Incendio de “Apple Fire” avanza hacia las montañas de San Bernardino

Aug 3, 2020

Los Angeles, CA.- Por aire y por tierra se realiza la labor de contención del incendio Apple en el Condado de Riverside; que ahora se extiende hacia las montañas de San Bernardino.

Este es el primer incendio forestal del año qua ha consumido más de 26,850 acres de bosque en el sur de California. Desde el sábado y domingo se realizaron las evacuaciones de aproximadamente 2500 casas en varias localidades cercanas al incendio.

Al momento las ordenes de evacuación fueron puestas desde Wilson St, Sunset Ave y Hathaway St., North Dutton Street y al Este de Oak Glen Road. Al norte con la Avenida Cherry Valley Blvd al Este de la Avenida Beaumont, llegando hasta el área de Potato Canyon en el condado de San Bernardino.

Los bomberos del condado de Riverside han luchado por contener las enormes llamas que no se ha podido controlar con éxito hasta el momento; la cifra oficial de contención hasta hoy lunes 3 de agosto es del 7 por ciento.

Fotos de Leo Fontes y Cal Fire

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Suspect Arrested, Charged in Fatal Shooting at 5500 De Soto Street

Jul 17, 2020
Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the fatal shooting of a man at 5500 De Soto Street about 4:30 p.m. on Monday (July 13).

The suspect, Jeremiah Autreas Hamilton (b/m, 17), is charged with murder in the 262nd State District Court.  A booking photo of Hamilton is attached to this news release.

The identity of the victim, 42, is pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.

HPD Homicide Division Officers P. Pak, C. Flora and M. Estep reported:

Officers were dispatched to a shooting call at the apartment complex at the above address and found the victim unresponsive in front of a building #31.  Paramedics pronounced the man deceased at the scene.  He had suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

Witnesses reported that prior to the shooting, the victim had a disturbance and physical altercation with another male who lives on property.

Homicide investigators arrived and were able to develop Hamilton as the suspect in the shooting.  He initially fled the scene, but returned and surrendered.  Hamilton confessed to his role in the shooting and was subsequently charged.
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Jul 7, 2020
HOUSTON – Houston Public Works and several of its employees have received several top industry awards for 2020. The recognition includes individual awards and awards for various projects.2020 American Public Works Association Awards
Professional Manager of the Year – Emergency Management – Brian Mason
Professional Manager of the Year – Water Resources – Michael Johnson
Professional Manager of the Year – Transportation – Ian Hlavecek
Professional Manager of the Year – Facilities & Grounds – Jay Patel
Drahn Jones Award for Excellence in Education – Gloria Guerra, Daryl Pope, Hector Montanez-Rivera
Citation for Exemplary Service to Public Works – Chris Broussard
Management Innovation – Wastewater Executive Management Team
Technical Innovation
 – Valve Preventative Maintenance Team
Project of the Year – Structures $25M to $75M – Southeast Water Purification Plant – Jay Patel, Quinn Pitt, Azhar Patankar, Sonny Do, John Msigwa, Kresmimir Begic, Robert Toliver, Kevin Peeples
Project of the Year – Structures $5M to $25M – Ardmore Drinking Water Operations Facility – Jay Patel, Quinn Pitt, Azhar Patankar, Sonny Do, John Msigwa, Kresmimir Begic, Robert Toliver, Kevin Peeples

2020 American Water Works Association Awards
Dr. John Leal Award – Yvonne Forest (the Dr. John Leal Award is presented annually for distinguished service to the water profession)

2020 Texas American Water Works Association Awards
Watermark Award for Community Outreach & Education Programs – 2019 Water Works Festival
Honorable Mention – Imagine a Day Without Water

2020 Water Environment Association Of Texas Awards
Employer of the Year – Shannon Dunne
Medal of Honor for Heroism – Ralph Hect and the Cullen team“Houston Public Works continues to maintain the standard of excellence, innovation, and dedication required by our community and our peers. I am proud of our team and how we remain resilient in our efforts to improve our customer service while creating a strong foundation for Houston to thrive,” said Houston Public Works Director, Carol Ellinger Haddock, P.E.
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Mayor Turner visits Vanessa Guillen mural, asks City to stand with her family

