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Houston, TX 77002



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Houston, TX 77045



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Knollwood Village Celebrated 60 Years in the Braeswood Community

knollwood village Knollwood Village celebrated its 60th birthday on June 15, 2013 at Linkwood Park. The event was hosted by the Knollwood Village Civic Club. The turnout was outstanding and the acknowledgements were well-deserving. The celebratory event emphasized the essence of Knollwood Village -- truly a great place of community and a place of belonging.


The event consisted of potluck dessert among the neighbors and additional food provided by the civic club (courtesy of the area's Mike's Jersey Sub and James Coney Island). In addition, there were giveaways, activities coordinated by the local YMCA for kids, including arts and crafts and physical activities, and free face painting, balloon art and a few other surprises for the kids.

The Knollwood Village Civic Club was presented with a Certificate of Recognition from Council Member Green acknowledging the organization's 60th anniversary as well as a mayoral proclamation proclaiming June 15 as Knollwood Village Community Day presented by Mayor Parker herself. The event also acknowledged other elected officials that represent the Knollwood Village community.


Congratulations Knollwood Village with celebrating 60 years in the South Braeswood community!   

Get Involve  with the "Friends of Linkwood Park"

If you live within the vicinity of Linkwood Park or just a strong supporter of Houston parks, the "Friends of Linkwood Park" are asking for your participation and seeking volunteers. Linkwood Park is nestled within the heart of the South Braeswood community. The Friends of Linkwood Park, formerly the Linkwood PAC, are asking for representatives from the various surrounding civic associations to be a part of their community collaborative.


The Friends of Linkwood Park have scheduled a meeting for Tuesday, June 18 at 6:00 p.m. at Linkwood Park Community Center. Come hear the attendees and voice your opinion as to how to make Linkwood Park a more vibrant neighborhood park for the South Braeswood community. 

Reliant Park Update-- Noise

reliant stadium 2 During the month of April, Reliant Park held two outside concerts in the yellow parking lot of the Reliant Park complex.  After hearing a number of residential complaints from the communities west of South Main (i.e. Knollwood Village, Westridge, etc.), members of the Knollwood Village Civic Club board and the Braeswood Super Neighborhood Council (SNC) conducted a meeting with personnel from the Harris County Sports & Convention Corporation (HCSCC), the management company for Reliant Park (SMG) along with representatives from District K and City Council At-Large Position #1 as well as HPD Sgt. Tim Sutton. The meeting addressed the disruption these events caused the surrounding neighborhoods and focused on to collaborate on some possible solutions.


From these discussions, it was learned that HCSCC puts on events such as these to help cover annual operational expenses on the Reliant Park campus.  Without these events, the burden would fall on taxpayers.   


Taking those factors into consideration, HCSCC and SMG are not yet willing to prohibit the use of the yellow lot for outdoor music related events. However, they conceded on three crucial areas:

  • To ensure all outdoor event speakers would face away from the neighborhoods west of South Main St. (more to the south/southeast)
  • Implementation of a 9:00 p.m. curfew of music for all outdoor events that occur on the west side of Kirby Dr.
  • Carefully orient any stage productions in the yellow lot to minimize sound projection into the adjacent neighborhoods.

 HCSCC cited that as a result of the curfew, larger music events would not be interested in using the yellow lot. They admitted that this decision could result in lost business but these are concessions they are willing to implement as it's important for them to be good neighbors.  Both HCSCC and SMG management also offered an open line of communication should these concessions not improve the noise issues.


As it relates to future events, unhappy residents should either "Like" them on Facebook by searching for "Reliant Park" and provide comments or call Reliant's Switchboard at 832-667-1400 when they are bothered by noise during events.  Let your civic club board know, if you feel inclined to post comments or call during future events with an email to The Knollwood Village Civic Club board along with the Braeswood SNC will continue to monitor the situation.

Hiram Clarke:
Hiram Clarke Community Health Fair
HC health fair

The District K council office, along with the Black Nurses Association of Greater Houston and the South Houston Concerned Citizens Coalition, facilitated a Hiram Clarke Community Health Fair at the Hiram Clarke MSC on June 1.This health and wellness event provided constituents with FREE health screenings for cholesterol, blood glucose, and blood pressure, as well as, HIV testing. The health fair also featured local health care agencies and local entertainment. 


