Council Member Dave Martin's

District E Newsletter

Issue 21

September 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 




Lauren Laake

Chief of Staff 


Evan Austin

South Sector Manager


Jessica Beemer
North Sector Manager


Will Fischer


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,


The month of September will mark thirteen years since the tragic day of September 11th, 2001.  As I reflect back on the last thirteen years, feelings of sadness overcome me but I also can't help but be overwhelmed by the patriotism, honor and respect that our great nation has experienced as a result of those attacks.


Each September my office participates in the 9/11 Heroes Run, which we are honored to host within District E at Ellington Airport.  This year, the 4th Annual Houston 9/11 Heroes Run will take place on Saturday, September 6th and will be one of 55 races held across the country. Over the last three years, Houston has been number one in race attendance and over 2,000 participants are expected this year. The national 9/11 Heroes Run events are a result of the robust mission of the Travis Manion Foundation, a charitable organization started by the parents of the late 1st Lt. Travis Manion to assist the nation's veterans and families of the fallen. The foundation engages with veterans and their families in all stages of their personal journeys and offers unique empowering opportunities to assist them achieve their goals. The fundamental belief guiding the Travis Mansion Foundation is that the best way to honor the fallen is by challenging the living. The foundation challenges all to lead the "If Not Me, Then Who" movement and to inspire others to continue the service to community and country by the nation's fallen heroes.


9/11 Heroes Run at a glance:


18,000 veterans and survivors supported in 41 communities


50,000 plus participants in the 9/11 Heroes Run


30,000 youth inspired to serve their communities in honor of fallen heroes


4345 volunteers spearheading the "If Not Me, Then Who" movement


$200,000 plus invested locally to directly support veterans, first 

responders, and their families in your community each year.


I invite and encourage you all to attend the 9/11 Heroes Run on September 6th to help remember those that have selflessly given their lives over the last thirteen years and those that serve our great nation today. Always remember, 1st Lt. Travis Manion's words prior to leaving on his second and final deployment to Iraq, "If Not Me, Then Who..."





Dave Martin

Economic Alliance Houston Port Region New Member Orientation and Reception

On Wednesday, August 6 staff from Council Member Martin's office attended an orientation and reception for new members at the Economic Alliance Houston Port Region. In attendance at the event were a variety of representatives from businesses and organizations based in or around the Houston Ship Channel who had joined the alliance in 2014. Chad Burke, President and CEO of the Economic Alliance, provided new members a presentation on the structure and mission of the organization and a review of some of the alliance's recent contributions to the region.


The Economic Alliance Houston Port Region serves as the organization responsible for promoting growth and economic development in the Houston Ship Channel and the surrounding area, which houses the second largest petrochemical complex in the world and the busiest exporting port in the United States. Through its efforts in marketing, business development, expansion and retention support, public policy, and workforce development, the alliance has contributed to creating over 3,600 jobs and securing $3.6 billion of capital investment in the region since 2011. The Economic Alliance also promotes tourism and quality of life improvements in the area by promoting the development of regional assets and the implementation of public art projects and beautification efforts.


Council Member Martin commends the Economic Alliance Houston Port Region and its diligent staff for the work they have done and continue to do in promoting robust economic development and capital investment in the Houston Ship Channel region. 

Rotary Club of Space Center 50th Anniversary Celebration

Since 1964, the Rotary Club of Space Center has been serving the Clear Lake area with dedicated community service and engaged volunteerism. On Wednesday, August 6 the club celebrated its 50th anniversary with a cocktail dinner and reception at Space Center Houston. To mark the occasion, Council Member Martin presented a certificate of recognition on behalf of the City of Houston honoring the club's service over the past half century. The event also featured memorabilia and video presentations celebrating the history of the chapter, and Rotarians and guests shared stories from the club's past activities.


Council Member Martin congratulates the Rotary Club of Space Center on the big milestone and thanks all involved with the organization over the past 50 years for their service to the community. He also thanks Scott Rainey, President of the Rotary Club of Space Center, for the invitation to attend the event.

