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Posts published in “Day: August 17, 2021

New Detention Basin to help reduce flooding

The new Halls Bayou Watershed Detention Basin was dedicated last Tuesday with a Ribbon Cutting at the site between Langley and Hopper Roads. Present for the ceremony were Alan Black, Interim Director of the Harris County Flood Control District, Connie Esparza area resident whose property had been flooded three times, Pct. 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia, and Dr. Adrienne Hollooway, Exec. Director of the Harris County Community Services Department.

Halls Bayou project will protect 300 homes

Pct. 2 Commissioner Garcia celebrated completion of $7.9m bond project in East Aldine

ALDINE AREA – Pct. 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia announced this week that his team along with Harris County Flood Control and Harris County Community Services Department celebrated the milestone of completing the first Bond Project in East Aldine.

Located between Langley Road and Hopper Road, the Stormwater basin was constructed to protect the citizens of the community, intending to hold 652 million gallons of water. Project cost was $7.9 million dollars, paid for partially with funds from last year’s $2.5 billion Flood Control Bond issue.

Garcia said that he was thrilled for this achievement in protecting the community in diminishing the rates of having to experience the devastation of flooding. Reducing chronic flooding has been a priority since he took office.

County mandates masks in schools

Judge Hidalgo Defies Governor’s order

HARRIS COUNTY — Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo is going against Gov. Greg Abbott’s statewide ban on mask mandates and is issuing an order that requires face coverings to be worn in schools.

The order, issued on Thursday afternoon, states all public and non-religious private schools along with licensed child care centers must follow the guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the use of masks.

This means students ages 2 or older along with staff, teachers and visitors must wear a mask indoors while on campuses and on buses, regardless of vaccination status.

“Please note that face coverings are a secondary strategy to getting vaccinated and should be undertaken with other mitigation efforts,” read the order. “Face coverings are not a replacement for vaccinations or for those who cannot get vaccinated due to age or disability, social distancing, frequent hand-washing, and self-isolation when sick.”

Houston ISD, the largest school district in Texas, falls under the order.

Aldine Back to School event last week prepared for Opening on Aug. 16

Back to School Expo Provided Families With Backpacks and Vaccines and other information.

The district had a successful Back to School Drive-thru Expo held on August 7 at the M.O. Campbell Educational Center. More than 2,000 people picked up 5,500 backpacks filled with supplies, personal protective equipment (PPE), and resources during the two-hour event. Families also took advantage to get their COVID vaccine and routine vaccinations required for school. For additional Back to School Resources, Aldine ISD families can visit AldineISD.org and click on the Back-to-School button. As new information is available, the page will continue to be updated.

North Houston District’s New mural at Airline Library

Pictured with the mural, above are: Up Art Studio Managers, Noah and Elia Quiles, Kids, Rex and Isabella Quiles and the Muralist Dual.
Also the North Houston District Team that worked on the project including Greg Simpson, Alexa Valencia, and Dru Gutierrez, and AARP
Outreach Director Rosalinda Martinez, and Library Branch Manager Carl Smith.

AIRLINE – The North Houston Management District has kicked off its new public art program – a long term plan to further enhance the Greenspoint area and business centers like Greens Crossing, Pinto Business Park and the upper Airline Corridor.

Last Monday, Aug. 2 the District unveiled the first public art in the program, a wall mural on the side of the Harris County Airline Branch Library, 11331 Airline Drive, 77037, near I-45 and West Road.

The mural is painted by artist Dual. Dual’s work has been show-cased around downtown Houston with other murals.

The District partnered with UP Art Studio to identify the opportunities for art throughout the district for the next 10 years.

State Senator Alvarado filibusters to block Voter Restriction bill

Senator Carol Alvarado speaking at the Texas Legislature during her 15-hour filibuster.

Texas Senate outlasts 15-hour filibuster by Senator Carol Alvarado to pass GOP voting restrictions bill

AUSTIN, Texas — Since before sunset Wednesday, state Sen. Carol Alvarado had been on her feet speaking, not allowed to sit or lean against her desk, on the Senate floor.

Unable to take bathroom breaks or drink water, she had worn a back brace, eyeglasses and running shoes and talked slowly behind a desk stacked with papers and with a microphone in her hand as she mounted a 15-hour filibuster. The target of her efforts was Senate Bill 1, the GOP’s priority bill that would place new restrictions on voting that many opponents say would disproportionately suppress ballots from voters of color and disabled voters.

But ultimately, her speaking marathon could only delay the passage of the bill in the Republican-controlled Senate. Shortly after she finally stepped away from her desk around 9 a.m., the Senate voted to advance the measure on a 18-11 party-line vote.

With her Democratic colleagues surrounding her desk on the Senate floor after her marathon, Alvarado invoked her Houston constituents – the voters who took advantage of the voting options SB 1 would ban – and asked why they should not be allowed as many opportunities to vote as the county was willing to offer.