This Week at City Hall

Apr. 5, 2013Office of Council Member Ellen Cohen

Curfew Ordinance Reviewed

City Council held a public hearing to determine whether the Juvenile Curfew Ordinance should be continued. City Code requires Council to hold a hearing every three years to review the Ordinance. In effect since 1991, the ordinance is a valuable tool law enforcement utilizes to address juvenile crime and victimization. A final determination on the ordinance will be made next week.

New B-Cycle Stations Open

Mayor Parker announced an expansion of the City of Houston Bike Share Program to include 21 B-Cycle stations throughout the Inner Loop. The bike program, which allows riders to rent a bike at one location and return it at another, added kiosks in Midtown, Downtown, Montrose, and the Museum District.  This heart-healthy and eco-friendly transportation option is a great way to enjoy Houston.

On the Agenda

With hurricane season approaching, Council took steps to ensure that Houston will be prepared to respond to natural or manmade disasters. If our city is hit by a catastrophic event, such as a Category 5 hurricane or an earthquake, it might be necessary to provide assistance such as food, shelter, and medical support to emergency workers. Council authorized a contract with DRC Emergency Services, LLC, who can provide base camp operations for these post-disaster workers. To be sure you and your family will be prepared, visit Ready Houston.

What’s Happening in the Annex

District C’s Upper Kirby is known for its upscale shopping, restaurants and distinctive red antique telephone booths. This unique branding of the neighborhood is due in part to the vision and guidance of the Upper Kirby District, whose leadership visited the District C office this week. Topics of discussion included planned infrastructure improvements to the area, and other upcoming initiatives for 2013.

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