District C

First Term Report

Inauguration Day at the Horseshoe

Greetings from the District C Houston City Council office!

I hope your 2024 is off to a safe and healthy start.

This year is the beginning of my second term in office as your council member. Thank you – public service is an honor and a joy, and there is no place I’d rather be than right here in District C.

The past four years have been an extraordinary time for our world and right here at home. From a global pandemic, historical freezes and droughts, transformative calls for action in the face of civil and social injustices, to the tragic loss of life and wars oversees, and more.

Through it all, I want you to know that the District C council office continues to stay focused on our mission: building a safe and thriving city for all Houstonians, providing our residents and businesses with exceptional service, and ensuring we have a thriving city for future generations.

Hats off to our dedicated staff and residents.
Their commitment to outstanding public service is unmatched. It’s a big, complicated, and deeply rewarding job. In just the last year, we fielded nearly 50,000 emails and 2,440 calls to our office, and monitored approximately 58,000 district reports placed to 311. More than 29,100 of those were Houston Public Works service requests.

Of course, none of this would be possible without the amazing people of District C -- you are our eyes and ears in our neighborhoods.

I thank each of you for continuing to partner with me for our district and our city.

It’s been a wonderful and intense first term.
As part of our commitment to accountability, we report back annually on the progress, community investments, and initiatives we have driven in the past year. This report, however, encompasses the last four years – my first term in office.

When I was sworn into office on January 2, 2020, the first case of COVID in the world had not yet been confirmed. Three weeks into office, as Chair of Public Safety & Homeland Security, we were called into action with the Watson Plant Explosion. By March 11, 2020, the Rodeo and all city-sponsored events were shut down (including our first district town hall to assist homeowners recovering from floods) – and the world was changed forever.

Our immediate focus was keeping Houstonians alive, including our essential workers who could not isolate. We then focused on rebuilding our economy (remember supply chain disruptions?), responding to the resulting spike in crime, and addressing a myriad of other impacts from the unprecedented shutdown.

At the same time, we did not take our eye off the ball: from tackling gun violence and domestic violence, standing up and celebrating families including our annual Families with Pride celebration, to keeping climate change at the forefront when it comes to protecting residents and homes from extreme weather, including flooding.

Today, as we continue to harness opportunities and address the challenges of a post-pandemic era, we are busy building for the future.

Our city never sleeps and neither does our city government.
This is an exciting time, and I am grateful to be working with you to improve our district and our city.

While we could not include everything in the following sections, we have tried to provide you with snapshots of the work we have done over the past four years, and continue to do for District C.

Abbie Kamin

Greeting Police OfficersI was deeply honored to be named Chair of City Council’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee – but I don’t think anyone could have imagined what was in store or how much it would change my perspective on life in our city.

I’ve seen Houston through the eyes of police officers who put themselves in harm's way to keep us safe; of crime victims who have lost their sense of safety and security; of Houstonians who are frightened because they don’t trust our criminal justice system to treat them fairly.

I’ve gained even more respect for my fellow Houstonians. I’ve seen our public safety challenges, which are even more complex than I had imagined. My resolve to keep our families safe has only intensified.

Public Safety Photos 2 and 3

During my first term, we supported investments in technology, equipment, facility upgrades, and other critical needs for first responders, and data-driven policies to keep all Houstonians safe:

One Safe Houston Investments ($72 million)

  • $23 million for behavioral health programs
  • $9.6 million for domestic and sexual abuse responses
  • $20 million to increase overtime for HPD
  • $3 million for CURE Violence and Credible Messengers Programs
  • $1.9 million to 15 new park rangers
  • $1 million to create a robust Gun Buyback Initiative
  • $1 million to expand the existing Community Re-entry Network Program
  • $4.9 million to address the backlog at the Houston Forensic Science Center (HFSC)
  • $974,533 to purchase tactical support equipment (Technology Enhancement)
  • $7.2 million for cadet retention

Tackling Gun Violence

  • Allocated $75,000 for the District C Safe Storage Initiative, working with law enforcement, parent-teacher organizations, and community partners to help keep guns out of the hands of children and those who should not have them
  • Secured funding for first-of-its-kind gun violence data integration program that will compile all available firearm injury data into one place to guide health experts on prevention and intervention
  • Proposed and advocated for city gun buyback programs and worked alongside regional partners, reducing the number of unwanted guns that can end up on our streets
  • Coordinated community and interfaith gun violence awareness and resource campaigns