South Shaver Construction Update

Council Member Martin is pleased to provide an update on the status of the $13.5 million South Shaver Road Reconstruction project initiated in summer 2013 by the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDoT). Currently, the project has been estimated at 70% overall completeness. Storm Sewer boxes have been placed along South Shaver up to its intersection with North Broadway, with the remaining boxes expected to be placed during the month of September, weather permitting. Water lines are expected to be tested, connected, and put into service during the first half of September. North Broadway, which has been closed to traffic to accommodate the construction, is expected to reopen by the end of September.

Wald Road, which runs adjacent to South Shaver, is scheduled to be closed in the coming months to allow for the installation of new storm sewer and water lines, in addition to pavement replacement. Concrete paving on the northbound side of South Shaver between Galveston Road and North Broadway will proceed until the end of September when it is expected to be completed.


Overall completion of the South Shaver Road Reconstruction project is targeted for the first quarter of 2015. Council Member Martin's office will continue to follow progress on this project and will keep the public updated of any changes. Should any questions arise, please feel free to contact our office at (832) 393-3008. 

Save the Date: Medication Take Back

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 27 the Clear Creek Independent School District's Bay Area Alliance for Youth and Families is hosting medication take back events at five locations across Houston's Bay Area. To participate, residents with unused or expired prescription or over the counter medication can drive through one of the drop-off sites where local law enforcement and pharmacy personnel will take the medication for proper disposal. The available sites will be: Hope Lutheran Church in Friendswood, UTMB Health Eye Center in Galveston, the Houston Police Department Clear Lake Substation, the Webster Fire Station, and UTMB Victory Lakes in League City. 


For more information and for exact addresses for these drop-off sites, please visit:

CCISD Athletic Director Honored

Bill Daws, Athletic Director of the Clear Creek Independent School District, was honored this summer by being inducted into the Texas High School Athletic Directors Association (THSADA) Hall of Honor during the association's 2014 state conference. Mr. Daws, who has served as CCISD's Athletic Director since 2003 and recently retired as the president of the THSADA, has been involved in public education for 40 years. Mr. Daws previously served as a high school football, track and baseball coach before transitioning into the administrative sphere. 


Council Member Martin congratulates Mr. Daws on this well-deserved 

recognition, and thanks him for his capable and dedicated service to the Clear Creek Independent School District and its student athletes.

Lake Houston Area Planning Council Meeting

On Monday, August 4 Council Member Martin attended the second official meeting of the Lake Houston Area Planning Council (LHAPC), a new regional council which first met on May 5 of this year. At this month's meeting, attendees provided updates on major initiatives in the area, drafted a long-term vision for the region, and identified objectives with measureable milestones that the council will pursue. Members present included Dr. Katherine Persson, President of Lone Star College-Kingwood, Charlie Dromgoole, CEO of Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce, Melinda Stephenson, CEO of Kingwood Medical Center, Dr. Guy Sconzo, Superintendent of the Humble Independent School District, in addition to a number of staff with local elected officials and representatives from governmental agencies such as TxDot and METRO.


The Lake Houston Area Planning Council was created earlier this year to provide a number of key decision makers and community leaders from the Lake Houston area the opportunity to work together to plan and promote the region's future. Council Member Martin thanks all of the community leaders in attendance for contributing to a productive and informative meeting and looks forward to continuing to work on bettering the future of the Lake Houston area.

New Restroom and Shower Facility at Lake Houston Wilderness Park

On Wednesday, August 6 Houston City Council approved the construction of a new restroom and shower facility at Lake Houston Wilderness Park. The facility, recommended to council by the Director of the Houston Parks and Recreation Department, is needed to serve overnight campers and day-use visitors to the park. The approved contract stipulates that the new building will be constructed to include a large multi-flush restroom and multi-showers. The facility will also meet all current requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act and will be constructed to withstand vandalism.  

