Council Member Dave Martin's

District E Newsletter

Issue 36

December 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,

December brings a change of weather, time with family and Christmas gatherings. With that, the city has much in store for the Christmas season. The City of Houston will be celebrating this year with the 96th Annual Mayor's Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting Ceremony presented by Reliant and taking place from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, December 4 at Hermann Square outside of City Hall. This yearly, free to the public event is a Houston tradition not to be missed that includes music, Santa, fireworks and family fun right in the heart of downtown. We invite you to attend to experience the spectacular fun and see the towering Christmas tree light up the streets of downtown Houston. In addition to the event, the public is encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy with them to donate to the Salvation Army of Greater Houston Area Command.
For more information regarding Christmas and holiday events happening around town during the month of December, please visit Festivals, concerts, museum exhibitions, festive hotels and loads of holiday family fun can be found citywide!
Additionally this month, I want to remind District E residents, that the citywide runoff election is scheduled for Saturday, December 12. At this time, registered voters will have the opportunity to cast their vote for one of two mayoral candidates, Bill King or Sylvester Turner, to lead the city for the next four years. Additionally, there are three At-Large Council Member seats that are in the run off; these include At-Large 2 currently held by incumbent David Robinson, At-Large 4 which is currently held by Council Member C.O. Bradford and who has been term limited, and At-Large 5 currently held by incumbent Jack Christie. Get out and let your voice be heard!
Thank you for the privilege of serving and representing you at City Hall. I look forward to continuing to be the voice of District E constituents downtown and delivering services and CIP projects to the community.
From the entire District E office, we wish you a very Merry Christmas!

Dave Martin

Election Day Results

On Tuesday, November 3 voters throughout the City of Houston weighed in on a number of city, county and state ballot items as well as local races for elective office. City of Houston Proposition 1, the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), failed by a 20-point margin. Mayor Annise Parker subsequently announced she would not attempt to bring the issue up for reconsideration before the end of her final term this year.
City Proposition 2, however, passed with the support of 65% of Houston voters, thereby amending term lengths and limits for city elected officials. Elected officials in the City of Houston such as the mayor, controller and members of City Council will now serve a maximum of two four-year terms as opposed to the previous limit of three two-year terms. Council Member Martin supported this change and advocated for it in Council as conducive to good city government.
All seven state measures passed on Election Day, including Proposition 7 which will allocate an estimated $2.5 billion to the state highway fund for infrastructure projects. Voters additionally approved $848 million across four Harris County bond proposals, as well as a $425 million bond election for San Jacinto College.
In addition to Council Member Martin, Council Members Brenda Stardig (District A), Jerry Davis (District B), Ellen Cohen (District C), Dwight Boykins (District D), Robert Gallegos (District I), Larry Green (District K) and Michael Kubosh (At-Large 3) won reelection on November 3. Greg Travis will represent the voters of District G in the place of term-limited Council Member Oliver Pennington.
A number of city races are still undecided after candidates in each failed to secure over 50% of the vote. The following races will be decided among the two top vote-getters in a December 12 Joint Runoff Election:
Mayor: Bill King/Sylvester Turner
City Controller: Chris Brown/Bill Frazer
District F: Steve Le/Richard Nguyen (i)
District H: Karla Cisneros/Jason Cisneroz
District J: Jim Bigham/Mike Laster (i)
At Large 1: Mike Knox/Georgia Provost
At Large 2: Willie R. Davis/David Robinson (i)
At Large 4: Amanda Edwards/Roy Morales
At Large 5: Sharon Moses/Jack Christie (i)
There will be 31 polling locations open citywide between December 2 and December 8 for early runoff voting. For polling locations and other information on the City of Houston's December 12 Joint Runoff Election, visit

Kingwood B.O.P.A. Recycling Event

Due to the inclement weather, Council Member Dave Martin and the city's Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD) canceled the Batteries, Oil, Paint (latex only) and Antifreeze (B.O.P.A.) mobile collection event  that was originally to be held on Saturday, November 7. The event has been rescheduled and will now take place on Saturday, December 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Kingwood Metro Park & Ride located at 3210 West Lake Houston Parkway, Houston, Texas 77339.

The event will be free and open to all City of Houston residents. A valid Texas driver's license or other proof of residency will be required. Business waste will not be accepted.