Domestic Violence

  • Brought the city together with leading community service providers to launch domestic violence awareness campaigns focused on information and resources for victims
  • Approved a new ordinance that requires hotels to train their employees on human trafficking prevention
  • Supported additional funding and resources for Domestic Abuse Response Team and funding for expanded housing and support services for victims
  • Secured the addition of domestic violence as a responsibility of the Mayor’s Office of Human Trafficking (and now also Domestic Violence)

Improving Transparency

  • Pushed for specific measures critical to improving transparency and building trust between police and our communities, including the implementation of HPD’s new cite and release policy, and body camera footage release policies
  • Strengthening the Office of Inspector General to provide independent investigation and oversight of HPD
  • Supported the launch of Houston’s Police Transparency Hub

District C Service Funds

  • Provided investments to support first responders and meet the needs of our divisions:
    • HPD overtime to address bar/nightclub related crime and violent crime hotspots
    • HPD Polaris off-road vehicle for Memorial Park
    • HPD Division equipment/sound meters
    • HPD Gun Safe Storage Program
    • HFD high water rescue equipment and boat
    • HFD station improvements for firefighters (plumbing and electrical)

Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee

  • Issues addressed in 2023: HFD Recruitment & Cadet Training; Motor Vehicle Pursuit Policy; Firearm Injury Data Integration Program; Online and App Dating Safety; Hurricane Deason & Preparedness; HPD Records Management System; HPD Real Time Crime Center; ShotSpotter; Houston Forensic Science Center; Update on Implementation of Policing and Community Safety Reforms including HPD; Transparency Portal, Cite and Release Program, and Executive Order 1-67
  • Issues addressed in 2022: Human Trafficking Activity; 911 Call Service and Computer Aided Dispatch; Police Private Storage Lot Agreement; HFD Budget; Crisis Intervention & Diversion; Clinical Health Trial Partnerships; Hazard Mitigation & Risk Planning; HPD Pursuit Policy; Catalytic Converter Theft Ordinance; Hurricane Preparedness; Incident Command Procedures; One Safe Houston Gun Buyback Program; Gun Violence Data Collaboration; Flock Automatic License Plate Reader; PS & Emergency Operation Preparedness related to power grid stability; Ordinance Changes to Outdoor Music Events on Private Property; HPD Victim Services; End of Year Departmental Reports
  • Issues addressed in 2021: COVID-19 and Vaccinations; Environmental Risks of Storm Surge from Galveston Bay/Ship Channel; Chemical Disclosure and Storage Legislation re to flooding; Safe Harbor Court; Hurricane Preparedness; Towing Ordinance; Safe roadways initiative and road rage trends; Legal parameters related to permitless carry; Police reform and accountability; Shotspotter Program; State of Texas Emergency Assistance Registry; Records Management System; Houston Emergency Center/911 Budget
  • Issues addressed in 2020: Hotel Ordinance on Human Trafficking; Hazardous Enterprises Ordinance; Greater Houston Local Emergency Planning; Investigative Process and Oversight of Officer Involved Shootings; Preparing for Emergencies in COVID environment; Cite and Release; HFD Resources; Crisis Intervention and HPD Mental Health Division; City’s COVID Response; Greater Houston 911 Budget

In the height of the pandemic, I fell in love all over again in March 2021, when my husband Matt and I became the proud parents of our little boy . To my surprise, I was the first City Council Member in the city’s history to be pregnant and give birth while holding office.

Women and Families GraphicWomen’s equity has always been at the forefront of my policy priorities, but going through both pregnancy and becoming a new mother while holding office – and in the middle of a pandemic – gave me a whole new perspective on the strength of all the incredible women and mothers who work at the City.

At the same time, we have seen our state’s attacks on families, including attacks on women’s rights and LGBTQIA+ families. In the face of all of this, we have stood proudly for our district families. From hosting the city’s first ever Families with Pride event that is now an annual celebration bringing joy to families across our city, to ensuring law enforcement resources are not directed towards draconian prosecutions of women and their doctors.

