Council Member Dave Martin's

District E Newsletter

Issue 35

November 2015 



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


Katherine Cunningham 

Administrative Assistant

City Contacts
City of Houston 311
(713) 837-0311

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

Community Center
District E Community Contacts


Northshore Super Neighborhood Council

Meadowbrook/Allendale Super Neighborhood Council

Clear Lake Super Neighborhood Council 

Residents of District E,

Last month, I had the opportunity to host the District E annual fall town hall meeting in Kingwood. Nearly 200 residents packed the Kingwood Community Center to hear updates from a variety of different city departments including Public Works and Engineering, Solid Waste Management, Houston Police Department - Kingwood Substation and the Legal Department. Burdette Huffman from Lovett Development also presented the plans for the new commercial development to be located at the corner of Kingwood Drive and West Lake Houston Parkway known as Main Street Kingwood. The development will feature more than 240,000 square feet of retail, grocery and healthcare tenants including a new H-E-B grocery store as well as a Memorial Hermann Convenient Care Center. Additional retailers include Tenzen Steak Sushi and Bar, Pie Five Pizza Company, VERTSKEBAP, Raising Cane's and Banfield Pet Hospital. The center is expected to open in the Fall of 2016. Stan Sarman, Chair of Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone 10 also presented and gave updates regarding the TIRZ's latest involvement with the recent Kingwood Area Mobility Study and steps the TIRZ is taking to improve mobility in the community and surrounding area.
The floor was opened up to the audience for Q&A following the presentations, and one of the topics hit most upon was the nuisance of feral hogs in Kingwood neighborhoods. Over the past two years, and most recently the last two months, my office has received multiple calls from residents who are concerned about the destruction that the hogs have done to their personal property and for their individual safety as the animals run loose in the neighborhood. 
According to Texas A&M Agrilife Extension, feral hogs are unprotected and exotic animals with nearly 2.6 million of them occupying 79% of Texas' landscape. Destruction from these animals can be devastating to a landowner who is often unsure of how to protect their property and control the growing population of species.  Today, there are four legal methods available to reduce feral hog populations in Texas. These include trapping, shooting, snaring and the use of dogs; however, due to local law and the overall general concern for public safety most of these means of recourse are unavailable in an urban, residential environment.
While the City of Houston does not provide feral hog trapping or relocation services, the Administration and Regulatory Affairs Department (ARA) oversees a voluntary program for those that are willing to offer their feral hog services to Houstonians. If you are interested in participating in this program, I encourage you to contact my office at (832) 393-3008 or at Additionally, my office is working with the ARA Department to explore other potential opportunities regarding similar services that could be offered to those in the Kingwood area, and hope to be able to find a productive and successful solution in the near future to help mitigate this ongoing issue.
Additionally, the Kingwood Service Association is intimately familiar with the damage that has been made to residential properties and is aware of the public's concerns. KSA has been monitoring the feral hog activity and encourages residents to let them know of areas that have been affected so they can better direct their efforts to hunt and trap these animals.   If you know of a particular area that has been damaged, please visit the KSA website and provide information about the location.
For more information about feral hogs and educational programs offered, please visit the Texas A&M Agrilife website at

Dave Martin

November 3 Election and Ballot Propositions

Tuesday, November 3  is Election Day in Houston, the day to make your voice heard on local and state matters. Council Member Martin encourages all registered voters who did not vote early to go to the polls on Election Day. To view your Election Day polling location as well as a sample ballot, please click here. Polls will be open on November 3 from 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