Also in attendance were Representative Dr. Alma Allen, Senator Rodney Ellis, and US Congressman Al Green to address the importance of healthcare within our community.

Palomino Place Apartments


On Tuesday, May 16th Council Member Green met with the residents of the Palomino Place Apartments to hear their concerns and update the residents about all the initiatives happening in District K.  Prior to the meeting, Council Member Green had the opportunity to greet the children from the neighborhood and pass out the City of Houston Parks and Recreation Department's Spark Park Coloring Books to the excited young people.  

Three Houston Independent School Principals Recognized for High Achievement
During the month of May, three (3) educators within the Houston Independent School District (HISD) of District K have been recognized for making their mark for educational excellence.


Mike Walker, Principal at Walter W. Fondren Elementary, received a top award for Principles developing a "move forward" bulletin board that traces all students' academic progress, which helped turn around a low-performing campus in just one year to earn the state's top academic rating. Principal Walker received a $10,000 prize and $25,000 for his school. Recently, Principal Walker has been promoted to another school within HISD. "You are HUGE part of Fondren's success and will continue to be," states Council Member Green.


Principal Dr. Bonita Morgan has retired this year from Jean Hines-Caldwell Elementary. During her tenure at Hines-Caldwell, she has led the school with recognition for Outstanding Academic Performance.  Highlighted are the State Distinguished Performance School recognition for her campus:Title I, Part A Campus 2010-2011, 2011-2012, and 2012-2013

  • Met Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in 2011 and 2012
  • Spring 2011 Exemplary
  • Spring 2010 Recognized
  • Spring 2009 Exemplary

Finally, Principal Sonja Williams of James Madison High School received top honors this academic season for Principal of the Year among HISD secondary schools this past school year. "Mrs. Williams has really made positive strides among the faculty and students of James Madison High School," states Council Member Green.

Brays Oaks:
Another Dilapidated Structure within District K is Demolished
Demo pic
Council Member Green was pleased to demolish an unsound, dilapidated structure in the Brays Oaks community. The property at 8304 Northern St. was demolished on June 10th among a cheering crowd of Brays Oaks neighbors. 


Promoting public safety and enhancing the quality of life for residents are still top priorities for Council Member Green. One way to accomplish this is by eliminating blighted, hazardous buildings within District K neighborhoods.


Council Member Green states, "I'm thrilled the City was able to move forward with demolition of this dangerous building site in the Brays Oaks neighborhood. The 8304 Northern St. site has been an eyesore for this part of the Brays Oaks neighborhood for years. The Brays Oaks community's persistence has paid off." 


"I cannot thank the District K council office enough for persistently advocating the demolition of 8304 Northern St. onto Neighborhood Protection's demolition list," states Richard Rodriguez, Director of Community Services representing the Brays Oaks Management District.
Northbrook South Townhouse Association Celebrated 40 Years 
Northbrook South Townhouse

The Northbrook South Townhouse Association celebrated their 40th anniversary on June 2nd as a thriving community within the Brays Oaks area.  The Northbrook South Townhouse Association began in 1973 within the area formerly known as Fondren Southwest. Over the years, the Association has weathered Houston's downturn and upswing. Today, this vibrant community of townhouses continues to thrive as they did in 1973.


"I was honored to be invited to break bread and listen to current and former neighbors share stories of their time living within the townhouse community," states Council Member Green. "District K commends the Association as they commemorated their 40th anniversary." The anniversary event also recognized the four (4) original homeowners still living within Northbrook South - Allyn Pearlman, Rose Kimball, Joyce Stone, and Carol Case.  

Fort Bend Houston:
Fort Bend Houston HPD Satellite Office-- Now Open

The Houston Police Department has partnered with the Fort Bend County Constable's Office, Precinct 2, to open a Fort Bend Houston HPD Satellite Office at 7133 West Fuqua St., located within the Willowridge retail shopping center along West Fuqua St. at Blue Ridge Rd.