Group Photo in a Park

While much more work needs to be done, I believe we’ve made huge strides for women and families in Houston over the last four years:

  • Successfully proposed the creation of the first-ever Houston Women’s Commission
  • Secured first-ever paid prenatal, parental, and infant wellness leave for all city employees
  • Helped pass $15/hour minimum wage for city employees
  • Pioneered a pilot project to provide free period products in city health facilities for those who cannot afford or do not have access
  • Voted to lower the city’s property tax rate and other tax exemptions for seniors and people with disabilities
  • Utilized Council District Service funds to support Interfaith Ministries Meals on Wheels and Animeals programs
  • Supported the opening of the city’s Navigation Center to provide temporary housing to those experiencing homelessness
  • Approved the creation of the Houston Food Insecurity Board 
  • Funded tax disparity study to ensure transparency around where our county dollars are being spent
  • Increased diversity of representation on district-related appointments to boards and commissions

We are now living in the future that climate scientists predicted. Extreme weather events – rain, drought, heat, and cold – are damaging our infrastructure, endangering the health of our most vulnerable residents, and straining our disaster-preparedness resources.

Two Photos with Drainage Projects

We are working hard to address these challenges now and prevent them in the future, as well as to mitigate climate change in the long-term (see the Environment & Sustainability section below).

Drainage Projects:

  • $9,627,193 for District C Stormwater Action Teams
  • $36,695,200 in active water line projects
  • Hundreds of millions of dollars for active drainage projects ongoing in District C (stormwater upgrades, neighborhood drainage expansion, street improvements, and more)
  • Created a District C ditch maintenance team, over $100k now invested in neighborhoods
  • Spearheaded several neighborhood-specific drainage projects

Constituent Services related to Flooding:

  • Cleared construction debris from ditches and culverts
  • Supported the mayor’s ditch re-establishment program to transfer responsibility for ditch maintenance back to the city, which resulted in allocating $40 million for regrading, cleaning, and addressing ditches in need and established a maintenance schedule
  • Organized site visits with Houston Public Works and City Engineer staff to repetitive flooding and ponding problem areas
  • Advocated for long-term needs for infrastructure improvements and new projects to increase resiliency

Extreme Weather:

  • Implemented new partnership with the Houston ToolBank to provide tools, equipment, and expertise to assist with immediate dispatch of critical recovery resources
  • Lead water, food, and hot meals distributions during disasters alongside partners
  • Invested in city’s aging infrastructure to address water leaks and repairs exacerbated by drought
  • Helped deploy city staff in advance of emergencies to proactively address pre-storm concerns and install barricades
  • Partnered with community organizations to dispatch assistance during emergencies

Working with Other Levels of Government:

  • Advocated for Houston’s fair share of flood dollars, including reversing the Texas General Land Office’s previous refusal to give Houston and Harris County a single dollar of 4 billion federal Harvey recovery dollars intended for areas hardest hit
  • Submitted letters of support and worked with state, county, and federal officials to identify resources and help draw down critical dollars for projects and grants

Streets and sidewalks are literally the arteries that keep Houston’s lifeblood – its people – moving. Securing the funding for these projects is complex, and is often a tedious and slow process. We work every day with all levels of government to secure the funds that put shovels in the ground.

Groundbreaking Ceremony Photo

  • Each fiscal year, Council district offices receive $500,000 for district public works projects – streets, sidewalks, ADA ramps, pedestrian crossings, and similar projects. The District C office works closely with our civic clubs and super neighborhood councils to determine the most equitable use of these funds.
  • Council approved a voluntary program (Fee in Lieu of Sidewalk Construction) that will provide an opportunity to pay a fee instead of constructing a required sidewalk if it meets certain criteria (for example, no existing sidewalks in the area). This helps combat issues such as “sidewalks to nowhere.”
  • Council approved the Walkable Places and Transit Oriented Development ordinance to enhance pedestrian experiences (requirements for sidewalks, building lines, park spaces) to promote and incentivize walkability.
  • The District C Office continues to support the Vision Zero Houston commitment: ending traffic death and serious injuries on Houston’s roadways by 2030.

Because there are so many challenges that require immediate attention, it’s easy to put off progress on the longer-term solutions that are necessary to leave our planet a better place for future generations. Climate change is one of the greatest threats to our neighborhoods and our economy.

For me personally, raising our son Slade has brought home the urgency of cleaning up our environment and ultimately reversing global warming. At the city, we have advanced and supported investments and policies to do just that.

