The District Journal – Official Newsletter of Houston City Council District J
The New Gulfton HPD Storefront
The Houston Police Department (HPD) Gulfton Storefront has been an important part of Southwest Houston for many years. Having a local outpost for our Police operations, that neighborhood residents can walk into, has been a tremendous boon to the community.
For years now HPD has been fortunate to work with generous commercial property owners, who lease out storefront locations for a nominal fee. District J is fortunate that Turk Investments has agreed to lease our new Gulfton Storefront to HPD.
The Gulfton Storefront is a part of the South Gessner Division of HPD, which covers much of District J east of the Southwest Frwy. For the longest time, the Storefront operated out of the shopping center at Gulfton and Renwick. We are thankful for the support of the former property management company for leasing out the Renwick location for many years. Now, the storefront has been relocated to the shopping center at 6227 Southwest Freeway. The grand opening of the storefront was held on March 23rd.
District J is very thankful for the brave men and women who operate out of this storefront and who assist our constituents on a daily basis. A special thanks also to Turk Investments for their generous contribution to the safety and security of Gulfton. I'm sure you will join me in wishing the storefront continued success at their new location!
Council Member Mike Laster, District J
Chinatown Chef a James Beard Finalist
Jianyun Ye of the Mala Sichuan Bistro on Bellaire Blvd. has been named a James Beard Award finalist for the first time. The prestigious award is given for excellence in cuisine, culinary writing, and culinary education in the United States and are often called "The Oscars of Food."
Ye has been working in kitchens his whole life, and has been Mala Sichuan's Chef for two years. District J congratulates him and wishes him luck at the award ceremony in Chicago!
New Department Heads
The Mayor has picked two new directors for the Public Works and Engineering and Parks and Recreation Departments. Karun Sreerama will lead Public Works and has 28 years of engineering experience. He will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Dale Rudick, who has led PWE since 2014.
The Parks and Recreation Department's Interim Director will be Lisa Johnson. She has worked for 31 years in the public sector as a parks and recreation professional. She will replace Joe Turner, who is retiring this April.
District J is excited for what these new directors will bring to these departments. We would like to thank Mr. Rudick and Mr. Turner for working so well with our office and wish them luck in their next endeavors.
The Splash Pad at Lansdale Park officially opened on March 11th!
"The Station" Skatepark at Burnett-Bayland Park was designed by and for young skateboarders in our community. A special thanks to Mayors Turner & Parker, and State Rep. Gene Wu for joining District J at the official opening last Saturday.