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Civic Club Leaders, Govt. Officials Attempt to Block Restaurant, Redevelopment Efforts – PART TWO

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Rep. Gene Wu (HD-137) remarks about Prime Daiquiri at Sharpstown Civic Meeting, October 2016. PART TWO After Bill Henderson approved the TABC application for Sam Mene’s Prime Daiquiri, more information comes to light about how hard civic leaders and elected officials worked to block this new business. Local Govt. Officials Make Every Effort to Block TABC Permit and Business  Rep. Gene Wu filed HB 1436 in February at the urging of the Sharpstown Civic Association (SCA), an additional step to

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Civic Club Leaders, Govt. Officials Attempt to Block Restaurant, Redevelopment Efforts – PART ONE

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Protest Hearing, April 17th, 2017- Harris County Commissioners Court: Center to Right : Bill Henderson (Hearing Master), Sheila Lindsey-Sanders, (TABC Attorney), Pat Menville (SCA President) SHARPSTOWN, Houston, Texas — Many often wonder why Sharpstown continues to have, not withstanding the Chinatown corridor, a stagnant if not declining retail sector. Well, recent events make it clear that elected officials at the urging of civic club leaders can make it quite difficult to successfully invest in southwest Houston. The just published issue

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Community Alert: Important information relating to the City of Houston Capital Projects Meeting

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The annual community meeting related to the City of Houston capital improvement plan (or CIP) is to be held this week on Tuesday, Feb 28th, at 6:30 pm at the Sharpstown Community Center, 6600 Harbor Town Dr. Mayor Turner and the At-Large Council Members are expected to attend, along with short presentations by the Public Works and Parks departments. There should be some opportunity for public input and Q &A, but it varies by district, with some council members allowing

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City Council Approves $152 Million in New Debt Without Voter Knowledge or Approval

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With little fanfare and without voter approval, Houston City Council recently signed off on $150 million in new debt, divided up among the over two dozen Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones or TIRZ. The Uptown and Memorial City TIRZs budgets provide for a combined $118 million in new debt in 2017. The new debt will generally need no further council approval, with total TIRZ debt rising to $620 million during this fiscal year alone.  This seems to stand in contrast to

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Spike in Chinatown Robberies drives Citizens to Protest

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A dozen leaders of an assortment of Chinese community organizations rallied in protest on Saturday near the Galleria to bring attention to a string of violent crimes that appear to target Asians. One of the most recent and high profile incidents was the robbery of attorney Jessica Chen as she was leaving her southwest Houston office, in the heart of Chinatown. With Chen on the ground, two male suspects succeeded in stealing her purse, phone, and BMW SUV. She was

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TIRZ Funds, Redirected to Balance City Budget, threatens Southwest Houston Projects

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SHARPSTOWN ZONE AMONG HARDEST HIT With renewed attention on the structure of city finances, Mike Morris and Rebecca Elliot penned an enterprise story in Sunday’s Houston Chronicle about the challenges of city investment zones. (City development zones face scrutiny for trapping tax revenues) This is an excellent piece which simplifies a complicated subject. They reveal that in order to balance this years overall city budget, Mayor Turner (with likely no other option) redirected almost $20 million from TIRZ zones across

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City Officials, Media, and Public Now talking About Three Core Issues

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It’s great to see the Houston Chronicle and city officials get on board the train. Six months after the city election we’re beginning to see the introduction and discussion of several topics that were the focus of our city council campaign. We may not get credit for bringing these issues to the public’s attention, but make no mistake, we’re making a difference. TIRZ accountability, slum apartments, and shoddy conditions at most city parks outside the loop have made it on

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Houston Press: Neighborhoods like Sharpstown are “Essentially Ignored”

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The Houston Press today published a lengthy piece on Tax Increment Zones, Management Districts, and their impact on city operations. The story includes a replay of the successful Sharpstown Section Two annexation by the TIRZ No. 20, but the opening this time is in Montrose. As noted previously, former council member Sue Lovell learned of the Midtown attempt to annex valuable parts of Montrose, a few days before the council vote and was able to rally enough people to squelch

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