The regularly scheduled Wednesday 9:00 a.m. Houston City Council meeting will be held in the George R. Brown Convention Center. Today, I drove past city hall and city workers appear to be pumping water out of the building. I can only imagine what the basement, parking garage, and ground floor look like post Harvey. I will attend tomorrow morning’s meeting at the GRB with several friends.
Houston has suffered a horrible blow. I am heartbroken as I look at the city where I was born and raised. I started the day delivering supplies to the GRB and helped secure food for some in the law enforcement community working really long hours. Many officers are staying in downtown hotels because they could not make it home to their families. Please hold Sergeant Perez’s family in your thoughts and prayers. He died as he attempted to report for duty while traveling from his home.
Big Jolly has written at length on the flooding issues over the years. This includes Stephen Costello’s rain tax, which has been much discussed here on this blog. I never supported this tax and often criticized the campaign as disingenuous and misleading. The courts have agreed with me and have ruled the language misleading.
We have had lots of floods since the rain tax was implemented. Memorial Day, Tax Day, and now Harvey. The good folks of Meyerland have suffered greatly. They are not alone. There has never been an accounting of the hundreds of millions of dollars collected by Costello and Annise Parker’s rain tax and I intend to get one. We have asked many times with no answers.
Remember this guy . . .
Costello, rain tax author, is now Sylvester Turner’s spokesperson and expert on flooding issues in the city. Sylvester may want to rethink this appointment.
Further reading on flooding