By Marc Campos

Adios To Abe

Well, so much for my website Latinos in Houston page saying we have a Latino School Superintendent – drats! I don’t care how they try to spin it, we wuz robbed! I think he did a great job considering the local political environment and the whole state of public education. Commentary is not too happy with the way some folks – including local Dem leaders – treated the Superintendent. Like I told H-Town CM James Rodriguez yesterday – that is why there is a need for something called a Houston Area Latino Summit.

In a stunning local political development last night, HGLBTPC endorsed Annise Parker for H-Town Mayor last night. What a world, what a world!

While watching the Municipal Channel yesterday, Commentary caught an interesting debate at the H-Town City Council table on the issue of redistricting. From what I could tell, there is a little bit of misinformation out there. There was vote yesterday that fell along political party lines.

From the what do I know department, I got a couple of responses on my take on The Mansion: “Marc: Rick Perry had nothing to do with the cost of the restoration of the Mansion. I am the current Chair of the Docents of the Governor's Mansion, appointed as a Docent by Linda Gale in 1983. I am actively involved in restoring the Mansion. The house is very old. There are a lot of issues with the house and we are lucky that it was even standing with the somewhat off and on care it has received in 150+ years. Because of the careful care of the people that were doing the work, a lot of it was saved, including the staircase and the fireplace mantels. Doing any kind of preservation work is very expensive. Many of the molding have to be made, you can't go to Lowe's and buy them.

”It is the third oldest Executive Residence still in use as a residence in the country.

”The Governor's Mansion belongs to the people of Texas. Governors come and go, Docents are here forever. It has nothing to do with the current occupant, it's our house. Every Governor living there will tell you that. In the 25 years I've been a Docent, I've seen several come and go. We Docents are there for the house, we have nothing to do with politics. You know I'm very political, but when it comes to the Mansion, I never talk politics, nor do the other Docents.

”Your message should be that we need to restore the Mansion, it's the only one we have. Remember how money was collected for the Battleship Texas? We can do the same for the Mansion.

”The only good thing that came out of the fire - we have a new head of DPS. Mansion staff and security detail had requested that more security be there and that cameras be fixed, but the good ole boy network at the head of DPS didn't do it. I was on a grand jury involving DPS so I know from which I speak. - Donna Beth.”

Here is another: “He (Guv Dude) is just lining up contract work for his favorite home contractor Bob Perry - Robin Frazier.” Yikes!

The Houston Area Latino Summit is still taking shape. An agenda has now been posted. Over 180 Latinos/Latinas have registered. The moderators are set. All of the presenters are confirmed. Sponsors are still signing on. Go to www.camposcommunications.com for information on the Houston Area Latino Summit that will be held from 10 am to 1 pm, Saturday, February 14, 2009 in the Champions Pavilion at Minute Maid Park.

Let’s see now. If CitiBank got a few bil from the taxpayers and if CitiBank is forking over $400 mil to the New York Mets and if The President says taxpayer aided institutions can’t pay their top folks more than half a mil then that means that the Mets have to significantly reduce their payroll for the likes of Johan, Wright, Delgado and Beltran – right. I need to call over to The Yard and get a clarification from Pam-In-Charge.

February 5, 2009 9:00AM

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