MORE SPACE: MAIN STREET PROGRAM AIMS TO BOOST BUSINESS, OUTDOOR DINING SPACE FOR DOWNTOWN RESTAURANTS

Nov 19, 2020
MORE SPACE: MAIN STREET PROGRAM AIMS TO BOOST BUSINESS, OUTDOOR DINING SPACE FOR DOWNTOWN RESTAURANTS


HOUSTON 
– On Nov. 18, Houston City Council approved More Space: Main Street, an economic revitalization initiative in Downtown Houston. A partnership between the City of Houston, Houston Downtown Management District (Downtown District) and Houston Metropolitan Transit Authority (METRO), the program will temporarily close select blocks on the north- and southbound lanes of Main Street between Commerce and Rusk to vehicular traffic to allow restaurants and bars to create expanded patios in the roadway. By creating more outdoor space for dining and drinking, More Space: Main Street will make it safer and more comfortable for patrons to return to Downtown establishments, helping the food and beverage industry recover from the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is expected to launch this year and will continue through March 2022.
 
Earlier this summer, the City of Houston introduced the More Space program to ease parking regulations and allow restaurants to use 50 percent of their private parking spaces for expanded outdoor dining. “Houston has earned a reputation as a culinary and entertainment destination, and we want to support the businesses that enhance the unique flavor and diversity of our city, but many of those businesses are struggling to recover from financial losses endured during the pandemic,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner.
 
“Downtown is one of our premiere destinations. Between multiple city departments, the Downtown District and METRO, we put our heads together and considered every possible safety concern so Main Street businesses can maximize their capacity while still protecting the health and safety of our residents and visitors,” Turner said. “We hope that this creative and collaborative effort will continue to strengthen Downtown and serve as a model for future projects that encourage the confluence of commerce, residential space, entertainment and walkable communities in Houston.”

To maximize the outdoor dining space along Main, restaurants and bars will be able to install outdoor patio seating in the roadway, in addition to their existing sidewalk cafés. A business may use the space equivalent to their frontage and may be able to extend it even further if a neighboring business chooses not to participate in the program. The street patios will be enclosed on all sides with wood and/or metal fencing, with an entrance from the sidewalk and one in the roadway for ADA accessibility; fencing or built elements like planter boxes will separate the roadway patios from METRORail that runs through the center of Main Street. Umbrellas, street furniture and other decorative elements will enhance the spaces. The pedestrian right-of-way will remain on the sidewalk as it is today, and cross-streets will remain open. 
 
“The timing for this program couldn’t be better,” said Bob Eury, Downtown District President. “With more than 160,000 office workers Downtown, small and mid-sized employers are returning with major employers expecting between 20 and 30 percent of their workforce back in the office come January. People want to support our local businesses, and even with a vaccine on the horizon, outdoor dining will continue to be a much needed and desired amenity for our food establishments.”
 
More than 75 percent of street-level restaurants are now serving customers, drawing an increasing number of pedestrians back to Downtown. In addition, events are beginning to start up again with safety precautions in place—from The Ice at Discovery Green to movies at Market Square Park—and although hotels have been hit hard, there has been an uptick in weekend traffic due to locals enjoying amenity-rich staycations. 

“Thanks to the influx of businesses, restaurants, bars and entertainment venues over the last decade, Downtown Houston has attracted more residents and visitors who want full access to the excitement and amenities Downtown has to offer,“ said District I Council Member Robert Gallegos. “Unfortunately, like so many other Downtowns across the country, much of that vibrancy has left our streets during the pandemic. There’s tremendous interest among the community to initiate the More Space: Main Street program now. As officials move to re-open more and more businesses, we want to allow for more open-air dining and make it easier for businesses to have the space that will allow customers to be socially distanced and follow all safety guidelines.”
 
Downtown District board of directors approved a Street Patio Grant Program that will help the Main Street small businesses offset expenses related to their patio expansions. After their street patios are installed, businesses can apply for a $2,500 grant.

