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COVID cases across Dallas-area hospitals stay above 15% for fourth straight day
"For four days in a row cove patients of occupied more than fifteen percent of hospital beds in the dfw area if that trend continues it'll trigger tighter restrictions throughout our area. As soon as friday restaurants and retailers will be limited to fifty percent occupancy. Some bars will close and elective surgeries will have to be postponed. He'll counties judge says it's already happening in the waco area. We're they're only four available. Icu beds across the five county region. The tighter restrictions are already in effect in six regions across the state and they could take effect in another seven regions including ours within the next week
Fresh update on "county judge" discussed on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory
"At a higher rate because of virtual learning. This father says something has to change. That's what really keeps me going down days. My kids for one right at home. Is like the intentions, man, his soul short, they really not learning anything on virtual That's for my TV partner, Channel two used to dioceses. 42% of its students flunked at least one class in the first grading period of the fall semester. The failure rate in that grading period is usually 11 percents, or about a quarter of the last of the latest numbers. The district has yet to release a plan to fix the problem. Arrest has made in a year long human trafficking investigation out of Cinco Ranch for Ben County Precinct Three. Investigators say Nazir Jackson's home in South Lake subdivision was headquarters. For a complex trafficking operation or people were recruited and trafficked. Using social media and online abs were used for payment. Jackson faces felony charges related to the prostitution. Maybe he's being held on bond totalling $85,000. Ktrh news time. 103 Harris County Republican Party Insider says it was a lack of funding that force chairman keep Nielsen to the curb, likely brought on by negative media about what some deemed a racist mean posted on social media over Rolando Garcia telling KPRC 19 fifties Kin Webster Jr that not all is lost heading into the 2022 election cycles. We have a chance. Beat Lena Hidalgo in 2022. If we have the right candidate ever we have a strong local party. We can do this in Harris County in 2022. We can win the county judge position after the positions as well. According to campaign finance reports. Harris County Republicans spent just $4100 between August 3rd in October 24th and had just under $10,700 in the.
Dallas County Reports 3,303 New Coronavirus Cases, 6 Deaths
"Stress that the winter months bring new challenges in the war against the virus. Now today, Dallas County reported 3303 more coronavirus cases and six deaths. While Tarrant County reported 1305 new cases and five fatalities now because of the holiday. The covered 19 report today included cases from Thursday, Friday and Saturday. That's according to Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, he said, while the daily average for the past three days is a bit lower than what we've been seeing That's probably because less people were being tested since some testing sites were shut down over the holiday now during the November 15th through the 21st time period. County reported 1282 School Age Children tested positive for the virus. Well, the
Fresh update on "county judge" discussed on John and Ken
"Yes, there obsessed with the fact that you have to take off your mask to eat. Maybe they'll come up with the mask where you can sort of inject the food underneath or something. If they had proof, if they had proof that that it was causing a problem, But they don't They made it up. Right. They're taking the easy way out. Just say oh, this is the master off for any period of time. It's so good, and we have shut it down. That's just even though we thought outdoor stuff is not dangerous is, you know interesting. There's no explaining this, You know, in Long Beach they're taking on their own public health department and let me just look at the video again. Here. They got a they got A That's a That's a big crowd. They got They're expecting hundreds. Is it more than Yeah, well, it's hard to tell because the helicopter hasn't pulled completely out. But is this on TV or it's on Channel four. They keep going back to it. Oh, they got a helicopter shot. And they're walking down one of the busy streets. And in in Long Beach, So the second city they organized at the second on PCH. That's another thing I know. Well, it's a nice new mall, they put up their Pacific Coast Highway in Second Street. Geek. You could be the mayor of South Bay. Down there. Long Beach up l. A County Board of Supervisors banned outdoor restaurants. As you know, and various cities are now rebelling. Even the City Council in Los Angeles voted 11 to 3 protesting the decision. Not that they've done anything about it in Beverly Hills. The City Council and the mayor are considering doing something about it. And we're gonna have now Is he ready to go? They voted to oppose L. A county's outdoor dining band, and they are exploring ways to maybe go their own way. Here's this is Mayor Lester Freedman. Yeah, they're Friedman. Welcome. Thank you. What is Beverly Hills considering? Well, first of all, we believe that the Lake County public health decision to unilaterally prohibit outdoor dining Countywide was a capricious and ill conceived idea. We don't see that they considered any data or scientific evidence that would support such a Countywide closure. There are cities, including ours with in L, a county, where the new cases of covert 19 are nearly non existent. And as such, we believe that the county should use a more strategic approach to, um Defining which areas are subject to the most stringent of controls. We use the city have decided to and we did pass a resolution yesterday, urging the county board of Supervisors at their next meeting, which is December 8th. To consider rescinding the, um the in fact really, to have the motion reinstituted and have another vote, hopefully making the decision that they will not institute those changes if they if they don't Send the decision. And if they try to extend this decision beyond the three weeks what would you like to do? Well, what is the council want to do? Well, we're considering legal action. Hey, lawsuit. That would hopefully be joined by other communities such as ours that would test whether or not the action that the county Board of supervisors has taken his justifiable based on the facts of the situation. You got 922 emails The council got about this restaurant then. Well, that was as of the cut off the meeting. I think it's over 1000 right now and probably still continuing and out of the 922 that was recounted at the time 919 were against the county's order. That's correct. There are only three that were supportive of it. I have never seen a number like that to Paul. Nearly 1000 people and get all the three to agree that the county band was wrong. That that is astonishing. Yeah, and not only that these were not just for my emails. You know a lot of time. We've seen somebody cut and paste the exact same statement. Uh, these were for the most part. I would say 99% of them were individual e mails that were drafted by individual It wasn't an organized group who was stuff in the by the ballot box here, e Guess Mayor Friedman. You're aware that as we are that there doesn't seem to be any proof coming from the only county health department about the outsized dangers of outdoor dining. There was a court hearing today and even the judge said, you know, come back next week with better proof. Yeah, And that's our concern. I mean, you know, we're all saying that these things should be data driven Scientific. And please show me the data that shows that outdoor dining, which, by the way, the restaurants are in compliance with all of the safety, Uh, precautions, the distancing of the tables on things like that. Show me how that is. Contributing to what is occurring in my opinion. Quite frankly, I believe that the constitutionally protected super spreader events whether you want to call it a rally or a protest or a demonstration, where people are not abiding by the distancing and wearing the masks are far more serious than a restaurant that is complying with the with the rules. By the way, I got to say I'm a couple of zip codes away from you where I live. I really admire the way you and the council run the city in terms of dealing here with the with the restaurant ban in dealing with any disturbances, the protest you've had the homeless situation there. Mean driving through Beverly Hills and then coming back the other side in the Los Angeles It's just driving through a completely different world where everything is well governed in orderly and things are taken care of. I think you and the city Council. There's alert. Deserve a lot of credit for running a city, especially one that surrounded by l. A, uh, just beautifully. Well, thank you very much. You know, our residents are very supportive of the actions that we take. They're very supportive of our police department and fire department on our schools, and we just have a great community to live in. And it Zraly refreshing to it live in an area that we live in. Mayor Friedman. How difficult would it be for the city to maybe go its own way? As far as a health department's concerned Is that being explored? Yeah, we're doing the initial steps right now to explore the possibility of doing it either by ourselves or more than likely with other cities who are similarly situated to us. Obviously, there is a large expense of having a health department and you know, creating another bureaucracy is is not exactly the top of our list. But It may be necessary to do so. And if we can get like minded communities who do things similarly, to the way we do them? That's certainly something that we should explore very seriously. Mayor Friedman. Thanks for coming on. We appreciate talking to you. Thank you very much. Have a good day. That's Mayor Lester Friedman from Beverly Hills Thesis. Itty council there voted. It's more of a resolution to oppose. L. A County ban on outdoor dining, and they will look at further steps and we're all watching that California Restaurant Association lawsuit in front of an L. A county judge. Talk about that more next hour with Mark arrogance, the attorney because he has a restaurant and they sued and they're lost. You got combined with the restaurant association, but This judge, apparently for the second straight week, punted and said to the county and what we heard from Steve Gregory earlier he sent to the county. I don't like the proof you brought to court today. You got to do better next week, which would be Tuesday. So hopefully maybe he could rescind the order because this idea that it's going to go away in three weeks. I'm not buying that. I'll believe it even that they fooled us The first time that way, remember was supposed to be two weeks..
