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  1. Satish Byali has added a photo to the pool: Houston's grand sunset as seen from Southwest Freeway . [EXIF: D7000, 85mm, f/5.6, 1/80secs, iso100] . View the full article
  2. Satish Byali has added a photo to the pool: Third-tallest (64-story) class A office tower located in the Uptown District of Houston, Texas. . [EXIF: D800, 24mm, f/11, 1/200secs, iso400] . View the full article
  3. Satish Byali has added a photo to the pool: Former Enron complex (now owned by Chevron) on 1400 Smith Street located in Downtown Houston Texas (the 11th tallest building in the city) . [EXIF: D800, 14mm, f/11, 1/125secs, iso800] . View the full article
  4. HOUSTON (Covering Katy) – The FBI Houston Field Office is now accepting applications for its upcoming 2017 Teen Academy to be held on Monday, June 26, 2017. The FBI’s Teen Academy allows high school students an opportunity to get a comprehensive look into today’s FBI during an eight-hour block of instruction and demonstrations at the FBI Houston Field Office. Students are provided with several presentations on topics such as terrorism, cyber crimes, public corruption, evidence collection, SWAT, and the day-to-day operations of a typical FBI office. The program is not exclusive to students interested in a career in law enforcement. Due to the vast diversity in the FBI’s workforce, any student with an interest in the FBI, what the Bureau does, and how a relationship with the FBI can help their school and community is encouraged to apply. High school students interested in the FBI Houston Teen Academy should complete the application and follow the instructions found on FBI Houston’s Community Outreach web page. The application deadline is May 19, 2017. The post FBI Teen Academy Accepting Applications appeared first on Covering Katy News. full articles
  5. Satish Byali has added a photo to the pool: Houston Downtown a close-up view from Buffalo Bayou . [EXIF: D800, 140mm, f/18, 124secs, iso50] [Filter: For sky, LEE ND soft grad 0.3 (1 stop)] . View the full article
  6. HARRIS COUNTY (Covering Katy) – The Harris County District Attorney’s Office is notifying defense lawyers that a crime-scene investigator made errors in 65 cases dating back to October of 2015. The findings could jeopardize the prosecution in some, if not all, of the cases. The findings emerged from a recent audit of work done by a Houston Police Department officer who was assigned to conduct crime scene investigations under the supervision of the Houston Forensic Science Center. Prosecutors are sending notifications about the findings and the name of the office to lawyers in each case involved. “Defense lawyers are going to have a chance to determine for themselves the relevance of these errors or omissions,” said Tom Berg, first assistant for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. “Because most of these cases have not yet been fully adjudicated, we won’t speculate on the possible impact, if any.” The review of 88 cases handled by the officer determined that 65 had incomplete documentation, 32 had administrative errors and, in eight cases, evidence had been misplaced. Cases with errors include 26 homicides and five officer involved shootings. As a result of the audit, the Houston Forensic Science Center amended the 65 reports and notified the Texas Forensic Science Commission. The audit was ordered after errors were noticed in a few cases investigated by the officer. The crime-scene officer has since been reassigned to a patrol position within the Houston Police Department. A supervisor who conducted an initial technical review of the officer’s work, and did not notice the quality issues, has been temporarily removed from review duties. The post Audit Exposes Investigative Errors in 65 Harris County Cases appeared first on Covering Katy News. full articles
  7. Satish Byali has added a photo to the pool: Houston Skyline (Long Exposure) from Eleanor Tinsley Park . [EXIF: D800, 28mm, f/11, 60secs, iso50] . Facebook: Instagram: 500px: View the full article
  8. Covering Katy’s Questions to the KAEDC Covering Katy has submitted eight questions to the Katy Area Economic Development Council in light of allegations that the organization is attempting to take credit for Amazon coming to the City of Katy/Waller County. Those involved in the negotiations say the KAEDC was not involved in any of the negotiations with Amazon or the related negotiations with the City of Houston. Below are the questions we have asked the KAEDC to answer. The KAEDC is supported through membership dues paid by its members. Some of those members use taxpayer dollars to belong to the KAEDC. The Katy Independent School District, Fort Bend County and Harris County each pay $15,000 per year to be members of the KAEDC. Because most Katy residents are paying twice to have representation in this group, we believe that taxpayers are owed a speedy response to the questions below.With explicit details including times, dates and circumstances, please explain exactly what the KAEDC did to bring Amazon to Katy/Waller County/Royal ISD. 1. The KAEDC was originally developed to help the tax base of the Katy Independent School District. In recent years, the KAEDC has become involved in projects that don’t benefit Katy ISD, like Rooms To Go. Has the KAEDC decided to change its focus away from only supporting Katy ISD? If so why? 2. If the relationship between the KAEDC and the City of Katy and Waller County is positive and collaborative, explain why some key people in those organizations say the relationship is not good and not positive because, they say, the KAEDC has a long history of taking credit for other organizations’ success stories. 