Jul 7, 2020
Mayor Turner’s statement on Army Specialist Vanessa Guillen.
Houston Native Participated in the Mayor’s Hire Houston Youth Program.
HOUSTON – Mayor Sylvester Turner joins Vanessa Guillen’s family, friends and the community in honoring the Houston native and Army Specialist.Today, Mayor Turner visited a mural created in Vanessa’s memory at Taqueria Del Sol in South Houston. He also laid flowers at the site of a growing memorial. 

“On behalf of the City of Houston, I extend my prayers and support to the family of U.S. Army Specialist Vanessa Guillen. Vanessa was a bright and beautiful young woman. We are shocked and saddened by what happened to her.   “Vanessa participated in the City’s Hire Houston Youth program, which provides young people with internships and job opportunities in the private sector, nonprofit organizations, and government. After graduating from Chavez High School, Vanessa enlisted in the army to protect and serve our nation. Vanessa’s family said she wanted to be a hero, a fighter, and accomplish something great. 

“On this Fourth of July, as we commemorate our country’s freedom and founding ideals, we also honor Vanessa’s service in the United States military. The City of Houston stands in solidarity with the Guillen family in their grief and in their search for justice.” 
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Mayor Turner calls the SCOTUS DACA ruling “A Victory” for DREAMers and the City of Houston.

Jun 19, 2020
Mayor Turner calls the SCOTUS DACA ruling “A Victory” for DREAMers and the City of Houston.
HOUSTON – Today, Mayor Sylvester Turner applauds the Supreme Court of the United States’ decision upholding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. 

Please attribute the following statement to Mayor Turner.

“The Supreme Court’s ruling that the Trump administration may not terminate DACA is a victory for DACA recipients and all Americans. Over 32,000 Houston DACA recipients and their families have built lives, pursued their education, and contribute to our city, including $1.1 billion to Houston’s economy each year. They represent Houston’s present and our future.

“I welcome the Supreme Court’s ruling, but Congress needs to work on a permanent solution to provide a path to citizenship for the 700,000 DREAMers who live in the United States.

“I will continue to stand not only for our DREAMers, but for all immigrants, regardless of their documentation status. We are proud to represent the future of America and proud that immigrants come here with dreams powered by hard work and resilience. Houston is the nation’s most diverse and welcoming city, and we are fortunate that DACA recipients have chosen to live here.

“Whether they are a business owner, a teacher, a nurse, or pursuing other opportunities, they make this city the best place to live, work, and raise a family.”

For legal information about DACA, please contact the Houston Immigrants’ Rights Hotline at 1-833-468-4664.
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Mayor Turner Accepts Donation of 500,000 Reusable Face Masks From Focus Humanitarian USA and Ismaili Council for the Southwestern US

Jun 19, 2020
Mayor Turner Accepts Donation of 500,000 Reusable Face Masks From Focus Humanitarian USA and Ismaili Council for the Southwestern US
HOUSTON – Today, Mayor Sylvester Turner accepted 500,000 reusable face masks from Focus Humanitarian USA (FOCUS USA) and the Ismaili Council for the Southwestern United States.

Mayor Turner encourages all Houstonians to wear a mask to protect each other from COVID-19. This donation of half a million masks will help get them into the hands of anyone who needs a mask.

“The City of Houston sincerely thanks Focus Humanitarian USA and the Ismaili Council for the Southwestern United States for making this generous donation. Both organizations have always supported the community during a time of need. We are in a public health crisis now, and face masks can help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and save lives,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. 

“Whether it is donating and distributing protective face masks, organizing food and supply drives, restoring historic homes and buildings, or supporting access to the arts, the Ismaili Muslim community actualizes our common values by serving others,” said Murad Ajani, President of the Ismaili Council for the Southwestern US.