First Americans may get Covid vaccine in December
"In 19 vaccines expected to be available in Texas as early as next month. But in the meantime, some local medical experts are asking the governor for more action to reduce a recent spike in cases and hospitalizations. Here's Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins close the loopholes that allow bores and concerts and things like that to the open. But he stopped in person dining in restaurants retail and that he take occupancy levels back to 50% governor. governor. Abbott Abbott says says the the vaccine vaccine distribution distribution plan plan will will give give health health care care workers workers and and vulnerable vulnerable populations populations access access to to the the vaccine. vaccine. First, First,
Fresh update on "county judge" discussed on Todd and Don
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I think it Z knowing what's gonna happen, You know, anyway, got that story on the tide of Don shell Facebook page. CNN President Jeff Zucker, uh, got an interesting Well, what we could get to that We have time. Do we have time to get to this now? 51283605 90 CNN president Jeff Zucker. He got a shock yesterday morning on his daily conference call with CNN staff on what they'll be covering for the news day and how to cover it. James O'Keefe, a project Veritas has been listening in on these daily CNN conference calls and recording it and has an insider at CNN. That's been helping here. Here's what they released yesterday. Hey, Jeff Zucker, you there. This is James O'Keefe. Listen to your CNN calls for basically two months recording everything. Just wanted to ask you some questions If you have a minute. You still feel you're the most trusted name in news because I have to say from what I've been hearing on these phone calls. I don't know about that. We got a lot of recordings indicate you're not really that independent of it of a journalist. Yeah. Um, thank you for thank you for your comments. Um, so everybody in light of that I think what we'll do is we'll We'll set up a new system and we'll be back with you. We'll do the rest of the call a little bit later released those recordings today at seven o'clock would be fine. Everybody have a good day to you, too. So you just heard me talk Tonto President CNN, Jeff Zucker and inform him that that we are going to release a number of recordings today. I needed myself into the conference line, and they're still on their there Listening to me right now, This is being live stream for those of you still on call Andre. We recorded for a while and we have Clips. Very producers talking the president talking, describing their motives, describing their political philosophy, describing how they don't cover certain things in certain political parties. Tell them to cover these certain way. Lots of little clips. Takes us into the minds and hearts of our people Powers that be that inform us because government is downstream from media. So we're gonna be releasing these tapes. Thanks to one of our sources of our brave insiders has given us this information. And as you can see, they're still milling about on the call or listen to me right now, After quote, change their system on get a different dialect. I guess now because we've compromised violin. There you go. That's that audio there from James, Don't keep it. Project Veritas. Yeah. Little uncomfortable there for Mister Mister Rogers. Jeff Zucker. See, And they said they got them all on the inside you for the call? Yeah. Not shocking by any stretch of the imagination, but it will be fascinating. T Hear the specifics of what they've got is far is the actual conversation. I don't think it changes anybody's opinion and, well, it won't love CNN will continue to love it. People that hate CNN and think they're biased. They'll continue to feel the same change anything but Zat. Really? A gotcha. I guess in a way it is, but you know I think it'll be some little okay. It'll go away pretty quickly. Yeah, I'll continue. It'll be business as usual. Well, listen, you could join us at 51283605 90. Since the beginning of the pandemic, hundreds of Austin bars have transformed into restaurants just to stay in business to keep their employees employed. But not all of them are following the rules cave you reports during a City council meeting earlier this week, leaders warned. It could result in some serious consequences. Dr. Marcus got the guy that runs this county, he says. I want to be very clear to restaurants and former and former bars now acting his restaurants. If they do not clean things up, we will take further action. Enclosing them, including closing your business completely. Some of these businesses bars they turned into restaurants, and they started selling other things to make ends meet so that their employees you know, wouldn't be on on welfare. Yes, that get over the weekend, the city officials conducted a spot check of these transformed businesses. Of what 60% were compliant of the rules. 40% were not so he's threatening to completely shut some down now that's got in city received complaints that some bars allow dancing and close contact at some locations where people were not. You know they weren't enforcing the mask wearing indoors, technically, the bars and not allowed to open in Travis County Governor Greg Abbott gave each county judge in the state the authority to make a decision to open But Travis County has not gotten the green light. However, a loophole does allow bars toe open. Up. If they operate as a restaurant, then that means the businesses must serve food and make alcohol sales less than half of their total revenue right. Lot of businesses have done that more than 260 businesses in the Austin area they operates in this manner. 260 that according to the Alcoholic Beverage Commission, now during that meeting this week s Scott made it clear officials want to get to the point across. We're all businesses can open again. But if you're not following the rules, they may shut you down. For the life of me. I do not understand what is to be gained from that you're you're talking about a situation. This isn't a surprise to anybody. We know what's going on where you got these bars that air, literally scraping. Crawling just trying to find any means anyway. To find T make some money to keep their doors open to keep employees paid, and I don't understand. Threatening like this versus what can we do to work with? You Got the wrong attitude about to help you through this? Yeah. The big box stores are open. They're making money. Costco H e B, you name it. They're all you know, Lows. Sam's They're all open. These mom and pop businesses. A doctor s. Scott likes to pick the winners and losers and that's what he's doing, I think is what they do is they try toe go for the easiest, easiest. What they feel is a solution. And it's not. It is 8 55 and my friends and furniture market. Then they miss you. They want you to come by and say hello. I mean, they have two locations. If you're.
Houston Sends Emergency Text Alert To 4.7M Residents Requesting They Cancel Holiday Gatherings During COVID-19 Surge
"On tuesday. Show harris county judge. Lena hidalgo reiterated the seriousness of this latest surge of covid nineteen cases later tuesday to reinforce at the county released an emergency broadcast alert urging residents to stay home wear masks and cancelled gatherings that last part is not welcome news for folks whose job it is to promote and encourage such gatherings or those who rely on such events convention and visitors bureau officials owners of major convention and performance venues nationwide hotels. You name it. There are all sorts of industries that have had to radically rethink what they do how they do it and what they can or cannot plan for and promote communities. What exactly can such folks do in houston amid a pandemic leading to record setting numbers of infections by the day. Let's ask houston first acting president and ceo. Michael heckman michael. Welcome to houston matters. Good morning it's great to be here. Thank you for joining us. You took on this role at houston. I back in august. Though you've been with the local government corporation that manages city owned buildings properties and parking for a number of years in other roles how has the pandemic impacted the work. Houston i is doing. And we'll be doing in the coming months well it it was This year's been a lot of change for a lot of people pretty much. Everybody and many many industries maybe none more than the travel live events and tourism business Once march hit we had to really really React in a different way Than what our plans. Our plans completely got thrown out the window. We were looking for a record year for tourism for twenty twenty or conventions. We had a great convention calendar In once it became clear over time that that wasn't gonna happen. We had to shift immediately to You know we pulled our domestic and international advertising. We shifted to community support. We shifted to things like stations To be able to put people eventually back in in hotels But the impacts for the hospitality community and anyone in the live event. Business has been Extreme houston i operates. The george brown convention center avenida houston jones hall worthy miller outdoor theatre among other venues. While many if not all those venues very much this at the moment and haven't been able to for a number of months. Can some events conventions meetings concerts. Would you be scheduled at least several months out. Maybe if not a year or more from now well we're looking at at. I'll get to the performance. Venue in a moment but You know we're looking at next year Currently and what are our best View of it is today and talking to all of our convention. Clients is We're seeing shift from q one and q two two major conventions that have moved back into q. Three possibly q four. We're not seeing as many outhouse cancellations which is good news. I think that the vaccine news. is Is the light at the end of the tunnel will see how it's ultimately distributed and brought to scale Hopefully that will be over the first six months of twenty twenty one But but some green shoots as we see them as you know for example Offshore technology conference otc move from may back to august and we'll see some additional shifts of some major conventions that will move back into into q three and q four so after july. first we have seen No cancellations related to covid On our calendar so the second half of the year could be A busy convention year. In the meantime what can and is being done through the george r brown convention center these days. I think if you look at some of these small safe events that were able to do For for example the symphony in jones hall Outdoor programming again. That's that's physically distanced. That safe safeties number one priority for for any of our attendees for any guests for travelers for that matter. You know that's why. We've rolled out the the houston clean initiative in partnership with many of the sports events and venues And hospitality sector Whether that be restaurants or hotels is houston clean Is a promise to ease or anyone that may travel is. There's there's a minimum amount of Protocols that each one that takes this pledge we'll put into place so as we develop this level of confidence with with attendees travelers. Hopefully we'll be able to to be able to get That visitor economy in the hospitality economy be able to be restarted. But there are some events that you're you're able to do where we're going to be Hosting events down here at the the avenida friday night there will be The alley theatre will have their Their tree lighting Down here The ice at discovery green there are events small in nature that you're able to do At this period of time but safety is the number one
Fresh update on "county judge" discussed on KCBS Radio Morning News
"Yes, Yes, that's it. It's a brand new episode of the Unicorn. I'm so jazzed. I mean, I expected to be jazz, but I'm even more jazz than I thought I'd be in. That was great. Yeah way. Got this. We got this way. Forest. You doing? I'm sorry. I don't know what this very inspiring a new unicorn Thursday. 9 38 30 Central on CBS. It is 6 11 KCBS and in San Mateo County. We're seeing Ah, effort to get people off the streets, and it's gonna cost a little bit of money. Let's check in with KCBS reporter Tim Ryan for the details. Tim Stand. County supervisors voted to purchase the 95 room town play Sweets and redwood shores for needy seniors and the 74 Room Pacific end in Redwood City for the homeless for about $51 million. I'm completely for homeless shelters on housing the homeless. Just not here, explains Shores resident Andrew Bomb. If I could help three or 400 homeless because I could do it in one block over or what, three cities over, I'm gonna do it. This is Supervisor Dave Pines says he understands the opposition, especially with a rushed project. This is an extraordinary circumstance, extraordinary time and way need to move forward the county paying more than $300,000 per unit but expects to actually save money over its current emergency housing spending Live in San Mateo County, Tim Ryan KCBS Nakajima San Jose Church, accused of holding services indoors with hundreds of people attending during the pandemics been issued a court order told to comply with county health orders and stop doing it right now Senate Clara County judge issuing their preliminary injunction against Calvary Chapel and Pastor Mike McClure, telling them to discontinue indoor services, which Would follow the mandate of Santa Clara County health officials this after the church was hit with fines of over $350,000 for not restricting the size of indoor gatherings. CBS News time. 6 13, sponsored by Star One Credit union get totally free Checking Go to Star one dot ordered this holiday season may feature more merriment with our devices than ever before, as we stay connected.
