Needs An Open-Records Request To View HPD Tape

    City Council members say they have begun looking into the case of Charles Chukwu, the man who so far has been denied access to a security video taken at the city jail that he claims may show guards beating him. The Houston police internal affairs division has reviewed the tape and ruled that it doe ... More >>

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    October 7, 2008
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    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

    January 12, 2007

    Can't We Be Friends?

    Here's a little YouTubage from last night's graffiti forum at the MFAH. The woman speaking is City Councilwoman Sue Lovell. The dude on her right is a local artist named Article. -- Keith Plocek

  • News

    December 4, 2003
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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?

  • News

    October 23, 2003

    Cockeyed Campaign Gambits

    A Republican runs on Lee Brown's coattails

  • News

    December 5, 2002

    Do the City Hall Shuffle!

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

  • News

    February 14, 2002

    The Kopper Caper

    Enron's secret domestic-partner benefits program

  • News

    November 29, 2001

    The Two Faces of Womack

    Is his campaign currying gays in Montrose, then bashing them in black areas?

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    February 22, 2001

    Dodging Bullets

    With a battle looming, gays and their supporters seek high ground

  • News

    June 1, 2000

    Billie's Last Convention Summer

    The queen of Texas liberals hands over her reign

  • News

    August 24, 1995

    Party Pooper

    The Democratic chairman takes a power struggle personally

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    September 1, 1994
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    August 18, 1994

    Sam Nuchia in Black and White

    Houston's top cop has been a pleasant surprise to the city's black community. But in his own department, it's a different story.