Bellaire - Meyerland - West University

Stay informed about the latest local news in Bellaire, Meyerland and West University Place, including city council coverage, HISD news and Texas Medical Center updates.

2:24 PM Aug 2, 2022 CDT

Houston announces launch of open finance initiative

The initiative is intended to help residents gain more transparency on city finances.


Dallas-based chain Zalat Pizza to open near the Texas Medical Center

Zalat Pizza, a Dallas-based chain restaurant, is opening west of the Texas Medical Center at 2303 W. Holcombe Blvd., Houston.


Harris County Commissioners Court preview: Possible bond vote, $36.7M for electronic tollways

Commissioners may cast an informal vote to adopt a bond issue for the November election and will vote on whether to approve $36.7 million for the transition to all-electronic tollways.



Mid-year campaign finance reports for Harris County judge race show $2.88M in contributions to Hidalgo, del Moral Mealer since February

Incumbent Democrat Lina Hidalgo has raised $1.15 million since Feb. 20, with Republican candidate Alexandra del Moral Mealer raising over $1.72 million.


City of Houston: First gun buyback event a success

The $1 million initiative collected 845 firearms and gave out almost $100,000 in gift cards.


METRO adds HCTRA executive director to its board

Roberto Treviño, Harris County Toll Road Authority executive director, joined METRO's Board of Directors and will represent Harris County.


Texas records nation's largest job gains in June; state unemployment rate continues to fall

As more people move to Texas and return to “normal” activities, Texas’ labor force is also growing, according to the Texas Workforce Commission.



Willow Waterhole Greenspace Conservancy plans new trails, trees, extra acre and more in 2022-24

At its July 28 annual meeting, the Willow Waterhole Greenspace Conservancy went over projects scheduled over the next two years.


Texas sales tax holiday on school supplies planned for Aug. 5-7

Items can be purchased in person, online or through mail order to qualify.


Harris County, Houston to get 16,780 doses of monkeypox vaccine

The announcement from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services came after a joint letter from County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Mayor Sylvester Turner requesting additional vaccines.


Houston-area school districts, community colleges signal interest in Harris County disparity study funding

Three out of 25 independent school districts and two out of four community colleges have submitted letters of intent for Harris County’s $2 million disparity study fund.



USDA invests over $36M for high-speed internet in rural Texas

Telecommunications companies in Central Texas and the West Plains region will receive funding to help rural Texans gain access to high-speed internet.


12 events to check out in the Houston area this weekend, July 29-31

Looking for something to do in the Houston area this weekend? Check out this weekend's guide!


West University Place City Council authorizes next step toward issuing $61.12M in bonds

The city of West University Place, during its July 25 council meeting, approved publication of its Notice of Intention to Issue Certificates of Obligation, a required step by the city prior to the issuance of new debt.


City approves $3 million in ARPA funds for Houston Forensic Science Center

The Houston Forensic Science Center was originally given $1.5 million in ARPA funds, but the amount was raised during a July 27 Houston City Council meeting.



METRO Police Department introduces C.A.R.E. unit to aid unhoused individuals

METRO Police Department's Crisis, Assessment, Response and Engagement unit launched its first team two months ago and plans to add a second team in August.


Houston Police Chief Troy Finner joins U.S. Rep. Lizzie Fletcher at gun safety town hall

On July 25, U.S. Rep. Lizzie Fletcher was joined by Houston Police Chief Troy Finner for a town hall discussion at the Bayland Community Center in Southwest Houston for a discussion on gun-related violence in the city.


TxDOT plans for more electric vehicle charging stations; Houston starts the process

To support the growth of electric vehicles, Houston is addressing air quality concerns and long-term funding strategies for electric vehicles and charging stations.


Nonprofit Houston Pets Alive! to begin offering low-cost vet services in August

Local nonprofit Houston Pets Alive! is now accepting appointments for low-cost veterinary services from pet owners in the general public with plans to officially start providing services Aug. 2.



TxDOT collecting feedback on Gulf Freeway study through July 29

According to the website, the Gulf Freeway PEL study focuses on the segment of I-45 that runs between I-69/Hwy. 59 in downtown Houston and Beltway 8 South.


10 businesses, renovations coming soon to the Bellaire, Meyerland, West University area

Curious as to what new businesses and renovations are underway or coming to the Bellaire, Meyerland and West University area?


Houston partners with Wells Fargo to launch $20M grant portal aimed at equity in business

The fund is expected to help over 500 small businesses in the Houston area.