Vol. 5, Issue 2 – 07.28.23
On July 26, Councilmember Thomas joined the National Urban League’s “Fights for You” Rally at the George R. Brown Convention Center. She was joined on stage by National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial, Houston Area Urban League President and CEO Judson W. Robinson, III, Harris County Attorney Christian D. Menefee, and National Urban League Young Professionals President Shalondan Hollingshed. The rally was designed to inspire and energize conference attendees. Hundreds of people joined the rally centered on the nation’s most pressing issues, including civil rights, gun violence, and economic justice.
Hosted by the Houston Area Urban League, the 2023 Conference was a return to the City after a 24-year hiatus. The 4-day conference is expected to draw thousands of attendees for informative workshops, entertainment, and networking events. The League promotes economic empowerment through education, job training, housing and community development, and entrepreneurship.

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On July 17, Councilmember Thomas joined Mayor Sylvester Turner and the Houston Delegation for a three-country trade mission to West Africa. The group visited Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, and Ghana.

Councilmember Thomas received a surprise Happy Birthday serenade from His Excellency Adamu Gwari, the Permanent Secretary of FCTA in Nigeria and the Honorable Abike Daibiri Erewa.

In addition to Councilmember Thomas, the delegation included Vice Mayor Pro-Tem Martha Castex Tatum and City Council Member Karla Cisneros along with members from various sectors and industries including the Texas Medical Center, Chevron, Haliburton, Port Houston, East End Maker Hub, and the Ghana-Houston Chamber of Commerce.

The mission of the trip was to foster government and business relationships between the City of Houston and the three West African countries, build on existing relationships, explore new bi-lateral economic opportunities, and strengthen cultural and civic engagement.

Several key meetings between the delegation and leaders took place during each country visit.  In Abuja, the delegation met with the Permanent Secretary of Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Permanent Secretary of Federal Ministry of Aviation, as well as representatives from the US Embassy.

In Cote d’Ivoire, the delegation, the first from the United States to come to Cote d’Ivoire, met with the Vice President, Prime Minister, Ambassador of the United States, and officials from the Ministry of Technical and Vocational Training and the Ministry of Oil, Energy, and Mines, among others.  They discussed ways Houston can support workforce development and innovation in the country, as well as exchanges in the medical and energy sectors.

Following the delegation’s return, members will continue to foster the relationships that have been initiated and follow up on the discussions, responsibilities and action items with an after-action report in the next few weeks.

On July 16, Councilmember Thomas hosted the “Summer of Safety” Swim and Water Safety seminar at the Alief Neighborhood Center Pool. More than 40 families signed up for the free beginner swinging classes for kids and adults.

With the summer heat wave shattering single-day temperature records, many District F residents are turning to pools to escape the heat. Pools provide a host of benefits, as well as dangers. In 2020, Texas reported having 80 drownings. Almost 80% of these incidences happened to children 4 years old and younger.

With the safety of some of our youngest constituents at risk, Councilmember Thomas decided to host a swim event targeting an often overlooked and underserved segment of the population. Conducted by Houston Waves, the hourlong seminars included basic swimming instruction, as well as overall water and pool safety tips.

Additionally, all Houstonians who visited the park on Sunday received a free Kona Ice.

Launched in late June, the “Summer of Safety” initiative is a series of public safety events and citywide campaigns focused on the health and safety of young District F residents. With an overarching goal of improving the quality of life for all Houstonians across the city.

Desegregation of the Armed Forces
On July 26, District F Director of Constituent Services, Stephani Leota presented a Certificate of Appreciation to the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum and the Greater Houston Chapters of the 9th and 10th Horse Cavalry Associations in recognition of the 75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9981.

When President Harry S. Truman signed Executive Order 9981 on July 26, 1948, calling for the desegregation of the U.S. Armed Forces, he repudiated 170 years of officially sanctioned discrimination. Since the Amercian Revolution, African Americans had served in the military, but almost always separately from white soldiers and usually in menial roles.

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Houston Public Works has completed the assessment for the Oak Harbor subdivision project. To replace panels and repair sidewalks. District F will host a community pop-up to discuss and provide additional information on Thursday, August 15, 2023 at 6 :00 PM until 7:00 PM at the Alief Neighborhood Center (see flyer below).
  • Total Work Orders: 37
  • Hotspot of the Week: 2870 Stoney Brook
  • Total Man Hours Worked: 64
  • Tree Waste: 780 lbs.
  • Mattresses: 4
  • Furniture Waste: 14 pieces
  • Tires: 11
  • Trash Debris: 270 lbs.
  • Shopping Carts: 1
  • Bandit Signs: 139
  • Landscaping: none
On August 12, Councilmember Thomas will host the District F back-to-school backpack giveaway. A highlight of the event will be an Alief Alumni basketball game between Elsik and Hastings High Schools. Click here to register.
Public safety. Education. Voter suppression. Affordable housing. Quality of life.

Regardless of the issues that move you, there are two excellent opportunities for youth civic engagement training and experience.

Alief Votes is a grant-funded 501(c)(3) organization that empowers youth civic engagement in Alief. The organization receives administrative support from District F, the Department of Neighborhoods, and OCA.

Alief ISD students may apply to be an Alief Votes Fellow. Students receive civic engagement training, stipends, and resources and a budget to plan and fund their own community events.

