Texas Round Up: What’s Happenin’ Around Texas?

COVER11BEAUMONT - In the continued efforts to fine tune and upgrade the operations of Beaumont ISD, Superintendent Vernon Butler has altered the organizational structure in the direction of management efficiency and maximizing human talent. Dr. Dwaine Augustine, the current Chief of Academics for the Beaumont Independent School District will move to the position of Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources. Dr. Augustine’s educational experiences covers the gamut of instructional operation beginning as a high school teacher and moving through the ranks in the Hamshire-Fannett Independent School District as a high school assistant principal, high school principal, and assistant superintendent where he was directly responsible for curriculum, instruction, testing and human resources.  He received his doctorate degree from Lamar University in Education Administration in 2009. Dr. Augustine is clearly a multi-talented professional educator with the proven ability to maximize the productivity in any and all aspects of education administration.

 

DALLAS – Members of the Huey P. Newton Gun Club through the streets of South Dallas in support of the people of Ferguson, Missouri.

The gun club is named after the founder of the Black Panther Party and was organized to promote open carry and to promote  self-defense and community policing in response to recent police shootings.

Dallas Police monitored the demonstrators, who were dressed in Black Panther uniforms and marched with rifles over their shoulders. While walking down Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, many chanted “Black Power” and “Justice for Michael Brown”. Michael Brown is the black teenager shot by police in Ferguson on Aug. 9.

 

DALLAS – Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings in following up on his promise after the National Mayors Conference to step up efforts to battle poverty in his city. The mayor’s agenda includes and cover everything from increasing the minimum wage to fighting blight to promoting early-childhood education to taking advantage of federal tax cuts to dedicating a City Hall office to tackle poverty. Three of the recommendations: improving residents’ opportunities to claim federal earned income tax credits, increasing the minimum wage and establishing an office at City Hall to focus on poverty are among the most popular ideas being considered. All the recommendations received some level of support from council members, especially as they acknowledged the troubling – often overlooked – statistic that Dallas has among the highest poverty rates among the biggest cities in the U.S.

 

DALLAS – The Dallas Cowboys are the first U.S. sports franchise to top $3 billion in value.

For the eighth straight year, the Cowboys are worth the most of all 32 NFL franchises, according to Forbes. They’re valued at $3.2 billion; only Real Madrid at $3.4 billion is worth more among global franchises.

Dallas posted the NFL’s highest revenue, $560 million, and operating income, $246 million. That was far ahead of second-place New England, worth $2.6 billion and with $428 million in revenues, $147 million in operating income.

 

DALLAS - A logistics consortium and Fresh Express Inc. have partnered with Mountain View College to provide job training for 158 new and incumbent workers using two Skills Development Fund grants totaling $390,377 from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The grants will benefit workers in the Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas area. The logistics consortium, comprised of First Co., E. A. Sween Company and OHL, will create or upgrade 133 jobs using a $339,585 Skills Development Fund grant. The grant will be used to provide specialized training for international logistics management, manufacturing materials and process, warehouse and distribution center logistics management, welding and more. Those trained will include warehouse leads, drivers, route supervisors, receptionists, customer service representatives, quality control supervisors, and others. Upon completion, workers will earn an average hourly wage of $16.79. Fresh Express Inc. has partnered with Mountain View College to upgrade 25 jobs using a $50,792 Skills Development Fund grant.

The grant will be used to provide specialized training for programmable logic controllers, lean manufacturing, internal control and auditing, welding and more. Those trained will include maintenance mechanics, lead team assemblers, packaging machine operators, and logistics supervisors, among others. Upon completion of the training, workers will earn an average hourly wage of $24.89.

TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Ronny Congleton will present checks to Mountain View College Interim President Dr. Preston Pulliams, Dallas County Community College District President Dr. Joe May and representatives from the partnering businesses at an 11 a.m. ceremony to be held in the Mountain View College

B-Building, Room B-149, located at 4849 W. Illinois Ave. in Dallas.

