HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO THE GREATEST WOMAN IN MY LIFE…MY MOM! She has always been my biggest supporter, most vocal advocate and strongest source of courage. Thank you for all that you do Mom!
And Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers out there and mother figures. You are an inspiration to your children and those that adore you. Because you care, this world is a better place…and for that I thank you.
I hope this next year brings as many great blessings and relationships to each and everyone of us as it did this year. If you have made errors in the past, there is a never a timeline to start fresh, but if you believe you need a baseline, then use today as that day and move forward with learning from the past and recognizing the positives along the way. We only get one life, one chance, one day at a time…make it worth every second. Today is a gift, that is why it is called the Present. Be good to yourselves and to each other, and have a great time celebrating with those that matter!
Thank you to all who have stood by me throughout the last few years in my pursuit to make Houston a better place not only to do business in, but also a place where we can raise a family in peace and with confidence. I do not believe that there is a neighborhood in this city that I have not touched in some way, or where I have heard and discussed your concerns. Today’s decision was not an easy one, but one that took some time to actually accept.
I have decided not to run for Houston City Council At-Large Position 3 this year. Although we still feel, as do others, that I am the most qualified candidate and would do the best job advocating for and bringing improvements to the people of the City of Houston, with the current make up of the field of candidates, it has become apparent that more bad than good would have come from this race. I have never shied away from my conservative political views, nor have a I shied away from my ability to bring people together. I am refocusing my efforts to ensure that there is a conservative party that can survive the current attack by the left-leaning media and special interest groups. Sometimes a person is stronger on the outside looking in to be able to make positive change. I do not need to be fulfilled in life by running for Council or holding office, but if through my fulfillment of accomplishment I attain office, then I shall accept and represent the people. As always, I believe community comes first.
My main focus at this point is to continue to build and grow the Law Office of Chris Carmona and the Republican Party, both to ensure that justice is preserved when fought for and because without the fight against wavering principles, then justice, both social and economical, will continue to be disserved by those who we elect. I invite you to sign-up to stay informed with what is next for me and our movement.
I wish the candidates in this year’s race much success, and pray that the victor adhere to their principles.
This Saturday I’ll be on a panel as part of the Federation of Hispanic Republicans Annual Grassroots Forum. It should be an interesting day with many interesting topics and discussions. I hope you’ll stop by Saturday. Admission is free.
I just want to wish everyone, Houstonians, Texans and Americans alike, a very Happy Memorial Day. Many individuals fought as one and gave everything so that we could be free to debate ideas and pursue opportunities, without retribution. Take time to remember those individuals.
On June 29, 2012, Houston City Council took a bold step in infringing upon local businesses right to operate without being harassed, when they approved a $5-per-customer fee on strip clubs so the City could buy speedier lab work to end the crisis in the crime lab of the backlog of rape kits. This week, Mayor Parker announced that a new plan has been created to end the backlog of untested rape kits that will have the crime lab operating without a backlog anywhere from 12-14 months.
This plan includes outsourcing the lab work to two outside labs that have extensive experience in reducing and eliminating backlog testing. Whether these two companies are “Hire Houston First” worthy is a discussion for another day, but I will applaud the Mayor for making this move for a few reasons.
First and foremost, because rape victims and accusers will no longer have to wait an unreasonable amount of time for the justice system to provide results and give some certainty to their lives. Second, the unconstitutional Poll Tax that was levied on strip clubs should now become obsolete and thus Council should repeal their June 2012 action so as not to continue to burden and harass an industry, where there were never any studies or data that showed a correlation between strip club patrons or strip clubs and rape.
This is not a “free the strip clubs” argument, but a pure business argument. Houston is quickly becoming a sore spot and last resort location for the hospitality industry and the increasing taxes and fees on local businesses is the main reason. Singling out this small community within the industry was a witch hunt from the beginning, and now that the funds to be used for the testing of the backlog kits are coming from grants that were funneled into the General Fund, there is no need for this pointless Poll Tax. When asked whether or not the City would stop collecting the fee, there was not an affirmative answer, which is troublesome. We cannot continue to allow legal businesses to take the brunt of an abusive tax and fee structure mandated by the City of Houston. Whether you support or oppose strip clubs or that industry, right is right and allowing local businesses to grow and prosper within the city is something that we must allow if we want to attract the business and entrepreneurial community to come racing back into the city instead remaining in the periphery of the city limits.
I look forward to seeing how this turns out both at the Council level as well as the Lawsuit level, as the City no longer has a reasonable or rational basis to implement and collect on the strip club fee. Let’s give support to our local businesses and give them a chance to succeed by not allowing our Council to continue to burden them with excessive taxes and fees that have nothing to do with the safety of our community. Houston’s growth will not survive this type of regression, so let’s push forward with progress, because that is what will develop our neighborhoods, our roads, our communities and in my eyes. . . COMMUNITY COMES FIRST!
On February 8, 2012, Commissioner David Stern announced that the 2013 NBA All-Star Game would be played at the Toyota Center, the home of our Houston Rockets. Fast-forward one year and it is as if the planners at METRO and the City of Houston did not get the memo.
We, as Houstonians, believe that our city has the best of the best to offer tourists and visitors when they touch down in the former SpaceCity. Well, something that we cannot offer to our guests is a seamless transportation system or clean and safe roads. It is more than embarrassing that with the world looking at us through a glass window, our city’s leadership cannot look at a calendar and prioritize to complete projects affecting downtown so as not to leave a huge eyesore for the media and visitors to witness. Now, I am not naive to think that all of the development and rail projects affecting downtown could be complete in a year, but I am experienced enough to know that we could have done a better job of building what we could, and then clear away the “mess” while we have out invited guests over for a mini-vacation.
I have expressed my displeasure with METRO and its never-ending expansion plan in the past, but let this be words of wisdom to the current Board and to the City leaders who have input on the development of the rail lines downtown. . . STOP GETTING IN OUR WAY! In 2006, we saw the emergence of Downtown Houston peak at the height of the NBA All-Star Game, and then shortly after we saw this same area collapse. Some argue that the collapse was because of the Midtown boom followed by the development of Washington Avenue, but it is too difficult for me to overlook one of the obvious reasons as to why Downtown failed and is continuing to show signs of regression. . . CONSTRUCTION! The Daytime Downtown crowd is overwhelmingly different than the Nighttime Downtown crowd, and when businesses in the Industry look to open up or remain open in Downtown, they have to consider the impact of the never-ending construction on their operation.
The tourism created by special events such as the All-Star Game gives Downtown businesses a chance to re-brand themselves or to make a catapult-type leap into good standing with potential new patrons and frequent visitors. Lets give support to our local businesses and give them a chance to succeed by cleaning up our streets prior to the worldwide display. Downtown Houston cannot afford another regression, so let’s push forward with progress, because that is what will develop our neighborhoods, our roads, our communities and in my eyes. . . COMMUNITY COMES FIRST!