Council Member Dave Martin's

District E Newsletter

 Issue 13     

January 2014 



Dave Martin

Council Member

District E 





900 Bagby

First Floor

Houston, TX 77002


17629 El Camino Real

Suite 415

Houston, TX 77058



Office: (832) 393-3008

Fax: (832) 393-3279 




Allie Smart 

Chief of Staff 


Lauren Laake

Deputy Chief of Staff

Evan Austin
Administrative Assistant




City Contacts

City of Houston 311
(713) 837-0311

Mayor's Citizens Assistance Office
(832) 393-0955

Community Center
(281) 348-2570

Department of Neighborhoods
General Services

For other City of Houston departments and projects, please visit the city website.

District E Community Contacts


Clear Lake Super Neighborhood

Residents of District E,


I hope everyone's New Year is off to a great start. On Thursday, I along with Mayor Parker and 15 of my city council colleagues will be sworn in for the 2014 and 2015 year. It will be an honor for me to have my son, David, swear me in for my 2nd year and first term as your Houston City Council Member. It is such a blessing to have my wife, Julie, and my three children, David, Michael and Jennifer support me in everything I do. Without them, I would be unable to serve you.  As I begin this second year on council, I do so by putting my family first, as I hope each of you do in your own lives.


As the holidays are now behind us, the New Year brings a lot of change to City Hall. I welcome six new council member colleagues, Brenda Stardig, Dwight Boykins, Robert Gallegos, David Robinson and Michael Kubosh, and wish them the best of luck as they go into their first year of their terms. Additionally, I would like to wish Mayor Parker and my returning colleagues Council Member's Stephen Costello, Oliver Pennington, Ed Gonzales and C.O. Bradford nothing but the best as they kick off their first year of their last term. I look forward to working alongside each of them in the next two years.  


Also changing downtown are new committee assignments, which the Mayor will soon announce. It's my promise to you to listen, learn and work hard on which ever committee assignment I am given.  


My office is refreshed and excited to work tougher than ever during this 2014 year. We plan to continue to be involved in as many organizations that we can in both sectors of District E. As always, we will continue to strive for excellence when it comes to constituent service. We do our best to serve as the liaison between you as District E residents and the twenty-one city departments that are responsible for making the city operate smoothly. I can't stress enough how important it is for you to report issues or suggestions you have. The more eyes and ears we have, the more work we can accomplish together. The City of Houston's 3-1-1 hotline is our friend, and no matter how big or small the issue might be, in order for it to be inspected by any of the city departments or even our office it must be submitted into the 3-1-1 system. I encourage you to dial 3-1-1 or even download the new 3-1-1 smart phone app, which allows for a quick turn around on solutions to issues.  


Town hall meetings will be held on a regular and frequent schedule so you can stay apprised on the latest news at City Hall and in your areas. These town halls provide you with the opportunity to make your voices heard.   Please continue to read my monthly newsletter for dates for the 2014 Spring town halls.  


In closing, I wish everyone a very happy and prosperous 2014 year. I am more excited than ever to see what we as a community will accomplish this year.  






Dave Martin

Welcome Evan Austin to the District E Office

Council Member Martin would like to invite you to welcome District E's newest employee, Evan Austin, to our office.

Evan joins our team as a senior at Rice University graduating this spring with a degree in Political Science and Philosophy. At Rice, he's actively engaged in a number of student organizations and serves as the Chair of the University's student court.


In the summer of 2012, Evan traveled to Washington, D.C. to serve as a congressional intern for Senator John Cornyn. There, he gained valuable experience working on issues of national policy and had the honor of meeting constituents from all over Texas. This past summer, Evan returned to Capitol Hill to conduct research at the Library of Congress.


Upon returning to school in the fall, Evan realized that his real passion is to serve the people of Houston. He's honored and excited to bring his previous experience in public service and policy research to the District E office, where he will be serving as an Administrative Assistant to Council Member Martin.


In his free time, Evan enjoys watching sports with his friends and discovering new things to do around the city.

Mothers Against Cancer Annual Luncheon

Mothers Against Cancer, a nonprofit charity made up of mothers from Kingwood, hosted their annual luncheon on Monday, December 2 at the Kingwood Country Club. The annual luncheon brings awareness to children's cancer and raises contributions to help with funding groundbreaking research. Council Member Martin's Chief of Staff, Allie Smart, attended this year's luncheon on behalf of the council member.

Since its inception in 1989, Mothers Against Cancer has donated more than $4 million to Texas Children's Hospital for children's cancer research.
Humble ISD Ranks Top Heart Walk District in the State

On Saturday, November 23, 40 teams of walkers braved the rain and the cold to support the Humble ISD Heart Walk to raise awareness of heart disease. A combined total of $31,000 was raised, more than any other school district in the state. The event, that promotes walking as a healthy lifestyle, is coordinated by the American Heart Association (AHA) and occurs every year.

