In 2016, Richard Carranza’s comically short tenure as Houston ISD’s superintendent began with a great deal of so-called “listening.” Just prior to Carranza’s selection, trustees held “listening sessions” to hear from constituents about the qualities desired in the district’s next leader. The search consultants ultimately used words like “community-focused,” “financially and politically savvy” and “transparent communicator” to describe the type of person people desired to lead HISD. During the search process, I had asked several trustees when they planned to write a new vision for the district. After all, the current vision document was authored decades ago and prior to the hiring of the last several superintendents. Furthermore, the then-new board, ushered in with the election … [Read more...] about Will HISD finally find a new vision?
By Chris Daigle November 1, 2017: In one night, Houston’s motto throughout this city went from “Go Astros” to “Wow! Just Wow! I grew up here. I watched the Colt 45’s from hard chairs with Pappy and Grandmother as they hoped for what just happened tonight. I watched in the Astrodome as Phil Niekro and Nolan Ryan and Cesar Cedeno took us on a journey that almost got us to what just happened tonight. Back then, we just had to wonder, “What would it be like if the Astros made it all the way to World Champions?” For decades the thought process was, well, that’s a nice dream, but let’s not get our hopes up. So it went, get close, but better luck next year. We always watched another team spray the champagne and have a parade. We finally got our hopes up, and it … [Read more...] about We made it to History
This town needed something to believe in. Something to rally around. And what the Houston Astros have done the last couple of months has done so much for this city beyond what any on-field bragging rights could. As I laid there in the bed of my hotel, temporarily flooded out of my house in Katy (where I’ve lived 30 minutes from downtown my whole life), watching every pitch in this knock-down, drag-out slugfest with two 100-win teams trading blows, I was in shock. I didn’t have words which give justice to it. At 25 years old, I was not around to experience the agony of ’86, and unable to truly grasp how talented the late ‘90s teams that fell short were until recently. The last time this city had a team even reach the precipice, I was in middle school, unable to fully appreciate this … [Read more...] about No matter the World Series result, Astros ‘Earned It’
The camera quickly found him. He was a bigger man, with a full beard and wearing camouflage. We saw him on our TV screens standing in thigh-deep water in the rain. We saw him drive his fishing boat down a freeway, carry people in his arms, and sometimes he just stared at his beleaguered city. Bubba was the first responder in Houston and thank God he was there. Bubba shows up. He has been showing up to weddings, work, funerals, birthdays, and football games most of his life. When tragedies the size of Hurricane Harvey happen, the government, no matter how much bigger we make it year after year, is too small to help. When the water overwhelmed the nation’s fourth largest city, leaders cried for help and Bubba came. Bubba didn’t plan for this day. He was supposed to be at the … [Read more...] about Give some credit to Bubba for his Houston help
It’s around this time every year that I find myself typing into my internet browser a particular question, you know, just to double check, “when is Mother’s Day?” A recognized day that falls on the same day, every year, yet I still find myself double checking, every year. Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 14 (write that down), and the upcoming day has me reminiscing on my special lady back home. It also has me excited about something we’re doing at The Leader next week. Hailing from San Antonio, Texas, I am the youngest of four children from Raymond and Gloria Martinez Jr.: Miranda, Raymond, Marichelle and me. That’s us. Growing up, I was not your typical girly-girl. At an early age, I became a regular at the emergency room and doctor’s offices for broken bones or sprained appendages … [Read more...] about Celebrate moms, area women, with us May 12