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Posts published in October 2022

Latest UH poll shows Judge race very close

Beto ahead of Abbott in Harris County

Harris County Judge’s Race Too Close to Call

HOUSTON, October 24, 2022 – The race for chief executive in Texas’ most populous county is too close to call, with concerns about crime helping to propel Republican Alexandra del Moral Mealer into a statistical dead heat with Democratic incumbent Lina Hidalgo.

A poll from the Hobby School of Public Affairs at the University of Houston, released Monday on the first day of early voting, found 47% of likely Harris County voters say they will support Mealer, a political newcomer running for Harris County judge. Hidalgo drew support from 45%.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke is leading Gov. Greg Abbott by eight points (50% to 42%) among likely Harris County voters, while Republican Jack Cagle, the incumbent Harris County Precinct 4 commissioner, leads Democratic challenger Lesley Briones, 40% to 35%.

“Crime and public safety are the top concerns cited by voters in the county races, and that is more pronounced among voters who support Mealer and Cagle,” said Renée Cross, senior executive director and researcher at the Hobby School. Eight out of 10 likely voters listed crime, public safety and government corruption as very important to their decision about which candidate to support for county judge.

“Hidalgo remains popular with voters concerned about voting rights, abortion rights and racial equity, but overall, her support has softened,” Cross said.

NS Mustangs tame Humble Wildcats 58-14

By Allan Jamail

Humble, TX. – October 21, 2022 the visiting GPISD Eastside Boys easily defeated the Humble Wildcats at Turner Stadium; 56 – 14. Head Coach Jon Kay’s offensive line made both the running and passing game work like a fine tuned watch. Again and again their only weakness is pass defense. The defensive line is rock solid and all season they’ve given up few yards.

This season more often than not the Mustangs have had weak opponents. Having weak opponents continually can be a disadvantage when preparing to enter stiff playoff competition.

However Kay’s Eastside Boys next game may be their first real challenge this season.

Democrats bring Star power to Campaign

Early Voting starts Monday, Oct. 24

HOUSTON – Hundreds of potential voters turned out last Tuesday night at the Escapade club on the Eastex Freeway in East Aldine, to hear campaign talks from Gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke and Attorney General candidate Rochelle Garza. But the featured speaker of the evening was Lin-Manuel Miranda, star of the hit Broadway show “Hamilton.”

Introductory remarks and welcome were given by State Representative Armando Walle, and then fiery speeches were delivered by Beto and Lin-Manuel. The crowd enthusiastically listened and applauded the message of need for change in Texas government.

Democrats are making a strong push near the end of the campaign, as their Republican opponents are showing strength in the polls. Beto has trailed incumbent governor Abbott through the whole race, and although he was with in a few points last week, the most recent Rice University poll shows him losing ground, trailing by over 10 percentage points.

North Shore stampedes Beaumont Westbrook

Mustangs 56 – Bruins 7

By Allan Jamail

GPISD Stadium, October 14, 2022 – North Shore Mustangs Head Coach Jon Kay’s Eastside Boys wasted no time in demolishing their visiting opponent, the Beaumont Westbook Bruins.

Quarterback David Amador filling in for the injured starting quarterback Kaleb Bailey looked as if he was capable of leading the team to another state championship to keep the Mustang’s dynasty alive.

Kay had to make quick adjustments for his offensive unit when Bailey went out early in the season with a season ending leg injury. Amador who had been the team’s leading pass receiver switched from catching passes to throwing them. He’s done quite well in the games he has taken over as quarterback. He likes to run but I’m sure Kay will not let him in order to avoid an injury, except maybe in a crucial situation in a playoff deciding game. Bailey’s excessive running in a “no contest” game cost him his season.

Final Weeks of Campaigns: BETO, ABBOTT stump Houston for Votes

By Gilbert Hoffman

HARRIS COUNTY – Voters face a momentous and important task on Election Day, November 8, when they must select candidate and propositions on the longest ballot in Texas and the longest in recent memory. In addition, they must navigate the new voting machines which have a combination of electronic ballot casting, and a paper record to be scanned and archived.