In addition to B.O.P.A. items, residents may drop off scrap metal and large appliances. Large appliances include stoves, refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners.

Many common household materials are considered hazardous and need special disposal. When Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) is disposed of in the trash, it can contaminate landfills and subsequently our groundwater. This event provides a free and safe alternative for residents to rid their homes of potentially dangerous materials. Below is a list of acceptable and non-acceptable items for the December 5 collection event:
  • ACCEPTED ITEMS: only residential waste, rechargeable household and automobile batteries, motor oil and filters, LATEX paint, antifreeze, large appliances and scrap metal. Used motor oil will be limited to 15 gallons. All liquids are required to be in sealed, non-leaking containers that are labeled as to contents.
  • ITEMS NOT ACCEPTED: business, medical and agricultural waste; oil-based paints, solvents, flammables, pesticides, herbicides and other similar hazardous materials and electronic waste.
Residents may call 3-1-1, the City of Houston's Customer Service Hotline for additional information or check online at
Humble ISD Education Foundation Golf Tournament

On Friday, November 6 Council Member Martin played alongside community and business leaders in the Humble Independent School District's Education Foundation Golf Tournament at Oakhurst Golf Club. The Annual Golf Tournament is just one of the foundation's three major events that helps support Humble ISD.

Through the Humble ISD Education Foundation, donors and volunteers help Humble ISD schools in their efforts to best serve their students by raising and providing the funding for new, innovative programs for their classrooms and schools. For more information about the Humble ISD Education Foundation, please visit
Feral Hog Tour

On Friday, November 13 staff from Council Member Martin's office had the opportunity to take a tour with representatives from the city's Administrative and Regulatory Affairs Department and the Houston Police Department's Lake Patrol to visit locations identified by the District E community that are prevalent to high populations of feral hogs. Since being notified of the destruction the animals are causing to individual properties, Council Member Martin has been working with the Kingwood Service Association and area homeowners associations to identify high need areas that would benefit from having traps set up to catch these animals. Council Member Martin is currently working with the city's ARA Department to allocate a portion of his Council District Service Fund budget to support relief efforts, and as a result Deep South Trapping is set to begin working in the Fosters Mill community, on a trial basis, during the first week of December.

Feral Hog Interview

On Friday, November 24 Council Member Martin met with Steve Campion, a reporter with abc13 News, to examine locations in the Kingwood area damaged by feral hogs and explain the measures the District E office is currently taking to assist in the trapping of the wild animals. To view video of the abc13 news report, please click here.

Council Member Martin will continue to update the public and the local media on any developments in the ongoing effort to alleviate this issue.

2015 Economic Alliance Banquet

On Thursday, November 12 Council Member Martin joined local elected officials, area business leaders and economic development professionals at the reception of the Economic Alliance Houston Port Region's 2015 Annual Banquet. During the event, those in attendance honored past chairs, inducted new board members and recognized the staff of the Alliance for their continual dedication to promoting economic growth, workforce development and tourism in Houston's port region.
Council Member Martin thanks Economic Alliance President & CEO Chad Burke and Vice President of Public Affairs & COO Michelle Hundley for the invitation to attend the banquet. The Alliance has been celebrating its 30th anniversary throughout 2015. For more information on the organization and its contributions to the region, please visit

Palmsprings Drive Lot Clearing Project

Last month, the City of Houston's Department of Neighborhoods mowed, cleared and removed debris from a severely overgrown lot on Palmsprings Drive in Southeast Houston. The District E office had received numerous complaints about the condition of the lot and its negative impact to the nearby community. As a result, Council Member Martin allocated dollars from his Fiscal Year 2016 Council District Service Fund (CDSF) to make the abatement project possible. The CDSF program, which affords each of Houston's 11 district council members a $1 million budget for expedited community improvement projects, was renewed for a second iteration during the city's FY 2016 budget process.

El Camino Real Sidewalk Repair Project

On Monday, November 23 the City of Houston's Public Works and Engineering Department began construction on a sidewalk repair project along El Camino Real near Clear Lake Intermediate School. During the remaining construction, crews will remove and replace damaged sidewalk sections on the northbound side of the street from El Dorado Boulevard to Woodhorn Drive. Work on the project will continue to occur from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and is currently expected to be completed by Friday, December 11, weather permitting. Construction paused for Thanksgiving on Wednesday, November 25 and resumed on Monday, November 30.

