Council Delays Action

Houston councilmembers delayed most of the significant items on the council agenda this week. Red light camera penalties and public safety radio equipment were bumped back for votes at later dates. Laurie Johnson has more.
Last week, councilmembers questioned the feasibility of penalizing red light camera violators by tagging their vehicle registration renewals.

This week, they referred the ordinance back to the administration and it won't come up for a vote again until mid-November.

Houston Mayor Bill White says the delay was necessary.

"There were a number of issues that were raised by the Tax Assessor-Collector. And I think there's meetings that are going on with the Tax Assessor-Collector's office to try to resolve the concerns that they had, mainly various concerns that they had on the administration of the whole thing."

Council also delayed a vote on upgrading the city's public safety radio system. That ordinance will come up on the agenda again next week.

Finally, councilmembers spent a little time talking about the upcoming elections. The mayor was asked what he thought about various candidates using his name and photos in their campaign ads.

"I guess, it's a free country. I don't endorse everybody who uses me in their advertising. But uh...I guess...it makes me feel a little bit better about my job performance than if people avoided me like the plague."

Laurie Johnson. KUHF Houston Public Radio News.
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Laurie Johnson

Local Host, All Things Considered

Laurie Johnson is the Houston host for All Things Considered at KUHF NPR for Houston. Before taking the anchor chair, she worked as a general assignments reporter at KUHF, starting there as an intern in 2002...