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Editors’ note: This article is the rst in a series looking at ooding in the Cypress Creek watershed. After suering repeated ooding along Cypress Creek, North Harris County residents and ocials are pointing to historical development along the creek as a factor in recent storms that damaged thousands of homes and structures in the Cypress Creek watershed. During Hurricane Harvey in August 2017 and the Tax Day ood in April 2016, water from Cypress Creek rose nearly 130 feet and 128 feet, respec- tively, and spilled over its banks—the two highest peaks in recorded his- tory of the creek, according to data from the National Weather Service. In those storms, 8,750 and 1,735 homes in the Cypress Creek watershed were damaged, respectively. Estimates from the Houston- Galveston Area Council show the amount of developed land within the watershed increased from about 18% in 1996 to as much as 52% in 2018. Ocials: Decades of development may have contributed to Cypress Creek watershed oods BY SHAWN ARRAJJ, EVA VIGH AND HANNAH ZEDAKER

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Neighboring residents whose homes ooded during Hurricane Harvey have voiced concerns about a new residential development that is under construction near Cutten Road and Vintage Preserve Parkway. However, the developer complied with county development standards by adding a detention pond (pictured). (Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)

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5 Domino’s opened a new location in late December at 18602 Kuykendahl Road, Ste. 200, Spring. The pizzeria oers sandwiches, chicken wings, pasta and salads, for carryout and delivery. 832-482-0054. www.dominos.com 6 Executive Nails & Spa Vintage opened a new location Jan. 3 at 20322 Hwy. 249, Ste. 800, Houston. The spa features a full bar and oers pedicures, manicures, waxing, threading, eyelash extensions and facials. 281-272-6142. www.executivenailsspa.com 7 MD Advanced Skincare opened Dec. 14 at 13325 Hargrave Road, Ste. 180, Houston. The luxury med-spa oers facials, dermal llers, microneedling, noninvasive body contouring, laser hair removal and vein therapy. 832-416-1700. www.facebook.com/mdadvancedskincare 8 Kiddie Academy of Klein-Gleannloch opened its new location at 19559 Cham- pion Forest Drive, Spring, in mid-January. The educational child care academy is currently enrolling children ages 6 weeks 9 The Daily Bread , a nondenomina- tional church, opened Jan. 5 at 19863 Holzwarth Road, Spring. In addition to worship services, the church provides youth ministries for ages 3-17 and also oers classes and workshops for personal growth, professional development and life application. 832-883-0832. www.thedailybread.org 10 The Water Tree , an alkaline water product retailer, opened in mid-January at 15850 Champion Forest Drive. The store sells products relating to alkaline antioxidant water, such as ltration sys- to 12 years. 346-298-7070. www.kiddieacademy.com

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2 Curry Masala , a halal restaurant serv- ing Indian-Pakistani cuisine, opened in Spring on Dec. 10. Located at 7316 Louet- ta Road, Ste. B-300, the restaurant oers dishes such as chicken tandoori, biryani, daal tarka and curries. 832-534-1223. www.currymasalatx.com 3 El Capitan Seafood and Mexican Grill opened in mid-January at 17519 N. Gessner Road, Houston. The restaurant’s menu includes seafood dishes inspired by the

coastlines of western Mexico, according to the restaurant’s website. The eatery also oers a drink menu featuring margaritas, mojitos and micheladas. 832-604-6537. www.elcapitanseafood.com 4 Chipotle opened a new location at 8675 Spring Cypress Road, Spring, in mid-December. The eatery is known for its build-your-own burritos, bowls, tacos and salads. 832-843-5091. www.chipotle.com GEARS RD.

