Houston, if you only had more unprotected sex, you might be guaranteed two more city council members.
The city charter requires that two more single member districts be created when the city's population hits 2.1 million. The figures are in, and the 2010 Census pegs us at...2,099,451.
Short by 549. But fear not.
"I am quite surprised by the numbers because all indications were that we had already reached a population of 2.1 million residents," Mayor Annise Parker said. "Because we are so close to that threshold, we are proceeding as planned with redistricting and the addition of two new City Council seats. As part of this process, we have adopted a timeline and scheduled public meetings in each council district. In addition, today, I appointed a special mayor's committee to advise me as we proceed."
We don't doubt that some people were dutifully buying condoms in an effort to prevent having to deal with more single-district council members, but come on, people, you never know what entertainment you might get.
Each single-district member would represent about 190,000 residents.
The current make-up is nine single-district members and five at-large members.
The members of Parker's committee:
The Honorable Zinetta Burney Penny Hess Butler Anthony Hall, Chair Roman Martinez Mace Meeks Gordon Quan Pat Sanchez Adolfo Santos Sue Schechter
Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.