Mayor Parker Kickoffs Re-Election Campaign
April 24, 2011

Houston Mayor Annise Parker made it official on Saturday by announcing that she is running for a second term in office. 

The mayor’s re-election campaign held a public rally at Discovery Green and hundreds of  people attended to  lend their support, including Carl Davis who was kind enough to send me a photo.

The election is in November and no one other than Mayor Parker has officially announced as a candidate for the city’s top job.  The Mayor is in a good position. She’s raised more than one-million dollars and  she has assembled a campaign team to help carry her message forward.

Here’s what the Houston Chronicle had to say about the Mayor’s announcement:

You Don’t Have To Be Jewish To Appreciate This Passover Seder
April 20, 2011

It has become one of the most popular social and religious celebrations in Houston. A night when members of the Hittner family open their hearts to share their tradition and faith with grateful friends.

For the eleventh year, Judge David Hittner and  Dr. Helen Mintz-Hittner, along with their son George and his new bride, Erica, hosted a Second Night of Passover Seder.  

They invited a large group of Jewish and non-Jewish friends and family to celebrate the evening at Damian’s Cucina Italiana

Traditionally, George serves as the leader throughout the evening and calls on people to read passages from the Haggadah, which tells the story of the Jewish people’s exodus from Egypt and out of bondage.

This was my third year attending the Hittner Seder.  I remain impressed by how the family manages to strike a balance between a solemn commemoration and a heartwarming, almost jovial, atmosphere.

The food is just as important as the reading of the text.   The menu consisted of the  Hittner family recipe of  “chicken with seeds,”  matzoh ball soup, haroset, unleavened bread, sour pickles, my favorite cheesecake dessert and a lot of  wine.

The evening ended with the reading of the poignant final sentence in the Haggadah, “Next Year In Jerusalem!!” 

There were a lot of friendly and familiar faces attending the Hittner Family 2nd Night of Passover Seder:  Jim Grace, Ted Cruz, Carl Davis, Jessica Colon, Bob and Carol Martin, David and Adriana Bain, Sonia Soto, Mustafa Tameez,Catarina Gonzales Cron, Bob Jones and many more.

2010 Census Expo honors Jack Yates High School National Championship Basketball Team
April 6, 2010

Pictured are: Ronald Mumphrey, Councilmember Wanda Adams, Judson Robinson, CNN Analyst Roland Martin, Reginald Martin, Carl Davis and HISD Trustee Paula Harris 
The Mayor’s 2010 Census Houston Counts Committee along with the National Leadership Conference on Civil Rights hosted a 2010 Census Expo at the HEB-Scott St location to provide assistance to anyone in completing the census forms. Honoring the Jack Yates High School Championship Basketball Team along with CNN Analyst Roland Martin it was the place to be. As the number one team in the nation autographed census posters the community waited hours to get and autograph and get census assistance.  Joining the team as they were honored was Houston’s Count Representative and Gospel Music Advocate Carl Davis, Councilmember Wanda Adams, HISD Trustee Paula Harris, Judson Robinson III and Yates Principal Ronald Mumphrey and Coach Greg Wise.