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tems, water pitchers and shower heads. 281-210-9643. www.thewatertree.com 11 Dollar Tree opened a new location at 16854 Stuebner Airline Road, Spring, on Oct. 12. The discount store sells a variety of items, including household, beauty and oce supplies. 832-761-8768. www.dollartree.com COMING SOON 12 The Boba Shop will open a second location at 21117 I-45 S., Ste. 100, Spring in early February. According to owners Cici Neth and Sotha Heng, the new loca- tion will serve the same menu as its FM 2920 location, which includes items such as boba drinks, smoothies and sandwich- es. 832-823-5171. www.facebook.com/thebobashop 13 A Bigotes Street Tacos food truck is coming soon to 3624 FM 2920, Spring. The Bigotes Street Tacos menu serves authentic Mexican cuisine and street fare such as tacos, quesadillas and tortas. An opening date is still to be determined. www.bigotesstreettacos.com 14 Atomy , a beauty, health and well- ness products distributor, will open at 3403 Louetta Road, Spring, in February. The South Korean business sells products such as makeup, skin care and health supplements. www.atomy.com/us RELOCATION 15 Capital Title Champions moved down the road from its original location to a new oce at 8917 Louetta Road, Ste. 100, Spring, eective Jan. 6. In addition to residential and commercial

title servicing, the Texas-based company also oers reverse mortgage, lender and foreclosure services. 832-559-7243. www.facebook.com/ctotspringchampions EXPANSION 16 More than two years after Hurricane Harvey caused extensive damage to the Houston Northwest Church campus, church ocials held a ribbon-cutting to commemorate the opening of its new Kids Building on Dec. 17, at 19911 Hwy. 249, Houston. The new facility features age-specic classrooms, worship venues and recreation spaces. 281-469-3389. www.hnw.org ANNIVERSARIES 17 Twin Liquors , located at 5231 FM 2920, Ste. 160, Spring, marked its one-year anniversary Dec. 6. The Aus- tin-based beverage retailer sells wine, beer, liquor and premixed cocktails. 281-402-8494. www.twinliquors.com 18 Calderas Counseling , located at 8900 Eastloch Drive, Ste. 110F, Spring, celebrates its rst anniversary Feb. 9. The center provides mental health services for individuals and couples and specializ- es in working with adolescents experi- encing depression, anxiety, stress or low self-esteem. Last fall, Calderas Counsel- ing added Erin Boehme, a mental health therapist who specializes in trauma, to its team of therapists, expanding its reper- toire. 346-314-0022. www.calderascounseling.com Glamour Avenue Parties celebrated its 10th anniversary Jan. 15. The Spring- based mobile business serves the Greater

One Sports Nation will launch co-ed soccer for ages 315 and co-ed ag football for ages 515 this March in the Spring and Klein area. (Courtesy One Sports Nation)

FEATURED IMPACT COMING SOON Connie Le, a local parent, plans to launch a new youth sports league in the Spring and Klein area called One Sports Nation in spring 2020. “As a mom whose kids have participated in various sports, I saw rsthand how youth sports have boosted their condence, improved social skills, promoted healthy living and brought families together,” Le said. “I really wanted to oer a quality youth sports program that emphasizes player development—both physically and mentally—[and] has competitive fun.” Le said the co-ed league will kick o in March with soccer for children ages Houston area within 60 miles of Spring and Klein and oers a mobile spa and beauty-themed parties for girls ages 6-14. info.glamaveparties@gmail.com. www.glamouravenueparties.com NAME CHANGES 19 Mak’s Sports Bar + Grill reopened Oct. 22 after closing as MaK’s Place in April. Located at 5200 Louetta Road, Ste. 110, Spring, the grill oers wings, specialty fries, burgers, pizza and tacos, as well as a full bar including a wide

