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Houston Forensic Science Center Launches Website

Office of Council Member Ed Gonzalez • July 29, 2014

The Houston Forensic Science Center provides independent forensic services to the Houston Police Department, other law enforcement organizations, and others engaged in the justice system. It’s mission is to receive, analyze, and preserve physical and digital evidence while adhering to the highest standards of quality, objectivity, and ethics. Continue Reading »

The Houston Fire Department Reminds Citizens of Simple Tips to Keep Safe and Healthy During Hot Weather

City of Houston • July 28, 2014

With the temperature reaching into the high 90s today and throughout this week, the Houston Fire Department reminds citizens about the importance of taking safety measures when outdoors to avoid heat-related medical emergencies, this also includes making sure caregivers “Look Before They Lock” for children left in vehicles. Continue Reading »

Back to School Events Coming Up!

Ed Gonzalez • July 25, 2014

I bet the young students in your family are enjoying their summer break – and not thinking about returning to school just yet. But I wanted to make sure you knew about a couple of great events coming up to help prepare our kids for the 2014-2015 academic year.

The Northside Back to School Health and Resource Fair, hosted by State Rep. Jessica Farrar and community partners, will take place on Friday, August 1st, from 8A-12P at two locations: Moody Park and Leonel Castillo Community Center. I’m so proud to be a sponsor of this terrific annual event that provides students with free immunizations, health screenings, school supplies and backpacks.

The Mayor’s Back 2 School Fest will be held on Saturday, August 16th Pre-registration is required for all students. Register online or call 832-393-0939.Please note that the registration deadline is today, Friday, July 25, 2014!

Please take advantage of these wonderful opportunities. Let’s make sure our Houston students start the next school year healthy and prepared.

Sincerely,

Ed

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 »