Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner on Tuesday gave his strongest endorsement to date for constructing a physical coastal barrier to protect the region from deadly storm surge during hurricanes. Though such a barrier system would not have guarded against the unrelenting and unprecedented rain Hurricane Harvey dumped on the area, Turner — one of the region’s last leaders to endorse the so-called “coastal spine” concept — said at a Tuesday news conference that he believes it is crucial.
“In the Houston metro area alone, there is more than $325 billion in residential value at risk,” Simmons said in an interview. “Most damage to residential property will be flooding and if people don’t have flood insurance they are on their own.” (Most don’t, in part because the floodwaters reached so far beyond established danger zones.)
Taco trucks in Houston have begun doubling as voter registration sites as Latinos in Texas flex their political muscle before the Nov. 8 presidential election in a state that has long symbolized Mexican immigration to the United States.
In 2015, groups such as Campaign for Houston began a culture-wide propaganda campaign to deny transgender people basic legal protections. Enlisting the likes of former Houston Astros star Lance Berkman and pastor Ed Young, conservatives in the state leaned heavily on the “men in girls’ bathrooms” narrative.
Voters in Houston, the fourth most populous U.S. city, rejected a measure that have would banned discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation, protections not guaranteed under Texas law.
Annise Parker, the first openly lesbian mayor of a major U.S. city and a moderate, admittedly wonkish, politician, has made Tuesday’s citywide vote on the nondiscrimination ordinance a deeply personal battle.
Los Angeles, Houston, and Philadelphia Mayors have pledged to start an initiative to cut carbon emissions and support a binding global climate agreement. The initiative will be called the Mayors’ National Climate Action Agenda.
By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times Houston has jumped to the No. 1 most dangerous city in the nation when it comes to dogs biting postal workers. Last year, dogs attacked 5,581 postal employees. Houston wrested the top spot from Los Angeles, which fell to No. 2 in the latest standings. Officials say about 4.5 […]
By Julie Makinen, Los Angeles Times BEIJING — Investigators began searching underwater Friday for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, with two ships homing in on a 150-mile path in the Indian Ocean where analysts believe the jet probably went down. A pinger locator lent by the U.S. Navy was being towed by the Australian ship Ocean […]