City officials and representatives from Houston’s Weather Research Center gathered Wednesday to ask Houston residents to think about being prepared for severe weather. A part of the National Severe Weather Preparedness Week campaign, Houston residents were urged to get an emergency kit, make an emergency plan, and be informed about severe weather. Continue Reading »
Today I begin with truly sad news as our District H family is mourning the loss of Mr. John Henry Cisneroz who unexpectedly passed away on March 1, 2014. John graduated from Jeff Davis High School and he soon married his high school sweetheart Rosario “Rosie” Cisneroz; they shared a loving 23 years of marriage before she passed away. Continue Reading »
At Houston’s City Council Tuesday, residents came with stories.
“It’s a big problem” said Second Ward resident Liliana Aguirre through a translator. “A lot stray dogs in the neighborhood.” Continue Reading »
This morning I’d like to start by recognizing Mr. Marc Reed, the “new guy” at our Parking Enforcement Division. The truth is that Marc isn’t a new employee at the city, in fact, he’s been with us for over 7 years – but he looks very different today than he did 9 months ago. Continue Reading »
It was 1940, a new decade for the city of Houston, struggling to meet the demands of a population of well over 400,000. The war and federal spending had brought boatloads of investment dollars to the city’s shipping and oil industries. Continue Reading »
After years of trying to fight the spread of game rooms throughout Houston, City Council is reinforcing its efforts with stricter regulations.
Rather than crafting a beefed-up ordinance, however, the city is turning to Harris County, which enacted its own regulations under a new state law that allows nearby cities to enforce the same rules within their borders. Continue Reading »
As Americans grapple with a wide range of societal problems like obesity and other health issues, traffic gridlock and reduced family time, and socially isolated city-centers, we might stop to ask how we got this way and how we can change. Having lived in Europe for three months last summer, I can speak for other Americans who have traveled to other locales and marveled at the high quality of living in those places – especially compared to the automobile-dependant, lifeless cities of the U.S. Continue Reading »
I’d like to acknowledge some fantastic Public Works & Engineering employees that went above and beyond during last week’s inclement weather. Mr. Jim McCormack, a community leader, reached out and shared that his water service had been interrupted due to a water main break in the area – he had gone more than 8 hours without water and needed help. Bryean Martinez and Maine Pollard worked diligently to ensure Mr. McCormack had his water service restored and by the end of the day the appropriate repairs had been made in the community. Continue Reading »
Mayor Parker today announced the launch of a new website to advance her vision for a more transparent and efficient government. The Performance Improvement Portal, located at Performance.Houstontx.Gov, is the hub for all of the City’s performance and open data resources. From this website, the public can access the City’s new quarterly performance management report — Performance Insight — and stay current on a series of projects designed to improve City operations and services. Continue Reading »