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Mayor Whitmire's June Update Newsletter

Mayor WhitmireJune 18, 2024 --

Dear Houstonians,

As we strive for a brighter future for our beloved city, I am excited to share some of the recent projects and plans already in motion.

Over the past few weeks, my team and I have been diligently working to implement initiatives to enhance public safety, our infrastructure, boost economic growth, and improve the quality of life for all Houstonians.

This newsletter highlights some of the key developments and the positive impacts we anticipate for our community. Let's go to work and build a stronger, more vibrant Houston together.

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Historic Victory

Firefighter Negotiations

Mayor Whitmire and Marty LanctonToday marks a huge victory after Houston City Council unanimously passed the $650 million collective bargaining agreement for our Houston firefighters.

The vote, a show of support and appreciation for our firefighters, helps end a battle for salary and benefits dating back to 2016.

At the city council meeting on Wednesday, June 12th, members voted 14 to 3 to approve the historic  bond to fund the firefighter settlement.

For too long, Houston firefighters have remained dedicated to protecting us while they worked without a contract and other benefits.

This achievement is the result of extensive discussions and collaboration among various departments and stakeholders, all committed to ensuring that the voices of our firefighters are heard.

Council Meeting Screen Shot

Click the graphic above to watch the passing of the bargaining agreement.

It will be challenging to pay for the agreement, but the city cannot afford not to move forward, and it is a reasonable settlement. For a detailed timeline of these negotiations, please refer to the link below.

Click Here to Learn More


Mayor Whitmire Gives a Thumbs UpCity of Houston Passes Fiscal Year 2025 Budget

Earlier this month, City Council passed Houston’s Fiscal Year 2025 budget, totaling $6.7 billion -- a 7% increase from FY2024. This budget prioritizes public safety and infrastructure, including drainage and generators for community centers, without any fees or tax increases.

I thank the council members and staff for their unity and cooperation, and highlight our collaborative efforts with county commissioners to eliminate waste and duplication.

This budget is fully funded, and in the coming months, we will conduct a citywide audit to ensure efficiency of operations. We will present a solid government proposal to the citizens of Houston, working with county, state, and federal partners. Houston has great people and a bright future if we meet our challenges head-on.

Click Here to Read About Passage of the Fiscal Year Budget


Important Information for You and Yours

Hurricane Season IS HERE

Three days of weather forecastsYesterday, I joined leaders from several city departments to discuss this year's hurricane season in anticipation of the heavy rainfall expected in the next few days.

As we all know, the recent storms in May have left lingering debris and increased the potential for flooding in our city. I want to assure Houstonians that the city and our partners have been diligently anticipating and planning for the necessary response. Our teams will be on call for the next 72 hours to ensure the safety of all Houstonians. Our priority is to identify the areas that will be most affected by heavy rainfall, specifically those with high population densities, including apartment complexes and assisted living facilities. We are committed to taking all necessary measures to mitigate risks and protect our community.

For the next few days, specifically Tuesday and Wednesday, Houston will be on the “dirty side” of the storm, meaning we will see much more rainfall than other locations. There will be regions on flood watch starting Tuesday evening through Wednesday night.

Over the years and through many storms, we've learned valuable lessons. Let's apply common sense while driving, exercise caution when using generators during power outages, stock up on non-perishable items, and, most importantly, look after one another.

Hurricane Preparedness Link

Happening in Your Community

People at a Public PoolDive into Summer!

We're thrilled to welcome residents back to enjoy some much-needed aquatic recreation for the first summer since the COVID-19 pandemic.

We have opened up 18 locations around the city and plan to open ALL our pools, but we need more lifeguards! This creates a wonderful opportunity for good summer jobs.

So, whether you're eager to make a splash or ready to take on the rewarding role of a lifeguard, we invite you to join us as we dive back into summer fun at our city's public pools.

Click on the link below for full information on pool hours, safety protocols, and how to apply for lifeguard positions. Let's make this summer one to remember, Houston!

Public Pool Locations


My Commitment to Community Needs for Better Public Transportation Access

Gulfton Group Phot

This month, I revisited the Gulfton community after hearing concerns about public transportation accessibility around the area of the Legacy Clinic. Residents voiced difficulties in accessing public transportation for essential services. Observing the situation, I saw METRO buses struggling to navigate Hilcroft and High Star Dr. due to underutilized bike lanes.

While ensuring mobility for all is vital, the current congestion of the METRO BRT is unacceptable. I am committed, in partnership with METRO, to find a lasting solution to alleviate traffic congestion and improve public transportation and pedestrian access in this area.