Residents should expect the lane of traffic adjacent to the sidewalk on the northbound side of El Camino Real to be closed intermittently during the duration of the project. Signage and flagmen are in place to direct motorists during these single lane closures. Council Member Martin's office has also notified the Houston Police Department's Clear Lake Substation and requested that officers monitor the area and assist with traffic control as needed. The Clear Creek Independent School District's Transportation and Safe and Secure Schools Departments are additionally monitoring the project area to maintain safe routes of entrance to and exit from Clear Lake Intermediate during work. 

The work being done on the sidewalk on El Camino Real was scheduled in response to Council Member Martin's request to use his Council District Service Fund budget on the repairs. Over the past year, the District E office received numerous complaints about the condition of the sidewalk and the hazard it presents to students walking to and from Clear Lake Intermediate School. Council Member Martin expects the replacement of the sidewalk's damaged sections to address this concern by improving pedestrian safety in the area.

For more information, please contact the District E office at (832) 393-3008 or via email at

Bay Area Houston Transportation Partnership's Monthly Luncheon

Council Member Martin attended a luncheon held by the Bay Area Houston Transportation Partnership (BayTran) on Thursday, November 12. Congressman Brian Babin (TX-36) served as the featured speaker at the monthly event and updated those in attendance on issues of national policy currently under debate in Congress including transportation and the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank of the United States.
Council Member Martin thanks BayTran President Barbara Koslov for inviting him to attend the event and for her leadership on transportation-related matters affecting Houston's Bay Area.
Bay Pointe Annual HOA Meeting

Council Member Martin addressed residents at the annual meeting of the Bay Pointe Homeowners Association in Clear Lake on Tuesday, November 17. In his remarks, Council Member Martin informed the crowd on a variety of city-related topics including the results of the November 3 elections and the residential and commercial developments under construction near the intersection of Clear Lake City Boulevard and El Dorado Boulevard. He also highlighted some of the projects the District E office is bringing to the Clear Lake area through the allocation of Council District Service Funds, such as the repair of the sidewalk abutting Clear Lake Intermediate School on El Camino Real. 

Council Member Martin wrapped up by taking questions from homeowners on topics including the Houston Spaceport and the city's process for distributing Capital Improvement Plan dollars. He thanks the Bay Pointe HOA Board for inviting him to speak at the annual meeting.

Space Center Rotary Club Meeting

On Monday, November 30 Council Member Martin spoke at the weekly meeting of the Space Center Rotary Club. In his remarks, Council Member Martin updated the Rotarians present on city-related projects planned or underway in the Clear Lake area, reviewed the results of the November 3 elections and provided an overview of the city's financial state.
Council Member Martin thanks the Space Center Rotary Club for the invitation to speak and commends the volunteer work its members perform in service to the Clear Lake area.
Houston Spaceport Update

Several exciting developments occurred in November relating to the Houston Spaceport, which was officially licensed for operation at Ellington Airport by the Federal Aviation Administration this summer. On Wednesday, November 4, City Council approved the $6.9 million purchase of an aerospace engineering building and land adjacent to Ellington from the Boeing Company. The 53,000 square foot facility is planned to provide manufacturing and general use capacity for aerospace tenants as well as incubation space for developing companies. The building also represents the first dedicated infrastructure the City of Houston has purchased in the development of the Spaceport, and is designed to ultimately contribute to an innovation district on the greater Spaceport campus.
The Houston Airport System (HAS) additionally entered into a cooperative agreement with NASA last month which will allow the Houston Spaceport to benefit from the Space Agency's assets and expertise. Under the agreement, NASA will provide the HAS access to safety training, facilities and technological capabilities housed nearby at the Johnson Space Center to support the suborbital operations and commercial spaceflight activities planned for the Houston Spaceport.

Clear Creek Education Foundation's 2015 Annual Awards Gala

Council Member Martin's Chief of Staff, Lauren Laake, attended the Clear Creek Education Foundation's (CCEF) 2015 Annual Awards Presentation and Gala on Saturday, November 7 at South Shore Harbour Resort. The Clear Creek Education Foundation strives to provide the resources for a world-class education throughout the Clear Creek Independent School District (CCISD) by promoting community-wide partnerships. 