The HPD satellite office is OPEN on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. An assigned HPD officer is on-site and available to assist with any police-related issues/concerns during those office hours. All other days, the Hiram Clarke HPD Storefront, located at 4363 West Fuqua St., is still available for Fort Bend Houston residents.


Please spread the word and take advantage of this community resource!!

Rev. Theodore L. Deaver Leads City Council in Prayer
Council Member Green would like to thank Rev. Theodore L. Deaver for leading City Council in prayer on May 29th.


Rev. Deaver resides within the Houston Fort Bend area and is the Senior Pastor at New Hope Baptist Church.  He is involved in a variety of interfaith programs in Houston and serves as the Treasurer of Fort Bend Super Neighborhood.

Council Member Larry Green Kicked-off the 4th Annual Demo Day

 demo Kick off.

Council Member Green kicked-off the 4th Annual Demo Day on May 19 with an unsound structure within the Briargate subdivision -- 7403 Ruppstock Ct.


 The event launched the City's 2013 demolition initiative -- to promote public safety and enhance the quality of life for residents throughout the city of Houston. This kick-off event included razing approximately 189 dangerous buildings at various locations across the city. Members of the Houston Area Contractors Association are donating their services to bulldoze a portion of these buildings.  The debris will be cleared in the weeks that follow and the demolition initiative will continue until the project is completed.


 "Since coming into office, I'm thrilled to participate in this annual event, "states   Council Member Green.  "Over the years, the 7403 Ruppstock site has detrimentally plagued the Briargate neighborhood. Through this sponsored initiative of the Department of Neighborhoods, the Briargate community's persistence has been heard." 


Additionally, Council Member Green witnessed the demolition of 2 additional dangerous structures within the Hiram Clarke community, 13530 Almeda Rd.

Westbury 13th Annual Arbor Award

Trees for Houston hosted their 13th Annual Arbor Awards ceremony on May 30. One of this year's Arbor Award recipients was a Westbury resident, Russell Schexnayder. "I would like to acknowledge Russell Schexnayder for being honored with an Arbor Award for his outstanding commitment and dedication toward planting trees and organizing beautification projects within the Willow Waterhole Greenspace Reserve," states Council Member Green.


Recipients of the Arbor Award, consist of individuals, businesses, community groups, governmental agencies, and foundations honored those that have made an exceptional contribution and demonstrated their commitment to planting, protecting, and promoting trees toward making Houston a greener city. 

Out and About District K: 


Expanding Single Stream Recycling Program for 

District K Neighborhoods

Council Member Green is pleased to announced that the City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department has slated 35,000 additional households citywide to its single-stream automated curbside recycling program.  As part of this curbside expansion, residents within these selected neighborhoods will receive one 96-gallon green automated cart. This will be similar to the black automated garbage cart.


"Since coming into office last year, I have strongly advocated for single-stream recycling for all neighborhoods within District K. At least this is a first step toward some of the District K neighborhoods," states Council Member Green. "I will continue to advocate for expanded recycling services for all neighborhoods within District K." 


Subdivisions included in the July 2013 expansion curbside Automated Recycling Program are: 

  • Almeda Plaza
  • Glen Iris
  • Glenshire
  • Hiram Clarke (Brentwood and Pamela Heights)
  • Westbury West

This will be the first of two curbside recycling expansions this calendar year.  An additional expansion to 70,000 households is planned in the Fall. "Since first implementing the initiative in 2009, residents have overwhelmingly been asking to be included in this program.  It's convenient because participants can place their unsorted recyclables, including glass, in one city-provided container with wheels that makes it easy to roll to the curb," said Harry Hayes, Solid Waste Management Department Director. 


 Recyclable items that can be placed in the containers include: newspapers, magazines, office paper, junk mail, cardboard, paperboard, paper bags, glass bottles and jars, aluminum cans, tin and steel cans and plastics 1 - 5 and 7. The Solid Waste Management Department provides solid waste services to the residents of Houston through the collection, disposal and recycling of discarded material in a manner that is safe, efficient, environmentally sound and cost-effective.


