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METRO Job Fairs

April 18, 2015 • Continue Reading »

Saturday, April 25, 2015
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
1900 Main, Houston, TX 77002
(Take METRO routes 3, 9, 11, 30, 44, 52, 56, 60, 66, 77, 88, 102, and METRORail)

Saturday, May 9, 2015
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Kashmere Facility
5700 Eastex Freeway, Houston, TX 77026
(Take METRO routes 1, 23, 52, 83)

Saturday, May 16, 2015
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
1900 Main, Houston, TX 77002
(Take METRO routes 3, 9, 11, 30, 44, 52, 56, 60, 66, 77, 88, 102, and METRORail)

Saturday, May 30, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 1:100 p.m.
HCC Felix Fraga Campus
(Southeast Campus)
301 N. Drennan, Houston, TX 77003
(Take METRO routes 20,29,37.48)

Planning Department to Develop General Plan

April 18, 2015 • Continue Reading »

The City of Houston wants your input. What makes Houston a great place to live? How can we ensure Houston’s future as a vibrant and growing city? To answer these questions, the City embarked on a process to create a General Plan to guide Houston’s growth and development, enhance neighborhoods and better coordinate efforts to make positive changes throughout our city.

The city is expected to grow significantly in the next 20 years and Plan Houston is an opportunity to take a fresh look at how the City plans for all it needs including enhancing services to current residents while preparing for future growth.

The plan will be a high level coordination and decision making tool. Plan Houston won’t take the place of more detailed planning efforts such as the Parks Master Plan, the Library Master Plan, the Cultural Arts Plan and the Bikeways Plan. Plan Houston builds on existing plans, studies, policies, practices and regulations that make Houston a prosperous, healthy and sustainable city.

Please visit From there you can sign up to receive updates, comment on the draft vision statement, review the goals and learn more about this effort. The deadline for feedback is April 17, 2015.

To contact Plan Houston, please email

A message from State Representative Boris Miles

April 18, 2015 • Continue Reading »

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We recently voted on House Bill 4 (HB 4) which will establish funding for a high-quality Pre-K program here in Texas. This bill will enable us as a state to offer a free, half-day prekindergarten program to children: whose families are in poverty, who are unable to speak or understand English, who are homeless or in foster care, or whose parents are on active military duty. HB 4 is not only an investment in our children, but it is also an investment in the future of our state. It is imperative that we provide our kids with the tools that they need to succeed, but for too long the children with less have suffered the most.

So many working parents long to give their kids the opportunity to take advantage of pre-k programs at an early age, but they could not do so due to a lack of sufficient resources. This legislation will help a lot of people in this state and I am happy to say that we were able to pass it out of the House with bipartisan support.

Don’t get me wrong, we still have a long way to go. In fact, most of my colleagues and I want to eventually get legislation to the House floor that will provide free FULL DAY Pre-K. I know we will get there eventually, but HB 4 is just the first step, and it still needs to get passed out of the Senate before it becomes law.

With a little over a month left in this legislative session, the stakes in our state are at an alltime high. Over the next couple of weeks, we will be debating some very controversial bills, including ones on open-carry and property tax breaks. We still have a lot of work to do, and many of the bills coming down the pipeline won’t receive the same sort of bipartisan support that the Pre-K bill received.

Keep in mind that my job as your voice in Austin is not only to pass legislation, but also and more importantly to kill bad legislation. The House passed a good bill; I am going to make sure we can’t say the same for the bad ones.

Keep the Faith, Keep the Fight!

Protected Bike Lane Opens in Downtow

April 18, 2015 • Continue Reading »

bikepathCouncil Member Christie joined Mayor Annise Parker, Mayor Pro-Tem Ed Gonzalez, Council Member Robert Gallegos, and State Senator Rodney Ellis for the opening of the Lamar Bike Lane.

The Lamar Connector lane is a dedicated two-way bike lane, designated with green paint and sectioned off from vehicles with a raised divider. Separate bike signals at street intersections have also been installed to allow cyclists a few second head start.