The theme of this year's gala was "Fit to be Tied! Connecting Community and Celebrating Achievement." During the event, CCEF recognized a number of individuals who generously serve CCISD and its students. This year's honorees were: 
  • George B. Carlisle Distinguished Service Award: Joe Barlo;
  • Distinguished Alumni Award: Bao-Long Chu and Mary Lou Johnson;
  • CCISD Superstar Award: Emmeline Dodd, Tonia Roque, Anthony Tran, Dr. Pay & Wendell Wilson;
  • Dennis Johnson Memorial Small Business Award: Ann Hacker - Black Rose Steel; 
  • CCISD Citizen of the Year: Harv Hartman.
Lone Star Flight Museum Groundbreaking

On Monday, November 9 staff from Council Member Martin's office attended a groundbreaking ceremony at the new 130,000 square-foot site of the Lone Star Flight Museum (LSFM), which is set to relocate from Galveston and open at District E's Ellington Airport in early 2017. At the event, representatives from local elected officials joined area business leaders, military veterans, Houston Airport System officials and LSFM representatives to mark the occasion. Lone Star Flight Museum Board Chairman Scott Rozzell directed the program, which featured remarks from former United States Secretary of Education Dr. Rod Paige, retired NASA astronaut Dr. Bonnie Dunbar and former Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, among others.
Once completed, the new $35 million Lone Star Flight Museum facility will house interactive and educational exhibits aimed to promote interest in aviation as well as STEM fields. The facility will also bring the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame to Ellington Airport, as well as the museum's collection of historic aircraft. For more information on the Lone Star Flight Museum, please visit

Baybrook Mall Grand Opening Ceremony

On Wednesday, November 18 staff from Council Member Martin's office presented a certificate of special recognition to Jeff Gionnette, the General Manager of Baybrook Mall, at the grand opening of the mall's recently-completed expansion. General Growth Properties Senior Director Brian Bacik and Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership President Bob Mitchell also commemorated the event with remarks.
The 285,000 square-foot expansion adds 30 new retailers and 10 new restaurants to Baybrook Mall in a new open-air lifestyle center. Some of the mall's newly-added tenants include Dave & Busters, Star Cinema Grill and Perry's Steakhouse, which is opening this month after relocating from Bay Area Boulevard. To watch a video overview of the mall's expanded section please click here. A new 270,000 square-foot "power center" featuring a variety of big box retailers, is additionally set to open at Baybrook in late 2016.
Body Worn Camera Contract

At its weekly meeting on Wednesday, November 19 City Council approved a $3,373,300 contract between the City of Houston and Enforcement Video, LLC for the purchase of a video evidence management system which will include body worn cameras for Houston Police Department (HPD) officers as well as associated accessories, supplies, warranties, training and repair services. The contract, which was discussed at Council over multiple weeks, will enable HPD to procure 4,500 body worn cameras, of which 4,100 will be assigned to officers and 400 held as spares for replacement purposes.
While the November 19 contract represents an important step in the city's goal to equip HPD officers with body cameras, the details of the city's policy regarding the use of the cameras and the management of video evidence are still being developed. It is currently expected to take 12 to 18 months for all HPD officers to be trained and equipped to use the purchased body worn cameras. Please click here to view an FAQ document detailing HPD's Body Worn Camera Program.

Second HPD Meeting on Open Carry Law

With the new Texas Open Carry law going into effect on January 1, 2016, the Houston Police Department (HPD) is hosting a second informational meeting on Wednesday, December 9 to answer citizen questions about the new law.

The meeting will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the High School for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice at 4701 Dickson Street, 77007.  Free parking will be available.

HPD Chief Charles A. McClelland, Jr. will be joined by Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson and Ms. Tracy Calabrese of the City Attorney's Office in a panel discussion about the new law.

The Open Carry law will allow a license holder to "open carry" a holstered handgun. HPD will live-stream the meeting on the HPD YouTube channel accessible here.
For more information, contact the HPD Public Affairs Office at (713) 308-3200 or go to the HPD website to view and print a flyer on the meeting at

Case for Kids City Connections Project Grant Term II

On Tuesday, December 1 CASE for Kids, the afterschool division of the Harris County Department of Education, will begin accepting its second round of grant applications from 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations in the City of Houston for the City Connections 2015-2016 program. The City Connections initiative, funded by the City of Houston, offers grant support to out-of-school time programs that meet City Council district needs and address gaps in services to youths outside the school day. Funding ranges from $3,000 - $10,000.