For more information about the City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department and its services, please log on to or follow on Facebook click here.  

District K Neighborhood 101 Symposium: Chapter 42 

 Chapter 42 meetings

Council Member Green facilitated two (2) District-wide community meetings in conjunction with the City of Houston Planning and Development Department to inform civic leaders about the tools available to help protect their residential character as part of the adoption of Chapter 42, the City's Land Development ordinance.


The revised Chapter 42 amendments applies to any neighborhood within the city boundaries, as long as the deed restrictions do not call for a minimum lot size or building line and address the Special Minimum Lot size designation for a larger neighborhood, as opposed to the previous limit of 2 blocks.


The District K council office has compiled 95% of all deed restrictions within the District. The council staff is reviewing the documents for language pertaining to minimum lot size and building line. The District K office will personally contact the civic association to notify them if the language within their deed restrictions is sufficient or if they should make an appointment with the Planning Dept. to pursue the  Special Minimum Lot Size//Building Line application.


All of the applications and information about this Special Minimum Lot Size/Building Line application, can also be found online  here. The Planning and Development Department is still holding community meetings across the City during the month of June. If you missed the District K CH. 42 community meeting, click the link to access a listing of additional meetings: click here.

Council Member Sighting (May- June)
Council Member Green is making his rounds to discuss District K's upcoming plans for 2013. Listed below are community meetings Council Member Green attended during May and June.
  • April 29th - Briar Villa Annual Meeting 
  • May 4th Staff Attended the Southwest Crossing HOA Meeting 
  • May 18th- Briar Villa South HOA Meeting 
Two New HPD Captains to Lead the South Gessner and Southwest Patrol Divisions

Every two years, the Houston Police Department reassigns Captains to new patrol divisions as a way to expose officers to different roles and responsibilities. Last month, the two Captains in charge of the South Gessner and Southwest Patrol Divisions were re-assigned to new Divisions. HPD announced Captain Robertson will take over the South Gessner Division, which patrols the Brays Oaks area, and Captain Pando will be over the Southwest Westside, which patrols the remainder of District K. 


Captain Bob Robertson is a 30 year veteran of the Houston Police Department.  He has served in various patrol divisions along with Internal Affairs, Night Command, Emergency Communications and Human Resources.  His last assignment was with the Air Support Division.


Captain Octavio Pando has been with the Houston Police Department for 23 years.  He has worked at several divisions throughout the department as an officer and as a sergeant.  As a lieutenant, he was assigned to the Westside Division, the Central Division, and the Training Academy.  As a captain, prior to arriving at his current assignment of Southwest Division, he was assigned to the Clear Lake Patrol Division and the Jail Division.  


Council Member Green is pleased to welcome the Captains Robertson and Pando to District K, and wishes Captain Steven Spears and Captain Milton Martin good luck as they embark on their new assignments. 


"I appreciate all that Captain Spears and Captain Martin have done to better the District K community," states Council Member Green. "I'm looking forward to a proactive relationship with both Captains in their new positions with special attention given to the community's needs and concerns."

Medical Center Public Hearing

288 HWY The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will conduct a public hearing to present the recommended alignment for the SH 288 Tolled Direct Connectors to the Texas Medical Center area. The proposed project would consist of the construction of two direct connectors; a northbound connector from SH 288 to westbound Holcombe at the Ardmore Street intersection, and a southbound connector from eastbound Holcombe to SH 288. The proposed direct connectors would be tolled. Additional right-of-way would be required for the project and some displacements would occur. The hearing will be held on June 27 at the Michael E. DeBakey High School For Health Professions (cafeteria), 3100 Shenandoah, 77021.


An open house will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. to allow for questions and viewing of project exhibits. A formal presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m. followed by a public comment period. Maps and other drawings depicting the proposed improvements will be displayed at the public hearing.  Representatives from TxDOT and their study team will be available to answer individual questions. 


Public comments are encouraged. Information regarding this project is on file and available for viewing at the TxDOT Houston District Office, 7600 Washington Ave., 77007.  Project information, including exhibits, will be available for public viewing at the TxDOT website click here. A public hearing summary report will also be made available on the website in the late summer of 2013.