The impetus for the More Space: Main Street program was Downtown business owner Scott Repass, who is also a Downtown District board member. “My wife and I helped open the OKRA Charity Saloon in 2012, then our bar, Little Dipper, with our partners in 2013. We were excited to be a part of that wave of the revitalization and loved being in the historic center of the city and being part of all the energy Downtown,” said Repass. “This project isn’t just necessary for businesses like ours to survive—which it definitely is—it’s also a really great thing for Main Street. This would be an exciting thing to do under normal circumstances. Now it has the double benefit of being a huge tool to help in our recovery and of being really fun.”
 
Virtual meetings with the businesses were conducted in October to review the More Space: Main Street program in detail. Program guidelines and the application portal are now open.
 
ABOUT DOWNTOWN DISTRICT
The Downtown District was formed in 1995 for the purpose of revitalizing the urban core of the country’s fourth largest city. Over the past decade, the Downtown District has used a combination of public funds and private resources to catalyze area improvements focusing on the city blocks bordered by Interstate 10, Highway 59 and Interstate 45.

The Downtown District operates under the leadership of a 30-person board of directors who oversee the implementation of the District’s strategic initiatives. Funding for the Downtown District comes from a special assessment on all downtown property owners.
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Mayor Turner celebrates Native American Heritage Month by announcing the launch of the virtual Southern Plains Museum and Cultural Center in Houston

Nov 19, 2020
HOUSTON – Mayor Sylvester Turner announced today the launch of The Southern Plains Museum and Cultural Center (SPMCC). The SPMCC is the first virtual Native American Indian museum and cultural center in Houston.

The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs awarded a $10,000 City of Houston initiative grant to the project.

“Earlier this year, City Council voted to recognize the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Houstonians can now celebrate Native American Heritage Month by learning about indigenous histories through the Southern Plains Museum and Cultural Center,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “With the coronavirus pandemic still spreading in our community, this virtual experience will allow families to learn about Indigenous Peoples from the comfort and safety of their own home.”



According to the 2010 Census, Houston and its surrounding area have about 68,000 Native Americans from all Nations. Founder, curator, and president of the Southern Apache Museum Chance L. Landry (Lipan Apache) opened the museum’s doors in 2012 to educate the general public. During its lifetime, the Southern Apache Museum became a community and cultural center and resided at the Northwest Mall until it closed its doors in 2017.  

The virtual cultural center includes a Southern Apache Museum, American Indian Genocide Museum, Library, Garden, Health Clinic, and Powwow Arena. Nations such as the Alabama Coushatta, Choctaw, Comanche, Cherokee, Lipan Apache, Navajo, Ponca, Tunica Biloxi, Muskogee Creek, and Aztec are represented. Visitors can learn about indigenous nations through renderings of art, artifacts, and videos of public ceremonies as they traverse a virtual space.
Ms. Landry hopes that this virtual space will shape the future of a physical indigenous cultural center in Houston.

“Mayor Sylvester Turner will go down in history as the Mayor who finally recognized the Indigenous community in Houston, and the Native American Indian community will always remain grateful for the recognition,” said Chance Landry, founder of the Southern Apache Museum. “Our Mayor will lead us out of the shadows into the scope of visibility in this great city of ours.”



Ms. Landry worked with INVI LLC, a Virtual Architecture firm established in March of 2020 that has been recognized for creating the renowned #ArtforJustice Virtual Museum. “We are very honored for the opportunity to participate in this amazing project,” said Giangtien Nguyen and Afreen Ali, co-founders of INVI. “We have learned so much about the stories and history of Native Americans since working with Chance Landry and the Native American community. We hope that through the virtual platform, their voices can reach many people globally.”

The public may access the virtual cultural center by visiting http://www.apachemuseum.org/southern-plains-museum-and-cultural-center.html. You can learn more about the Southern Apache Museum at apachemuseum.org
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PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN OSCAR DE LA HOYA AND TRAVISMATHEW RAISES MORE THAN A HALF-MILLION DOLLARS FOR THE OSCAR DE LA HOYA FOUNDATION

