The District Journal – Official Newsletter of Houston City Council District J
All Quiet on the Eastern Front
District J Prepared for Super Bowl Success
During the weekend of the 2013 NBA All Star Game your District J office was inundated with calls from constituents complaining of unpermitted parties and events. This was particularly true in the Houston Police Department's Midwest command area along the Richmond Corridor. Several nightclubs and entertainment venues hosted outdoor, tented events. Needless-to-say, those unregulated events disturbed the peace and quiet for area residents. After that experience, I vowed that we were not going to be caught off guard again.
In preparation for the Super Bowl the District J team held planning sessions with HPD, the Mayor's Office of Special Events (MOSE) and other departments to prepare a "game plan" to address similar disturbances. HPD organized an action team to be on call to address problem locations. Additionally, your District J team monitored applications for permitted events and physically drove the streets of Richmond corridor area twice during Super Bowl week looking for evidence of unauthorized outdoor events. None were found. During Super Bowl weekend we monitored the District J voicemail to be able to quickly relay any problems and calls to HPD's action team.
After all that - I am pleased to let you know that the District J office did not receive any complaint calls during Super Bowl weekend.
I want to thank all the City of Houston personnel and your District J staff who worked hard and were vigilant in preparation for the weekend. I especially want to thank the men and women of HPD, and especially Captain James Dale of the Midwest command division, and Chief Provost and Chief Buenik for all their oversight, effort and preparation to protect the residents of District J.
I hope you are as proud as I am of Houston's efforts in hosting what is being described as an "epic" Super Bowl. But for me, no distressed calls from our residents was icing on the cake!
-Council Member Mike Laster, District J
District J CIP Meeting
The District J CIP Meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 28th, 6pm at the Sharpstown Community Center (6600 Harbor Town Dr.) We hope to see you there!
Safe Sidewalks in Sharpstown CCT3
A Safe Sidewalk Project is coming to Sharpstown Country Club Terrace 3 that will remove and replace sidewalk stretches on Sandstone from Kendalia along Lacy Hill to Carvel. The work will include wheelchair ramps. Construction is estimated to begin in the next couple months. Be on the lookout!
The City of Houston Health Department, Open Architecture, Connect Community and the Gulfton Super Neighborhood Council have organized and will host a Community Design Meeting with Gulfton residents to share ideas on what they envision for the green space at the Southwest Multi-Service Center. There will be 2 sessions on Thursday, February 8th, at 9:30am & 6pm.
Burnett Bayland Park Cleanup
The Mothers of the Park (Madres del Parque) will be hosting park cleanups at Burnett Bayland Park on Saturday, February 11th at 9am and Saturday, March 11th at 3pm. Come out and help our neighbors make this park shine!
The Week in Pics
The 4th Grade Student Council of Best Elementary visited City Hall
Neighborhood Centers held a Tax Preparation Session with City Controller Chris Brown and State Rep. Gene Wu in attendance
Progress is being made on the Gulfton Skate Park! Stay tuned for a groundbreaking announcement soon
The Lunar New Year was a success at the Chinese Community Center, with U.S. Rep. Al Green, Mayor Sylvester Turner, and Vice Mayor Pro-Tem Jerry Davis