Friday, November 21, 2014
ANNOUNCEMENT: Carroll G Robinson is Running for City of Houston Controller in the 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election
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Carroll G Robinson is Running for City of Houston Controller in the November 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election
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As we begin to prepare for another holiday season, I wanted to personally let you know that, after much deliberation and prayer, I will run for City Controller in 2015.
I will officially launch my campaign in March 2015 at my annual Women for Robinson (WFR 2015) Meet, Greet and Network Reception.
Next year, the WFR Reception will be open to all who want to join me in my commitment to: 1) empowering the women of our community; 2) ensuring that all the young people in our city have “An Opportunity To Do Better”, and 3) Making Houston Greater.
For all who support me – I am asking all of you who receive this letter for your support and vote – we will run a positive campaign focused on common-sense solutions for fixing the city’s budget, paying down our General Fund Debt including the Unfunded Pension Liability Debt; fixing our streets, sidewalks and infrastructure; modernizing city government; attracting more good paying jobs, business, entrepreneurs, college graduates, engineers, construction and development inside our city; consolidating and cutting city fees; consolidating city departments to reduce the city’s operating expenses; auditing city departments and programs and providing the Mayor and City Council with a Financial Impact Analysis of City Council Agenda Items (like the Legislature’s Fiscal Notes); increasing cooperation and coordination between the city and county on police protection, health care services, parks and libraries; extending light rail to Hobby Airport and from Hobby to the Astrodome/Reliant area; securing private funding for commuter rail and building the University Light Rail Line; deepening and widening the Port; and legalizing gaming.
We are going to do these things because it is the job of the CityController to offer ideas and solutions to protect taxpayers while sustaining and growing the city’s tax base and revenues without having to increase the property tax burden on homeowners and businesses or increasing city fees on all Houstonians.
I helped pass the city’s spending “Rev Cap” City Charter Amendment and I still support it. It forces fiscal discipline on City Hall and it is why the City Council Fiscal Affairs Committee is now engaged in the process of defining what “core” city services are and how they should be fully funded.
I support asking city voters to allow the city to keep excess revenue above the “Rev Cap” to speed up paying down the General Fund Debts and fully funding Public Safety Services.
I opposed establishing a city garbage fee when I was a City Council Member and I am still opposed.
I support Early Matters – the Greater Houston Partnership’s Early Childhood Education/Pre-K Initiative; creating the South Main Innovation Zone and putting all existing public infrastructure plans and city building permits into one common 3D GIS Database so that city, neighborhood and business leaders can all see the cumulative impact of what the city, Metro, TxDOT, H-GAC, Gulf Coast Rail District, TIRZs, MUDs and Water Districts are planning to build over the next five (5) to fifty (50) years so we can mitigate traffic congestion, storm water run-off, air pollution and avoid duplication, conflicts and wasting taxpayers money.
The database can also be used to help improve and better coordinate police patrols among local law enforcement agencies.
Together, we are going to run a different kind of campaign; a campaign focused on Safety, Opportunity and Prosperity.
We are going to run a campaign of BIG, BOLD, IDEAS and SOLUTIONSbased on what I have heard from Houstonians during the last three years.
I have heard your hopes, your desires and your concerns. I have heard your voice.
I am personally asking you for your vote and support to be your voice at City Hall.
I am committed to making sure that city government works for you, and that like you, city government does more with the revenue it already has so that you can keep more of your hard earned money to take care of yourself and your family and grow your business, if you own one.
If you elect me your City Controller, I will be The Taxpayers Voice at City Hall.
Carroll G. Robinson for Houston
Get in touch with me!
P.S. Contributions cannot be accepted until February 1, 2015. If I can count on your support, I would greatly appreciate a contribution on February 1, 2015. The campaign can only accept personal or PAC checks.
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About Carroll G. Robinson
Carroll G. Robinson is an Associate Professor at the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University (TSU) where he has served as Associate Dean of External Affairs and is Associate Director of the E-MPA program. Professor Robinson is a Co-Principal Investigator of the TSU National Transportation Security Center of Excellence-Petrochemical Transportation Security and is Associate Director of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) E-Government Center. He is Chairman of the Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Board of Directors of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, Third Vice President of the NAACP Houston Branch and a former board member of the Northeast Family YMCA, a member of the Houston Independent School District™'s (HISD) Bond Oversight Committee, was a member of the City of Houston™'s Term Limits Review Commission, and is a former At-Large (elected citywide) member of the Houston (Texas) City Council where he served as Chairman of the city™'s Transportation, Technology and Infrastructure Committee. Professor Robinson is also a former member of the Board of Directors of Children at Risk (C@R) and the National League of Cities where he served as a member of the Board™s Finance Committee and was a member of the Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Steering Committee.
He is a former member of the Texas Municipal League™s Utilities and Environment Committee and Transportation Task Force; a former Vice Chair of the Houston-Galveston Area Council™s (H-GAC) Transportation Policy Council, is a former member of H-GAC™s Board of Directors; a former Advisory Board member of the Texas Environmental Defense Fund; a past President of the Texas Association of Black City Council Members; has served as a member of the Texas Department of Transportation (Tx-DOT) 2001 Work Group on Transportation Goals and Objectives, is a former Advisory Board Member of the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) at Texas A&M University and is a member of the Advisory Board of the TSU Center for Transportation Training and Research. Professor Robinson provided testimony to the Texas Governor™s Task Force on Evacuation and Logistics on October 26, 2005 on how to use technology to improve Emergency Preparedness.
Professor Robinson has worked in the Texas Legislature as Chief of Staff and General Counsel to Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis. He received his Bachelor of Arts (with Honors) in Political Science from Richard Stockton State College in Pomona, New Jersey and his Juris Doctorate from the National Law Center at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Professor Robinson is a Life Member of the NAACP, Omega Psi Phi and the author of numerous legal and public policy articles and commentaries.
Prior to his election to the Houston City Council, Professor Robinson was an Associate Professor at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University and served as Executive Assistant to two Presidents of the University. He has also served as an Adjunct Law Professor at South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas where he taught Constitutional Structure. Professor Robinson is a past President of the Houston Lawyers Association and has served on the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas and National Bar Association.
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