In addition to the City of Houston ballot propositions (Prop. 1: HERO, Prop. 2: Term Limits), there are seven proposed state amendments to the Texas Constitution and four Harris County Propositions on the ballot. All of these ballot measures address issues important to the state, county and city; information on each is provided below.
State Proposition 1 increases the residence homestead exemption, reduces taxes for seniors and disabled persons and bans real estate transfer taxes, which eliminates double taxation.
State Proposition 2 makes any surviving spouse of a disabled veteran who died on or before January 1, 2010 exempt from taxation on the market value of their residence homestead.
State Proposition 3 repeals the requirement of statewide elected officials to reside in Austin, Texas.
State Proposition 4 allows pro sports teams to conduct charitable raffles in which up to 50% of the proceeds may be used for a cash prize and the remainder for operating expenses and charitable purposes.
State Proposition 5 increases the maximum population of a county that is allowed to construct and maintain private roads as long as the county imposes a reasonable charge for the work.
State Proposition 6 adds the right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife to the Bill of Rights of the Texas Constitution, and establishes hunting and fishing as the preferred method of managing and controlling wildlife in Texas.
State Proposition 7 dedicates certain sales and use tax revenue to the state highway fund to provide funding for nontolled roads and the reduction of certain transportation-related debts.
Harris County Proposition 1 funds $700,000,000.00 to Harris County Road Improvement Bonds.
Harris County Proposition 2 funds $60,000,000.00 to Harris County Parks Bonds.
Harris County Proposition 3 funds $24,000,000.00 to Harris County Veterinary Public Health Adoption and Care Center Bonds.
Harris County Proposition 4 funds $64,000,000.00 to Harris County Flood Control District Bonds.
City of Houston Proposition 1 relates to the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, Ord. No. 2014-530, which prohibits discrimination in city employment and city services, city contracts, public accommodations, private employment, and housing based on an individual's sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, familial status, military status, religion, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or pregnancy. 
City of Houston Proposition 2 relates to reducing the number of terms of elected offices to no more than two terms in the same office and limiting the length for all terms of elective office to four years, beginning in January 2016,  and provide for transition.
Freeway Manor Tree Planting

Council Member Martin joined representatives from the Freeway Manor Civic Club and Trees for Houston (TFH) on Monday, October 19 for a ceremonial tree planting event. The ceremony marked the beginning of an effort to beautify the Freeway Manor community this fall and winter by facilitating the planting of up to 300 trees to be donated generously by TFH.
Freeway Manor residents interested in receiving a free tree should contact Evan Austin, Council Member Martin's South Sector Manager, at or at (832) 393-3008 by Friday, November 13. Other Houston residents interested in beautifying their communities are also encouraged to learn more about Trees for Houston by visiting

San Jacinto "State of the College" Event

On Friday, October 9 Council Member Martin's Chief of Staff, Lauren Laake, attended the San Jacinto "State of the College" annual luncheon. Dr. Brenda Hellyer, Chancellor of San Jacinto College, spoke to those in attendance about the success of the college, the changing needs of the population and the future ahead. Dr. Hellyer also spoke about the college's bond referendum that, if approved, would issue $425 million in general obligation bonds to update infrastructure, security and technology, renovate existing facilities and construct new buildings on San Jacinto campuses to accommodate the growing student population. For more information about the bond, please visit
Boeing Proclamation

At the Public Session of City Council on Tuesday, October 20 Council Member Martin had the opportunity to recognize executive staff members from the Boeing Company for their achievements and contributions to Houston in celebration of the company's upcoming 100-year anniversary. Following remarks from Council Member Martin and several of his colleagues on Council, Houston Mayor Annise Parker declared October 20, 2015 "Boeing Company Day" in the City of Houston.
In addition to its work in commercial aviation, the Boeing Company has served as a global leader in the development of commercial spaceflight technology and vehicles such as the Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 system, which will soon transport NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station. Mission control operations for the CST-100 will be based in Houston's Bay Area, where Boeing currently has two offices. For more information on Boeing's involvement in the commercial spaceflight industry, please visit

Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce's General Membership Luncheon

On Wednesday, October 28 Council Member Martin had the opportunity to attend the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce's general membership meeting. Hasting Stewart, Executive Vice President of Public Affairs for the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee, presented an update on the committee's planning and coordination efforts for Houston to host the Super Bowl on February 5, 2017. It is an exciting time for the City of Houston that is bringing a lot of development and attention to the area. As the committee moves forward in their planning, events will be coordinated throughout the city. A 10 day "Fan Fest"that will include events within District E, will additionally be held leading up to Super Bowl LI. Council Member Dave Martin will keep residents updated and release event information as it becomes available.
Armand Bayou Nature Center Luncheon

