James Horwitz, Candidate for Houston City Council At-Large Position 5, Interviewed by Houston Kids Ages 4-7 (Non-Political, Non-Partisan)

James Horwitz for City Council At Large Position 5During this election season, BigKidSmallCity is getting to know the candidates in the City of Houston election.  Our goal in our non-partisan, non-political research is to help Houston kids better understand the political process.

This is not for political purposes or endorsement.  This is however, for kids.

Aylen (7), Joe (6), Senia (5) and Brooke (4) created the questions and I edited for clarity.  Below is the interview with James Horwitz, Candidate for Houston City Council At-Large Position 5!

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1.  What does a city council member do?

A city council member helps the city by:

  •          Helping to decide how to supply goods and services involving the safety and well being of the public in the city (that includes fire and police department, sewerage and waste, public health, transportation, and parks among other areas of concern)
  •         Representing and involving citizens in determining specific needs and how those local needs can be met

2.  What do you do to get elected?

I talk and write to groups of people to explain why I believe my vision of a better Houston is a good IDEA and why I deserve to be elected.

3.  What do you like to do in Houston?

Houston is one of the best cities in the USA.  I go to lots of parks and sporting events.  Houston has wonderful cultural events like the plays and musicals I attend. I like to go out to eat at its great restaurants.  Today I am going swimming outside at one of it’s good swimming pools.

4.  What is your favorite thing about Houston?

The people that live here are very friendly and willing to help out on good projects.

5.  What is your favorite Houston annual event?

The big Houston Art Festival

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If you are a candidate and have not filled out a questionnaire or set up a meeting, please contact me at Jill @ BigKidSmallCity.com.


Mayor’s Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting – November 30, 2012, 6:00pm – Location and Parking Information

The Mayor’s Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting is on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 6:00pm.  A 63-foot White Fir Holiday Tree will light up the streets of downtown Houston this holiday season.

Bring an unwrapped toy to donate to the Salvation Army.  Get a free light up Santa hat from Reliant and get a photo with Santa.

Paid public parking is available in the Theater District.  If you arrive right at 6:00pm, street parking is free in Downtown Houston.  Or, if you take METRORail to Main Street Square, City Hall is an easy 5 block walk from the station.

The kids and I go each year to the big tree lighting ceremony.  It is very crowded, so we like to go to City Hall, grab our light up hat and then walk around Downtown Houston and grab dinner.

If you are going to drive, I suggest coming into downtown to the east of City Hall (closer to Discovery Green).  Park near the METRORail tracks right at 6:00pm (for free) and walk to City Hall.  This will avoid the high parking costs and the traffic jams.

City Hall is located at 901 Bagby Street, Houston, TX.


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Three Minutes with the Mayor in Upper Kirby – July 28, Noon-2:00pm – Whole Foods

 

Mayor Annise Parker Holding Neighborhood Office Hours – Three Minutes with the Mayor in Upper Kirby
Mayor Annise Parker understands that many Houstonians are unable to bring their questions and concerns to her personally, so she is coming to you. After her first successful stops in February and April 2012, the Mayor is taking her quarterly Three Minutes with the Mayor neighborhood office hours on the road again to the Upper Kirby area on Saturday, July 28, 2012, noon – 2 p.m. at Whole Foods Market – Kirby Location, 2955 Kirby at West Alabama, Houston 77098.

Three Minutes with the Mayor offers the opportunity to meet one-on-one with the mayor on a first-come first-served basis. It is recommended that attendees prepare ahead as each conversation will be limited to no more than three minutes.

For more information, call or email the Mayor’s Citizens’ Assistance office at 832.393.0955 or cecilia.ortiz(at)houstontx.gov. To learn more about the City of Houston, go HERE.

To sign up for City of Houston email notifications, go HERE.


Free recycling of glass, newspaper and non-lithium batteries on Saturday, July 21, 2012 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the H-E-B, 1701 West Alabama, Houston 77098

The City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department in partnership with the Montrose Management District’s Recycling Subcommittee is offering free recycling of glass, newspaper and non-lithium batteries on Saturday, July 21, 2012 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the H-E-B, 1701 West Alabama, Houston 77098.

Meet BARC’s big bulldog Alf and get his paw-tograph while enjoying music provided by KRBE 104.1.

For questions contact Sandra Jackson at Sandra.jackson2@houstontx.gov or 713.837.9164.

To learn more about recycling in the City of Houston, visit the website HERE or Facebook HERE.


Community U Neighborhood Conference

From the City of Houston:

SAVE THE DATE – Register Now!

City of Houston Department of Planning and Development hosts

Community U: Lessons in Neighborhood Organizing

Saturday, October 15, 2011

8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

United Way of Greater Houston

50 Waugh Drive

Houston, TX 77007

Cost: $5/person (Free parking)

The City of Houston Planning and Development Department is hosting its 7th community conference. Spend time with your fellow community leaders and learn all about the latest tools and techniques to make your neighborhood a better place for all. This half-day conference will provide Houstonians with training, resources and solutions through a combination of workshops, presentations and networking opportunities. Learn about positive changes taking place in neighborhoods throughout Houston. See how your area can benefit from what other communities have done and discover existing resources your neighborhood may not be taking advantage of right now.