Organizations interested in applying for funding through the CASE for Kids City Connections Programs can apply online here. Please note that applications are due on Friday, January 29, 2016 for the program's second grant term running from March 1 - May 31, 2016. Award announcements will be made Tuesday, February 16, 2016.

For more information on the Case for Kids City Connections 2015-2016 program, please contact Ramie Johns at or call (713) 696-1330.

Greater Houston Partnership's State of Transportation Event

On Monday, November 2 Council Member Martin attended the Greater Houston Partnership's State of Transportation event which featured remarks from State Senator Robert Nichols (District 3), Chair of the Texas Senate Committee on Transportation. Senator Nichols spoke about the importance of State Proposition 7, for which he was the Senate architect. Proposition 7, which Texas voters passed overwhelmingly on November 3, will provide a new, stable source of funding for transportation in Texas dedicated to the construction and maintenance of roads.
First Annual CMC Basketball Throw Down

Every fall, employees from each of the City of Houston's different departments participate in the Combined Municipal Campaign (CMC), a month-long effort to raise money for charitable causes in the greater Houston region and beyond. As the 2015 City Council CMC Chair, Council Member Martin hosted the first annual CMC Basketball Throw Down on Thursday, November 5 at the city's historic Fonde Recreation Center.
Initiated by Council Member Martin as a way to raise funds for Special Olympics Texas, the event featured a friendly charity basketball game pitting a team of council members and staff against a team of staff from the Mayor's Office. Houston Mayor Annise Parker attended the event and joined Council Member Martin to address the crowd at halftime. As a result of the generosity of those in attendance, the first annual CMC Throw Down raised over $830 for Special Olympics Texas. Throughout this year's campaign, City Council raised $3,686.55 overall for charitable causes.
Council Member Martin thanks all those who participated in the event. He also thanks Franks Pizza for generously donating food throughout the Combined Municipal Campaign.

Annual Veterans Day Parade

On Wednesday, November 11 Council Member Martin attended the City of Houston's 18th annual Veterans Day Parade presented by H-E-B. The parade, which followed the AT&T Job & Resource Fair and U.S. Family Health Plan Health Fair at City Hall, capped off the city's day saluting American heroes.

Council Member Martin thanks all of the military organizations, ROTC leaders and veterans for their service to our country as well as their participation in the City of Houston's Salute to American Heroes.
ABC of Greater Houston Membership Breakfast and Mayoral Forum

On Friday, November 13 Council Member Martin attended the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Greater Houston's November Membership Breakfast which featured a forum between remaining mayoral candidates Bill King and Sylvester Turner. King and Turner, who will face off in Houston's December 12 runoff election, each spoke on their respective platforms before answering questions on topics including infrastructure, education and workforce development. Dennis Winkler of Winkler Public Relations moderated the event.
Houston Zoo Lights 2015

Each holiday season, the Houston Zoo welcomes visitors at night to view beautiful holiday-themed displays during Houston Zoo Lights. Council Member Martin and his family visited the spirited annual event this year on Friday, November 13 to observe the two million lights on display.
Residents can visit Houston Zoo Lights 2015, presented by TXU Energy, from now until January 9, 2016. Visitors will enjoy nightly performances from carolers and musical groups from around the greater Houston area and can also view some of the Houston Zoo's inside exhibits such as the Reptile House, Kipp Aquarium, Bug House and Carruth Natural Encounters. Residents visiting the event can also recycle broken or old holiday string lights by dropping them off at the Holiday Lights Recycling Bin at the main entrance to the Zoo.
For more information on Houston Zoo Lights 2015, please visit
SpaceCom Proclamation

On Wednesday, November 18 Council Member Martin attend the VIP Reception for SpaceCom, the first annual Space Commerce Conference and Exposition, which attracted over 1,500 guests to Houston's George R. Brown Convention Center from November 17 - 19. At the reception, Council Member Martin presented the conference's leaders with an official City of Houston proclamation celebrating SpaceCom and its importance to the future of the region.
Planned over the past year with the leadership of local organizations such as the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership, SpaceCom highlighted opportunities for business innovation through the application of space-related technologies to seven target industries: aerospace, medicine, energy, transportation, maritime, communications and advanced manufacturing. Over the course of the three-day event, attendees participated in a variety of breakout sessions and heard remarks from featured speakers including Houston Mayor Annise Parker, NASA Johnson Space Center Director Dr. Ellen Ochoa, NASA Administrator Major General Charles F. Bolden, Jr. and Virgin Galactic CEO George T. Whitesides, among many others.

