NEWS City of Houston files amended pastors subpoenas
As follow up to a promise made earlier in the week, the City of Houston has revised its subpoenas in the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) repeal petition case. The disputed request has been narrowed to focus solely on communications related to HERO and the petition gathering process. There is no mention whatsoever of pastors sermons.
“The original subpoenas for sermons that were filed by pro bono attorneys helping the city prepare for the January trial in this case were far too broad,” said Mayor Annise Parker. “I support the right of the clergy to say whatever they want to say, even if I disagree with them. This is not about what they may be preaching from the pulpit. It is about proving the petition-gathering process organized by these pastors did not meet the requirements of the City Charter. This information is critical to proving the city’s contention that the petition was ineligible for placement on the ballot and that the organizers knew this.”
The city is seeking information from just five pastors who were at the forefront of organizing the petition drive: Pastor Hernan Castano, Ms. Magda Hermida, Pastor Khan Huynh, Pastor Steve Riggle and Pastor David Welch.
The revised subpoenas now call for all speeches or presentations related to HERO or the petition prepared by, delivered by, revised by or approved by them or in their possession.
According to the City Charter, a valid petition must contain enough signatures of registered voters to at least equal 10 percent of the total votes cast in the last mayoral election. Each signature must be accompanied by the printed name, address, voter registration number or date of birth and the date signed. Anyone who collected signatures must also have personally signed the petition and have appeared before a notary to acknowledge under oath that the signatures were made in their presence.
Thousands of the signatures submitted with the HERO petition failed to meet one or more of these requirements and had to be disregarded. As a result, the petition could not be placed before voters. HERO opponents have filed suit against the city in an effort to reverse this decision and force the issue onto the ballot. The case is set for trial in January.
NEWS Rice to host De Lange Conference October 13-14
More than a dozen of the country's leading education experts will meet at Rice University October 13-14 for the biennial De Lange Conference, "Teaching in the University of Tomorrow."
The event is a forward-looking forum, designed to contemplate the rapidly evolving changes in university teaching in response to disruptive technologies and global forces. It will feature renowned educators and innovators from a variety of disciplines presenting lectures and teaching demonstrations and participating in discussions and interactive workshops.
The biennial De Lange Conferences, funded by the De Lange Endowment, were established by C.M. and Demaris Hudspeth in honor of Demaris' parents, Albert and Demaris De Lange.
Information on the program, speakers and registration is available at http://delange.rice.edu/.
NEWS Houston Marathon's Run for a Reason program surpasses $20 million mark
The Chevron Houston Marathon Run for a Reason Charity Program has surpassed the $20 million fund-raising mark since its inception in 1995. The program is designed for runners to raise funds for local charities. In 2014 alone, over 16,000 donations were made to the 60 official Run for a Reason charities, resulting in a record $2.6 million raised on race weekend.
"Over the past five years, the Run for a Reason charity program has served as a platform for our participants to raise over $10 million, which allowed us to reach the $20 million milestone so quickly, but we hope to do even more moving forward," said Wade Morehead, executive director of the Houston Marathon Committee. "We are ahead of last year's record-breaking pace, and we are hoping to significantly increase the number of charity runners each year for the benefit of all of these wonderful philanthropies in the region."
The largest single-day sporting event in Houston, the 2015 Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon sold-out for the 10th consecutive year. To date, the 25,000 participants have already raised over $730,000 for the races to be conducted on Sunday, Jan. 18th. This brings the Chevron Houston Marathon Run for a Reason total to $20.3 million over the past 20 years.
To register for this year's event, as a charity runner, please visit www.chevronhoustonmarathon.com to learn more about the official charities, as well as fund-raising and donation opportunities.
EVENT PARK(ing) Day slated for September 19
On Friday, Sept. 19, artists, activists and citizens around the world will temporarily transform metered parking spaces into public parks and other social spaces, as part of the annual event aptly dubbed, PARK(ing) Day.
Originally invented in 2005 by Rebar, a San Francisco-based art and design studio, PARK(ing) Day challenges people to rethink the way streets are used and reinforces the need for broad- based changes to urban infrastructure.
“In urban centers around the world, inexpensive curbside parking results in increased traffic, wasted fuel and more pollution,” says Rebar’s Matthew Passmore. “The planning strategies that generated these conditions are not sustainable, nor do they promote a healthy, vibrant human habitat. PARK(ing) Day is about re- imagining the possibilities of the urban landscape.”
Since 2005, the project has blossomed into a worldwide grassroots movement: PARK(ing) Day 2011 – the last year statistics were collected -- included 975 “PARK” installations in more than 160 cities in 35 countries on six continents. Though PARK(ing) Day no longer tracks the number of PARKs each year, the project continues to expand to urban centers across the globe.
Locally, Clark Condon Associates’ PARK(ing) Day parklet will be located on Westheimer, near the Dunlavy intersection. Its hot pink installation, themed “Your Move,” will feature an interactive, kinetic design that challenges the public perception of how urban spaces are, and can be, used.
According to the firm, the location is a nod to the Montrose’s storied history as the city’s epicenter of DIY art and innovation - the stomping grounds of the Urban Animals, the Westheimer Street Festival, the Gay Pride Parade, KPFT and others.
The public is invited to stop by, check out the parklet, and join the conversation.
More information regarding local PARK(ing) Day activities can be found at twitter.com/ClarkCondon, and with the hashtag #YOURMOVE