Kingwood BizCom 

Staff from Council Member Martin's office attended the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce's Kingwood BizCom on Thursday, August 7 at Kingwood High School. The meeting, which was presented by Kingwood Pines Hospital, was open to the public and featured remarks from key members of the Kingwood community who delivered updates on various projects underway in the area.

Dr. Ted Landy, Principal of Kingwood High School (KHS), opened the meeting by mentioning the success of the KHS men's track team, KHS women's volleyball team, and the KHS orchestra. Next, Dr. Guy Sconzo, Superintendent of Humble ISD, discussed how growth in the community will impact Humble ISD. According to Dr. Sconzo, HISD is preparing to add six new campuses, including a new high school. Dr. Sconzo also presented the basics of the new graduation plans being implemented this year which focus on better preparing students for life after high school graduation. To view the new HISD graduation plans, please click here

David McCarble of David Development also provided an update on Kings Creek, an upcoming mixed-use development featuring LEED certified buildings located at the intersection of Highway-59 and Sorters McClellan. To learn more about the Kings Creek development, click here.

Heath Rushing, COO of Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital, additionally announced that Memorial Hermann's new clinic location in the Kingwood Town Center is planning to open on September 15th. Lastly, Council Member Martin, in conjunction with Raghu Venturi, Senior Engineer with Gunda Corporation, provided an update on the Kingwood Mobility Study. For more information about the Kingwood Mobility Study, please visit: To submit comments and suggestions, please email:


Council Member Martin thanks Kingwood High School for hosting the event, as well as the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce for organizing the informative presentations. 

Kingwood PIP Meeting

On Tuesday, August 19 the Houston Police Department engaged Kingwood residents at the monthly Positive Interaction Program (PIP) meeting held at the Kingwood Church of Christ. This month's topic "Precious Metals" was introduced by Investigator Todd Harris of the Burglary & Theft Division's Precious Metals Unit. The unit, which is the first of it's kind in the state of Texas, focuses solely on the recovery of stolen precious metals like gold, silver, and platinum and objects containing these valuable materials. 


To solve cases, the Precious Metals Unit depends on help from members of the Kingwood community. Investigator Harris strongly suggests keeping a detailed itemized inventory of all valuables (not just jewelry) complete with pictures. To maintain such a record, residents can utilize the secure online service at which allows users to catalog their possessions. In the event of a burglary, victims can use the service by logging onto their online accounts and printing out descriptions and photos of the items that have been stolen.


Investigator Harris additionally warned that if a thief has ten minutes in your house, they are most likely to enter your bedroom and look for jewelry boxes. For this reason, he advised all to be creative with jewelry storage and make sure to make an inventory. 

Kingwood Service Association's Public Safety Committee

On Wednesday, August 13 staff from Council Member Martin's office attended the monthly meeting of the Kingwood Service Association's Public Safety Committee, held in the South Woodland Hills Community Room in Kingwood. At the meeting, Captain Mark Fougerousse and Lieutenant D.R. "Duke" Atkins, Jr. of HPD's Kingwood Division provided an update on police activity in the area and reported a recent increase in attempted burglaries.


In response to this trend, Captain Fougerousse and Lieutenant Atkins, Jr. offered several tips to prevent home burglary. Since many burglars target vulnerable points of entry into homes, HPD recommends replacing or reinforcing any weak or hollow-core doors and securing windows and sliding glass doors with bolt locks or broomsticks. Additional preventative measures include installing lights in areas around doors, walkways and driveways, putting a padlock on all fences and choosing a reputable alarm company to protect your home.


When traveling, HPD advises making your home look occupied - it is recommend to have someone cut your grass and pick up your mail and newspapers. HPD further suggests keeping a current inventory of all your valuables, including photos or video, and all serial numbers of all electronic equipment. It is additionally recommended that those traveling secure any cash or jewelry left behind in a bonded storage unit. Finally, HPD advises that individuals don't publicize your travel plans and the dates that you will be away from your home or provide updates during your vacation on Facebook, Twitter or other forms of social media.


