Vol. 4, Issue 11 – 06.02.23
District F –
I hope each of you enjoyed the Memorial Day Weekend. This newsletter has updates and important information about our district and City, particularly related to our neighborhoods.
The old Long John Silver’s location was cleaned up. According to research, LJS Restaraunts LLC is listed as the owner of the utility billing account. A check-back is scheduled for May 16. Thank you all for keeping our neighborhoods clean. Just to remind you, if you see someone dumping, you can just snap a photo, report them to 311, and send it to my office for public shaming.
I received several anonymous letters from residents and constituents living near Sunset Crossing Apartments at 10630 Beechnut St, Houston, TX, 77072. This location was inspected on May 24 by the environmental health division, and they are required to complete all noted repairs by June 1. A follow-up inspection is scheduled for later next week. Please keep in mind that habitability concerns are the top priority. If you or someone you know is experiencing habitability issues, please call 311, take photos, and share them with my office.
Oak Harbor:
In 2022, one of your neighbors, with the support of the HOA, identified every sidewalk and ramp that needed reconstruction. The application was approved and processed through the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities for $24,656.75 – unfortunately, due to limited funding and a first come priority, the project was delayed to FY 25. I am working through my FY 24 (July 1, 2023 -June 30, 2024) to see if I can cover some costs. I hope to return with an update that is pleasing and fair.
Bellaire West:
I received an update regarding the additional speed bumps on May 16. There were 21 comments in support and four comments in opposition. The total cost for this project is and is in the process of construction. I will share an official notice via the newsletter, your HOA, and social media. Stay tuned.
The Alief Super Neighborhood 25 and the Empty Shelter Project are hosting a FREE spay, neuter, microchip, and vax event for 450 pets on June 3 from 6 AM to 6 PM at the Alief ISD Center for Advanced Careers at 12160 Richmond Ave. 77082. Volunteer opportunities are also available. Priority is given to residents in the following zip codes: 77072, 77082, 77083, 77099, 77411, 77036, 77063, 77071, 77406, 77461, 77469.
I have approved $72,450.00 for speed cushions (6 cushions each at nine different locations) scheduled for FY24 for Westchase Forest Townhomes. I apologize for the delayed movement on this item. I am prepared to attend the Westchase Forest Townhomes HOA meeting on June 21 at Tracey Gee Community Center.
Carver Crest: 
The overlay project was completed on April 24. The total project cost was $280,000. I paid $88,325.00 from FY23 to begin the project and will pay the remaining $191,675 from the FY24 budget. The $20,000 speed bumps were funded in FY23 and will be installed in FY24.
As shared with the Piney Point Civic Club on May 10, the Planning Department is ready to discuss Conservation Districts and your community-led priorities with the community. If you are interested in serving on the Conservation District sub-committee, please contact Piney Point Civic Club at [email protected] to let me know if you are interested.
Royal Oaks:
A security incident occurred on May 30. An individual attempted to enter the Westpark gate entrance and was arrested after failing to respond to officers’ directives. Just to remind you, although private security is on-site, please call HPD if you notice a violation of the premises.
I need your help and attention. During the Deed Restriction Workshop on April 29, it was brought to my attention that Tanglewilde is comprised of 8 sections that have their own set of deed restrictions. For my office, City legal, and various departments that help with enforcement to serve you adequately, we would need to have a copy of each set on file. If you have a legible copy of your deed restrictions, please get in touch with my office directly at[email protected].
The illegally dumped items were reported to the Harris County Flood Control District to clear the debris from the bridge at Meadowcroft between Westerland and Rocky Ridge. Stay tuned.
Over the weekend, a few residents emailed me regarding possible noise ordinance violations (gunfire and music). UPDATE: the reconstruction of Richmond (Dunvale/Hilcroft) construction start date is closer to early to mid-summer per HPW. Stay tuned for an official notice to proceed with the most accurate information.
Last week, the city council voted in support of a BYOB ordinance. For the last few years, we have worked to curb the disruption of known after-hour clubs in our community, especially along the Westheimer, Richmond, and Westpark strips. More information on reporting and codifying requirements is in the newsletter below. Still, this ordinance is not about limiting business owners or creating barriers – it is about ensuring you are safe while enjoying Houston’s nightlight – whether you are a patron or happen to live nearby in a neighborhood.
Continuing the safety theme, I will announce my summer of safety, outlining events and initiatives to keep our families and us safe very soon. I just wanted to inform you that you can stay tuned to learn more.
3rd Annual District F Public Safety Town HallJune 26 at the West Houston Institute at HCC Hayes Rd 2811 Hayes Rd — HPD Chief Troy Finner is confirmed, and although this year’s theme will focus on violent youth crimes, all are welcome to learn and contribute to the conversation—more details to come soon.
The City’s budget is on next week’s agenda (June 7). Several of you have attended budget workshops and shared feedback via email; thank you for your civic participation. However, I want to share an extensive update on the District F council district service fund balance for FY24. Historically, I have approved all requests for sidewalks, speed bumps, and street repair; however, moving into FY24 (July 1), I am 90% subscribed and must prioritize projects based on funding availability and FY25. Here is a snapshot of what is in the queue:
Ashling Drive (Replace sidewalk) $60K
Carver Crest (Street Overlay) $191,675
Bellaire West (speed bumps) $69,300
Stoney Brook (sidewalk repairs) $47,500
Oak Harbor (ADA-compliant ramp/sidewalk repairs) $17,000
Several projects scheduled and funded in FY23 extended into FY24. I begin FY24 with a starting balance of $189,025, not $500,000.
As you can see, our hands are full in District F, working through your priorities and resolving your most pressing issues. If something is happening in your neighborhood and you need assistance, please allow my office an opportunity to serve.For more information on reporting BYOB disturbances and codifying requirements, please click here