Annual Civic Association Meetings Planned? 

Since coming into office last year, Council Member Green has made a commitment to visit every civic association within the District. The task is almost complete; however, if you are receiving this e-newsletter and Council Member Green has yet to attend your civic association meeting, please contact the District K office at 832-393-3016 or to schedule an appointment.


Council Member Green would like to attend your annual meeting, regardless if it's the first time or the second time. This is the once-a-year meeting that most community members attend. Council Member Green would like to introduce the District K council staff and briefly address any community concerns among the attendees. Also, keep us posted if your civic association has changed its contact info (primary contact person, mailing address, e-mail address, contact number) and meeting location and date.  

Houston Police Department Positive Interaction Program (PIP) Meetings

District K has three (3) active PIP meetings administered by the Houston Police Department. All PIP meetings are open to the public; regardless of where you live.


Westbury PIP Meeting (every 4th Tuesday of the month)

Aramco Building  

9009 West Loop South Freeway
Houston, TX 77096

For more information, please contact the HPD Westbury Storefront at 713-726-7126. The Westbury HPD Storefront hours are 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Hiram Clarke PIP Meeting (every 2nd Monday of the month)

Hiram Clarke HPD Storefront  

4363 West Fuqua St.
Houston, TX 77053

For more information, please contact the HPD Hiram Clarke Storefront at 713-433-2720. The Hiram Clarke HPD Storefront hours are 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.


Braeburn PIP Meeting (every 3rd Tuesday of the month)

Braeburn HPD Storefront 

7576 West Bellfort Ave.
Houston, TX 77071

For more information, please contact the HPD Braeburn Storefront at 713-773-7550. The Braeburn HPD Storefront hours are 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

District K Super Neighborhood Councils Summer Meeting Schedule

hammer The Braeswood SNC will not meet during the months of June and July for the summer season. However, the Council will reconvene in August (15th). The SNC meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Linkwood Park Community Center, 3699 Norris St.


Westbury SNC will not meet during the months of June and July for the summer season. However, the Council will reconvene in August (14th). The SNC meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 8:30 a.m. at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 34930 West Bellfort Ave., 77035.


The Brays Oaks SNC will not meet during the month of July for the summer season. However, the Council will reconvene in August (6th). The SNC meets on the 1st Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at Braeswood Assembly of God Church, 10611 Fondren Rd., 77096.


The Central Southwest/Fondren Gardens SNC will meet next month on July 11 at 6:45 p.m. at the Hiram Clarke Multi-Service Center, 3810 West Fuqua St., 77045. The SNC meets bi-monthly on the 1st Thursday of the month (same time and location).


The Fort Bend Houston SNC will not meet during the months of June and July for the summer season. However, the Council will reconvene in August (15). The SNC meets on the 2nd Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Fort Bend Boys and Girls Club, 5525 Hobby St., 77053. 

General City of Houston News:
City of Houston 2013 Summer Enrichment Program

The City of Houston Parks and Recreation Department announces its 2013 Summer Enrichment Program. The program is a summer day-camp-style enrichment camp that offers a wide range of recreational activities including arts and crafts, sports games, field trips, entertainment, special events, and water fun. The 10-week program is offered from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday from June 3 through August 9. The cost for the program is $30 a week per child or $300 for the entire summer session. The age to participate in the program is 6 - 13.


The Summer Enrichment Program is offered at community centers across the city. The facilities within District K participating in the program are:

  • Linkwood Park Community Center - 3699 Norris St., 77025
  • Windsor Village Community Center - 1441 Croquet St., 77045
  • Townwood Park Community Center - 3403 Simsbrook Dr., 77045
  • Marian Park Community Center - 11000 South Gessner Rd., 77071
  • Platou Community Center - 11655 Chimney Rock Rd., 77035


For more information call 832.395.7270.For fee schedules, go to

Texas Black Expo Celebrates 10 Years

The Juneteenth Summer Celebration is the flagship event of the Texas Black Expo. The
event is an annual celebration of African-American culture showcasing business development seminars, entertainment, shopping and fun for the entire family. Further, the event attracts more than 20,000 attendees from throughout the United States, showcases more than 250 businesses to the Greater Houston Area, and contributes more than $1.5 million to the Houston economy.