On Wednesday, October 14 staff from Council Member Martin's office attended a luncheon hosted by the Armand Bayou Nature Center (ABNC) during which the 2015 Armand Yramategui Conservation Award was presented to the Galveston Bay Foundation for its environmental work in the region. Mr. Yramategui, who inspired the name of the award and that of Armand Bayou, fought to preserve the ecosystems which now make up the nature center before his passing in 1970.
The luncheon also featured remarks from Scott McClelland, President of H-E-B Houston. Among the topics discussed by Mr. McClelland was the status of the new H-E-B that will serve as the anchor tenant of the Clear Lake Marketplace development under construction just north of Clear Lake City Boulevard and El Dorado Boulevard. The grocery store, set to open in February 2016, is being constructed with the latest energy efficiency technologies and will offer the latest in H-E-B's culinary offerings and customer amenities. 
Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership's State of the Counties Address

Staff from Council Member Martin's office attended the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership's State of the Counties event on Wednesday, October 14 where Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and Galveston County Judge Mark Henry provided updates on the status of their respective counties. Topics discussed during the remarks included economic growth, regional transportation, storm surge protection and healthcare.
Space Center Rotary's Shrimporee

The Space Center Rotary hosted their annual Shrimporee on Saturday, October 24 at Clear Lake Park. Despite the rain, the event had a great turn out, including Council Member Martin's Chief of Staff, Lauren Laake. The annual event, which is the club's biggest fundraiser, included games and entertainment for kids and families, live and silent auctions, BBQ, and of course, shrimp!
Council Member Martin was proud to sponsor the event, and commends the Space Center Rotary for another successful Shrimporee and for their commitment to the community. 
Severn Trent Proclamation

On Tuesday, October 13 Council Member Martin had the opportunity to recognize employees from Severn Trent at Public Session. Severn Trent provides water and waste water treatment and services to the residents in the Lake Houston area. In addition to their work on the ground, Council Member Martin commends Severn Trent's commitment to serving the Kingwood community through volunteer work and initiatives.
Main Street Kingwood Groundbreaking

On Friday, October 16 Council Member Martin joined representatives from Lovett Commercial Development as well as a number of business and community leaders from the Kingwood area for a groundbreaking ceremony marking the construction of the Main Street Kingwood Development. Work on the site is expected to begin shortly, with the completion of the shopping center currently scheduled for fall 2016.

Located at the northeast corner of West Lake Houston Parkway and Kingwood Drive, the new center will feature more than 240,000 square feet of retail, grocery, and healthcare tenants including a 45,000 square-foot Memorial Hermann Convenient Care Center and an H-E-B grocery store with a fuel station and car wash. Food offerings at the development will include Tenzen Steak Sushi and Bar, Pie Five Pizza Company, VertsKebap and Raising Cane's. 

Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce's Teacher of the Year Luncheon

The Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce's annual Teacher of the Year luncheon took place this year on Tuesday, October 20. The event, presented by Light of the World Christian Fellowship, honored teachers from local private schools, the Spring and Humble Independent School Districts and Lone Star College - Kingwood. Council Member Martin was honored to be able to present the teachers being recognized with certificates commending their service to their students and communities. 
"Teach Early" Press Conference

On Thursday, October 1 staff from Council Member Martin's office attended a press conference held by Clear Channel Outdoor, the FamilyTime Crisis Center and the Humble Independent School District. At the event, Clear Channel Outdoor unveiled billboards with messages promoting the "Teach Early" initiative, a program aimed at helping to stop violence before it starts by encouraging men to teach boys healthy relationship skills and the importance of respect for women and girls. The messages were displayed on Clear Channel's digital billboards throughout the Houston area in October in conjunction with Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

YMCA Miracle League 

The Lake Houston Family YMCA Miracle League Baseball season kicked off on Saturday, October 17 at Humble High School with staff from Council Member Martin's office present. The program is designed to give children and young adults with special needs the opportunity to play baseball or softball in a safe and fun environment. By removing the barriers that traditionally keep them off the field, the YMCA Miracle League enables children with special needs to experience the joy and value of playing team sports.