Hidalgo calls on state leaders to act as coronavirus cases increase in Houston's Harris County
"County judge. Lena hidalgo says she wants to impose more occupancy restrictions on non essential businesses due to the rise and covert nineteen cases and hospitalizations. In our region governor. Greg abbott has that power right now and has not surrendered it to local leaders. Judge hidalgo says abbott head has been inconsistent in his approach to allowing non essential businesses to operate this year. And we can't pick and choose metric we gotta collect parameters threshold and stick with the restrictions until the numbers look better and once we get there open only a little bit not open everything because inevitably what you're gonna see us. This goes says just over. Eight percent of people seeking cova test in the county are testing. Positive dog'll says a wireless emergency alert had gone out to all harris county residents yesterday. Which will which have asked people to go get tested and limited gatherings with other people
Fresh update on "county judge" discussed on KCBS Radio Morning News
"Residential mortgage loan originator. Okay, CBS news time 5 11 San Matteo County will be spending more than $50 million for for two Redwood City hotels. House, low income seniors and the homeless. KCBS is Tim Ryan joins us with this live report and says, As you might expect, many neighbors aren't so happy about a good morning, Tim. John. Good morning Housing in Cemetery County is about as expensive as it gets. And that goes for homeless housing as well with the town place Sweets and Redwood shores in the Pacific end in Redwood City, costing more than $300,000 per unit. Many Redwood City residents, including Emma, opposed to purchase is saying they're being rushed are too expensive and endanger neighbors, especially for our community with no police department whatsoever, So we're basically at the mercy of anybody, and it's not about Nimbys. County supervisors voted unanimously to buy and convert the hotel's funded in part through the state's project room. Key program supervisor Dave Can oppa, let's not be The grand show Christmas by denying people housing And while it may seem expensive, the county expects to actually save money compared to its current emergency housing efforts. Giving low income seniors in the unhappy as their own rooms also helps prevent the spread of the coronavirus Reporting live. Tim Ryan, KCBS Santa Clara County judge has ordered a San is a church to immediately stop holding indoor services. Hundreds of people have allegedly been attending services inside Calvary Chapel during the pandemic, and the church has already been fined $350,000 for not restricting The worship size. The judge has issued a preliminary injunction against the church and its pastor, Mike McClure, aimed at forcing.
Dallas County COVID-19 Cases Continue to Climb
"Case numbers in Dallas County, You're shattering daily records. The figures air heading deep into the red zone of the county's This guidance skill. That's the most dangerous level county judge Clay Jenkins says doctors are asking residents to avoid in person restaurant, dining, religious services and having outsiders in their homes. Dallas County reported 1831 new cases and one death Monday. Tarrant County came in second with 900 new cases and didn't County reported 335 new cases and four deaths statewide. Texas reported over 6800 new cases and 20 deaths Monday, and that figure helped the state surpassed 20,000 confirmed Coronavirus desk Monday and hit over one million cases last week. So far, Governor Abbott has given no indication of new restrictions to keep the virus from spreading
"county judge" Discussed on Houston Matters
"It was much more than politics. It was about family about respect about being there for one. Another that having Annual get togethers around thanksgiving about Baker calling bush hefei his bigger brother about telling a vacant times. If you're so smart. Jim why my president you're not About having a true friendship and the ability to argue with civility and really talk to your best friend they really were the best of friends. And i think a lot of people are unaware of that. Some friendships in the world of politics can become crucial. If you have someone who has your back and vice versa on the other hand some friendships can be crushed under all of the the the power struggles all the things endemic to politics. Why do you think this friendship endured where others might become fractured by the weight of the world. That was on these two men shoulders as they were in political office. Well i think it endured for two reasons number one. They truly were the best of friends you know when loser drum political arena but number two. It sure didn't hurt that they want a lot bush was picked as a nineteen vice presidential nominee. They re elected in eighty four bush was reelected then elected president. One thousand nine hundred eighty eight. They had a string of victories That really made their friendship even tighter. And ironically with the loss of bill clinton and also. Ross perot nineteen ninety two There was discussion of well. Maybe the friendship had somewhat been strained because of that loss. And that's absolutely not true. Jim baker came back to the whitehouse as chief of staff to do all he could in about ten to twelve weeks or turn around to campaign. That was really thinking and he did all he could. I best friend. How do you think history might have been different. Had these two not developed such a close friendship that did endure and lead to each one playing these roles in our political lives over the last fifty years it would be radically different for one very important point. Bush did not want to drop out of the nineteen. Eighty presidential primaries baker told him you really need to baker went ahead and went to the media and said We're not going to be going to california. We don't think it's winnable. And ultimately bush dropped out now. He was furious about that but he knew bakery had made the right call because of that the phone rang and eleven thirty at night in a detroit hotel. During the gop convention and governor reagan ultimately is on the phone and ask bush to join the ticket because of acres strategy to tell candidate bush to pull back its time under trade. It's time to wave the white flag. Bush became a two-term vice. President became the president and son became a two-term president. The history books would have been radically different if it wasn't for that one single point in time we're baker said it's time to hang it up when you reflect on these men and the relationship that they had working relationship the friendship..
"county judge" Discussed on Houston Matters
"Large and small. Unless they're exclusively with your household or your you know. Outside of the distance wearing mass With a very very small group and number two get tested because that helps us understand what the current situation is But whatever numbers you look at whether it's the hospitalization numbers particularly the case numbers. Also the positivity numbers all the metrics are trending in the wrong direction and they looked eerily similar to how they were in about mid june When you know we were just about to hit the june july crisis where over twelve hundred people died and our hospitals were routinely full capacity. And and we just can't allow ourselves to get. There is hard to call directly on the community and say hey please do this without leadership bright But we gotta do it. We have to do it and stick together and and hopefully outsmart this and not just head into the third time around of of the same vicious cycle. This houston matters. I'm craig cohen. We're talking. With harris. County judge lena hidalgo and fielding your questions for her at talk at houston matters dot org on twitter at houston matters or call seven one three four four zero eighty eight seventy and in fact we have a an email and a tweet with roughly the same question. Julie rights and asks is there a way to encourage companies to allow those. Who can work from home to do so. Julie says my husband works for a large company is requiring everyone to work from the office even though most could and have worked from home earlier in the pandemic yes and they're you know it's unfortunate to hear that your your husband's being made to work in person was necessary. I will say. I've spoken to a lot of this leaders and leaders of large companies. Who are still recognizing that it's not safe and also a lot of folks have discovered they're more productive You know saving themselves commute. So that's a plea. Is the best i can do is a plea to the business community to recognize. Even though you know you may hear from other levels of government the things are grace and we can go back to normal The reality is they're not the numbers. Don't show that we're not gonna be back to normal until we have a vaccine that widely available and as we all know as much as we wish it. Were you know in a month. It's not going to be until well into next year and that that is widely available to where it really makes a difference than so We need the business community to really step up in that way. I mean if if your employees don't need to work from home they don't need to work in person than than they shouldn't and And then for everything else you know. Support your restaurant through takeout Through the drive thru but look. It doesn't do us any good to wear a mask and then and then show up somewhere and take it off and be with a group of people and That's just the reality of it. But i'm heartened by the messages. I'm hearing from the new administration. We've been in touch with their transition. Folks the vein. No our experience here in texas and harris county and i think getting us under control requires is aggressive consistent restrictions and it really does requires the for for for the areas for the sectors..
Judge Clay Jenkins Urges People in Dallas County to Stay Out of Restaurants Yet Again
"Have indicated any more restrictions about Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins tonight tweeted his thoughts on gatherings and other things that used to be commonplace before the county went into the red alert status. Now is the time to overcome fatigue toe be selfless in foregoing those things that we understandably you're anxious and would like to do so that we can keep our families, our community and our kind of We saved some of the things he sided. We're going to bars and also attending restaurants within person dining rather than using the drive through her carry out. You can find more information for the county at Dallas County dot or g'kar. President
Texas inmates paid $2 an hour to move COVID-19 victims' bodies
"Of Inmates loading the bodies of coronavirus patients into mobile morgues have caused an outcry for change in that community. With the outbreak of covert cases in El Paso piling up and the resource is dwindling, El Paso County Judge recorders summon Diego decided to use county inmates to load the bodies of coronavirus patients and two mobile morgues. And now he wants the Texas National Guard to take over. It has not been confirmed that they would be able T take over the demand that we have at this point in time. We have to look at where we were gonna end up and right now it's getting critical as spokesperson for the El Paso County Sheriff's Office said the inmates were volunteer trustees who were being paid $2 an hour and had full PPE while on the job. I'm Tanner Carlson,
Texas inmates paid $2 an hour to move COVID-19 victims' bodies
"The pandemic resurgence. CBS's Jim Priscilla, struggling to keep up with covert 19 deaths in El Paso County, Texas. Jail inmates are being used to move bodies in the mobile Morgues County Judge Ricardo Salmon Diego There's no personnel no one to help out and there's volunteers. Even if they are inmates, then that's that's what we're left with Salmon. Diego is waiting on a request to have the
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins Calls For Working From Home During Spike In COVID-19 Cases
"Urging employers in Dallas this week to continue to allow their employees to work work from from home home if if possible, possible, as as the the number number of of covert covert 19 19 cases cases in in North North Texas Texas continues continues to to rise. rise. We We want want our our employers employers to to look at your work forces. We recognize that there are some jobs that are acceptable and party sites. There are people working for the company that could work from home. Other county leaders doubling down on safe practices, and his Texas passes a
Tennessee man freed after serving nearly 15 years for a murder he didn't commit
"V N So just imagine you are in prison. You know what you were in there for? And, um, what it is, is something that you didn't knew. No. And I mean, think about it. You go into a prison. They say the joke is you just ask anybody. They're all innocent. And a lot of them will tell you that. And you know, it's sad to think that in and around all of those people that are saying that there are a few that really are, I mean, imagine knowing going to bed every night. So for 15 years For a murder he didn't commit. This Tennessee man was in prison, he has been exonerated. So a Davidson County judge the order Joseph Webster's release after receiving recommendation from the district attorney's office. That said No longer has confidence in the conviction. This guy's 41 years old, he walked out of a Nashville detention center and this Woz Yesterday of four year legal battle is what this guy was doing. He was convicted for the 1998 murder of Leroy Owens, an admission of guilt by one of Webster's relatives. Court documents said this and it didn't matter. So after a decade and a half in prison for a murder he didn't commit. This guy
Judge rules against challengers in Detroit vote counting case
"The Wayne County judge says certifying balance in Michigan will move forward. He ruled the challenges toe how vote counting Detroit was handled or not credible, more from Michigan Radio's Rick Pluta. The judge denied several motions filed by Republican challengers who claimed they were stopped from doing their jobs on election night. But the judge said the claims were speculative and not credible. He also said delaying certification of the votes would harm the public interest and undermine faith in the electoral system. Judge Timothy Can you took aim at the fact that the GOP challengers skipped a walkthrough and training session at the counting center in Detroit, which he said might have answered the concerns raised in the lawsuit. This means Michigan results are on track to be made official on November 23rd. The state and its 16 electoral votes have been called for Joe Biden for NPR News. I'm Rick
Texas AG Paxton and restaurant owners sue county over lockdown rules and won
"Appeals court temporarily halted a county judge's order that mandates the closure of non essential businesses in an effort to combat Spread of coronavirus request to the eighth Court. Eighth Court of Appeals was filed by state Attorney General Ken Paxton and restaurant owners to strike down the portions of the cast. A Paso county judge lockdown measures of real temporarily halts of business closures and a nightly curfew. Accord said the orders cannot be enforced until it makes a final decision, which is expected by Friday. And I think that's because the state hasn't mandated it right, right. Yeah. Um, And I think you you look at that, you know, obviously in that area, uh, they can't you know, can't really do anything yet. Those businesses can't do anything yet. Dad lets the state moves in that direction. I don't think you know they're gonna win that.
