The Jeffersonian: Politicks, Sports, and Culture

Monday, October 17, 2005

SA Stories

The pound switches over from the gas chamber to lethal injection. Now City Council is going to start figuring out a way to lower the actual unwanted/stray pet population so that these animals don't have to get the needle either. Just in case you didn't know 120-150 animals are put down a day. If you don't include for weekends, that's over 30,000 animals per year. A third of all pets at the pound were surrendered by their owners. Does anyone see what's wrong with this picture?

State Sen. Jeff Wentworth and Mayor Phil Hardberger want to use the state's economic development fund to help bring the Saints to town. Hardberger and Wolff say no city taxes for a new stadium or subsidies. The promise does not cover the estimated $200 million improvements to the Alamodome and a practice field that would need to be built, however. I assume the state fund would help primarily with relocation costs. I don't necessarily know how playing 10 games a year in here in SA would really spark economic development. One of the principals that is pretty damn quiet on all this business is LSU. I don't necessarily see them chomping at the bit to add an extra ten more games onto their playing field.

The Hardberger-pushed Houston Street Fair starts on Oct. 29. Basically it's a large fair that's gonna take place on a few streets downtown. Think Fiesta, except smaller, less raucous, and once a month. Should be a good time. I'll see if I can make it down next weekend. Now if only those pseudo-cool First Friday wannabe hipsters don't infiltrate it, we'll be just fine.