In general, it is important to get to know your neighbors and to report any suspicious activity immediately. HPD reminds all Houstonians to protect not only your own home, but also your neighbors' home and property.

Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce's Third Tuesday Luncheon

On Tuesday, August 19 staff from Council Member Martin's office attended the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce's monthly Third Tuesday Luncheon at the Walden on Lake Houston Golf & Country Club. This month's featured speaker was Dr. Steve Head, the newly appointed chancellor of the Lone Star College System, who gave an update on the continued expansion of the network of colleges across the greater Houston region. The system, which includes campuses in Kingwood, Cypress, University Park, Tomball, The Woodlands and more, has grown by over 130,000 students in recent years.


Council Member Martin thanks the Lake Houston Area Chamber for hosting the informative monthly event. He also thanks Dr. Head for the presentation and wishes him the best of luck in his new role as the leader of the Lone Star College System.

Humble ISD Luncheon

The 2014-2015 school year is upon us, and on Tuesday, August 19 Council Member Martin attended a luncheon held by the Humble Independent School District.  The event, held at the Humble Civic Center, featured a keynote address by Dr. Ruby Payne, an internationally known author and education professional who also spoke to the Humble ISD staff at the district's annual convocation luncheon. 


Council Member Martin thanks the Humble Independent School District for the invitation to attend the luncheon, and wishes the best of luck to all teachers, students and staff as they begin the new school year.

2014 Lake Houston 10k/5k

Early on the morning of Saturday, August 23 runners and community members from the Lake Houston area made their way to Kings Harbor to participate in the 2014 Lake Houston 10k/5k. The Lake Houston Chamber of Commerce has produced the event for the past six years, and at this year's races volunteers were around at every turn passing out shirts, lining up runners, passing out water, and helping participants and spectators make their way around the community event.


Council Member Martin opened ceremonies by sounding the horn to kick off the 10k race. He then tightened his laces and participated in the 5k race with his son Michael Martin, Houston City Council Member Jack Christie, and State Representative Dan Huberty. Despite hot and humid weather, Council Member Martin won first prize for his age group, with a finishing time of just under twenty-one minutes. He thanks the Lake Houston Chamber of Commerce and all of the attendant volunteers for showing up early to make this event a great success, and looks forward to participating again next year.

Kingwood High School Summer Achievements

While many young adults chose to use their summer break to relax and recharge for the coming fall, a number of student athletes at Kingwood High School (KHS) continued to work hard this summer and went on to achieve impressive accomplishments. 


In late May, the Kingwood boys track and field team won the UIL Class 5A State Track and Field Championship, held at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin. The Mustangs, who won the meet with a combined score of 39 points, were lead by a first place finish in the 4x400-meter relay, a gold medal in the 800-meter run, and a third place finish in the 300-meter Hurdles.  


The Kingwood girls volleyball team also had an impressive summer, traveling in August to the Ann Kang Invitational tournament held at Lolani High School in Honolulu, Hawaii. The tournament, which has been running for almost 30 years, is open only to the top high school girls volleyball teams in the United States -  KHS was one of 16 teams to be invited to compete this year. 


Council Member Martin congratulates Kingwood High School's boys track and field team and girls volleyball team on their accomplishments this summer and thanks all of the student athletes on both impressive teams for representing the City of Houston in competitions across the state and country. 

Vehicle for Hire Ordinance Revisions

After several months of extended discussion, Houston City Council passed revisions to Ch. 46 of the city's Code of Ordinances relating to the operation and regulation of vehicles for hire. In a session lasting over five hours, members of council offered amendments to the proposed ordinance and debated a variety of issues relating to public safety, access to transportation for persons with disabilities, regulatory fairness in the vehicle for hire industry and a number of other considerations.


Council Member Martin unanimously passed a table amendment allowing taxicabs hailed by a mobile application to use "surge pricing" schemes like those which have already been utilized by Uber and Lyft. This measure, which was vocally supported by council and the administration, will ensure a level playing field for all competitors in Houston's vehicle for hire market. 

