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GP Charter Amendments debated

OE THIBODEAUX, former councilman and Chairman of the Galena Park Amendment Committee, moderates a public meeting held April 23 at Galena Manor, to discuss the 18 amendments that will be voted on May 9th. Also present were all Council members, and department heads. Two other meetings were held, at Baggett Center moderated by Gilbert Hoffman, and Woodland Acres, moderated by Councilman Juan Flores.

OE THIBODEAUX, former councilman and Chairman of the Galena Park Amendment Committee, moderates a public meeting held April 23 at Galena Manor, to discuss the 18 amendments that will be voted on May 9th. Also present were all Council members, and department heads. Two other meetings were held, at Baggett Center moderated by Gilbert Hoffman, and Woodland Acres, moderated by Councilman Juan Flores.

GALENA PARK – With the general election approaching on Saturday, May 9, and Early Voting underway for the Charter Amendment, voters in this community are talking about and debating the 18 amendments that are on the ballot.

Councilman Juan Flores organized three Town Hall Meetings, to present the amendments and give citizens for and against them a forum to discuss and debate their merits.

These meetings were held April 22 at Baggett Center; April 23 at Galena Manor, and April 25 at Woodland Acres.

On hand for each meeting were Council members, City of Galena Park department heads, and a moderator/facilitator.

To start each discussion, Councilman Flores handed out a white paper with the Amendments summarized, and a statement of the need for amending the Charter. The paper stated: “Many of the articles in the City Charter are outdated and should be brought up to current standards.”

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Sylvester Turner endorsed for Mayor by three House Colleagues

Sylvester Turner, third from left, is endorsed for Houston Mayor by three of his Texas House colleagues at a news conference. With Turner are, left to right, Tim Dinh representing Rep. Hubert Vo, Rep. Armando Walle and Rep. Ana Hernandez.

Sylvester Turner, third from left, is endorsed for Houston Mayor by three of his Texas House colleagues at a news conference. With Turner are, left to right, Tim Dinh representing Rep. Hubert Vo, Rep. Armando Walle and Rep. Ana Hernandez.

HOUSTON, April 24, 2015 – Sylvester Turner was endorsed by three of his colleagues in the Texas House: Ana Hernandez, Hubert Vo and Armando Walle.
At a news conference today, Turner pointed out that Houston is the most diverse city in America.

“All voices need to be heard,” said Turner. “Everyone deserves a seat at the table. That’s the only way Houston will continue to prosper and grow. That’s why I am especially grateful to be endorsed today by these colleagues.”

Rep. Hernandez, District 143, said she has seen firsthand Turner’s leadership.

“Representative Turner brings people together to tackle the tough issues,” Hernandez said. “He will bring that leadership from the state to the city of Houston. I am proud to endorse him for Mayor.”

Rep. Walle, whose District 140 adjoins Turner’s District 139, has worked collaboratively with Turner on a number of issues, including the Appropriations Committee.

“Sylvester Turner has risen above politics,” Walle said. “His is a voice people listen toboth Democrats and Republicans. Representative Turner is a fierce advocate for his district; as mayor, he will be a fierce advocate for the entire city.”

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Judge Parrott’s annual “Spring Fling” draws record crowds

Deby and Mike Parrott, and Denise Smith greet friends and supporters at Parrott’s SPRING FLING at the North Shore Rotary Pavillion on Wallisville Road. The event drew a record crowd for the Fish & Shrimp Fry, live and silent auctions, last Monday evening, after the golf tournament earlier in the day. Over 1200 dinners were served, and many East Harris County citizens turned out for the event.

Deby and Mike Parrott, and Denise Smith greet friends and supporters at Parrott’s SPRING FLING at the North Shore Rotary Pavillion on Wallisville Road. The event drew a record crowd for the Fish & Shrimp Fry, live and silent auctions, last Monday evening, after the golf tournament earlier in the day. Over 1200 dinners were served, and many East Harris County citizens turned out for the event.

NORTH SHORE – Judge Mike Parrott was surrounded by friends and supporters last Monday night, as he hosted his annual Spring Fling at the North Shore Rotary Pavilion next to the Court House Annex on Wallisville Road.

Over 1200 people attended, enjoying the fish and shrimp dinner, and greeting friends. They also participated in the live and silent auctions, with many unusual or special items up for bid, such as vacations, game tickets to the Texans and Astros, and sports memorabilia including a popular jersey for No. 99, J. J. Watt.

There was a lot of politics taking place in the crowd too, with a full field of candidates for the soon to be vacant seats of Constable Ken Jones and Judge Parrott shaking hands and making their presence known to all the potential voters on hand.