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Council green-lights leases on 2 city green spaces

Council green-lights leases on 2 city green spaces

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Council-green-lights-leases-on-2-city-green-spaces-6031407.php

Houston Chronicle April 30, 2015

Groundbreaking of Metro overpass unites community

Groundbreaking of Metro overpass unites community

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/life/article/Ground-breaking-of-Metro-overpass-unites-community-6134162.php

Houston Chronicle April 30, 2015

Council wants golf, not gardens, at Gus Wortham

Council wants golf, not gardens, at Gus Wortham

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Council-wants-golf-not-gardens-at-Gus-Wortham-5874317.php

Houston Chronicle April 30, 2015

City Council approves major initiative to decrease animal overpopulation

http://www.click2houston.com/news/city-council-approves-major-initiative-to-decrease-animal-overpopulation/31610090

A tall order: New Chevron tower will be among loftiest downtown buildings

Chevron announced this week will expand its downtown offices with the addition of a 50-story building at 1600 Louisiana. The energy giant will create a campus setting that ties in with its existing buildings at 1500 Louisiana and 1400 Smith.

The new building will be among the tallest in downtown Houston.

Building information was provided by Commercial Gateway, the commercial division of the Houston Association of Realtors. For buildings with the same number of floors, the one with more square footage was listed first.

Train derailment prompts evacuations in East End

Residents evacuated by firefighters after a train derailed near their east Houston homes have been allowed to return home, authorities said.

A train derailed around 7:45 p.m. near Sherman and Oldham, causing three rail cars to flip over, said Houston Fire Department spokesman Jay Evans.

Firefighters and a Hazmat team were called to the scene. Residents living within a five-block radius were evacuated from their homes.

Evans said the incident was cleared and residents returned home in about an hour.

No further information was immediately available.

Senator Sylvia R. Garcia Fundraiser for Robert Gallegos!

Thank you to District I and Senator Sylvia R. Garcia for the successful fundraiser on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. I’m moved beyond words by the outpour of support. I’m a life-long resident of District I who has always been here for you. As your City Council Member, I will fight for economic growth, new jobs, infrastructure improvements, safe neighborhoods and so much more, while managing tax payers dollars wisely. RG Pic 3 SRGRG PIc 1 SRGRG...
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Senator Sylvia R. Garcia Invites You to a Fundraiser Supporting Robert Gallegos

Senator Sylvia R. Garcia

Invites You to a Fundraiser Supporting

Robert Gallegos
for Houston City Council, District I

June 4, 2013
5:00pm – 7:00pm

El Tiempo Cantina
2814 Navigation Blvd., Houston, Texas

Suggested Donations: $250, $500, $1000, $2500

To sponsor the event, please contact Lillie Schechter: lillie@lillieschechter.com

May 29, 2013

Houston only city to dedicate more than 19,000 hotel rooms for Super Bowl

The head of the Houston convention bureau on Thursday applauded local hoteliers for exceeding the NFL’s requirement for how many rooms Super Bowl host cities must set aside for visitors to the event.

The NFL this week awarded Houston the right to host Super Bowl LI in 2017.

Greg Ortale, president and CEO of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the NFL asks hotels in the area to make long-term commitments so that they know the rooms will be there and visitors won’t be gouged with unfairly high prices. The NFL asked for 19,000 rooms to be committed for…

Local jobless rate dips to 5.9 percent

Houston-area employers added 111,200 jobs between April 2012 and April 2013, the Texas Workforce Commission reported Friday. That represents a year-over-year growth rate of 4.2 percent.

The commission also reported that the area’s unemployment rate dipped to 5.9 percent in April, down from 6.1 percent in March.

The local unemployment rate is not adjusted for seasonal factors such as school schedules and holidays, which can cause wide swings.

The statewide rate, however, is adjusted for those typical seasonal influences, and in Texas, the unemployment rate in April remained unchanged at 6.4 percent. The nationwide jobless rate for April was 7.5 percent.

Of…