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August 7, 2007

LESS THAN 30 DAYS LEFT TO SIGN UP FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN $200 OFF YOUR AUGUST ELECTRICITY BILL!
Deadline to Register is August 31st

Power to People Logo

The City of Houston will randomly select 18 Houston residents to receive $200 off their August electricity bill.

To register, simply log on to www.houstonpowertopeople.com and click the “Register to Win! $200” and fill out the basic information. (Terms and Conditions apply, see website for details.)


HURRICANE AND DISASTER PREPAREDNESS GUIDE
Prepare Your Family in Case of an Emergency

OEM LogoGet your copy of the Hurricane and Disaster Preparedness Guide. This hurricane season, the City of Houston Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is carefully monitoring the Gulf and double-checking preparedness plans. Now citizens need to get their family plans in order and prepare for the potential threats of emergencies and/or disasters. For more information and a copy of the Hurricane and Disaster Preparedness Guide go to the OEM Website.

Call 2-1-1. The State of Texas also provides assistance in registering those who need help in case of an emergency evacuation. Operators will take the necessary information from you so proper transportation is secured during such emergencies.


OLD SIXTH WARD
Houston’s First Protected Historic District

Planning Dept. LogoOn August 1, 2007, Houston City Council passed an ordinance to establish Old Sixth Ward as Houston's first Protected Historic District. Old Sixth Ward was the first Houston neighborhood to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has the largest concentration of late 19th and early 20th century architecture in Houston. This ordinance includes design guidelines for future development in Sixth Ward and firm regulations on demolition. For more information on Historic Preservation, please visit the Historic Preservation Website.

A map of the Old Sixth Ward Protected Historic District can be viewed at the Planning Website.


CITY OF HOUSTON SMOKING ORDINANCE
Effective September 1, 2007

The City of Houston Smoking Ordinance, which will take effect September 1, 2007, will prohibit smoking in enclosed public places, enclosed workplaces, within 25 feet of building entrances and exit doors, covered concourses of outdoor arenas and covered waiting areas for bus stops and light-rail stops.

For a copy of the smoking ordinance, go to the Smoking Ordinance Website and click on Smoking Ordinance passed by City Council in October 2006 (takes effect September 1, 2007).

For further details or to register a complaint regarding the smoking ordinance contact the Bureau of Occupational and Community Environmental Health at (713) 640-4359 or smoke.health@cityofhouston.net.


WHAT ARE YOU INTERESTED IN?
Let the City of Houston Know in Your CitizensNet Record

CitizensNet LogoMayor Bill White would like to e-mail you on particular topics of interest to you and to your neighborhood. All you have to do is update your CitizensNet record by following the simple instructions.

Then please make your selections and/or update any other information in your CitizensNet record. Thank you for your interest in staying informed about the City of Houston.


THE MUNICIPAL CHANNEL GETS A NEW NAME AND NEW LOOK…

HTV LogoIntroducing the new HTV, Houston Television, formerly known as The Municipal Channel.

Coming soon to HTV new programs taking you into the heart of Houston communities and the people shaping our cities and neighborhoods; “Eye on Houston-Where Community Begins”, “Firehouse Houston”, “Academy 193” and “Houston As We Know It.”

Find these HTV programs and more on Comcast (Ch.16); Phonoscope (Ch.2); Suddenlink (Ch.14) and TVMax (Ch.98).

For more information please visit www.htvhouston.net.


HOUSTON RANKED NO. 1 IN TOTAL ACREAGE OF PARKLAND AMONG TOP TEN U.S. CITIES
Mayor Bill White Spotlights National Survey of City Parks

The Trust for Public Land's new survey indicates Houston rates first among the nation's top 10 cities in total acreage of parkland and second behind only San Diego in park acreage per capita. The findings by the Trust for Public Land indicate that of the nation's 10 most populous cities, none had more total park space than Houston with 56,405 acres.


JOIN THE “REACH OUT TO DROPOUTS” WALK
Join Mayor and Mrs. White on September 8, 2007

A+ Challenge LogoMayor Bill and Andrea White invite you to participate in the 4th annual “Reach Out to Dropouts” walk. The event is part of the citywide initiative “Expectation Graduation,” a collaborative effort by Houston Independent School District, Houston A+ Challenge, and the City of Houston.

Houstonians are encouraged to join us on September 8, 2007 as we reach out to dropouts! For more information and volunteer registration, visit the Education Initiatives Website.