The Filing Deadline Has Passed – Let The Games Begin.
September 2, 2009

Houston City Council Member Melissa Noriega hosted a fun event on Wednesday night that drew dozens of  community leaders, political candidates and their supporters.

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“Let the Games Begin “   served as  a political fundraiser and official celebration to mark  the end of the filing period for the City of Houston elections.

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People interested in running for office had until 5pm Wednesday to file the necessary paperwork and pay a fee. The  party began thirty minutes later at Cafe Adobe near Shepherd and Westheimer.

As promised, there was plenty of  food, drinks and political gossip to keep people entertained throughout the night.

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Noriega was thrilled that she did not draw a last minute opponent to challenge her for the At-Large Position 3 seat she currently holds. Some of her colleagues are also breathing a sigh of  relief.  Newly elected district H council member Ed Gonzalez and District I council member James Rodriguez do not have opponents.

But , other incumbents will have to work the campaign trail to stay on city council, including Council Member and Mayor Pro-Tem Sue Lovell who has four challengers, District D Council Member Wanda Adams, who drew two opponents, and District E Council Member Mike Sullivan who has one opponent. (Jolanda Jones At-Large Position 5 is also being challenged, but she didn’t attend the event)

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Other candidates in the mix Wednesday night: Lane Lewis for District A, Noel Freeman for At-Large Position 4, Rick Rodriguez for At-Large Position 1, Karen Derr for At-Large Position 1, Steven Costello for Position 1, and Ronald Green for Controller.

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Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2009. Let The Games Begin!

Lobbying For More Police Officers
July 22, 2009

Newly elected city council member Ed Gonzalez, along with fellow council member Melissa Noriega  left Houston Wednesday afternoon to fly to the Nation’s Capitol.

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The two city leaders traveled there to  lobby the Texas Congressional Delegation for money to fund additional cadet classes in the Houston Police Department.

I spoke with council member Noriega at city hall before she left town. 

She  had a busy day, from discussion of problems facing the fire department to attending a rally on the front steps of  city hall

She told 2 on the Beat that the city is pushing for “legislation that will allocate money for at least four cadet classes in the police department.” 

At the time, Noriega could not tell me exactly how much money the city would need to fund the four cadet classes, but clearly the investment is worth the price of protecting residents in the city of Houston.

The Houston Police Officers Union recently sent a letter to Mayor Bill White demanding that he add four new cadet classes  and reinstate the police overtime budget.

If memory serves me correctly, the mayor said that  the cadet classes alone would cost the city an estimated $20 million, and the city didn’t have that kind of money available in the Fiscal Year 2010 Budget.

Gonzalez and Noriega should return to Houston in a few days.

I will keep you posted on their progress.