Details: Job Fair for Laid Off City of Houston Employees
September 7, 2011

IMPORTANT DATES: September, 7, 20ll AND September 14 – details below:

Houston, TX, September 6, 2011:  The Houston Organization of Public Employees (HOPE), Council Member Wanda Adams, the City of Houston and Premier/Sprint Wireless worked collaboratively to assist laid off city of Houston employees by hosting a job fair.

Potential employees will assist in the deployment of the City’s new wireless devices. After this deployment, Premier Wireless is planning on opening a new retail location in downtown Houston and hopes to turn many of the temporary employment positions into permanent positions.

 On the job fair, HOPE’s President, Melvin Hughes, stated, “Such partnerships with our city, elected leaders, and private industry are important to ensure that our city continues to move forward during the economic downturn; HOPE has suffered a great loss this year due to re-organization and our members are grateful to have been invited to a job fair that will help them return into the job market.” 

 There will be two job fairs taking place on Wednesday, September 7th from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Premier Wireless located at 12220 Murphy Road and on September 14th Sprint will hold a Career Fair on Clay Road for the Houston Texas Market

The Houston Organization of Public Employees, or HOPE, is the municipal employees’ union in the city of Houston.  HOPE strives to concurrently raise the standard of living for Houston’s city employees and ensure the highest quality public services for Houston’s residents, now and in the future.

Black Elected Officials Condemn Proposition 1 Supporter’s Remarks
October 21, 2010

I posted earlier about the letter sent by Proposition 1 supporter Bob Jones to  Council Member Wanda Adams.

Jones, an engineer and RENEW Houston contributor,  is upset that Adams has voiced her concern to the proposed drainage fee.

But some say he crossed the line when he questioned her leadership in the African-American community and whether she is putting personal ambition over the community’s needs.

Today some elected officials are condemning the letter:

  (news release) 

We, the undersigned elected officials, are incensed at the inappropriate remarks made by J.R. (Bob) Jones, P.E., President of Jones and Carter, Inc.  (See e-mail below.)  Whether we support, oppose or take no position on Proposition 1, we find these comments counterproductive to healthy public discourse.

Mr. Jones has taken it upon himself to criticize “our African American council members” for their opposition to Proposition One, the drainage fee issue on the current ballot.  He criticizes a well-thought-out op-ed piece by these Councilmembers opposing Proposition One not by arguing facts but by attacking them for their supposed lack of leadership because they have taken a position opposite of his.

Criticism is fair game and to differ with the Councilmembers or anyone else on policy is legitimate but to castigate them for not supporting Proposition 1 and to say further that this confirms his view that “we do not have any leadership from our African American council members” is insulting and arrogant by a key supporter of Proposition 1 and typifies the kind of attacks that are leveled when people do not agree with this measure.  This was also demonstrated when supporters of Proposition 1 viciously attacked the Houston School District Board when it requested that the district be exempted from this fee.

Some of these Councilmembers were elected by voters in their districts and some were elected at-large.  They have a responsibility to speak and vote in the best interests of their constituents and the City.  The people, not Mr. Jones, will hold them accountable, as they should all elected officials.

For Mr. Jones to say that these Councilmembers have placed their own political interests above the needs of the citizens for voicing their opposition to Proposition 1 would be laughable if it were not so offensive.  Mr. Jones, as one of the many engineers supporting this measure, will potentially financially benefit by the billions of dollars in contracts that will be produced.  Proposition 1 will supposedly tax Houston homeowners about $5 a month (if not more) for at least 20 years, raise $125 million dollars a year for at least 20 years and will generate  $8 to $10 billion, much of this money raised from people who are struggling now to stay in their homes.

And since no plan for spending these billions of dollars has been put forth, it is disingenuous to say that these Councilmembers will be at fault for continuing drainage and flooding problems if the measure fails.

