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  September 24, 2012

City of Houston E-Newsletter

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Two Hearings on City of Houston Bond Referendums
September 26 and October 3

There are two public hearings remaining regarding the $410 million worth of City of Houston bond propositions on the November 2012 ballot. The hearings will take place Wednesday, September 26, 2012, at 6 p.m. and Wednesday, October 3, 2012, at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chamber, City Hall, 901 Bagby, 2nd Floor, Houston 77002.

The bond referendums as well as two proposed changes to the City Charter will be found near the end of what will be a very long ballot. For more information on these intiatives, visit www.houstontx.gov/2012bondreferendum.html. Note early voting begins Monday, October 22 and ends Friday, November 2. Election Day is Tuesday, November 6.


EVs for Trees Program
Through December 1, 2012

EVs for TreesThe City of Houston in partnership with eVgo, Trees for Houston, retail energy providers and auto dealerships is providing drivers with an added incentive to test drive an electric vehicle (EV) through the EVs for Trees program.

When Houstonians test drive a 100% electric Mitsubishi "i" or Nissan LEAF between now and December 1, 2012 at a participating EVs for Trees dealership, the dealer will donate $25 to Trees for Houston. Additionally, if the driver is a Green Mountain Energy or Reliant customer, these companies will donate an extra $25. Each driver's participation could result in as much as a $75 donation to their local tree organization if both EVs featured in the program are test driven.

Throughout the program, EVs for Trees test drive vouchers will be available for download online at www.EVsforTrees.com. No purchase is necessary; drivers can simply take the voucher to a participating dealer and test drive an electric car to generate a donation to Trees for Houston, which will provide funding to care for distressed trees and plant new trees.

To find participating dealerships and for more information on the EVs for Trees program, visit www.greenhoustontx.gov/ev/evsfortrees.html, www.evsfortrees.com or contact Lisa Lin at lisa.lin@houstontx.gov or 832.393.0850.

To learn more about Green Houston, visit www.greenhoustontx.gov.


National Prescription Take Back Day is September 29
HPD Partners with U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

Police Department LogoTo help the public properly dispose of unused or expired medications, on Saturday, September 29, 2012, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., the Houston Police Department (HPD) is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration in the Fifth National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

This service is free, anonymous and open to all. All tablets, capsules and solid dosage forms will be collected (intravenous solutions, injectables and syringes will not be accepted).

Seven HPD locations will participate in the Prescription Drug Take Back Day:

Clear Lake - 2855 Bay Area Blvd. - Houston 77058
Kingwood - 3915 Rustic Woods Drive - Kingwood 77339
Northeast - 8301 Ley Road - Houston 77028
South Central - 2202 St. Emanuel - Houston 77003
Southeast - 8300 Mykawa Road - Houston 77048
Southwest - 4503 Beechnut - Houston 77096
Westside - 3203 S. Dairy Ashford Road - Houston 77082

For more information visit www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/index.html. To learn more about HPD, visit www.houstonpolice.org.


National Night Out is Tuesday, October 2

National Night OutJoin Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Police Chief Charles A. McClelland Jr. and the Houston Police Department (HPD) and participate in the 29th Annual National Night Out, Tuesday, October 2, 2012, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Take advantage of this opportunity to meet the officers who patrol your neighborhoods and help strengthen police and community relations. Thousands of citizens in neighborhoods all over the city are expected to step out of their homes to meet their neighbors and renew their commitment to public safety.

This is an opportunity to get out and meet your neighbors, as well as interact with HPD officers to discuss crime concerns in the community. Get your lawn chairs, coolers and food ready! The Mayor and Police Chief will visit several communities in the Houston area to interact with citizens and address their concerns.

To find out if your neighborhood is having a National Night Out event or to find your area coordinator, visit www.houstontx.gov/police/chief/nno12/NNO2012.pdf or contact Officer J. L. Martinez of the HPD Public Affairs Office at 713.308.3200.

To learn more about HPD, visit www.houstonpolice.org.


George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) Welcomes Spirit Airlines

Photo Courtesy of Spirit Airlines
Spirit Airlines, the newest airline at IAH, began two daily non-stop flights between IAH and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on September 20, with connections available to six destinations throughout the Americas including Baltimore/Washington, Las Vegas, Toluca/Mexico City, Phoenix/Mesa, Portland, Oregon and Tampa/St. Petersburg.

Beginning October 4, 2012, Spirit will begin daily non-stop service to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.

Spirit offers passengers ultra low base fares, with a range of optional services for a fee, allowing customers the freedom to choose only the extras they value. For more information about Spirit Airlines, visit www.spirit.com.

For more information about Houston Airports, visit www.fly2houston.com.


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Council Members: Helena Brown • Jerry Davis • Ellen R. Cohen • Wanda Adams • Mike Sullivan • Al Hoang • Oliver Pennington • Edward Gonzalez • James G. Rodriguez • Mike Laster • Larry V. Green • Stephen C. Costello • Andrew C. Burks, Jr. • Melissa Noriega • C.O. “Brad” Bradford • Jack Christie
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