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Flooding and Storm Surge Symposium, Jan. 18

Houston is no stranger to the human and economic costs of severe weather. Recent floods in 2015 and 2016 caused 16 deaths and over $1 billion in damage. Additionally, the entire coastal region is particularly vulnerable to the threat of storm surge from a powerful hurricane. In order to address these issues, Houston City Council…

A message from Council Member Robert Gallegos

Council recently confirmed Police Chief Art Acevedo and Fire Chief Sam Peña. This is the first time in the Houston’s history that both public safety chiefs are Hispanic. Both are extremely experienced and I’m confident both will serve our city very well. Chief Peña comes to Houston from El Paso, where he joined the Fire…

Emancipet Has A New Permanent Home!

Emancipet, Houston’s nonprofit low-cost veterinary clinic, opens its new brick and mortar site in the East End this Saturday, December 3. The much-anticipated new clinic at 910 South Wayside Drive has greater capacity to serve pets and people than the clinic’s former home, a 48-foot customized trailer at Neighborhood Centers-Ripley House. On Monday, Dec. 5,…

San Antonio Trip Focused on Best Practices in Addressing Homelessness

I recently spent a day with colleagues in San Antonio meeting with Mayor Ivy Taylor, city officials and staff with Haven for Hope, a transformational campus providing housing, social services and programming to over 900 homeless men, women and children. The 22-acre, 17-building campus includes office and meeting spaces for wrap-around services, such as health…

97th Annual Holiday Celebration & Tree Lighting

Ring in the season with the 97th Annual Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting Presented by Reliant, an NRG Company on Friday, December 2, in the heart of downtown Houston. The spectacular event is a holiday tradition of music, Santa, fireworks and family fun. A towering Holiday Tree, glowing with energy efficient LED lights, shimmering ornaments…

Ice Skating at Discovery Green Park Now Open

Ice skating at Discovery Green is officially open! The winter season kicked off on November 22, 2016 with Frostival, a fun-filled night celebrating the opening of The ICE at Discovery Green powered by Green Mountain Energy Company. The ICE at Discovery Green powered by Green Mountain Energy uses recycled water from Kinder Lake to create…

Comida 2016 Kickoff

I was privileged and honored to present a proclamation to our Houston Police Department for their 31st Annual Comida/Food Drive kickoff. Since 1985, HPD has worked with its partners, Fiesta Mart and Pepsi, to distribute food boxes to Houston’s under privileged families. HPD’s Comida/Food Drive has grown significantly over three decades, and has become one…