Council Member Martin Honored at HPOU Membership Meeting

On Thursday, August 7 the Houston Police Officers' Union (HPOU) held its regular membership meeting at the HPOU headquarters downtown. During the meeting, HPOU President Ray Hunt called Council Member Martin to the stage and presented him with a plaque of appreciation for his continued loyal support of the Houston Police Department. 


Council Member Martin thanks Mr. Hunt and the Houston Police Officers' Union for the great honor, and thanks all of the brave men and women in the Houston Police Department who deserve our recognition and support for their dedicated service to the people of the City of Houston.

Houston First Reception and Ex-Officio Appointment to Board of Directors

On Thursday, August 7 Council Member Martin attended a reception for Houston First, the local government corporation that works to promote tourism and economic development in the city. New members to the Houston First Board of Directors were recognized and welcomed at the event.


Two weeks later, on Wednesday, August 20 Council Member Martin was confirmed by his colleagues on council to serve as an Ex-Officio member to the Houston First Board along with Council Member David Robinson. Council Member Martin, who was appointed to the position by Mayor Annise Parker, will report back to council in this new role with updates on Houston First and its initiatives to attract economic growth and capital investment to the city.

Council Member Martin Presents Proclamation to Sailing Angels Foundation

At the public session of city council on Wednesday, August 20 Council Member Martin presented a proclamation on behalf of the City of Houston to the Sailing Angels Foundation, a charitable organization which serves to introduce sailing, in the form of recreational therapy and education, to children with physical and developmental disabilities. Operating out of the Portofino Harbour Marina in Clear Lake Shores, the staff of Sailing Angels and their network of dedicated volunteers have sailed with more than 6,000 participants over the past five years, during which time the organization has achieved a perfect 100% safety rating. In addition to serving children with special needs, Sailing Angels has expanded the reach of its unique hydro-therapy experience to special needs adults and our country's Wounded Warriors and their families.  


Council Member Martin would like to once again recognize Debbie Hughes, Captain Dave McCabe, and Lisa Sostack, who traveled to City Hall to receive the proclamation on behalf of Sailing Angels, for the truly inspiring work they do to improve the lives of children and adults with disabilities in the City of Houston. He commends all of the volunteers and staff associated with the Sailing Angels Foundation for exemplifying compassion and service in the betterment of the greater Houston community. For more information, please visit:

Meeting of Council Sub-Committee on Benefits 

On Thursday, August 21 Council Member Martin lead a public meeting of the City of Houston's Council Sub-Commitee on Benefits held to review the Proposed Houston 2014 Firefighter Pension Plan. At the meeting, City Attorney David Feldman presented the proposed plan to council members and staff in attendance, who then had the opportunity to ask questions and offer comments on the issue. The meeting concluded with comments from members of the public who had signed up to speak.


The proposed pension plan came forward after months of unsuccessful negotiations between Mayor Annise Parker and the union representing the Houston Fire Department. Council Member Martin and many of his colleagues on council have expressed concerns about the budgetary sustainability of the current pension plan and the amount of unfunded liability the city is obligated to pay in the coming years. The revised plan, while proposing changes to benefits afforded to new HFD recruits, will not affect current retirees or active members of the Houston Fire Department.


Council Member Martin serves as Chair of the Council Sub-Committee on Benefits, a sub-committee of the Council Committee on Budget and Fiscal Affairs on which Council Member Martin serves as Vice-Chair. For More information on the sub-committee, including past meeting agendas and a copy of the Proposed Houston 2014 Firefighter Pension Plan, please click here

Save the Date: 9/11 Heroes Run 2014

Council Member Martin encourages residents of District E and all Houstonians to take part in the 2014 9/11 Heroes Run, to be held at Ellington Airport on Saturday, September 6 at 7:30 a.m. Runners and walkers of all levels and ages are welcome to participate in the event, which annually serves to honor the sacrifices made by the veteran, first responder, civilian, and military heroes of September 11th, 2001 and the wars that have since followed.