3-15 and ag football for children ages 5-15. Games will be played at Benfer Elementary School, located at 18027-B Kuykendahl Road, Spring, and practices will be held at least once a week at a location determined by each individual team’s coach. “One Sports Nation’s mission is to deliver a positive youth sports experience through better coaching, better player development, and keeping families excited about youth sports,” Le said. Parents and guardians can register children for the new youth sports league online. The spring season will run March 28-May 16. 832-263-3350. www.onesportsnation.com/spring selection of draft beer. The eatery also features pool tables, trash can pong, televisions and hosts live music. 832-953-2540. www.facebook.com/makssportsbar 20 Thai Express has recently changed its name to AnChoi House of Pho and Boba Tea . Located at 6615 N. Grand Parkway W., Ste. 305, Spring, the eatery serves Vietnamese and Asian-fusion dishes such as pho, komkatsu and spe- cialty drinks, such as boba milk teas and smoothies. 281-201-6442. www.anchoihouse.com

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St. Ignatius of Loyola Christus Center hosts a parish garage sale for items such as furniture, clothing, and books. Proceeds benet the St. Ignatius Outreach Ministry. To donate, contact garagesale@silcc.org. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. St. Ignatius of Loyola Christus Center, 7810 Cypresswood Drive, Spring. 281-370-3401. www.ignatiusloyola.org (Courtesy St. Ignatius of Loyola Christus Center)

14 CHECKOUT A ROMANTIC VENDOR’SMARKET CityPlace in Springwoods Village hosts a romance-themed Valentine’s Day Market on the central green. It will include vendors, live music and food options such as Churrasco’s Food Truck and Iced Cupcakery. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Lake Plaza Drive & City Plaza Drive, Spring. 281-480-5066. www.cityplacespringwoods.com 14 THROUGH 29 GO TODINNER ANDA SHOW Old West Melodrama, a performing troupe located in Old Town Spring, will be performing “The Shagwood Secret,” a play produced in special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service. Purchasing dinner is required to attend. $14-$20. 7 p.m. Puabelly’s Depot Restaurant, 100 Main St., Spring. 713-364-9190. www.oldwestmelodrama.com 16 LEARN TO PAINT CACTI Attendees of all ages can learn to paint a saguaro cactus in an art class hosted by Little Craft Place. 1-3 p.m. $29. Little Craft Place, 9702 Spring Cypress Road, Ste. 125, Spring. 832-604-7103. www.littlecraftplace.com

18 THROUGH 28 VOTE EARLY Harris County residents can cast their vote prior to the March 3 primary elections at the Barbara Bush Library. 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Barbara Bush Library, 6817 Cypresswood Drive, Spring. 832-927-7800. www.hcpl.net/branch/ barbara-bush-branch-library 22 LISTEN TO SUCCESS STORIES Helping Others Pursue Excellence Haven celebrates changed lives in a brunch event where attendees can listen to testimonies of people who have overcome major obstacles in their lives. 10 a.m.-noon. $10. HOPE Haven, 14511 Falling Creek Drive, Houston. 832-350-8790. www.hhaven.org 25 CELEBRATE FAT TUESDAY In the spirit of Mardi Gras, CityPlace in Springwoods Village holds a Fat Tuesday celebration on the central green with music and complimentary king cake. A bake sale from the coming-soon Common Bond Cafe & Bakery and gumbo from Gumbo Xpress will also be featured. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Lake Plaza Drive & City Plaza Drive, Spring. 281-480-5066. www.cityplacespringwoods.com

FEBRUARY 07 EAT CRAWFISH Bareback Bar and Icehouse celebrates the beginning of crawsh season with a kicko party, where customers can buy crawsh by the pound and enjoy drink specials. Following the kicko, the eatery will serve crawsh every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until the end of the crawsh season in the summer. 7-10 p.m. Free to attend. Bareback Bar and Icehouse, 19940 Kuykendahl Road, Spring. 281-353-7501. www.barebackbar.com 11 LEARNHOWTO RESPOND INAN ACTIVESHOOTER SITUATION Sgt. Je McGowen of the Harris County Sheri’s Oce Community Engagement Division will lead a training on civilian response to an active shooter in churches. Hosted by the Old Town Spring Heights Community Association, the training is geared toward church sta such as ministry leaders, deacons and ushers. Reservations are required. 6-8 p.m. Free. New Life Christian Reformed Church, 2050 FM 2920, Spring. 281-353-5935. www.otshca.org

