Fort Bend Independent
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Phone: 281-980-6745 wwwww.fbindependent.com.fbindependent.com P.O.BOX 623, SUGAR LAND, TX 77487-0623 WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2011 VOL 4 No. 43 Seshadri Kumar Publisher & Editor 10701 Corporate Drive, #282, Stafford, TX 77477 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 623, Sugar Land, TX 77487 www.fbindependent.com 281-980-6745 Fort Bend Independent, (USPS 025-572) is published every Wednesday (for a subscription rate of $20 per year) by Fort Bend Independent, LLC., 10701 Corporate Dr., #282, Stafford, Texas 77477. Periodicals Postage Paid at Stafford, Texas. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Fort Bend Independent, P.O. Box 623, Sugar Land, Tx 77487. Gold & Silver Refi nery Bring in gold and silver jewelry ; go with a hand full of cash. We have no middle men and can aff ord to pay higher than competitors. NOW OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 3599 Highway 6, Sugar Land 281-313-9999 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday (In the Kroger Shopping Center at Settlersway) We buy gold and silver jewelry and scrap, melt it on the spot. That is why we can afford to pay more. Visit us once before you go elsewhere. Local attorney Himesh Gan- dhi has announced his candi- dacy for the Sugar Land City Council at large position in the May 2012 local election. “This is an exciting time to live in Sugar Land, one of the premier cities in Texas. We are on the threshold of a new era of expanded growth and success as exciting as any we have seen in the past two de- cades. I am passionate about contributing to the prosperity of Sugar Land. As a member of the Sugar Land community for over twenty years, I have wit- nessed ﬁ rsthand our City’s on- going success, due in large to the careful planning, expertise and wisdom of city leaders,” says Gandhi. “To continue this legacy of leadership, ensuring Sugar Land’s best days are still ahead – I am pleased to announce my candidacy for Sugar Land City Council. “I believe my unique expe- rience and range of qualiﬁca- tions will enable me to well represent the citizens of Sugar Land.” As the next At-Large Coun- cilman, Gandhi says he will focus on strategically moving Sugar Land forward through ﬁ nancial accountability, quali- ty development and an empha- sis on city services and public safety. As a partner in a Sugar Land law ﬁ rm, Gandhi has a solid le- gal background and extensive business experience in Sugar Land and Fort Bend County. He has been an active partici- pant in Sugar Land govern- ment, serving as a member of many committees. Currently, Gandhi serves on the Sugar Land Planning and Zoning Commission and was a member of the recent Redis- tricting Committee. He has also served on the Sugar Land 4B Corporation for economic development and on the Building Standards Com- mission. In addition to his communi- ty service for the City of Sugar Land, Gandhi is a graduate of several Sugar Land citizen awareness programs includ- ing Sugar Land 101, the Sugar Land Citizens Fire Academy, and the Sugar Land Citizens Police Academy. “Our City has forged a clear path toward maintaining state and national prominence. I look forward to bringing a re- newed energy to City Council and keeping Sugar Land a pre- mier destination for families and businesses alike. I want to make certain we protect the in- terests of our citizens through public safety and emphasize the fundamentals of our city services. “As your city councilman, I will work hard to ensure that development does not override the interests of our citizens and that we protect the balance be- tween economic development and quality of life,” says Gan- dhi. Gandhi is currently the Vice Chairman of the Arc of Fort Bend, a special needs advoca- cy organization, and Chairman of the Indo-American Forum of Fort Bend. He is active in the Sugar Official newspaper of Fort Bend County, Missouri City & Sugar Land Quail Valley Garden Club Yard of the Month expresses the essence of great design that welcomes the visitor to the front entrance. Sondra and Mickey Winborne of 3102 Oak Leaf Court off East Creek Club’s home is worth driving by every season to see what’s the latest in color and texture to add to an interest- ing backdrop of shrubs, small trees and vines. With a varied palette of perennials and an- nuals including purple Ange- lonia, pink and orange Profu- sion Zinnias, red, white and pink Vincas, roses, and Pen- tas, this garden bursts with interest that is indeed beckon- ing. The Winbornes received a certiﬁcate from the garden club as well as a gift from The Garden Guy, Todd Farber. To view more pictures of this lovely garden