  • Passed first-ever Nature Preserve Ordinance 
  • Funded 10 publicly accessible air monitors in parks throughout District C
  • Secured a budget amendment that created the first Green Stormwater Infrastructure Tax Abatement Program
  • Funded and hosted annual, subsidized rainwater harvesting barrel sales for District C residents
  • Pushed to expand recycling to apartments and multi-family dwellings; community engagement is now underway
  • Supported the city’s $18 million One Clean Houston initiative to combat illegal dumping. Our office is also continuing to work with law enforcement and city partners on illegal dumping hotspots. We are volunteering and organizing neighborhood community clean-ups to keep our communities and greenspace clean.
  • The city submitted a $15 million grant application for electric vehicle chargers at locations citywide. We continue to push for investments in the city’s electric/hybrid fleet. We are working with the Downtown TIRZ to fund with district dollars publicly facing charging stations in our parks.
  • Strongly supported the Sunnyside Solar Farm project (the largest urban solar farm in the nation)
  • Actively supporting the city’s Resilient Houston and Climate Action Plans

If streets and sidewalks are the city’s arteries, then neighborhoods are the city's beating heart. Strong cities cannot exist without strong neighborhoods.

District C is home to neighborhoods steeped in Black, Jewish, and LGBTQIA+ community history (among many others). We are home to neighborhoods with amazing architecture and gardens and anchored by the finest museums in the world. We will soon be home to the first Ismaili Community Center in the United States. Our neighborhoods are dotted with foodie-approved restaurants and coffee houses. Our neighbors are welcoming, engaging, and devoted to our city.

We cannot thank our neighborhood organizations enough for their hard work and partnership. Our District is home to the most super neighborhoods and civic clubs, we have the most 311 reports, and the most engaged residents -- and that’s how it should be.

That’s why we work hard every day to support our neighborhoods. Here’s just a few examples:

  • Supported resident-driven, Special Minimum Lot Size and Building Line applications—important neighborhood protection tools
  • Approved an enabling ordinance to allow property owners in pilot neighborhoods to explore potential Conservation District designation
  • Supported historical designations in District C
  • Approval of city’s first Alcohol-Free Zone for a child care center in the Heights
  • Spearheaded, with other council members, improvements to Noise Ordinance to help neighborhoods plagued by bad-actor bars and noise
  • Regulating BYOB establishments and strengthening the noise ordinance to combat nuisances for our residents
  • Approved residential development changes to incentivize second dwelling units, multi-use residential, courtyard style, and narrow lots
  • Passed an enabling ordinance for future establishment of a citywide truck plan
  • Supported water bill ordinance reforms to give city further ability to help residents resolve high water bill issues 
  • Strengthened the Residential Buffering Ordinance, regulating lighting, garage screening, and building line distances


From major infrastructure improvements along with public safety and resiliency investments, to greater greenspace access, it’s a privilege to collaborate with our neighborhood groups to bring further progress to our communities.

Below are highlights from many of our neighborhoods around the district.

Braeswood & Greater Meyerland
Braeswood and Greater Meyerland have seen critical progress within the area. Project Brays and the bridge elevations were completed, and we’ve helped invest over $230,000 to improve streets and sidewalks with a laser-focus on ADA compliance. That includes neighborhood concerns, such as in Meyerland Section 8, as well as case-by-case needs.

We also funded the street resurfacing (hooray for a smoother drive!) along South Braeswood from South Rice to 610 S, which had the added benefit of upgraded sidewalks. We worked with Houston Public Works to bring more street projects to the area and partnered with local neighborhood organizations from civic clubs and our Super Neighborhoods to the Meyerland Community Improvement Association and Brays Bayou Association (to name just a few).

Over $2.1 million was invested by my office in drainage improvements. We completed the Birdwood Court SWAT (Storm Water Action Team) Project to rehabilitate the roadside ditch and upsize sewers. I secured $1.4 million for a major drainage improvement project for Beechnut, and panel replacements along Braeswood heading east from 610.

I also worked with all levels of government to see major progress for the area: Project Brays, TXDOT Bridge Elevation, Meyergrove Detention Basin, and more.