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo calls for pullback on reopening as Covid-19 cases increase in Houston
"Oh, her annual state of the county address yesterday was a virtual fireside chat with HIV President Scott McClellan, who asked about another possible coronavirus lockdown when you look at areas that were smarter and aggressive And brought down the virus. They're not doing economically any worse than we are. But they have saved thousands of lives and avoided thousands and thousands of hospitalizations and illnesses. A dog. Oh, blame much of the cove. It's spread in Texas on Governor Abbotts reopening plan. I'll. Judge Joe Biden says he'll lock
El Paso County shutdown order extended until December
"At home order has been extended. His coronavirus cases continue to surge every day that the county's order remains in effect is another day that we can save lives. It is another day that we can provide the least some relief to her health care workers who are extremely exhausted. El Paso County Judge Ricardo Summer Diego says hospitals are overflowing and mobile marks have been set up to handle the increasing number of deaths from the virus to stay at home order remains in effect through the Thanksgiving holiday, barring any court rulings that could overturn it. Under the order, nonessential businesses have been told to shut down Governor Greg Abbott has deployed additional
As Coronavirus Hospitalizations Soar, El Paso Brings In New Mobile Morgues
"El Paso County Judge Judge Ricardo seven. Diego says hospitals are overflowing and mobile morgues have been set up to handle the increasing number of deaths from the virus. The stay at home order remains in effect through the Thanksgiving holiday.
Local Matters: Michigan judge dismisses Trump campaign election lawsuit
"Chatham County Judge has tossed the Trump campaign lawsuit seeking to toss ballots They claim we're late. A Republican witness told the judge. They couldn't testify. It actually happen. County elections leader said it didn't I judge in Michigan tossed out the Trump campaign lawsuit there late today, The Trump campaign announces its going to court in Pennsylvania to try and stop the vote counting in which Joe Biden is quickly shrinking the Trump lead secretary of state Boockvar moments ago. Now all of you, everybody Around the country around the state are are eagerly awaiting and I can tell you the counties are to they're really taking their time making sure that every single voter in the Commonwealth Who has cast their ballot is having those back ballots accurately and securely counted. She cites smooth sailing reports no irregularities. The Trump campaign, however, claims suppression unspecified. The Trump lead in Pennsylvania has dropped below 100,000 votes about 450,000 votes still to be counted in Arizona, where Biden has about 2.5% lead over President Trump. An advantage of about 68,000 votes. Another update from their coming about 11 o'clock hour time tonight, most of what is left to count in Arizona coming from the populous Maricopa County.
Chatham County judge dismisses Trump campaign lawsuit
"Thrown out a trump lawsuit over 53 ballots it said were improperly included. Chatham County officials say no all of them had arrived on time. Campaign is also still suing to stop any more ballots from being counted in Georgia. We heard this morning from
"county judge" Discussed on Newsradio 1200 WOAI
"I Fair County Judge Nelson Wolf says the county is finalizing the rules that will be in place before some bars can open in the county. But if the governor agrees to the additional language the bars could be opened as early as next week, probably be early part sometime next week before it took place. I believe the governor will support this. This additional safety measures none of which are you know, onerous. Our would be unfair to the bar owner. The guidelines include things like wearing masks when not eating or drinking. Metro health officials are reporting the total number of Corona virus cases in Baker County has now topped 60,000 with an additional 132 new cases being reported yesterday. Officials say there were no new desk to report the number of hospitalizations did rise slightly to 193. Dallas County officials are returning the county's pandemic risk level back to the red Zone. The move comes six weeks after Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins lowered the risk level from the red Stay home stay safe level to the orange Zone of Supreme of Extreme caution. Dallas County Health director Dr Philip Wong has an idea as to what's causing the spike is starting to come back. College is starting to back him back. More of the bars were finding ways to open even though there were some restrictions. Meanwhile, Governor Abbott rolled out a new pilot program for rapid testing for covert 19 and schools. Wooo eyes Austin bureau chief Chris Fox reports the hope is to have it fully operational in two weeks. The rapid Energon Kess will be administered to students, teachers and staff who participate initially in eight school systems throughout the state governor abductees the probe Grand back in August. We do have additional.
"county judge" Discussed on Houston Matters
"Like they can spread it particularly those who are underage hand or I'm sorry overage ten. Years of age can spread it just as well as adults. So this is a concern when we talk about schools going back. When we talk about kids being immune how many cases have we actually seen of children? We have had about three, hundred, and thirty nine. Thousand cases reported in fact, they represent eight so that. About one out of eleven cases are in children. And, although are much less likely to be hospitalized for children who are hospitalized one out of three ends up in an ICU. So that's That's so it can be very severe in children. We have also found that in the month of July, we saw a big increase in the number of children who tested positive although part of that maybe that were testing children more with with schools, opening up and daycares and things like that We just didn't test them very much before, but clearly, children can be infected and Clearly, they can transmit the infection if they couldn't I mean, we don't know of another respiratory virus where children are are not a major factor in the spread of the disease. When we talk about children going back to school one of the big concerns I think is talking about parents, teachers, the people that are involved with these children. So the children may not get as sick, but they can spread There's a new report out looking at healthcare workers, people who also deal with people that have Kovin, what are we learning from that? Yeah. Well, we've seen a lot of disparities with this virus in how people are infected not that this is anything new. It's just really bringing to light that certain segments of our population are at higher risk of many health outcomes not just this, and there was a study that showed that healthcare workers of color were nearly twice as likely as whites to get infected. And some of that may be because they were also more likely to not have adequate protective gear. So maybe they didn't have enough or it was reused. So that's you know concerning to they were three times more likely than the general public to report a positive covert test, which makes sense I mean, certainly, healthcare workers are at risk. Yeah the racial disparity continues to plague this virus across the board but I think it's also there in in healthcare in general is that correct? Right, and this pandemic is just point pointing it out once again about these disparities. do you want to make sure that we haven't done this in a while on the show? So here's our chance to remind everyone is all of this news continues to evolve and develop. You still need to wear your masks you still need to social distance is still need to wash your hands and we're still going to be saying that as long as this virus is spreading out there I want everyone to understand that is the best defense we have as individuals and the community to keep those around a safe and I love the idea that if you don't wear a mask, that's what slows down the opening schools. That's what slows down the opening of entertainment venues, shopping of businesses of the economy you wear the mask we get there quicker. Am I am I stating it correctly Dr Teresi? You are absolutely correct but I would add to that physical distancing as well. Yes. Yes. I run through them. So often sometimes I leave some out and remember it's twenty seconds to wash your hands. Even I miss that point of it we talked about the good successes that have happened around and you look at areas that have suppressed the virus, and then it comes back one area that's really surprising and I'm kind of fascinated about the way they're handling it is new. Zealand. was heard such great stuff about New Zealand and they got to reopen their economy what's happening in in New Zealand now Can you know they they reopened you could go to the movies out to eat. It was basically life as it was beforehand But just this week there was there were four cases in a family reported and nobody really knows where this came from. But one possibility that's being investigated is, did it come in on frozen food? There have been reports and not in the food itself. But on the outside of the containers, we know that viruses you know anybody's including Corona Virus can last longer when frozen and there have been reports out of China about finding at least the RNA. So this isn't to say it's virus that can infect people, but they find the are in a on the outside of of froze frozen food that shift. So because the One of the parents in this family that got infected work at a place that imported frozen foods. There is concern about this. Now, I will say this is not to panic people that you can easily get corona virus from from well first of all, not from food at all and we're on, we're talking to outside the packaging, not the food inside but even then we're, we're, we're really not sure if that were happening, we would be seeing different epidemiology than we're seeing. So. Basically New Zealand who had had no cases for this period of time one hundred plus days has had their first case. Their reaction has been though to shut down the town. Correct. They went back down on locked on lockdown. Yeah. Because they do not want any cases to spread and that was because they had one case and they're taking it. So seriously because they wanna keep that low spread. Right and the way they can contact trace. They can keep an eye on it, and hopefully shortly, they'll be able to they'll contain it and then able to reopen that being the plan. Correct. Correct. Yeah and so they're they're they have draconian measures right now too. So that in the future they can go back to. The freedom that they had Beforehand well, we're going to take a break and give you a little freedom. We have judge Adele standing by we're GONNA take a quick break. When we come back, we'll have the judge with us and then we're done with the judge Dr Teresi will rejoin us and then it's time for all your questions seven, three, four, four, zero, eight, seven, zero, this issue semester special edition I'm already news we will be right..