visit http://trac- tion.typepad.com/qvgc/yard- of-the-month.html Yard of the month Storm in the tea (party) cup Bill Moore, left, of the Sugar Land Tea party, welcomes Pamela Geller, the execu- tive director of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) and its Stop Islamiza- The Hyatt management on Oct. 20 issued a statement regarding the cancellation of the Sugar Land Tea party meeting. “We’ve received several comments about the event that was recently relocated from Hyatt Place Houston/ Sugar Land. In a recent phone conversation with the event organizer, we apologized for not working hard enough with the group to address concerns about potential business dis- ruptions the way we should have to ﬁ nd a resolution. Hy- att respects the diversity of opinions expressed by guests and visitors at our hotels, and we do not make business de- cisions based on a guest’s or a group’s political or religious views. This group, like all guests or groups, is welcome at Hyatt hotels, and we would work closely with them in an effort to address any concerns that may arise with future events.” Said Geller in a statement: “Another venue was found and the event went on as planned, but the Hyatt can- cellation raised important is- sues regarding the freedom of speech and the truth about Islamic supremacism and ter- rorism.” “The Hyatt did issue a qualiﬁed apology, but not for allowing the freedom of speech to be subverted by Islamic supremacist entities bent on covering up the truth about the Islamic jihad terror threat. Rather, it apologized only for “not working hard enough with the group to ad- dress concerns about potential business disruptions the way we should have to ﬁ nd a reso- lution.” The Hyatt’s cancellation of the Geller event was all the more egregious in light of the Hyatt corporation’s hosting of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and of the Muslim Brotherhood- linked Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), she said. AFDI/SIOA accordingly called upon the Hyatt to apol- ogize “for its capitulation to the enemies of freedom, and to hold sensitivity training sessions for all its employ- ees to teach them the value of the freedom of speech and the truth about the jihad threat facing the U.S. and the West.” AFDI/SIOA offers diver- sity and sensitivity training to corporations and government agencies at the local, state and national levels. AFDI/SIOA’s diversity training is designed to help these entities understand the jihad threat in all its differ- ent manifestations, including Islamic supremacist cultural initiatives to assert Islamic law and practice in the Ameri- can workplace. It helps them protect their business practic- es in the face of demands for special accommodation for Muslim employees. (More on Page 4) —SESHADRI KUMAR Hyatt Place regrets decision Himesh Gandhi to run for Sugar Land City Council Gandhi See GANDHI, Page 3 By BARBARA FULENWIDER The Houston area almost but not quite escaped having a huge infestation of mosquitoes this year. Until Oct. 9, when as much as three inches of rain fell in some locations, the drought had kept the mosquito problem at bay. The rain not only saved yards, plants, trees and nu- merous green public spaces, it also watered mosquito larvae, which have hatched and seem to be feeding 24/7. With a lot more mosqui- toes drawing blood these days, Missouri City and Stafford stepped up their spraying ef- forts as of Monday evening and Sugar Land’s additional spraying starts Tuesday eve- ning. Sugar Land uses a contrac- tor who puts larvacide in the city’s ditches and storm sewers to kill the mosquito larvae and follows that application with spraying. Vehicle mounted spray units cover Sugar Land street rights of way for a distance of up to 300 feet from the street, depending on weather condi- The mosquito menace See MOSQUITO, Page 3 tion of America (SIOA) at the Sugar Land Community Cen- ter on Oct. 18. Geller spoke at the meeting and signed copies her book “Stop Islamization of America.” The previous day, Hyatt Place management canceled the scheduled event, citing business concerns. The Sugar Land Democrats Club and the Fort Bend County Democratic Party held a pro- test demonstration against Geller, stating that she was anti-Muslim and was spread- ing hate. The demonstrators included Farha Ahmed, a Re- publican and Muslim activisti from Sugar Land, who carried a placard stating Republican Against Bigotry. Below, Fort Bend County Democratic Party Chair Steve Brown is seen with fellow demonstrators. The Fort Bend County Re- publican Party website was hacked last week and is down since then. County Party Chair Sharon Roberts says she will ﬁ le a formal complaint with the police for an investigation.