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Emancipation Park was never dead. But now it has been reborn.

Jun. 14, 2017Houston Chronicle

If any American city is properly harnessing the transformative powers of good landscape architecture and improved public greenspace, it’s Houston. Continue Reading »

Turner calls for City Council vote on ‘sanctuary city’ lawsuit

Jun. 8, 2017Houston Chronicle

Mayor Sylvester Turner on Thursday said he would ask City Council to vote this month on whether to join lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of Texas’ new “sanctuary cities” law, ending months of equivocation on the controversial immigration enforcement measure. Continue Reading »

City of Houston Budget Report: District C

Jun. 2, 2017Office of Council Member Ellen Cohen

After months of departmental reviews, on May 31st, City Council voted unanimously to approve the budget for FY2018, which will begin on July 1st, 2017. Totaling $5.2B, the new budget closes the $130M deficit with minimal layoffs and maintains library and park services. Continue Reading »

Meaningful Change for Veterans

Jun. 2, 2017City of Houston

Mayor Sylvester Turner announces a $2.3 million mental health grant for local veterans has been secured by the Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs. The Texas Veterans + Family Alliance Grant was awarded by the State of Texas Health and Human Services Commission and will fund valuable new programs and services for a community with one of the highest veteran populations in the U.S. The substantial grant also highlights the city’s initiatives which target veterans and the Meaningful Change campaign which aims to end chronic homelessness. Continue Reading »

Mayor Turner, Climate Mayors Vow to Honor Paris Climate Agreement Goals

Jun. 2, 2017City of Houston

In response to President Trump’s decision withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement, Mayor Sylvester Turner joined over 60 “Climate Mayors” from across the U.S. in vowing to honor the Paris Agreement’s goals to fight climate change. Continue Reading »

Community pours back into Oak Forest Park

May. 26, 2017Heights Leader

All parents want their children to fit in, and play to their hearts’ content. Now, as the result of efforts from local volunteers and the Leader community, a local park recently received two grants to help give all children the opportunity to experience the joys of outdoor play. Continue Reading »

Mayor Turner Breaks 16-Year Pension Logjam as Houston Pension Solution Passes Last Step in Legislative Process

May. 25, 2017City of Houston

HOUSTON- The Texas Senate and the Texas House of Representatives approved the conference report for Senate Bill 2190, the Houston Pension Solution, with the Senate voting 25-5 Tuesday and the House voting 103-43 Wednesday. The historic bill now moves to Governor Greg Abbott’s desk. The Mayor expressed confidence that the Governor will sign the bill. Continue Reading »

Houston Community College to launch coding school for Apple apps

May. 24, 2017Houston Chronicle

Apps are one of the main ways that Apple attracts people to the iPhone, and in the interest of training more people to make them, the tech behemoth is launching a new curriculum for community colleges — starting in Houston. Continue Reading »

Cornerstone of Turner’s agenda heads to governor’s desk

May. 24, 2017Houston Chronicle

The Texas House sent Houston’s pension reform package to the governor’s desk Wednesday, marking what Mayor Sylvester Turner hopes is the beginning of the end of a 16-year fiscal crisis, and giving him a landmark achievement in his second year in office. Continue Reading »

Metro Is Offering Free Rides For Students This Summer

May. 24, 2017Houston Public Media

Metro is offering free summer passes to help students get to the city’s various attractions, like the Museum District and the Houston Zoo. Metro’s Jerome Gray says the passes are also good for kids who have lots of activities. Continue Reading »