For more information on YMCA Houston's Miracle League program, please click here.
Houston Fire Department Booster Trucks

On Wednesday, October 7 City Council approved the purchase of two new booster trucks for Houston Fire Department (HFD) Stations 65 and 103 in the north sector of District E. The trucks were purchased using Council Member Martin's FY2015 Council District Service Fund budget. Council Member Martin is always pleased to contribute to HFD and knows these trucks will be an asset to the department and to the community.
Northpark Drive at Woodridge Parkway Traffic Signal Rebuild Project

Construction on the intersection of Northpark Drive and Woodridge Parkway commenced last month. Since then, Council Member Martin has been informed by the city's Public Works and Engineering Department (PWE) that the completion date of the traffic signal work at the intersection has been delayed. Issues relating to the fabrication of the poles and mast arms have contributed to the extended length of time crews are expected to complete the project. PWE now anticipates that the project should be complete by mid January 2016. 

The District E office will continue to keep the public informed as this signal rebuild project progresses. Please contact Council Member Martin's Office with questions or concerns at (832) 393-3008 or
Kingwood Drive Railroad Information

There have been a number of traffic-related incidents around the railroad crossing at Kingwood Drive at 494 over the past month. Please note that the District E office works with local law enforcement to ensure that impacts to traffic are limited as much as possible. 

In the event of an incident, residents are also encouraged to call the Union Pacific 24/7 Emergency Hotline number at (888) 877-7267. Each crossing is identified by a DOT number that can be referenced. The crossing at Kingwood Drive is DOT #755876D. The crossing at Northpark Drive is DOT #755879Y. 

For further questions or concerns, please contact the District E office at (832) 393-3008 or by email at

"Turn Kings Harbor Blue" Event

Save the date! On Friday, November 6 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Kings Harbor will honor Kingwood and Atascocita law enforcement at the "Turn Kings Harbor Blue" event. The event, organized to show community support for law enforcement personnel in the Kingwood area, will feature a free concert, family entertainment and prizes for first responders. A number of local businesses and community partners are serving as sponsors for the event, and the Kings Harbor lights will be turned blue to honor law enforcement.
For more information on the November 6 "Turn Kings Harbor Blue" event, please click here.
National Night Out 2015

National Night Out 2015 fell on Tuesday, October 6 and throughout the evening Council Member Martin and staff visited a number of neighborhoods in the north and south sectors of District E to build on community relationships and discuss city-related projects and concerns with local residents. Representatives from the Houston Police and Fire Departments also visited many communities throughout the city to promote public safety partnerships and awareness.
Since its founding in 1984, National Night Out has served as a national crime-prevention initiative aimed at furthering police-community partnerships, fostering neighborhood camaraderie and deterring criminal activity. Council Member Martin thanks all those throughout District E who participated and hosted 
neighborhood events.

Greater Houston Partnership's State of Energy Event

On Monday, October 5 the Greater Houston Partnership hosted their annual State of Energy event. Council Member Martin attended the event and listened to this year's moderator, Amy Myers Jaffe, an expert from the University of California, Davis on global energy policy, sustainability and geopolitical risk. During the event, Jaffe interviewed John S. Watson, President and CEO of Chevron Corporation, about the current state of the energy sector in Houston, as well as around the world. 

Central Houston Annual Meeting

On Tuesday, October 13 Council Member Martin attended Central Houston's Annual Meeting as a guest of Houston First. Dennis Frenchman, an architect, urban planner, and MIT professor addressed the crowd of nearly 900 about the importance of digital technologies and how they change the way people live, work, and think, and ultimately how their effects will spur cities like Houston to flourish. Central Houston President Bob Eury and Chairman Ric Campo additionally spoke about the many changes already happening in downtown Houston, as well as their future goals for transportation initiatives and residential projects in the region.
Hobby International Terminal Celebration

