It's a change of venue for this year's BAND Holiday Dinner party. The event will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2 at the Monument Inn (near the San Jacinto Monument), 4406 Independence Parkway South in La Porte 77571. Dinner tickets are $30 per person. Houston Mayor Annise Parker will be recognized for her service to the City of Houston.
Daniel Williams, regional field organizer and legislative specialist for Equality Texas, will be at the November BAND meeting to give his perspective on the election results. Equality Texas works to secure full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Texans through political action education, community organizing and collaboration. Williams has worked with the legislature and local communities to achieve equality.
On Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, you must go to your own precinct polling place to vote. To see your polling place and a sample of the ballot for your precinct, go to www.harrisvotes.com or the comparable website in your county. Besides the local candidates this year, voters in Harris County will see propositions for seven state constitutional amendments, four county bonds and the City of Houston's HERO and revised term limits proposals. Some voters will also see other bond proposals such as the one for San Jacinto College.
The Houston City Council candidates' Clear Lake area forum will be on Thursday, Oct. 15 at Bay Area Community Center in Clear Lake Park, 5002 NASA Pkwy., across the street from the lake. Bay Area Association of Democratic (BAAD) Women previously joined with the area Republican club to put on the mayoral forum. The same clubs will host the at-large candidates' forum. Make plans to come and cheer on the Democratic-supported candidates. Social time begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by the program at 7.
Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan will be the guest speaker at the October BAND meeting. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14 at the Harris County Courthouse Bay Area Annex at 16603 Buccaneer, across the parking lot from the Freeman Branch Library. A native Houstonian, Vince Ryan has served as Harris County attorney since 2009. He served in the county attorney's office under Mike Driscoll as assistant county attorney and first assistant county attorney from 1981 to 1987 and then served three terms on Houston City Council.
At the September BAND meeting, the club voted to endorse a "yes" vote for the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) and two candidates for positions on Houston City Council: Doug Peterson, candidate for at-large position 3, and Philippe Nassif, candidate for at-large position 5. The endorsement committee declined to recommend candidates in other races where two or more viable Democratic candidates are running.