Whitmire has no respect for Latinos.

It seems that Hispanics are just useful tools for him to use. Why else would he have such disrespect to the Chicano council member from District H?

Whitmire called the pastor of a church to tell them that they would be removing the barriers, but did not tell the Chicano council member.

Just weeks after being sworn in as the new mayor of Houston, John Whitmire made an unsolicited phone call to Pastor Michael Dorn of Trinity Downtown church to discuss plans for removing the newly installed concrete curbs and median now in front of its campus along Houston Avenue.

Dorn, pastor of the century-old Lutheran church, said he felt “grateful” to receive the “out-of-the-blue” call from the mayor a few days before Houston Public Works (HPW) announced the removal. Many of Trinity’s congregants were “thrilled,” he said, when HPW on Tuesday stated it would begin work as early as next week, claiming the curbs and medians installed as part of a pedestrian public safety project actually pose risks to drivers.

Trinity had for months criticized the city of Houston for spending upwards of $100,000 to cut the six-lane Houston Avenue stretch down to four lanes—two on each side—while constructing a median that makes it safer for pedestrians to cross while reducing traffic for drivers. But former City Council member Karla Cisernos, who previously represented Houston’s District H where the church resides, aimed to complete the project by the end of 2023.


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