Nov 19, 2020


Profits from two-day sale will help fund healthcare, education, and other charitable endeavors throughout Los Angeles.  LOS ANGELES (November 18, 2020): The Oscar De La Hoya Foundation is excited to announce the receipt of a record-setting donation of $525,000 from TravisMathew, a Southern California-based men’s apparel company.  
The single largest donation in the history of The Oscar De La Hoya Foundation was the result of a two-day online sale hosted on TravisMathew.com, where 100% of the profits went towards the charitable contribution. 
“While everyone is suffering from the effects of COVID-19, those in poorer communities are really struggling and much of the funding for life-saving services has been slashed,” boxing legend and head of the foundation Oscar De La Hoya said. “I am so proud that this partnership with TravisMathew will generate the dollars that are so desperately needed, particularly in healthcare and education.”
Boxing’s Golden Boy began his namesake foundation 25 years ago. Dedicated to bringing a better quality of life to underprivileged East Los Angeles youths and their families, The Oscar De La Hoya Foundation opened a charter school and invested in the community’s health with The Cecilia Gonzalez De La Hoya Cancer Center, The Oscar De La Hoya Labor and Delivery Center, and The Oscar De La Hoya Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.    “As a company, we were just blown away by our customers’ response to the sale and the opportunity to help such a worthy cause. We were honored to join forces with The Oscar De La Hoya Foundation and do something truly incredible,” TravisMathew CEO Ryan Ellis shared. “Together we were able to make the largest charitable donation in TravisMathew history.”
Today, with the help of many partners, The Oscar De La Hoya Foundation annually serves thousands of people within the greater Los Angeles area, supporting various after-school programs that promote positive life choices and shelters youth from the circumstances of living in underprivileged communities.
About The Oscar De La Hoya Foundation:In 1995, Chairman and CEO, Golden Boy, Oscar De La Hoya started his honorable OscarDe La Hoya Foundation to help improve the quality of life for the community in his hometown of East Los Angeles. Today, with the help many partners, the foundation serves thousands of people annually. The Oscar De La Hoya Foundation supports the Oscar De La Hoya Ánimo Charter High School, The Cecilia Gonzalez De La Hoya Cancer Center and The Oscar De La Hoya Labor and Delivery Center and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (both located at White Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles) in addition to various after school programs that promotes positive lives, and protect youth from the circumstances of living in underprivileged communities.
About TravisMathew: TravisMathew is a leading innovator in lifestyle & performance apparel. Using best-in-class fabrications and designs, we are pushing forward a growing market trend toward casualization. For us, comfort comes first. Every TravisMathew product is created with attention to detail, designed to deliver the perfect fit and soft, lightweight feel. By offering hundreds of varied, unique designs across monthly new product releases, we are establishing a new standard for the young professional. We want to elevate your look with details, subtleties, and craftsmanship that will get you noticed…but without flash or pretension. As an aspirational brand, TravisMathew prides itself on being approachable. Anyone and everyone can look great—and feel great—in TravisMathew.  For more information please visit www.travismathew.com.

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Sexual Assault Suspect Charged, More Victims Sought

Nov 19, 2020
Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested following a months-long child sexual assault investigation involving multiple victims.  

The suspect, Jose Luis Pena (H/m, 58), is charged with three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14 in the 338th State District Court. 

A booking photo of Pena is attached to this news release.  

Investigators believe the assaults occurred from June 1999 through 2003 in multiple areas of Texas, mostly in northwest area of Houston. However, it has also been reported Pena committed sexual assaults in the 1970s and 1980s.  The incidents occurred at the following dates and locations:  700 Villerreal Drive in Corpus Christi, Texas in 1970s or 1980s900 South Adams, Dallas, Texas in 1981 or 1982Near 3900 Ridge Canyon Road in Baytown, Texas, date unknown9600 Hannon Drive from June 20, 1999 to January 9, 2003
The age of the victims ranged from 3 years to 14 years of age.  Investigators made contact with numerous individuals who identified Pena as the suspect who sexually assaulted them or someone they knew.  

In November 2019, investigators in the HPD Special Victims Division opened an investigation into allegations made by two adult female victims of being sexually assaulted when they were children. An initial investigation developed information on the whereabouts of the victims and investigators took statements regarding the allegations.  In August 2020, further investigation and subsequent interviews with the victims and other witness statements positively identified Pena as the suspect in the sexual assaults.  In October, aggravated sexual assault charges were filed.  Pena was subsequently located and arrested on November 6, 2020.   

