Mayor changes course; Now there's money for HPD probe
The Chronicle's Matt Stiles reports that Mayor White has stepped up with funding plans for the next phase of the Bromwich investigation of the HPD crime lab:
The investigation into problems at the Houston crime lab, stalled because of rising costs, could resume under a plan Mayor Bill White will present to the City Council next week.
The mayor's spokesman said Friday that the city has the $1.6 million a special investigator says he needs.
"The mayor believes that we have the funding sources to back it up," spokesman Frank Michel said.
That comes after even the Chronicle editorial board had to give some credit to favorite "bad guy" Chuck Rosenthal for offering to fund part of the investigation in order to move it along.
The "public safety" mayor had previously been awfully quiet on the delay in the Bromwich investigation. Perhaps Rosenthal's offer to get it moving again embarrassed him into action.