Lastly, Mr. Jones writes that he hopes that the “community” and their districts will be able to find some leadership in the future since it is “certainly lacking right now.”  We are offended by his statements.  Today we stand in solidarity with the right of these members of City Council to exercise their responsibility to act and speak in the best interests of their constituents.  They have every right to express their concerns as others have expressed their support of Proposition 1.  Disparaging comments like those found in Mr. Jones’ e-mail serve no useful purpose and can only be intended to intimidate and to avoid a legitimate debate on Proposition 1.  We call on Renew Houston to debate this issue on its merits or lack thereof.

Sylvester Turner                                                          Al Green

St. Rep., District 139                                                   Congressmember, District 9

Chair, Texas Legislative Black Caucus

Sheila Jackson Lee                                                      Rodney Ellis

Congressmember, District 18                                     State Senator, District 13

Alma Allen                                                                  Garnet Coleman

St. Rep., District 131                                                   St. Rep., District 147

Harold Dutton                                                             Al Edwards

St. Rep., District 142                                                   St. Rep., District 146

Borris Miles                                                                Ron Reynolds

St. Rep.-Elect, District 146                                          St. Rep.-Elect, District 27

Senfronia Thompson                                                   Ron Green

St. Rep., District 141                                                   City Controller, Houston

Carol Mims Galloway                                                 Paula Harris

HISD Board Trustee, District II                                    HISD Board Trustee, District IV

City Leaders Speak Against Prop. 1
September 29, 2010

Several members of  Houston city council stood in solidarity on the steps of city hall Wednesday morning to say they could not support Prop. 1, the  plan to collect a monthly fee to fix the city’s flooding and drainage problems.

Council members Wanda Adams, Jolanda “Jo” Jones, C.O. “Brad” Bradford and Jarvis Johnson say they have critical concerns which must be addressed in an implementation ordinance.

“As public officials, we have a responsibility to let our constituents know what they are voting on. To date, we cannot answer those questions because the information has not been provided,” said Adams.

Mayor Annise Parker is expected to outline the potential implementation of  Proposition No. 1 at this mornings city council meeting.

“We want to ensure that the oldest and  most-in need neighborhoods’  street and drainage projects are completed first; that all Houston businesses have equal opportunity to participate in contracting opportunities, and that Houstonians get hired first,” said Adams.  “Likewise if the drainage fee is collected on citizen’s water bills, then renters are held responsible for the legal obligation of a property owner yet are excluded from much-needed infrastructure work. Churches, colleges and other organizations need to know how much they have to pay.”

Council Member Wanda Adams Throws A Party With A Charitable Purpose
June 10, 2010

Congratulations to Houston City Council Member Wanda Adams.  On Thursday night, Adams celebrated her birthday and raised  more than $10, 000 to benefit  a cancer prevention and awareness program.

Instead of hosting a traditional birthday bash, Adams shunned extravagant gifts for herself and focused on making a  difference in the lives of  others.

She asked party guests to donate  whatever amount they could afford to Sisters Network Inc;  an African-American breast cancer survivorship organization.  Everyone in the crowd was happy to open their hearts and pocketbooks, helping Adams surpass her goal of raising $10,000 for the national organization.  http://www.sistersnetworkinc.org/

KPRC Local 2 recently reported on the group’s first “stop the silence” breast cancer walk.  /http://www.click2houston.com/video/23113758/index.html

Dozens of Adams’ friends, family members, elected officials and business leaders enjoyed listening to music, catching up on political gossip and talking about summer vacation plans.  The event was held at Grooves Restaurant near downtown Houston. 

Some of the faces in the crowd: State Rep. Borris Miles, City Controller Ronald Green, City Council Member Jolanda Jones, Cindy Clifford of the Clifford Group, David Bray, Metro’s Russ Frank, Nancy Furst and Dana Kervin from the Houston Realtors Association, Dallas Jones and  Brandon Dudley, Mini Timmaraju of Planned Parenthood,  Kelly Hodges from Sisters Network and Jenn Char from the city of Houston.

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.