5:33 PM Feb 25, 2020 CST

Mayor Turner, Houston Police seek $8.5 million toward citywide video surveillance

Houston is seeking private contributions towards a video surveilance system that will also allow residents with Ring cameras to opt into sharing footage wih police


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Harris County looks to establish immigrant legal defense fund

Hidalgo said this program would “inject a measure of fairness into our justice system” for individuals and families who do not have access to legal services.

Harris County commissioners vote to replace budget director

Dissenting commissioners said they were caught off-guard by the move.



Flower Child sets March opening date for new Heights location

It will be the third Houston location for the national healthy fast-casual concept.


Annual information meetings for capital improvement projects to be hosted across Houston through March

Houston residents have a chance this month to hear about ongoing and upcoming infrastructure improvements in their own areas of town.



Shifting focus from car culture, Houston hires first chief transportation planner

Houston's first chief transportation officer will help the city shift its focus from car-centric urban planning.



Australian ice cream shop Aqua S announces Heights opening date

The ice cream shop, founded in Sydney, Australia, in 2015, serves over 100 flavors that rotate out bimonthly, with a variety of toppings and add-ons, such as cotton candy.


Pi Pizza closing in the Heights as Sambrooks focuses on other concepts

The restaurant group Sambrooks Management Co. acquired Pi Pizza in 2018.


Grappling with equity, Houston City Council approves recommendation for widespread affordable housing proposals

“In an effort to maintain the flow of money from HUD, we have agreed that we are going to be objective and not political about our allocation of these developments,” City Attorney Ron Lewis said.


Primary election Q&A: Democratic candidates for Texas House District 148

Shortly after electing a representative to fill state Rep. Jessica Farrar's vacated seat, voters are returning to the ballot to chose from a slate of primary challengers aiming to compete for the seat in November.



Burger Joint opens long-awaited Heights location

The new location includes full bar service and an expanded 3,300 square-foot patio.


US Representative District 18 Republican primary: 6 contenders vying for nomination

Learn about the candidates in the Republican primary race for U.S. House District 18.


With Brazos Street bridge gone, officials consider a different approach

On hold since December, the reconstruction of the Brazos Street bridge on Spur 527 has presented an opportunity to Houston officials to rethink the area as a pedestrian-friendly green space.


Cheetos cheese pickles, mac and cheese eggrolls, deep-fried cheesecake: 93 food spots to try during the 2020 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

From tried and true to something new, the food options at this year's Rodeo include classic staples and crazy concoctions.



Montrose TIRZ moving forward with Livable Centers study, a roadmap for investments

In a matter of months, Montrose residents could start to see public meetings and other opportunities to provide input on the development of the community.


Audit of Houston First Corp. finds faults in agency's procurement process, lack of transparency

Among the findings in the audit was a $400,000 contract awarded without going through a competitive bidding process.


Houston ISD releases 2020-21 calendar: See what days off students will have next year

The school year begins on Aug. 24 and ends the following May 27, before Memorial Day.


U.S. Representative District 18 Democratic Primary: Incumbent Sheila Jackson Lee faces six challengers

U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee faces six challengers in the Democratic Primary. Get to know the candidates here.



Texas House District 134 Democratic Primary: Meet the candidates on the ballot in 2020

The winner of the primary will face incumbent Rep. Sarah Davis in November.


Kirk Watson resigns state Senate seat, takes post at University of Houston

The former Austin mayor will become the founding dean at the University of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs.


Primary election Q&A: Democratic candidates for Texas House District 147

Three Democrats are competing for a spot on the ballot for the Texas House of Representatives District 147, covering parts of Montrose, Midtown, downtown and southeast Houston. No Republican candidates filed for the election. Incumbent state Rep. Garnet Coleman and opponent Colin Ross answered questions about their campaign priorities. Candidate Aurelia Wagner did not respond to requests for submissions as of Community Impact Newspaper 's press time. Answers may have been shortened for length.


Houston ISD trustees walk back proposed $3 million for metal detectors

Almost a month after a student was killed in a shooting at Bellaire High School, the Houston ISD board of trustees on Feb. 13 pulled back on a proposal to expedite the use of metal detectors across the district, instead asking for more discussion and research on effective safety strategies.



A more resilient Houston hinges on buyouts, clean energy and more housing, new city plan says

Houston officials announced a series of longterm goals aimed at making Houston more resilient over the next 30 years.


HCTRA Chief Financial Officer Peter Key appointed as interim executive director

Harris County Commissioners Court unanimously appointed Peter Key as the interim executive director for the Harris County Toll Road Authority at its Feb. 11 meeting.