Why I Am Not Supporting Mike Laster for Another Term: Part Three

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                  Unlimited Dogs Next Door: Supporting the Administration at all costs Being a nice guy and having a pleasant persona is all well and good I suppose, but what most voters are looking for are results. So when issues facing our neighborhood arise, we look to our elected officials and our District J Council Member Mike Laster to be in the middle and protect our interests. Such is the case with three

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Why I am Not Supporting Mike Laster for Another Term: Part Two

Neighborhood Civic Association (almost) Collapses: Broke, No Staff, No Goodwill My first look into how Mike Laster operates occurred in early 2012, shortly after attending my first few meetings of the SCA Board as a new Director. These meeting dates were never announced to the membership but I attended, receiving a copy of the “financial report” for 2011. It seems that in Sept. of 2011 the SCA Board began paying just the late charges on the Constable patrol contract, deferring

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Why I Am Not Supporting Mike Laster for Another Term on City Council

The Way the Wind Blows (First in a five part series) Citizens of Sharpstown must have confidence that elected officials will listen and work in their best interests. In the case of Mike Laster’s representation of Sharpstown at City Hall, disappointment and the status quo might best describe the situation. After over dozen years of neighborhood involvement, and in his fourth year on City Council, Mike simply will not or cannot make the choices and provide the leadership we need.

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City Council Stakeholder Input Just Political Theater

City Hall Makes Aggressive Push for Animal Ordinance When I became aware of this proposal last fall, by chance really, I thought there would be some opportunity to engage BARC managers and Administration executives to help shape and mold this ordinance. I could not have been more mistaken! It’s important to remember that BARC was placed under the Regulatory Affairs Department (ARA), which is the group that issues permits and regulates various entities. There should be no surprise that the

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Sharpstown, we simply have no clout, (yet)!

Transitioning from observer to neophyte participant has been an eye opening experience for me. Often in business, science, and politics we have an idea about why a particular situation exists. So as our neighborhood was merged into one of the two, new city council districts, I had a simple idea. I felt strongly that we would find ourselves in an economically and politically weak district, with little leverage to influence government to provide our fair share of resources. But what

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More on District J – Canvass Report

Well the canvass report (draft) of the 2011 General Election is now available and for me there were a few surprises in our district. Mike Laster won the race hands down in every category, winning the majority of votes cast  in every precinct except one, Pct 731, where Criselda Romero got 13 of 22 votes. It hardly mattered. In my view we have a get out the vote (GOTV) problem, not a lack of registered voters. Raw data in spreadsheet

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Thoughts on the District J Race

Congratulations to CM-Elect Mike Laster who will represent the new District J on City Council. We were lucky to have a group of thoughtful, bright, and genuinely nice candidates to compete for a chance to take our concerns to City Hall. I had the pleasure to meet all three, enjoying lengthy conversations with Criselda Romero and Rodrigo Canedo. My spouse and I also had the chance to chat with Mike at several candidate functions and he’ll be a strong voice

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