We increased community safety by working with apartment complexes and funding HPD Overtime Patrol, as well as support community development through a variety of programs:

  • Neighborhood Matching Grants
  • B-Cycle Station in front of Atwell at the Bayou trail
  • Youth Programming at Godwin Park and the JCC
  • Air Monitor Installed at Godwin Park
  • Pickleball Court Installed at Karl Young Park
  • District C Ditch Maintenance Program

Central Northwest
It’s always wonderful to visit and work alongside our neighborhood groups in the northern portion of District C. We’ve seen capital investments through, responded to the needs of the community, supported our parks, and more is always in the works.

We’ve made significant strides when it comes to infrastructure:

  • Reduced the risk of structural flooding and improved street conveyance through the $23 million Garden Oaks and Shepherd Park West CIP. We worked with residents to secure the addition of an area along Wakefield to the scope of the project!
  • Panel replacements, curb repairs, storm inlets, and more along TC Jester
  • Sidewalk improvements on Sue Barnett for students and families walking to Garden Oaks Montessori
  • Worked with city departments to evaluate mechanisms for road safety in response to speeding drivers
  • Secured funding for a HAWC safe crossing signal at W 43rd & Curtain to improve pedestrian safety between Frank Black Middle and Oak Forest Elementary Schools
  • TC Jester Park improvements completed
  • Funding for Spark Parks in District C, including Garden Oaks Montessori

Constituent service is always a priority, and it’s been a pleasure to work alongside our neighborhood and community organizations to make progress together:

  • Funded improvements at American Legion Park, including the new fence to ensure young children are safe from the train tracks, and a publicly accessible air monitor
  • Supported after school and summer programming at Candlelight Community Center and worked with the Parks Department to repair the AC
  • Kept the need for a 34th St Quiet Zone on the City’s radar as we go after grant dollars
  • Completed site visits and action with City Departments and Shepherd Park Civic Club to address an unpermitted development that was recently brought to court
  • Successfully advocated alongside Oak Forest neighbors to see a utility tower application along 43rd withdrawn
  • Supported the Oak Forest Deeds for Change effort to remove racially discriminatory language

Fourth Ward
Preserving the heritage of District C’s historic Freedmen’s Town/Fourth Ward remains a pivotal action within our district, and there is still much to be done. We’ve made notable progress in my first term, and I am committed to continuing this advocacy.

The legacy of Freedmen’s Town must be preserved; we continue to coordinate with community partners, faith leaders, and local organizations to achieve this goal:

  • Coordinated the Greater Houston Building Association’s volunteer crews to assist in preserving and renovating the historic homes
  • Supported Heritage District Designation for Freedmen’s Town
  • Advocated for the improvement of the neighborhood’s aging infrastructure while still highlighting the historic brick streets (public planning meetings underway!)
  • Funded beautification projects, including a mini-mural honoring Keith Wade’s legacy in the community
  • Support for back-to-school backpack distributions
  • Free residential lead pipe testing and public awareness campaigns

When it comes to safety, community engagement is key: our District C Community Canvass worked to share pertinent information door-to-door on free lead/copper pipe testing to ensure water health and safety for residents. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we assisted with mask and hand sanitizer distributions at the Gregory Lincoln Education Center and the Freedmen’s Town Association, and our office distributed over a thousand hot meals and water to vulnerable residents during the Winter Storm.

Additionally, we have put in the work for our youngest residents; from partnering with faith leaders and community organizations on school backpack giveaways to fundraising for GLEC uniforms and school supplies, we have not stopped advocating for children and families in the neighborhood. We’ve also accomplished:

  • Dedicated $10,000 for the 2023 Summer STEM Robotics Program at the Fourth Ward Youth Center
  • Advocated for reinstatement of HISD afterschool programs to ensure children have a safe place to go while their parents are at work
  • Installed an air quality monitor at Wiley Park to raise awareness on respiratory health and safety
  • Worked with Gregory Lincoln staff to address pedestrian safety needs

I look forward to using this foundation of progress as a launch point for future initiatives and engagement in Freedmen’s Town/Fourth Ward as we continue the work to preserve this historical area.

