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From the Office of Council Member Mike Laster 

District Journal

Official Newsletter of Houston City Council District J

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 

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900 Bagby

Houston, TX  77002

PO Box 1562
Houston, TX 77251-1562

Leah Olive-Nishioka
Communications Director

Matt Brollier
Constituent Servi
ces Director

Jeremy Brown
Agenda & Policy Director

Sharon Shanahan
Administrative Services Director

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A Prayer for Veterans Day   


“Almighty God, we commend to your gracious care and keeping all the men and women of our armed forces at home and abroad.  Defend them day by day with your heavenly grace; strengthen them in their trials and temptations; give them courage to face the perils which beset them; and grant them a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be.  Amen”*


As we line up at the ballot box today, let us pause to remember all the men and women of our armed forces who have fought to defend our freedom to vote and all the citizens who have fought for our right to vote throughout our history.  

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– Mike Laster, Council Member – District J     


*A prayer for those in the Armed Forces of our Country (modified)

The Book of Common Prayer

Election Day is TODAY


Please visit to look up your assigned Election Day voting location, ballot, hours of operation, and other voting information.   

Veterans Day is Sunday, November 11  


On Sunday, November 11, 2012, the City of Houston will show support of our Armed Forces as we celebrate the 13th Annual Houston Salutes American Heroes Veterans Day Celebration.


We wish to extend a special invitation for you to participate in the parade by entering your marching unit, band, military vehicle or float.


For more information on the parade, please click here.    

BARC Adoptions Specials for November


November is “Adopt a Senior Pet Month”. BARC is offering reduced adoption fees of $20 for all dogs 2 years and older plus $5 felines all month! Come and give an older pet a chance at a forever home-they have so much love to give!


Click here to learn more about BARC, how to adopt, how to volunteer, animal licensing, the feral cat TNR program, and BARC’s vaccination program.    

Tennis Hall of Fame Honors Houston Hero Lee LeClear 


The United States Tennis Association of Texas and the Texas Tennis Museum and Hall of Fame recently announced inductees for the Class of 2012, including local Tennis Hero George Clarence “Lee” LeClear.  Mr. LeClear was a long-time Houston Tennis Teaching Pro after whom the Lee LeClear Tennis Center in District J is named.    


According to his wife Patti LeClear, Mr. LeClear “started his tennis teaching career in Corpus Christi where he met and worked with the H. E. Butt family. Through this contact Lee was then able to secure an Assistant Pro position at the River Oaks Country Club in Houston. While at River Oaks, Lee had the opportunity to meet George Mitchell. George sought out Lee for a job with the Houston Parks and Recreation Department when the second public tennis center in Houston was to be opened. Lee managed and was the Head Pro at MacGregor Park Tennis Center from the early 60’s until 1972 when he opened, managed and was Head Pro at the third tennis facility, The Southwest Tennis Center. During his time at MacGregor Park, Lee also coached the U of H tennis team, Junior Davis Cup and with the help of President George H. W. Bush, sponsored the first Junior Tennis Tournament in Texas. Lee retired after 30 years of service with the Houston Parks & Recreation Department in 1992. Lee was also a charter member of the

[U.S. Professional Tennis Association].  


Lee passed away in May 1995. Within months of his death, The Southwest Tennis Center was renamed the Lee LeClear Tennis Center, due to the overwhelming support from the tennis community.”

November is American Diabetes Month 


The American Diabetes Association is raising awareness of diabetes this November through American Diabetes Month.  Some diabetes facts: 

  • Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
  • Another 79 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
  • The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $174 billion.
  • Two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke.
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure.
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults.
  • The rate of amputation for people with diabetes is 10 times higher than for people without diabetes.
  • About 60-70 percent of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nerve damage that could result in pain in the feet or hands, slowed digestion, and other nerve problems.

American Diabetes Month takes place each November and is a time to come together as a community to Stop Diabetes®!  We encourage District J residents to learn more about diabetes prevention and treatment.    

District J Spotlight:  Recycling Centers 


Recycle Houston is a green city, and District J is proud to have 2 recycling centers within its boundaries to accept recyclable items at no additional cost to City of Houston residents.   


The Southwest Neighborhood Depository/Recycling Center  accepts junk waste, tree waste and recyclables. Citizens may use the depository four (4) times per month.  Citizens are encouraged to arrive at least 30 minutes before closing to allow adequate time to unload.  Each user must provide the following as proof of residency:

  • Texas Driver’s License or ID and
  • A current utility bill or city property tax receipt

The Westpark Consumer Recycling Center is a drive-through facility where citizens of Houston can drop off their recyclables.  Currently, more than 11,000 citizens per month bring their recyclables to the center.

For hours of operation and a complete list of what recyclables each facility accepts, please visit their web pages, linked above.

Upcoming Events

Calendar2Please refer to the Community Events Calendar on our website for time, location and other event details

New events are added every week.  Be sure to check in often!


  • Election Day
  • Sharpstown Rotary Club Meeting

November 8   


  • Asian Chamber of Commerce Luncheon
  • Braeburn Valley West Board Meeting  
  • City of Houston Public Hearing 


  • Native American Pow Wow (through 11/11)


  • Veteran’s Day
  • City of Houston Veteran’s Day Celebration 

November 12    

  • GSMD Business & Economic Development Committee Meeting
  • ECHOS Financial Literacy Class 
  • IMD Long Range Strategic Planning Committee Meeting
  • Mid-West Super Neighborhood #20 Meeting 

November 13    

  • AARP Chapter 50 Meeting
  • Flu Shots at ECHOS 
  • Sharpstown Rotary Club Meeting 

November 14    

  • Gulfton Area Service Provider Luncheon
  • Sharpstown Super Neighborhood Council Meeting
  • World Diabetes Day 

November 15    

  • Westside PIP Meeting

November 16

  • 1st Annual Mediterranean Film Festival

November 17

  • Houston Area Woodcarvers
  • Paper Shredding Event