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The District Journal - Jan. 11, 2019

New Year, New Beginnings...

I hope this edition of the District Journal finds you and your loved ones ready for a productive and joy-filled new year.

As your District J office prepares for our final year of service to you, we too are excited about all the tasks and opportunities the new year provides. This will be a year of accomplishments, transitions and preparing for the future.

The year has already started with transitions. Jeremy Harris, who has served the past two years as the District J Chief of Staff, has undertaken a new position in the executive management team for our newly elected Harris County Commissioner Adrian Garcia. Jeremy served District J with distinction and good humor. I cannot thank him enough for his wise counsel and advice. I am proud of his work for the people of our District and know that he will serve Commission Garcia and the people of Precinct 2 well. I know you join me in wishing Jeremy well.

As we move forward I am pleased to let you know that staff member Eric Widaski has agreed to assume the position of Chief of Staff for District J. Sal Rueda has agreed to take on the mantle of Deputy Chief of Staff. Along with Sharon Shanahan, Administrative Services Director, your District J team is ready to hit the ground running in providing you with the same quality customer service you have come to expect.

Each of us looks forward to serving the good people of our Southwest Houston district. Please do not hesitate to contact us if we may be of service to you.

Best wishes for a happy and prosperous new year.

Thank You,
Council Member Mike Laster

District J CIP Meeting


The District J Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) Meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 27th at 6:30 pm, at the Bayland Community Center. Please make plans to attend this important meeting regarding infrastructure and capital improvement projects in District J!

NFL Foundation Grassroots Program


Want to bring a football field to your community? Know of a current field that is in need of a little TLC? Help is available!

The NFL Foundation Grassroots Program seeks to redress the shortage of clean, safe and accessible football fields in low and moderate-income neighborhoods. The Program provides grants of up to $250,000 for capital improvement projects. The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is a partner in this program.

If you are a non-profit or know of a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that is interested in financial and technical assistance to improve the quality, safety, and accessibility of local football fields, please click here for more information and an application. The deadline to submit applications for this program is January 31, 2019.

Youth Creative Workshop in Gulfton

creative workshop

Join Houston Poet Laureate, Deborah DEEP Mouton, for a youth poetry workshop at the HPL Southwest Express Library (6400 High Star, Houston, TX 77074) on Friday, January 25th, 3:30 pm. This workshop's theme is: Choosing American.

While everyone is welcome, the workshop is designed for Middle & High School students. Please visit the Facebook page to RSVP!