In addition to a 5k run and a 1 mile fun run/walk, the 9/11 Heroes Run will feature a variety of displays from national military branches, state and local law enforcement and emergency response agencies, as well as community organizations from the greater Houston region. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Houston Firefighters Burned and Crippled Children's Fund, the Assist the Officer Foundation, and the Travis Mansion Foundation


To watch an exciting and informative video highlighting the annual event, please click here


For more information or to sign up to participate in the 2014 9/11 Heroes Run, please visit:

Municipal Courts Kiosk Service to Expand to Clear Lake and Kingwood

Council Member Martin is pleased to announce that the City of Houston Municipal Courts Department is expanding its traffic ticket payment kiosk service to both the Clear Lake police substation located at 2855 Bay Area Boulevard and the Kingwood police substation located at 3915 Rustic Woods. These kiosks, conveniently open to the public 24 hours/day, 7 days/week, will allow residents to pay traffic tickets without having to drive to the municipal courts location downtown. The Herbert W. Gee Municipal Courthouse located at 1400 Lubbock has successfully offered the payment kiosk service for several years.


Judge Barbara Hartle, Director and Presiding Judge of the Municipal Courts Department, has stated that the kiosk expansion will contribute to the city's ongoing effort to decentralize court services and increase access to justice for all Houstonians. The court kiosks will handle credit card transactions for open and delinquent traffic citations. Users will be assessed a $2.00 convenience fee per session. No juvenile case payments will be accepted by the kiosks.


The City of Houston Municipal Courts handles about 1 million civil and criminal cases, including traffic offenses and city ordinance violations, annually. It is the largest municipal court system in Texas and among the top ten municipalities nationally. For more information regarding the Houston Municipal Courts, please visit the department's website at Those interested may also call the city's Helpline at 3-1-1 or 713-837-0311 if outside the City of Houston. 

Snake Safety

The state of Texas is home to over 100 species and subspecies of non-venomous snakes that are, for the most part, harmless. In fact, snakes prove beneficial to us by eating bothersome insects and rodents. However, all four of the venomous snakes found in the United States can be found in Houston and the surrounding areas. These are the Rattlesnake, Cottonmouth, Copperhead and Coral Snakes.


BARC, the City of Houston's animal control agency, provides a number of resources to help educate Houstonians about snake safety, including tips about what to do if a snake is encountered. BARC advises that the best policy to employ when dealing with snakes is to leave them alone - most bites occur when individuals are trying to kill snakes or observe them closely. It is also suggested that contact with snakes may be avoided by removing any old woodpiles, trash piles, rock piles, and animal food that may attract rodents to a property. To view more useful information on snake safety and other wild animals in the Houston area, please visit: 

An additional resource for information on living with and identifying snakes in the greater Houston region is Texas Snakes, a local organization which promotes education about snakes and also provides snake capture and removal services. To learn more about Texas Snakes, click here.

Back to School Safety Tips

Summer is officially over, and Council Member Martin would like to offer parents some key tips and reminders from the Houston Police Department on how to make this school year a safe and successful one:


-Be careful when driving through school zones. When a school bus is in sight use extreme caution and be aware of children entering or exiting the bus. 


-If you have a young child, make sure your child knows his/her name, home phone number and address.


-Review safety and stranger danger rules with your children. 


-If your child is staying home alone for the first time, talk to him/her about when it is safe and acceptable to answer the door or telephone. 


-Remind your children to always be aware of their surroundings when unaccompanied. 


For more information on back to school safety, please   visit: 


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

September 1
City Offices Closed for Labor Day

September 6
9/11 Heroes Run
September 4
Kingwood Service Association's Parks Committee Meeting

September 10
Kingwood Service Association's Public Safety Committee Meeting

September 11
Summer Creek BizCom

September 12
Kingwood Senior Health Fair

September 16
Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce's Third Tuesday Luncheon

September 16
Kingwood PIP

Southeast Houston/Clear Lake    

September 15
Eastside PIP

September 16
Clear Lake PIP

September 24
Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce's General Membership Luncheon

September 27

Medication Take Back Events