Rodrigo Carreon and
sleepy poll workers
In a recent session of Fort Bend County
Commissioners, Rodrigo Carreon, a vocal Fresno resident who
speaks out on various issues at virtually every court
session, had some quite unique reasoning for asking
commissioners to vote against one agenda item. The court was
going to consider setting times and places for the
forthcoming election polling places and Carreon suggested
the commissioners nix the requested changes.
It seems, according to Carreon, that the
court should take steps to open the polls later in the day
rather than 7 a.m. as suggested. ďIt will give the employees
an opportunity to wake up and work properly,Ē Carreon
stated. He suggested the polls open at 11:00 a.m. instead of
the earlier time.
The court unanimously approved the
requested times and locations, but they might want to talk
to Carreon to see if he knows something they donít know
about some sleeping poll workers.
Donít get Tomís dander up
Everyone knows that Precinct 1
Commissioner Tom Stavinoha fought long and hard to get a
lighting ordinance passed by the county in the hopes of
preserving the night skies, saving residents and businesses
money on utilities and assisting the George Observatory in
their quest to continue public access to the large array of
offerings they have.
So, it is no wonder that a recent request
by representatives from a large national retailer got his
dander up. In fact, Stavinoha was downright angry and when
he is mad , he is such fun to interview. He is wonderfully
refreshing in that politically correct is simply not in his
vocabulary. What Tom feels, he says and what he says, he
means. And, in this case he basically suggested that if the
lighting ordinance, as it is written, could not be adhered
to by the retailer, they might consider taking their
business somewhere other than Fort Bend County.
Now the Greater Fort Bend Economic
Council may frown on that kind of talk, but as Tom said,
other businesses in the county are complying with the
ordinance, without undo hardship, and their lighting is
still doing what it was intended to do. So, he has a point.
He also says the retailer is known for
being bull headed and flexing their muscle. Well, I think
theyíve met their match!
At any rate, I donít think a certain
retailer is getting any of a certain commissionerís business
this holiday season. At least that is what he said and, like
I said, when Tom says something, you can take it to the
Tom also did a little research
of his own
Thereís been a lot of whoopla over a
series of articles slamming Fort Bend County Clerk Dianne
Wilsonís public access to court records via the Internet.
Well, Stavinoha said he was concerned that the county might
be making some information easily accessible to the wrong
people, so he not only met with Wilson and talked about the
subject, he and others spent several hours accessing on-line
information, including records pertaining to him and his
family, to see if any social security numbers, were to be
found. Not, he says. And, according to Tom, everyone who has
to deal with public records to get a job done, such as
engineers, attorneys and the like are thrilled with the easy
access. ďDianne spent a lot of time and effort showing us
how she has saved the county countless dollars by putting
the records on line. Not only that but everyone I have
talked to just loves it. And, we spent hours looking through
the records and couldnít find anything to be alarmed about
and we looked real hard,Ē he said.
I personally, as a reporter, love the
easy access and while I am sure there may be some court
documents that have too much information on them, I havenít
run across any yet. If I were a private eye or someone of
that ilk who made money by charging others to glean
information from court documents, Iíd be madder than a wet
hen because the access options leave little need for
shelling out big bucks to have someone else do the work. On
the other hand, PIís who have a large client base of people
without the time or inclination to do the research
themselves, should love it.
Stavinoha said he was pretty confident that the benefits
of this easily accessed information far outweigh any