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Posts published in “Day: August 11, 2022

Harris County plans $1.2 bond issue for November ballot

HOUSTON – Harris County leaders took the first step to put a $1.2 billion bond referendum on the November 8 ballot. The proposal would devote $100 million to public safety facilities and technology, $900 million to roads, drainage, and transportation projects, and $200 million to parks.

Commissioners voted 3-2 along party lines to authorize multiple county departments to develop a capital improvement bond proposal. Judge Lina Hidalgo set conditions for casting her vote with her fellow Democrats, Commissioners Adrian Garcia and Rodney Ellis.

“The guidelines should include a ‘worst-first’ approach to match funds to the greatest need, with at least $220 million to be spent in each precinct and $100 million to be set aside for public safety,” Hidalgo said.

The “worst-first” requirement addresses a concern that Commissioner Ellis raised, citing past bond initiatives where poorer neighborhoods like those in his Precinct 1 were shortchanged.

Gun BuyBack takes 845 guns off Street

Officers from HPD and HCSO check guns turned in.

HOUSTON- Due to an overwhelming response from the public, the One Safe Houston Gun Buyback collected 845 firearms and distributed nearly $100,000 in gift cards on Saturday, July 30. As a result of the unprecedented response, the event, which began at 8 a.m. and was scheduled to end at noon, did not conclude until almost 7 p.m., when the last person collected a handful of gift cards.Earlier in the day, dozens of vehicles were turned away due to demand and long lines. However, more than 150 people were given priority vouchers for a place in line at the next gun buyback. Mayor Sylvester Turner and the Houston Police Department will announce a date soon for a second event.

“We used best practices to plan and hold today’s event. I did not know what to expect, and the turnout was overwhelming,” said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. “The turnout demonstrates there are too many guns on our streets, and people want to get them out of their possession. The gun buyback is not the only solution, but we can and will make our streets safer and help reduce gun violence.”

The successful event was a collaboration between Mayor Turner, Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, and the Houston Police Department.

New Texas Law protects Dogs tied outdoors

Astrit Flores, Galena Park Police Department’s Communication Officer and sister Ariana Flores with Captain their 4 year old German Shepherd. Captain is modeling a properly fitted dog harness with a hand held leash as required by Senate Bill 5. Read article for more dog leashing requirements. Photo by Devany Purcell

By Allan Jamail

August 10, 2022 – Dogs in Texas will now be able to be protected from cruel treatment if citizens and law enforcement will work together complying and enforcing the new law regarding how dogs kept outside must be tied-up. The new law also eliminates the “24-hour rule” which previously prevented law enforcement from enforcing violations or helping animals who were being treated inhumanely until after 24 hours had passed.

Early in the Legislation Session, a similar bill passed but Governor Abbott shocked animal rights groups in Texas and across the nation and killed it by veto, saying that law wasn’t needed to protect animals. Jamey Cantrell, president of the Texas Animal Control Association, said that public outcry from Texans over Abbott’s vetoing the bill prompted Abbot to sign off on it the second time it came to him.

Superintendents hold “Safe Schools” meeting

SCHOOL SAFETY Meeting participants included Superintendents Dr. Tory Hill (Channelview ISD), Dr. Randy O’Brien (Goose Creek CISD), and Dr. John Moore (Galena Park ISD) with State Representative Ana Hernandez of District TX143.

Meeting held by State Rep. Ana Hernandez

HOUSTON – On August 3, 2022, Galena Park ISD (GPISD) Board Room was the site of a Safe Schools Town Hall Meeting, hosted by Ana Hernandez. Texas State Representative Hernandez invited local superintendents to serve on a panel to discuss school safety and security with community members.

Representative Hernandez began the meeting by introducing the guest panelist of surrounding area Superintendents including Dr. John Moore, Galena Park ISD; Dr. Tory Hill, Channelview ISD; and Dr. Randall O’Brien, Goose Creek CISD. She also expressed the importance of starting now to begin preparations for student’ safety.

“The time to think about and prepare for student safety is now,” said Representative Hernandez.