3. Did Amazon authorize you to remove their contact information from their press release, and put the KAEDC contact information on the release? Please provide any confirmation that Amazon authorized you to remove their contact information and replace it with that of Mr. LaCour. If you were not given permission, please explain why the KAEDC altered the Amazon release. 4. Please provide all the KAEDC communications in regard to Amazon locating in Katy. These communications would be with the Waller County EDP, the Waller County Judge’s Office, the City of Katy’s EDC, the City of Katy administration including the mayor and city administrator, Duke Realty, the City of Houston and the Greater Houston Partnership. If none exist please explain why. If you are claiming confidentiality please explain why. 5. Please provide us the calendar and telephone logs of Mr. LaCour or any other official document of the KAEDC that showed their attendance at meetings specifically for the purpose of bringing Amazon to Katy. 6. Since Mr. LaCour has become the head of the KAEDC, has the KAEDC ever attempted to take over the economic development responsibilities for any governmental entities or quazi governmental entities outside the boundaries of Katy ISD? If so why, and which entities are they? 7. A critic of the KAEDC calls your organization redundant and unnecessary because you don’t have the ability negotiate tax abatements while surrounding economic development organizations do have that capacity in the City of Katy, Waller County and Fort Bend County. Is the KAEDC redundant and unnecessary? If not, why? The post Seven Questions for the Katy Area Economic Development Council appeared first on Covering Katy News. full articles
  9. Ray Boothe, candidate for one of two open Ward A city council seats, is an insurance executive. He was appointed to the council in March when the incumbent, Chuck Brawner, resigned to run for mayor. Boothe is running unopposed. This is his first candidacy for office. He will serve the remainder of the unexpired term, which expires in 2018. He has been a Katy resident for 26 years. 1. Why do you want this job? If you are an incumbent, why do you want another term? My interest began with an issue involving my street. I was urged to participate in the political process by my neighbors Gary Jones and Eddie Lopez. They invited me to attend various city meetings and become involved. I was eventually appointed to the city planning and zoning by Mayor Fabol Hughes. After nearly two years, the mayor approached me about Chuck Brawner’s position. After prayerful consideration with my wife, I accepted the appointment. I have lived in Katy since 1991. My wife, Shari, and I own a home and commercial property in Katy that houses our family business. I feel a tremendous responsibility to the citizens, property owners and businesses of Katy because we all share a common interest: the well-being of this town and community. I feel a bond with the residents of Katy because Shari and I have raised our children here, we have friends here, and we run our business here. Our commercial property flooded along with many others last April. I have experienced both the joy of watching my friends and neighbors’ children grow up in Katy, as well as the heartache of the deaths of their loved ones. 2. Is Katy handling growth properly? If yes, why? If no, how would you, if elected, change that? Yes, I believe the city is doing a good job handling the growth. The growth seems to have occurred in a very calculated and strategic way. Although I am new to the process, each project appears to meet certain financial criteria that benefits the citizens. I think the administration looks at each project from that perspective. My intention is to have a good working knowledge of each project and ensure that they are always profitable and beneficial for the citizens of Katy. 3. What is your position on the Katy Boardwalk? Unfortunately, I am still familiarizing myself with this project. This project has been on the drawing board for several years with many intelligent men and women involved in the process. However, when I see a project of this magnitude, my first thought is to look at the downside or worst-case scenario. On the surface, there appears to be a very limited downside to the project. Based on what I have seen to this point, I believe the boardwalk has the potential to be a tremendous benefit to the citizens of Katy. 4. If elected, what would your top three priorities be, and why? I believe the top concern is helping develop some solutions to the flooding event in April 2016. That was very disruptive for many of the citizens of Katy including my family, as well as my business. Unfortunately, the administration is somewhat