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Interview with Mayor Turner

Mayor Sylvester Turner

We finish up our interviews for the 2018 election season with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and a conversation about city propositions A and B. Prop A, which has largely flown under the radar, is the update to Renew Houston intended to ratify the “lockbox” structure for the fee revenue. Prop B is of course the firefighter pay parity proposal. You’ve heard my interview with Marty Lancton, so here’s the Mayor’s perspective. The city has a very high-level summary of the two propositions here, and you can find the City Controller’s analysis of the costs embedded in this KUHF story. The firefighters have a response to the city’s cost estimate, a copy of which is here. If you’re wondering what the wording of the two propositions are, here’s a copy of my sample ballot, which was the only place I could find it. Here’s my conversation with Mayor Turner:

And that’s a wrap for interviews for 2018. To review all the ones I’ve done before, visit my 2018 Congressional, 2018 Legislative, 2018 Harris County, and 2018 Judicial pages.

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4 Comments

  1. He’s had 4 years to place the $12.27 revenue cap on the ballot.

    If he won’t place raise-the-wage ordinances and the revenue cap on the ballot.

    I guess I’ll just have to go around, over and under him via ballot initiatives to get things done in this city.

  2. Jason Hochman says:

    I would have asked for his resignation for violating the Civil Rights Act. I did send an email to the so called “robot brothel” company and tell them that the righteous statue warriors of Houston are all supporters of segregation–which obviously they are because my emails to the city council about it go unanswered and no impeachment is in progress. Also, I would like to see some streets that are safe, and well put together, as I just got crashed on a bicycle due to a street with giant concrete slabs with gaps in between and uneven slabs. Of course the city claims sovereign immunity and won’t reimburse my claim for damage to the bike. I would also ask why the Heights Beverage Coalition petition got approved so quickly, but the firefighters’ petition took a year and a half. Especially in light of all the drunk driving carnage in Houston, more drinking is just what is not needed. The Heights used to be a place where I could shop, now, it is full of chi chi restaurants and expensive liquor. No fun living there. I would like to move, but since I can’t maybe I will run for mayor in 2019. I will integrate the city.

  3. Maybe if i get bored I’ll teach myself medicine while Dr Paul Klotman asks me how to implement employee benefits that are tax write offs.

  4. David Fagan says:

    Where is the news coverage about developments in the Mayor’s lawsuit against collective bargaining? Oh, here it is…

    https://twitter.com/FirefightersHOU/status/1054768930655416320?s=20

    OMG! It’s it true? Can I trust what the mayor says anymore? I gasp in horror…..