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HOW DO YOU HELP PEOPLE FULFILL THOSE PREDICTABLE RESOLUTIONS ABOUT BETTER ORGANIZED FINANCES? “Predictable” is correct. In our 49-year history, we consistently hear this goal from clients. It is logical because complicated and disorganized financial planning leads to stress and procrastination over important decisions. The good news: just a few simple steps can result in significant improvement in your planning. For most people, it starts with preparing an up-to-date Balance Sheet that lists all of your financial accounts and assets, along with all debts owed. Update this yearly as a financial discipline. AN UPDATED BALANCE SHEET MAKES SENSE. WHERE’S THE SIMPLIFYING? Find opportunities to simplify to consolidate assets and liabilities into fewer accounts that are easier to track and manage. Over time, many families “proliferate” financial accounts which no longer make sense as a whole. Consolidating accounts makes it easier to properly manage personal finances, reducing costs and account fees. Do the same with credit cards and liability accounts. Imagine the feeling of efficiency as it becomes easier and quicker to manage accounts (auto-payments, paperless files). Also, don’t forget to protect these accounts from cyber-fraud. Use a Password Manager to organize and easily recall secure passwords.

YOU HAVEN’T USED THE “B” WORD YET… WHAT ABOUT A BUDGET? Our Wealth Planning Committee, a multi- disciplinary group of professionals (CPAs, JDs, and other credentialed firm members), meets to brainstorm such topics and has developed a client-centered approach. Committee Chair, Phillip Hamman, CFP ® , CFA, commented about budgets: “We should re-invent budgeting since ‘Budgeting in Reverse’ is sufficient for most – simply identify the required savings and accumulation targets, and make sure you hit those numbers.” WHERE CAN YOU GET HELP? Slaying the “Organization Dragon” is more than a weekend exercise. If you need help getting things in order, talk with your financial advisor since they may have expertise. We advise people to be careful in seeking help. Choose an advisor 100% committed to the Fiduciary business model, with a legal duty to put their clients’ best interests first. This is the model we follow at Linscomb & Williams. Contact us if you would like to sit down and create an organized financial plan at our office in The Woodlands or the Houston Galleria area. For more information, or a copy of our Form ADV, Part II, with all of our disclosures, call Grant Williams at 713 840 1000, or visit www.linscomb-williams.com.

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Timeline: early 2020-TBD Estimated construction cost: $90 million Funding source: Harris County Toll Road Authority Easing congestion Construction on four southern direct connectors between the Tomball Tollway and Grand Park- way in Tomball is slated to begin in spring 2020. TRANSPORTATIONUPDATES

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Cypress Station Drive, Hollow Tree Lane intersection improvements The Harris County Engineering Department is working on utility relocation before construction can begin on this project, which will add a trac signal at Cypress Station Drive and Hollow Tree Lane. Pamela Rocchi, director of Harris County Precinct 4’s Capital Improvement Projects Divi- sion, said construction should resume

Segments F-1 and F-2 of the Grand Parkway opened in Tomball in 2016.

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in late January. Timeline: TBA Cost: $261,343 Funding source: Harris County Precinct 4

Phase 1 of the Tomball Tollway from Northpointe Boulevard to FM 2920 opened to drivers in April 2015.

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“Both the Tomball Tollway and the Grand Parkway were laid out and designed with the future interchange planned, so there’s not going to be a lot of rework involved in that aspect,” Tyler said. Tyler said no additional land acqui- sition had to take place for the project, and no tolls will be added. “I just want to make that clear,” he said. “The tolling that’s out there today is going to stay there, but there is no new tolling as part of this project for the connectors.” Tyler said he anticipates the connectors will improve mobility in the area, as drivers will no longer have to exit the Tomball Tollway, go through trac lights and turn to enter the Grand Parkway.