“This donation is one more manifestation of a collaboration between the Ismaili Imamat and the State of Texas that calls for collaboration to reduce risk and respond to threats to public health, safety and the welfare of vulnerable communities,” said Shenila Momin, Chairperson of FOCUS USA.

The face masks will be distributed among residents and first responders as part of the City’s overall response efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.
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Suspect Arrested, Charged in Incident at 6310 Dumfries Drive

Jun 17, 2020
Charges have been filed against a suspect who was wounded after pointing a weapon at a Houston police officer at 6310 Dumfries Drive about 11:45 p.m. on May 28.  

The suspect, Damian Gutierrez (H/m, 18), is charged with aggravated assault of a peace officer and felony evading arrest in the 185th State District Court.  A booking photo of Gutierrez is attached to this news release.

HPD Officer A. Jackson, who discharged his duty weapon, was sworn in as an officer in August 2015, and is assigned to the Gang Division.  Officer Jackson was not injured in the incident.  

HPD Special Investigations Unit Detectives I. Ulloa, R. Lujan, M. Resnick, J. Brown and G. Rodgers reported:  

Officer Jackson observed the driver of a black Toyota Camry commit a traffic violation in the 11000 block of Fondren Road and activated his emergency equipment to conduct a traffic stop.  The suspect, later identified as Gutierrez, ignored commands to pull over and evaded in his vehicle.  Officer Jackson pursued the vehicle to the 10100 block of Sandpiper Drive, where Gutierrez stopped his vehicle, exited and fled on foot.  

As Gutierrez fled to 6310 Dumfries Drive, he produced a handgun.  Officer Jackson gave repeated verbal commands to Gutierrez to drop the weapon, which he ignored.  Fearing for his life, Officer Jackson discharged his duty weapon and struck Gutierrez.  Paramedics transported Gutierrez to an area hospital with non-life threatening wounds.  He was released from the hospital and subsequently charged for his role in the incident.  

As is customary in HPD officer-involved shooting incidents in the city limits, this case is being investigated by the HPD Special Investigations Unit, the Internal Affairs Division and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office
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City, County Announce Task Force to Tackle Looming Threat of Evictions, Improve Housing Stability

Jun 17, 2020
City, County Announce Task Force to Tackle Looming Threat of Evictions, Improve Housing StabilityRecovery Czars Marvin Odum and Rep. Armando Walle Launch Effort to Reduce Evictions, Align Resources for Tenants and Landlords, and Help Households Maintain Stable, Safe and Affordable Housing 
HOUSTON – City of Houston and Harris County recovery leaders on Thursday announced the formation of a task force to prevent evictions while bridging gaps in housing stability that have been exposed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Housing Stability Task Force, which will include stakeholders with deep experience in the community who touch all points of the housing stability cycle, will align resources to address evictions while developing strategies and recommendations to strengthen the region’s housing delivery system. Although the city and county each have independent czars leading their respective COVID-19 recovery efforts, city and county leadership decided to unify their efforts to deal with the unprecedented housing crisis through the creation of a joint task force.

“The magnitude of the economic hardship resulting from the pandemic is still unfolding and disproportionately impacts the lower income households in our community,” said Marvin Odum, City of Houston COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Czar. “As an example, the City of Houston’s rental assistance program was fully subscribed after only 90 minutes of being made available. It is important that we pull together the relevant stakeholders to help identify near-term solutions while laying a foundation to address the longer-term, systemic need to build a resilient housing ecosystem. At the same time, we must also keep expectations realistic, as there are simply not enough financial resources nor a sufficient supply of affordable housing stock available to avoid an immense amount of pain and difficulty for individuals, families, neighborhoods, and the broader community.”