"county judge" Discussed on Houston Matters
"But also in the show today yesterday Harris County released a roadmap to reopen schools. We had the H. ISD Acting Superintendent on the show yesterday reacting to it well today we're going to look at those guidelines with the help of Harris County Judge Lena, Hidalgo? Who'll join us in just a little bit to talk about what these orders mean, how how restrictive they are. how enforceable they are or what's really behind them. We'll find that all out from the judge in just a few minutes. But as I said, it's Thursdays and that's Dr Tracy and I'm thrilled to have her back with US Hello, Dr Tracy I happy Thursday happy Thursday. Well, this is what makes it even happier because then I get to spend the afternoon with you chatting and I want to let everyone know that this is the last time we have a Houston matter special edition Thursday with Dr Tracy because when we come back, we're going to be town square and so we're going to have Thursdays on town square with Dr Tracy so we're changing a little bit That's good. About, right That was waiting for a reaction. Was Pretty Quiet. Actually there's a there's a saying that nobody likes change except a wet baby so Well we're going to bring all the good of this show forward into the new show. So hopefully, folks will like that more than they like a wet navy. Anyway Dr Tracy is here with US epidemiologist from UT Health School of public health and we're GONNA have our phone lines open for questions and just a little bit at seven one, three, four, four, zero, eight, eight, seven, zero. But before we go to call, so I wanted to catch up a little bit on the news and I, remember last week talking with you about a potential vaccine that Chinese military was touting maybe the. Chinese government was speaking about it. We talked a little about it mentioned the Russian vaccine but a lot wasn't known at that point. I'm not sure how much is now now but boy, Oh, boy is it made it into the news this week. What can you tell us about these vaccines that I think a lot of people are curious how do they have that scenes? What's going on? Why don't we have them? What's really there? Well, we have vaccines. They just haven't been tested yet. and and the Russian vaccine. Vaccine. Trials, there's phase one which is just a few people making sure nobody drops dead face to is a few more people. Forty fifty something like that looking for side effects and maybe Seeing whether those people produce antibodies in response to the vaccine, and then the phase three trials are the big trials with thousands of people to see is the vaccine safe because if it's a rare side effect, you need to have a lot of people to have it show up and does it work so those people you you give placebo, you know sugar water to half of the people half of the people get the real vaccine nobody knows. Who got which, and then you monitor them to see who gets infected and if the vaccine works and the people who got vaccinated should have fewer infections and the people who got the placebo well, the Russian vaccine they have not done phase three trials yet they are skipping that that part of vaccine testing. So there's a lot of concern that the vaccine has not been adequately tested to make sure it's safe and to make sure it's it works. How. Does this differ from what the Chinese were up to? The Chinese we know less about but I the there just hasn't been enough time to do phase three testing on any of these vaccines it first of all I, honestly, I don't know I haven't seen for the Chinese or the Russian vaccine but for the ones that the other ones that were developing in the United States, and in Europe, the saw is you're gonNA need to have two doses of vaccine to get a good response and that's not unusual with vaccines So if you think about that, you know even if we started. Trials today and then went another four weeks. Got People got a second shot you. Then you start counting you know are there well, I mean, you can look for side effects during that month, but you look for protection after that. So they're there just hasn't been enough time for either vaccine to to really be tested, and that's the concern that you've seen around the world that this vaccine may not be safe. Now I will say we're not going to have this Russian vaccine in the united. States. So there's nothing for us be concerned about. Except for the Russian people who may get this vaccine. Though I look at and maybe I'm short-sighted on this but I kind of have the feeling through most of this that we are a global medical research team looking at this that all these different countries are looking and trying things but because of the level of crisis, this is causing that we're all kind of helping each other along am I wrong in thinking that way. That would be wonderful. But there's a lot of competition between countries as has we've seen and also whatever whichever pharmaceutical develops the vaccine. There's a lot of money to be made here if you're going to be vaccinating. Eight million eight billion people around the world now. You know I doubt that it will be just one vaccine but so so the pharmaceutical companies are also competing among themselves to be the first to get that licensed back seen out there. When we hear about the published results and we're always talking about you know pre publication or information coming out in medical journals are these not the vaccines were talking about that are being peer, reviewed and looked at and so the information is being shared or am I wrong again? No the the definitely the information, the results are being shared. Now, there's probably proprietary information about how the vaccine the specifics on how it is manufactured. But yes, for you know we don't have any phase three trials yet, but with the phase one and phase two that those data are being shared in the medical literature and being peer reviewed by other scientists to make sure that everything looks you know okay and no obvious things have been overlooked. So theoretically, the Russian vaccine if it did work could be out there and working and we wouldn't have access to it. Does that sound plausible? Yeah. That's certainly I mean. We're not GONNA have access to with it works or not. So should it work Yeah that We won't, have access to it. All right. Let's move on to something else. That's a lot of people's concern right now, we talk a lot about going back to school be talking with the judge in just a moment about that. But what are we seeing and learning about children with Covid? Are we we? We've had mixed messaging coming out everything from the top of the White House saying you know kids are basically immune to this or that it can't harm them. They're indestructible. What are we really learning from the research? we're learning that. We didn't know everything at first. You know big surprise right and you know we thought that children didn't get infected as often. it is true that they do not show. maybe eighty percent of of infections in children are asymptomatic. What we're discovering is that they do have a lot of virus in their nasal passages and it looks.
"county judge" Discussed on Houston Matters
"Hidalgo will be here with county update and suggestions on how to navigate the holiday weekend ahead of us, and then a little later in the show epidemiologist Dr Catherine Troisi from UT Health School of public health. We'll also be here to take your questions comments and calls the number seven, one, three, four, four, zero, eight, eight, seven, zero against seven, three, four, four, zero, eight, eight seventy, but you know I want to start today with what we're referring to around. Here is my mass grants and I just want to say. Every day we come on here and we ask you to wear a mask and so I started wondering about what if we're wrong? What if the virus is not? What science tells us it is? What if the masks don't do all the good that the studies show us they can do what if somehow or other we're wrong. You put a cloth or piece of paper over your face. So if we're wrong. What have you really lost? But what if you? The anti-fat face mask? Wearers are the ones who are wrong. What if masks wearing protects you? Your friends, families and community has science tells us it does what if the virus is as lethal am damaging as the medical studies prove it is. What if the Anti Mask squares are the ones who are wrong well? If the pro mask wears wrong, the most you did was inconvenience yourself. But, if you, the Anti Mass squares are the ones who are wrong, people will die. Is that really a gamble you're willing to take. I. Ask you that as today we. The death toll in the US has passed a hundred and twenty eight thousand people. So there, you go. We know search tool for stopping the spreads. We know social distancing works, hand washing works staying at home testing and another point contact tracers, so we're wondering today. Have you been called by a contact tracer? Has Anyone reached out to you whether you've tested positive or just? Ben In close proximity to someone who has tested positive. If you have, give us a call, we'd love to hear your story, and even if you haven't, we'd love to hear your story again. The number seven, one, three, four, four, zero, eight, eight, seven zero. Okay got all that off my chest. Let's welcome. Our first guest judge dog is back with us. Harris County Judge Hello Judge. Good afternoon good afternoon. Sorry, you caught me on a day with quite a rant about masks. I appreciate your your nose there. Thank you. I've got to ask you first and foremost you were self quarantine. Where are we at with that? How are you doing? You know still self quarantine, so the the the exposure happened. Last Monday. It'll be two weeks this coming, Monday some and self quarantine till then per CDC guidelines Fortunately the test has come back negative hope is that it is not a false negative i. feel great and I find myself in a situation that many other people are are in this well throughout our communities, more more and more positive, and most importantly more and more people fill our hospitals. I had a question today from someone about who should be getting tested right now, and it's not I, think a simple question as it sounds like because we're also hearing stories of still complications in getting tests, and then getting results so taking all of that together who are the people that should be going out getting tested at this point, and what's going on with testing in general at least from the county's point of view. At this point, we still have the capacity to test. WHOEVER NEEDS A test? We're not at a point where we're having to say only. If you have symptoms sample now, that may change if the request continue to go up, but for now we urge people to get tested they if they have a reason to be, they may have cove it and.