The AHA presented several awards to Humble ISD Heart Walk Team including Woodland Hills for "Top Participating Elementary School"; Atascocita Middle School as the "Top Participating Middle School"; and Quest Early College High School as the "Top Participating High School". Additionally the top schools were recognized for their amount of fundraising achieved. Deerwood Elementary was honored as the "Top Fundraising Elementary School"; Atascocita Middle School as the "Top Fundraising Award for Middle Schools" and Kingwood High School was honored as the "Top Fundraising High School". Of the 40 teams from Humble ISD, 14 received special recognition for raising $1,000 or more.
Kingwood Bizcom

The Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce hosted their monthly Kingwood Bizcom at Kingwood Country Club on Thursday, December 5. Council Member Martin had the privilege of speaking to Chamber members regarding a variety of different developments occurring in the Lake Houston area that he represents including the Kingwood Parc City Center. Additionally, he had the opportunity to introduce Sawyer Blackburn of Friendswood Development Company who provided the crowd with information regarding the new Royal Brook community with homes planned to start in the $300's. Council Member Martin thanks the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce for organizing these monthly events to keep the members updated about the community and for inviting him to speak.  
Leadership Lake Houston

The Leadership Lake Houston class, an organization created to grow and develop community leaders in the Lake Houston area, met on Tuesday, December 10 for their planned "Government Day". A variety of elected officials including Council Member Martin addressed the class of the 20 emerging and existing leaders from the community about the importance and different roles of government on a variety of levels.

Council Member Martin's Chief of Staff, Allie Smart, is currently enrolled in the Leadership Lake Houston class and helped coordinate the day's events.   
District E Volunteers at HAMM
Last month, the District E office and the Department of Neighborhoods helped coordinate a day of giving back for more than 80 YES Prep! students who volunteered at the Humble Area Assistance Ministries. Students were divided into two separate groups one of which helped divide, organize and stock HAAM's food pantry while the other group helped organize toys collected for the annual toy drive. Council Member Martin thanks Andrea Jackson with the Department of Neighborhoods for always including District E, and looks forward to participating in similar events in the future.
Bay Area Republican Women's Club Holiday Reception
Bay Area Republican Women's Club members joined together on Wednesday, December 4 for their annual Holiday Reception and installation of new officers. Held at a private residence in Bay Oaks, members and elected officials gathered together to celebrate the successes of the last year and prepare for another year under new leadership. Council Member Martin attended the reception and participated by leading the group in the Texas pledge at the beginning of the event. He thanks the board for inviting him to attend and looks forward to being active with the organization this next year.  
Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce's HB5 Luncheon

The Education Committee of the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a luncheon on Wednesday, December 4 regarding House Bill 5 that passed in the Texas Legislature this past legislative session. The event featured a panel discussion between Texas State Representative Dr. Greg Bonnen and Clear Creek Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Greg Smith. Council Member Martin and his Deputy Chief of Staff Lauren Laake attended the luncheon. 
Bay Area Alliance Holiday Open House

The Bay Area Alliance opened up their doors to the Clear Creek Independent School District staff and community members on Tuesday, December 10 for their annual Holiday Open House. Council Member Martin's Deputy Chief of Staff, Lauren Laake, attended the celebration and had the opportunity to network and mingle with those that make such a difference in the community.

The Bay Area Alliance is a community coalition created to unite and mobilize a community to create an alcohol and drug-free future for the youth. For more information, please visit their website at  
BAHEP Christmas Reception

Council Member Martin and his staff had the opportunity to attend the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership's annual Christmas Reception on December 11, which was held at D'Amici in Seabrook. Every year, BAHEP invites its members to reflect back on the successful year the organization had and to thank their members for being a part of that success. Council Member Martin thanks BAHEP for the fantastic work that they do for the entire Bay Area and looks forward to continuing to work with them on a variety of different projects in 2014.  
Harris County Commissioner Jack Morman's Holiday Open House

Harris County Commissioner Jack Morman invited elected officials, staff and the community to his Holiday Open House on Wednesday, December 11, at the Jim Fonteno Annex. Council Member Martin's Deputy Chief of Staff, Lauren Laake, attended on behalf of the council member while he was participating in the weekly City Council meeting. Mrs. Laake had the opportunity to network and speak with other elected officials and their staff regarding plans for 2014 and how to effectively work together on joint projects. Council Member Martin looks forward to working with Commissioner Morman in 2014 for their shared constituencies. 
Economic Alliance Annual Open House

The team at the Economic Alliance opened their doors to their members on December 12 during their annual Open House. On behalf of Council Member Martin, his Chief of Staff, Allie Smart, and Deputy Chief of Staff, Lauren Laake, attended the event and had the opportunity to network with not only Economic Alliance team members but elected officials and leaders in industries around the Houston Port Region.

