Know What’s Up When Power Goes Out

Ed Gonzalez • July 18, 2014

It’s not uncommon for the power to go out here in Houston. Because of storms or accidents, it happens. It’s almost always an incovenience, and often stressful. Continue Reading »

Mayor’s Strike-off Blight Program Putting Properties Back in Productive Use

City of Houston • July 16, 2014

Three short months after Houston City Council put the process in place, the resale of tax delinquent dangerous properties, known as strike-offs, is proving to be quite a productive program.  A total of 42 properties have been sold at constable’s auctions since April.  The City’s take from these sales is $183,705.24, which represents a 58 percent recovery of the sewer disconnect and demolition costs the City incurred cleaning up these blighted properties to make them more attractive for resale.  This is in sharp contrast to the typical abatement lien recovery rate of less than one percent. Without the new process in place, the City would have netted just $1,469.64 from the sale of these properties. Continue Reading »

Houston Public Library Now Offers Free Skype Services

City of Houston • July 15, 2014

Houston Public Library (HPL) now offers a FREE solution for customers needing a location from which to make video calls using Skype. The service is available at the Central Library, where customers will be able to reserve one of two rooms with internet-enabled computers for a period of up to three hours. Continue Reading »

Friends, family, colleagues remember Houston firefighter

Memorial Examiner • July 13, 2014

Uniformed emergency first responders came from all over the state to honor Houston Firefighter Daniel Groover, who died Wednesday fighting a house fire. The procession and funeral service were at The Woodlands Church, with HFD Capt. Michael Mire conducting the ceremony. Continue Reading »

Houston’s tiniest park: City’s first parklet rises from one converted asphalt parking space

Culture Map • July 10, 2014

A parking space converted into Houston’s first parklet brought a mini-media frenzy — and fun street party — to 19th Street in the Heights, where New Living artisans, city officials and community supporters gathered to officially dedicate the green space outsideNew Living Bedroom Thursday morning. Continue Reading »

Municipal Courts Now Offers Alcohol Education Program for Minors, Texas Youth Tobacco Awareness Program

City of Houston • July 10, 2014

he City of Houston Municipal Courts Department (MCD) is now offering Alcohol Education Program for Minors (AEPM) and the Texas Tobacco Awareness Program (TYTAP) education to minors via the Juvenile Case Manager Program.  Continue Reading »

Pop Off: Honoring Judge Fraga and Vanessa Morales; Senior’s Healthy Living; and Make Safe Saturday

Ed Gonzalez • July 9, 2014

I’d like to begin today by asking everyone to join me in a moment of silence to honor Judge Angel Fraga who passed away last week on July 3. Judge Fraga was known to most folks as just ‘Angel.’ He was a dynamic community advocate and a loyal friend. Continue Reading »

Metro Gathers Input On Proposed Changes To Bus System

Houston Public Media • July 9, 2014

Metro is currently holding a series of meetings to gather public input on its “Re-Imagining” plan for Houston’s bus system. Transit officials say they want to provide more frequent service and better connections, and they also want to get riders to more places. News 88.7 Transportation Reporter Gail Delaughter talked about the plan with Metro board member Christof Spieler.  Continue Reading »

Police Chief McClelland Meets with HPD Student Interns

City of Houston • July 8, 2014

Houston Police Chief Charles A. McClelland, Jr. met with a group of HPD student interns on Monday (July 7) for an open discussion on decision-making, achieving goals and following HPD’s core values of Honor, Integrity and Respect.     Continue Reading »

City of Houston, Regional Agencies Host Seminar on Accessibility Issues in Emergency Response

City of Houston • July 2, 2014

As part of its ongoing mission to prepare Houston for disasters, and ensure equal access to disaster services, the City of Houston Office of Emergency Management will join the Houston Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI), Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Initiative (RCPI), and Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council (SETRAC) in hosting a seminar on accessibility in emergency response.   Continue Reading »