 

FT WORTH – An outside investigation into complaints filed against the Fort Worth Police Department found no hard evidence of racial discrimination as three black officers had alleged, but concluded that hostile and harassing behaviors occurred and went unstopped by department leaders. A summary report on the investigation, which was presented to the City Council in executive session Tuesday, prompted Police Chief Jeff Halstead to apologize on behalf of the department. In a written statement released Wednesday, Halstead said that the findings will assist the department “as we strive to increase our professionalism and remain dedicated to respecting one another.” Representatives of the Fort Worth Black Law Enforcement Officers Association described the video was done in poor taste and was untimely.

HOUSTON – The New Orleans Association of Houston (NOAH)  announced that it will be holding a Observance of the 9th Anniversary of the Katrina disaster and flood on Friday, August 29th, 2014 (the actual date of the disaster) from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm at the S.H.A.P.E. Community Center at 3815 Live Oak in the 3rd Ward of Houston.

The Katrina disaster arguably one of the worst natural and human made disaster in American history caused close to $100 Billion in property damages and the lost of over 1860 lives, 1600 of them in Louisiana alone.  It literally drowned 80% of the city of New Orleans and forced the evacuation of over 90% of the metropolitan population, and about 82% of the population of the city of New Orleans. This made Hurricane Katrina one of the 5 deadliest storms in US history. It is estimated that 150 to 200 thousand of the evacuees initially landed in Houston.  Although predicting evacuation numbers and movement is not an exact science, it is known that most of the initial evacuees have returned to New Orleans. It is estimated by some that Houston is now home to anywhere from 20,000 to 40,000 New Orleanians, and that these newest residents of Houston have become positive, viable and productive citizens of this city. Although it has now been 9 years since the Katrina disaster, its affect on the lives of former Orleanians is enduring. According to the NOAH Founder and Chair, Dr. Mtangulizi Sanyika, “the observance is intended to remember our losses and celebrate our resilience.  Many of us loss loved ones, life moments and property during Katrina, yet like the phoenix, we have risen from the waters and began our lives again here in Houston and elsewhere. Thus, we remember our losses while we celebrate our resilience. The country never forgets what happened in other disasters such as 9/11, and we should never be allowed to forget what happened on 8/29.

 

SAN ANTONIO – Residents in San Antonio increased their satisfaction approval rating of the City’s quality of service delivery according to the 2014 community-wide survey results. The City of San Antonio conducted its fourth community-wide survey since 2008 through an independent consultant, ETC Institute, and the results indicate the City continues to move in a positive direction. The percentage of residents who rated the overall quality of City services as “excellent” or “good” increased from 66% in 2008 to 70% in 2014. The City’s overall satisfaction rating is higher than several other large cities in Texas, including Austin (63%), Dallas (61%), Fort Worth (58 %) and Houston (49%). In comparison to overall satisfaction levels for several cities across the nation, the City’s rating is higher than municipalities that include: Las Vegas (68%), Oklahoma City (66%), Kansas City (55%), Seattle (51%), Boston (46 %), New York City (37%) and San Francisco (34%). The major categories of City services that had the highest overall levels of satisfaction were: Public library services (91% satisfied or very satisfied), Fire services (91% satisfied or very satisfied), the San Antonio International Airport (81% satisfied or very satisfied), the 3-1-1- Call Center (81% satisfied or very satisfied) and Solid Waste services (81% satisfied or very satisfied).

 

SAN ANTONIO – District 9 City Councilman Joe Krier filed a Council Consideration Request (CCR) that he has been working on to “direct the Transportation & Capital Improvements Department to provide City Council with a comprehensive report assessing school zone traffic safety throughout the City.” The CCR was signed by Councilman Mike Gallagher, Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales, Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran, and Councilman Ray Lopez (See Attached). Councilman Krier included in the CCR that the City should take a look at the full inventory of traffic and pedestrian features such as sidewalks, signage, crosswalks and flashing beacons and examine any other improvements needed in school zones across San Antonio.

 

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