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  January 26, 2012

City of Houston E-Newsletter

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City Council: Members, Attending, Speaking and Viewing

The increase in Houston's population triggered a required expansion of City Council. As of January 3, 2012, Houston City Council increased to 17 members: 11 District Council Members, five Council Members At-Large and the Mayor. To learn more about all of the Council Members visit www.houstontx.gov/council. To learn more about the Mayor visit www.houstontx.gov/mayor.

The City of Houston City Council agenda is published on Friday afternoon and details the actions that Council will consider at its meeting the following week. Per Houston City’s Charter, Council meets at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoons and 9 a.m. on Wednesday mornings in the Council Chamber on the second floor of City Hall, 901 Bagby, Houston 77002. The Tuesday session is devoted to public comment. The Wednesday session is for consideration of actions that require Council approval. Be sure to check the Council meeting calendar at www.houstontx.gov/citysec/calendar.pdf since there are scheduled break weeks throughout the year and meetings that are consolidated due to holidays.

Sign up to speak for Tuesday Public Session by calling the City Secretary’s office at 832.393.1100, sending an email to citysecretary@houstontx.gov or coming by the office on the public level of the City Hall Annex, 900 Bagby, Houston 77002 by 1:30 p.m. that Tuesday.

Each week’s Council agenda is available at www.houstontx.gov/citysec. Under the City Secretary and Other Relevant Links, you’ll find “Agendas, Etc.” Select the first link “Agendas of City Council” for the agenda and the second link “Agenda Backup” for all of the backup information associated with each agenda item.

Council meetings may be viewed on Houston Television (HTV) at http://houstontx.city.swagit.com. The first tab allows you to watch live. The second tab will list all past sessions that are on file.

For a better understanding of the meetings, review Council Rules of Procedure in Section 2-2 of the Code of Ordinances at www.houstontx.gov/codes and click on the “Searchable Code of Ordinances” link.

If you have questions about any of the items posted on the agenda, contact Agenda Director Marta Crinejo at marta.crinejo@houstontx.gov.


Tour de Houston Presented by Apache Corporation
Sunday, March 18, 2012

Tour de Houston Presented by Apache CorporationMayor Annise Parker, State Senator Rodney Ellis and State Representative Carol Alvarado will line up on Sunday morning, March 18, at City Hall, 901 Bagby, Houston 77002 for the 2012 Tour de Houston Presented by Apache Corporation. Funds raised from this year’s ride will benefit Houston’s park reforestation, necessitated by the severe drought conditions throughout our area.

With three distance options, the Tour de Houston Presented by Apache Corporation is the perfect outdoor event for all cyclist levels, from the leisure rider to cycling competitors, and is a recommended BP MS150 training ride. The distance options include a 60-mile route starting at 7 a.m., a 40-mile route at 7:30 a.m. and a 20-mile route at 8 a.m.

For more details including registration and packet pick-up locations, visit www.houstontx.gov/tourdehouston. To learn more about the Mayor’s Office of Special Events, visit www.houstonspecialevents.org.


New Face of Terminal B at Bush Intercontinental Airport

Terminal BMayor Annise Parker, the Houston Airport System and United Continental Holdings revealed the new look of Bush Intercontinental Airport Terminal B in a groundbreaking ceremony January 23, 2012, with design renderings, an animated fly-though video of Terminal B and a building information modeling video.

The Terminal B South Concourse project will offer expansive views, a spacious passenger lounge, incorporate energy-efficient techniques and expand the current facility by 500 percent.

Construction of the new facility will create 600 jobs.

For more information on the Terminal B project, visit www.fly2houston.com/TerminalB. To learn more about the Houston Airport System, visit www.fly2houston.com.


Celebrate African American History Month at the Houston Public Library

Houston Public LibraryDuring February 2012, the Houston Public Library (HPL) invites you to celebrate and commemorate the contributions of African Americans in our community throughout the past, present and future. There will be free programs, exhibits and events for the entire family, including presentations with Houston Ballet principal dancer Lauren Anderson, as well as authors, filmmakers, illustrators and other performers.

To learn more about African American History Month activities, visit your neighborhood library, www.houstonlibrary.org/aahm or call 832.393.1313.

