|Dear District F:
This is a long one, stay with me.
In the last few months, I have shared meaningful updates regarding public safety investments citywide, particularly in District F, including statistics, updates on hot topics, and city ordinances relating to the One Houston Safe Plan and our local efforts.
Gun Buyback was held on Saturday, October 8, and yielded 1,208 guns. I want to thank the Houston Police Department and their superior execution of Saturday’s event. The Super Neighborhood 25 and other community-based organizations that financially contributed to the event’s promotion to conclude as one of the most successful events in the US – right here in District F.
More good news, Taste of Privacy on the 9500 block of Richmond has officially closed down thanks to a few diligent Tanglewilde residents, Midwest HPD, my office, and the city’s Inspector Office. This work takes time, and I am thrilled to report that our collaborative efforts continue to yield meaningful results – for the whole community.
Let’s Talk Redistricting! Early this summer, I shared how the proposed redistricting maps would impact our district and neighborhoods. Many of you participated in public comments, and because of you, the updated proposed maps have the following changes. Due to the changes based on your public feedback, I happily voted in favor of the map on Wednesday, October 11. The changes are as follows:
PCT 566 remains in F. Majority of 566 includes the heart of Westchase. Hooray!
PCT 507 splits between F and J. This change removes Strake Jesuit from F into J and keeps the Chinese Community Center in F.
PCT 727 comes to F from G. This is Wilcrest to Hayes Rd north of Westheimer Rd.
PCT 433 comes to F from J. This includes Rasmus Park and Blossom Heights near Westpark. Dr. Blossom Heights reunites with the Piney Point community. P. S. Blossom Heights is one of the five neighborhoods that make up Piney Point.
We can discuss this later, but by the numbers, District F is the second lowest populated district in the city next to District J and the second lowest voting district. If you are reading this newsletter, it is safe to assume I am preaching to the choir about the importance of the Census and the count. Census numbers dictate Houston’s federal allocation from CARES, ARPA, HUD, CDBG, and more. Census numbers also drive economic development activities and more. Ever wonder why a grocery store left your neighborhood and replaced it with a Dollar General? I can guarantee census numbers informed that decision; household salaries, the number of children in the home, and age influence our economic options. Census is more than political representation; it’s about having the opportunity to access every resource available regardless if you are in our neighborhood by choice or circumstance.
Remember the street striping survey? Well, the project began on October 10. Harris County Commissioner PCT 4, Jack Cagle, was willing to fund this project within his office. I will share the final photos once the job is complete. Thank you for your recommendations, and I look forward to seeing the simple but meaningful improvements.
Below are a few general neighborhood updates to keep you abreast of ongoing issues we are working through on your behalf:
Alief: The Friends of Alief Park Interest Group has 33 residents signed up and represents our city’s best. Every race, age, and background signed up, and I am thrilled to support your efforts as you work to preserve our green spaces.
Imperial Point hosted a community pop-up last month where we reviewed sidewalk, street, and speed cushion concerns – an estimated $2.2M investment. I have worked through a few options with HPW to prioritize your tasks within my limited funding.
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The Westpark Dr. expansion project is finally here. Westpark from Wilcrest to Dairy Ashford will expand from 2 to 4 lanes. Weather permitting, please be mindful of this construction for the next 630 days. Please share with your neighbors and help us spread the word so others can avoid areas or prepare a different route to work or school. This much-anticipated project had two community meetings and public feedback – this project is funded by TXDOT, and for more information, please visit EngageHouston.org.
Briarmeadow: A team from HPW conducted a substantial internal completion of the SWAT project in early October. My staff and I were on-site to document any corrective changes that needed to occur. A public walk-through is soon to follow. Sidenote: The $100K sidewalk and $61K panel replacement funded by District F council funds on Pagewood is complete.
Tanglewilde: City Legal is in contact with the owner of the Val Verde property, and the owner is working to gain compliance per the deed restrictions. Please continue to allow us to work through the process. As always, I will broadly communicate updates that make a difference. I appreciate your ongoing advocacy and information sharing on these issues. As an aside, the city presented legislative priorities during October’s Budget and Fiscal Affairs Committee, including more robust neighborhood protection. I will lean on you as we enter into Texas Legislative Session (2023) to testify and provide public comments to help local municipalities have more vigorous enforcement.
Carver Crest: I am awaiting a cost estimate on your proposed panel replacement and a timeline for the construction of speed bumps. Once received and approved, I will share a formal notice in the newsletter and with the Piney Point Civic Club.
Lastly, periodically my office receives TPIA requests for emails regarding projects or issues on particular items from media and constituents. Please be mindful that my email (and staff) is public and subject to viewing. There might be a possibility I have to forward your exchanges to the media or another resident. (Keep that tip in your hat).
Lastly, let’s continue celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept 15-October 15) and Filipino Heritage Month (October 2022).
Thanks for keeping us the BEST SIDE ON THE WEST SIDE!