As the fourth largest metropolitan area in the United States, Houston’s got a lot going on. Here’s a roundup of recent important City of Houston news that could affect EaDo residents.
Mayor’s Office Launches Video Archive of Eclectic Arts Performances at The Artery
Though the Artery cultural venue closed its doors in 2013 after a long 26 years, the home to many artists and performers is partnering with Houston Television and the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs to release years of videos. The recordings feature local and touring artists, highlighting the diversity and cultural impact of this once hidden gem.
If you weren’t able to see The Artery in its former glory, the episodes will be released on Houston Television Channel 16 and online.
Judge Rules Prop B Violates Texas Constitution
State district Judge Tanya Garrison recently ruled that Proposition B, the voter-mandated proposition requiring firefighter pay raises, is in violation of the Texas Constitution.
City attorney Ron Lewis stated that linking a firefighter’s pay to police officer pay is unconstitutional, as “Firefighter pay must be based on private sector firefighter pay.”
The ruling means that there will be no more layoffs or demotions for firefighters, but it is still unclear what this means for the City’s budget next year.
The firefighters union is planning to appeal the decision.
Mayor’s Awards Annual Scholarships
The future looks bright (and colorful) as Mayor Turner awarded a total of $13,000 in donated scholarships to six students for their excellent artwork. The donations come from the Greater Houston Community Fund whose mission is to amplify the positive impact of donors from across the Houston area.
All student submissions will be seen on the skybridge between the George R. Brown Convention Center and the Hilton Americas. The winning pieces will be showcased at Houston City Hall.