Welcome to the Knox Report – Final Edition


Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from your At-Large 1 Council Member and our office!

As we celebrate this joyous holiday season, we want to take a moment to extend our warmest wishes to you and your loved ones. It’s a time of reflection, gratitude, and spreading cheer!

Throughout the year, we have been committed to serving you and the community.

May this Christmas bring happiness to you and your loved ones, and may the New Year be filled with prosperity and positive change. Remember to take a moment to cherish the valuable moments with family and friends, and spread the spirit of compassion and kindness to those around you.

Once again, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!


Mayor’s Holiday Spectacular

The Reliant Lights Mayor’s Holiday Spectacular is set to take place on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Houston’s Hermann Square. The free event, which features holiday-themed activities and performances, is a popular tradition in the city.

Jordin Sparks, an American Idol star and Grammy nominee, is set to headline the show. The event will also include performances by Houston Children’s Chorus, Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts theatre department, Mariachi Prodigy – Eduardo Trevino, Dance of Asian America, and more. The show promises to offer an entertaining lineup for audiences of all ages.

Zoo Lights

The Houston Zoo’s annual light show is back from now to January 7, 2024. Visitors can expect a stunning display of lights that has become a city tradition. The light spectacle is an opportunity to see the zoo in a different light and enjoy the holiday spirit with family and friends. It’s an event not to be missed!

For ticket information, please click here.


Ice Skate Under the Stars

Downtown Houston is getting a whole lot cooler! Frostival, thanks to Green Mountain Energy Ice, is back from 6-10 pm at Discovery Green in downtown Houston. The winter celebration promises to bring classic winter traditions to the city, alongside glittering lights and festive outdoor activities for all ages. Don’t miss the chance to experience the holiday spirit in the heart of Houston.

For more information regarding this event, click here.


HFD Operation Stocking Stuffer

The Houston Fire Department has kicked off Operation Stocking Stuffer Toy Drive to provide toys to underprivileged children during the holiday season.

The initiative aims to spread joy and happiness in the community and is a wonderful program for those who cannot afford gifts for their children.

This small gesture can make a significant difference in the lives of many children. Please clickhere to donate and/or learn more about this program.

Dia de los Muertos Festival

The Dia de los Muertos festival took place on Saturday, November 4th.

Sam Houston Park was filled with vibrant decorations, music, and dance. Live music played throughout the event and stands served Mexican food and snacks. People gathered, adorned in colorful traditional costumes and intricate makeup.

We thank everyone who come out and had a great time.


Winzer Park Ribbon Cutting

A ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the improvements made to Winzer Park was held earlier today.

The improvements were made possible by the City’s public investment of over $14 million as part of the 50/50 initiative.

The project was carried out in collaboration with the Houston Housing and Community Development Department, and the Houston Parks and Recreation Department.

Winzer Park improvements include: a new sprayground, tennis court resurfacing, new outdoor exercise area with shade sails, new picnic area and picnic shelter, new furnishings, wider walking trails, new fencing, upgraded lighting and landscaping, and improved drainage and detention.

The total project cost for this project is $2,676,795 and was funded with Community Development Block Grant funds, the Parks and Recreation Dedication Fund, and Parks Consolidated Construction funds.


Veterans Day Ceremony

Due to inclement weather, the Veterans Day parade was regrettably cancelled.

However, the spirit of honoring our brave veterans persevered, as an indoor ceremony took place instead on November 11th.

Attendees gathered to pay their respects and express their gratitude towards the courageous men and women who have served our nation.

The ceremony served as a reminder of the sacrifices made by these individuals, highlighting their dedication and commitment to our country’s freedom.

Thank you to all who joined us in celebrating Veterans Day.


7W Youth Trail Riders & Rodeo Club

November 12th, I had the privilege of being invited by the 7W Youth Trail Riders & Rodeo Club to officiate their elections of club youth officers.


These elections are important as they elect the officials responsible for the club rules and obligations of the young riders.

Thank you to 7W Youth Trail Riders & Rodeo Club for a wonderful time outdoors.

For information on the great work this organization does, click here.


H-Town Rewards Shop Local Program

The City of Houston and Office of Business Opportunity launched the H-Town Rewards Shop Local Program on November 15th.

At Large 1 staff attended the press conference led by Mayor Sylvester Turner at the Julia Ideson Auditorium.

Houston area businesses and citizens were introduced to the City of Houston’s new mobile app and informed on how they can participate. For information on the H-Town Rewards Shop Local Program, click here.


74th H-E-B Thanksgiving Parade

There was plenty to be thankful for during the Thanksgiving parade on Thursday, November 23th.

Rain and cold did not stop the thousands of people who showed up and had a great time. Dozens of floats displayed the local, national, and worldwide partners that Houston has with creative designs.

I was riding on one of the horses from HPD Mounted Patrol, as Peacemaker was feeling a bit under the weather that day. Thank you to those who stopped by and made it extra special.


PIP Program 

Did you know there’s a way to stay up to date on crime statistics in your area and engage in productive conversation with police officers patrolling your streets?

