My name is welcome Wilson Sr. I’ve been a real estate developer in Houston in Texas for 58 years. And I’d like to speak briefly about the early days of the business community in Houston coming together to solve problems.
Back in the days of Jesse Jones, in the 20s and 30s, Jesse would bring all the business community and civic leaders together and they solve problems. For example, the banks in Houston were saved because Jesse got everybody in his office and made them help the weak banks. In the 1960s, I was deeply involved in the civil rights crisis. Throughout America, people were being killed. There were riots. There was violence, dogs were attacking. It was terrible in Atlanta, in Birmingham, in New Orleans, in all across the south.
In Houston, when a problem surfaced, the business community called everybody together. And in one day everybody agreed to desegregate the lunch counters downtown. And thereafter as each crisis came up, the business community came together and to solve the problem. Now, it’s time for Houston to come together and solve this problem and that is to pass an ordinance that is fair and balanced.
The Great Houston Partnership call every association affected. The restaurant association etcetera together and combined. They made thirty changes to the ordinance before it was passed. 30 changes to improve it, to protect the business owners and so forth. So it is a good ordinance we need to pass it. Thank you.