For more information about HPL, visit www.houstonlibrary.org.


Free Childhood Immunizations from the Houston Fire Department and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Care Van Program

Fire Department LogoThe Houston Fire Department and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Care Van program have teamed up again in 2012 to provide free childhood immunizations to Houston area children 18 years of age and younger. This is the perfect time to get your children up-to-date on their immunizations.

A parent or guardian with identification must accompany the child. A copy of the child’s current immunization records is also required.


Care VanClinic hours are 4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. For clinic dates and locations, click on the links below:
English http://www.houstontx.gov/citizensnet/
2012freeimmunizationspringdatesenglish.pdf

Spanish http://www.houstontx.gov/citizensnet/
2012freeimmunizationspringdatesSpanish.pdf

For more information call 832.394.6636 or email Paul Box at paul.box@houstontx.gov.


Houston Public Library’s Fourth Annual Reel Teen Film Festival
Saturday, March 31, 2012

Reel Teen Film FestivalTeens are invited to submit their digital films to the Houston Public Library’s Fourth Annual Reel Teen Film Festival. This film project motivates teens to use their creativity and technology expertise to express their views and ideas. All films must be the teen’s original work and groups may participate as well.

Teens 13 to 18 years of age may submit their entries now through Saturday, March 17, 2012, by 4:50 p.m. Entry applications may be picked up at any Houston Public Library or online at www.houstonlibrary.org/reel-teen-film-festival. All selected films will be showcased at the Festival on Saturday, March 31, 2012.

Mail or hand-deliver completed entries to:

Central Library, 500 McKinney
Houston, Texas 77002
Attn: Reel Teen Fest, Fourth floor – Teen

For any questions email hpl.reelteenfest@houstontx.gov or call the Central Library’s Teen Room at 832.393.1521. For more information about HPL, visit www.houstonlibrary.org.


The Department of Neighborhoods/Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities Presents Two Events

Mayor's Office for People With Disabilities6th Annual Financial Empowerment Forum for People with Disabilities
Thursday, February 2, 2012
10 a.m. - noon
Metropolitan Multi-Service Center Auditorium
1475 West Gray, Houston 77019

Join the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, a division of the Department of Neighborhoods, and its community partners for a morning filled with information about taxes, banking, budgeting, homeownership, owning your own business, preventing identity theft and more. There will be door prizes, refreshments and fun.

To RSVP, for event information or accommodation requests, call 713.284.8583 or 713.284.1973 or email Alvita McKinney at alvita.mckinney@houstontx.gov.

Department of NeighborhoodsDeaf Tax Initiative Program - Tax Assistance for Persons Who are Deaf and Hearing Impaired

By appointment Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

1. Career and Recovery, 2525 San Jacinto, Houston 77002
2. Lillian Beard Center, 9920 Long Point, Houston 77055
3. Metropolitan Multi-Service Center, 1475 West Gray, Houston 77019

American Sign Language available.

For additional information regarding this tax assistance program, call 281.936.0770 or email Kaitlyn Tracy at kaitlyn.tracy@houstontx.gov.

To learn more about the Department of Neighborhoods and/or the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, visit www.houstontx.gov/neighborhoods.


“Thank You Houston!” for Houston Fire Department’s Successful Operation Stocking Stuffer Toy Drive

Fire Department LogoGenerous Houstonians donated an estimated 232,000 toys to more than 11,700 families through the 2011 Houston Fire Department (HFD) Operation Stocking Stuffer toy drive. More than 50 local businesses hosted their own toy drives to benefit Operation Stocking Stuffer and several collected cash donations that were used to buy more toys, specifically for the older children 12-18 years of age. Houstonians have always been known for their generosity and compassion; Operation Stocking Stuffer was just another illustration of their commitment to make Houston the best place to live and raise a family. The 4,000 members of HFD would like to thank Houstonians, KPRC Local 2, KSBJ radio, Community Storage and all of its business partners for their support and commitment to Operation Stocking Stuffer.

If you would like to receive the free HFD Civic Safety Chain quarterly e-newsletter as well as periodic HFD updates and more, visit www.houstontx.gov/fire/news/csc.html or send an email to paul.box@houstontx.gov. For more information about HFD, visit www.houstonfire.org.


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