Vol. 2, Issue 28 – 07.29.21
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Have an item that you would like to included in the District F newsletter? Submissions for consideration are due every Wednesday at noon.

The Thomas Telegraph is produced and distributed bi-weekly.

Submit to jessika.leal@houstontx.gov.

FROM THE DESK OF COUNCIL MEMBER TIFFANY D. THOMAS
Dear District F,

It is my profound hope that each of you and your families is safe and enjoying this not-so-cool weather. Hopefully, you can enjoy a vacation, a good meal, and quality time away from your digital device or online meeting.

Along with my staff, I will be attending in-person HOA and civic club meetings providing updates on neighborhood-specific projects, general constituent services, and ongoing public safety efforts. In the coming weeks, you will see targeted promotions regarding our upcoming career fair on August 14th in partnership with Westchase Management District, International Trade Center, Alief ISD, City of Houston Human Resources, Worksource Solutions. District F has experienced high numbers in unemployment, and my office has worked tirelessly to help people get back to work. Would you please help us spread the word and share it with a neighbor, your network, and your family? Our career fair is perfect for recent graduates and those with entry-level skills.

As our city continues to re-open and expand activities, I want to encourage you and your family to get tested routinely. I am personally getting tested every two weeks and have encouraged my staff to do the same. The different variants can put us all at risk – help us continue to be together. If you need additional PPE and need assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to districtf@houstontx.gov.For a list of Houston area COVID vaccination locations CLICK HERE. District F has two convenient testing locations here – details are also below.

In June, we passed the water fee increase to respond to the $2B consent decree and fix our water infrastructure. You may have noticed a series of water conservation tips. As you know, September 1st is the effective date and Houston Public Works will be working with each council office for a shower head replacement program – stay tuned for more information and resources you can use.

Mayor Turner’s 50/50 Park Initiative will announce the next round of parks, including Tanglewilde Park. I am working with the Parks Department to identify a group of Tanglewilde residents interested in participating in the engagement sessions. If you are available and willing, please email me: TiffanyD.Thomas@houstontx.gov.

Lastly, allow me to acknowledge all of the sweet messages from many of you as I celebrated my 4th decade on July 17th. You all sure do know how to make a girl feel special. I plan on celebrating all year long but appreciate each of you that donated school supplies, picked up pet food, or volunteered with Heads Up Houston for the food drive.

Wishing you all of the best,


Tiffany D. Thomas
Houston City Council Member
City of Houston, District F

For a list of City of Houston COVID Vaccination Locations (CLICK HERE)
Job Seekers Register HERE
Employers Register HERE
Council Member Tiffany D. Thomas welcomed US Treasury Deputy Secretary, Adewale “Wally” Adeyemo for a rent relief site visit at BakerRipley.

Secretary Adeyemo was so impressed with our local efforts, he is looking to model our program nationwide. This rent relief program halted evictions for many — it is not a perfect program, but what we were able to create and challenge locally will inform many municipalities.

Council Member Tiffany D. Thomas participates in
West Houston City Council Forum on July 22.

CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS

Pop Off Comments for July 21, 2021
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JOB OPPORTUNITIES
NOW HIRING

Office of Councilmember Tiffany D. Thomas

Councilmember Tiffany D. Thomas is looking for a dedicated and motivated individual to join the District F staff. As a vital member of our office, you will learn about the inner workings of a city council office and have the opportunity to work directly with residents to grow and improve the City of Houston.

Position Title: Constituent Services Aide

For a full description and qualifications CLICK HERE

PEOPLE’S CHAMP
CONGRATULATIONS to Mike Miller.  He is the United States Track and Field -Master National Champion in the 800mm ages (35-39) and placed third in the 400mm.We wish him luck as he qualified for the USA international team and will be competing in Finland in 2022.

 

CONSTITUENT UPDATES
Houston Water is conducting a survey to offer free water testing for qualified homes that may have lead & copper pipes.

Lead & copper enters drinking water primarily through plumbing materials. Exposure to lead & copper may cause health problems. This survey will determine if you qualify for free lead & copper water testing.The survey should take no more than 2 minutes and closes on Aug 27, 2021 at 5PM.

If you qualify and are selected for free lead & copper water testing, you will receive an email before the end of the year, and a test kit will be dropped off at your door with instructions on how to sample water from your kitchen or bathroom sink. Once you’ve taken the sample, just leave it outside your front door, and Houston Water will pick it up within the week.

If you have any questions, please email: LCRProgram@houstontx.gov

TAKE SURVEY (click here)

Thank you in advance for completing this survey!

HARRIS COUNTY JUSTICE COURTS
COVID 19 OPERATING PLAN

The Harris County Justice Courts may begin resuming in-person dockets in accordance with the minimum health standards adopted by the Local Administrative Judge. To view those standards and the most current operating plan for the justice courts, click here.

