It’s a slow news week…
- HPD's 'hot spot' policing can't crack violent crime – James Pinkerton, Houston Chronicle
“Hot spot” policing is a well-known law enforcement tactic of sending extra officers to an area where crime is increasing — and one Houston police have used frequently.
But a little-publicized study commissioned by the Houston Police Department found that dispatching members of its 70-officer Crime Reduction Unit to neighborhoods didn’t always have the results they were looking for.
Posting the report online and linking to it would have been useful.
- Investigation (finally) launched into report of DWI allegations against officer – Andy Cerota, KTRK-13 News
- Will Wayne Dolcefino's investigative reports affect Kemah mayoral election? Featured video – Jennifer Peebles, Texas Watchdog
Good roundup on the Undercover Man’s latest work.
- An in-depth guide to the Houston area congressional delegation – Texas on the Potomac
- GOP playing redistricting chess, Miles says – Joe Holley, Chron Texas Politics
- Is another Dust Bowl coming to Texas? – David Crossley, The (Chron) List
If you’re 60 or so, you’re going to be increasingly uncomfortable over the next years, and if you’re actually aware of what is happening you’re going to be increasingly frightened. But if you have children or grandchildren, and you’re doing nothing to help ward off the catastrophe that could come to their (probably shortened) lives, you might want to get on your knees and pray for a bolt of understanding and compassion to hit some of our elected officials and others while you’re praying for rain in Texas.
Since the Gulf Coast Institute’s rebranding as Houston Tomorrow, they’ve done a pretty good job keeping the “crazed old uncle” side of Crossley under wraps, but every once in a while, we still get a brief, entertaining glimpse. Enjoy!
- Aggie Conservatives Denounce Gay Seminar With Single Greatest Quote in 21st-Century Higher Education – Hair Balls
Former media critic seems to have found his calling on the late-teen beat.
- No quarter for the arts? Can't Texas spend 25 cents per person on the creative? – Houston Chronicle
The question isn’t whether our state will slash government programs to the bone; we will. The question is how much bone we’ll cut, too.
State subsidies for the arts are a luxury, not “bone.” Either luxuries get cut or taxes go up during tough budget times. Maybe the Ed Board should pitch donating more to the arts to Hearst Corporate (act locally!).