limited because a large part of the problem is outside of the city’s borders. Hopefully, the adjoining communities will participate in those solutions. Second, I believe one of the city’s very few shortcomings are how some of the city employees relate to the citizens of Katy. Each employee needs to understand that they work for the citizens, we do not work for them. It is a very difficult to have a servant’s heart, especially when someone is upset. However, the Bible teaches that a soft answer turns away wrath, but a grievous word stirs up anger. Finally, I see land owner rights appear to be dwindling under constant regulation. This is a serious concern. However, I do support reasonable regulations for property in Katy. 5. Is there anything else about your candidacy that you’d like to say? Shari and I both grew up in Houston. As owners of a business, we had an opportunity to move anywhere in the state of Texas. However, we chose the town of Katy. We wanted to live in a smaller community where people knew each another. When I go into Katy Hardware, Bob always says hello and asks about the family. When my wife would go into Brookshire Brothers, Peggy from bakery would stop and hug the children. I called the police on one occasion and they were at my home in less than two minutes. When we attend Katy football games, there is barely an empty seat on the Katy side. When I go into Snappy’s, I am greeted by name by the owners. We came to Katy because we wanted to be part of a community of people. Yes, we have beautiful trees, a great football team, a beautiful city hall, a AAA bond rating and many more wonderful things. But most of all, Katy has wonderful people. The post Meet the Ward A City Council Candidates: Ray Boothe appeared first on Covering Katy News. full articles
  10. CITY OF HOUSTON (Covering Katy) – Ford and Chevrolet trucks by far lead the pack in an unfortunate list, both making it to the top of the Houston Police Department’s top ten list of vehicles reported stolen in March. Ford trucks came in at number one, with 159 reported stolen. Chevrolet trucks came in second, with 148 reported stolen. The numbers drop steeply from there, with Chevrolet cars coming in at 67, GMC trucks at 54, Honda cars at 50, Dodge trucks at 45, Toyota cars at 41, Nissan cars at 34, Dodge cars at 25 and Nissan trucks at 18. Geico, a provider of car insurance, offers the following tips to help prevent auto theft: Keep your vehicle locked at all times, even while driving When parked, never leave your keys in the car. Close all the windows and the sunroof. Never leave your car running and unattended. Avoid leaving valuables inside your vehicle where passersby can see them. Do not leave your vehicle title in the car. Too often a car thief is pulled over and gets away from the police because he or she can produce the auto registration. (If multiple drivers use the vehicle, the best suggestion would be to hide the registration in a secret location in the car that only the owners know.) Know where you’re going. Avoid known high crime areas even if the alternate route takes longer. Install an anti-theft system in your vehicle if it doesn’t have one. Thieves are reluctant to steal vehicles if they know the cars can be recovered quickly. Thieves prefer to work in the dark. Be particularly cautious at night about where you park your car. Park it in a well-lit area if possible. Look around. Be aware of your surroundings, especially in garages, parking lots and gas stations. Have your car’s vehicle identification number (VIN) etched on each of the windows. Car thieves want to get off cheap. They don’t want to go to the expense of replacing all the glass. On an incline, leave your car in park or in gear with the wheels turned toward the curb or some other obstruction. This makes it harder for thieves to tow your vehicle. If confronted by a carjacker, do not resist. Cars can be replaced; you can’t. The post Ford, Chevrolet Trucks Top the List of Most Stolen Vehicles in March appeared first on Covering Katy News. full articles
  11. Chuck Brawner, candidate for mayor, is a retired police chief of the Spring Branch Independent School District. This is his first candidacy for mayor, though he had served as a Ward A council member and mayor pro tem until February, when he resigned to run for mayor. He has been a Katy resident for the past 15 years. 1. Why do you want this job? If you are an incumbent, why do you want another term? I am running for mayor because I care about the future of Katy, because I am excited about where we are headed, and because I have a path to get us there. As mayor, I will focus on our public safety, on managing our growth, on mitigating flooding, on increasing our mobility while fiercely protecting our private property rights and on those things that increase the quality of life for our Katy families and their children. I will embrace our heritage and legacy and use it to inspire our path forward. We want excellence and deserve excellence. I ask for your vote for mayor. It would be my honor to serve you and our great city. 2. Is Katy handling growth properly? If yes, why? If no, how would you, if elected, change that? We must continue to productively manage growth. As mayor pro tem for the last three years, I have been a part of facilitating healthy growth that benefits our families and our community. This growth has afforded homeowners a reduction in their tax rate and our senior citizens a reduction in their tax rate and increases in their homestead exemption. We have a AAA credit rating – a rarity – and we must keep it that way. The city is required by council resolution to save 50% of the city budget, but we have expanded those reserves to cover city projects that are necessary to track with our growth so there is no additional tax burden to our taxpayers. We must continue to plan and save smartly, which is to the benefit of our citizens. 