Click here to check out my playlist for Black Music Month. 
Be Kind,

 Councilmember Thomas

  • Total Work Orders: 23
  • Hotspot of the Week: 8400 Boone Road
  • Total Man Hours Worked: 64
  • Tree Waste: 1,120 lbs.
  • Mattresses: 2
  • Furniture Waste: 9 pieces
  • Tires: 19
  • Trash Debris: 640 lbs.
  • Shopping Carts: 2
  • Bandit Signs: 149
  • Landscaping: none
On May 30, Councilmember Thomas joined Mayor Sylvester Turner to announce the formation of the City of Houston’s Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Advisory Board. This newly formed board will serve as a vital bridge, ensuring that the voices, concerns, and contributions of the AAPI community are heard and included in the city’s decision-making processes.

Councilmember Thomas played a key role in the creation process for the Advisory Board, as well as nominating community and business leaders from District F to serve as members. 

The AAPI population in the Houston area has experienced remarkable growth, increasing from 1% to an impressive 26% in the past 50 years. With over 1.2 million AAPI residents in Harris County, Houston now ranks among the top 10 cities in the United States with the largest AAPI population.

Houston stands tall as the most diverse city in the nation and District F is the most  diverse district in the city. With the establishment of the AAPI Advisory Board, the City of Houston reaffirms its commitment to upholding the values of inclusivity, respect, and representation.

Click here for more information and a full list of AAPI Advisory Board members. 

On May 26, Councilmember Thomas celebrated and congratulated the 2023 graduating class of Van Houston Academy. Located in the heart of the Vietnamese community, the school combines key elements of Vietnamese heritage with the U.S. education system with the goal of teaching and helping families raise well-rounded citizens of the world. 

Congratulations and Good Luck to all District F graduates! 

On May 25, Councilmember Thomas joined Mayor Sylvester Turner, Housing and Community Development Director Keith W. Bynam, community leaders, and construction partners to celebrate the inaugural groundbreaking and ribbon-cutting for affordable single-family homes in Houston’s Settegast Super Neighborhood as part of the Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) Program.

The City of Houston contributed nearly $2.3 million of Federal HOME Investment Partnership Program funds toward developing nine (9) affordable single-family homes by nonprofit developer A Caring Safe Place, Inc.
The City’s CHDO program is designed to develop and market affordable, sustainable, resilient single-family homes with certified nonprofit developers.
Homebuyers will have the option of either a 1300-1400 square foot, 3-bedroom / 2-bath design or a 1400-1500 square foot, 4 bedroom/ 2 1/2-bath design. All homes will include an attached garage.Click here for more information on the City’s CHDO program.  
On May 21, District F Chief of Staff Isaac Eguia presented a proclamation to the Quillian Center for their dedication to providing a safe space for the community. Additionally, the proclamation celebrated the grand opening of Noah’s Ark 2.0, an updated, modernized, aquatic entertainment and fitness center for the whole family. Click here for more information.
On May 20, Councilmember Thomas traveled north to celebrate ‘Family Day’ at Sylvester Turner Park. This year was the 15th anniversary of the annual event hosted by Mayor Turner. 