The first phase of the Lamar Street protected bike lane is complete, running west from Discovery Green to Sam Houston Park. Eventually, this will connect Discovery Green to Buffalo Bayou.

News from the Office of Council Member Jack Christie

April 18, 2015 • Continue Reading »

Dear Fellow Houstonians,

This past Wednesday, City Council passed an amendment to Chapter 40 concerning the repair of residential sidewalks. In Houston, homeowners are required to repair and maintain sidewalks along their property. This new process provides homeowners a way to reduce costs and expedite homeowner funded repair or replacement. The amended ordinance will waive the permit fees and bond requirements for homeowners to remove and replace existing sidewalks abutting their single family residential properties.

Homeowners will submit their request to the Public Works & Engineering Department (PWE) website. PWE will then assess the site to see if construction is feasible and provide the cost estimate. The homeowner then submits payment to PWE upon approval of work order contract. PWE will monitor and approve the installation.

More information about the privately funded sidewalk repair program will be distributed via PWE, CitizensNet, and the Department of Neighborhoods in the coming weeks. As always, you can contact my office should you have any questions.

Kind Regards,

Citizens Advisory Council Meeting

April 15, 2015 • Continue Reading »


Bring a friend and join us for this very important presentation. Visit with neighbors and speak with officers while enjoying delicious refreshments.

Save the Date! Open Buffet BBQ Party with Musical Performance on Thursday, April 30

April 10, 2015 • Continue Reading »



You are cordially invited to the Music Concert and Open Buffet B.B.Q Party with performances by Composer Erberk Yilmaz and Clarinetist Ismail Lumanovski. Erberk Eryilmaz is a famous Turkish-born winning Composer of Apollo’s 2014 International Commissioning Contest. More information about Mr. Yilmaz.
Lumanovski is a famous Turkish/Roman Clarinets who is the founder of the New York Gypsy All-Stars. More information about Mr. Lumanovski.

Where: Istanbul Conference Center
9301 West Bellfort Ave
Houston,Texas 77031
When: Thursday April 30, 2015
6:30 PM.-9:00 PM.

[ Purchase Tickets ]

Ticket priced at:
$25 for Adults
$10 for Elementary and Middle School Students

Please RSVP by April 28, 2015 at 5:00 pm.
Come and join us for family fun event!

CALL 713-517-3463 FOR QUESTIONS!

Earth Day Houston: Let’s Show Them We Mean Business

April 9, 2015 • Continue Reading »


Earth Day Houston is this weekend at Discovery Green. We’ll be there spreading the word about refundable deposits. Come see us!

Even if you can’t there in person, you can there in spirit by donating or signing up to volunteer on our website.

We need every dollar and every person we can get. We know you care about Texas, but it only helps us pass legislation that will make real change for the environment if other people know it too. Donating even a dollar or simply joining our volunteer list will do just that. This is a dire situation and we NEED this legislation. The entire Earth needs it. We must do our part.

Food Fair at Strake Jesuit High School

April 4, 2015 • Continue Reading »

Saturday, April 11, 2015
8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Entrance: 6600 S. Gessner @ Clarewood
Houston, Texas 77036

Free blood pressure and glucaose screenings

2nd Saturday Event at Strake Jesuit, hosted by the students of Strake Jesuit High School

ECHOS April Calendar of Events

April 2, 2015 • Continue Reading »

Epiphany Community Health Outreach Services (ECHOS) is a non-profit 501.c.3 organization located in southwest Houston. Our mission is to improve the lives of the most vulnerable and at risk individuals in our community by narrowing the disparities in access to healthcare, education, job training and quality of life. ECHOS’s doors are open to all in need, regardless of place of current residence, country of origin, ethnicity or immigration status. Learn more about ECHOS:

March Calendar of Events English (PDF)

March Calendar of Events Spanish (PDF)

ECHOS is located at:
9600 South Gessner Bldg E (corner of Bissonnet)
Houston TX 77071
(713) 270-0369