Anyone with additional information in these cases or who may have been in contact with Jose Luis Pena is urged to contact the HPD Crimes Against Children Unit at 713-830-3265 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.  


                           Jose Luis Pena
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Houston Health Department encourages limiting holiday gatherings to household members during COVID-19 pandemic

Nov 19, 2020
HOUSTON HEALTH DEPARTMENT ENCOURAGES LIMITING HOLIDAY GATHERINGS TO HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC
HOUSTON – The Houston Health Department encourages everyone to limit in-person holiday gatherings to household members to slow the spread of COVID-19 and prevent another surge this winter. People who attend a holiday gathering with people who don’t live in their home need to consider avoiding non-household members for 14-days before and after the event.

“We should all be thankful for our health this holiday season and remember those affected by the virus. I encourage everyone to make a few more sacrifices to keep our families and friends safe from the spread of COVID-19,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “This virus thrives on gatherings and will take advantage of holiday festivities to sicken our loved ones and further spread in our community. Although the holidays will look and feel different this year, making smart choices could save the lives of the people you love.”

Video calls family offer the opportunity to interact with friends and family during holiday events without the risk associated with in-person gatherings.

Participating in outdoor gatherings is safer than indoor events but attendees still need to practice social distancing and mask-wearing is needed for interactions with non-household members.

“While there isn’t a way to completely eliminate the risk of COVID-19, we can significantly reduce it,” said Dr. David Persse, chief medical officer for the City of Houston. “If you must gather, you and your group must plan ahead and commit to restricting contact with anyone outside your household for 14 days before and after the gathering.”

Shoppers should avoid crowded stores, including during busy Black Friday sales. Instead, consider online shopping, curbside pick-up, and home delivery. People can also plan shopping during less crowded times of day, and should wear a mask, social distance and bring hand sanitizer.

People who may have COVID-19, are experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, muscle aches, new loss of taste or smell and diarrhea or were exposed to someone who tested positive must not spend any time with other people or leave their homes unless they need medical care.

The health department urges Houstonians to continue to mask up, social distance, wash hands and get tested to prevent the spread of COVID-19. People can visit houstonhealth.org or call 832-393-4220 to find a nearby free testing site.
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Thrilling flyweight championship bouts headline UFC 255 in Las Vegas

Nov 19, 2020

THRILLING FLYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP BOUTS

HEADLINE UFC® 255 IN LAS VEGAS

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FEATURED BOUTS:

(C) DEIVESON FIGUEIREDO vs. (#4) ALEX PEREZ

(C) VALENTINA SHEVCHENKO vs. (#3) JENNIFER MAIA

UFC® 255: FIGUEIREDO vs. PEREZ AT UFC APEX AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY ON ESPN+ PAY-PER-VIEW

Las Vegas – UFC® will continue its year-end run of shows at UFC APEX with two exciting world championship bouts in the 125-pound divisions. Deiveson Figueiredo will look to secure his first successful flyweight title defense when he takes on No. 4 ranked contender Alex Perez. Women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko hopes to continue her dominant reign when she faces Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and No. 3 ranked contender Jennifer Maia.

UFC® 255: FIGUEIREDO vs. PEREZ will take place Saturday, November 21 at UFC APEX in Las Vegas and will stream live on Pay-Per-View, exclusively on ESPN+ in the U.S. at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT in both English and Spanish.

ESPN+ is the exclusive provider of all UFC Pay-Per-View events to fans in the U.S. as part of an agreement announced in 2019.

Fans will be able to purchase UFC® 255: FIGUEIREDO vs. PEREZ online at ESPNPlus.com/PPV or on the ESPN App on mobile and connected-TV devices. ESPN+ is available as an integrated part of the ESPN App on all major mobile and connected TV devices and platforms, including Amazon Fire, Apple, Android, Chromecast, PS4, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, X Box One and more.

Preliminary fights will air nationally in English on ESPN2 and in Spanish on ESPN Deportes, as well as being simulcast in both languages on ESPN+ starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Early prelims will be available on UFC Fight Pass, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes (Spanish) and ESPN+ (in English and Spanish) at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT.

