Toni Lawrence

  • News

    July 5, 2012

    Who's Behind Helena Brown?

    Some say the councilwoman known for her diatribes is influenced by senior adviser William Park, who last year was banned from the investments industry.

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2009

    Hot-Button Immigration Issue Gets Little Discussion Among County Commissioners

    Photo by Liana LopezA packed room hears about 287(g)​It only took 15 seconds for the Commissioners Court of Harris County to approve three additional years of participation in 287(g) after hours of public testimony, mostly in opposition, to the program.The two Houston Garcias, who, by the way, wer ... 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 >>

  • 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

    February 13, 2009

    Breaking News: Cops Don't Like Being Told They're Fat

    So far, no one's pointed to any evidence linking lack of physical fitness among some Houston Police Department officers with problems like the disproportionate Tasering of minorities, the shootings of quite a few mentally ill folks, or even the supreme fuck-up that put an innocent man in prison for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2008

    HISD's Terry Abbott: The Top Five Moments

    The Houston Chronicle's education blog mentioned that the HISD board bid a fond farewell yesterday to longtime spokesman Terry Abbott, who is leaving at the end of the month to become a consultant. "[A]s board member Natasha Kamrani put it: 'Terry Abbott is a junk-yard dog. He will stand in front o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2007

    Horse Shrift

    What Would Sam Do? The latest issue of Texas Horse Talk hits the stables this Saturday, and writer Steven Long has a doozie of an article in there titled "Houston Hates Horses." Our first thought upon reading the first few words was, Huh? We thought Houston loved horses. But apparently we've had ... More >>

  • News

    March 30, 2006

    Wheels on the Bus

    HISD's version of "neighborhood input"

  • News

    April 28, 2005

    Nailed by the Cops

    A fashionable burglar gets nabbed

  • Music

    February 10, 2005

    Radio Daze

    One man, one jambox and four walls. For 24 hours.

  • News

    January 27, 2005

    A Matter of Trust

    Creditors of an estate debt try to collect from a councilmember and the former U.S. solicitor general

  • News

    October 25, 2001

    Split Ticket

    District C's ex file: Then it got personal…

  • News

    May 4, 2000

    Payback Time

    Burned by police union opposition, a councilman counterattacks

  • News

    September 30, 1999

    District ZZZZs Triumph

    Hordes of city candidates block-walk, while voters sleepwalk

  • News

    August 19, 1999

    Get The Goods On All The Bads

    We Snitch on HOUSNITCH! What's really behind City Hall's whistle-blower Web page?

  • News

    January 28, 1999

    Hammerin' Helen and Mister Mild

    A feud flares between a former city councilwoman and her successor

  • News

    December 31, 1998
  • News

    December 3, 1998

    Shaping the Council to Come

    Time to pull out those election wish lists