Hundreds of Houstonians turned out for the free event, which included family activities, tractor rides, softball games, face painting, food, carnival games, and live entertainment. 

Click here for more information about upcoming events from the Mayor’s Office of Special Events. 

On May 20, Councilmember Thomas presented a Certificate of Appreciation to children’s book author Katherine Cheng-Arif for her significant contributions in promoting diversity and inclusion.   

Her inspiring work–Jade’s Food for Thought— has proven to be an invaluable resource in teaching children about the importance of diversity, embracing their differences, and promoting inclusivity.

Click here for more information on Jade’s Food for Thought.

On May 20, Councilmember Thomas welcomed more than 500 District F residentst to the Alief Neighborhood Center for a Community Health Fair. The crowd received services and information from 30 vendors, including free cholesterol checks, blood pressure screenings, and dental exams. 

Special “shout-out” to Dr. Tran, the Houston Health Department, Alief Neighborhood Center Security, the Department of Neighborhoods, and the many other partners who participated. 

Click here for more information on the services and benefits provided by the Houston Health Department.

On May 19, Councilmember Thomas met with members of UNITE HERE LOCAL 23, a labor union representing 300,000 people working in the United States and Canada. From food service workers at universities and museums, to airport concessions, hotel and parking attendants–LOCAL 23 members help keep the City of Houston and the country moving forward.

The informative and lively discussion covered topics, including health care, workplace safety and security, as well as quality-of-life and affordable housing.

Click here for more information on UNITE HERE LOCAL 23.

On May 16, Councilmember Thomas chaired the Housing and Community Affairs Committee monthly meeting.  The City of Houston Housing & Community Development Department Director Keith Bynam and his team presented recommendations, ordinances, loan agreement amendments, and affordable housing construction updates for review and consideration. 

Houston is the fourth largest city in the union, with diverse cultures, practices, beliefs, and communities, which remain attractive points of opportunity for businesses and families. With such appeal comes the reality of shifts in community, jobs, and increased pressure on affordable housing options. There are more than 28,000 Houstonians wait-listed for a housing voucher, which is administered by the Houston Housing Authority. 

Click here to watch the meeting in its entirety. 

The City of Houston is vibrant because of its diversity of artists, arts nonprofits, and cultural centers rooted in deep traditions. In an unprecedented effort, a unified coalition of arts leaders across the city, including the leaders of all seven of Houston’s state-certified cultural districts, came together to ask for help restoring Houston’s arts ecosystem and reinvigorating the travel and tourism industry.

Last month, Houston City Council approved a $5 million investment of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds for the Arts Sector. The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (MOCA) will distribute the funds through the Houston Arts and Cultural Stabilization Grant Program to arts and cultural organizations during this calendar year.

Click here for more information and grant application details.

On May 16, Xavier Herrera was sworn-in to the City of Stafford’s City Council, Position #5. District F Chief of Staff Isaac Eguia attended the ceremony and presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Herrera on behalf of Councilmember Thomas.

A long-time public servant, Council Member Herrera has served the community in multiple capacities including District F staff member, the City of Stafford’s Planning and Zoning Commission Chairman, and Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce’s Diversity Action Team Member. 

On May 16, Councilmember Thomas received the Outstanding Community Development Educator Award from the Community Development Society (CDS). The award is in recognition of her excellence in teaching and instruction within the field of Community Development. Councilmember exemplifies the Principles of Good Practice as adopted by the Society and illustrates them in her educational practice within formal and non-formal educational settings.

The CDS is a nonprofit corporation established in 1969 to strengthen and advance community development policy, practice, learning, and research through educational and scientific means. Click here for more information. 

On May 19, Councilmember Thomas signed a Certificate of Appreciation for the  Houston Military Affairs Committee in recognition of their continued hard work and dedication to the annual Armed Forces Day Military Ball.