The Positive Interaction Program holds monthly PIP meetings featuring speakers from different divisions (Burglary and Theft, Homicide, K-9, Helicopters, etc.) explaining how their division operates. This is done so citizens can stay up to date on the most recent crime-related statistics in their area. These meetings are usually held once a month and open to the public.

The PIP Program is the best way to get to know the men and women who are out there every day keeping order on the streets.

To learn more about the PIP meetings click here. To find a PIP meeting located in your area, please click here.

How to Speak at Public Session

Meetings Information

  • City Council meetings are conducted each week on Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. and Wednesdays beginning at 9:00 a.m. Any citizen may speak before Council on a Tuesday beginning at 2:00 p.m. To reserve time to address City Council (up to three minutes), contact the City Secretary’s Office (832.393.1100) before 5:00 p.m. Monday prior. All Council meetings are open to the public. 

Agenda Information

  • In accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, the agenda is posted for public information, at all times, for at least 72 hours preceding the scheduled time of the meeting on the bulletin board located at the rear entrance of the City Hall Annex, 900 Bagby. Copies of the agenda are available at no charge in the Office of the City Secretary in the City Hall Annex, Public Level. The Council Agenda is also available online.

Tree Waste & Junk Waste Program

Residents may dispose of their Tree Waste and Junk Waste at their curbside. Tree Waste is collected during ODD numbered months and Junk Waste is collected during EVEN numbered months. This method of collecting large waste comes with the benefits of diverting materials that can be recycled from landfills, saving landfill space and valuable tax dollars. 

  • Tree Waste months are January, March, May, July, September, and November.
  • Junk Waste months are February, April, June, August, October and December.

Residents who wish to dispose of Tree Waste or Junk Waste before their scheduled once-per-month collection may use one of six Neighborhood Depository/Recycling Centers.

For more information and details, please click here.


Report City Concerns to 3-1-1

The best way to address an issue is to always report it to 311 first and receive a service request number. 311 is the City of Houston’s non-emergency department directory and self-service city request line. The 311 website allows the citizens of Houston to access information, request city services and report problems at anytime of the day or night.

There is now an app you can download on your phone to report non-emergency issues to the City of Houston. Android or iPhone, just look up Houston 311 on your app store and you’ll find it. The app uses GPS to identify your location and also allows you to snap a photo to add to your service request. Reports are automatically sent to the City’s 311 system and routed to city departments for resolution.

Remember to follow up with your District and/or At Large Council Office to ensure your concern doesn’t fall through the cracks.

To file an Online Service Request, you must provide the address of the corresponding location of which the service need or problem is being reported. In most cases, you must also provide a valid email address for follow up purposes.

You can access 311 services below:

or Call
Phone: 3-1-1 or 713.837.0311

City of Houston Human Resources

City of Houston HROne

The City of Houston can’t function without great employees. The City is always on the lookout for talented, passionate people to hire. Employment with the City of Houston represents more than just a job – it’s an opportunity to make a difference and improve our community.

For more information click the City logo 

November 1:

Council approved payment of $1.3 million for work performed to construct sidewalks in fourteen locations throughout the city. Metro provided the funds for this year-long project. The city has similar ongoing contracts to construct and/or repair sidewalks around the city.

Council approved the issuance of commercial paper totaling $614 million in voter-approved bond capacity from elections held in 2012, 2017, and 2022. These funds will provide resources to allocate to the city’s FY2024-2028 Capital Improvement Plan for a variety of projects including: parks, libraries, housing, public safety, health, and solid waste.

Council approved the termination of an Interlocal Agreement with Harris County. The thirty-year Agreement between the city and county was originally approved in 1996 for the operation and maintenance of the 32-acre Burnett-Bayland Park located in southwest Houston. This action by council returns the operations and maintenance of the park to the county. 

In a spirited discussion at the council table, I brought up the issue on an agenda item of a suspended subcontractor performing work for the city. Since then, this subcontractor changed company names, even though they have retained the same ownership. I believe this action was to perform an end-around to bid on projects with the city. Unfortunately, this type of issue has occurred too frequently on city contracts. We set rules and procedures to root out the bad actors, and then ultimately allow them to dodge the rules. This is not fair to the contractors who follow the rules or the taxpayers. The administration responded that council was legally required to approve this item, since it was for an additional appropriation to an existing, not a new, contract.

November 8:

Council approved payment of $1.9 million to a contractor who completed work on wastewater systems around the city. The project involved wastewater collection systems rehabilitation and renewal. The purpose of the work was to reduce sanitary sewer overflows in deteriorated systems. Work included repairs, pipe replacement, and pipe bursting in hundreds of locations located throughout the city. 

Council authorized payment of $888,644 to a contractor for work performed on behalf of the Public Works Department. The project included the repair, rehabilitation, and reconstruction of storm water drainage assets to resolve drainage problems. The city has similar ongoing contracts with various contractors to repair and mitigate drainage issues.

Council approved the purchase of twenty-four electric Actuators for the Public Works Department. Actuators are used to control the flow through waste and influent/effluent valves to produce potable water. They are a critical component used in the water treatment process. The Actuators will be delivered to the East Water Purification Plant and the Northeast Purification Plant within the next year.