"county judge" Discussed on Houston Matters
"Insurance and there's plenty of locations in for whatever reason you can't go. You're not mobile. The team will go to your home, so there's really no reason not to get tested. We have an email from Fred who says as we've been spending time trying to assess and figure out how to safely reopen in the fall. He says Both my wife and I are educators. Different School districts here in Houston says there's been no strong leadership from state and federal entities. The information changes daily, and it's disservice when leadership says, schools will open safely. They truly have no idea now. There are proposals that have schools don't open in a traditional manner. We could see cuts in funding. Fred says I know. My school really takes what our local officials say. So, thank you for your strong stance in care for your citizens. Any thoughts on what school district should be doing and how? That should be communicated to parents. Yeah it's it's such a tough this such a tough thing you know they say some folks safe part of the reason. There was an issue new. York is because the school district state open to long other folks say you know actually children are known. Spreading the viruses as much as we thought they were, and so this is one where we're truly. We have no authority. It's all the school districts of Ta. The most I can say is is absolutely wearing those face coverings. You know trying to trying to have set up to where there's there s much spacing as possible and then watching and seeing what happens, it's is is the same type of thing with the reopening as you want to be very cautious and and Nimble, and so I think it's important for for. For there to be the ability to keep an eye on, you know what we try something I is that leading to increase in cases what's happening with the families of these kids or or looking good? Are The measures working and we'll look into it, and certainly I think e good good point is even if it's not under my purview. Certainly, we have the ability to say. Hey, be there some things to think about, but unfortunately you know even with the the wearing face coverings one of the questions we have out. We are requiring them for businesses. Can we require them for schools and it doesn't look like it because it's. It's the Texas Education Agency that's been interpreting the governor's orders, and so they. They're not letting that really fall onto the local elected. has wondering if you have any idea of neighboring counties will also implement a mask order lease particularly curious about Montgomery County. Lisa's living magnolia, but also Galveston counties and other. Today has not done, so it doesn't look like is necessarily likely to what are you hearing from the other county? Judges your neighbors here here in the region. I know judge, George over in Fort Bend is is seeking community input on it, and from what I hear overwhelming for a face covering over in in Galveston I know the mayor and post the order the judge has been you know Has Not been implementing these so I I've not spoken to him, but I would assume that it won't be coming at the county level, but I know the city has done it and I. I have not spoken with Judge Keel about this actually saw afraid I can't. I can't pass the give any additional input on that one Harris. County judge a dog I know you have to go. Thank you for taking the extra time with us and we look forward to talking with you again soon. Thank you so much for having me all right take care. Just ahead. We discuss recent developments in the tech world with Houston Chronicle Technology editor. Dwight Silverman stay with us. Is Houston matters continues..
"county judge" Discussed on Houston Matters
"This is Houston matters. I'm Craig Cohen. We're talking with Harris County Judge Lena Hidalgo fielding your questions. We go next to Mary and Cyprus Mary. What's your question? Do not here Mary. Let's try Adriana in Kingwood Adriana. What's your question for the judge? Won't good Montigny size? Let me tell you the feed that we are so lucky to stop you. judge valuable shown. Proudly County in this situation. Going my question I. Thought did not be. they have a loan that it means we signed the type the by We'd be getting the bank. That's have there they they in April. They said that that banks send me duty, title and. Then for us, you seem possible to go. Today! I'm old tax collector to change the title. He's from east. Impossible is closed. You go to the website and you cannot do it. You go through the phone, and they give you down and give you a different number. You call the number. I'm telling you. That is not the right time I. don't we don't know what to do week. Another a decision. We can these type of one name and I don't know. What do we go all the? I'll let like I call channels. You know that investigate asking the same question A. Subsidy that I don't know what do thank you. All right judges similar to question earlier. What do you do if you've got something? You need to update like a title for an RV or any other kind of vehicle, and you just can't get it done. Yeah and you know where our tax office should be open and available for those kinds of things I would advise. Eat Aligned mind with this case as well. If there's a way to collect her information, we can have our team. Follow up and make sure that she can address it in also circle back with the tax office and see if there's something going on, but certainly there should be ways for folks to if you can't do something as you normally would in person, there should be an alternative, so we'll check on that and thank you for your support. Okay, so again Adriana stay on the line, and our producer will take down your your contact information and we'll. We'll connect you up with the county. Let's go to Claudia in Willowbrook Claudia. What's your question? High I, I want to spank. Dog from the bottom of my heart. For taking some sensible accent, it was. My daughter is a doctor. Texas children's my son in law's E. R..
"county judge" Discussed on Houston Matters
"On the mask order after governor Abbot had initially blocked. Harris County's previous mask ordered. The county went some weeks without any mandate like that in place then last week, when bear county established a business mask order like the one that's now in effect in Harris County the governor said that was fine, and that it was always an option under his reopening plan. Did you know that and if so was reason why? This wasn't instituted any any sooner? I. Mean I I was happy to to find out about that from the governor, and from Bear County judge. So as soon as we learned that dot was a tool, we rushed to implement it, and and my approach has been. You know every tool in the toolbox. That's why we have our army of contact tracers folks going into nursing homes all the testing we can do. you know ability for first responders and others who have the virus and don't want to get their their family member sick to be able to quarantine somewhere else, and then also you know as soon as this became an option. We headed out within two days. So what was your impression up to that point that it was not an option. Right I mean I think that generally that was that was. Everybody sends. I don't think any of us were holding back. Because we you know we. We didn't want to use the tool that was at our disposal, and so for me. It's it's available, so let's go implemented and move on and get it done now. The clock is ticking, and we're running out of time, and someone asked me yesterday you know. Is it enough and? It may not be I. think it more likely than not if it's not enough rate of places when they've in us to and we've had just letting the curve. It wasn't simply you know wearing face covering, so it's something that we have got to do. And I'm so glad to have received positive response from the business community. That's very telling, and it's very important, but I really want to urge folks as we see those hospitalization numbers. Numbers climb that we've got to minimize contact and we should not be participating in inactivity that bring us in in a group setting with people that are not our family. Even you know sitting near folks that are not your family. It's just a very bad idea right now. If you're walking by folks shopping for something quickly, you know getting get out. That's fine, but other than that musk no mask. We need to be minimized contacts. We. Have folks waiting to chat with you? So why don't we dive into questions? We'll start with Carol in southeast Houston Carol. What's your question? We want to know with all the precautions that math and everything else. social as much as they can distance, when will we be able to go into a library and use their facilities? At what point do you feel, judge? That we can. As a public go to our public libraries here in Houston. Thank you for that question. Yeah, right now we're doing you know curbside pickup at the library and you know there is there. Is Wifi available from the library that folks who really need it? If they need to go, use it. It's available in the parking lot It does pain me that folks can't go inside and use the library and we're looking into that every day with the Public Health Department and the committee. We have at the county to look at re entry and. And continuity of operations, frankly right now as things are getting more and more difficult. I don't envision it being you know. Everything is headed in the wrong direction, and so let's open more things up. At least some part of the county I don't see it happening until we're on the other side of this spike and look someone who loves books in grew up going to libraries and I stand what a challenge this is! I also don't want to be in a position where. In the county that are contributing to to the spread of the virus, and are you know public health advisors just don't feel comfortable with that just yet, but certainly as soon as we can, we will make that available. All right thanks very much for that call. Let's go next to Liz in Cyprus Liz. What's your question? My question is at the tax office for commercial titles. I heard that you could do it on the computer. And someone said it was only for new club card. Do you know that? and. He had so I know that there are some very limited things that you can do from a computer, because for whatever reason you know I it. You have to see you. It's very narrow and I'm afraid. I don't know whether this is one of them so I will tell you. They're taking all the precautions for folks that do have to visit her. There are some folks for example that just do not have a computer. You know they they just. They absolutely cannot do it any other way. What we'll do is Craig is if you have this person's phone number. I can make sure that we get the answer. Answer to that specific question, but what I know is the vast majority of services they can be done the phone or online and do know there's a very very limited where you do have to come in and I'm just I. Don't want to give you the wrong information as to whether this is one of them I don't earn so but I. don't WanNa Miss Speak Okay Liz. WE'RE GONNA put you on hold and our producer Brenda Valdivia. We'll take down your your contact info and we can pass that along to to the county judge. Let's go next to Lewis in west Houston Louis. What's your question? Yes Oh. I'm wondering why the United States. We cannot provide healthcare at the local level as we provide schools, elise water sewer so on and so forth. Why don't we just provide healthcare? You know in in district similar to school district. You have any any Fox on that. Judge Vogel. He, you know this crisis has really exposed the challenges in our. System and we talk to our CEO the Harris Health System the public health system and You know they're really bearing the brunt of cases there icy are very much. You know near full, and and just on a normal day. That's almost where they are. So it's it's. It's it's difficult. We see the mortality rates being disparate Just the impact that this has on different communities. There's many reasons for that. You know one big reason why the healthcare system is underfunded is the the lack of Medicaid expansion in Texas you know those are millions and millions of dollars each year that we don't get in terms of just the structure of how healthcare is provided You know I think if we had additional dollars. Certainly, we'd be able to have more services more clinics. This kind of thing one thing to keep in mind those by the time people make it to the hospital. It's almost too late and so that's why we we've been focused in Harris. County already on sort of health more broadly, not just healthcare investing in healthy food initiative like farmers, markets, and in investing in understanding the. The disparity mental health environmental issues made a historic investment on on environmental monitoring and going after bad actors in that sense, because ultimately that's what contributes to these health outcomes, so we've definitely have a long way to go. Unfortunately whether you look upstream issues or whether you look at the actual healthcare issues it does come down to an underinvestment and part of it is made it. Medicaid and part of it is just a lack of emphasis. From the highest levels of government on public health and on healthcare, This is Houston matters. I'm Craig Cohen. We're talking with Harris. County Judge.
