Houston Mayor Annise Parker will serve her third two-year term, while four members of the Houston City Council remain unsettled as those races go to runoffs, according to the Houston Chronicle:
Mayor Parker began laying out her agenda for her final term in her victory speech, according to the Houston Chronicle:
A triumphant Parker on Tuesday lauded her “decisive” victory but quickly shifted her focus to the coming two years, listing her third-term priorities as jobs, economic development, rebuilding streets and drainage, and financial accountability.
“There are no quick fixes. We’re rebuilding Houston for the decades, and we’re doing it right,” she said. “My election is over, but the work is going to get much tougher. ... The next two years starts tonight.”
Parker had said for weeks she expected to avoid a runoff, and lately has acted the part, saying Monday she intended immediately to place controversial items before the City Council.
An ordinance targeting wage theft should be on the Nov. 13 agenda, she said, with a measure restricting payday and auto title lenders shortly to follow. Both items were discussed by council committees earlier this year before disappearing in favor of bland agendas during the campaign.
The council also should vote on a controversial item rewriting regulations for food trucks before year’s end, Parker said.
She said she also wants to pass a nondiscrimination ordinance similar to an item recently passed in San Antonio that prohibited bias against gay and transgender residents in city employment, contracting and appointments, and in housing and places of public accommodation.
Parker also has said she wants to expand curbside recycling service to every home in Houston, to finish an effort to reduce chronic homelessness, and to give Houston voters a chance to change the city’s term-limits structure, likely from three two-year terms to two four-year terms. She singled out homelessness and the Bayou Greenways initiative, a voter-approved effort to string trails along all the city’s bayous, Tuesday night.
All Texas statewide constitutional referendums passed, including the allocation of billions of dollars from the rainy day fund to water infrastructure, including at least 20% for water conservation efforts. Environmental groups are hoping to turn the public’s attention to the conservation elements, according to Guidry News:
“Now the real work begins,” Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter Water Resources Chair Ken Kramer said. “Texans need to become actively involved in regional water planning and in local government water supply decisions to make sure that the potential for Prop 6 to advance water conservation and enhance water planning is achieved.” - See more at: http://www.guidrynews.com/story.aspx?id=1000056455#sthash.rOAuqGq6.dpuf
Mayor Parker also recently gave an interview to the Chicago Policy Review:
The Metropolitan Revolution: An Interview with Houston Mayor Annise Parker
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