HCTRA is funding the construction of the four connectors as part of an agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation, Tyler said. TxDOT, via the Grand Parkway Transportation Corp., will maintain the connectors, TxDOT Public Information Ocer Danny Perez said. Construction of the project, estimated to total about $90 million, is anticipated to take 30 months, Tyler said. HCTRA received construction bids for the project Dec. 16. The project includes connectors in four directions: heading north on the Tomball Tollway to eastbound or westbound on the Grand Parkway and going eastbound or westbound on the Grand Parkway to southbound on the Tomball Tollway, he said.

Parkway segments F-1 and F-2 opened to drivers, the Harris County Toll Road Authority is set to begin construction this spring on four connectors provid- ing a direct route from the tolled Hwy. 249 main lanes to the Grand Parkway, HCTRA Deputy Director of Engineer- ing John Tyler said. “This project is just to provide better connectivity between the two major roads ... both of which have high-volume usage right now,” he said. According to an Aug. 31 report from the Grand Parkway Transportation Corp., vehicle transactions from Feb. 1, 2014, to Aug. 21, 2019, along the Grand Parkway exceeded the numbers forecast in 2013 by 62%.

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News from the Spring and Klein area

KindredHealthcare to close 6 locations across Texas byMarch, including Spring-area hospital

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improve our eciency in the Houston market, we have decided to consolidate our Houston footprint.” The closures will result in hundreds of layos, according to information from the Texas Workforce Commission. The Worker Adjustment and Retrain- ing Notication Act requires employers to provide 60-day notice of upcoming facility closures or mass layos, according to the TWC, which tracks WARN notications. Kindred Hospital Spring, Kindred Hospital Fort Worth and Kindred Hospital Dallas led a notice Jan. 15 disclosing that more than 150 employees would be laid o at each location by March 17. In Spring, 160 employees will be laid o, accord- ing to the notice; layo notices for the other three Houston locations were not included in the TWC’s list of WARN notications as of publication.

Kindred Healthcare ocials announced plans to close four long-term acute care hospitals in the Greater Houston area and two hospitals in the Dallas-Fort Worth area by March 17, according to a Jan. 23 statement. Houston-area hospitals to close include the Tomball, Spring, Heights and Bay Area locations of Kindred Hospital, according to the statement. In Dallas, Kindred Hospital Dallas and Kindred Hospital Fort Worth will also close. “Kindred regularly reviews its portfolio and looks for opportunities to reposition assets so that we can provide services where and when patients need themmost,” said Stephanie Madrid, the division vice president of Houston-area operations for Kindred Healthcare, in the statement. “In order to

The closure of Kindred Hospital Spring will result in 160 layos. (Adriana Rezal/Community Impact Newspaper)

“Employees will be oered positions within the company as available,” Madrid said. “To date, we have been able to nd new positions for about 100 employees from the Houston hospitals we are closing. We expect to retain more of the employees. In addition, we are working with other health care providers ... to help nd opportunities for employ- ees who don’t continue working for Kindred.”

METROboard of directors say free fare ‘not feasible’ for transit authority

BY KELLY SCHAFLER

would result in an estimated launch date of 2024 for fare- free service. “It’s not like we have an extra $70 million lying around with all the things we want to do,” board Chair Carrin Patman said. “So it would have to be found money from some other source, but it turns out it’s much more [expensive] than we dreamed.” METRO received $68.1 million in farebox revenue in scal year 2018-19, and o- cials estimate it will collect $68 million in FY 2019-20, according to METRO data. Board member Troi

Taylor said he believes the negatives of the program outweigh the positives. He suggested the board should instead focus on making public transit safer and more reliable to increase ridership. “I don’t think there’s any evidence that suggests we’re losing ridership because people—or potential riders— think our cost is too expen- sive,” Taylor said. A local bus or METRORail fare is $1.25, according to the entity’s website. METRO also oers free and discounted rides to children, students, seniors, Medicare cardhold- ers and disabled individuals.

