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The District Journal - August 20, 2018

Next Steps on Bissonnet


As you may know, the Bissonnet Triangle between Southwest Freeway and Beltway 8 has long been a hotbed for prostitution and sex trafficking in Southwest Houston. On Wednesday, August 8th, joint steps were undertaken to help curb this activity.

At a joint press conference with the Houston Police, Mayor Sylvester Turner and the Harris County Attorney’s Office of Vince Ryan, it was announced that the County Attorney’s Office will seek a court injunction that will establish a “no-go” zone on Bissonnet. This will prohibit more than 80 known pimps, prostitutes, and customers from doing business in the area. Each of these individuals have prior convictions for prostitution-related crimes.

This court injunction will provide law enforcement an added tool to address this long-standing problem. There will be additional penalties should these individuals enter the newly created zone. Equally important, sex and human trafficking victims will be provided with social services to help them escape their terrible imprisonment in the sex trafficking industry.

I want to thank Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan for spearheading this initiative. Together, I hope we can work to revitalize this area of Houston and change the narrative around the Bissonnet corridor for good.

Thank You,
Council Member Mike Laster

Upcoming Special Elections

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There will be a special election for two City of Houston ballot initiatives on November 6th.

ReBuild Houston

ReBuild Houston will be on the ballot this November, in an attempt to reaffirm the dedicated purpose of the drainage fee. The drainage fee itself is not at risk in this election. If you have a subscription to the Houston Chronicle, you can read an overview of the ballot initiative's purpose here.

Firefighter Pay Parity

This item on the November 6 ballot that will present Houstonians with a choice to support or reject pay parity between police officers and firefighters. Please click here for more information from Houston Public Media or click here to see a session of the Budget and Financial Affairs Committee's recent public hearing on the proposal.

Harris County Bond Program

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Are you aware of the upcoming election to approve Harris County's $2.5 billion flood bond? On August 25th, Harris County residents will vote on Proposition A to improve flooding infrastructure around the county. Early voting for the Harvey flood bond referendum runs from Aug. 8th to Aug. 21st.

You are able to view an interactive map of projects. A summary of projects proposed in the Brays Bayou watershed is below. Please click on the image for a more detailed look.

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Homeowner Reimbursement Program

In fall of 2018, the City of Houston will launch a Homeowner Reimbursement Program to reimburse homeowners for eligible Harvey-related repair expenses. The Homeowner Reimbursement Program is one of five programs the City of Houston will launch to assist homeowners with home repair. Program guidelines outlining the specifics of the program are being developed now. The tip sheet (below) advises residents about how to prepare to apply to the Reimbursement Program as they make repairs.

  • View the Homeowner Reimbursement Program Tip Sheet (para ver en español, haga clic aquí)
  • Property located within the floodplain (i.e. Special Hazard Area,100-year floodplain or floodway) may require a Floodplain Development Permit. For more permit information visit: https://houstonrecovers.org/repairtips/
  • Electrical, mechanical and plumbing contractors making repairs must be registered with the City of Houston and licensed by the State of Texas and purchase a permit. All electrical work must be completed by a licensed electrician.

Out 2 Learn

All families in the Greater Houston region should have access to high quality afterschool and out-of-school time (OST) programming. The Out 2 Learn program is a collaboratively led initiative to increase access to and improve the quality of afterschool and OST services and to enhance connections among those providers.

Visit the Out 2 Learn website to learn more about Out 2 Learn and to locate programs in your neighborhood!


CASE for Kids City Connections

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The Center for After School, Summer, and Enrichment for Kids, or CASE for Kids, is a division of Harris County Department of Education (HCDE) aiming to ensure every child in Harris County has access to high-quality, expanded learning opportunities.

The CASE for Kids City Connections is funded by the City of Houston and supports organizations that address the need for youth services outside the school day. Grants are available through this program for eligible after school programs in each city council district.

If you are interested in applying for a grant, please click here to view a PDF file containing more information and an application.