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Ed Gonzalez • October 1, 2015

You’re the first to know.

Before the Mayor and I leave office, we’re putting together a final Hackathon to make our goverment more efficient, accessible, and transparent.

My colleagues on City Council and I have identified three challenges that we think could be solved by Houston’s brightest minds. With your help, the City of Houston will be able to better track deed restrictions in our communities, notify residents of relevant public meetings, and make legislation easier to track than ever before. To boot, each challenge has a $500 prize, funded by private sponsors. Continue Reading »

Program Would Reward Police Officers For Living In The City Of Houston

Houston Public Media • September 28, 2015

Under the program, officers who choose to buy a house in certain Houston ZIP codes or patrol districts would be paid a total of $25,000 extra over three years.

“I love it!” said self-proclaimed “hood” resident Pat Hunter when I asked her about the incentive. I met her in a strip mall in the South Union area, in one of the ZIP codes the incentive covers. Continue Reading »

Help Us, Help You: How to File a Police Report Online

 • September 28, 2015

The Houston Police Department wants to inform citizens how to file an online police report for theft and criminal mischief incidents using the Houston Police Department website.

This service is not for emergency use, and can only be used for crimes given a certain set of conditions. Continue Reading »

City to shutter jails under deal with county for new center

Houston Chronicle • September 24, 2015

An end is in sight for the inefficient process of shuttling prisoners in and out of redundant local lockups after the City Council on Wednesday approved an agreement with Harris County to build a long-discussed inmate processing center. Continue Reading »

2015 Hispanic Heritage Award Recipients Announced

City of Houston • September 23, 2015

The 2015 Mayor’s Hispanic Heritage Award recipients are being honored with proclamations from Mayor Annise Parker today and October 6, 2015 at Houston City Hall.  Each honoree was selected based on his or her outstanding contributions toward enhancing the quality of life and advancement of Houston’s Hispanic community. Continue Reading »

Startup Spaceport

Ed Gonzalez • September 22, 2015

The Ellington Spaceport is only the 10th commercial spaceport in the US, but what does it mean for our city, for our communities, for our businesses & entrepreneurs? Continue Reading »

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month: LIBROFEST 2015

City of Houston • September 19, 2015

The 4th Annual Houston LibroFEST 2015, celebrates Latino literature and culture in the Bayou City and our Hispanic Veteran Heroes during Hispanic Heritage Month at the Houston Public Library on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at the Library’s Julia Ideson Building and the Central Library. Continue Reading »

HPD Reminds Citizens: There’s Still Time to Prepare for National Night Out!

City of Houston • September 18, 2015

The Houston Police Department reminds all citizens that we are less than three weeks away from our 32nd Annual National Night Out on Tuesday, October 6.

This is a very important event for the community because it is an opportunity to strengthen police-community relationships.   Continue Reading »

Mayor Parker Announces Installment of “Citizenship Corner” at City Libraries

City of Houston • September 17, 2015

Houston Mayor Annise Parker today announced the debut of “Citizenship Corner” information displays available at select City libraries.  Houston is one of eight cities that have entered into a formal agreement with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to raise public awareness about the steps required to become a U.S. citizen as well as the rights, responsibilities and importance of citizenship.     Continue Reading »

Ribbon Cutting for Everett Street Crossing of Light Rail

Go Neighborhoods • September 14, 2015

On September 12th there was a ribbon cutting for the new crossing that allows cars and pedestrians to cross Everett street over the light rail at Boundary Street. The way the light rail line had been constructed made it very difficult for traffic to access the section of the neighborhood North of Boundary Street. This was particularly of concern in the difficulties for emergency responders to access the neighborhood and for school children who need to cross Boundary Street to reach Ketelsen Elementary School. Continue Reading »

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