Houston's Women Veterans Roll Call Grand Opening

On Thursday, November 19 Council Member Martin attended an event celebrating the grand opening of the Houston's Women Veterans Roll Call. The grand opening was the first of a number of events held at Space Center Houston from November 19 - 21 as part of a Women Veterans Extravaganza organized by the Texas Veterans Commission. Services offered during the three-day event included VA compensation claim filing and counseling, employment workshops, professional headshots and other support. For more information on the event, please click here.
International Weightlifting Federation World Championships

The 2015 International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Championships were held in the United States for the first time in over 40 years when Houston played host to the event last month at the George R. Brown Convention Center from November 20 - 28. To commemorate the occasion, Council Member Martin presented a proclamation to IWF executives and Harris County - Houston Sports Authority CEO Janis Burke at the championships' welcoming ceremony on Thursday, November 19. For more information on the event, please visit

Georgian Weightlifting Delegation Meeting

On Monday, November 23 Council Member Martin had the opportunity to meet with Governor Paata Khizanishvili and other representatives of a delegation of weightlifters who traveled to Houston from the European country of Georgia for the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Championships. Council Member Martin enjoyed welcoming Governor Khizanishvili to the City of Houston and speaking with him about strengthening bilateral relations. Over 600 athletes from 98 countries around the world visited Houston last month for the championships.

HPD Northeast Substation Annual Thanksgiving Meal

Council Member Martin attended an annual Thanksgiving lunch on Monday, November 23 at the Houston Police Department's Northeast Substation where he joined current and retired Houston and Harris County peace officers and other guests. Food at the event was generously provided by Mr. Hans Schellstede, president of A Contact Electric Rentals, LP in north Houston and a proud supporter of local law enforcement.

Council Member Martin thanks HPD's Northeast Division Captain Greg Fremin for the invitation to attend the event. In addition to leading the Northeast Division, Captain Fremin organizes a variety of charitable events across the city such as the 9/11 Heroes Run which raised over $120,000 this year.

TXU Energy Turkey Trot 2015

On Thanksgiving Day, Council Member Martin and his family participated in the annual TXU Energy Houston Turkey Trot. This year's event featured a Phillips 66 10K race, a Humana 5K race and a 10K wheelchair race. Proceeds from the event benefitted Neighborhood Centers Inc., a local nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening underserved communities and providing opportunities for all Houstonians to succeed.
30th Annual Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting Ceremony

Council Member Martin and his family attended the 30th Annual Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting Ceremony on Thanksgiving Day where 100,000 Houston residents gathered to kick off the 2015 holiday season. The free family event, held in Houston's Uptown district near Post Oak Boulevard, featured the lighting of more than 500,000 lights on 80 trees, live music from local performers and a fireworks display.

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
December 2 - December 8
Early Voting for Joint Runoff Elections

December 4
96th Annual Mayor's Holiday Celebration

December 7
Greater Houston Partnership's Economic Outlook Luncheon

December 9
Second HPD Meeting on Open Carry Law

December 12
Joint Runoff Election Day

December 22
Consolidated City Council Meeting

December 24-25
City Offices Closed for Christmas Holiday

December 29-30
Council Break Week

January 1
City Offices Closed for New Year's Day

December 3
Kingwood Service Association's Parks Committee Meeting

December 5
Kingwood B.O.P.A. Recycling Event

Southeast Houston/Clear Lake    
December 9
Bay Area Houston Transportation Partnership's Holiday & 25th Anniversary Celebration

December 10
Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership's Holiday Celebration
December 10
Economic Alliance Houston Port Region's Christmas Open House
December 12
Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce's 54th Annual Christmas Boat Lane Parade

December 16
Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce's General Membership Luncheon