Figueiredo (19-1, fighting out of Soure, Pará, Brazil) is coming off his dominant submission win over Joseph Benavidez to capture the vacant flyweight championship in July. A heavy-handed striker and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, he has also earned thrilling victories against Tim Elliott, Alexandre Pantoja and John Moraga. Figueiredo now aims to secure his first successful title defense with another show-stealing performance.

Perez (24-5, fighting out of Lemoore, Calif.) has wasted no time since joining the UFC roster in 2017, as he becomes the first Dana White’s Contender Series signee to challenge for a UFC title. Following exciting wins against Jordan Espinosa and Mark De La Rosa, Perez turned heads with his calf-kick TKO victory over perennial contender Jussier Formiga in June. Perez now aims to continue his rapid ascent by dethroning Figueiredo to achieve his dream of being UFC flyweight champion.

No. 3 ranked women’s pound-for-pound fighter Shevchenko (19-3, fighting out of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan) hopes to continue her dominant title reign with another highlight-reel finish. Throughout her career, she has netted impressive wins over Holly Holm, Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Julianna Pena and Jessica Eye. Shevchenko now has her sights set on delivering a spectacular victory to secure her fourth consecutive title defense.

Skilled Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Maia (18-6-1, fighting out of Curitiba, Brazil) feels she has the tools to shock the world and dethrone Shevchenko. An 11-year MMA veteran and former Invicta FC Flyweight champion, Maia has secured sensational victories against Joanne Calderwood, Alexis Davis and Roxanne Modafferi (twice). Maia now aims to take home UFC gold by becoming the first fighter to defeat Shevchenko at 125 pounds.

Additional bouts on the card include:

  • No. 2 ranked contender Katlyn Chookagian (14-4, fighting out of Amity Harbor, NY) squares off with No. 4 Cynthia Calvillo (9-1-1, fighting out of San Jose, Calif.) in a pivotal women’s flyweight contest
  • No. 2 ranked flyweight contender Brandon Moreno (17-5-1, fighting out of Tijuana, Mexico) takes on No. 6 Brandon Royval (12-4, fighting out of Englewood, Colo.) in a bout with serious title implications
  • No. 14 ranked light heavyweight contender Shogun Rua (27-11-1, fighting out of Curitiba, Brazil) runs it back with No. 15 Paul Craig (13-4-1, fighting out of Coatbridge, Scotland) following their entertaining draw one year ago
  • Hot on the heels of his viral spinning back kick KO victory over Impa Kasanganay, Joaquin Buckley (11-3, fighting out of St. Louis, Mo.) makes a quick turnaround against unbeaten Jordan Wright (11-0 1NC, fighting out of Los Angeles, Calif.) in a middleweight clash
  • In a welterweight bout guaranteed to deliver fireworks, Mike Perry (14-6, fighting out of Orlando, Fla.) takes on Tim Means (30-12-1 1NC, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.)
  • No. 15 ranked contender Antonina Shevchenko (8-2, fighting out of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan) faces Ariane Lipski (13-5, fighting out of Curitiba, Brazil) in what is expected to be an entertaining women’s flyweight bout
  • Middleweight hopefuls collide when Kyle Daukaus (9-1, fighting out of Philadelphia, Penn.) meets Dana White’s Contender Series signee Dustin Stoltzfus (13-1, fighting out of Germersheim, Germany)
  • Alan Jouban (16-7, fighting out of Los Angeles, Calif.) returns against debuting Jared Gooden (17-4, fighting out of Atlanta, Ga.) in a welterweight bout
  • Daniel Rodriguez (13-1, fighting out of Alhambra, Calif.) steps in to face Nicolas Dalby (18-4-1 1NC, fighting out of Copenhagen, Denmark) in an entertaining welterweight bout
  • Recent Dana White’s Contender Series Louis Cosce (7-0, fighting out of Arcata, Calif.) takes on Sasha Palatnikov (5-2, fighting out of Hong Kong, China) in a battle of welterweight newcomers

For the latest information on additional bouts for this event, please visit www.ufc.com. All bouts live and subject to change.