This year’s conference is shaping up to be one of our best. Some of the conference highlights will include a visit by Mayor Annise Parker, information booths from local service providers and lots of door prizes for attendees!

Advance registration is required and payment MUST accompany the registration form to attend this half day event. To download the conference brochure and registration form, go HERE.

For more information, contact CommunityU@houstontx.gov or 713.837.7803. If you love your community, this is one event you can’t miss!


Reminder of Houston September 11 Events

 

Remember that there are several events plans to remember the 10th anniversary of September 11th tomorrow.

From the City of Houston:

Houstonians are encouraged to carry on the legacy of those affected by participating in a weekend of events and community service projects as well as random acts of kindness throughout the greater Houston area.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2011 – 9/11 Heroes Run – 9:03 a.m. at Ellington Airport (Main Gate) with Pre-Event Ceremonies at 8:30 a.m.

11602 Aerospace Drive, Houston 77034

Join the Travis Manion Foundation to honor the Heroes of September 11th – veterans, first responders and civilians. This is a 5K run and walk for charity with proceeds going to support the Foundation, and specifically in Houston, Assist the Officer. Learn more HERE.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2011 – National Moment of Remembrance – Noon

Stop and Remember by ceasing all regular activity for one minute as bells and sirens sound. Take a moment to honor the victims of the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil. Learn more HERE.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2011 – Houston Grand Opera presents Pieces of 9/11 – Memories from Houston, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at Rothko Chapel

1409 Sul Ross Street, Houston 77006

The Houston Grand Opera will perform a selection from Pieces of 9/11 – Memories from Houston by composer Jake Heggie and writer Gene Scheer. Learn more HERE.


SEPTEMBER 11th: HOUSTON REMEMBERS

From the City of Houston:

A weekend of activities and volunteer opportunities will commemorate the 10th anniversary of September 11th in the City of Houston.   Houstonians are encouraged to carry on the legacy of those affected by participating in a weekend of events and community service projects as well as random acts of kindness throughout the greater Houston area. Following is a list of activities and events:

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2011 – Weekend Kick-off and Tribute – Noon at City Hall Reflection Pool

901 Bagby Street, Houston 77002

Join Mayor Annise Parker, the Houston Fire and Police Departments and the Houston Grand Opera for an inspirational service with music, readings, prayers and placing of flowers in the Reflection Pool. Learn more HERE.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2011 – Houston Remembers presented by Dignity Memorial – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Discovery Green

1500 McKinney Street, Houston 77010

Watch the Houston premiere of “REBIRTH,” an award-winning documentary that follows the transformation of five people, over the course of seven years, whose lives were forever altered on September 11, 2001. Learn more HERE.    Click on LOCATIONS at the top of the page.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2011 –  First Ladies’ Eco Bash on the Bayou 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Braes Bayou north and south bank trails

Parking at Brady’s Landing

8505 Cypress Street, Houston 77012

Join First Lady of Houston Kathy Hubbard and former First Ladies Andrea White and Port Commissioner Elyse Lanier for a community beautification project and planting of approximately 3,000 trees to represent the number of victims who perished on September 11, 2001. Registration is limited. Learn more HERE.   www.houstontx.gov/parks.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2011 – Everyone Can Be a Lifesaver – 3 p.m. until supplies last at Discovery Green

1500 McKinney Street, Houston 77010

Join Houston SERVICE and the American Heart Association for a FREE hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training. Please note that this is not a certification course and there are limited supplies at this time. This initiative involves training citizens on a potentially lifesaving technique, hands-only CPR, which would impact the entire Houston population by having more residents ready to respond to instances of cardiac arrest. Learn more HERE.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2011 – 9/11 Heroes Run – 9:03 a.m. at Ellington Airport (Main Gate) with Pre-Event Ceremonies at 8:30 a.m.

11602 Aerospace Drive, Houston 77034

Join the Travis Manion Foundation to honor the Heroes of September 11th – veterans, first responders and civilians. This is a 5K run and walk for charity with proceeds going to support the Foundation, and specifically in Houston, Assist the Officer. Learn more HERE.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2011  – National Moment of Remembrance – Noon

Stop and Remember by ceasing all regular activity for one minute as bells and sirens sound. Take a moment to honor the victims of the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil. Learn more HERE.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2011 – Houston Grand Opera presents Pieces of 9/11 – Memories from Houston, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at Rothko Chapel

1409 Sul Ross Street, Houston 77006

The Houston Grand Opera will perform a selection from Pieces of 9/11 – Memories from Houston by composer Jake Heggie and writer Gene Scheer. Learn more HERE.

 

You can also find volunteer and service activities organized by community groups and nonnonprofits throughout the greater Houston area HERE  or HERE.


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