Greater Heights
From economic development to historical neighborhoods, the Greater Heights continues to grow and influence the future of the city.  As this area develops further, I am committed to ensuring the Heights remains a safe place for families, children, and residents to live and reside. Our safety and street improvement initiatives in the Heights were expansive, and included

  • Secured the 20th Street Overlay from Yale to Studewood (coming soon!)
  • Advocated for improvements for missing sidewalks, including allocating over $100,000 for sidewalk rehabilitation around Harvard Elementary School
  • Worked with community partners, such as the Houston Heights Association, to address ADA accessibility in sidewalks and neighborhood concerns
  • The 11th Street corridor safety improvements to reduce speeding and improve crossings for drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists
  • Pushed for completion of missing links to trails, including the MKT Connector
  • Took action with city departments to address drainage and ponding hot-spots

District C represents some of the areas hardest hit by flooding, and we still see the impact of Hurricane Harvey to this day. Drainage continues to be a challenge in the Heights, and I came into my first term ready to get to work. Our office successfully created the District C Ditch Teams, allocating over $80,000 in ditch rehabs.  I successfully secured over $14 million for drainage improvements for Turkey Gully to direct water away from the neighborhood and into White Oak Bayou.

We’ve also done some terrific community programming in partnership with others:

  • Electronics Recycling Event at All Saints Church
  • Installed Pickleball Court at Halbert Park
  • After-school programming at middle/high schools in the area
  • Supported Council Member Alcorn’s composting pilot at the Historic Heights Fire Station
  • Annual overtime funding for HPD Central Patrol
  • Funding for SPARK Parks in District C, including Field Elementary, Helms Elementary

Greenway/Upper Kirby
We’ve made incredible strides when it comes to tangible improvements for the Greenway/Upper Kirby area. We saw the completion of the $14 million West Alabama Paving & Drainage project which not only improves the paving and storm drainage, but also improved curbs, sidewalks, lighting, and more.
It’s been great to work alongside our neighborhoods and businesses in the area to address nuisance and public safety concerns and bring even more improvements to the area:

  • Secured rehabilitation of Saint, Joanel, Timmons, and Kipling streets
  • Street improvements on Westheimer from Weslayan to Edloe
  • Street improvements and resurfacing on Bissonnet from Academy to Edloe (and tackling some ponding issues along the way!)
  • Worked with residents to prevent unnecessary cell poles in neighborhoods

Lazybrook/Timbergrove Area
Along the White Oak Bayou, Lazybrook/Timbergrove has been a primary focus when it comes to drainage and infrastructure. Lazybrook/Timbergrove has also seen its share of improvements, from panel replacement to safe crossings. Together alongside community partners we’re seeing the impact of what working together can accomplish:

  • Successfully advocated for the expansion of TIRZ 12 to bring more resources and infrastructure improvements to this neighborhood, and we’re seeing the impact already:
  • Allocated office funds to replace panels on 18th St from Seamist to Ella while teaming up with Harris County Precinct 4 to take on additional streets
  • Worked with Houston Public Works on a safer crossing proposal for students and families at Sinclair Elementary School
  • Secured a $150k funding commitment or traffic/speed control cushions adjacent to a private development

Lazybrook/Timbergrove has some exciting projects underway with more to come, and I look forward to continuing this work in my second term. We love working alongside our neighborhood partners to improve and beautify our community spaces:

  • Funded improvements to the Sinclair Elementary Playground (a SPARK Park, open to the public)
  • Supported the renovation of TC Jester Park and installed a public air quality monitor
  • Participated in several neighborhood clean-ups with Lazybrook Civic Club 
  • Sponsored Neighborhood Matching Grants
  • Protected Lorraine Cherry Nature Preserve through new ordinance

Neartown/Montrose Area
Montrose/Neartown sits in the heart of District C. We have not only made exciting progress throughout this vibrant neighborhood, but we’ve also remained committed to advocating for the preservation of some historic neighborhood cornerstones. From saving River Oaks Theatre to major infrastructure construction, Montrose has seen some important developments in my first term.