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Suspect Vehicle Sought in Fatal Shooting at 6830 Cullen Boulevard

Nov 4, 2020
Houston police have released surveillance photos of a vehicle sought in connection to the fatal shooting of one man and the wounding of another at 6830 Cullen Boulevard about 11:05 p.m. on Saturday (Oct. 31).

The suspect vehicle is described as a white pickup truck, possibly an extended cab Dodge Ram, with black rims.  Surveillance photos of the wanted vehicle are attached to this news release.  

The identity of the deceased man, 32, is pending notification to family members by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.  A second victim, 40, was transported to an area hospital in stable condition.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant C. Cegielski and Detective W. Gilbert reported:

Witnesses were in front of the convenience store at the above address when they stated a white pickup truck drove by them and someone inside the truck fired multiple shots at them.  The truck then fled the scene.

Two men were struck.  One was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Paramedics transported the other man to the hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound to the shoulder.

Anyone with information on the wanted vehicle or suspect(s) in this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
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LA Galaxy recibirá a Seattle Sounders FC

Nov 4, 2020

LA Galaxy recibirá a Seattle Sounders FC el miércoles, 4 de noviembre antes del último partido de temporada regular ante Vancouver Whitecaps FC el domingo, 8 de noviembre en condición de visitante

LOS ANGELES (Martes, 3 de noviembre, 2020) – LA Galaxy jugará sus últimos dos partidos de la temporada 2020 de la MLS esta semana. LA Galaxy recibirá a Seattle Sounders FC en el Dignity Health Sports Park el miércoles, 4 de noviembre a las 8 p.m. PT en vivo por UniMás/TUDN antes de viajar para enfrentar a Vancouver Whitecaps FC en el Providence Park el domingo, 8 de noviembre a las 3:30 p.m. PT en vivo por Spectrum SportsNet.

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The County Connection Lina Hidalgo | Harris County Judge

Nov 4, 2020

Harris County, you never fail to impress. Across the country, people are buzzing about the incredible numbers of voters we have had during our early vote period. By the time early voting shut down last Friday after 18 days,1,435,221 (or 57.85% of registered voters) had cast their ballots. That is well beyond the total number of voters for each of the entire 2016 and 2018 elections! You have come through this election season by volunteering to help folks register, working the polls, and generally offering one another the support and encouragement we all need to believe that we can make a difference. We are a strong, resilient, and driven community and we are determined to have our voices heard, both within Texas and across the country. I have never been more proud of our residents and our tireless poll workers who are making this incredible movement of civic participation happen. 
And while you all are showing up for this election like never before, Harris County government has been working harder than ever before to make your voting experience what you need it to be. We are bending over backwards to make sure that our polls are safe for you to visit — by offering masks, hand sanitizer, wipes, and finger coverings, and ensuring social distancing. We tripled the number of early vote locations and worked with partners to open large accessible venues such as the Toyota Center, NRG, and BBVA Stadium. For the first time, we offered drive-thru voting and had a day in which polls were open 24 hours. We are doing everything we can to make the voting process what it should be — safe, secure, and accessible so that every eligible resident can confidently exercise their right to vote, and in the middle of a global pandemic, no less. 
Tomorrow, November 3rd, is election day, your final day to vote. So many of you have already cast your ballots in this election, but, for those who haven’t, please don’t miss this chance to make history. If you requested a mail-in ballot, please drop it off at the county’s mail ballot drop-off location at NRG Park. If you’re voting in person, I promise it will be as painless as possible. I know you won’t let your county or your country down. 
It’s never been easier or more important. Make a plan, make it happen, change our future — Vote!