On Thursday, October 15 Council Member Martin attended the grand opening of the Hobby International Terminal. Construction of the $156 million expansion began in 2013 and was completed on schedule. The new terminal includes an international concourse, a reconfigured and expanded security checkpoint, a new Southwest Airlines ticketing hall featuring self-tagging kiosks and a new Federal Inspection Station (FIS). According to a study commissioned by the Houston Airport System, the new Houston Hobby International Facility will add approximately 10,000 jobs to the region and have a $1.6 billion annual impact on the local economy.
Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's Elected Officials Reception

Council Member Martin attended the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Elected Officials Reception on October 21 alongside many of his colleagues and business leaders in the greater community. The annual reception serves as an opportunity to meet and congregate with national, state and local officials, as well as trustees, regents and municipal officials who serve the Greater Houston Area. Council Member Martin thanks the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for putting on such a successful event. 

31st Annual Mayor's Proud Partners Award Luncheon

On Monday, October 26 Council Member Martin attended the 31st Annual Mayor's Proud Partners Luncheon at the Hilton Americas. The annual luncheon raises funds for Keep Houston Beautiful that enable the organization to continue to build and offer conservation, green and solid waste management programs and services to the city. This year a numerous amount of awards were presented recognizing winners in categories such as the J. Howard Rambin III Founder's Award, Innovation Award, Landmark Award, Distinguished Service Award and Distinguished Neighborhood Award. This year's Outstanding Proud Partner recognition was awarded to Mr. and Mrs. John Nau of Silver Eagle Distributors, L.P.

Council Member Martin congratulates and thanks the District E winners for their hard work in the community: Joel Walker from NASA; Exploration Green Conservancy; and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service for their Sheldon Lake State Park Wetland Restoration project. For a complete list of the 2015 award winners, please visit
Joint Processing Center Groundbreaking

Council Member Martin joined Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and other city and county officials on Tuesday, October 27 at a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Joint Inmate Processing Center in downtown Houston. The $100 million, 246,000 square foot facility is due to be completed by the end of 2017 and will handle all inmate bookings and releases for the city and county. The new processing center will eliminate the need for the two current city jails, freeing up more officers for law enforcement functions and saving the city about $4 million a year in operational expenses.
Crime Stoppers of Houston 2015 Gala

On Thursday, October 29 Council Member Martin attended the Crime Stoppers of Houston 2015 Gala at the Omni Houston Hotel. The event, which honored ABC-13's Dave Ward, featured the best-selling author and Emmy award-winning journalist, Ted Koppel, as the keynote speaker. For the past 35 years, Crime Stoppers of Houston has partnered with citizens, media and the criminal justice system in their commitment to solving and preventing serious crime in the Greater Houston Area. They have also provided free crime prevention education programs to protect children, law enforcement, schools, businesses and homes. 
Scenic Houston Dinner

On Thursday, October 29 Council Member Martin attended the 2015 Annual Scenic Houston Dinner. Scenic Houston uses their annual event as an opportunity to recognize a leader in the Houston community, and this year's dinner honored Robert Duncan, founder and chairman of Transwestern, a Houston-based global real estate firm.  

Council Member Martin thanks Scenic Houston for putting on a great event, and extends his gratitude to Mr. Duncan for playing such a vital role in strengthening our city's image.
Greater Houston Partnership's State of the Port Event

As a guest of RPS Klotz Associates, Council Member Martin attended the Greater Houston Partnership's (GHP) State of the Port Event on Friday, October 30 at the Hilton Americas. The event featured Chairman of the Port of Houston Authority, Janiece Longoria, as keynote speaker. At the event, Chairman Longoria spoke about the port system's performance, future growth opportunities and capital investment plans.

The Port of Houston Authority has been functioning for over 100 years and is currently the nation's largest port in terms of foreign waterborne tonnage. The Port Authority reports that they are currently on track for a record year this year. Looking forward to 2016, the Port Authority remains committed to improving efficiency, maintaining high levels of service and continuing to fund infrastructure investments all while keeping tariff rates the same. 