Additionally, she called on District F to show support for one of our courageous Veterans, World War II Veteran U.S. Army Corporal (CPL) Carl Reid, who turns 100 on June 15th. CPL Reid has requested at least 100 birthday cards for this incredible milestone.

CPL Reid served in the U.S. Army during World War II, entering into active duty on September 26, 1944. During his time serving our nation, he worked as a supply clerk managing several clerical and stock-handling duties. He was also an Army truck operator transporting personnel, supplies, and equipment. CPL Reid received the Good Conduct Medal and the Victory Medal for his service.

To help celebrate this once-in-a-life-time occasion, Houstonians can send birthday cards to him at:
Mr. Carl Reid
Re:  100 for 100
c/o Lamun-Lusk-Sanchez Texas State Veterans Home
1809 N. Hwy 87
Big Spring, Texas  79720


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Wednesday, May 24, 2023HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — The city of Houston says it has a new crime-fighting tool thanks to an ordinance that cracks down on after-hours establishments where customers bring their own alcohol.

This isn’t for BYOB establishments that close their doors before midnight. Popular restaurants aren’t required to adhere to the new regulations passed at the city council Wednesday morning.

City leaders say this is a way to close the loophole created by clubs, restaurants, bars, and sexually-oriented businesses that operate without a license from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.

“These are establishments that have either been denied a TABC permit or have never even sought to get one,” District C Councilwoman Abbie Kamin said.

The ordinance goes into effect immediately, but Mayor Sylvester Turner is allowing a 30-day “education period” that’ll give businesses a chance to catch up on the new protocols.

BYOB places operating at any point from 12:01 a.m. through 7 a.m. must now have a yearly permit; the owner has to pass a background check; there has to be a wand or metal detector on site; there must be a security guard for every 100 customers and alcohol consumption must end at 2:15 a.m.

There also needs to be signs outside saying alcohol can’t be consumed in the parking lot of these places.

“This is another way to try and create a more safe environment,” Turner said.

The mayor cited Houston Police Department statistics that show that four of the nine homicides between Nov. 1, 2022, and April 18, 2023, happened after 2 a.m. at these sorts of businesses.

Councilmember Tiffany D. Thomas went even further back by bringing up a 2021 homicide at a now-shuttered club in southwest Houston.

“Chemistry Lounge was shut down due to a homicide on Clarkcrest,” she explained. “It took us 18 months to shut that down because HPD didn’t have the teeth to go in there legitimately.”

The new ordinance gives Houston police the authority to enter these places and give citations, which can lead to permits being revoked after multiple violations.

Additionally, the city now has the ability to sue in order to designate problem spots as “public nuisances,” which can lead to court injunctions saying problem businesses can no longer operate.

“Ain’t nothing open after 11 p.m. that’s good,” Thomas said. “That’s what my momma used to say.”

Click here to watch the Ch. 13 TV news segment. 

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There are several opportunities for you to engage with your neighbors and receive accurate information from community partners, elected officials, and public safety leadership regarding District F and the greater Houston area.

SN – 17 (West Oaks and Eldridge): Every 2nd Tuesday at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM 
Location: Eagles Trace, 14703 Eagle Vista Drive in the Austin Square building catering room

SN – 25 (Alief): Every 4th Tuesday at 6:30PM
Location: Alief Neighborhood Center

SN – 20 (Tanglewilde, Westmont, Briarmeadow, and Carver Crest): 
Location: TBD

Westside PIP Meeting: Every 3rd Thursday at 6:30PM 
Location: Westside Station, 3203 S. Dairy Ashford Street, 3rd floor

Midwest PIP Meeting: Every 3rd Wednesday at 7PM
Location: 7277 Regency Square Boulevard

AARP-ALIEF #3264 Meeting: Every 1st Thursday at 10AM
Location: The Salvation Army Church, 7920 Cook Road 

Briarmeadow: Every 2nd Tuesday at 6PM
Location: 3202 Freshmeadows Drive

Westmont Civic Club: Every 4th Thursday every quarter at 7PM
Location: Treemont Retirement Community, 2501 Westerland

Piney Point: Every 2nd Tuesday at 7:30 PM
Location: Pilgrim Rest MBC Activity Center, 3402 Amanda Lane

Hunting Village HOA: Every 3rd Thursday at 7PM
Location: Clubhouse, 9511 Cook Road