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The District Journal – Official Newsletter of Houston City Council District J

District J Prepares for Super Bowl


You would have to be living under a rock to not know that Super Bowl LI will soon be upon us! If you haven't already done so, please make an effort to plan your routes around town in advance of the February 5th weekend activities. While many events are planned for the Central/Downtown district of our City, be aware of increased traffic around the Galleria area as well.

The Super Bowl Host Committee has a "Know Before You Go" section on their website that has laid out street closures, recommended street routes and more. Please check it out before you plan to head around town the week of Super Bowl LI.

Thank You,
-Council Member Mike Laster, District J

CDSF Projects Completed in Shenandoah


Speed humps were installed in Shenandoah last year. The cushions were made possible by the District J Council District Service Fund (CDSF)


Sidewalk repairs on Renwick between Dashwood and Elm were also paid for by the CDSF

Are you Houston's Next Poet Laureate?

The Houston Poet Laureate Program is coordinated by the Houston Public Library and Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs. The Houston Poet Laureate Program celebrates Houston's rich culture and diversity by creating excitement about poetry through outreach, programs, teaching and written work.

The new Poet Laureate will serve for two years starting in April 2017. There is an annual honorarium of $5,000 provided through the City's Arts Initiative Grant Program. Submissions are welcome from individual poets, authors, writers and spoken word artists.

The guidelines and term requirements can be found by clicking here. Complete applications and documents need to be submitted online here by midnight on February 5th, 2017.

District J CIP Meeting


The District J Capital Improvement Plan meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 28th, 6pm at the Sharpstown Park Community Center (6600 Harbor Town Dr.).

The Week in Pics


Officials from the City, Harris County, and the Flood Control District announced a plan to obtain a construction loan from the State. The monies will be used to build eight bridge replacements along Brays Bayou. The new bridges are part of Project Brays which will widen the bayou.


CM Laster attended a Public Safety Town Hall featuring Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo at the Chinese Community Center


CM Laster joins Mayor Turner and CM Gallegos for the groundbreaking of renovations to the historic Gus Wortham Golf Course