Mobility Matters Symposium

The Second Annual Mobility Matters Symposium took place on Thursday, October 22 and was hosted by the Transportation Advocacy Group (TAG) and the Bay Area Houston Transportation Partnership (BayTran). The featured panel, which included Texas Transportation Commission Chairman Tryon Lewis, Harris County Commissioner Jack Cagle, State Senator Sylvia Garcia, Seabrook Mayor Glenn Royal and Brazoria County Judge Matt Sebesta, spoke about important regional transportation issues and projects.

The panel also discussed the importance of Proposition 7, which is on the November ballot, and how it is a crucial tool in meeting Houston's future transportation needs. Proposition 7 allocates an additional $2.5 billion annually for roads beginning in 2018. 
HPD Body Camera Public Meeting

On Tuesday, October 15 Houston Police Chief Charles A. McClelland, Jr. hosted a community meeting about the new body-worn cameras that are proposed for Houston police officers to wear while on duty. Chief McClelland answered questions and addressed the public's concerns in addition to accepting input on the department's draft policy for outfitting all officers with body-worn cameras. The Houston Police Department (HPD) started a pilot program in December 2013 when 100 cameras were purchased and distributed to police officers. With much of the funding secured to purchase body cameras for all officers, HPD is aiming to supply more cameras before the end of this year.

To watch a full video recording of the October 15 HPD body-worn camera community meeting, please click here. A copy of HPD's draft body-worn camera policy can also be accessed by clicking here
HPD's Animal Cruelty Squad

Did you know the Houston Police Department (HPD) has a squad dedicated to investigating cases in which animals are abused, neglected, abandoned or stolen? HPD's Animal Cruelty Squad works closely with BARC, the City of Houston's animal shelter and adoption center, to investigate cases in which animals do not receive proper care.  Officers also investigate when livestock, such as cows or horses, are stolen.
Citizens can help by calling 3-1-1 or HPD's non-emergency dispatch number at (713) 884-3131.  A call to 9-1-1 should only be made in life threatening situations.
Senior Police Officer D. Farrell investigates animal cruelty.  To assist him and his fellow investigators, he asks witnesses to provide as much specific information as possible about the animal's color, sex, breed, markings, tattoos and whether it has any chips. 
A short video interview with Officer Farrell can be found on HPD's YouTube channel here.
Houston 311 Help & Information Service

The City of Houston offers customer service to all residents. By calling 311 or (713) 837-0311, members of the public can report traffic signal problems, potholes, missed trash pickups and any other city-related concerns one may have. Once reported, individual requests can be tracked through the city's 311 website, accessible here,  or through the city's 311 mobile application available on smart phones. As always, should further follow up be needed, the public is encouraged to contact Council Member Martin's office as well. 

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

November 2

Greater Houston Partnership's State of Transportation  Event


November 3

Election Day


November 4

Consolidated City Council Meeting


November 5

Combined Municipal Campaign Basketball Throw Down


November 10

Consolidated City Council Meeting


November 11

City Offices Closed for Veteran's Day


November 11

Annual "Houston Salutes American Heroes" Veterans Day Celebration


November 17-19

First Annual Space Commerce Conference and Exposition (SpaceCom)


November 24-25

Council Break Week


November 26

66th Annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade


November 26

2015 TXU Energy Houston Turkey Trot


November 26-27

City Offices Closed for Thanksgiving


November 5
Kingwood Service Association's Parks Committee Meeting

November 6
Humble ISD Education Foundation 2015 Golf Tournament

November 6
"Turn Kings Harbor Blue" Event

November 7
Kingwood B.O.P.A. Recycling Event

Novemeber 11
Kingwood Service Association's Public Safety Committee Meeting 

November 17
Kingwood PIP

November 18
Kingwood Super Neighborhood Meeting

Southeast Houston/Clear Lake    

November 7

Clear Creek Education Foundation's 2015 Annual Gala and Awards Presentation


November 12

Bay Area Houston Transportation Partnership's Monthly Luncheon


November 12

Economic Alliance Houston Port Region's Annual Banquet & 30th Anniversary Celebration


November 17

Clear Lake PIP