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Mayor’s Office presents 1 Year Progress Report on its Plan to Fight Human Trafficking

May. 17, 2017City of Houston

HOUSTON – Today, Mayor Sylvester Turner released the 1 year local impact report of the City’s Anti-Human Trafficking Strategic Plan which was released one year ago on May 9th, 2016. The Strategic Plan framed the City’s anti-human trafficking response using 5 objectives and 91 tactics. Continue Reading »

Next Quality of Life Committee Meeting Set for June 28th

May. 12, 2017Office of CM Ellen Cohen

The Council Committee on Quality of Life does not meet in May due to annual budget workshops. Chair Cohen will convene the next meeting on Wednesday, June 28th at 2PM in Council Chambers at City Hall. Continue Reading »

City Of Houston Unveils Plans For Fixing Lower Westheimer

May. 10, 2017Houston Public Media

When you think of interesting neighborhoods in Houston, the Montrose would be near the top of the list.

The Montrose has long been a center of Houston’s LGBT community. It’s also been a gathering place for artists and writers. It has places to shop for vintage clothes and collectibles, and lately it’s seen some trendy new restaurants. Not to mention several new high-rises that are adding hundreds of new residents. Continue Reading »

Montrose Management District Finalizes Installation of LED Lights On US 59 Bridges

May. 10, 2017Montrose District

Montrose Management District (MMD) is pleased to announce that the project to install permanent lighting on the seven arched bridges spanning US 59 – connecting Montrose with the rest of Houston – has been completed. The new, low-energy LED lighting system outlines the arches of the bridges and illuminates the streets. Continue Reading »

New City of Houston Budget Cuts Costs, Covers Full Pension Expenses, Takes Conservative Stance on Reserves

May. 9, 2017City of Houston

HOUSTON – Continuing Houston’s path toward stronger City finances, Mayor Sylvester Turner delivered his proposed Fiscal Year 2018 budget to City Council today after closing a deficit of more than $120 million. The proposed General Fund budget of $2.38 billion represents a slight increase from current FY17 spending levels, despite reductions of $39.6 million in operating costs. The savings were negated by a $51.6 million year-over-year increase in City debt payments structured prior to the Turner administration. Continue Reading »

Making Houston freeways a little less ugly

May. 9, 2017Houston Chronicle

Billboards notwithstanding, nothing installed along the freeway can be too distracting, the Texas Department of Transportation mandates. It’s a safety issue.

That created an interesting problem for Natalia Beard of SWA Group. Continue Reading »

City Council Hears Update On Anti-Human Trafficking Plan

May. 9, 2017Houston Public Media

One year ago, Mayor Sylvester Turner released the city’s anti-trafficking strategic plan. Minal Patel Davis delivered an update on progress. She says the plan engages several City of Houston departments. Continue Reading »

City Of Houston Campaign Calls For ‘Meaningful Change – Not Spare Change’ To Tackle Panhandling

May. 8, 2017Houston Public Media

With downtown Houston as a backdrop, the mayor unveiled a billboard for the Meaningful Change – Not Spare Change campaign at Interfaith Ministries.

He said while Houstonians are very philanthropic and want to give to panhandlers, this makes it harder for homeless organizations to get them off the street permanently. Continue Reading »

Texas House approves Houston pension reform bill

May. 8, 2017Houston Chronicle

The Texas House easily passed Houston’s pension reform bill Monday, but not without making several changes friendly to firefighters, setting the stage for a reconciliation showdown between the upper and lower chambers. Continue Reading »

FY2018 City Budget Timeline Approved

Apr. 28, 2017Office of Ellen Cohen

Mayor Turner and Council has approved the FY2018 Operating Budget Schedule, which comprises a timeline for passage of the City’s budget for the next fiscal year. Continue Reading »