"county judge" Discussed on KLBJ 590AM
"County judge to be careful making executive decisions during this disaster I realize were under emergency conditions and and the judge has the right to sign off on stuff but maybe we need each week nine o'clock Friday mornings to really look at now what's on the edge what's on the horizon this is a lot of money we're going yeah it's a lot of money to go over three point five million yeah and it listen I'm not trying to defend anybody here but you know the the Williamson County judge she he was acting on the information we had at the time everybody's best and and and I'm in a month ago two months ago there was a lot of data out there from the federal government should the World Health Organization that was real scared a lot of people what they were talking about two point two million deaths at one point so you got to prepare for that now the question is maybe at some point you know those contracts should have been modified or canceled that sort of thing here here's more from KXAN on the story Val says he was using multiple models from the university of Texas and other sources to gauge what would be needed perhaps we were prepared and I just that was the decision made at the time now that decision makers have a little bit of breathing room and they're hoping to settle any miscommunication and not to spend the full three point five million dollars right away everybody was in a hurry trying to decide what to do and it's complicated the problem is that we do have our the issue is that we have a process in the bottom of us together and decide this decision makers Caitlyn Carman KXAN news you couple this story with the horribly poor decision the judge made recently recently yeah when he got to a sheriff's deputy to drive him up to Gerald again all our fighters uniforms we could go to his grandson's birthday clearly bad judgment that judgment will it be violated the law that he imposed I mean you're supposed to have a shelter in place to stay away from large groups the stay away stay home order and then he went out and violated himself that's a that was a mismanagement of funds for sure I'm not gonna look it over preparing first for selling that no nothing new nothing about and all the older learning no but this is a black guy for him I mean this is two things in in just a matter of days they said to you know respond to one question well you know this is probably a bad competitive this is not a a a at an accurate just a comparison but the I do compare it to remember when the first year we had F. one here and the way that everybody over prepared for that restaurant stocked up on their food they stocked up on sterile door stocked up on hotel stocked up in in all these traffic provisions that were made and re directing traffic turns out so much of it was not needed at all now again completely different deal sure that way it's it's an example of over preparing for something that we had never done before and that's the same thing here there's going to be a lot of examples after we look back that people will have over prepared into because we did not know what was coming up absolutely yeah so I don't knock him for that it didn't next time you know they might look back on this and realize that our after we're through all this you know that will look back and go wow that was kind of a big over reaction well the thing that that is controversial and I agree with you you know the overreacting understand lot of people did we did everybody did but the thing that's good is these other commissioners so now pushing back and saying Hey let's back off on that's that's a good checks and balances yeah but the the issue is is the judge would not do this on his own without consulting with those commissioners and they were upset when they found out about Saturday to be kept in the loop that's that's that's a management issue that's that's key yeah absolutely that's you're listening to the best of Todd and Donna on newsradio kale BJ this is the best of the tada don show but join us live at five thirty news radio que L. B. J. today plenty of clouds around with a brief shower or two hi today seventy four for tonight turning out mostly cloudy low tonight fifty six from the weather center I'm Brian may at spectrum business.
"county judge" Discussed on KYW Newsradio 1060
"To you county judge orders deputies to arrest a mother who is having an epileptic seizure I'm Carole mackenzie authorities are searching for a group of young men they see fit I don't see a man believed to be homeless in Rittenhouse square after he was jailed because he couldn't pay court costs hi my seventy Sixers host in the San Antonio Spurs leading sixty three fifty seven third quarter action good evening I'm Steve a fair sky forty two in Philadelphia headed down the thirty three and our top story at nine thirty one the mother was handcuffed and arrested a Montgomery County courtroom this week while she was having an epileptic seizure according to a witness the deputies appeared to think she was faking it it's a story you heard first on a wide W. news ready are cal mackenzie takes us into the port in a Montgomery County courtroom on Tuesday a mother who has a documented seizure disorder collapsed and was arrested during a custody proceeding before judge Wendy dem check alloy this woman was in the courtroom is as the judge was made aware that the mom was having a full blown seizure he said okay and then she proceeded to rule that based on contempt of court that she's fighting that she's under arrest immediately at which time all the deputies in the court room swarmed us independent sources have confirmed her account to K. Y. W. news radio the witness says the deputies cough the mother while she was unresponsive and in her seat and warmed her and put handcuffs on her as she is in her seat and then raised her to her feet which you can't do when someone having a seizure they can't support themselves and and she just crumbled to the ground it's a concrete floor and I heard the one deputy say oh come on stop messing around the witness does not recall hearing the deputies read the mother her right she also says that the seizure would have made it impossible for the mother to understand or to respond in any way she says the judge left the courtroom in the deputies moved in to make the arrest the mother was taken to the hospital by ambulance treated in the ER and kept overnight before being taken to jail Wednesday afternoon the sheriff's department declined to comment another judge done check alloy or the president judge have responded to repeated requests for comment Carol mackenzie K. Y. W. news radio a teen in south Los Angeles is arrested for having a list of intended shooting victims more on Matt after traffic and weather on the two sponsored by window nation for all your window needs an unbeatable offers visit window name let's check in with them thank you Steve let's go to Jersey this time around forty two south bend near forty one woman of construction popping up in about a half an hour to get the right and center lanes blocked as well the on ramp from forty one is going to be shut down through the overnight hours to this plan accordingly if you travel for to south bend in that area no problems thirteen seventy in cherry hill all quiet on one thirty now to the bridges see no delays Ben Franklin Betsy Ross what women and no upcoming openings for the to Coney Paul Meyer so anybody into a from Jersey it's a good time to do so now we do have westbound construction on the school call right at glad when this is going to pop up about ten o'clock now we had an earlier work pattern and we hear from pen that it was not gonna be block on in both directions on the school could express way city after Belmont they're scrapping that patter and just going to go with the west bound and glad when coming up at ten PM still have some slow traffic on city Avenue between the school and ballet have not seen too much of a delay just some a a vine building in that area thankfully no access to report and street road between old Lincoln highway and Kingston way construction blocks both directions in the left lane the cable W. twenty four hour traffic center I'm.
"county judge" Discussed on Other Side of Texas
"And and this will be done the same. But you have to engineer the entire scope of you think maybe thirty six on thinking prompt thinking, probably at least thirty six million. So where would that money come from? Well, there in lies the biggest question of a mall. Now Jimmy must supposed to give money to the expo center. Must supposed to give it to Woodrow. Will you? You're not you're not going to give money to the expo center. Again, let's reiterate not one trying to get some private money out there. Now roads roads will will probably by necessity of force us to go back to the to the people of Lubbock county and say, look, here's our plan. And and I do think I think the people of Lubbock county are really good if they know that you've got a plan that you are going to work the plan, and it's going to be long term to meet the needs of Lubbock county for the next again twenty five thirty years that we're just not going to put bandaids on roads. Like we've done. We've we've just and you know, you drive down any of our county roads that have had a lot of traffic. I tell you where I live. I live in the county. I I don't live in the city of Lubbock. I in fact, I'm the first county judge in almost one hundred years to actually live outside of the city limits of loving, and so I'll I'll. Tell you county roads are very important to me because that's where I live. I live on a county road. And so I wanna make sure that our county roads are well taken care of. But I also know that roads are a vital to our economy. They are farmers. Gotta get their goods in and out of these fields. Our roads are vital to our to our education because we we've gotta get our kids to and from schools, and you know, every time we've got a bad weather day. You know, the school system comes out and says, I we're going to start late but buses can only run on the pavement, you know, things like that. So I I've got to make sure that our roads are are in good shape. Because it's it's it goes directly to our economic development. It goes to our education. It goes to. Our safety our sheriff's department, our EMS units, if they can't get to you know, you call nine one one and our in our EMS can't get to you. Because the roads in disrepair, you're going to die. And so I would definitely wanna make sure that our roads are in good shape, simply because of the public safety aspect of it. So an an, and I do think the people of Lubbock county will see it that way. They'll see that this this is this touches all of us. And it's very important for us in this county to make sure that are we are you talked about Cooper being the third fastest growing district in Texas. Lubbock county is is a high growth county as well. I think a dozen people a day. Well, we're looking at the census numbers we took the census in two thousand we're gonna take another one here in twenty twenty. And it's likely that our population has increased twenty five. Percent from from twenty two thousand two twenty twenty twenty five percent. We've got twenty five percent more people coming in and moving to end win. They're moving to Lubbock county. A many of them are moving out into our rural areas are are small towns like I and and shallow water booming. So is this in accredit, Chris with this question is this the precursor to a big roads bond package that you're gonna look at the target areas. Based on the work that the county is done in a master plan included with Cooper to put together a package for boaters to consider in the next year. Again, I if we do, and and that'll that's not just up to me, but the entire Commissioner's court. If we do it will be comprehensive..
"county judge" Discussed on Other Side of Texas
"We wanna build. Okay. We're gonna go to break. But as we go to break, you take your drink. And then I want you to take us out to break, invoice. The red raiders Curtis parish Lubbock county. Judge Curtis parish. You're listening to other side of Texas J Leeson's. Pass complete to Curtis parish for a red Rada first down. Uptake? Be back supplement. Gringo makes me think of this issue. I just wanna take sixty seconds here to in this toll curb Baldy, lots of people are looking at their leases in they got leases from rigor dykes, and they don't know what to some of the I've talked to somebody yesterday bad, then number any advice judge on where do they just call the DA's? What did they do? Let's see I I'll I'll need to kind of walk this delicately. It's I I'm in a position right now as as county judge that it would not be prudent for me to speak on this. Okay. But I'll say the these issues are going to be ongoing. And if you do have an issue, please con- you can contact the the bankruptcy court. And I would I would suggest you go there because this is this is going to be a long time to solve. Yeah. I think I think we're looking at probably the next at least two and a half years before they'll be able to kind of unravel all this. And then try to make some people whole I don't think anybody as an individual will ever be whole because of this. But we'll see what happens, but this is going to affect Lubbock in its economy for for a while. Good question. Eric let's move over to what BJ and others are talking about. And that's roads in Lubbock county is in I got I'm gonna speak from two different camps here. The roads in a lot of roads people complain about our in south Lubbock far south loving, we call. That's that's what people might call. It Lynn county. Well, that's where our high growth has been. And of course, you know, we're we're talking about the if you look at from school district. It's Cooper school district friendship school district those are high growth soldiers, and there's a lot of housing that's being built on. Then you've got some discrepancy from inside lupin outside the loop. I think what I hear inside the loop is where was the impact study on all these two lane roads that should be five lane roads. Even people live in central Lubbock whenever they go out far. South are amazed at these tiny two lane roads with potholes d three feet into the shoulder. But at the same time, you know, there's this, you know, we kind of have like a farmer ethic in west Texas, a lot of times of well, you decided to move there. And you knew with the roads look like that's number. One and Woodrow road comes up number one there. I wanted to get into the particulars. But on the whole where was the impact study whenever all this growth was underway. And where is a master plan in has anything changed since you've come to the hill. When I was elected, of course, finally elected after the runoff in may. And I knew that I would be the next Lubbock county judge because I was unopposed on the November ballot started meeting with with the folks in Lubbock county kinda see where we're at..