More Information on the Gulfton Story

Working for You

Storm Recovery Group PhotoStorm Recovery

We continue to make significant progress after the May storms, thanks to our dedicated employees and volunteers.

I extend my heartfelt gratitude to the Houston Police Department, our brave firefighters, all city workers, and countless volunteers who have supported the cleanup efforts.

A special thanks to the Solid Waste Department for their tireless work, collecting enough debris to fill the Astrodome.

Your hard work and commitment have been instrumental in our community's recovery and rebuilding.

Together, we show the true spirit of Houston -- strong and united in the face of adversity.

Read More About the Storm Recovery


Mayor with Kim OggCleaning Up Public Corruption

My administration will never abuse the public's trust or tolerate corruption.

That is why I joined the Harris County District Attorney's Office to support their criminal investigations into several former City of Houston employees and contractors.

The suspects are accused of defrauding the public out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in emergency city funds in a scheme related to water line repair and inspection contracts.

The alleged corruption happened during the previous administration. Now that I am mayor, abuse of public trust and misuse of money will not be tolerated!

Read more about cleaning up public corruption


Services for our Best Friends

I recently had an opportunity to visit BARC, the city's animal shelter and adoption center. Despite increased intake and a surge in service calls, BARC continues to excel in its mission to care for Houston's furry residents.

Group Photo at Sanders Center

This success can be directly attributed to the implementation of several innovative programs launched during BARC Director Jarrad Mears tenure.

As we gear up for hurricane season, it's reassuring to know that BARC remains steadfast in its commitment to safeguarding our four-legged friends, ensuring they have a safe haven even in times of crisis.

Group Photo at BARC

Read More About Our Furry Friends

Supporting Our Military

Honoring Our Brave Veterans

On June 6th, 2024, we commemorated the 80th anniversary of D-Day, a day when courageous Americans and Allied troops stormed the fortified beaches of Normandy, France. I had the honor of meeting an old friend, Mr. Thompson, pictured here, who is one of the last surviving WWII veterans and has made Houstonians proud.

Let us take this time to remember and appreciate all the men and women who have fought and continue to defend our freedoms and rights, ensuring we can enjoy the liberty we have today.

On June 11th, we celebrated the U.S. Army’s 249th birthday. I joined Council Member Willie Davis to present a proclamation to honor the men and women who have defended our country. Since June 14th, 1775, the Army has played a crucial role in our nation's growth, symbolizing nationhood and safeguarding our freedom. Today, soldiers and their families continue to serve both at home and abroad, inspiring Americans of all ages and backgrounds.

Honoring Our Veterans at City Hall


Celebrating Juneteenth! Celebrating Freedom!

Houston proudly celebrated Juneteenth with a vibrant parade this past weekend, where I joined the Black Heritage Society and residents in Acres Homes to honor the emancipation of enslaved African Americans and our community's rich cultural heritage.

Thank you to everyone for coming out to enjoy the colorful floats, lively music, and spirited performances, reflecting our city's diverse and inclusive spirit. As we celebrate Juneteenth, let us remember our journey toward justice and freedom and our commitment to building a more inclusive future for all Houstonians.

Pride Month and Juneteenth Celebration


Celebrating Houston's Diversity on East End Day

City Hall celebrated East End Day this month! Our city is the most diverse city in the nation, a distinction that underscores the unique strength and vibrancy of our community.

This event celebrates the invaluable contributions of the Houston East End Chamber of Commerce and highlights the dedication of our small business owners, community leaders, and residents who keep the East End dynamic and colorful.

Attendees enjoyed a "taste of the East End" from local restaurants and engaged in meaningful conversations with fellow "Eastenders," elected officials, and business owners. Houston's rich diversity is one of our greatest assets, making our city a better place for everyone.

Taste of East End Group Photo


President George H.W. Bush's 100th Birthday

June 12th, marked what would have been President George H.W. Bush's 100th birthday. As our nation's 41st president and a beloved Houston icon, his legacy continues to inspire us all. I attended the launch of 41@100, a week-long series of celebrations to honor President Bush’s memory and accomplishments.

George H.W. Bush at 100 Celebration

Reflecting on the progress we've made since I took office, I'm incredibly grateful for the dedication and resilience of our community. We've accomplished so much together, and even greater things are ahead. As we move forward, stay safe in the summer heat and remember our cooling centers are here for you. Thank you, Houston, for your support and commitment to our city's bright future. Let's get to work!

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