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June 3, 2006

Dear Houstonians,

I am proud to introduce the first ever E-Newsletter from the City of Houston. As mayor, I want our city to be efficient in every way. This includes communicating with our citizens using modern technology, such as displaying information on the City of Houston website,, and sending informational e-mails through CitizensNet. This E-Newsletter and CitizensNet, a new communications initiative to consistently inform, will let us send important information on topics such as public safety, roadway construction, and new initiatives to make Houston even better.

We want to make sure all citizens know we are working hard every day to make Houston a great place to live and work. I encourage you to visit the city website to see everything we are doing. We appreciate you and want to make sure you stay informed. If you do not want to continue receiving these E-Newsletters, you may choose to unsubscribe.

Bill White, Mayor

Dial 311 to Get Help From Your City

311 Service CenterPotholes? Leaking water mains? Traffic lights out?

Is there a problem that needs the City of Houston's attention? For trains blocking the road or any non-emergency problem, give us a call.

Dial 311 to get to a city operator and help make Houston efficient for all citizens.

Now reach us all the time, anytime ONLINE ... Create your own requests without waiting for an operator.

Help us help you, faster!

Chevy's Freedom Over Texas, With Fireworks Presented By Shell

CFOT StarHouston's official July 4 celebration in Eleanor Tinsley Park will celebrate America's birthday with live concerts on four outdoor stages, with feature act Los Lonely Boys, and the largest land-based fireworks display, presented by Shell, in the nation.

This is a one-of-a-kind family event that will have the eyes of Texas upon Houston for the 4th of July!

Insure and Ensure Hurricane Preparedness and Assistance

City SealAnother hurricane season is upon us and, as we've all learned, we have to be prepared. We believe Houston is better prepared than any other city in the country, but there is always more we can do. Citizens also have to make preparations and two ways to do that present themselves. 

We recently received good news that Houston's efforts to tighten building codes and improve drainage mean a savings on federal flood insurance premiums of 5 percent, totaling almost $1 million, for those in the floodplain who purchase the insurance through their   agent . Learn more about the importance of having this insurance and how to purchase it via the Mayor's May 19, 2006 press release and

Also, we are asking Houstonians to help us identify people who have special needs or who might otherwise need assistance in the event of another evacuation. If you, or someone you know, might need help during a crisis please contact our Office of Emergency Management Registry by contacting or call (713) 884-4500. Don't wait. Registering now is the best way to ensure help when you need it.

HPD's Citizen Patrol
Be the Eyes and Ears of your Community

HPD's Citizens PatrolAs our police officers work hard every day to fight crime in our neighborhoods. We are making progress and crime can be prevented with help from our citizens. You or your civic club can do your part by becoming a certified Citizen Patrol driver, the eyes and ears of the community.

To download an application or for more information, go to the Citizen Patrol website. You can also contact the Citizen Patrol Division Liaison in your area listed on this site.