3. What is your position on the Katy Boardwalk? The boardwalk is going to be a great benefit to the city, in the same manner as the Mall. This project will be an economical boost to the mall and area businesses and create great local job opportunities. State tax receipts will enhance the city by providing funding for the city services including public safety. 4. If elected, what would your top three priorities be, and why? My platform will work to enhance what we know about Katy – that the City of Katy is a loving and spiritual community to live and raise a family and that our quality of life is second to none. We must keep Katy safe. I have the right background as a former law enforcement officer and President of a statewide law enforcement organization. As Katy mayor pro tem and a city council member, I was integral in changing our fire department from a part-time to a full-time fire department and was instrumental in enhancing the communication equipment for our police department. Breaking ground on the new fire station has been a priority. After a setback due to the 2016 flooding, the city is breaking ground on the new fire station this spring with another in the works. Mobility projects must be continued to meet the needs of our citizens and alleviate traffic congestion created by growth outside of the city. We must fully leverage the Metro revenues generated by in-city sales tax. These funds are used by the city on the majority of our roadway projects. This will help improve traffic congestion. As mayor, I will begin the next phase of studying the recommendation to mitigate future flooding so we avoid the devastating flood of 2016. Through my work with the state in emergency management and my lifetime law enforcement career, I have the political and community relationships to find solutions to our flooding issues and I will work tirelessly to make it happen for our city. 5. Is there anything else about your candidacy that you’d like to say? Katy, Texas, is one of the most fantastic cities in our great state. Our city is known for its long history of community and hard work. Katy is known for its people and their capacity for being, quite simply, nice – “Katy nice.” Who would think that niceness is such a rare commodity these days? But it is. And Katy has it. My wife and I and our family, we love being a part of Katy like everyone else who lives here. Our loving and spiritual community is second to none. We care about our families, our children. We care about their futures. We care about a family’s ability to succeed. We care about access to a great education for our children. We certainly love to cheer on our sons and daughters in our unmatched sports programs and we love to let our kids play in our neighborhoods because we know we are safe here. And more families are coming back home to Katy because of the lifestyle, the quality of life and the amenities we have here. I want to keep Katy moving in this strong and positive direction, where we remember where we came from and we know where we are going. Any project I undertake will keep this concept at the forefront. We must keep Katy safe and I have the background as a former law enforcement officer and president of a statewide law enforcement organization to keep improving our public safety. I will work to manage our growth in a way that is not a burden to our taxpayers and their family budget. I will fiercely fight for the private property rights of our property owners. I will work to increase our mobility. I will embrace our heritage and legacy and use it to inspire our path forward. We want excellence and deserve excellence. I am honored to have the support of former Mayors Don Elder and Johnny Nelson. My wife, Marcy, and I have been married for 30 years and have four grandchildren. We raised our family in Katy I am retired and will be devoting my full time and energy to the job of Mayor of City of Katy. I am a lifetime conservative and have been honored to receive gubernatorial appointments from former Governors George W. Bush and Rick Perry to the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board. I am equally proud to have been a former president of the Katy High School Band Booster Club. Katy – its heritage, success and its future – is in my blood and I will spend every waking moment making it the best place to live and raise a family as Mayor. I ask for your vote in this important election. The post Meet the Mayoral Candidates: Chuck Brawner appeared first on Covering Katy News. full articles
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