As part of this plan, dockets may continue to be conducted virtually, or may be scheduled for in-person appearance. If an individual is noticed to appear in-person and has good cause for why he or she cannot or prefers not to appear in person, that individual must contact the court for an alternative arrangement. If an individual is noticed to appear remotely (via Zoom) and has good cause for why he or she cannot or prefers to appear in person, that individual must notify the court for an alternative arrangement.

The Court may allow or require anyone involved in any proceeding to participate remotely, such as by teleconferencing or videoconferencing. Any proceedings conducted in-person will be conducted in compliance with the Emergency Orders issued by the Supreme Court of Texas and Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, with guidance issued by the Office of Court Administration, and with the Modified COVID-19 Operating Plan for the Harris County Judiciary adopted by the Local Administrative Judge. You may view the orders and guidance here. As the court house annexes are open to the public, dockets may not be live streamed. Any dockets that are live streamed, can be viewed here.

CLICK HERE for the full information from Harris County.

Livable Places: Single-Family Residential Survey
Deadline Extended to August 16

Take the Single-Family Residential Survey to give feedback about the potential benefits and challenges for this development concept. The survey will close on August 16.

Learn more about Livable Places:

Stay tuned to public engagement opportunities on Let’sTalkHouston.

HOT TEAM UPDATE
Our Hot Spot Team has put in a lot of effort keeping our district clean. Total Work Orders Completed: 20
Hot Spot of the Week:  12805 West Branch
Total Man Hours Worked: 24
Tree Waste: 400 lbs.
Mattresses: 2
Furniture Waste: 10 pieces
Tires: 10
Trash Debris: 200 lbs.
Shopping Carts: 5
Bandit Signs: 100
Landscaping: 0 sq ft
UPCOMING EVENTS

2021 Liftoff Houston
Start-Up Business Plan Competition
Application Deadline August 2, 2021, at 2:00 PM 

Liftoff Houston is the City of Houston’s annual business plan competition. It is an entrepreneurial initiative that aims to empower Houstonians with business literacy education and mentorship to start their own businesses while contributing to the local growth and sustainability of the Houston economy. It is sponsored by Capital One Bank which provides cash prizes totaling $30,000. There are two ways to participate in Liftoff Houston:

 

  • The 2021 Liftoff Houston Start-Up Business Plan Competition
    • Minimum Eligibility Requirements:
      • Must be in the start-up phase of your business, which means you either must have a business idea or have a business in operation for less than one year
      • Must have revenue of less than $10,000
      • Must live within the City of Houston limits. Also, if you have a business location, it must be within the City of Houston limits.
    • Reward:
      • Win $10,000 for your idea/business.
      • Gain skills that will help you take your idea or small business to the next level

FOR MORE INFORMATION

GET INVOLVED
Get Involved!
Click on your association/organization to get meeting dates and website information.Don’t see your organization listed?
Send us your information to districtf@houstontx.gov

Alief Community Association
Ashton Village HOA
Ashford Park Owners Association
Bellaire West Community Improvement Association
Bellaire Villa HOA
Braewood Glen HOA
Brays Forest Improvement Corp
Brays Village
Brays Village East
Briarmeadow HOA
Brookfield East
Catalina Square Improvement Corporation
Crown Colony West
Huntington Village Community Association
Imperial Point Community Improvement Association
Keegans Glen HOA
Kirkwood Country
Kirkwood Village HOA Inc
Leamont HOA
Leawood West
Meadowvillage HOA
Parkglen West CIA
Parkridge
Piney Point Civic Club
Royal Oaks Home Association
Shadowlake HOA
Tanglewilde Property Owners’ Association
Westhollow Villa HOA
Westmont Civic Club
Westpark Village Maintenance Fund, Inc.
Wildflower Green HOA
Woodlake Forest Community Association
Eldridge/West Oaks SN 17
SN 20
Alief SN 25
Genesis Community  Management/One Orleans Place Condominium Complex

Midwest PIP Meeting
Officer Alex.Chan@HoustonPolice.Org
832.394.2780
7277 Regency Square 77036
3rd Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Westside PIP Meetings
Officer Tim Whitaker
832.394.5712
Timothy.Whitaker@HoustonPolice.Org

Westchase – Business
3599 Westcenter Drive
2nd Thursday, 11:30 a.m.

West Houston Security Group – Business
Location Varies (Call)
3rd Thursday (Every Other Month),
11:00 a.m.

Westside Apartment – Business
9700 Club Creek
3rd Tuesday, 11:30 a.m.

Westside – Civic
3203 South Dairy Ashford
3rd Thursday, 7:00 p.m.