management analyst for revenue and fare policy at METRO, presented results of the fare-free study, which launched in January 2019, at the board’s nance and audit committee meeting Jan. 15. The study showed that although free fares for all riders would increase ridership by 30.4 million

rides annually, implementing the program would cost the authority not only about $70 million annually in lost farebox revenue but $170.6 million in operating costs to add more vehicles and opera- tors. Additionally, Fernandez said it would take several years to purchase vehicles and hire personnel, which

A Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County study on eliminating ride fares left both METRO board members and ocials seem- ingly unconvinced of the likelihood of implementing it in Harris County. Julie Fernandez, lead

A study by the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County revealed that eliminating ride fares by 2024 was unlikely as it would not be feasible. SOURCE: METROPOLITAN TRANSIT AUTHORITY OF HARRIS COUNTYCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER A COSTLY CHOICE

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Important dates

Candidates and information for the March primaries

Feb. 18: rst day of early voting Feb. 21: last day to apply for early voting by mail Feb. 28: last day of early voting March 3: primary election day Voters can vote in the Republican or Democratic primary, but not both.

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R: Republican D: Democrat *Incumbent

Railroad commissioner R: Ryan Sitton* D: Roberto Alonzo D: Chrysta Castañeda D: Kelly Stone D: Mark Watson LOCAL U.S. representative, District 2 R: Dan Crenshaw* D: Elisa Cardnell D: Sima Ladjevardian D: Travis Olsen State representative, District 126 R: E. Sam Harless* D: Undrai F. Fizer D: Natali Hurtado State representative, District 141 D: Willie Roaches Franklyn D: Senfronia Thompson*

State representative, District 150 R: Valoree Swanson* D: Michael Robert Walsh State Board of Education, District 6 D: Kimberly McLeod D: Michelle Palmer Harris County district attorney R: Lori Deangelo R: Mary Human R: Lloyd Wayne Oliver D: Carvana Cloud D: Audia Jones D: Kim Ogg* D: Todd Overstreet Harris County attorney R: John Nation D: Christian Dashaun Menefee D: Ben Rose R: Will Hickman D: Debra Kerner

D: Vince Ryan* Harris County sheri R: Joe Danna R: Paul Day R: Randy Rush

D: Elizabeth Warren D: Robby Wells D: Marianne Williamson D: Andrew Yang STATEWIDE U.S. senators R: Virgil Bierschwale R: John Cornyn* R: Dwayne Stovall R: Mark Yancey D: Chris Bell D: Michael Cooper D: Amanda K. Edwards D: Jack Daniel Foster Jr. D: Annie “Mama” Garcia D: Victor Hugo Harris D: Mary “MJ” Hegar D: Sema Hernandez D: D.R. Hunter D: Adrian Ocegueda D: Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez D: Royce West

FEDERAL U.S. president R: Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente Guerra** R: Zoltan G. Istvan R: Bob Ely R: Donald J. Trump* D: Michael Bennet D: Joseph R. Biden D: Michael R. Bloomberg D: Cory Booker D: Pete Buttigieg D: Julián Castro D: Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente D: John K. Delaney R: Joe Walsh R: Bill Weld

D: Ed Gonzalez* D: Jerome Moore D: Harry Zamora Harris County tax assessor- collector R: Chris Daniel D: Ann Harris Bennett* D: Jolanda “Jo” Jones D: Jack Terence Harris County constable, Precinct 4

R: Chris Bounds R: Mark Herman* D: Je McGowen Justice of the peace, Precinct 4, Place 1 R: Lincoln Goodwin*

D: Tulsi Gabbard D: Amy Klobuchar D: Deval Patrick D: Bernie Sanders D: Tom Steyer

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GUIDE ED CATION BRIEFS CANDIDATE Q&A

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Candidates and information for the March primaries

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Incumbent

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State representative, District 126, Democratic primary Precinct 4 constable, Republican primary