Safety remains a priority for me in every part of the district, and we have been hyper-focused on initiatives to increase safety in Montrose. Our office continues to advocate as we identify various ways to benefit the neighborhood. This includes:

  • Funding improved sidewalks near the West Gray Multi Service Center to ensure accessibility to the facility for all who use it
  • Allocating $25,000 for partnerships with the local TIRZ and the PTO at Wharton Elementary for safer intersections
  • $36 million water line construction, public utility adjustments, and pavement repair
  • Started the Montrose-Midtown Connectivity Working group that led to safety modification at key intersections

We’ve also worked on several community programming initiatives:

  • Funded air monitors at Ervan Chew and the Avondale Promenade to increase awareness of air quality and its impact on residents’ health
  • Worked with the Montrose Center and Pride Pantry to support our community through the pandemic
  • Funded the first-ever pickleball courts at the West Gray Multi Service Center
  • Funded for SPARK Parks at Baker Montessori School and Arabic Immersion Magnet School
  • Supported our disability community by funding gym equipment and other facility needs at the West Gray Multi Service Center

University Place
District C is full of history, and University Place is no exception. From families who have lived in the area for generations to new classes of students attending Rice University, this neighborhood is truly one of our hidden gems in the district.

Infrastructure improvements have taken priority in University Place, and I’m proud to report the successful completion of many projects:

  • Safe sidewalk improvements for families and children at Old Braeswood Park along Morningside
  • Safety improvements where Sunset meets Main and Fannin near Rice University
  • Intersection safety modification at Sunset and Rice, Cherokee and Sunset, and more

The $6.5 million University Boulevard Paving and Drainage CIP will begin this year to improve roadways and our water systems from Kirby to Greenbriar.

Rice University also offers many unique opportunities for research, policy work, and community advocacy. Having this resource in the heart of the district is an honor, and I look forward to continuing this partnership as we look to the future of environmental sustainability and urban development.

Washington Avenue/Memorial Park
From acres of greenspace to bustling local businesses, the Washington Avenue/Memorial Park neighborhood encapsulates the energy of the district. We have put in the work alongside community leaders to ensure this area’s legacy is preserved and remains accessible to all who visit.

Memorial Park is Houston’s largest greenspace, a historical landmark for Camp Logan, and a neighborhood staple for families and residents in the area. Conservation efforts are critical within our district, and the Memorial Park Kinder Land Bridge and Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff Prairie were both exciting (and award winning) additions to our district made possible by so many.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Memorial Land Bridge

With unprecedented investments in our greenspaces, we are working hard to ensure the health and safety of our parks. I worked with HFD to support their Wildland Division, including observing their control burns of the Arboretum as we implement new safety networks for the park.

We also saw the PGA Tour come to Memorial Park and worked with residents to implement important parking protections for residential neighborhoods throughout major events. I also worked with residents to bring the first ever national Pickleball tournament to Memorial Park, and with it an influx of economic investments for our city.

We’ve also been able to be a partner on multiple resident-driven improvements to our community spaces:

  • Allocated district funds for SPARK Park at Memorial Elementary
  • Led clean-up along of Washington Ave to highlight the area and attended neighborhood greenspace clean-up events
  • Supporting improvements to our park, including a shade sail at Nellie Keyes, public air monitor at West End Park, sidewalk connectivity at Cottage Grove Park, and more 

Along with our greenspaces, local business is the backbone of this area and District C as a whole; there are many great bars and restaurants along Washington Ave that are terrific community partners. I successfully advocated for significant safety improvements to hold bad-actor bars accountable for their strain on public safety resources and their impact on nearby residents. This included:

  • Improved the Noise Ordinance to enable additional enforcement and ensuring all of our businesses play by the same rules
  • Allocating district funding to overtime for additional patrols in the area
  • Funding HPD equipment for enforcement, including sound meters for the Loud Noise Unit

I am proud to say our office has delivered on a promise I made when I first took office: rehabilitating the Washington/Westcott roundabout. Utilizing district funds and advocating with our Public Works department allowed us to finally complete this project this past summer. The WOW Roundabout safety improvements have already had a positive impact on pedestrian and driver safety (including our families walking to school), and we continue to look at new ways ensure its quality is maintained. Infrastructure wins don’t stop there:

  • Helped secure $40 million grant for Shepherd-Durham drainage and revitalization reconstruction, a vital project to improvement the entire corridor
  • Funded the Washington at Westcott (WOW) roundabout safety improvements
  • Rice Military Area Stormwater Action Team (SWAT) Project
  • Woodcrest Drainage Regional Analysis + funding secured for SWAT
  • Funding for Cottage Grove SWAT/Roadside Ditch Rehab
  • Improved Blossom and Westcott intersection to improve safety for all road users
  • Street and sidewalk improvements throughout our neighborhoods, including securing funding for a resident-driven sidewalk project along Kansas St