Happy birthday....I took my friend
and card-playing buddy Margot Taylor to Fernando’s this week
for her (mumble) birthday. As far as I know, except for
country clubs, Fernando’s is the only white tablecloth
restaurant in Fort Bend County.
The food is divine. We had the veal chops
and they were the best I’ve ever had.
The restaurant in a stand alone location
in the former Ruth’s Chris building right next to Unocal.
One of the main reasons I love Fernando’s
is because it is so consistent. You always know that you are
going to get excellent food in a calm and serene atmosphere.
There is a full bar, and often, a girl singer, just in case
you want to dance. (We didn’t.)
I just love it.
Everybody that knows.....is giggling
about the fact that silly Liz Mitton has asked the District
Attorney (again) to investigate Fort bend ISD about
violating the Texas Open Meeting Act.
Mitton, the self-appointed “chair” of an
organization called “Save our Schools” (from what, no one
knows), recently sent a letter to DA John Healey about a
recent board meeting called by the two losing candidates
immediately before the recent election. None of the other
board members attended, and the meeting had to be canceled
due to lack of a quorum. The four absent members sent a
press release to the media explaining their actions.
What makes Mitton’s action so funny is
that when her friend Lisa Rickert was president of the FBISD
board, the open meetings act was ignored too many times to
enumerate (and other board members are willing to testify to
Although two wrongs don’t make a right,
the election of two new board members to replace the
derisive incumbents gives Fort Bend ISD the opportunity to
make up for the time lost in two previous years due to the
acrimonious leadership. Mitton’s hurling a cow chip at the
board is proof positive that she and her fellow travellers
like Rickert are unwilling to let the district get back on
an even footing, but are instead interested not in the
education of children, but on keeping up the turmoil that
Note to Liz. Give it up, girl. Look at
the score. The voters didn’t buy your bull before and they
didn’t buy Lisa’s. Let this board and new superintendent put
their stamp on the school. If there are still real things to
complain about in a year, then get back to us.
Additional FYI on Liz....I received a
self-written press release from Liz Mitton last week which
said she had been appointed to the state textbook committee.
She must have really been in a hurry to get it out because
she obviously didn’t spell check it. There were two
misspelled words in the release--”relase” and “texbook.” A
subsequent release omitted the misspellings.
I guess I shouldn’t be poking fun as her
about this as I certainly have never turned out a perfect
edition of the newspaper, and few perfectly spelled columns.
But then, I’m not on the textbook committee.
Ring, ring, pot calling kettle......Stan
Magee threw a hissy fit last night after the board of
trustees failed to elect him as an officer. He claimed the
nominations were orchestrated beforehand which would be a
violation of the Texas Open Meetings Act.
I don’t guess Stan remembers two years
ago when former board member Lisa Rickert was elected
president by Ken Bryant and the other two new board
members--hisownself and Laurie Caldwell. Not only was that
well-orchestrated, but Richert banished Baitland to the foot
of the table mid-meeting in what has been termed the rudest
action by a Fort Bend elected official since the
Jaybird-Woodpecker War in 1889, and that involved guns!
Some have even referred to that night as
the night of the long knives, although I much prefer to
remember it as the “night of the long tongues.”
And Magee’s tongue was working last night
when he stayed over to continue his complaint about the
unfairness of it all.
Hot and cold running PR.....I
couldn’t understand why I keep getting press releases (about
five) from Sugar Land Councilman Russell Jones concerning
events in Sugar Land. It’s not like the city of Sugar Land
has a dearth of public relations types ready at a moment’s
notice to toot the city’s horn.
Now why would I be concerned about this?
Well, I didn’t want to run Jones’ self-serving press
releases. I could edit out his own personal information, but
my fear was that he had told the city staff that he would
take care of notifying the media about certain events, and
his press releases, lacking in certain information that a PR
professional would have included, weren’t complete.
I asked several city people about Jones’
press releases when almost immediately Jones called me. I
can’t imagine who told him I was asking questions.
Anyway, he fussed at me about not calling
him first and I told him I was looking for his telephone
number to call him right then. I pointed out that his press
release did not contain his telephone number. I also asked
him where the event took place since he had also left that
information out of his release.
When I asked him why he felt the need to
send out press releases, one of his answers was that Senator
John Cornyn sends out press releases.
So while I thought Russell was really
thinking of running for mayor (hence the press releases), it
suddenly dawned on me that he was thinking of running for