Council approved spending $716,996 for the purchase of Mobile Data Computers (MDC), docking stations, and corresponding deployment services for the Fire Department. This purchase is replacing older Fire Department equipment. MDCs are necessary to provide HFD with critical information relevant to situational awareness, as well as providing real-time visibility and improved on-scene communications to keep first responders apprised and safe.

Council approved spending $1.5 million for improvements to the Latino Learning Center. Improvements included the roof, exterior waterproofing, HVAC system, electrical, fire protection system, elevator, flooring, ceiling, and other interior finishes. The mission of the Center is to provide educational and support services to the elderly, veterans, and disabled Houstonians. This agreement also provides the city with a facility for public meetings, sheltering during extreme weather conditions, and as a location for food distribution.

Council approved a $635,429 contract with a local architectural firm to design the new Municipal Courts facility. This contract is part of the initial phase of replacing the Municipal Courts building located at 1400 Lubbock Street near downtown. The building was devastated by Harvey flood waters in 2017. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has agreed to provide $54.2 million towards the project which will cover the vast majority of the cost. It has not yet been determined where the facility will eventually be built.

Council authorized spending $926,250 over three years in federal ARPA funds for an agreement between the Houston Area Women’s Center and the Houston Police Department’s Domestic Abuse Response Team. The Agreement provides the following services: case management for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault; non-congregant emergency shelter; security services; client supplies, food, and transportation services; and healthcare and wellness services. The Domestic Abuse Response Team is a multidisciplinary crisis response designed to immediately engage high-risk victims of domestic violence once violence is reported to law enforcement.

November 15:

Council approved spending $450,000 in emergency repairs for flashing beacons in school zones. The repairs to the flashing beacons are located in school zones throughout the city. The funds to provide these repairs are provided by Metro.

Council approved spending $3,424,311 for ten large grapple trucks for the Solid Waste Department. These large trucks feature hydraulic grappling arms for the collection of bulky trash items. Federal ARPA funds provided $3 million of the total cost.

Council approved expanding the Downtown Entertainment Zone. In 2003, Council approved the creation of the Downtown Entertainment Zone. This Zone is a mixed-use area consisting of 10 city blocks characterized by high density and mixed uses. The Zone creates an exemption to statutory distance requirements for establishments that wish to sell and serve alcohol within 300 feet of a church, school, or public hospital. This Council action expanded the boundaries in the downtown area to the I-69 freeway, I-10 freeway, and I-45 freeway.

Council approved spending $1.3 million for repairs to the HFD Val Jahnke Training Facility. The existing underground sanitary piping and aged internal plumbing caused the main sanitary line to collapse, forcing sanitary sewage to back into the locker rooms and onto the exterior building grounds. These failures could continue to cause sewage to backup, creating a health and safety issue.

November 29:

Council authorized an extension of the period during which City employees called to active duty during a time of war or state of emergency may be compensated when their military salary is less than their city salary. Section 14-256 of the Code of Ordinances limits the initial authorization to a period of 90 calendar days from the date the employee is called to active duty during a time of war or state of emergency unless City Council extends the period. Council has previously approved extensions. Currently, several City of Houston employees have received military orders calling them to active duty during a time of war or state of emergency which may qualify them for compensation under this article. The current approved period expires on December 31, 2023. To avoid undue disruption to the economic circumstances of these City employees who continue to be called to active duty during a time of war or state of emergency, this Council action authorizes extension of the period during which City employees called to active duty during a time of war or state of emergency may be compensated when their military salary is less than their city salary as specified in Chapter 14, Article IV to December 31, 2025. In the event that the time of war or state of the emergency ends prior to the expiration of this extension, then this order will be rescinded.

Council authorized the establishment of a framework for a citywide truck route plan. This action begins the process to create a truck route plan to manage freight movement, enhance roadway safety, and guide commercial vehicles onto designated truck routes rather than through neighborhoods. Cut-through truck traffic in residential neighborhoods have created traffic safety hazards, roadway damage, noise pollution, and poor air quality in many of our neighborhoods. As the freight movement in the city and the region continue to grow, the through-truck traffic has also become a prevailing issue for neighborhoods, especially those near the port and the major industrial areas. This ordinance authorizes the Planning and Development Department to create a framework for a Citywide Truck Route Plan by creating objective criteria to designate certain Houston roadways as Truck Routes. The specific routes and details will most likely be presented in 2024.

Council approved designating $327,538 in federal grant funds to SEARCH Homeless Services to provide housing, case management, and navigation services. These funds will provide assistance to at least 100 households in our area during 2024.

Council approved spending $9.8 million in federal grant funds to construct the Holcombe Lab Expansion Project. This 20,000 square foot, three-story, Biosafety lab near the Texas Medical Center will be located adjacent to the existing lab. The new lab will be used to study emerging diseases in coordination with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Council approved spending $975,000 over three years with two vendors to provide spay and neuter services. The two groups, Houston PetSet and Spay Neuter Assistance Program, are existing partners with the city and these funds will enable them to expand their services. These groups have performed amazing work to address the stray animal overpopulation issue in Houston.