Long Weekend or Long Hours?

Ed Gonzalez • August 29, 2014

For some, Labor Day means having tons of fun during a long weekend. For others, it means another day on the job having to work long hours.

Here’s to them.

Let’s not forget why Labor Day exists –  to pay tribute to American workers, especially those who continue to toil away at work day after day, no matter what.

The economic vitality of the country, our state and our great city depends upon the quality and dedication of our workforce. The most important thing we can do is to remain mindful of that fact – especially this coming Monday.


Metro Makes Some Changes To Its Bus System Reimagining Plan

Houston Public Media • August 28, 2014

Metro is making a few changes to its plan to redesign Houston’s bus system. Metro’s board is giving it another look before it takes a final vote next month. Continue Reading »

City to convert lane of downtown street to bike path

Houston Chronicle • August 27, 2014

Houston may get its first protected on-street bike route as early as October, as city officials prepare to convert a lane of Lamar Street downtown into a two-way cycling path connecting the popular Buffalo Bayou trails west of downtown to Discovery Green and points east. Continue Reading »

USHCC Announces Houston to Host 2015 National Convention

CNBC • August 25, 2014

The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) has announced its 2015 National Convention—the largest gathering of Hispanic business leaders in the country—will be held September 20-22, 2015 in Houston, Texas. The annual convention is a premier event for America’s small business community, convening thousands of Hispanic entrepreneurs, national and international corporate executives, top government officials, and representatives from local chambers and business associations throughout the country. Continue Reading »


Ed Gonzalez • August 22, 2014

I’m pleased to report that Healthy Pets, Healthy Streets has been a tremendous success. The city initiative – which offers free spay/neuter services in neighborhoods with a large number of stray animals and dog bite complaints – has grown and now covers all of District H! Continue Reading »

New hi-tech program helps to curb unnecessary ambulance rides

KPRC-TV • August 21, 2014

Houston paramedics and EMTs receive between 700-800 calls for help every day, but among the shootings, stabbings, heart attacks and strokes are those who abuse the 911 system.

“We get called for people with blisters on their feet,” said Houston Fire Department Senior Capt. Andrew Moore. “Honest to God, you know, I’ve been called for paper cuts.” Continue Reading »

Houston Chronicle: Lessons from Ferguson

Houston Chronicle • August 20, 2014

Amidst the tear gas and tumult, amidst the rage, grief and exasperation that continue to roil the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo., several activists set up a voter-registration table a few days ago near a makeshift memorial forMichael Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was fatally shot by a police officer on Aug. 9. Continue Reading »

New Public Works Director Pledges To Improve Communication With Public

Houston Public Media • August 20, 2014

The City of Houston has a new director for its public works department.

You may not think about it, but the Department of Public Works and Engineering has a lot to do with your daily life.

It’s responsible for such services as drinking water, street repairs and waste water. Continue Reading »

Mayor plans to allow food trucks downtown

Houston Chronicle • August 20, 2014

The Parker administration plans to allow propane-fueled food trucks downtown and may loosen other regulations on the trendy operations, moves that drew cheers from Houston’s booming foodie community and pushback from some brick-and-mortar restaurant owners. Continue Reading »

Collaborative showcase brings startups from UH, Rice

Houston Business Journal • August 16, 2014

On the surface, the first Bayou Startup Showcase brought young entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, university dignitaries and representatives from the city of Houston together to showcase the growth of Houston’s entrepreneurial scene.

However, to many in attendance, it represented the start of a partnership between two universities with different personalities, albeit one common goal. Continue Reading »