The Economic Alliance Houston Port Region is a non-profit organization created in 1985 that provides professional economic development services on behalf of 16 communities surrounding the 25-mile Houston Ship Channel, home to one of the world's most influential energy corridor and trade ports. 
South Belt Ellington Chamber of Commerce Annual Open House

The South Belt Ellington Chamber of Commerce hosted its members on Thursday, December 12 at the Chamber office to celebrate the Christmas and holiday season. Council Member Martin's Chief of Staff, Allie Smart, and his Deputy Chief of Staff, Lauren Laake, attended the open house on behalf of the District E office. Over the past year, Council Member Martin's office has worked alongside the South Belt Ellington Chamber of Commerce on a variety of different things and look forward to continuing to work with them going into the new year.  
Brian Rinehart Retirement Celebration

Last month, the Houston Airport System accepted the retirement of Ellington Airport's manager, Brian Rinehart, who has been with the city for over 18 years. Council Member Martin thanks Mr. Rinehart for his dedication to the Airport System and thanks him for his tireless efforts of helping to bring significant development to the airport. Council Member Martin's office recognized Mr. Rinehart last month with a certificate of appreciation during a reception that was held for him by his fellow Ellington employees. 
West Gulf Maritime Association Holiday Open House

The West Gulf Maritime Association hosted their sixth annual Holiday Open House and welcomed their members to their office to celebrate the successes of the port community and the growth of WGMA in the last year. Council Member Martin's office has worked with several of the members of WGMA during his first year as a Houston City Council member and thanks them for continuing to keep his office up to date regarding Port of Houston related issues.
Social Media

Council Member Martin has a new Facebook Page! "Like" it to stay updated with all things related to the City of Houston and District E. While you're at it, follow him on Twitter as well! 

Feral Hogs


With a name like Sus scrofa, one may think this creature is from another world. This is true, in a way. Feral hogs are an old world species that have occupied the U.S. mainland for the last 474 years. At least 134 million acres in Texas have the potential to be impacted by an estimated 2.6 million feral hogs.  


Feral hogs are opportunistic generalists, meaning they will eat just about anything. Females are capable of producing one to two litters of four to six piglets each year. Some say six are born and twelve survive, while researchers suggest that their reproductive capabilities are more than four times higher than native ungulates such as deer and javelina. Feral hogs can often be found no more than a few miles from water. Riparian areas (areas that separate adjacent uplands from creeks and rivers) are prime feral hog habitat and riparian corridors serve as feral hog highways, linking rural feral hog populations with urban habitats. This has led to the proliferation of urban feral hog reports in the news.


Four legal methods are available to reduce feral hog populations in Texas: trapping, shooting, snaring and the use of dogs. Concerns for public safety and local laws hinder most of these techniques from being used in urban environments. Trapping and the use of exclusion fencing are the two primary techniques available to urban residents. While exclusion fencing does nothing to reduce feral hog numbers, it can reduce or eliminate the damage they cause. Trapping can be quite effective when properly conducted. Best management practices suggest a four-step approach to reducing feral hog populations using a corral trap: 1. pre-baiting and conditioning hogs to a bait site; 2. assessing hog response to baiting; 3. constructing an appropriate sized corral trap and; 4. commencing trapping operations. For in-depth information on the corral trapping process visit our website:  


Be aware of feral hogs but not be afraid of them; their natural behavior is to flee and avoid confrontation if they are given sufficient room to escape. A unified effort is needed to reduce feral hog populations in Texas. You are invited to join in and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is here to help. We offer feral hog educational programs and technical assistance for land managers throughout the state, free of charge.


For assistance, please contact Mary Tyson at (979) 845-4698 or  

GHP's Elected Officials Reception

Last month, Greater Houston Partnership members and community leaders joined together to salute and honor the region's public servants during their annual Elected Officials Reception. Houston's city, county, state and federal elected officials all were in attendance including Council Member Martin. He looks forward to working with GHP during his second year, first term on council and working to build up the city and his council district.
Leadership Houston Meeting

In addition to speaking to the Leadership Lake Houston class last month, Council Member Martin also had the opportunity to speak to the Leadership Houston class alongside nine of his other council colleagues. During a panel discussion, Council Member Martin contributed to conversations regarding city government structure and how to become actively involved in the area of government and social justice. He congratulates those in the graduating leadership class and thanks Samia Merza for inviting him to participate.
Upcoming Events 
Please refer to Council Martin's District E website for location, time and more event details. Email the District E office if you would like us to include your upcoming event in future newsletters! 


City Wides

January 2
Houston City Council Inauguration Ceremony

January 19
Chevron Houston Marathon



January 6
All Kingwood Community Center adult programs resume to their normal schedule

January 15
Kingwood Super Neighborhood Committee Meeting

January 21

Clear Lake PIP Meeting

January 21
Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce's Third Tuesday - Awards Luncheon

January 23
Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Gala



Southeast Houston/Clear Lake   

January 9
Meadowcreek Village Civic Club Meeting


January 9  

Clear Lake City Water Authority Board Meeting


January 16

BAHEP's International Maritime Advisory Committee Meeting 


January 17

BAHEP's Quasar Awards Ceremony


January 21

Clear Lake PIP Meeting


January 21

Clear Lake Area Republican's Club Meeting


January 22

Bay Area Republican Women's Club Meeting