“Evictions were a serious issue before the COVID-19 pandemic, and they will continue to be of great concern throughout the course of the economic downtown,” said State Rep. Armando Walle, Harris County Recovery Czar. “We unfortunately anticipate a substantial increase in the volume in the weeks and months ahead, and we are determined to make our best attempt at proactive planning to reduce as many as we can. The Houston region had systemic barriers to affordable housing before COVID, and the current crisis has exposed in plain sight the underlying system shortcomings.With key players at the table, working together toward the same end goals, we will structure our efforts to be responsive to the immediate crisis, even as we maintain a firm resolve not to lose sight of the importance of future work required to make housing stability a reality for more people.”

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the city and county were already experiencing a shortage of affordable rental housing and high eviction rates, particularly among low-income communities. The pandemic, compounded by a downturn in the energy industry, has intensified the rental housing crisis beyond just very low-income residents. It has also significantly impacted property owners, who face increased economic pressures due to the vast numbers of renters who have suffered loss of employment and income.

The task force will address three pressing needs:Prevent evictions 
Mitigate impacts on tenants and landlords 
Stabilize households for the benefit of public health
On June 3, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo called on the county’s Justices of the Peace to delay eviction proceedings until August 24, in line with the federal CARES Act timeline. A state eviction moratorium was lifted on May 19, and the protections offered by the CARES Act apply only to properties with federally backed mortgages.
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Mayor Turner Mourns the Death of TSU Debate Coach Dr. Thomas F. Freeman and Offers His Condolences to Dr. Freeman’s Family and Former Students

Jun 8, 2020
HOUSTON –  Mayor Turner has released the following statement about the death of Dr. Thomas F. Freeman.

“Last year, I was fortunate to present a proclamation to the incomparable Dr. Thomas F. Freeman on his 100th birthday and name a day in honor of his many accomplishments.
I am deeply saddened by his death. 

“In 2018, I selected Dr. Freeman, as the recipient of the Living Legend Award for the first-ever Mayor’s History Makers Luncheon sponsored by Comcast. As the founding Dean of the Honors College at Texas Southern University, Dr. Freeman indeed was a legendary figure and an inspiration to students for more than seven decades.

“He excelled as a public speaker and demanded excellence of the many students who studied under him to sharpen their skills and develop as members of the debate team. 
Today, students all over the world credit Dr. Freeman for instilling in them strong oratory skills and preparing them to compete at the highest levels, whether that was on a debate stage, in a courtroom, or a corporate boardroom.

“Over the years, well-known politicians, musicians, and actors sought his advice.

“I was on the debate team at the University of Houston during my freshman and sophomore years. But we all knew that TSU had one of the top debate coaches in the world, and Dr. Freeman motivated me to do my very best.

“I extend my prayers and condolences to his family, former students, and the TSU community. 

“There will never be another Dr. Thomas F. Freeman. The remarkable centenarian was a legend in his own time, and the City of Houston will miss him.”
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Mayor Turner calls for calm in Houston and encourages peaceful protests

Jun 2, 2020

Mayor Turner calls for calm in the City of Houston and encourages demonstrators to protest peacefully and respectfully in memory of George Floyd

HOUSTON –  Following a march and rally in downtown Houston near city hall Friday afternoon, Mayor Sylvester Turner urged protestors to stay calm and not commit acts of vandalism as they seek justice for George Floyd, a former Houston resident who was died in the custody of Minneapolis Police Officers. 

Floyd’s tragic death was caught on video and has sparked unrest throughout the country. On Friday afternoon, Minneapolis authorities arrested the former police officer seen kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes as he repeatedly said that he could not breathe.

“I extend my condolences and prayers to George Floyd’s family,” Mayor Turner said about the 55-year-old who grew up in Third Ward and graduated from Jack Yates High School. 

“The pain, anger, and frustration are evident and understandable. People have a right to march and demonstrate. As Houston’s mayor, I ask people throughout our city to protest peacefully and respectfully.” 

Mayor Turner also warned protestors not to block roads or streets or engage in other destructive activity. 

“In this city, we value human life. We value every person regardless of the neighborhood where you were born and reared. We also recognize that communities and law enforcement must work together on the same team and moving in the same direction,” Mayor Turner said. 

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