Category Archives: Corpus Christi Texas

While Texas Infrastructure Continues To Degrade Federal Money Could Be On The Way To Help

by Matt Pierce Briscoe Many Texans can remember a time when the Texas infrastructure was among the best in the nation. Now if you look around it is among the worst. Roads and bridges are crumbling and access to basic modern systems and services are at an all-time low. On Monday, President Joe Biden announced his infrastructure report explaining the

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John Kelley: Council Watch

Peter Zanoni and the staff took a standing ovation from the Council for their work during the recent storm. Councilman John Martinez noted that the city’s Facebook page was an excellent way to keep up on present information. There will be an out-of-cycle brush pickup to deal with storm debris that will be announced in approximately two weeks. That will

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City program to help bring relief to citizens who might have trouble paying their water bill

On Friday, City of Corpus Christi officials announced a relief program developed for water customers impacted by last week’s extreme weather event. The city’s program is designed to offset costs due to unusually high-water charges related to dripping faucets, leaking pipes, and increased consumption as a result of housing additional guests due to power outages. The Water Utility Bill Relief

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Would You Make This Trade? The City Might

John Kelley During the January 21 City Council meeting two seemingly unrelated items were brought up, the La Volla Creek drainage project and a City surplus land sale. The engineering contract for the drainage project was passed with much applause from the Council as an answer to the flooding of the Los Colonias, Los Encinos subdivisions and the La Molina

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American Bank Center Loss Of Power Leaves Cloud Of Doubt Over City Response To Last Week’s Emergency Situation

Last week when Texans were living through a historically cold winter weather event without power, safe drinking water, and many without food to eat, several Corpus Christi area residents sought shelter at the American Bank Center in downtown Corpus Christi. Local government officials had designated the site as the location where those needing a warm place to rest could find

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Guest Column Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa: Texans Suffer the Consequences of a Decades-Long Push for Energy Deregulation

State Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa Texas often prides itself on being a low-regulation state that puts the free market ahead of all else. While this approach does work in some situations, often on a short-term basis, it can also have dire consequences as demonstrated by millions of Texans left without power and/or water. To understand how the human-side of this

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Council Points with John Kelley

Author’s Note: Matt Pierce Briscoe, Editor and Publisher of the “South Side Light News”, and I originally did this as a podcast last Thursday evening. Somewhere in the uploading process it got lost and is out there in cyberspace. So while this is late because of delays with household weather and other crises, it is still relevant because the City

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Analysis: Ahuja Appointment To Port Commission Might Be A Good Thing. How It Came To Be Might Be Another Question

Corpus Christi City Council gave the nod to local businessman Ranjan Ahuja to serve as one of the appointed port commissioners for the city of Corpus Christi. In doing so they also gave the boot to incumbent commissioner Al Jones, who has served on the commission as a city appointee since last year when he replaced Wayne Squires, who resigned.

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Bill Filed In Austin Could Help Texas Student Athletes

A bipartisan bill was filed in the Texas Legislature on Thursday that would allow Texas NCAA Student Athletes to earn compensation and benefit, if they choose, from their own names, images, and likenesses. State Senator Judith the Zaffirini introduced Senate Bill 660 and while State Rep. Jeff Leach filed the companion House Bill for that chamber on Thursday. Should the

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Analysis: Abbott’s State of the State revealed just how out of touch he really is—and Texas Democrats were not much better

Texas Governor Greg Abbott de;inverted his State of the State address on Monday evening from a small business in Central Texas. He used the thirty odd minute speech to lay out priorities and emergency items that he demanded were priorities for this legislative session. He used his time to promote special interest groups like law enforcement unions, and he catered

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