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Mayor Turner Selects New Public Safety Chiefs, Presiding Municipal Court Presiding Judge, Housing Director

In a sweeping announcement, Mayor Sylvester Turner named four new department directors and a reappointment Thursday. Pending City Council confirmation, Art Acevedo of Austin will assume the position of police chief and El Paso’s Samuel Pena will take over the fire department. “Acting Police Chief Martha Montalv...

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(Resending with Correction) Houston Health Department initiative reaches milestone in improving children’s oral health, removing academic barriers

Project Saving Smiles - a Houston Health Department initiative that provides free dental screenings, dental sealants, fluoride varnishes and oral health education to area second graders - treated its 50,000th child earlier this month. "Dental sealants are an effective and inexpensive way to pr...

Announcement Expected During Joe Turner's Retirement Event at Emancipation Park

The Houston Parks and Recreation Department and park officials will have an announcement during an event held today at Emancipation Park in the Emancipation Park Cultural Center. Mayor Sylvester Turner will be joined by park conservancies, dignitaries and community leaders. WHO: Houston Ma...

Mayor Sylvester Turner Announces 2017 Individual Artist Grants

Mayor Sylvester Turner announced today the award of Individual Artist Grants to 37 recipients, including four emerging artists. Awarded on an annual basis, Individual Artist Grants support the development and presentation of new artistic works across the community. Since 1985, this City grant pr...

Houston Fire Department Credits Fire Marshal's Office to Safe Evacuation of Group Home Fire

The Houston Fire Department (HFD) responded to a group home fire on the 12000 block of Corona Lane at 4:23 a.m., March 23, 2017. The HFD was on location within six minutes of notification. According to the Incident Commander, all 29 occupants and owner had self-evacuated from the structure pri...

City Council Approved Houston Bike Plan

Houston City Council today voted to approve the Houston Bike Plan . The plan’s vision is to transform Houston into a safer, more accessible, gold level bicycle-friendly city by 2027. “Houstonians need more choices to connect safely to jobs, parks and servic...

Mayor Turner Urges Congress to Maintain Meals on Wheels

Mayor Sylvester Turner issued the following statement regarding proposed federal budget cuts that would seriously reduce funding for the Meals on Wheels program in Houston. “As Honorary Chair of the Advisory Board of Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, the largest Meals on Wheels provi...

Houston Pension Solution Takes Historic Step Forward in Texas Legislature

After hearing testimony from Mayor Sylvester Turner and many others, the Texas Senate State Affairs Committee today voted to send the Houston Pension Solution to the full senate for approval. With one exception, the measure passed out of committee is the same reform package supported by a 16-1 v...

New Artwork Illuminates Houston’s Past with Multisensory Experience

The Bagby Street passage under Bayou Place, between Capitol Street and Texas Avenue, is now home to the newest addition to the City’s Art Collection. The Houston Oracle in Two Parts by sculptor Stephen Korns honors the city’s history while also improving the pedestrian experience in the Theater D...

Mayor Turner Salutes Booker T. Washington High School as they Welcome STEM Students from Zimbabwe

On March 18, 2017, Booker T. Washington High School will welcome 48 students and three teachers from Rydings College in Zimbabwe for a week of science, technology, engineering and mathematics assignments. The international collaboration will help students develop a Wind Turbine and Water Quality...

Houston Youths' Dreams Become Concrete Reality with Grand Opening of "The Station Skatepark at Burnett-Bayland Park"

17,500 Square Foot Second In-Ground Skatepark for Department's System

Mayor Sylvester Turner; Council Member Mike Laster, District J; BakerRipley, formerly Neighborhood Centers; and the Gulfton Youth will join the Houston Parks and Recreation Department to celebrate the grand opening of The Station Skatepark at Burnett-Bayland Park (6000 Chimney Rock) on March 18, ...


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