Years in district: 20 If elected, I would: change the practical way that true representation and advocacy towards our constituents’ life issues are being addressed. www.zer4texas.org UNDRAI F. FIZER

Years in district: 5 If elected, I would: change the landscape of [FM 1960] ensuring we’re reinvesting in our community so businesses both stay and new ones come. www.natalifortexas.com NATALI HURTADO

MARK HERMAN

Years in district: 17 If elected, I would: expand the investigative ability of the Harris County Precinct 4 constable’s oce. www.votechrisbounds forpct4constable.com CHRIS BOUNDS

Years in district: 31 If elected, I would: continue to do a good job and work by our core values of honor, integrity, compassion and respect in serving the citizens of Precinct 4. www.constablemarkherman.com

What are the biggest challenges the Harris County Constable’s Oce is facing in Precinct 4?

Why are you running to represent District 126?

To serve as an advocate for the issues of our constituents, especially as it relates to total health care and social services. The issues aren’t if we can have health care, but if health care will do its part in providing premium service for premiums paid. Many lives have been tragically altered, because of nonauthorizations to medicines and services that [are] needed. Outside of night lights that are desperately needed o of [Hwy.] 249 and Bammel, how we are treated as people by various industr[ies] of service needs to be looked at—especially by government, health care and social services. We also are a very well-balanced community, which make[s] the personal and emotional issues that our youth face daily sort of an obsolete thing. I would rst desire to partner with those who have signicantly addressed [ooding] before my arrival to the Capital. Seeing that legislation and propositions have already been established concerning ood plans, I would like to see what signicant priority has been placed upon this legislation as it relates to being funded and realized.

I strongly believe we need representation that is reective of the dynamic district we live in. We need to be capitalizing on the assets our community possesses, and I believe utilizing economic development initiatives is the key to doing so. I have a passion for public service and have both the educational and career experience to be an eective advocate and legislator. I have witnessed an increase in grati, litter and the relocation of businesses. In order for our community to maintain the beauty it has shown throughout the years, we need to make sure we’re reinvesting in our community. With my executive experience in working with economic development projects and initiatives, I know exactly how to push this forward without skipping a beat. I would work with the existing organizations that have been on the ground working on policy initiatives so there’s no time wasted. My relationships with the city, county, state and federal government are critical to ensuring we are getting the attention and, more importantly, the funding required for ood mitigation projects.

The booming population growth and increase in calls for police service. In 2019 we responded to over 350,000 calls for police service in a 522-square- mile precinct. To better serve and have a quick response time, we will open more constable substations in communities; currently we have nine stations.

Deputy retention. Under Constable Mark Herman the high turnover rate of deputies has caused a lack of experienced deputies at the department. It can take years for new deputies to learn how to follow up on cases and compile evidence for a strong case against a suspect.

What is the most pressing issue facing District 126?

How can the HCCO improve emergency response protocols during natural disasters?

We currently maintain an excellent relationship with all law enforcement and rst responders in Precinct 4. During natural disasters, we coordinate and work the [aected] communities together. All Precinct 4 high water rescue equipment and boats are deployed through a unied command structure in order to be eective in our communities. The constable’s oce has incorporated homeless outreach within our communities. Deputies often are a resource to aid homeless citizens in nding adequate shelter to help get them o the streets. There have been times when deputies have purchased food for the homeless, demonstrating their hearts are bigger [than] their badges.

An improvement in emergency response would be a better staging of rescue equipment and groups of trained deputies in Swiftwater Rescue.

What is the HCCO doing to address homelessness in Precinct 4?

If elected, what would you do to address and fund ood mitigation?

I am aware of nothing HCCO is [doing] to address the issue of homelessness in Precinct 4. I will establish a homeless outreach team, along with educating patrol deputies, on how to best use the Harris County mental health system to help empower people with behavioral health and intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Candidate responses may have been edited for length and clarity. Read the full Q&A’s with the candidates on our website, communityimpact.com.

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