Candidates have been ferociously campaigning, with personal appearances, social media, email campaigns, and ads on TV and newspapers.

Most political observers feel this is one of the most important elections in many years, with the Supreme Court overturning longstanding judgements, and an evenly split Congress deadlocked on many life-altering issues.

Important races on the ballot include Texas Governor and other state offices, Harris County Judge and commissioner, and many candidates for U.S. House and State Legislature.

In addition, there are bond propositions for massive amounts of money, and school districts wanting to fund expansion.

Dozens of judges will be elected, both family, district, civil and criminal judges fill several pages of the ballot.

At a more local level, school board trustees will be voted on in Channelview, Crosby, Huffman, Sheldon, and Lone Star College.

Bond issues for MUD districts are slated in Newport and Crosby.

School van kills 9-year-old Jacinto City Elementary Student

JACINTO CITY – The Family and whole community are mourning the tragic accident that took the life of a 9-year-old Jacinto City Elementary student. Authorities are investigating after the boy was struck and killed by the driver of a van who had just dropped him off at home, according to Jacinto City police.

The tragic accident happened around 3 p.m. in the 10500 block of Pillot Street last Wednesday, October 12.

According to Police Chief Joe Ayala, the 9-year-old and several other children were on a private van that was transporting them home after school. When the boy arrived at his destination, he exited and crossed in front of the van. The driver did not see the child and struck him. Chief Ayala suggested there might have been some type of distraction for the driver or the boy that contributed to the tragedy.

Yellowjackets 21 ~ Indians 33

By Allan Jamail

GPISD Stadium — Friday, October 13, 2022, on Senior Night the Galena Park Yellowjackets suffered a loss when the visiting Santa Fe Indians took their sting away. Head Coach Spiro Amarantos was hard pressed to field a good threat with 3 of his offensive starters benched with injuries.

The Jackets’ normal aggressive running game was noticeably below par due to the injuries. This kept their defense on the field much longer than normal which led to player fatigue. Santa Fe had no mercy and took advantage of it chalking up 33 points to GPs’s 21.

THEA to update community on Waste Pits at meeting on Oct. 25

HIGHLANDS – The EPA is holding its ground against further delays in cleaning up the San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund Site. The responsible parties who seem to continuously look for ways to drag out the government-ordered clean up.

It only took a few years to fill the pits with dioxin-laden paper mill waste back in the 1960s. Nearly 60 years later, the companies found responsible for the contamination, International Paper and Waste Management, Inc., are still asking for more time to figure out how to fix the problem. A new letter from the EPA indicates the agency isn’t buying it.

The companies submitted a remediation plan for the northern waste pit earlier this summer. The EPA said it was incomplete and gave them until next month to come up with the full plan. The companies asked to push that deadline until February of next year, almost guaranteeing another delay in starting the cleanup.

Now the EPA has sent them a clear message. The agency writes that it has already allowed the companies to delay finalizing a plan for 725 days and is ordering them to submit the plan by November 8, 2022. It’s worth remembering that the Superfund law allows the EPA to charge three times the cost of the damages if the responsible parties won’t cooperate.

THEA COMMUNITY MEETING PLANNED

Over 1200 guns turned in at second Buyback event

HOUSTON — Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner is calling Houston’s second gun buyback event a huge success. In fact, he believes this was one of the largest, “if not the largest,” gun buyback events in U.S. history.

The drive-thru event was held in the Alief area at the Westchase Park & Ride METRO. It started at 8 a.m. and ended at about 2 p.m.

City officials said they collected more than 1,200 firearms. The breakdown includes:

Revolvers — 368
Semi-automatic handguns — 279
Shotguns — 243
Rifles — 227
Semi-automatic rifles — 91

Mayor Turner indicated that due to the success of the first two Buybacks, he is planning on a third one, this time on the East side of the city. Details will be announced later, he said.