Members of the Greater Houston community and from throughout the southeastern Texas region look forward to this exciting event each year, as it continues to present the best that the African American culture has to offer. The Texas Black Expo draws in major sponsors and vendors from around the country to experience the Juneteenth Summer Celebration and spotlight the richness of the African American culture.


The Juneteenth Summer Celebration has grown increasingly popular as a result of the thousands of individuals who converge on the city of Houston each year to celebrate the Texas Black Expo weekend! The event has become so popular, attracting revenue and recognition to the city of Houston, that it has become one of the landmark events that characterize the city of Houston as an international city that celebrates the uniqueness of each of its diverse communities!


The Texas Black Expo, being the largest urban festival in the state of Texas, will converge onto the Houston landscape on June 20-23, 2013 at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Hall A. In association of the event, the Texas Black Expo will host a number of complimentary events and activities such as the Texas Black Expo VIP Kickoff Corporate Reception; the Texas Black Expo Corporate Breakfast; Eco-Enterprise Summit & Small Business Forum (co-presented by the Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce and the Houston Area Urban League); Texas Legislative Black Caucus Luncheon; Historic Black Colleges and Universities College Fair & Handle Ya' Business Youth Forum; Diva Dialogue Women's Forum; Living Strong Health & Wellness Pavilion; Black Expo Goes Green: The Green Zone; Illusion Model Management Fashion Exposition; and the Texas Black Expo Gospel Explosion (featuring Earnest Pugh and Keith Williams) just to name a few.

Houston Selected as Host City for 2015 Neighborhoods USA (NUSA) Conference
Neighborhoods USA (NUSA) has selected Houston as the Host City for the 2015 Neighborhood U.S.A. (NUSA) national conference. This will bring the nation's largest neighborhood organization and an estimated 1,000 grass-roots community leaders from across the country to Houston. The conference will be the 40th anniversary of the organization.


Neighborhoods, USA is a national non-profit organization committed to building and strengthening neighborhood organizations. Created in 1975 to share information and experiences toward building stronger communities, NUSA continues to encourage networking and information sharing to facilitate the development of partnerships between neighborhood organizations, government and the private sector.


Houston's commitment to neighborhoods and the City's status as a great convention location were the primary reasons Houston was selected for this conference. "I was pleased to have contributed a support letter to help capture the 2015 NUSA to Houston," state Council Member Green. "This is an opportunity for Houston neighborhoods to tell their unique neighborhood story."


Each year the NUSA Board solicits nominations to recognize the commitment of neighborhoods and neighborhood friendly individuals or enterprises in awarding "Neighborhood of the Year" (NOTY) and "NUSA Notables" Awards. The NOTY awards have been presented since 1984 as a collective "Thank You" for the hard work of nominated neighborhoods and are the only national awards given on an ongoing basis to neighborhood organizations for their self-help initiatives.


The Planning and Development Department and the Department of Neighborhoods will coordinate with local neighborhood advocates and NUSA on the 2015 Conference. For more information or to find out how you can get involved, contact Margaret Wallace at 713-837-7701.

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The Plat Summary E-Report contains information about the plats, replats, variances, and special exceptions to plats that will be considered at the upcoming Planning Commission meeting. The report provides locational, plat, and applicant information for each application in an Excel format that can be easily scrolled through, or sorted, based on particular data, such as council district.


The Houston Planning Commission meets every other Thursday at 2:30 p.m. in City Hall Annex Chambers, 900 Bagby St. unless otherwise posted.


The Plat Summary E-Report is usually sent out approximately a week before Planning Commission meets, while the Planning Commission Agenda is posted three days in advance of Planning Commission meetings on the Planning & Development Department website ( ).


The Permit E-Report provides information regarding any new construction, remodeling, or change-of-use permits by zip-code in an effort to inform citizens of activity in their neighborhoods. This E-Report is e-mailed every Monday.   

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