Click here to apply.

Students and constituents are invited to a youth engagement workshop focused on Alief and civic opportunities on Saturday, September 16 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM. Click here to register.

Mayor Sylvester Turner and the Department of Neighborhoods (DON) invite Houston high school students in grades 9-12 to apply for membership in the 2023-24 Mayor’s Youth Council (MYC). The term of office runs September 2023 to July 2024.

Modeled after the elected City Council, the MYC provides youth the opportunity to learn about city government, share issues of concern to youth with city officials, and gain civic leadership skills through community service activities.

Applicants must be residents of the City of Houston. MYC members must be committed to attending meetings and participating in community service activities and events.

Click here to apply!

Happiness Coach, TedX Speaker, Author, Instructor, & Entrepreneur
Thirty-three years ago, through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), our nation committed itself to eliminating discrimination against people with disabilities. District F proudly supports our neighbors with disabilities and is working towards a future in which all the doors are open to equality of opportunity, full participation, and economic self-sufficiency for persons with disabilities.

In honor of the ADA anniversary, District F turns the spotlight onto Suzan Nguyening. The first thing you notice about Suzan is her magnetic personality. She is a force and you can easily see why people would be inspired by her.

Suzan was involved in a traumatic car accident and experienced the loss of her dominant arm. Through resilience and the support of those around her, Suzan promised herself to #bebetter not bitter. She learned how to create joy from within and began helping others to do the same.  This soon became her life mission.

In 2021, Suzan was crowned Mrs. Universal Empire First Queen. Her gift of inspiration was now on a global stage and that is where she remains today.  Traveling the world, helping others turn pain into power, to heal from within, and inspire with love and light.

Suzan — District F salutes you and thanks you for all that you do!

Click here for more information.

The City of Houston Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is seeking input on the preparedness of Houston residents. The survey is designed to help OEM understand the community’s knowledge of the resources available, as well as the sentiment on how prepared they feel at the personal, community, and City levels. The survey comes as OEM is making updates to the City’s comprehensive and hazard-specific emergency plans.

OEM is updating Houston’s Severe Weather Plan and Pre-Disaster Recovery Plan to identify risks in our area and provide strategies to limit the impact of natural disasters.Participate by taking the survey below. Information collected is anonymous. Your Feedback is valuable.

Click here to participate in the survey.


The City of Houston is re-activating its Public Health Heat Emergency Plan, providing resources for people to take refuge from extreme heat Wednesday through Sunday.

Houston libraries and multi-service centers will function as cooling centers during normal business hours. The Central Library downtown is unavailable as a cooling center. Community centers operated by Houston Parks and Recreation Department will open to the public after the conclusion of daily programming for enrolled participants.

Anyone without air-conditioning can seek shelter at any of the following city buildings designated as cooling centers during the heat emergency.

The National Weather Service indicates a Heat Advisory is in place until at least 9 p.m. Tuesday.

The YMCA of Greater Houston will also provide a resource for people needing to seek relief.

People without adequate transportation to a designated cooling center can call 3-1-1 to request a free ride from METRO or zTrip. Transportation is only to and from the cooling centers; transportation to other locations is unavailable.

The Houston Health Department recommends the precautions below to avoid heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

  • Increase water consumption. Drink lots of liquids even before getting thirsty.
  • Conduct outdoor work or exercise in the early morning or eveningwhen temperatures are not as high.
  • Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing that permits the evaporation of perspiration.
District F City Council Items
To View City Council Agendas
To Watch Videos of Previous City Council Meetings
CM Thomas Inspires Crowd at National Urban League’s
“Fights for You” Rally
CM Thomas Speaks to Trade Mission to Africa
and Weekly Pop Off
CM Thomas Hosts “Summer of Safety” Swim Seminar at
Alief Neighborhood Center Pool
District F Chief of Staff Isaac Eguia Speaks to Univision About
“Summer of Safety” Swim Classes

There are several opportunities for you to engage with your neighbors and receive accurate information from community partners, elected officials, and public safety leadership regarding District F and the greater Houston area.

SN – 17 (West Oaks and Eldridge): No meeting July and August

SN – 25 (Alief): Every 4th Tuesday at 6:30PM
Location: Alief Neighborhood Center

Westside PIP Meeting: Every 3rd Thursday at 6:30PM
Location: Westside Station, 3203 S. Dairy Ashford Street, 3rd floor

Midwest PIP Meeting: Every 3rd Wednesday at 7PM
Location: 7277 Regency Square Boulevard

AARP-ALIEF #3264 Meeting: Every 1st Thursday at 10AM
Location: The Salvation Army Church, 7920 Cook Road

Briarmeadow: Every 2nd Tuesday at 6PM
Location: 3202 Freshmeadows Drive

Westmont Civic Club: Every 4th Thursday every quarter at 7PM
Location: Treemont Retirement Community, 2501 Westerland

Piney Point: Every 2nd Tuesday at 7:30 PM
Location: Pilgrim Rest MBC Activity Center, 3402 Amanda Lane

Huntington Village HOA: Every 3rd Thursday at 7PM
Location: Clubhouse, 9511 Cook Road


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To Report a Minor Crime (Theft or Property Damage, under $5000) click the link: https://www.houstontx.gov/police/online_report.htm

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Office of the Harris County Attorney Christian D. Menefee

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