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JAIME MUNGUIA DEFEATS TUREANO JOHNSON TO RETAIN WBO INTERCONTINENTAL MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

Nov 4, 2020
JAIME MUNGUIA DEFEATS TUREANO JOHNSON TO RETAIN WBO INTERCONTINENTAL MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
RASHIDI ELLIS SCORES DECISION WIN AGAINST ALEXIS ROCHA 
PhotosPhoto Credit: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy


INDIO, CALIF. (Oct. 30, 2020): Mexican star Jaime Munguia (36-0, 29 KOs) retained his WBO Intercontinental Middleweight Championship by defeating Tureano Johnson (21-3-1, 15 KOs) of Nassau, Bahamas tonight at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino and live on DAZN. The fight ended in abrupt fashion after an uppercut from Munguia caused a severe cut on Johnson’s lip, which earned him the knockout win at the send of the sixth round.
“I’m delighted to get the victory,” said Jaime Munguia. “He surprised us early in the fight. He has a style that makes one very uncomfortable. But my corner told me to adjust and find my distance. Then I found the right uppercut. I saw that he had gotten cut from it, and then it was just a matter of time. I am ready for all the best fighters of my division.”
In the co-main event, Rashidi “Speedy” Ellis (23-0, 14 KOs) of Lynn, Mass. scored a 12-round unanimous decision victory against previously undefeated Alexis “Lex” Rocha (16-1, 10 KOS) of Santa Ana, Calif. to capture the WBC International Silver Welterweight Title. Rocha won with scores of 112-116, 112-116 and 113-115.
“Coming off a year-long layoff, I think my performance was great,” said Rashidi Ellis. “I did my thing and got a unanimous decision win against an undefeated, young prospect. He was a solid opponent. I knew it was going be tough since I’ve known him since the amateurs. I want all of the champions now.”
Elwin “La Pulga” Soto (18-1, 12 KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico retained his WBO Junior Flyweight World Title against Carlos Buitrago (32-6-1, 18 KOs) of Managua, Nicaragua via 12-round unanimous decision. Soto won with scores of 115-113, 117-111 and 119-109.
“I’m very happy to walk away with the victory,” said Elwin Soto. “I tried pressure as much as I good to score a win. These are the kind of tough fights you are in when a world title is at stake. His style was difficult for me, but I felt I did enough to win.”
Marlen Esparza (8-1, 1 KO) of Houston, Texas earned a shot at the WBC Flyweight World Title by scoring a unanimous decision win against previously undefeated Sulem Urbina (12-1, 2 KOs) of Hermosillo, Mexico in an eight-round fight. Esparza won with three scores of 80-72.
“I want to thank the WBC for this opportunity,” said Marlen Esparza. “I knew coming into this fight it would be a worthy fight, and I was very excited to showcase what I can do. I know there’s been a lot of changes in my camp since the last fight, all the reason for me to show the world what I can do. I’m ready to fight for the WBC Title next.”
Uzbekistan’s Bektemir Melikuziev (6-0, 5 KOs) captured the vacant WBO Intercontinental Super Middleweight Title by stopping Alan Campa (17-6, 11 KOs) of Guaymas, Mexico at :21 of the third round of a scheduled 10-round battle.
“I’m just happy to be in the ring,” said Bektimeir Melikuziev. “There are no ‘monsters’ at 168, and I’m not scared of anyone.”
Lamont Roach Jr. (20-1-1, 8 KOs) of Washington, D.C. scored a third-round knockout win against Neil Tabanao (17-8, 11 KOs) of Cebu, Philippines in a super featherweight fight originally scheduled for 10 rounds. Roach Jr. stopped Tabanao at :34 of the aforementioned round.
“I knew he would be tough until I stopped him,” said Lamont Roach. “I got him with a hell of a shot. I’m planning to do this with everyone at 130. I’m just trying to capitalize on what I learned in the Jamel fight.”
Tristan “Sweat T” Kalkreuth (6-0, 4 KOs) of Duncanville, Texas scored a four-round unanimous decision victory against Tyler Vogel (3-4, 2 KOs) of Fargo, North Dakota. Kalkreuth won with three scores of 59-55.
“This was my first six-round fight, so it was a good learning experience,” said Tristan Kalkreuth. “I really wish I had gotten the stoppage because everyone wants a highlight-reel performance. When you hurt someone late in a round, you get a little anxious, so I wasn’t able to stop him but I’m happy to be back.”
Munguia vs. Johnson was a 12-round fight for the WBO Intercontinental Middleweight Title presented by Golden Boy in association with Zanfer Promotions. The event was sponsored by Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle” and BetOnline – Your Online Sportsbook Experts.” The fight took place on Friday, October 30 at
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