"county judge" Discussed on Other Side of Texas
"You. Must build it. Correct. Don't know how much money you have. That's right. Cannot use general revenue, but here's another ultimatum. In april. We're going to have the ABC rodeo in April twenty nineteen is something going to be in place by April twenty twenty. I doubt it. I mean, if we're talking a an expo center like like we're dreaming about. I mean, we're the win take two plus years or maybe even longer to build so maybe ABC rodeo twenty twenty two twenty three well, A J. I do want to be very realistic here. We're not building the facility strictly for the ABC rodeo, we can't I mean, you can't put a, you know, forty million dollars into saving this one rodeo this has to be multi use it has to be it has to be suitable for Lubbock needs for the next forty fifty years. And so its size it scope its use is not just for one rodeo one week a year. It's that's one of its purposes, and what it should be one of its hundreds of purple there. You're not just speaking to me. You're speaking to a lot of people who hey, look, we're going to ABC rodeo them. We're going to implode. The Coliseum in the assumption. There is something will be in place thereafter. And you're saying that's not real. There will be something in place thereafter. I just I cannot tell you. I can't tell you timeframe that that will be built. Yeah. So you're just working with the blink cabinets right now that exactly right. Undisclosed number an unknown number from the controller yet. We have some guesses, but I can't move until I get that certified from the contra. So it is just ale. I said it during during the campaign in aborted for it. But I said look what you see a rendering 's renderings of somebody's raining. Yeah. That's right. It was a dream. And and we and I want to as county judge make those dreams come true. And because this half to this is what Lubbock county needs. And so please hear me very carefully. I want to build a facility that will suit Lubbock county's needs for the next forty fifty years, and it and it needs to be a crown jewel. It needs. To be a place where then we can go out and market that and pull in some some events that we've never been able to bring hot taxes tuten to ultimately increase. That's right. Our hotel. We're building hotels in Lubbock like crazy. I mean, just look at the the hotel building Boone that's going on. And so we need to fill those up, and if we can build a facility that will draw in visitors from all over and come to our community, the stay at our hotels, eat at our, restaurants, etc. Shop at our shops than we have done something. Very wonderful. We've done some economic development for this community, and we have fulfilled. The mandate of the voter to say, we want something good..
"county judge" Discussed on Other Side of Texas
"Then chances are a lot of the rest of your body's in good shape to you you still on for this text football gig. Yes, sir. I I love it. I've been tell people your official title, I the PA announcer for Texas Tech football. So we go to tech games. I'm the voice that you hear on the loudspeaker. So I've been doing that for well. We just finished the season my nineteenth season of doing red raider football. When I started cliff Kingsbury was the quarterback. That's how and so got to watch span I've taken them all the way through and I'll tell you. I'm excited about coach wells. Next question. Yeah. Very excited. He is a very dynamic. You know, the thing about a head coach of a major program. Like like, Texas Tech is you're you're almost like the face the voice, you're the salesman, you know, four the football program. And I think Kirby hocutt has hired a great great salesman. I, you know, I remember listening to his, you know, kind of his inaugural press conference. It was over. I was ready to run through a brick wall. I mean, the guy is dynamic, and I think he's going to he's going to do some great things here at Texas Tech really looking forward to it size, boots dollar. Western wear got him. When I was more impressed with office behind him of it looked super tech something lonesome dove, a barn lonesome. He's he I think he's he's fully. Western course, he's he's Oklahoma bread. So we're going to have to deal with that domesticate that a little bit a little bit. We'll have to have to kind of get rid of the beer on the. Concourse you excited about that. Judge basketball's where we're gonna kick off episode beer. I'm apathetic if that's what TEK wants to do. They you know, is all they follow the rules and follow the law. I don't have a problem. But as as the county judge this has been my stance, not as a county judge. But I'm just reading into what yours might be until me if you disagree. But for my vantage point, it keeps people inside from going out and chugging six eight ounces at Jim.
"county judge" Discussed on Other Side of Texas
"But you are also you have a docket of probate guardianship and mental health cases that all come to your court. And so I've been spending quite a bit of time just in the last couple of days just working on the judicial matters of this court taking care of those issues as well. So it is a it's a bifurcated job it. It's part administrative and part judicial, and so it's it's it's quite interesting to kind of bounce from from one issue to the other going to one meeting running to this administrative part and then turning around and doing as mental health hearings, and and and guardianship hearings and probate hearings all within sometimes the same our. So it's a it's a great job. And I'm so looking forward to really get into it and get my hands dirty into it and serving the people up counting. This is. So your day four right now. Work on New Year's day. Well, no sworn in. Well, we got sworn in on New Year's day. And what a great event that was it was we had a little over two hundred people show up to the courthouse on on New Year's day myself was sworn in we had two new commissioners that were sworn in. We had several of our district court judges, and our and our an account court law. Judges were all sworn in many of those were of course, reelected as some were elected. We had two new Justice of the pieces that does justices of the peace that were elected brand new. And so it's a it was a great great day and to be able to do that publicly in front of friends family. Our co workers fellow judges the people of Lubbock county and to be able to do that as a very very special ceremony. And again like we had over two hundred folks up there in the Commissioner's courtroom. There on the fifth floor, and it was it was quite a deal. Now, we did a little bit that day took care just a little bit of business. But that next morning Wednesday morning that we had a commissioners court meeting. And so we we started going right at ten o'clock that morning with the Commissioner's court meeting and we've been blowing and going ever since. And we do have Curtis perished Lubbock county judge with us. We have questioned stacked up about the expo centers. Sir about roads. And we're gonna talk about bow ties. But whenever come back from the break gonna get the judge to talk to us a little bit about scenario picked out some random scenarios for you. Don't even have to do with Lubbock county. We just wanna get your take just some common man problems. I mean much to look into your judge. I've barbecue issues. No more about like pain pain, back friends, and no K. There's some good ones trapped in a haunted house. What would you do? Curtis parish with his stick right with us about ninety seconds from now, I have my phone with me your phone. Yeah. If I'm trapped in a haunted how well we can talk about that scenario right here. Quickey break be right back on other side of Texas. Roth that Bill. Aw. Some. All the stars up in the sky. By the Daggs..
"county judge" Discussed on Other Side of Texas
"That's the way that you can get into the program as we roll along here with the judge on the Good Friday here. So here's what I wanna do. I wanna talk about some issues. And get you to talk from your judge chair about it. And also wouldn't talk about the job. And then we've got some some judge scenarios for you that we're going to give see now judges judgment on. But first of all I was talking to folks on the way back from Amarillo, and I literally like just walked in ten minutes ago. But on the phone with folks in still confused about what your job is. Because county judge in Texas has a lot of variation in not just in Texas, but even from county to county in Texas, depending on which county you're in and how that county operate in some cases, you're the superintendent that's right in in some of the smaller counties, I think under three thousand you're the superintendent of the school system in that county and the county judge and the judge, but it all goes under county judge. That's exactly. Right. But you are in a larger county here. I think folks are I say urban county. Well, you know, say that reticently, but yet let me tell you the the terminology. I've been using and fill free to adopt it if you want to we are an urban city Lubbock, the the city of Lubbock, it is a urban city. We are if you take away the suburbs of of Dallas and Houston, we are the ninth largest city in Texas. Plus, we are the eighteenth largest county in Texas. So we're not quite eaten in that top ten area as far as county goes. So we're we're still very much a rural county. We are we we are still rule west, Texas. So we're we're not quite urban. We're not quite rule were Ruben. And so we're Aruban coun- Ruben, so please feel free to use that term. Well, I always say that Lubbock is. The the deception in Lubbock is that their cattle category gates round the city that will keep the bad from the surrounding from coming in. Also keeps the good from within Lubbock. It keeps the good going out. There is no cattle guard gate. So I would think as account it's it's affirming to me from somebody who focuses from a rural vantage point is. I'll look at state politics to hear the county judge of Lubbock say, you know, Ruben because you do have to be interested in what your cohorts other county. Judge officials Manley's are dealing with. But because you could very easily be dealing with saying things while we have urban issues in the city of Lubbock. Plus, you know, of course, we have a large. Tier one power five conference university right here in Lubbock. And so you know that and that brings the the city issues into into focus as well. We are we are a very large city. But we also, you know, not only do we have a large city, but we have some great rule communities. You know, even you know, shallow water and Slayton an idol new and new deal Abernathy hill that up there. But I threw in the new deal. That's that was that was for my kin, folks. Okay, about you're just taking the dig Abernathy while I sometimes do go ahead. Just 'cause now, but we've got some incredibly great rule communities within our urban. You know geographic area. So the county judge represents all of that. And that and that's really a beautiful part of this job. It's it's it's to be able to look at the whole county in our county. Commissioners are the managers of this kind of the four county commissioners that we have that that that are working within their precincts. And they manage this county and the county judge has that unique opportunity to kind of do what I think some people call that the thirty thousand foot view to be able to see the whole county the needs of all of us here in Lubbock county. And so it it's very unique role. And that's the administrative part, and that's not even counting because we're Lubbock county. And the way we do things in the way things are set up in Lubbock county. It's also the majority of the job is judicial as well. And so it it is that by majority. Yeah. The majority of the job is judicial you are you are the administrative head of Lubbock county..